Quote of the Day: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” –George Orwell
The Michael Steele helmed GOP is a blank stare creating machine. Politico reported yesterday (May 13, 2009) that at the next meeting–check that, the upcoming EXTRAORDINARY SPECIAL SESSION– of the Republican National Committee, a resolution rebranding the Democratic Party as the “Democrat Socialist Party” will be approved. TB thinks this is just a, um, grand idea. Of course it has the word “socialist” in it which is bad, except in areas socialism is supported by Republican legislators like in farm subsidies and highway building and postal service and even social security and medicare. But never mind that. What’s even better is that it rolls off the tongue so smoothly. The “Democratic Socialist Party” would sound far too, um, democratic. People like that. I guarantee you some RNC member’s sister or uncle or dog owns the public relations firm/ad agency that got paid a million bucks to come up with dropping the “ic” to make it sound worse. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I have no quarrel with the rebranding game personally. After all the RNC has to do something to deflect attention from the growing sentiment that their party should be renamed the PON–Party of No. Or, worse yet. the Party of “who got us in this mess in the first place.” Plus, rebranding sounds like fun. It’s kind of like that Seinfeld episode where George wanted to be called “T-bone” but instead got nicknamed “Coco.” Because he looked like Coco the monkey. A grand old party game indeed. I want to play.
First, as a Mississippi State Bulldog, I am entitled to rebrand Ole Miss. Our new coach has already christened them “The School Up North.” I like that–it has accurate geographical information and delicious irony. I think his choice of the word “school” was a mistake though. People respect schools for the most part. I am going to slightly rebrand Coach Mullen’s rebranding and resolve that Ole Miss should now be called “the Terrorism Training Camp Up North.” Yeah, that’s the ticket. And instead of “Rebels”, I hereby rebrand them “militants.” (Oooooh, this reads good.)
Who’s next? How about “Country music.” From now on the fluff coming out of establishment Nashville will be known as “Twangy Pop.” Presbyterians will now be “those sinners who get out five minutes before us and clog up the line at McAllister’s.” Auto mechanics are “muggers.” The casualty insurance industry is now the “Screw You Cabal.” Fox News will be referred to as “Carrie Prejean’s Next Employer.” The Drudge Report will be called…..actually, I’m pretty satisfied with that name.
Finally, TB’s blog and email political nemesis Mad Dawg is due for rebranding. It is troubling to me that many people might see his name and mistakenly believe he is just another typical christian, scholarly Bulldog fan when in fact he is not. And the fine spirit from which he takes his name conjures fond memories of youth. Neither of these angles suit me. So he is officially, for the duration of this post rebranded as “Rebel Yell.” It’s a whisky of damn dubious lineage, the “yell” properly captures the tone of his debating style, and Rebel harkens back to his fanship of the promising football team now known as “The Terrorism Training Camp Up North fightin Militants.”
I love this game.