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  •  No surprises. (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama's messaging is not infallible.

    We need to keep something in mind that I try to bring up as often as I can: for forty-some years now, the Republican party and conservatives have built a messaging apparatus in this country that gives them a huge advantage in setting the frame on any given issue. Even Obama, using the bully pulpit of the presidency, has a lot to overcome to exceed this well-entrenched right-wing rhetoric machine.

    That is why progressives need to be, not merely fighting the opposing spin, but actively building a countervailing system while attempting to dismantle that of the opposition. On that score, we've only just begun the necessary work, and until that system is in place, Democrats will be fighting an uphill battle on every issue.

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    •  I agree wholeheartedly. (0+ / 0-)
      3 hours a night on msnbc is not exactly a messaging machine.  We have to look further than just the mass media initially.   We have to keep young people Democratic and get them involved   The good news is the younger generation is engaged.  That is a start and through social networking we have access to them.   But the worst thing we could do would be to give them a reason to disengage.  But in the long run, we have to get them into the media networks just like conservatives have.  That is a long term project.  

      I go back to the one thing I think Rove had right.  You can't ever lose touch with your base.   Obama hasn't yet, but gr has pulled an awful lot and we can't let him get to far away.  For progressives good and Democrats in general.

      "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

      by justmy2 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 03:04:42 PM PDT

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