If Democrats can’t even object when people persist in calling them the “Democrat” Party, how can they hope to muster up any voter enthusiasm in 2012? | Street Jazz

If Democrats can’t even object when people persist in calling them the “Democrat” Party, how can they hope to muster up any voter enthusiasm in 2012?



It seems like every time I turn on the television these days, whenever a member of the GOP refers to the Democratic Party it always seems to come out as “Democrat” Party. This might have been amusing, if you could have put it down to a slip of the tongue on the part of a couple of folks who whose mouths were moving faster than their brains.

What? In the modern-day Republican party? Perish the thought!

Ah, but no, Knockabout Reader, you would be wrong if you thought that. Actually, our friends in the Republican Party have been using it since the 1940s. Why, you ask? Well, according to Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker:

“There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. 'Democrat Party' is a slur, or intended to be — a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but 'Democrat Party' is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams ‘rat.’”

There is a good history on the use of the term at:[


So with every Republican in sight dropping the term - and even news anchors (who should know better) - what are folks gonna do?

There have been silly - no, make that stupid - attempts to refer to the GOP as the Publican Party and similar sounding names but they didn’t go beyond someone suggesting it.

I guess you can’t stop the Republican Party from using the term; it is, after all, the party of slurs and not ideas these days. But when a news anchor or TV reporter uses the term?

Fill up their damn answering machine. And suggest to members of your party that they stop watching that particular station - or at least the news on that station - and let the station know that you have done so. Sometimes ratings do speak louder than words.


Is Herman Cain really running for Vice President?

Does anyone seriously believe that Herman Cain is running for president?

Modern-day presidential runs are complicated affairs. While some men and women truly do run because they care about this country, too many have book deals or syndicated TV shows waiting for them in the wings, after their pretend campaigns are over. And some make just enough noise, and garner just enough support, to be considered for the position of Vice President.

I think that Herman Cain is one of those individuals. He has built up a small but solid base, and has drawn in the required number of crackpot voters into the tent. Sharia law? Give me a break.

I mean, really, the GOP would be so foolish not to put him on the ticket.

They linked Sarah Palin with John McCain in 2008 because they thought she would bring in the women’s vote so I can easily see the same minds getting together and saying, “Herman Cain? Black guy? Oh, yes! We have it in the bag!


The GOP/Pan Am/Playboy Club Philosophy

In an effort to duplicate the success of the brilliantly written Mad Men (about an ad agency 50 years ago) on AMC, ABC has produced Pan Am, and BNC produced the swiftly dropped Playboy Club, both set in the same time period.

This is because the folks at ABC and NBC probably watched Mad Men with the sound turned off, and didn’t really understand why the show has succeeded.

The GOP is sort of like that.

Sooner or later they are gonna have to actually listen to people, and find out why their candidates only appeal to folks inside their particular carnival tent.


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