Alaska’s Rovian Kool-Aid

Talk about drinking the Kool-Aid!  Is there something in the Alaskan water?  Perhaps there is an underground IV dripping denial and repetition from Karl Rove’s veins into the Bering Sea.

First, Sarah Palin abused the power of her office.  That’s not opinion.  In case it’s now submerged beneath the ice of ancient news cycles, a bi-partisan state panel ruled that the governor abused the power of her office by siking her husband on her ex-brother in law in the guise of state business.

But when asked about the ruling, Sarah Palin’s response was that she the report vindicates her. “Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrong-doing. Any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.” Huh?

Here’s the ruling on Palin’s abuse:

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39/52/110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
-Stephen Branchflower Report to the Legislative Council, October 10, 2008


Since one can’t spin this ruling, Palin’s strategy streams right from Karl Rove’s brain – revise it!  It doesn’t matter what the facts say, one just repeats her denial through as many news cycles as she can.  Certainly her celebrity garners way more press attention than a bi-partisan state panel on ethics.  As the strategy goes, her revision dilutes the firmness of the panel’s ruling.

But Sarah Palin isn’t the only one sipping Karl Rove’s revisionist tea.  Now there’s Ted Stevens.  Stevens, the Alaskan Republican senator who has served for 40 years, was convicted on seven felony counts of taking gifts from oil companies – and, woops, not reporting them.  Click here for the charges against Stevens and their respective verdicts.

These verdicts hardly matter to Stevens who claims, “I have not been convicted of anything.” Huh?!  Stevens also claims that he didn’t realize he hadn’t paid for the gifts.

Really?  I think I would notice if $250,000 worth of gifts and renovation had shown up at my house but had not been subtracted from my checking account.

But then, I haven’t sipped Karl’s tea. Stevens should have taken advice from the Vice President.  While he’s kept his crony meetings secret, he’s waiting until he leaves office to cash in.  At 84, though, Stevens may have felt that time wasn’t on his side.

What is in the water in Alaska that in two of the most high-profile rulings of the last month, both of these liars claim the rulings just didn’t happen.  It’s a Rovian world.  In a Rovian world, one just repeats a claim through as many news cycles as possible.  Here are several Rove classic revisions of truth:

•    He doesn’t use push-polls (e.g. Would you vote for the Governor if you knew that her staff is comprised of mostly lesbians?)
•    Texas Governor Ann Richards was a lesbian.
•    Cindy McCain is a drug addict.
•    John McCain had a illegitimate, black love child.
•    A smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud.
•    Iraq obtained yellow-cake uranium from Niger.
•    We aren’t sure if global-warming is man-made.
•    He had nothing to do with swift-boating John Kerry.
•    He had nothing to do with CIA Operative Valerie Plame’s identity.
•    Iraq is connected to 9/11.
•    There are hundreds more –all reason enough to, hopefully someday, be tried for treason or put on trial for war crimes at The Hague.

In a Rovian world it doesn’t matter what the truth is.  It doesn’t matter what documents assert.  What matters is the length of the news cycle.  Repeat the revisionist falsehood  over and over throughout as many news cycles as you can muster.  The repetitions compete just enough with the truth to dilute it.

In a Rovian world, the strategy is not about replacing the truth.  The repetitions are the Kool Aid, picked up by media outlets and dripped into the groundwater, competing with the truth just enough to create doubt.

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~ by Thom on November 3, 2008.

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