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    Over at MyDD.com I wrote:


    Forget all this cutesy talk about re-branding and coming up with a slogan with catchy alliteration.  To define the Republican party for what they are all one has to do is have the BALLS to go out there and do that, that is: Talk of Republicans for what they are and as they are -- then repeat what you said, defend your statement and do it all over again.  Of course, it helps if one has supporters and party members with a spine to back one up, and then magnify the message; and, pretty soon, that meme gets out there in the mouths of pundits and the public.

    Here's Howard Dean on Republicans:

    "You can't trust them with your money," Dean said. "You can't trust them to tell the truth. You can't trust them to manage the war. You can't trust them if you have a natural disaster. Now tell me why people are going to vote for Republicans?" (link)

    That same MSNBC article gets to the heart of the issue facing the Democratic party, that is: there simply aren't that many prominent Democrats willing to be aggressive against Republicans and, too, equally willing to hand them an anvil as the corrupt Republican party drowns.  Here's the heart of the issue for Democrats:

    Whether Democratic candidates will embrace Dean's proposal for a single national strategy isn't clear yet. And Republicans will try to use Dean's tendency to put his foot in his mouth as a reason for voters to shy away. (Emphasis added.)

    In the above quote we see the media's narrative on Dean at work, "Dean's tendency to put his foot in his mouth as a reason for voters to shy away."  This narrative could be changed by prominent Democrats coming out and repeating Dean's attacks, er, truth about Republicans, when he makes them.  However, the ever timorous, finger-in-the-wind Democratic party insiders and establishment bitches only vacillate and try to distance themselves from anything smacking of truth, aggressiveness and common sense regarding Republicans.  

    You want to accurately brand Republicans, or, re-brand, as it were?  It's simple, all it takes is for a spokesperson to voice the message and repeat it, and to do it all over again, till it catches on.  I'm with Dean when it comes to Republicans:

    "You can't trust them with your money," Dean said. "You can't trust them to tell the truth. You can't trust them to manage the war. You can't trust them if you have a natural disaster. Now tell me why people are going to vote for Republicans?"

    Ultimately, is the pundit class that needs to be targeted... that's the real audience... because they repeat the messages that come into our homes and our heads.  But to reach them, as pundits often like to remind their critics from the left, there need to be prominent Democratic representatives providing the pundits with a narrative... a story for them to parrot.  


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    by bedobe on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 04:14:51 PM PST

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    •  There you have it... (none)
      and I think Dean is a real triumph in that area.

      The msm can demean him all they want, but anyone who ever sees Dean speak... they get it.

      They know he's just REAL.

      He talks plain. He tells it like it is. Dean is actually an incredible communicator.

      Anyone that knows him on the issues... coming from Vermont, there are instances where he's far too conservative for my tastes.

      The only area in which Dean is a die-hard liberal progressive really is on corporate influence/power... and maybe ecological issues?

      And neither should be a liberal issue. Average conservative Americans... if they were smart... should be just as concerned why they're getting ripped off by the super-rich... and how it just doesn't work as an economic system... all this Reaganomics. Average conservative Americans should be concerned with why their kids are being born with autism due to pollution.

      So... anyhow. Glad that we ended up at Dean.

      Because personally I've never understood anyone who argues against Dean being a mouthpiece for our party...

      other than msm spin, I've only witnessed him dramatically winning people over. But I guess you can't factor out corporate spin... it's part of the equation.

      But yeah... if corporate America wants to target Dean and sabotage his chances to lead... fine.

      We just need about 5 more Dems with his manner to step forward... and do the work Dean isn't being permitted to do to fix this country.

      I think Feingold may be one of those relatively moderate guys who's just... REAL. And therefore seems progressive. There's a good reason for that of course. Being REAL in America in 2006=being a Progressive. Anything else is just self-deception or outright nihilism. Feingold, like Dean seems to be a Democrat who does what he thinks is right... and shows everyone why... the Patriot Act for example... and just comes across pretty straightforward and sensible.

      Like a lighthouse in a fog of NeoCon insanity... :)

      U.S. blue collar vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1999 it was 1:475.

      by Lode Runner on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 04:34:31 PM PST

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