I’ve kept quiet about the phony “Phony Soldier” attack against Rush because others are exposing the Dem’s idiocy much better than I could and, up until about five minutes, I didn’t feel I had anything even marginally original to add. What occurred to me five minutes ago, however, was the old saw about “know your audience,” and I thought that I’d pass this one on.
The Democrats understand that Rush fans know that this is all a scurrilous and false attack against Rush. I don’t doubt that members of the military also know that this is a scurrilous and false attack against Rush, because they can’t be ignorant of the fact that Rush, not Harkin or Reid, or any other Democrat, has been their faithful friend. So it isn’t going to play before that audience.
The Democrats also know that their base loathes Rush and thinks he’s Satan incarnate. They hate him because he’s a conservative, and the conservatives are fascist war mongers. The base, then, is going to know that this whole “scandal” is a fake, but they’re not going to care. They just like seeing the attack. But you don’t gain any additional political traction by peddling obvious lies to your base.
So the intended target must be the people who don’t care one way or another about Rush (non-fanatic Democrats, casual Republicans, and Independents). But not caring about Rush is not the same as not knowing about Rush. Everybody in America, unless they’ve spent the last years under rocks, knows of Rush, and knows that he’s the King of the Conservatives. And if they know that much, they also have figured out that, subject to a few RINO exceptions, the Conservatives are the party that pretty much unreservedly supports the military — as opposed to the Democrats, who are traditionally very anti-military. So it seems likely that this audience, hearing about this “controversy,” might be the one group that thinks “something’s not right here.” And if the members of his audience care even a little about this curious inversion of normalcy, they’ll investigate and discover that the Democratic Congress is lying through its teeth. And really, that’s not good for the Democrats.
So tell me again, what audience are the Democrats playing to?