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The ‘Trick the Bumpkin’ gambit

For further reading on the politics of the EPA announcement, and Red State Democrats’ mad rush to put distance between themselves and the ruin fulfillment of the draconian (and senseless) emissions-reductions targets would bring, we bring in Tallahassee-based political consultant and GOP campaign strategist Rick Wilson.

Wilson had this, among other insights, to say in a lively, if rueful, post at Ricochet.com (which you should be reading already if your sympathies lie with the center right, or you simply wonder how center-right folks think):

However, today’s most important lesson isn’t that Obama is willing to wreck a sector of the economy in order to build the Tom Steyer Wing of the Obama Presidential Library. It’s that the liberal apparatus in the press, the vast constellation of left-wing advocacy groups, and the Democratic donor class are perfectly comfortable with lying to win, and that the rules they insist everyone else play by are tissue-thin political screens.

The coal- and energy-state Democrats they need to elect are engaged in a world-class spin job. Of course Mary Landrieu is lying. Of course Allison Lundergan Grimes is lying. Of course Nick Rahall and dozens of other coal-state Democrats are lying. They’re handmaidens of Obama and Reid, and everyone on their side knows it. They’d see coal workers lined up and shipped to Siberia before lifting a finger to really fight this President and his bully-boy White House. In the end, they’ll do worse than nothing to save the energy jobs Obama’s EPA rules will destroy, but they’ll put up a good front.

The astounding transparency of their media allies is also remarkable. Both traditional (to wit, liberal) and conservative media (to say nothing of the Tea Party) are quick to leap on transgressions from orthodoxy when dealing with a Republican. When it involves Democrats, as it does today, they’re praised for their cleverness, for their political acumen, and frankly, for their willingness to lie to the vulgar mouthbreathers they’re sadly fated to represent.

Watch for the form they’ve used on Keystone and other fronts, “I disagree with the EPA’s plan and if President Obama came down here to State X, I’d show him that coal jobs are the heart of America’s economy.” They know Obama is in on the joke. It’s a tell for the rubes at home still fooling themselves there’s any such thing as a moderate Democrat. It’s a broad wink to their liberal donor base in New York, Boston and Hollywood as they play a merry round of Trick the Bumpkin.

The Republican base has a bad habit, Wilson says, of playing for purity, as though GOP candidates in New England should reflect precisely the same rarified views on every topic as their cousins in Dixie. Democrats are far more willing to play wink-wink, nudge-nudge, because when it comes to implementing their shared policy goals, winning elections is what it’s all about.