Saturday, July 08, 2006

Conservatives Won't Admit It, But Most Have Stopped Using "Cut And Run" Since Casey's Redeployment Plan Became Known

In June, Republicans were jumping over one another to come up with new and exciting ways to chastise Democrats for proposing a troop redeployment from Iraq.

It was typical follow-the-leader strategy. Once President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist became partisan bomb-throwers -- accusing the Democrats of having a "plan for retreat," a desire to "surrender," a goal of "packing it in," a need to "cut and run" -- just about every conservative wanted to get on the bandwagon.

Lambasting the Democrats in creative yet insulting ways became as popular as booing the Yankees clutchless third-basemen, Alex Rodriguez. Say something clever, so that your constituents can see you on C-SPAN. Make an outrageous statement, and you may be featured on Fox News Channel. Come up with an exceptionally creative insult, and you might get national exposure via The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

Very few Republicans were willing to stand up against the tide. A rare example: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) chastised those in the GOP who would use "focus-group tested buzz words and phrases like 'cut and run,' catchy political slogans that debase the seriousness of war."

But then it became known that he top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, had briefed the administration on his plan to reduce U.S. troops in Iraq, with the first cuts perhaps coming by September, and much deeper cuts coming in 2007. Worse, Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted that Republican lawmakers were aware of Casey's plan before voting against two Democratic proposals, including a conceptually similar plan offered by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI).

And suddenly, the widespread calls of Democrats wanting to "retreat," "cut and run" and a host of other insulting catch-phrases came pretty much to an end. Do a Google search, and you'll find very few examples of conservative politicians using these tired partisan cliches, unable to keep pretending that the Democrats are out-of-step with a majority of Americans, or what Bush's top general thinks makes sense.

Oh sure, there are still some conservatives who stubbornly hang on. Rush Limbaugh, for example, yesterday referred to Ned Lamont, a candidate to unseat Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), as a "kook cut-and-run Democrat opponent." But Limbaugh is the exception, not the rule. He's not running for re-election this fall, or at risk to losing his job to a "kook" like Lamont.

Maybe now conservatives can move beyond such blatant partisanship, and, as Hagel suggests, devote themselves to the "seriousness of war."

15 Comments:

Anonymous Hubert Flottz said...

They cut and ran from cut and run. Playground bullyism ain't gonna' get it this time!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Gabi Hayes said...

they've planted the seed, now they don't have to keep repeating it.
the media are carrying the ball for them now, as they ask dem after dem if they aren't being badly hurt by the "cut and run" meme being painted on them by the pugs

the same thing worked for flipflopper, swiftboating, Gore the Liar, etc.

they know what they're doing, and they do it exceedingly well

they are the consummate marketers, except they're marketing Fascism instead of Big Macs

1:32 PM  
Anonymous kentuck said...

Bingo! They planted the seed. The media will carry the ball from here.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous endarkenment said...

Nobody reads the newspapers.
*Obviously that is hyperbole*

The point is that you have to think of these things as ad campaigns, not debates on important issues. They just blast the shit out there and move on. We are always off balance defending against the last blow, not ready for the next attack.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous alfredo said...

People's minds have long been made up on Iraq, Cut and run had little effect on public opinion. Murtha did a good job on this issue.

The Dems have countered attacked in a different direction. They are pushing stem cell research over the objections of the reich wing.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous gatorboy said...

I'd say Bush's "Nothing to see here" reaction to North Korea has also put a damper on the Republican tough guy routine.

When North Korea called their bluff, the right wing decided to cut and run to...d-diplomacy??? *faints*

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Marr said...

Then it's time for *us* to start using those phrases.

They should be asked repeatedly if they still feel like most Americans are just cowards for wanting to leave Iraq. Ask them if they feel guilty for calling most Americans "cut and runners", or if they've decided to flip-flop on that particular issue so they can hold onto their power.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous kentuck said...

It's time to declare victory and get our troops out of there...

Each troop that is killed from this day forward is the responsibility of those that refuse to see the reality of the situation.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous leeroysphits said...

They should be embarrassed. And besides, nobody is calling for an EARLY withdrawal. We want the TIMELY withdrawal of our troops.
There is a huge difference and congress needs to wake up.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Joe said...

How about freedom fries, freedom kiss, freedom drain, freedom doors, freedom cut, or freedom poodles? How are those doing?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous genie_weenie said...

Unfortunately, we are entering the realm of Confirmation Bias. For the majority of Americans our Occupation in Iraq is NOT debatable. They will look for news stories which reinforce their views on it. It's as simple as this: discount and ignore evidence against your position and trumpet and enhance evidence which supports your position.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Ringo84 said...

They should be embarrassed

There's no truth in that hateful catch-phrase. I won't be sad to see it go.
Ringo

6:45 PM  
Anonymous WCGreen said...

I guess they cut and ran.....
From the cut and run....

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Mabus said...

Eventually to end up as a flippity-flop

But the press won't notice.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous tanyev said...

A talking point meets its expiration date.

6:46 PM  

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