I had to do a double–; no, a triple, jaw-dropping take when I read the above article’s title; if true, this is definitely one helluva’ of a chance for Democrats to play a nice game of political Psy-Ops; not only would it give them a chance to paint Republicans as subservient to the monied interests of Movement Conservatives and Oligarchs, it could also, looking over at the GOP, help push many of them into abject paranoia…after all, which do you think is worse: having the world find out you’ve effectively sold your soul to King OxyContin OR remaining silent in order to avoid a Republican firing squad-inspired primary?
Anyway, here’s what President Obama had to say in a CNN interview on the subject…
So the question is ultimately, if you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn’t be that difficult. And I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, “I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the Tea Party back in my district,” or, “I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on the radio. And so you got to understand, I’m — it’s really difficult.”(CNN)
For what it’s worth, I agree with Daily Kos’s Jed Lewison on this one: I’d love to see the President start naming names, if not for the sheer pleasure of watching Republican members of Congress squirm under media pressure. On the other hand, DKos commenter GTomkins had an interesting thought on the matter at hand; quoting:
“…the more I think about that statement from the president, the more I want him to name names.”
Leave it nameless, and you leave just about every R who’s ever exchanged a word with Obama under suspicion of treason from the Teahadist/Dittohead crowd. Surely that is a good thing.
This is effective even if Obama is completely fabricating the whole thing, and no R ever has actually told him they hate and fear Limbaugh and that crowd. It is entirely credible, and something the Limbaugh crowd is clearly paranoid about, that elected official Rs would say this to Obama, and that’s exactly what makes this statement so effective. Everyone knows that “moderate” Rs, including almost all of them not obviously so crazy that they actually managed to win an election, think this way. Of course they plan to betray the Teahadists as soon as that is feasible.
And insofar as Rs really have said such things to Obama, and these statements are known to others, if only deep insiders, that sets up all sorts of wonderful group dynamics of blackmailable failure to show unquestioned loyalty to Limbaugh/Teahadist ideology. Name specific names and you cut deeply into the variety and intensity of the possibilities. Let individual Rs start to accuse each other by name, eventually in public, and that’s when we really get to break out the popcorn.
Regardless of which perspective you agree with on the topic(Lewison’s or Tomkins’s), it definitely would be nice to see the Democrats’ start playing political hardball with Republicans..all I can say is bring the popcorn!