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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Perception Is Reality", GOP Pundits Blowing It On The Pence Law





I realize I have posted the following image there times over the past few days. 

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The image is a poignant reminder of Indiana Governor's affinity for all things anti-LGBT. Republicans can argue points related the 'silliness' or "craziness" of the uproar surrounding the Religious Freedom Law, but they cannot argue with the image. What you see in the image is much more a "message" conduit than a "picture." Pence was clearly sending a signal to his major constituents via his invitation to (sit and stand with) such anti-LGBT activists. Let's face it, GOP politicians are far more indebted to their uber wealthy money-brokers, than public sentiment. Among the various national polls available via the link, not one poll indicated non-favorable opinions regrading same sex relationships. Pence's carefully chosen pose may have resulted from a motive as he considered his almost certain future run for the White House. 

The image was indeed a message image, but that was before his weekend of hell and the "Pence Law." A weekend that ended with a well rehearsed and strategically developed press conference in which he ordered a "fix" to his bill on his desk before the coming weekend

"Well rehearsed and strategically developed?" The video embeds below contribute to what should be considered the outcome of a failed attempt to place a refgressive law on the Indiana registers that would have been used to sanction "States Rights" discrimination. Watch the first few seconds of Pence's press conference and recognize a common public speaking technique that denotes impact as a construct in starting a speech. 



Delivery is a key component of communications. After, watching Pence stumble through a weekend of Non Fox News interviews, We can rest assured he accomplished two "move forward" items.

First, he consulted with key decision-makers before speaking freely about the Pence Law. If you do not think he consulted with party money-brokers and operatives, you might be a conservative blind to the inner workings of the GOP. Second, he prepped for the press conference (as well he should) with a heightened emphasis on cleaning up a Sunday of stumbling/mumbling/jumbling refusal to answer direct questions.

The remaining portion of the Maddow segment is a bit long, but if you are a regular reader you know we value information of quick reads. Here is the remaining nine plus minutes of the segment. 



Pence and his GOP legislature, screwed up and seriously underestimated the level of concern regarding bigotry and GOP authoritarianism. The need for a "FIX THIS NOW" ensued. 


Pence via his speech is retrenching a bit, while continuing to make false claims about his law compared to 1990s federal government legislation. He also uses the former Illinois state Senator Barack H. Obama as fodder for his efforts to cleanse his SNAFU. But, all was not lost within his party as GOP presidential aspirants sniffed an opportunity.

All notable GOP presidential front-runners have come out in support of Pence's law. They have lock-stepped in yet another case of GOP and conservative dogma despite majority public opinion to the contrary. It should be noted that Fox News and other GOP talking heads are sticking with the original Pence law as if it was void of issues that could lead to discrimination against Americans.

The need to support the Pence Law even spilled into a conservative guest on MSNBC. If you have a few more minutes and have not seen the following segment, skip through the on-camera exchange. The star of the segment is Michael (Gotta circle the wagons around Pence) Steele, former RNC Chair. 

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The segment was "telling." Michael Steele should be recognized for what he is: a highly compensated Republican shill who for some reason is adored by Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hardball. 


Steele will from time to time speak out when his party and its denizens go nuts with actions that are so over-the-top ridiculous even he has to stand at arms length. It seems Steel should have taken the same raised arm and 'showed the HAND" regarding the Indiana law. 

If the law wasn't a soiled effort to 'states rights'; discrimination, why is Pence and company revamping or tweaking the law? Why would Steel assume he is more accurate in his assessment than the some conservatives who have come out against the law, public opinion and major business entities and sports conglomerates? 

Steele is way off base and as is generally the case when members of his party go far-right regressive, he demeans his credibility (even for a conservative) when he uses descriptive words like "crazy" or "craziness."  Even, Pence admits he created a "perception" problem. Does the GOP pundit not recognize "perception is reality?"

Ed Schultz handled an interchange on The Ed Show in a manner most effective and warranted when Conservative pundits go on-camera with Gish Gallop debate techniques to drown-out dialog with hyperactive loudness and non-stop oral diarrhea. Ed managed his air-time and guest panel as a seasoned professional: he cut the demagogues mic

One more Twitter post before I close this screed.

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