Our Common Good

Olbermann said, “Well, first off it is the proverbial man bites dog story coming to pass finally. But when you think about this every time a Republican is accused of something the strategy has been for the last five, ten years to try to find something that is similar to it, or contains the same keyword such as dog. Something that will instantaneously neuter and counter effect…but you’re point is where I am going. It is now one week, and it whatever you find, and almost every point that is made on one side must be countered with something similar on the other. This admission by the president that he ate dog meat as a child is in a book that he published in 1995. There has been no umbrage about this for sixteen or seventeen years, and the question then becomes if you want to go back to the next round of this, were Republicans pro dog meat eating until they discovered this clip in the book? It raises the level of absurdity to something exponential, and George’s point is exactly right. With so many valuable questions going on, we’re wasting most of time dealing with the dogs.”

Keith Olbermann was the only person on the panel to bring up that this is part of the Republican strategy. When a Republican has a problem like Mitt Romney has with women, dogs, or any other issue, they don’t confront the issue, or explain it. Instead, their strategy is to find something that a Democrat may be nothing like what they did, but they link them together in the most tenuous of ways in order to claim that both sides do it.

Notice that the conservative response on the panel was to blame the media for spreading the information that they gave them. They create the false equivalency then blame the media for spreading their talking point. Does anyone really believe that Barack Obama eating dog meat as a child is the same thing as an adult Mitt Romney engaging in animal cruelty? It’s not, but Republicans know that the lazy mainstream media won’t care.

(via Keith Olbermann Shreds the GOP’s Obama Eats Dog Attack)