December 21, 2005

How the Spying Story Will Unfold (and Fade)

During the Bush Presidency there have been numerous Republican lead scandals which some should have lead to impeachment of the President. The latest scandal is spying story, Peter Daou gives us typical dynamic of a Bush scandal.
1. POTUS circumvents the law - an impeachable offense.

2. The story breaks (in this case after having been concealed by a news organization until well after Election 2004).

3. The Bush crew floats a number of pushback strategies, settling on one that becomes the mantra of virtually every Republican surrogate. These Republicans face down poorly prepped Dem surrogates and shred them on cable news shows.

4. Rightwing attack dogs on talk radio, blogs, cable nets, and conservative editorial pages maul Bush's critics as traitors for questioning the CIC.
Typical Republican reaction, they put GOP and partisan politics above star and strips in order to hold on to their corrupted power. Liberal Bloggers create fury online and a few Democratic politicians take a stand on principle and the giving grassroots/netroots community hope. Next,
8. Reporters and media outlets obfuscate and equivocate, pretending to ask tough questions but essentially pushing the same narratives they've developed and perfected over the past five years, namely, some variation of "Bush firm, Dems soft." A range of Bush-protecting tactics are put into play, one being to ask ridiculously misleading questions such as "Should Bush have the right to protect Americans or should he cave in to Democratic political pressure?" All the while, the right assaults the "liberal" media for daring to tell anything resembling the truth.
The Republican scandals becomes just an other story about politicians and Bush weather the storm with the help of the media, GOP and a lackluster Democratic party.

Rinse and repeat.

Go Read rest of Peter Daou The Dynamic of a Bush Scandal: How the Spying Story Will Unfold (and Fade)

Any ideas on how to break this cycle? Democrats?


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