Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Lions, Tigers,and Bears
Michael Steele celebrated his first anniversary as national Republican Party chair by rattling off his version of a "Lions, Tigers, and Bears" alert to the party faithful. Only his was a "Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Oh My!" warning. And a dandy it was. Apparently Mr. Steele has research suggesting that republicans who read his letters have either short attention spans or a mild case of Alzheimer because in his 35 paragraph missive, he mentions the bad guys, Obama, Pelosi and Reid not once, not twice, not three, but four times. "If you don't like what Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are doing, please help us stop them by completing your Public Policy Survey and returning it to RNC headquaters immediately," he writes in paragraph 22. Give him credit for using the public survey hook a.k.a ruse to stroke the unsuspecting recipient into believing he or she will actually have an impact on GOP strategy. (Please note that democrats have used the same kind of scare tactics. Think Newt Gingrich and social security.) "As one of the indentified opinion leaders in (name of town), your survey has been registered in your name and assigned a number. With our limited resources (thinly disguised plea for money) we could only afford to contact citizens who have demonstrated a high level of political involvement to the Republican Party," he reveals in paragraph 7. The letter is spiced up with lots of anti-Obama buzz worlds to rise the ire of disgruntled republicans. To wit: "left-leaning agenda;" "radical, far-reaching schemes;" "Big Brother agenda;" Radical socialist agenda" and on and on. Once you have weeded through all this boiler plate stuff that you've heard thousands of times from the ultra conservative cable talking heads, Steele finally gets to the real reason for the survey. "We must mail 10 million surveys in the next three months," he breathlessly laments and that is why "I need you to join our fight by returning your answers….with a generous contribution…." One wonders what will happen if those surveys are not sent out? Oh my! Do we dare contemplate that?