The dirty business of politics is beginning as part of the showcase general election debacle which will surely pit Mitt (the robotic campaigner, erstwhile vulture capitalist) Romney against President Obama (expert terrorist killer and hostage-freer).
Mitt has raised $54.5 million and Barack has raised $44.3 million, including super PAC funding, as of the end of January. But vast sums of money are being accumulated to make sure that the deciders, hiding behind those vast sums, cannot be named. We do have some clues as to who will be funneling the booty.
The emperor of dirty politics, Karl Rove, who made George W. Bush king for eight years, first pulled together his super PAC, American Crossroads, in the run-up to the 2010 midterms. As we all know, the coalition – a combination of moneyed groups that haven’t always worked together – was largely instrumental in boosting Republicans to sweeping victories across the country.
The 2010 election thundered across the country with a massive, unrelenting, onslaught of thirty-second TV messages muddying Democrat candidates, robocalls inventing dirt against anything progressive, and Republican contenders preaching jobs to a populace sorely stung by a Wall-street-sprung recession. In this deluge, Crossroads reportedly spent a mere $30 million plus. But hold onto your toupee, Americans. Look out! The general election year draws close. As Uncle Rush Limbaugh would say, “Bend over and grab your ankles …”
Gearing up to full strength after the Supreme Court’s January, 2010, Citizens United decision, insuring unlimited spending by corporations in campaigns, Karl Rove is ready for the 2012 elections. Indicative of the one-sided spending threat by monolithic corporations is Exxon-Mobil’s current practice of campaign contributions going only to Republicans.
Perhaps that would change if Democrats, like Republicans, exclusively showered big oil with gifts of lower taxes, tax credits and exemptions, along with the freedom to pollute. Starting to get the picture?
A big network of donors, pulled together and conceived by “Turd Blossom (Bush’s endearing name)” Rove, includes super PACs, non-profit groups, and billionaire titans, like the Koch brothers. They now meet secretly in the downtown Washington offices of a pair of linked powerhouses, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies. An email sent recently by Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio warned participants about secrecy by enclosing YouTube link footage of the Brad Pitt movie Fight Club(FCLink).
The combined spending plan of Rove’s Crossroads group tallies upward to $600 million. Only a fool would think it does not make a difference in the upcoming elections. That number makes my pitiful donation of $25 to Democrats seem like a knee-slapping joke — or even Bill Maher’s $1 million donation to Obama’s campaign, a trifle.
The lockstep unity of the ultraconservative message has helped Republicans, with increasing force, to kick the intimidated asses of Democrats, and otherwise-occupied voters, this pretty much since the time of Ronald Reagan.
Remember that Karl Rove was the puppetmaster of George W. Bush. Rove’s engineered scripts and his machinations choreographed a nation with an eclectic production of characters and scenes: George “Natty Bumppo” Bush, Dick “The Dark Side” Cheney, and the Hollywood “shock and awe” of Iraq followed by the Bush flightsuit victory proclamation, just to name a few.
Don’t let that chubby, grandfatherly face above deceive you. He has some $600 million of unmarked dollars to spend.
Perhaps it will kill your dreams.
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