Skip to comments.Swifties Slime Again
Posted on 02/23/2005 10:15:52 PM PST by neverdem
February 24, 2005OP-ED COLUMNIST
Swifties Slime AgainBy MAUREEN DOWD
Instead of trying to destroy AARP, Republicans should be signing up the seniors' lobby to find Osama.
AARP's super-relentless intelligence network is certainly better than that doddering C.I.A's. Osama has to have turned 50, and AARP somehow knows where everyone who has turned 50 lives.
But no. The same Republicans who used to love AARP when it helped them pass the president's prescription drug plan now hate AARP because it is against the president's plan to privatize Social Security.
"They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts," said Charlie Jarvis, the president of USA Next, a conservative lobbying group. "We will be the dynamite that removes them." He sounded more like Wile E. Coyote than a former interior official in the Reagan and Bush I administrations. "They can run, but they can't hide," he said. But the walker-and-cane set is hard to picture in the Road Runner role.
The Washington Monthly called USA Next's United Seniors Association, a self-styled AARP rival, "a soft-money slush fund for a single G.O.P.-friendly industry: pharmaceuticals."
Certainly, AARP, the gigantic special interest flush with money, probably does wield undue influence and certainly can be an obstacle to public policy, sticking up too much for what their critics call "greedy geezers."
But AARP doesn't deserve this treatment from the "Swift Boat" political demolition team. As Glen Justice reported in The Times, USA Next, which has spent millions on Republican policy fights, has pledged to spend as much as $10 million on ads and other tactics to "dynamite" AARP and get Americans to rip up Social Security. It's hiring some of the same consultants who helped the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who dynamited John Kerry, a war hero, by sliming him as a war criminal.
Once again, just as W. runs into political trouble, he floats above the fray while the help takes out his opponents. Just as John McCain was smeared by Bush supporters in 2000, Swift Boat assassins can rid the president of any meddlesome adversaries now.
The USA Next group intends to combine the two ruthless success stories of the Bush re-election: the Swiftian tactic of amplifying its vicious and dishonest attacks through the media, and the Rovian tactic of hanging gay marriage like an anvil around the neck of a foe.
It began with an almost comically hyperbolic Internet ad that briefly ran on The American Spectator's Web site, painting AARP as pro-gay sex - even though it's tough to think of AARP and steamy lust in the same hot breath - and anti-soldier. It showed a soldier with a red X across him, and two gay men kissing at their nuptuals, with the headline "The REAL AARP Agenda."
(Mr. Jarvis, who used to be executive vice president of James Dobson's Focus on the Family, also urged his Web site readers to "support Mel Gibson's 'The Passion.' " The group's national chairman is Art Linkletter; it seems that aging right-wing trash-talkers say the darndest things.)
AARP has not taken a position on same-sex marriage. But Mr. Jarvis told Judy Woodruff on CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday that it had opposed a proposal in November to ban same-sex marriage in Ohio.
This was, of course, specious. The Ohio chapter of AARP objected to the proposal because it said the wording could affect legal recognition of any union, even of older heterosexuals living together.
The oleaginous Mr. Jarvis explained that the soldier was X-ed out on the ad because AARP does not "take a position on veterans and combat veterans' health and support an expansion of their assets. And we do." That is so lame. Just because AARP doesn't endorse a USA Next plan for veterans' health, that doesn't mean it hates American soldiers.
Mr. Jarvis defended his ad by saying that he was simply trying to provoke liberal bloggers, and that he succeeded. In fact, part of the sinister beauty of the Swift Boat method is its viral quality: it slips into a host body - "Inside Politics," say - and hijacks it. An ad it showed briefly on the Internet has now been replicated free, all over the world, and, yes, it is now being transmitted through the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.
Senator Jon Corzine of New Jersey sent a letter to President Bush yesterday calling the USA Next ad "incendiary" and asking him to denounce such tactics. But, of course, President Bush has nothing whatsoever to do with any of this. Right?
Now consultants are confused with the Swiftees, who hammered Kerry for being a traitor after giving aid and comfort to the enemy and calling his comrades war criminals on the basis of the Winter Soldiers' testimony, that couldn't be corrroborated.
Poor Maureen, she is such a bitter old "Sea Hag"
Mo Dowd *barf alert* ping!
Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my miscellaneous ping list.
