A message that actually works

by: Mike Lux

Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 19:00

So I get polls and focus group reports and all manner of public opinion analysis and strategy documents crossing my desk every day, and have for the two decades I have been involved in national politics. I am not given to hyperbole, but this memo from Stan Greenberg ranks right near the top of being one of the most important that I have ever seen, because it definitively lays out a strategy for Democrats, even at this late date, to make these elections far more competitive. I strongly encourage all of you to read it if you haven't already, and to pass it along to every candidate you are talking to, giving to, and working with. If we can get enough candidates to buy into this strategy, it can change the dynamics of the 2010 election cycle.

For months, I- along with many of my colleagues in progressive politics, especially the folks at MoveOn.org- have had the theory that key to our being competitive in this year's elections given the weak economy is that we need to lead with a message about being willing to take on the powerful special interests that run DC, and then move to a fighting-for-the-middle-class economic message. The swing voters in this election feel like neither party gets it, and they want to someone to fight for them instead of the powers that be that rule Washington. Greenberg tested this message strategy, along with several other messages Democrats have been using, against the strongest Republican messages out there, and the results surprised even me: this idea of leading with taking on special interests and then going straight into fighting for the middle class moves the dial 9 points in the right direction. Given how late it is in the cycle, and how cynical and unhappy voters are, that is incredible. None of the other Democratic messages came even close to that movement, and one of them (a Third Way-style message echoed by too many Democrats over the last few months about going forward rather than backward) even cost us points.

I think this message has the potential to make Democrats much more competitive in what has been the toughest political environment for the Democrats at least since 1994.

Stan and I are both veterans of that 1994 disaster, when President Clinton's normally sure-footed political instincts were short circuited by his desire to brag about all the cool things he felt that he had accomplished. The problem was that no one felt the impact of all those legislative achievements yet, Democratic base voters didn't turn out, and working-class swing voters turned against us with a vengeance. I have been fearing this same scenario for over 18 months now. However, this dynamic can still be turned around, because we have a message that works. It has the potential to both reinvigorate discouraged Democratic base voters and appeal to white working class swing voters, the ones not all that impressed by tea partiers' extreme platform. And it sure works better than this bland forward vs backward frame establishment Democrats have been using. There are no guarantees: no matter what, this will be a hell of a tough election. But Stan's data shows clearly this strategy has the potential to change the frame and give us a shot.

There is momentum building on this. As I wrote yesterday, Obama is starting to get it, and is moving more toward this frame all the time, and individual candidates are also using this frame in ads and speeches more and more. MoveOn's Other 98% campaign, the Target boycott, and the ads they are beginning to run going after corporate spending in elections are all creating a sense of momentum. A groundswell is building. We just have to keep it building and hope it is not too late.  

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An open LoveLetter to the so called American Left
Glenn Greenwald
and every 'Comrad' out there... (Hi Che!)

Dear Comrads - Dear Glenn - Dear Digby -

United we stand divided we fail! And TODAY we call on ALL of you to join us -
with Jon and Stephen - on the 30th of octobre  - on the final march to sanity (or fear) -
And it is not true that Glenn is a humorless and boring Lump!!
For over two years we made fun of him. We ridiculed everything - even his most private affinity towards dogs - AND we called him a 'lawyer' - And he took it all in good humor - and when he finally banned us from his blog - it probably only was because we didn't use the f-word enough. The internet is a very sensitive and timid place and we - the Left - are very sensitive people -(much more than these f...  'Righties') - And our feelings very easily get hurt.  So - please Mr. President - and dear Jon - don't mock us any more -
Take off your f... gloves and treat us like the 'dogs' we are! ('good dogs') - and in this spirit - and with the knowledge that WE are the funniest people alive - (and not these teabaggers) - We all should join hands on the 30th and march towards 'sanity' (or fear)-
And if you come . We will hug y'all - and we are mighty cute - and young - so you will like it to be hugged -
(and if you don't - like digby? - we will kiss you - Smmooch!)    

Five pieces of a pieceofcake

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Five easy pieces, I hope (0.00 / 0)
10 degrees C. and raining in Konstanz, I see. Somewhat warmer here in AZ -- politically speaking as well. And yet the Swedes, of all people, seem to be dealing with their own Glenn Becks these days, so maybe the warmth -- if you can call it that -- is spreading. It really is a small world.

