Just in time for Halloween, it's...THE FRIGHT RIGHT! That's right, America: all horror, all the time, brought right to your radio, TV and email in the form of a Republican presidential campaign.
Afraid to redeploy troops out of Iraq? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Afraid of energy smart innovation? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Afraid of sensible immigration reform? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Afraid to fix healthcare? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-(cough, cough)-haaa!!!
Behold! The blood curdling campaign so scary, so full of doom and horror (and terror and aliens and cancer) that even the strong quiver in fear.
Is it Dracula? Is it Frankenstein? Is it Freddy? Is it Jason? Run for your life! Run away and hide if you can! Quick! Before it's too late! It's... it's...the....Giuliani 2008 campaign!!
9/11+WWIV+Aliens+Cancer=The Fright Right
At first I thought Rudy Giuliani's horror lust would be sated with 9/11 dripping from his fangs at every campaign stop. Alas, I was wrong.
To elect himself president, Rudy Giuliani seems to have reworked the standard "low taxes, family values, strong defense" mantra of the Republican Party into something that I call "The Fright Right."
Here's the new formula:
9/11+World War IV+Illegal Aliens+Socialized Medicine=Rudy For President!
Giuliani hopes to win his party's nomination and, ultimately, win the White House by repeating those four tales of horror over and over again.
Giuliani's latest Fright Right effort is a radio ad telling voters in New Hampshire that electing a Democratic President will increase your chances of dying from cancer. This first, substantial ad buy in the first-primary state by Giuliani is designed to gain ground on the Romney campaign, whom he currently trails (in New Hampshire). But the 'vote-Dem-die-from-cancer' ad is also a continuation of Giuliani's Fright Right strategy. Scare the electorate -- scare them so much about everything.
As Giuliani's campaign sees it, the path to the White House is lined with tales of terror, aliens, socialism and cancer. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
House of Horrors
Will it work?
Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Of course it will. The issue is not whether anything Rudy Giuliani says is true (it's not) or makes sense (it doesn't), but whether the zombie mainstream media is willing to repeat it -- or as they like to say: "report" it.
So far, the only serious efforts at driving a wooden stake through Count Giuliani's campaign -- the only real attempts to not repeat the Giuliani Fright Right talking points--are taking place in alternative media, focused largely in internet journalism and group blogs.
Talking Points Memo, Brave New Films, Mother Jones, for example, are have all prove to be viable alternatives to the living-dead lethargy of the mainstream media. These smaller, more nimble media outlets see in the Giuliani campaign the same kind of endless horror show that was foisted on America by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush for the past two terms. And they are bringing this reporting at a steady clip to the American public.
Meanwhile, the big media continues to wander around, mouths hanging open, mumbling 'Yes, Master' like drones of the undead each time the Giuliani campaign tosses out a new tale of horror.
Whether or not Americans reject the Fright Right, they cannot do it alone. Until the mainstream media decides to reject the horror show material pushed their way by the Giuliani campaign, Americans can fend off the assault, but will lose in the end.
The stake in the heart of the Fright Right would and could take the form of one high-profile, mainstream broadcast news anchor -- someone other than Keith Olbermann -- openly rejecting the horror tactics of the Giuliani campaign during a nightly-news broadcast.
Who will be the first to stand up and speak out against the Fright Right? Brian William? Katie Couric? Charles Gibson?
On second thought, this might be a good time to stock up on garlic.
This post first appeared on Frameshop
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