Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Great DemoCRAT Party

John Boehner in his oh-so-gracious comments before he handed over the gavel to Nancy Pelosi could not resist referring to the "Democrat Party."

Nicknaming is an attempt to assert dominance over the other, and so this is why the minions of the Hoover-Nixon-Bush party prefer this name for Democrats. It is done simply because it is irritating.

It is "dog whistle" politics. The ordinary person does not hear it, but for activists on both sides of the aisle, the petty dominance game is clearly audible. It invites an indignant response, which only serves to confirm their dominant position. "How can anyone be upset about such a minor matter?" And in that exchange, which they invite, they remind everyone of how "some people are just too sensitive" -- which is code for racial politics, and political correctness.

Let them clown. After all, he was giving up the gavel.

I don't think that they realize how wide and how broad the repudiation of the Hoover-Nixon-Bush Party is going to turn out to be. They think that if they go back to the tactics and rhetorical styles that they used as they rode into power, that they will reverse their current fortunes. I don't think that is going to happen.

3 comments:

KJR said...

I hope you are right. Glad you are writing again.

PeaceBang said...

LT, I'm dumb. How is Democrat Party a nickname? What did I miss?

fausto said...

It's the DemocratIC party, PB. Republicans intentionally mispronounce it.

I think it's fair to play the same game, but more effectively. If they want to call us the Democrat Party, let's call them the party of Harding and Nixon. (Bush is too current; Hoover meant well but was just in over his head; but Harding was a corrupt sleaze and Nixon was a fascist criminal who together exemplify all that is meaningful about the GOP today. Why not point it out at every opportunity?)