Did Glenn (the nice one) really ban you? Or was that Kabarett?

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Dear Bill - (0.00 / 0)
- the sun is shining now in Konstanz - but it's cold - And I am banned not only by the good Glenn but also by Digby - which should prove to all of us that nothing NADA is feared as much as ridicule - And the message is: Humor has become the strongest weapon - It's devastating (especially for lawyers) and the strongest weapon in the fight against the right wing idiots!  

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Go take a swim in the Bodensee, and stop trolling good liberals. (0.00 / 0)
Being banned at both Greenwald's blog and Hullabaloo is nothing to be proud of.

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I'm not proud of it - (0.00 / 0)
I'm deeply sad - (and I know I was a nasty nasty girl!) - and the Bodensee now is too cold for me to swim in - I much rather fly to Washington next week and I hope you will meet us there -(octobre 30 - Right!)

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Would love to! But can't. (0.00 / 0)
Damn recession at my bank account...

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Btw, you're aware that Octobner 2 is the more important demo? (0.00 / 0)
Nothing against the Stewart/Colbert effort at making fun of the teabaggers, but it prolly won't have a significant political impact. It's not really a political rally, after all. And Dems election strategists are even concerned it'll keep people from helping with the GOTV efforts. That's a real problem.

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Btw - are you aware that a lot of things in life are connected? (4.00 / 1)
and talking about politics might have the least 'political' impact in the US right now. Nobody like 'politics' or 'politicians' anymore -(that's why Beck is so succesful) - So we have to fill the gap with 'entertainment' - Entertainment is the new (old) politics! - And if you don't believe me try to organize a march for sanity with some bloggers...

(and the nerve - do you know how many Repubs I have excorcised just by hugging them!)  

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You should hug more progressives! (0.00 / 0)
We need that now, badly...

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I know - (0.00 / 0)
and I try to - very hard -(but somehow they always think I make fun of them!)

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I'd like to help you overcome this! (0.00 / 0)
I'm sure it just takes some training for you to learn how to properly embrace progressives. Selflessly as I am, I'm willing to play the dummy for your hug trials. Konstanz is just a few hours away with the train...

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I don't know - (4.00 / 1)
my dad always says: Stay away from people you meet on the internet -
Go out and hug real people!

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I think the Comedy Central Rally (0.00 / 0)
will have a political impact.  If huge numbers show up it will put in perspective the turn out at the Beck events.  It will make it clear that what both rallies are really just about TV personalities being able to moblize their fans to show up at a party.

Educate, Agitate, Organize, Mobilize, Act!

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Well, those huge numbers will be missing at the gotv efforts. (0.00 / 0)
So, what's more important, to make a point against Beck, or to help the progressive candidates to survive and become a relatively stronger block inside the Dem cause? What will be more helpful for LGBT interests in the long run? I like the idea of that rally, but not when it puts LGBT friendly candidates at risk.

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oops wrong blog. (0.00 / 0)
I argued as if I was at the A-Blog. Sry, switching between two blogs isn't such a good idea, obviously!

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But it did end up here (0.00 / 0)
and I'm intrigued that you are concerned that the Com Central Rally could put LGBT friendly candidates at risk.  What makes you have this concern?

Educate, Agitate, Organize, Mobilize, Act!

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Actually, the disadvantageous date oct. 30 puts all Dems at risk. (0.00 / 0)
Because some folks who would do GOTV will be at the Stewart/Cobert rally instead. This may lead to some Dems lose their races. But here, we're not concerned about all Dems, but only about progressives. And at the A-Blog, they folks are more concerned bout LGBT friendly candidates.

No misunderstanding, as I wrote, I like the bidea in general. But damn, when Stewart and Cobert do such jokes, can't they think a bit more about the real life consequences? Reports say they didn't even expect this thing to gain any traction. It wasn't the comedians, but some of their fans who filed for a permit for a demo on this day!

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Humor is so difficult (4.00 / 2)
in a second language.  As are prepositions.

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Indeed, indeed. (0.00 / 0)
So true.

