Beating Rove with a Figurative Baseball Bat
But if you really want to hurt him you have to beat him with a figurative baseball bat: call Republicans corrupt crony capitalist thieves. Amanda calls it a double bind, I call it a Bogeyman, either way it’s exactly like hippy; it’s a characterization close enough to the truth that it is dangerous for its target to acknowledge it, even to deny it.
An example of a quote that puts this into action:
RUSSERT: Should Rove apologize?
DEMOCRAT: Well, Timmah, apologize or not, Karl is just trying to distract attention from the corruption of Delay and Abramoff. From day one, this Republican leadership has been looking for ways to bilk the American taxpayer, from No-Bid Contracts to missing billions in Iraq, to the Prescription Drug plan, to Social Security and now we are learning about Tom Delay getting bribes from Jack Abramoff. Of course they want to make a distraction.
UPDATE: This was originally intended as a clarification of my post from yesterday, although it could also be construed as a response to Digby.