Will Big Republican Lies Win?

(This piece was first posted on my Huffington Post column as “What the Republicans Are (Still) Counting On To Win”)

When I was a Republican/religious right activist many years ago Reagan made us proud by being upbeat about America, politics and our place in the world. The Republican Party (rightly or wrongly) was all about a great optimistic future. Reagan and people like my friend Jack Kemp counted on the strength of their arguments to carry the day.

Not any more. Today the Republican Party has nothing to offer but nostalgia for perpetual whites only rule. They are empty suits counting on inertia and dirty politics of the lowest form to “win.”

So instead of ideas, optimism and leadership here’s what today’s Republicans are counting on to win, no matter what their candidate says dismissively about the 47% of moochers he’s called those of us not born into the millionaire club. Usually when a candidate tells America to go to Hell he’d lose. Maybe not. The Republicans still have a few tricks up their sleeve.

  • That no matter how bad a candidate Romney is the billionaires can still buy the election for him by burying President Obama in negative ads and outspending him by 75% in PAC donations
  • That enough Americans are closet racists so that no matter what they tell pollsters they want anyone but the black man in the White House to succeed
  • That voter suppression nationwide as a systematic tactic will deny enough elderly, black, Hispanic, and young voters the vote to tip the balance in favor off the Republicans by default
  • That Fox News can help deliver enough big lies often enough to keep the “base” fired up
  • That the Israel lobby and the Christian Zionists can stir up enough paranoia about the President being “anti-Israel” to bring many Jews and almost all Evangelicals to the polls figuring they are “saving” Israel
  • That Republican congressional obstruction will pay off in the end because they have successfully slowed the economic recovery
  • That Americans are so ignorant of foreign affairs that they won’t be able to pick out all the lies re the President’s “weakness” and “appeasement” of the Muslim countries
  • That the Republicans can spin the ongoing economic recovery as bad news
  • That enough Americans are homophobic enough so that the Republicans can use the President’s suport of gay marriage against him
  • That enough Americans are misogynistic enough so that their relentless anti-women agenda can pay off
  • That enough Americans hate Hispanics so that the Republican’s anti-immigrant agenda can pay off
  • That the defense industry can weigh in to protect the 10 great years of war profiteering they’d like extended indefinitely
  • That the Supreme Court decision to open the floodgates to secret donations will carry the day
  • That a party for by and of rich white old guys can use the “old boys” club one last time to pull the election out of the fire
  • That if they get lucky the Middle East will blow up and they can blame the President and that no one will mention that 9/11 happened on W’s watch after he ignored repeated warnings from the CIA
  • That there will be bad economic news, the worse the better
  • And that the most lie-filled politics since Nixon will work because money, bigotry and ignorance can be counted on.

Can an entirely negative campaign based on hate, political dirty tricks and misinformation succeed? Maybe. I hope not.


About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Frank

    I cam here looking for substance and found none. Well done!

    • Neil

      Try reading a book next time, it might improve your spelling. Or bring your IQ out of single figures.

      • Frank

        That’s it? That’s all you have? Wow lack of substance piled on more lack of substance. Well done!

    • FrankBlank

      That’s all you got? What have you got that enables you to tell substance from your lower bowel, where seems to be where you spend mot of your time?

  • Tom

    Actually it was Bill Clinton who consistently ignored warnings about Osama bin Laden’s plans for a major terror strike against the US.

    • Kevin

      Actually that information was passed on to George W. and he ignored it.

      • brian

        Proof he ignored it? or just the DNC talking point? W had information, Clinton had the man in the grasp 6 times. Clinton should man up and admit he let Bin Ladin go. Read the facts about this. They are published everywhere.

        • FrankBlank

          Bushie had info an an imminent attack. Read the facts about this. They are published everywhere and confirmed by Condie’s inability to remember anything.

  • brian

    Why are people so scared of personal responsibility? What I just read in this guys article is dribble at best. Bitterness and contempt don’t create an atmosphere of cooperation. Progressives are the worst thing that has happened to the US in the last century. They are progressing the US to the brink of disaster. Yes that cliff is coming thanks in large part to the current occupant of the White House. At a time when we need austerity he opens the treasury for all of his rich fatcat friends and takes the Marxist road to “fundamentally transform America”. Personally I would much rather have Jerry Falwell’s brand of fundamentalism than President O’s. Each point of this clowns list above can be changed to fit the leftist Democratic party as well so, in actuality, he is guilty of everything he is charging the Republican’s of. Republican dirty politics? You have got to be kidding!! Wow! Where is intellectual honesty? Certainly not here!! The last statement, “Can an entirely negative campaign based on hate, political dirty tricks and misinformation succeed? Maybe. I hope not” should be aimed at Obama, the Chicago political machine hack in Chief.

  • Scott

    This guy really can’t believe all this Propaganda he wrote? As an Independent voter, this type of hateful partianship is what drives me away from the Democratic party.

    Mr. Schaeffer, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  • ToronadoBlue

    Soo much froth and spittle from this post that there should be a ‘Caution – Wet Floor’ sign.