Subject: GOP Reprises 1976 Strategy,
with McCain as Ford, Obama as Carter
I disagree with the letter-writers in your June
19-20 edition who suggested the GOP might "off" McCain
before the election in hopes of securing a true
third term, a la Guiliani, for Bush. Not that I think the Repugs
are above that, I just think they have other
plans. And as usual, those plans will be carried out by the
sycophantic corporate media.
I don't think it was meant to be a joke when McCain
said Obama is running for Carter's second term
in office, in response to Obama's charge that
McCain is running for Bush's third. Remember, Carter was
the long-shot candidate who became the darling
of the corporate media, and consequently, the president.
With little to offer and tainted by having been
Nixon's VP, Ford didn't have much of a chance.
That same media turned against Carter when he
ran for a second term (the "Time" magazine cover
"Jimmy Who?" sounded the death knell), destroying
any chance of re-election. Carter became the
sorbet between courses. His purpose was to cleanse
the palate of that awful taste of Nixon.
The corporate media had done its job.
As in '76, the Republicans want out of the spotlight,
the one that shines its light on their myriad misdeeds.
They're banking that four years of Obama trying
to fix what the Repugs have wrought will make him
appear to be a "do-nothing" president, and worse,
since the full effects of the mortgage crisis - among
many, many other crises - has yet to be felt.
My hope is that Obama is savvy enough once elected
not to allow the corporate media to run the show,
to determine the discourse. And I hope the public
will be smart enough four years from now not to elect
another Bush in Reagan's clothing!
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