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  •  But the right is controlling the message (2+ / 0-)
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    twcollier, Garrett

    And that's the problem.

    Obama and his staff may say that they won't let their actions be dictated by the beltway media or right wing bloggers, but what has Obama spent most of his time talking about over in Europe? The purpose for his trip? No.  

    And it's because of that message machine that I think Kos is wrong that the polling on Bergdahl's release will show that these people are in the fringe.  It almost seems like the right was lying in wait for this they had soldiers lined up ready to appear to immediately slap down the notion that this was at all a good thing; And the WH has clearly gone into defensive mode, apologizing to congressional members about the transfer and backing off on the more celebratory posture toward this release.

    In the very long run, Kos is probably right. But through November, this story won't go away.  Poor Hailey Idaho.

    •  They were lying in wait (1+ / 0-)
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      They had Bergdahl's platoon-mates all lined up with their numbers on speed-dial and their press releases prepared and vetted, ready to blast out.
      The NY Times noted in their story about what his former unit members say about him that they were put in touch with these guys by a Republican operative.

    •  As I said before (0+ / 0-)

      the right is much better at predicting the narrative and public reaction to it than the left is. The left misjudges it time and time again.

      It's not easy to see how the public can side with the Republicans here. Soldier was traded for five "terrorists" who were being held at Gitmo (which in the mind of the simple-minded American implies guilt). Soldier turns out to not be well liked by his non-captured colleagues, which implies something is wrong with said soldier.

      Ergo, Obama released terrorists for a man who is not much better. Ergo, Democrats can't be trusted with national security.

      I don't get how liberals don't see that coming from a mile away? Is it that everyone is just too idealistic to see it?

    •  It might go away by November. (0+ / 0-)

      You might be right. There is not enough pushback, but there is some. Releasing McCain's interview and Ayotte and Inhofe's statements that make them out as hypocrites.

      We're already seeing some pushback by outlets like the NY Times.

      As for Matthews, I really can't stand to watch that dickhead anymore.

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