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  •  Talking to God (4.00)
    John Kerry should have run ads probing speculation about what, exactly, Bush meant in his fuzzy language about getting advice from God.

    If we had (plausibly) portrayed him as an off-balance, megalomaniacal psycho, the narrative of the election would have been the opposite of the one on November 3.

    Headlines in the alternative universe (where Kerry spent his $250 million with even a trace of efficacy):

    "Convincing Kerry Victory Seen as Decisive Disproof of Rovian Strategy"

    "Over-Reliance on Religious Themes, Concerns About Religious Influence, Seen to Have Cost the President Among Moderates"

    "Kerry Holds First Post-Election Press Conference; Candidate Fields 7 Questions Over Course of 4 Hours; Emergency Aid Given to 11 Comatose Reporters"

    •  I loved that last one :) nt (none)

      George W. Bush: The Dan Quayle Presidency we never had -on a bumper sticker.

      by JP2 on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 08:35:04 AM PST

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    •  Smoten (none)
      John Kerry should have run ads probing speculation about what, exactly, Bush meant in his fuzzy language about getting advice from God.

      I don't think that would have worked out too well for us.  It would readily get turned into "Liberal Kerry Mocks Faith."  

      My hope is that Bush (like Clinton) is sui generis.  When he leaves the scene, I don't think anyone else will be able to command the same hold on his followers.  No one else has the same combination of plain-spokenness, vocal Christian identity, and -- above all -- the celestial imprimatur granted by being there (well, sort of) on 9/11.

      So in a way, all our justifiable handwringing is beside the point.  You can't out-Bush Bush.  But at least there's only one.  The next Republican Presidential candidate won't have the same strengths, and we'll have to do entirely new positioning.  Although I suppose it can't hurt to practice..

      •  Thin ice (none)
        This does show that the Republicans should not allow the relgious right to hijack their policies. They are on very thin ice here. This could boomerang on them come 2006

        An engineer who believes that facts still matter

        by shark on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 10:14:04 AM PST

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