….of the Democratic Party Noise Machine. And it’s failing.
Yesterday, House Republicans, under orders from John Boehner, voted to kill the Child Marriage Prevention Act, a relatively small bill designed to focus US international aid efforts on preventing girls from being sold into slavery and forced “marriages.” The GOP falsely claimed that the bill would increase abortions because it mentions “health services,” even though it is subject to the standard Hyde Amendment restrictions, and nowhere mentions abortion or family planning.
Now, imagine if the shoe was on the other partisan foot. By now, Mike Savage, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh would already be announcing that Democrats favor child rape. Fox News would have run several stories. Hannity and O’Reilly would devote two shows to the issue. And by the end of the week, some moron from the New York Times — probably Adam Nagourney — would write a Page One piece entitled something like “Experts Disagree on Whether Democrats Support Pedophilia.”
I first found out about this from the blogosphere, specifically TPM and the Washington Monthly. But this shows how the stronger Republican electronic infrastructure drives the conversation. The Right has Fox News and talk radio. We have some blogs. (And no, MSNBC and Jon Stewart aren’t close). That’s not a recipe for political success.