Break the last arrows in their quiver
What will Democrats run on in 2010 and 2012? They can't credibly run on their record, so they will have to run on how eeeevil and scaaaary the Republicans are.
Coincidentally, a favorite subject of (D) captured 'progressive' sites like FDL, where Blue Texan went with "New Harris Poll Finds Nearly One Fourth of Republicans Believe Obama May Be the Antichrist"
So, this reminds me of how another Texan tried to scare the country with constant invocations of evil, deranged, menacing madmen and their bizarre, beyond-the-pale beliefs. They sure are not like us, they are other, and they are gonna getchya!
There is a great book out recently - The Science of Fear, by Daniel Gardner, which delves into the psychology and physiology of fear and the those who use it in media, advertising, and politics.
This will be the (D) captured blogosphere's role in the coming elections - trying to scare their followers literally out of their senses with stories about republican hobgoblins and their uniquely despicable intentions. This will be their desperate rearguard attempt to stem the flow of people of conscience and principle away from the Donkey Party.
This arrow can be easily grabbed out of the air and broken, every time it is fired.
you could say:
this is still not a reason to vote Democrat.
this is like the propaganda about how scary and crazy Saddam was, so therefore you better do what Daddy Bush said.
fearmongering about a scary, demented other is usually a cloak to compel some otherwise undesirable, counterproductive action.
in this case, clearly, it is the old "vote Democrat, no matter what" custom has been so badly eroded recently.
I admire Correntewire as a terrific counter-meme factory - phrases like "Legacy Party" are compelling, simple, and explanatory. In this spirit I am humbly suggesting that folks try calling out Democratic Party GOTV fearmongering with a comparison to the discredited tactics of G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, et al. If they immediately ban and censor this line of argument, as Blue Texan or the mod on duty at FDL did today, then you know you have a strong counter-meme. Of course, this is the very same tactic used by the other Texan, who had everyone with opposing points of view removed and screened from his appearances for 8 years.