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and for everybody who hasn't noticed - (0.00 / 0)
the above post goes with the above above picture!

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Is this an Apple ad? (0.00 / 0)
Girls are too cute and having too much fun. This can't be real!

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and you should try it once - (0.00 / 0)
it might work!

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But I don't want to magically turn into a cute girl! (0.00 / 0)
I'm quite satisfied with this not-so-cute male body, thank you very much!

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that's fine - (0.00 / 0)
be 'a man' - but it might help to loosen up a bit - Uuups - stay the way you are! - (I don't want to get banned here too!)  

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"loosen up a bit"? Baby, I was born too loose! (0.00 / 0)
That's not the problem. Quite to the contrary, I should rather get my shit together!

That's the way it goes
This city is so cold
And I'm, I'm so old
That's why I know

I said hit it, born too loose
We're born too loose
We're born too loose
Oh baby, I'm born too loose, oh

Here's to Johnny Thunders, in whatever universe his soul may float around now! Hope he doesn't mind I twisted his lyrics a bit...

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I think you got it - (4.00 / 1)
the day there will be empathy for so called 'loosers' in America - and sympathy and help -(like here on the Bodensee) - you don't have to sing that song anymore - And I really don't know if you could get there by changing just some 'politics' - For liking loosers you'd have to change a whole culture and that works much better with humor too!

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Well, here we are again, trying to change cultures! (0.00 / 0)
Being both Germans (or are you an US expat?) we should be a bit more restrained about this, because of the historical precedent and so. And I guess we prolly shouldn't hijack this thread any longer. But thx for the nice chat, I enjoyed it!

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that's why I'm a proud American - (4.00 / 2)
(and just a little bit German) - changing 'culture' is our favorite hobby!

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"Obama is starting to get it" (4.00 / 3)
There is a technical term for this and I am not sure Lux has heard it yet. Amongst the cognoscenti, this is known as a "crock of shit". Apologies for the technical jargon.

Valatan for the defense! (4.00 / 1)
At some point do let me know if there is ANY Obama bullshit you do not buy. PS. I have an old Obama lawn sign which could be yours if you just play nice.

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We actually don't disagree much on stubstance (0.00 / 0)
I just find you defeatist and negative and you rarely have much of a point other than to complain about how horrible everything is.  

You use ad hominem more than you actually make arguments.  

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I hope what you say is not true. (4.00 / 1)
I don't think my comment about a "crock of shit" was ad hominem as I understand that term.  

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V for Vendetta? (0.00 / 0)
Come on, is this catfight among you V's necesary? Victor may be disillusioned about the Dems, but he's not defeatist, imho! And you made some good points recently, Valatan, but you shouldn't take this stuff about "Obama starts to get it" seriously. Come on, the guy RAN on that message in 2008, but didn't do anything to make this come true. But we shall believe that he now, two years later, gets it? That's a joke, imho.

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and while y'all always seem to be busy - (0.00 / 0)
how little you enjoy the Obama dude - real people do real things out there -
PREPARE for the 30th!!

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you asked elsewhere, here is the reply (4.00 / 1)
Stop with this forlorn hope that Obama is anything other than what he says he is, pls. No matter how many times  he says f**k you to the left, some head pops up and says maybe this is a turning point. In the case of Obama, we will know a turning point only when we are well passed it can look back and appreciate the extent of his change in direction. Clearly given the extent of Obama's betrayals, that is the only rational approach. Otherwise it is only the likes of Lux and Valatan selling false nostrums and examining entrails and fecal deposits for indications of the "new, improved" Obama...exactly what we do not need now.  Here is your question and my reply from the quick hit earlier.

Wasn't that a remark at the same town hall meeting?
Let's give Obama at least some days for that woman's meesage to sink in. He'll probably ask Michelle about her opinion on this, too. Maybe it really was a wakeup call...
by: Gray @ Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 07:06
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No. That is exactly the point
One was in New York and was a town hall meeting. The one linked to here was in Philadelphia. The point of referencing the new remarks is that the idea of it "sinking in" is just another of the forlorn hopes progressives seem to wrap themselves in and serves absolutely NO purpose.
by: VLaszlo @ Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 09:05
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He was only reinforcing the earlier message. Can you hear him now?

