Robama vs. Obomney Watch: The Compleat Party Member
Coyote Creek reminds us of this quote from Orwell's 1984:
Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist.
Now that the Republicraps and the Democants are indistinguishable in terms of performance and policy -- the "War on Women" being transparent propaganda waged by an administration whose Praetorian guard is in the procuring business -- tribalism is about all that's left, isn't it? Everything but the pom poms and jerseys has been stripped away.
This was all visible in the assault on Palin in 2008; not that I support her as a politician, but the techniques used to attack her were clear prefigurations of the vileness of Obama's faction in the FKDP.