You’re Not Helping: Dip…. Lefty Boomer Version

[Self-disclosure: I’m in a feisty mood this morning…]

In horse race stuff, the big news out today is this NyTimes piece on Obama and Ayers.  It’s another in a long line in this election for the Times of big talk/no substance.  Like the McCain hit job piece they ran about how he might have had an affair–but then they had no proof.  I guess this piece is to keep it “fair”.

It’ll be fodder for both sides to find what they want (Obama expresses support for a book on education reform written by a post-Weathermen Ayers) but you might want to keep this in mind:

A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”

In fact exactly what a rational person would have figured out to be the case.  But it’s not about rationality at this point.  As Drew Westen points out in the Political Brain, party messaging is the number one predictor of electoral success.  And the #2 is a feeling of identification with the poliitcian him/herself.  Since the Republican brand is completely smashed this year (#1 out window) and the country by large majorities favors generic Democratic positions on a whole host of issues, then the only hope for McCain has always been to hit Obama at point #2.  Which is exactly what McCain is planning to do for the next month (it’s going to be ugly, brace yourself).  The Times–which is not liberal but opportunist–wants to get ahead of that curve with this piece.

i.e. It’s not rational because it’s emotional.  It’s an attempt to work on subconscious patterning and association (via guilt by association or if you like fairly weak connection).

In that light, the final quotation from resident lefty Boomer idiot (those last three words are probably redundant, i.e. synonymous) Tom Hayden (yes that Tom Hayden) does not help.

Here’s Hayden:

“If Barack Obama says he’s willing to talk to foreign leaders without preconditions,” Mr. Hayden said, “I can imagine he’d be willing to talk to Bill Ayers about schools. But I think that’s about as far as their relationship goes.”

To which I respond:  You’re Not Helping Dips–t.  You have just managed to play exactly into the associative dark murky pool that the Republicans want.  Ayers, Ahmadinejad, Ayermindejad?  And SCHOOLS. How Nucking Futs do you have to be to associate terrorism with children?  Remember a certain 3 Am Ad moron?

In other words, Hayden’s logic is something like: “hey he’s already going to meet with some foreigner terrorists [so goes the Republican line], why shouldn’t he meet with some domestic ones?”

Like the Psalmist, I say, one day….one day we will be rid of these self-defeating, self-obsessed pseudo-intellectual lefty Boomer lightweights (I’m being nice here) like Hayden.  Does this jagoff not have a single F’in Clue about how to win an election?  Has he not watched say I don’t know the last 40 years of elections.

If and when yours truly becomes Dictator of the World, individuals like Hayden will not fare well.

John Cole needs to come up with an award/takedown based on this and dole one out quickly.  Warning graphic statue imagery via this link to John’s site.  The award I have in mind would be for the left wing inverse version of the award linked to.

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