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Most of you good information consumers still aren't looking up your strings to see who is pulling them.  As liberal as you want to be, you live in the puppet theater of the Far Right. If you want to be a real boy or girl or anything in between, you need to cut the Right strings.  The Far Right's 10 Most Wanted are the biggest of the puppeteers.

Putting together lists looks easy, but it's quite hard, especially when you're trying to factor out who, in the labyrinth of GOP power brokers, potentates and propagandists really holds "key" influence.

During the decade+ that I published we reshaped the baseball and hockey rankings by adding a reality dynamic: If there wasn't a space for you to advance to the major leagues, then that affected your overall ranking as a probable major league player.  It was a positive death sentence at the Yankees farm, and endeared me no end to their player people and fans that follow their farm system alike. Unfortunately it was the bedrock reality of the business.

In the compilation of the Far Right's 10 Most Wanted that we just wrapped for t2P, the process was similar.

We looked at a lot of lists of GOP bad actors that had tons of very visible faces, from the usual Beck and Limbaugh lot to the Bachmann Cain Gingrich group and a few pointing their cannons at least in the right general direction by throwing in the Koch brothers.

We also charted out the political forces within the modern Republican Party. It may only represent around 12% of the American public [1], but it makes better than 80% of the news by being a very loud and well funded minority.  The two factions vying for control of the Party are the NeoCons and the Libertarians.

The Neo Conservatives had held sway from Reagan through ol' W. The melt down of 2008 was on their watch.  The 2010 Teahadi takeover of Congress was misread by pretty much every major political pundit.  It was not a rebellion against the Left, or President Obama. It was a political coup by the Libertarians who had been slowly co-opting the religious zombies, extreme gun nuts, and other members of the fringe away from the NeoCons.

Teahadis exist because the Libertarians, whose cause is near-zero government, wanted to throw a monkey wrench into a political system where the NeoCons were feeding the massive military industrial complex real pork.  Not the addition of a road improvement or the job training center here or there that was the lubricant of the functioning Congress, but trillions of dollars lobbed at Luke Skywalker next-gen weaponry where much of it, like the vertical take-off/landing aircraft like VTOL and the Ospreys were big ideas that were slow to work and cost lives as well as buckets of cash.

Forget the politicians. They're puppets. So are people like Coulter, Schlafly, and the other members of the Conservative Clown tent. Our list tries to get to the root of the operation of this GOP UnCivil War.

The generals were very clear: Grover Norquist is probably the most powerful individual in Washington.  He channels the astroturf grass roots groups, and has the big vision thing about leveraging the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and creating the Rubber Stamp President to effectively hand over control of the government to his partisans.

Karl Rove has assumed the role defacto leader of the NeoCon movement.  He orchestrates, speaks, and put together the biggest non Libertarian slush fund, er Super PAC, for the Cons.   Romney the waffle man is a blip in a much larger stream of politicians that Rove will tap to wrest power back from the Libertarians and their Teahadis.

We stocked the list with a couple of major propagandists. There are plenty, to be sure, but our top two picks on the sub list both are influencers of the influencers, the general and the wordsmith of the hard Right's punditocracy.

The majority of the ten most wanted, though, are the folks with the deep pockets. None of this happens without them.  The Kochs are the most visible, but we want to drag into the light the others who are hoping that you don't connect up their brands to their giving activity that may be very out of step with that of the consumers of their goods and services.

We tossed in a "justice" section at the end of each bio of the 10 Most Wanted.  Some of them are very untouchable, but if readers educate themselves and organize, many can be hurt badly enough that, perhaps, their selfish interests will cause them to pull back on their full frontal assault of American Democracy.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, native, raincrow

    "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

    by Brian Ross on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 06:19:27 AM PDT

  •  they had an invisibility cloak the last 20 years (1+ / 0-)
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    due to the left's ignorance of their most important tool- right wing radio. their best weapon was basically invisible and ignored.

    their well coordinated blowhards stood on every corner and stump in the country and screamed lies all day about liberals and democrats and their intention and solutions and the left just walked by with their iPods in their ears.

    and then the left analyzed and reacted after it was often too late- after and near-captive audience of nearly 50 mil a week had heard the same shit over and over and over.

    i'd like to see an investigation of the mechanism and sources used to coordinate the RW radio monopoly (even many of the main local blowhards) and the of the use of paid callers.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 07:47:32 AM PDT

    •  PS these players would still be working the (1+ / 0-)
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      fringes, working as a 20% minority if they hadn't had (still have) a 1000-station strong megaphone. they owe most of their 'success' to the limbaughs and hannities and the made-to-order constituencies they can turn on and off for their corporate think tank  managers.

      as long as that megaphone is left intact they're going to maintain their ability to short circuit democratic feedback mechanisms, determine acceptability of supremes, and make it impossible to have any rational national discussion about anything major.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:00:23 AM PDT

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    •  Right Wing Radio is (2+ / 0-)
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      not nearly as important in the big scheme of things as the invasion of the College Republicans by Norquist in the 1980s. He's been hand raising radicals, plopping them into think tanks and "grassroots" groups. Ailes and Fox News have been far more effective at swaying independents that lean Republicans. The hard Right and the Hard Left listen to Rush and co. The radio is icing on the rotten cake.

      "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

      by Brian Ross on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:09:02 AM PDT

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      •  disagree- unchallenged widespread repetition is (0+ / 0-)

        what was needed to short circuit the normal democratic feedback mechanisms that would have marginalized the crap and crap artists that have nearly destroyed the GOP and the country along with it.

        there will always be money in politics and media but TV and print and internet still offers alternatives and choices. that stuff starts on radio, where the monopoly and  a near-captive audience allowed them to sell the alternate reality they needed to sell their crap, enable their sycophant politicians and intimidate enough of the rest.

        radio was the difference the last 20 years and as long as the left ignores that it's going to be playing catchup and the dem party and progressive orgs are going to keep wasting volunteer time and money.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 11:16:06 AM PDT

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  •  Yup, there's the enemy alright... (0+ / 0-)

    all laid out and nicely dissected for us... and a nice job. Too bad it's not an autopsy.

    I'd like to see a similar analysis of the major players in the Democratic Party's power structure. Some sort of power-flow chart.

    And I'd like to know a lot more than I do, about players behind the scenes of our drift toward a national security state. I suspect there to be Democrats involved with that, as well as Republicans.

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 11:12:29 AM PDT

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