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  •  Labels are an abomination (3+ / 0-)

    but they work. The key is found in this old cliche: label yourself before your opponent has the opportunity to do so first.

    Words matter, and Karl Rove is an insidious genius who understood this early on and capitalized on it all across the political spectrum (national and local level).

    This principle offers the single-most powerful insight into the closeness of the elections of 2000 and 2004, which gave rise to the outcomes we were stuck with. Both Al Gore and John Kerry were labeled before they could label themselves. Gore was "stiff, wooden" (no jokes please), and Kerry was a "flip-flopper."

    The 2000 election turned on "who would you rather have a beer with" (as shallow as that is). The 2004 election was about changing one's position on the important issues of the day.

    We (in the progressive movement) knew in 2000 that it was more important that a president have a full grasp on the issues. And in 2004, we knew that good character is reflected in a president who was flexible enough to change or evolve their position as more information is known, and especially when the situation warrants it.

    We were late getting out of the gate. We were put on the defensive. We were playing catch-up, and never playing hard-ball back with the ones who were throwing the sliders. Both elections were too close -- close enough for cheaters to tip the scales. They should never have even been close.

    The bad news is: they were. The good news is: I think we're learning our lessons well.

    "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --George W. Bush

    by RevJoe on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 06:14:37 AM PDT

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