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You talkin' to me? You talkin' to ME? (0.00 / 0)
Sry for bringing up my inner Travis Bickel here, but is that an answer to my comment, Victor? You somehow under the impression I'm an Obama defender? Now, come on, really, you're a regula here, you should know me better...

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I think you took this the wrong way, (4.00 / 2)
I do NOT think you are an Obama defender at all. I read. I understand. I was responding to your question in the quick hit which did raise the question of "wakeup call" which is akin in my mind to a "turning point". I think contextually they are very close, at least in my understanding of English (my native language). I think my response to you was factual...Obama was only repeating and reinforcing his view that the role of the left should be to clap often and loud every time he opens his mouth, or does something even if it is wrong, stupid and/or morally deficient. I was trying to say, we understand the man and his politics enough by now. If he wants to change, I welcome it. And I will applaud loudly and often quite a bit after his policies change dramatically. (that aint gonna happen...not from him...not in my lifetime...his arrogance is breathtaking...but anything can happen and if it does I promise to change the way I respond to him AFTER THE CHANGE). I think you have written enough so I believe we are in pretty basic agreement here. I think Lux views things quite differently and believes that our applause and support for what he dimly perceives as a change will continue and accelerate. I don't accept that approaach. Perhaps you thought those remarks were intended for you. They weren't. I think you might use your inner Travis Bickel a bit more. The times and conditions seem to require it.

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Yeah, and ain't it strange? (0.00 / 0)
Many here are under the impression that Obama actually RAN on this message in 2008! But only now he starts to get it? Looks like he only now starts to compute the campaign speeches he read from the teleprompter. Must be a new record in being slow on the uptake!

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Thanks (4.00 / 7)
Thanks for sharing this Mike. People respond to confidence and the desire to move forward.

I never understood why the Dems didn't go on offense and note the GOP's supporting of everything corporate or wealthy. The GOP isn't popular. Wall Street isn't popular. Corporations aren't popular. Link them all together and contrast the GOP agenda from the Dem agenda.

Go on offense.

If teaching is so easy, then by all means get your degree, pass your certification test(s), get your license, and see if you can last longer than the five years in the classroom 50% of those who enter the profession never make it to.

*raises hand* (4.00 / 4)
I never understood why the Dems didn't go on offense and note the GOP's supporting of everything corporate or wealthy.

oh god, I don't even know where to start

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Gee, golly, that's a good one... (4.00 / 3)
It's also an easy cop out.

I guess it would be better if we taught those damn Democrats a lesson and sat this one out...

If you don't like the Democrats in office then start local, take over your local party establishment, then move up the ranks.

If teaching is so easy, then by all means get your degree, pass your certification test(s), get your license, and see if you can last longer than the five years in the classroom 50% of those who enter the profession never make it to.

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dude I live in Baltimore (0.00 / 0)
also people probably have pictures of me...either that or messageboard posts

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Great advise coming from a guy in Chicago! (0.00 / 0)
Hehehe, sure, it's all so democratic in your hometown! Who do you wanna fool, really?

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Gray the word is advice. And its a good word, and the advice offered is good too. (0.00 / 0)


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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Got confused because of all the advicers in Iraq! (0.00 / 0)
However, I still don't believe Chicago is a bright example of democratic procedures enabling grassroots to influence the politics there. I've read too many statements to the contrary in the blogosphere.

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An example of a place to get inviolved is where its worst. (0.00 / 0)
Not where its easiest.

we need to to take over our country with the tools we have built to run our democracy.

Inventing some new system, say like, make all democrats loose then we will ... ummmm

3. Profit!

is underpants gnome crazy.

..and we had better start realizing that.


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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True that (4.00 / 3)
even if Obama has accomplished nearly what he could have given the breadth and depth of popular discontent, we would be better off after election day if he consistently politicized his agenda along explicit partisan lines, rather than legitimizing the Tea Party movement, i.e., the GOP base.  

But it has been Obama's desire to everything to avoid further inflaming popular discontent, a strategy that has curiously, and I would argue predictably, backfired to the point where mass disaffection appears to be at a high point.  

