June 29, 2005

BUT 40% AGREE WITH US! (via Kevin Whited):

Bush seeks to rally troops (in GOP, not the military) (CRAGG HINES, 6/28/05, Houston Chronicle)

Bush's decision to deliver the speech put in some context Rove's remarks last week at a Conservative Party gathering in New York, in which he belittled the reaction of liberals to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Rove carefully named only a few names but was probably not upset that he was interpreted with a broad brush to mean almost any Democrat you cared to finger.

Rove's comments were at least disingenuous and more likely scurrilous. Recall, please, it was Rove who first publicly called for Republicans to turn the war on terror to their partisan advantage, telling the Republican National Committee, at a January 2002 meeting, the party could "go to the country on this issue" — a refreshingly as well as disgustingly frank admission of what was afoot.

Democratic strategists recognize the repeated success of the technique as much as many of them abhor it.

"There is a very strong incentive for the president to play the same cards he did in 2002 and 2004," said Stanley Greenberg, a Democratic pollster not currently working for any candidate.

As Brother Whited points out, when a "technique" works over and over and over again and no "technique" of your own manages to counter it, maybe you should consider whether your party's problem is philosophical, rather than technical?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2005 8:14 AM

The Democrats' problem is that they just haven't found the right word yet from George Lakoff that describes their deep concern for America, coupled with their reactionary abhorrence of actually defending it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 29, 2005 1:07 PM


Posted by: Luciferous at June 29, 2005 3:46 PM