Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Circular Firing Squad --- Right Face

I am a liberal, and I am used to a good old fashion circular firing squad and incompetent, internally directed undercutting attacks against nominal allies. I see it often enough on my side of the aisle, so when I see it on the Right, I have to sit back and enjoy my schradenfreude.

The Hill is reporting a dual and long lasting circular firing squad looks to be forming. The first concerns Iraq:
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) called for comity Wednesday during a meeting of the Republican Conference after House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) referred to Senate colleagues who have begun to favor a change in course in Iraq as “wimps.”

Ahh, the good old chest beating, ineffective machismo frame that the GOP has adapted to its success combined with the frame that their opponents are feminized wimps. This is the one of the traditional attack frames, and now that it is being turned in on itself, the frame should either negate itself or implode on its own absurdity as its uses self-marginalizee themselves into deeper and stronger support for President Bush and the Iraq policy.

The other interesting firing squad that is forming up right now is the hooker scandal. I agree with Tim F at Balloon Juice on the general principle he expresses:

I think in general that it’s silly to criminalize prostitution, but as long as legislators see fit to ban it for the rest of us they have a certain responsibility to respect the ban themselves.

Sen. Vitter (R-LA) is the first published scalp of any notable worth on the Republican side, but the rumors are flying furiously, including a potential for Mr. No Taxes and Anarchy, Grover Norquist to be included on this list. The potential is expanding for a massive haul. The Hill is also reporting that Larry Flynt and Hustler are tracking 20 or more Congressional sex scandals right now....

I just can not wait for the escalating series of hypocritical outings, finger pointing, self-identification of scandals to pre-empt revelations, and plenty of family value conservatives who have consistently scolded strawman show that they are no better or worse than anyone else.

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