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  •  Amazing work ...Facts, Facts and just facts ... (6+ / 0-)

    This is an amazing piece of work.

    •  I second that but... (3+ / 0-)
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      OhioNatureMom, tha puddin, caul

      We have entered the fact free zone in politics...

      where the Flintstones is believed by many to be a documentary...

      women who are raped can't get pregnant because their bodies produce "rapist sperm killing" fluids...

      and climate change is a fig newton of your imagination!

      As Bill Nye says... "They are fucking idiots!"

    •  We need more than just graphs/charts, we need... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...pithy sound bytes that convey the essence of these albeit wonderful graphic statistics.

      Most of the people who are still trying to decide whether Obama deserves another four years (and whether downballot Dems deserve to be in control of their Congressional district or Senate seats) aren't the type that are impressed by wads of graphs.

      We need word-smiths who capture the essence of how the statistics impact said people. Words that don't sound wonky. Words that speak to the heart and the gut. Words and phrases that roll off the tongue, that fit nicely onto picket sign, banners, and bumper stickers. Words that will be picked up and echoed - yes, echoed - across the Democratic ranks, esp in front of TV cameras.

      I Refuse to Believe Corporations Are People Until Texas Executes One

      by desert rain on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 02:38:59 PM PDT

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      •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

        We don't need sound bites, we need these visuals.  I have never understood why Obama and everyone else drones on and on until it feels like an interminable sophomore class taught by a bored TA.  Visuals communicate more information in a memorable way than a 1000 words, and way more than 10,000 words.  

        I think it was Larry Goolsby that started doing this a bit, but of course he's out and we're back to droners again.  

        I'm still po'd about Nixon.

        by J Orygun on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 03:19:01 PM PDT

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        •  Both (0+ / 0-)

          I think we need both. Bill Clinton gave some great sound bites in the middle of an in depth speech. His sound bites would appeal to a traditionally Republican leaning demographic: men. James Fallows mentioned the "sports talk" nature of the speech . Many of the sound bites would make for a great commercial to be played in the middle of a football game:

          So what’s the job score? Republicans, 24 million; Democrats, 42 (million).

          We could have done better, but last year the Republicans blocked the president’s job plan, costing the economy more than a million new jobs.

          So here’s another job score. President Obama: plus 4 1/2 million. Congressional Republicans: zero.


          I also think we need graphs. Ross Perot used graphs and charts a lot and they were a big hit. It really is crazy that politicians don't use them more. But like the sound bites, we need to boil down the charts to a few, but link to the more in depth article (this one). I'm afraid the typical, low information voter (love that phrase) doesn't have the patience to read an article like this. But a one minute commercial with some of the same graphs? Absolutely.
    •  Facts? We don't need no stinkin' facts! (2+ / 0-)
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      tha puddin, caul

      No longer a recognized currency in this country.

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