ACORN – Not Nuts
As the days and daylight dwindle in the run-up to November 4, the braintrust of the GOP and its diabolical spin machine seem to have decided its vapid candidates leave it with no alternative; It must go after a group it staunchly proclaims as radical nuts.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has registered over 1.3 million new voters. Comprised mostly of low-incomes and minorities, they gravitate toward the Democratic ticket. Nothing could be more horrifying to GOP operatives than the prospect of 1.3 million new poor people - many of color – voting almost exclusively for Democrats.
So the Republican party muckity-mucks lately seem hellbent on villifying ACORN. Sounds like a losing cause – trying to make a case crying voter registration fraud - because some phony names i.e. Mickey Mouse, have turned up on voter registration cards. May I ask: On both counts - what’s new?
The GOP asserted election scam prowess as we all remember back in 2000 by absconding the election with a little help from their friends in Florida. In 2004, Democrats got another lesson in some very similar GOP election debauchery in Ohio.
You don’t have to be a psychic to predict a strategy of a repeat of past chicanery. When you have no candidates, no linear resonating message and you’re woefully behind in every poll, go back to Plan A – 2000. Desparate times call for proven counter-measures. So don’t be too surprised if the GOP turns to its playbook from elections past and follows the sage advice of former Texas University football coach Darrell Royal: "Dance with the one that brung you." Royal’s favorite expression means to go with the players and plays that result in wins. And our own beloved Molly Ivins wrote a book titled "You got to dance with them what brung you: politics in the Clinton years" (1998). It’s a proven high percentage strategy. Otherwise, November Rs across the country, not just McCain/Palin could get thumped like a July Luling watermelon.
Insanity is widely defined by some as repeating the same behavior while expecting a different outcome. If the GOP repeats its past behavior, it has no reason to believe a different outcome will result. The GOP Roveian braintrust may very well be evil, but they’re not completely nuts.