Saturday, June 26, 2010

Are Democrats Finally Learning How to Ratfuck?

Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was first brought to public attention during the Watergate scandal investigation that during the 1972 presidential campaign the Nixon campaign committee maintained a "dirty tricks" unit focused on discrediting Nixon's strongest challengers.

If so, it figures that the first one who mastered it would be Alan Grayson.

The pieces of the Florida Tea Party puzzle are all a bit strange, and none fit together quite right. Republicans and activists say voters are being duped by former Democrats, an anti-tax radio host and college students who took an odd alliance and made it into an official third party -- the Florida Tea Party -- to put "TEA" on the ballot for the first time this fall. State Democrats were amused by the whole thing until several links between the Florida Tea Party group and Rep. Alan Grayson surfaced, complicating everything.

Grayson denies it, and we'll take him at his word, because it really doesn't matter. Even if Grayson did encourage Democrats to run for office on the Florida Tea party ticket, he's done nothing unethical, much less illegal.

Haven't the teabaggers been screaming all along that they're not republicans, they're independent? That their ranks include millions of non-white, non-repug, non-Xians?

But here's the best part: Simply by denying it, Grayson now has Florida repugs convinced he's a Machiavelli, manipulating every election in the state. He's got them running scared, possibly by doing nothing at all.

And he's exposed the weakness of both the teabaggers and the official repugs, while also showing Democratic candidates across the country that they don't have to settle for a blunt knife in this gun fight.

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