Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Real War on Women, Attempt 7

The mainstream right-wing is forever trying to capture the War on Women banner from the left-wing.

You know what the REAL war on women is? Abortion! Let's talk about sex-selective abortion.

Or maybe it's illegal immigration? Let's talk about those misogynistic muslims!

I'm pretty sure it's also, uh... minimum wage! Why, it will lead to more employees being let go, and I'll bet you a good share of them will be women!

And so on, and so on.

I know this is supposed to be crafty thinking, or at the very least a sincere criticism of legitimate problems, but really - it just seems so bland, predictable and unconvincing. Lots of stoic posing and rehearsed lines, in the desperate hope that something will catch on. It hasn't managed to stick since it's been tried, but mainstream right-wing politics often functions as a circle of hell for people in marketing: non-stop re-application of failed advertising campaigns.

Welcome to the GOP! Your punishment is trying to sell the political equivalent of New Coke - forever.

3 comments:

Mr. Green said...

Your punishment is trying to sell the political equivalent of New Coke - forever.

Touché. But yes, it's an obvious strategy because (a) it's largely true that these things do go against the interests of women, and (b) the media loves "War" banners. Except of course (b) really is that the media loves Wars that go their way, rendering (a) a dead-end, advertising-wise.
On the other hand, insofar as (a) is true, it does need to be said.

Crude said...

Well, it's obvious the first time. When it flops yet again except among people who are Republican anyway, is it really that obvious anymore? Sure, the media loves 'wars', but they pick whose 'war' will be amplified. There's a War on Christians, but they're never going to call it that unless they can scare-quote it to death. "Religious rights" and so on.

Mr. Green said...

Crude: When it flops yet again except among people who are Republican anyway, is it really that obvious anymore? Sure, the media loves 'wars', but they pick whose 'war' will be amplified.

Of course; but the people who keep trying see it as "a slight chance that some of our message will get through if we keep trying", vs. "none of our message will get through at all" or "the media will present attacking views completely unopposed" or "we'll play into their hands by giving them more fodder to distort". Now it's debatable whether there is a slim chance, but it's also obvious that their fears of the media attacking and ignoring them are just as well-founded. So I don't think you can view it as simply crazy (desperate, maybe, but not insane).