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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 02:30 PM
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43. Another point
to be made, is that much of the public does agree with much of the democratic party agenda. The biggest challenge is taking the mike away from the far right demogogues who have reworded things so that their extreme policies sound mainstream ("clear skies initiative") while somehow painting dems as the extremists (how many gazillion times has rush used the term "environmental wackos" even for the most moderate environmental positions?)

I think that Kerry framed a whole lot of issues very well. But the mike kept getting stolen - by the swifties (and all their media coverage)... then by Cheney stating that there would be another terror attack if dems were elected (then after the election other gopers started saying another attack was "inevitable" ...) So there was no mike to reach the American people.

Good friend's parents are moderates in the upper midwest. Voted bushco. They don't listen to talk radio and don't have cable tv. She expressed frustration when they would say well if only the dems didn't support x... she would point out that they don't - and where Kerry said /supported a similar view. They had never "heard" it before.

That is one of our biggest challenges. Getting our voice - not the snarky imitated one that Rush presents as being ours - back into the public dialogue - back into regular political discourse.

The republicans are currently self-destructing. But we will have more of the cautious positioning (eg not able to correct much of the damage of the past four years) - unless our voices, once again, reach the public - so there is a connection between our policies and the general public (which poll after poll has said - support much of hte same thing).
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