I've spent a fair amount of time lately wondering why I'm having recurring bouts of deja vu about politics in general -- and US politics in particular. Then I remember: I've seen this all before, especially when it comes to right-wing "talking points".

     My proof? Take a look at this column by satirist Art Buchwald, written in 1973, as "advice" for those poor downtrodden Nixonians and other cement-heads who found themselves beset by moderate and left-wing Americans. Change a few names and events (or non-events, if you prefer) and you have exactly the strategy and tactics you see in use today.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 16, 2017 at 6:50am

LOL.  Not sure, but I believe Thomas Jefferson used half of those talking points to defeat John Adams in 1800.

Comment by koshersalaami on July 16, 2017 at 7:21am

I hope Buchwald's estate gets royalties

Comment by Ron Powell on July 16, 2017 at 1:03pm

Art Buchwald was required reading back in the day.....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 16, 2017 at 2:20pm

:)

Comment by marilyn sands on July 16, 2017 at 2:47pm

Lots of smiles here - our great, great grandchildren will be quoting Trump's list too!

Comment by Boanerges on Monday

Yeah, JMac, the methodology hasn't changed much over the years.

Me too, Kosh.

Yes, he was, Ron. I was a follower for sure.

Thanks for suggesting I post this, Jon.

Too true, Marilyn. Sad, innit?

Comment by J.P. Hart on Monday
Whoa!
Let's recall: 27 + 17 = 43 years ago?!  My best ol' X friend (BOXF) Daniel traveled to Spain, Helen was more than ready, I was a poet, damp in a burned out basement, pointedly the Sam known as Uncle, wrote me: (needing big, strong men) 'Greetings, he started, wait, I thought, I'm just out of the service, then the Navy recruiter said: 'small as you?  You'd wind up in a gook tunnel, with a 45 - got notice? You have no choice. There's always the midnight train.  Forget all that peace and love malarkey.  This is deep in the seventy-three.  In the land of the free.  Be brave!  I said a man can't crawl.  What do you really think about agent orange I asked. No, I didn't sleep well, that Ladish hammer all night pounds reverberates and clinks and clanks & clangs, this is your last chance for a power drive, goodness through the ages: MCMLXXIII; just drift away kiddo, hitchhike to Saginaw, you know, Boanerges, sit and wonder, i before e except when you're spelling Einstein.
I admire your adroit ability to compress and encapsulate a light year. So well written: Good ol' Art B!
Comment by Foolish Monkey on Monday

this is about the worst I've seen such intense cognitive dissonance 30something percent of americans are suffering. and it's not just the populace - it's the politicians too.  thirty percent of americans are insane.  I keep thinking maybe, just maybe they're reach their nadir, but never say never.  who knows?

Comment by Terry McKenna on Monday

Nixon was the man who created the modern template for dismissing media as run by elites and biased.  Roger Ailes was his man.  

Comment by Boanerges on Monday

Yeah, I really liked Buchwald, James. He got right to it.

Know what, FM? Read recently that 30 per cent of Americans STILL don't think Nixon did anything wrong -- presumably the same ones (or at least their spiritual/political inheritors) who now back Trump, whatever he's been up to.

Yep, Terry. Remember "nattering nabobs of negativism"? OK, I know it was Agnew who actually said it, but it neatly encapsulated the Nixon administration's mind-set. And Ailes has never got what he actually deserved.

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