Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Long GOP Majority 1: Moby, Mobies and Infernal Affairs

There is Moby the musician here:

Moby, Lift Me Up

And then, within the Political Blogging community, there are Mobies:

An insidious and specialized type of left-wing troll who visits blogs and impersonates a conservative for the purpose of either spreading false rumors intended to sow dissension among conservative voters, or who purposely posts inflammatory and offensive comments for the purpose of discrediting the blog in question.

The term is derived from the name of the liberal musician Moby, who famously suggested in February of 2004 that left-wing activists engage in this type of subterfuge: “For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion. Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, ‘What’s all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?’”

The strategy has been frequently attempted on conservative blogs, but has not been nearly as effective as Moby envisioned, since false rumors are easily debunked by fact-checking minions, and cartoonishly extreme commenter's often get immediately identified as mobys and banned.

(h/t: Urban Dictionary)

The Moby singer is very cool, I like his songs. 
The Mobies that try to jump on Blogs and disrupt them fail every time they try.


In the movie Infernal Affairs (Inspiration for the Departed; Martin Scorsese is great, but had he stuck to the original and not added the sequels of Infernal Affairs, it would have been tighter), [Here there be Spoilers] Chan (Tony Leung)  is chosen to go undercover with many Triads, while Lau (Andy Lau) is sent by Hon Sam, (the great Eric Tsang) to be the mole inside the Hong Kong Police Department. [SPOILERS END] 

The best scene in Infernal Affairs was when Hon Sang and Superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong)  are sitting across from each other after the failed raid; Inside the Police Station. Mobsters and police alike (along with Lau and Chan) are standing by their respective leaders when this conversation occurs:

SP Wong: Let me tell you a story. Two men need an organ transplant, but there's only one organ. So they play a game. They each put a card in their pocket. Whoever can guess the other's card wins the organ.
Sam: You know I can see your card.
SP Wong: I see yours as well.

To me, this was one of the best scenes written for movies (second only to: "Luke, I am your father,").  The older men, serious and sober, knowing that each one is playing a long game against each other.  Everything after this scene ties into the conversation.  Again, I can't praise it enough. 

How does this tie into the Mobies and Politics?

Within the Republican Party (National, State, Local), there are differing views on everything from tactics to policies, and given in certain places (right now), there are certain "tells," in the Blogosphere and Real time that one can see that we are members of the same (political) Tribe.

Hint: True Republican activists and Bloggers stay away from personalities and go for policies and hypocrisies. 

Most Mobies try for the most provocative statements that don't sound "right,"  I won't hint them here.  Just know that Mobies are pathetic pieces of offal. 

A Liberal cannot act like a Conservative, but the reverse is easy. 

If you don't believe me: argue foreign policy.  When Bush fils chose Wilsonianism, the Left chose Nixonian Power politics, that's why President Obama (who still does not understand Republicans) cannot argue a clear cohesive policy for anything.

We on the Right can easily mirror the Left; Their policy statements all have a by-sell date.

The Left cannot imitate because they don't understand one word: Proprietary.

More on that issue in Chapter 2.

My question: Why can't the Left figure out the Right, in policies or in politics?

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