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  •  I totally agree (0+ / 0-)

    I said it a couple of weeks ago, and I'll say it again.  The campaign to paint all those people attending those town halls as some kind of a vast organized right-wing conspiracy was a monumental error in judgement.  

    When you looked out at those crowds, and saw that the majority were middle-aged and senior people, it was a ludicrous argument.  All it served was to insult those people, as well as the millions watching at home, and make them intransigent.  After that, there was no way they were ever going to be won over, regardless of how wonderful the product.

    The basic maxim of marketing is: "Never insult someone whom you're trying to sell something to."

    It was only rivalled by that brain-dead "fishy email" idea.  UGH! Whover came up with that one really should be fired. ....Yeah that's a good way to win over wavering people especially seniors.  Come up with what was easily characterized as a George Orwellian 1984 list....  Then after that explain to them that trust you that cuts to medicare won't negatively affect them.  Good call, good call.

    •  How did the WH insult them? (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't hear any of that coming from the President or members of the administration. I heard it mostly from Dem strategists in the media and public option supporters in the House.

      And I agree with them for the most part - I think the most vocal were a part of organized wingnut groups sponsored by the usual suspects.

      However, you raise a good point with "Never insult someone whom you're trying to sell something to."

      Now, should that apply to the blue dogs and conservative / moderate Dems? Judging from the majority of responses here, my guess would be no.

      But we need to persuade enough of them in the Senate to vote for the public option to get it passed. What should the tactics be? Threats, blackmail, "you're a stupid corporate DLC whore!!!!", etc.?

      Or should the WH try to show that they are on their side and understand their concerns before putting the full press on for support?

      •  The tactic I'd like to see (0+ / 0-)

        I'd really like to see a lot of ads pushing the SUSA poll results of Republicans who think a having a choice of a private plan or the public option is:
        "Extremely important" (58%)
        "Quite important" (13%).
        Total 71%

        The results for all are:
        "Extremely important" (58%)
        "Quite important" (19%)
        Total 77%

        The public option is a partisan issue only in the media and the halls of congress.

      •  Hopefully.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....a liberal has pictures of Baucus trying to fuck a corpse.

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