Dowd is applying the concept of Dowding or a Dowdism .
The looney left rides again. I wonder how much effort it takes for her to just make up this manure.
Maureen Dudd,,,rave on.
That woman is going to die a shriveled up lonely old prune!
I wonder if she ever reads what she writes to get an idea of her own personality? If she doesn't...... she should.
LIES, LIES, all LIES!!!
Dowd has to push her putrid viewpoint now because in a few years the only market for her lunacy will be an obscure community college communist crackpot newspaper. (and she will have a blog which does not allow commentary other than her own)
I agree, we need to figure out a way to hurt the NYT as an institution.
Blind pig. Acorn...
"....and get Americans to rip up Social Security"
See, she goes and writes a sloppy line like that and you end up smiling and shaking your head and merely scanning what's left of her column because you know, once again, that you just can't trust her. When it comes to credibility, she's her own worst enemy.
Didn't the New York Times once upon a time have careful, thoughtful columnists?
MoDo is the best they can do?
By the way, has the New York Times bothered to try to find a token conservative columnist to replace Safire?
Sure, buts lets not forget to make them all personally suffer for their many sins.
It will die under the weight of its own antiquated, out-of-touch, Manhattan liberalism. It will take awhile, but the paper will continue to fade. I will give one thing to the NY Times - - it is one of the few remaining publications that we don't have to excerpt here.
Make that the CIA that was defanged by the Church Commission and the Dunderheads over the years.
I believe 'The Wall' was intentionally built by Blozo and Broomhilda to take cover for 9/11.
True but there is a long history to undercutting the intelligence capabilities of this nation by the dems.
One has to wonder why the dems have been so willing to make sure we were vulberable and have continued that effort to this day.
I only wish she would have told us why her and the other old biddies constantly yell at the neighborhood kids, have sixty or seventy cats, and wear sweaters in August.
Hopefully, she'll write a follow up article after she finds her teeth.
I don't wonder, Clinton was trying to put commies in charge of the Dept of Education. The RATS sold us out a long time ago its only recent that it is becoming very clear what they are up too.
You're exactly right. I was actually giving the article a chance, to see if she had anything interesting to say. Then I got to that childish bit of screechingly asinine hyperbole and remembered why I long ago stopped looking for nuggets of insight in her typings.
She really is a complete idiot.
Hate to say it but we are setup for a commie takeover. When you promise more than you can deliver ...
I bet Dowd goes into convulsions at the sound of Catherine's name.
The Ohio chapter of AARP objected to the proposal because it said the wording could affect legal recognition of any union, even of older heterosexuals living together.
Yeah right. If anyone believes this they also believe it doesn't rain in California.
Besides the SBVT only said that Kerry might not have deserved all of the medals he was awarded. It was Kerry himself who said he committed war crimes, not the SBVT.
skerry a war hero. These Rats are blind dumb and stupid. Whatever he was was thrown out the window when he became a traitor.
When the headline's a blatant lie, how 'interesting' can the article be?
The only connection that I've seen reported between the Swifties and either USA Next or its United Seniors Association is the fact that USA Next has hired some of the consultants who had previously done work for the Swifties. Has there been any more of a 'connection' reported? If there has been, I've missed it.
I only stopped by for the obligatory CZJ pictures. :=)
Ms. Dowd spent another fine afternoon at the March Hare and Mad Hatter tea party.
In the bad old days, buying ink by the barrel gave MSM the final word. These days, buying ink by the barrel becomes increasingly expensive with each passing day relative to the virtually free cost of the Internet.
In the world of the teleputer, broadcasters, educators, investors, and filmmakers, who thought they could never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, are going to discover they were wrong.
now THAT is funny
How did this infantile obscenity get in here without a ten-bucket barf alert?
And, Maureen Dowd, their chief critic: she's done what for who? and at what risk to her life, liberty, or property?
Hell, it's like a whore calling a virgin bride "indecent". Enough said.
Swiftees and slime doesn't mix unless it's MoDo. That's enough. No warning was necessary.
Hah -- I always thought you were smarter than me -- and Right there's the proof!
She's bonkers. A complete, total "fruit loop".
Hey Dowd, I only have one question for you....how many years have you been a member of the AAAP?
MoDo calling someone else slime, how rich, how Frank Rich.
Oh no, Mo. It's not the Swiftees who are/were dishonest.