This is to say that I agree with both VLaszlo and michael:  Obama doesn't get it on many levels, but if he at least understood the need to make partisan arguments with heros and villians, we'd be far better off for it.  

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Because Democrats support everything Corporate or Wealthy (0.00 / 0)
It's easy to understand once you figure that out.  

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That didn't keep Bill Clinton (4.00 / 2)
from making explicitly partisan arguments.  

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Clinton really came from Hope (4.00 / 2)
They're even more disconnected now.  They can't even pretend to make populist arguments because they don't have enough familiarity with the arguments to make them.  They don't even understand why they need to make them.  They don't even understand they need to condescend to make them (something the Republicans understand quite well).

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It's your last sentence that's important to me (4.00 / 1)
Wherever force Clinton's hometown has as a metaphor, people often interpret the world around them in ways that aren't determined by places of origin, ancestry, firsthand contact with a particular state of affairs, etc.

Obama can recognize populist arguments and could make them if he chose to, even in the context of his plutocratic policy choices.  The simplest and most satisfying explanation as to why he doesn't is he genuinely believes in an American "center" that believes the problem with the politics of the past two decades isn't bad policy, but bad style.  Politics were too contentious, and Obama seeks to correct that.

I agree that the amount of contentiousness far outweighs the meaningful import of the policy differences on any given item that makes its way on the agenda, but people have been pointing out this feature of American politics out for decades.  

What's more important is that Obama genuinely believes that there are a set of meaningful differences that distinguish what he's accomplished from the GOP agenda.  His refusal to argue for them in way that are meaningful to broad cross-sections of the electorate is killing us.  I'll believe he's "on message" when he shows he can make consistent arguments for more than three days in a row.    

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that is a candidate who happens to be a Democrat (0.00 / 0)
not a Democrat who happens to be a candidate

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Yeah, some of my best friends are (4.00 / 2)

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Like we're going to believe them this time. n.t (0.00 / 0)

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Case in point. (4.00 / 1)
This is the exact message that Elaine Marshall has been running on in NC. The latest Rasumssen poll has Burr comfortably ahead. A less recent PPP poll has her in striking distance. We'll see...

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I Think It Would Be Pretty Different If She Weren't In It Alone (4.00 / 2)
If she was being echoed by Obama & the Dem Party on a national scale, the echo chamber effect would undoubtedly be helping her be much more competetive.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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I think you're probably right about that. (0.00 / 0)
But even though NC's unemployment rate is higher than the national average I'm surprised at the lack of populist fervor in the state. Other events outside of the national narrative are getting far more passionate engagement -- state officials' corruption, Wake County schools, fraud and negligence in our criminal justice system, athletic scandals at UNC. Geej, even the local food movement gets more attention than this Senate race.

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here's (4.00 / 3)
the problem with this approach....it was the same approach in 2006 and in 2008.  the Dems are in bed with corporate lobbyist and they are lying right next to the Republicans.  no one is going to buy this attack on Washington special interest.  Americans are living and watching this relationship between the Dems and special interest and just can't figure out who's worst.

Well, some will buy it if it comes from a convincing candidate! (0.00 / 0)
But not if Obama warms this up again, of course. He ran on this in 2008 and has done NOTHING to fight the coporate interests since then. Quite to the contrary, he wasted no time in going into shady backroom deals with them. Really, Obama reviving that point now can only backfire!

But this doesn't say that this can't be a good message for candidates that have the personality and the resume to convince voters that they mean it.

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Gray! ffs -- RR is a tea bagger!!! (4.00 / 1)
Just listen to his rants against the EFCA and unions in general.

heres a nice one:

by: RR  @ Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 18:42
create jobs by taxing the rich?   (0.00 / 1)
who do you think has the jobs?

that makes no sense whatsoever.  what are we going to do, create more government jobs on the backs of taxpayers?  its the rich people that own factory's, banks, warehouses, hotels, trucking companies, retailers, contruction companies, etc.  how is taxing them more going to create more jobs?  

*[new]  Concern troll   (4.00 / 7)
is concerned.

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Usually the initials that just coincidentally could stand for Ronald Reagan is more subtle than this.  But the writer is consistently conservative in all of her observations.
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by: Sadie Baker @ Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 20:14

Here's my advice: if you can't tell the difference between an argument made by a tea bagger and the one you are reading, ignore it.

