Republican strategy: Divide and conquer
The Kansas City Star
The Republicans appear to have handed off worries over representing the disparate, unwieldy interests of all of Americans to President Barack Obama. Good luck, Mr. President.
The GOP’s strategy for winning the White House, taking over the Senate and increasing their numbers in the House apparently involves getting Joe and Josephine Sixpack to mentally extract themselves from the 47 percenters and align themselves with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. It’s a gamble, but historically getting everyday people to side with the wealthy has worked and paid off big for the ruling class.
The tactic was revealed when Mother Jones magazine reported on Romney’s comments at a May fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., saying 47 percent of Americans are with Obama and “are dependent upon government.” Romney told the rich donors the 47-percenters “believe they are victims” and “believe that government has a responsibility to care for them” with such entitlements as health care, food and housing.
“These are people who pay no income tax,” Romney said. The Republican strategy is to blind people to the fact that they might be among the 47 percent as the elderly, low-income and working poor.
Look for super-PAC funded GOP TV commercials to pump up these folks as hard-working Americans striving for what’s just and good, and then the tactic will get them to point to others, though in the same 47-percenter ranks, as being no-accounts, living-off-the government, layabouts.
That divide-and-conquer strategy has worked throughout American history dividing whites from blacks, union workers from nonunion workers and other groups, and it has a chance of getting everyday folks to once again vote against their own best interests. Stay tuned.