Teabaggers, like all cowardly, ignorant malcontents, do their best work when nobody’s fighting back — and the Left has drawn a lot of fire over the years for exactly that. The Republicans are right when they say there’s a divide on the Left, in that most of the P.C. warriors out there fancy themselves flower children who are transcendentally above hating anyone.
On the other side, though, stands a growing majority that (with this victory over the shutdown) has seen that while Ghandi is a fine spiritual adviser, he’s not exactly as potent a strategist as Rambo. We here at AATTP, who by definition have been proudly militant from day one, are among the many who were damned proud of our president for standing his ground, and proving to America that leaning left doesn’t have to mean bending over. As John Stewart said:
“I didn’t know they covered ball transplants under Obamacare.”
Republicans haven’t exactly adapted well to the idea that they’re no longer in the position of merely staring down the Bitch Party with intimidation and rhetoric. When the time came to back up all that talk, the TEApubliCons threw their best punch, and promptly got knocked OUT. With Republicans reeling in all the egotistic outrage of an overweight Florida cop INSULTED at being touched, the Democratic House Majority PAC has thrown the first of what are sure to be many counter-punches.
This ad, released yesterday by the House Majority PAC, is the first in a series that will target TEApublican representatives who voted against ending the shutdown. That the PAC chose Steve Southerland (Sunshine State, 2nd District) as target-zero is no act of mere chance. With ads like this costing $70,000 a piece, the PAC is wisely targeting TEO-CONS in potentially swing districts that just barely went to the screaming Right.
This district, in particular, went to Romney 53-47 in the last election, and Florida as a whole just barely went blue by 0.9%. We can expect to see ads like this targeted at swing districts in important swing states like Florida first; they’re the weakest links and most strategically valuable positions.
Now, $70,000 is no small scratch to spend on an ad — but, these days, Democrats kind of have it to spare. Just as we predicted, this shutdown has decimated Republican funding, as the smart money pulls out of the Stupid Party. More to the point, that money and more has shifted to Democratic candidates and funds like the House Majority PAC. Compared to the $8.4 million raised by House Dems in September (a record for funds raised in any non-election-year September), $70,000 to help turn a swing district in a swing state is a drop in the bucket.
Ultimately, ads like this may be at least as effective in their mere existence than in any tangible message they convey. TEApublicans, like all fascists, worship power and money, deride the poor and weak, and flock en masse to the strong. Look no further than Rand Paul for an example…he consistently sides with whoever’s winning, and flips the moment his associates and ideas start losing. This writer’s got $50 on Paul rewriting his history by 2018, retroactively becoming a lifelong (but clearly misunderstood) liberal Democrat.
Fascists are unsettled by losses; forcing them to face that they HAVE lost, very badly, may just be the hardest possible blow to the Tea Party and its power-worshiping base.