There is a lot to put into that filter in this thread.


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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This f'ing guy is a tea bagger folks, a tea bagger. (0.00 / 0)
having a ton of fun, because so many people's "analysis" is so lame that its impossible to tell the difference between teabagger hate and well whatever people thought this airfilled brain case was saying.


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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Chicken and Egg (4.00 / 2)
A lot of people are suspicious of Democrats talking up populism for elections, and for good reason.  But I'd rather a Democrat talk populist then either 1) lose or 2) not talk populist and win.  If they win on populism then the likelihood of voting that way goes up.  It isn't guaranteed, of course, but it is a push in the right direction.

willing to lead with a message? (4.00 / 2)
I think at this point that's not going to be sufficient. Leading with a message is just re-branding.  People already see through the O label as a brand.

Far better to try leading with actions.

Here's the problem... (4.00 / 2)
Messaging only works if people believe what you're saying. Actions speak louder than words, and after more than eighteen months with strong majorities in both houses of congress and Obama in the White House (and unfortunately still out on his "punch the DFHs" fund raising tour), people have seen the actions and are going to look twice at the message. (Fool me once and all that...)

Which Is Why It's So Remarkable How Strong This Message Still Is (4.00 / 2)
Which is really the point here, in case you hadn't noticed.

Of course, if the Dems had performed as promised, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.  We'd be talking about beating the odds and picking up seats this election. But we're obviously in a lot more long-term struggle than that.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Paul, if the repubs win both houses, will we ever see an end to the Citizens United (0.00 / 0)
buying of the election system?

Will democracy be savable?


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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Not sure whether to laugh or to cry (4.00 / 2)
In order to win an election, it seems very important to create the illusion that the Democrats fight for the middle class.

Too bad there are no 'truth in labeling' laws for political ads.

I think anybody who thinks that either the Democrats or Republicans are for the middle class is an ignoramus, or hopelessly self-deceived. If this message works, it's only because it's an effective lie and/or Americans are gullible. Well, and the fact that obvious counters to this duplicitous meme won't easily be countered by Republicans, in a way that passes the laugh test. (Laughing at their hypocrisy, that is.)

Or is it the cry test?

435 Dem Primaries 2012
Coffee Party Usa

Depends on the Candidate (4.00 / 1)
Kendrick Meeks, Alan Grayson, other progressives running for Congress, they already use this message or could easily shift to it. Blue Dog corporate Republicans, sorry I mean Democrats, not so much. Obama, definitely not.

This message also is old news here at Open Left and other progressive homes on the internet. It's no surprise regular voters have a "pox on both houses" attitude at this point because, as noted even in this thread, Obama and the Democratic Congress promised but failed to deliver real change.

Instead we got incremental change that simply builds on the broken and corrupt foundations Republicans have pushed since Reagan and earlier. Take health insurance reform. Adding a public option would have been the ideal half step, grafting a government solution onto a broken private sector solution. But we didn't even get that half measure. We got the old broken private sector solution with a mandate, whoo hoo!

None of this is a surprise, either that this message works or that Obama, Reid, and the Blue Dogs sold out their country for a few corporate dollars and a couple rounds of golf with the Masters of the Universe.

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But they aren't! (4.00 / 4)
lead with a message about being willing to take on the powerful special interests that run DC, and then move to a fighting-for-the-middle-class economic message.

They are representing corporate America, and they don't give a damn about fight for the middle class.  If they did, they would renegotiate NAFTA, dump the WTO, tax imports like other nations, tax offshoring jobs and money, and create a real industrial policy to bring our jobs back home.    

You Mean Act Sane? (4.00 / 1)
From your lips to God's ears, but I hear She's out for a mani-pedi somewhere.

The fact most or all of what you describe is not part of the national public debate tells you sick our political system is these days. We get ideology instead of rational policy. We get blind faith, even in the face of repeated failures, instead of a careful periodic reassessment of what policies have worked and what policies have failed. We get the worship of money and greed instead of the worship of full employment.

I want my country back. And it's the non-racist country full of non-white people, too.

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