Tuesday, March 02, 2010

THE Definition of Lefty Tactics

Stacy McCain wraps it up nicely. I'll quote the leads, you can find the rest of it here.

...my perspective on the smear tactics used against conservatives. These may be summarized briefly:

Bad Faith
– The accusation that conservatives are motivated by bad faith (mala fides) is essential to the Left’s attacks. ...

The Ransom Note Method – By carefully selecting “evidence” of bad faith, the Left is able to present a distorted image of its conservative targets. Out-of-context quotes and controversial biographical data are cherry-picked and re-assembled...

The ‘Links and Ties’ Method – More than simple guilt-by-association, the Links-and-Ties Method involves presenting a chain of incidental connections to suggest a sympathy of views that does not actually exist. To wit: Target A once spoke at Event B which was sponsored by Group C, co-founded by Person D who once made controversial statement E. By this method, it is implied that Target A actually endorses Statement E.

Telescoping and Telepathy – The actions, statements and associations of a conservative target acquire a trans-temporal permanence in the smear attacks of the Left. Once a target is associated (however incidentally) with controversy, this association can be repeated endlessly as evidence of bad faith, no matter how many years intervene. Furthermore, if the target is associated in Year X with a respectable person or organization that becomes controversial in Year X+5, that association can be cited in Year X+10 as evidence against the target ...

Deny, Denounce, Repudiate – The key to these attack methods is the presumption of the target’s guilt. The accuser, having carefully selected the evidence to be discussed in the manner of a prosecutor making an indictment, demands that the target deny the accusation, denounce the bad-faith views involved, and repudiate the persons and organizations ...

As neatly described as possible. And quite effective.

But it's projection in most cases.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seriously, get a grip. As if conservative politicians don't play the same games and use the same tactics. Spare me the sanctimonious crap.
Mark Hanna, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove...ring a bell?

Thanks for describing how ALL political operatives work past, present, and future.

BUY MORE AMMO indeed.

Deekaman said...

Except, Anon...you guys don't like guns. We do.....and we're good at it.

J. Strupp said...

You guys are good at liking guns?

John Foust said...

Licking guns? What is this, Boots and Sabers?

Anonymous said...

"You guys don't like guns"...

What are you, Deekaman, five? This MODERATE hunts and fishes, as do several of my lefty friends.

Anonymous said...

Sure, the GOP is above reproach!

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