Archive for January 25th, 2004

Polls and declining concern with the war in Iraq. We need to deepen our “marketing” of the war issue


The current polls suggest that the voters are no longer particularly concerned about the Iraq war.

One implication of this is that poll-driven candidates can focus on
other issues, and win.  Two pro-war candidates won in Iowa.

The other way to see this is that we, in the second superpower, are not
doing our job these days.  We had it easy at first, before the
war.  Many folks came together in concern.  Then we had it
hard, when it seemed to have been “won” in a few days.  Then we
had it easy again, when the public tired of the topic, and chose to
“forgive” those who had brought the war on.

But our sons and daughters and friends and neighbors and parents are
still being maimed and killed, literally every day, in an unnecessary
war.  We need to speak for them.

The other day I had some tree work done–and the person who did it had
just come back from a year in the Guard.  He said he will always
be thankful he made it back alive.

We have work to do.  We need to make the war back into a central
issue.  The war and the militarism of our society is a root

When Coke
does a survey and finds that folks don’t like Coke, Coke doesn’t stop
making Coke.  Coke cranks up the marketing effort–and maybe gets
a new ad agency.

We need to deepen and expand our “marketing” of the war issue.

By the way, thanks to Michael Moore for raising the “deserter” issue.  Yup!

Let’s break out of the hypnosis and stop tacitly consenting to how the pundits are running/ruining this campaign


 whole thing:

Vetting Tim Russert 

Watching Tim Russert
interview Wesley Clark this morning, it occurred to me how
dysfunctional the system has become. I saw The Scream another dozen
times. I heard the chief of the Democratic Party asked if he thought it
was the end of the Dean campaign and he said the obvious — it wasn’t,
and it should’t be. Then they asked if Clark had screwed up by letting
Michael Moore call the President a deserter. Later Russert
repeatedly asked Clark to denounce Moore for saying that, but he
wouldn’t. The system is so perverse that Clark just danced instead of
coming out and saying the obvious, yes, he’s President, and yes, he got
elected without his character getting the kind of examination the
Democrats are getting.

“So Tim, let’s turn it around,” Clark
might have said, “Why didn’t you grill Bush on that during the 2000
election? How did he become President without that getting vetted?” I
might go further and wonder how he got the nomination without his military service being fully examined.

And then to nail it, ask Tim to play the Dean Scream
a few more times (we’re starting to like it). If the Republicans cry
bloody murder, let’s go back and figure out who painted Dean with
“angry” label. Yeah, it was the Republicans, in case you were wondering.

Net-net, Clark could’ve scored a bunch of points by asking Tim to ease
up on his fellow candidate Dean, and go do his homework on Bush.

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