ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I AM SHALLOW THROAT

It looks like Bernard Weiner of The Crisis Papers followed my instructions and published our most recent conversation:

January 17, 2005
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

"Shallow Throat" joined me at a mostly-deserted park in Virginia, red-faced and shaking with anger. I didn't even have to ask a question before the rage exploded out:

"I can't believe your Democrat friends are blowing it once again! The Bushies are imploding in one scandal after another, it's dictator-time, the GOP in Congress is tarred by the Abramoff corruption brush, more attacks on Mideast countries are coming soon, Bush ordered spying on Americans with no court permission, impeachment momentum is in the air - and the Dems have let the President off the hook once again! How many times are you going to push that boulder up the steep hill to the top and then let it roll back down again? Do you liberals really have a death-wish?"

Normally, I have to contact the secretive GOP mole high up in the Bush Administration, but this time Shallow Throat came looking for me. To vent, to explode, to dish.
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"No, no, you're missing the point. Your Democrat friends - MoveOn.org, Democratic pols, liberal pundits - always miss the point. They're great when they finally decide to hone in on something, usually minor, but they constantly miss the big picture, and rarely have a world-view, a philosophy, even a sense of what their political enemies are trying to do to them. No wonder you guys lose elections - wait, before you call me on that last one, I'll admit: balloting fraud helps, too."

"So what is the 'big picture' here? What did the Democrats ignore?"

THE UNITARY DICTATORSHIP

"The reality they're missing is that Bush & Co. long ago declared war on our democratic institutions, and the liberals pretend that it never really happened. Bush & Co. have set themselves up as a dictatorship, where, under an extreme interpretation of 'the unitary executive' theory, the president can violate whatever laws he wishes whenever he wishes, totally negating the Legislative Branch's lawmaking and oversight powers. They've been doing this in secret for years - using the 'national security' dodge when carrying out and condoning torture, domestic spying on citizens' emails and phone calls and so on - and now, thanks only to some whistleblower friends of mine inside the Administration, the whole rotten, stinking pile is out in the open.
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TAKE DISSENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

"Think creatively!" shouted Shallow Throat. "If the Democrats truly and sincerely believe America and the Constitution are in imminent danger from this wild, power-hungry crew in the White House - and, believe me, you guys only have seen the tip of the iceberg as to how bad it is - they can't keep behaving in the normal manner.
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I then point to five things that I think the Left should do to "take dissent to the next level" from increasing their attacks on Alito (which has been so politically successful) and filibustering him (which would sink their chances in 2006 of regaining either chamber), to having sit-ins outside the White House like some hippie love-fest.

Well, don't tell Bernard, but his little conversation with Shallow Throat is actually a Rovian ploy, intended to push the Dems to veer even further to the Left just before the mid-terms. Nothing like highlighting the unseriousness of the Left when it comes to National Security issues. They'll bleat and accuse, but when Bush produces one example of a terrorist plot that was foiled because the NSA intercepted a communication between Al Qaeda and their agents in the US, the public will rally to our side.

Notably, it's likely that my little conversation with the Crisis Papers will have influence within the Democratic Party. As we've often mentioned here, there's little difference between the conspirazoid, Moonbats at DU, DailyKos, and MoveOn.Org and the DNC Chair (or their last two presidential candidates for that matter).

However, perhaps there still is some room for improvement, as even Nancy Pelosi is arguing against impeachment - settling for using the NSA surveillance kerfluffle only for political gain:
"Speak to Bush's impeachment," members of the crowd chanted at one point.

Pelosi called for a congressional investigation on the revelation that the Bush administration had authorized domestic spying, but pooh-poohed calls for impeachment hearings against the president.

"I think we should solve this issue electorally," she said, urging audience members to channel their energy into the 2006 elections.

The protesters stood quietly in front of Pelosi waving their signs for the entire two-hour meeting, while hecklers from the audience frequently interrupted the talk.

It's pretty bad when a Representative from SAN FRANCISCO is viewed by the Democratic, Moonbat base as being too conservative.

I know I'm just a digital brownshirt, but it sure is a lot of fun!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler