WASHINGTON, June 9 -- With the President and his panicky Republican allies seeking to rally the base with an anti-immigrant crackdown, and constitutional amendments against gay marriage and flag-burning, what else can they do to win support? They're betting that the rural, Midwest and Southern voters who fell for their pandering before will respond again, even if they lose on those red-meat issues in Congress. But to shore up their support, here are some other measures under consideration by the Bush Administration, sources say:
1. Mandating that all grade-schoolers learn to read directly from the Bible -- with chapbooks just like in colonial days.
2. Administration supporters are working with the Fox News Network to launch MolestTV, a 24/7 cable network highlighting coverage of trials, arrests and in-depth profiles of accused and convicted child molesters, mostly focusing on gays (even though critics of the proposed new network note that a majority of pedophile cases involve heterosexuals.) Bill O'Reilly will anchor an hour show on the network, "Fighting for Our Kids," focusing on politicians, liberal journalists and judges who are "soft on crime" while featuring regular appearances by representatives of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) whom he can tell to "Shut up!"
3. Executing a few scary-looking accused terrorists with "funny-sounding" Arabic names who have been held at Guantamano Bay.
4. Cracking down on all that cursing on HBO, once and for all.
5. Having Attorney General Gonzales order the arrest of mostly Jewish reporters for publishing leaked classified information about our secret intelligence-gathering and interrogation (i.e., domestic spying and torture) operations.
6. Putting out an all-gay list of fugitives and serial murderers on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Read more at MojoBlog.
What do you think they have up their sleeves to rally the base? How low will they be willing to go to get out the vote in November? And will it work this time?