The National Republican Senatorial Committee is running doctored ads of Al Franken on the stump and threatening to use what it knows is a doctored photo of Franken making it look like he’s dressed up in a diaper with a stuffed animal and funny headgear. Franken drives them so crazy that they abandon all pretense at being connected with reality.
It’s another manifestation of a long standing rightwing acknowledgment that appearances are more important than reality. It is being played out on a larger scale in the current debate on the right about how they need to take advantage of such technologies as teh twitter and teh facebook to “reach teh young people.’
It’s not that they need to, y’know, actually change their positions to be more in line with what people actually believe. No, they just need better marketing. Rebranding. Repackage the same old crap and the idiot Americans won’t know the difference.
Such a strategy was successful at one time. But they still don’t get it. Teh intertubez changed all that. It’s the modern day equivalent of both the town crier and the scribe rolled into one — it both distributes new messages to an incredibly vast — though still limited — audience and records all past messages in an unprecedented archive accessible with a few keystrokes.
Their continued failure to grasp this concept costs them dearly every single day.