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  •  No Armando (4.00)
    If you want my strategy, I tried to start that last night with you when I was told that now is not the proper time. If you took a look at the petition I was trying to get out there, it was all about moderation. Nothing about kill this candidate now.

    The strategy  is to start to define what is moderate now so that we control the spin rather than waiting to react to the Republicans. They are already defining their candidate as moderate. There is a way to do this, and seem even handed. It's referred to as a backhand compliment or passive agressive actions. We engage in our own Orwellian language where we define moderate as more left leaning than the Bush choice is. Let the American people decide which version of moderate they believe in. If the polls are right, we would win the spin war on this.

    When the confirmation process comes up, this would start to put the Republicans in a straight jacket about what is acceptable. For example, going after Arlen Specter with voters from his state would be a powerful tool to get them to listen. I asked a friend who works in lobbying about this. This was the advice I was given- go after the voters in his state for support. RIght now, as the debate rages in public there are a million things that are outside of being extremists that we could be doing. Instead, rightly or wrongly you want to focus on Rove. I frankly think news cycle for that is going to be quiet for a while. Hopefully I am wrong, but what new big revelations will come out to change the general parameters of the story. Doesn't Fitzgerald have several more months before he comes to his indictments, if any?

    More importantly, can we afford to not fight this battle, even if we lose. Isn't the point that Kos made this morning really more about branding. How can you create a strong brand if you aren't oout on the field?

    Also, as I have said, none of what I am saying can be accomplished without the will to take risks. The thing that Bush has over us, indeed the Republicans, is that they get the need to take risks. They've been doing it for 30 years. Our deficit is not just in orgnaization and messaging it is in the area of risk taking. No enterprise can run without it. Yet, too often the argument is don't take any risk as a mantra against taking acceptable risks. Let's define acceptable risks here. Maybe coming out fully against is not acceptable risk. But certainly defining what is moderate here is acceptable risk before the Republicans have a chance to do so.

    •  To me it is too early (4.00)
      because it is too far away from the hearings.

      No one will pay attention now.

      the hearing will be the first week in September, 5 weeks from now.

      Hell, yelling and screaming now would be a waste.

      Now on the setting the bar issue, you have my complete agreement. Indeed, I would argue that that is what I am trying to do.

      And Dems need to do that now with the Media - set the expectation level.

      We agree more than we disagree I think.

      The SCOTUS is Extraordinary.

      by Armando on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 12:30:59 PM PDT

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      •  Any more detail available... (none)
        ... on whe the hearings will take place?  (I'm trying to plan an event around them.)

        Thanks!

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