Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Paranoid Style In South Dakota Politics: Kristi Noem Edition

In 1964, Richard Hofstader wrote a classic essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics."
Hofstader pointed out that the classic paranoid politician sees the world in black and white terms:
The enemy is clearly delineated: he is a perfect model of malice, a kind of amoral superman—sinister, ubiquitous, powerful, cruel, sensual, luxury-loving. Unlike the rest of us, the enemy is not caught in the toils of the vast mechanism of history, himself a victim of his past, his desires, his limitations. He wills, indeed he manufactures, the mechanism of history, or tries to deflect the normal course of history in an evil way. He makes crises, starts runs on banks, causes depressions, manufactures disasters, and then enjoys and profits from the misery he has produced. 
Today, Pat Powers printed Kristi Noem's conspiracy theory fund raising email:
While President Obama and his allies in Congress point fingers and place blame, we’re focused on getting results.  Their response? They are almost singularly focused on unseating conservatives like me so they will have an easier path to passing their big-spending agenda in Congress come 2014.
Do you know what the typical campaign playbook is for the Obama campaign machine when they target a conservative like me for defeat?
First, they will recruit a so-called “moderate” to run against me . . . someone with no record in public office who will hide the fact that he or she will fall in line with the Obama-Pelosi agenda in Washington.
Second, they will be on the air early and often with TV ads, attacking me, misleading voters about my record in Congress, and dragging down my approval ratings.
Finally, in races they are really targeting with everything they’ve got, the National Democrat Party will coordinate with left-wing activist groups and union bosses to bring hundreds of “volunteers” into South Dakota, so they can knock on doors, operate phone banks, and mobilize a high Democrat voter turnout.
In short the malevolent superman Obama will mobilize minions to prevent Kristi Noem from being elected, an outcome that, of course, reflects the normal course of history. Further, Obama and Pelosi are luxury loving big spenders who will profit from defeating Noem. One would think that after 70 years, conservatives would have a new playbook.

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