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lxlxlxl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 08:19 PM
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19. Never overestimate the intelligence of the American people
I forget who said that, Mencken or Twain...

Look, this is economics, not war. Americans seem more comfortable discussing war than money, and I think that would be true in most countries. The GOP basically survives because economics and social programs is so hard to talk about definitively without getting into data

Data doesnt translate well especially on TV, where talking heads are more into opinion and bravado, and not examining data tables, or examine historical spending and efficacy of government programs. That's more of the job of the citizen...

So...If they can get a bumper sticker, I'm fine with it if it works. If the alternative is just going to do nothing while waiting for that light bulb to go off, then I prefer what I heard tonight.
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  -Rachel: Dumb it down and put it on a bumper sticker redstate_democrat  Feb-09-09 08:11 PM   #0 
  - If you want to reassure americans that they are in good hands- sound competent!  stray cat   Feb-09-09 08:12 PM   #1 
  - Chris looked crushed after Rachel said that. nt  rainy   Feb-09-09 08:12 PM   #2 
  - I didn't get it. I thought we were supposed to enjoy being spoken to as adults.  redstate_democrat   Feb-09-09 08:13 PM   #7 
     - Maybe Rachel was thinking of how stupid the general public is and how  rainy   Feb-09-09 08:21 PM   #24 
  - No More Epic GOP Fails  Z_I_Peevey   Feb-09-09 08:12 PM   #3 
  - Fuck dumbing it down. Shame Americans into wanting to not be idiots any more.  BlooInBloo   Feb-09-09 08:13 PM   #4 
  - ROFL there ya go! LOL  EraOfResponsibility   Feb-09-09 11:05 PM   #45 
  - KO kind of asked about the length as a question based on the  firedupdem   Feb-09-09 08:13 PM   #5 
  - I feel insulted by that. n/t  demokatgurrl   Feb-09-09 08:13 PM   #6 
  - Rachel's been disappointing me lately. nt  Mist   Feb-09-09 08:14 PM   #8 
  - her thing is to be unhappy with everything.  ginnyinWI   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   # 
     - I think I'll call her "Moaning Maddow" from now on. What a hand-wringer she is. nt  Mist   Feb-09-09 08:22 PM   #25 
  - I gave up on Rachel months ago.  jefferson_dem   Feb-09-09 08:14 PM   #9 
  - I was really put off by her commentary re: * being booed at the inaugural. She was  Mist   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   # 
  - so even msnbc won't give a positive review? That's crappy!  mucifer   Feb-09-09 08:14 PM   #10 
  - Nah, Tweety almost orgasmed  Uzybone   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #13 
  - Olbermann was making the point that those who are used to a * presser may find  Mist   Feb-09-09 08:18 PM   #18 
  - Tweety and Olbermann were impressed. Both said he did a good  firedupdem   Feb-09-09 08:27 PM   #30 
  - To be fair I dont think KO agreed with that  Uzybone   Feb-09-09 08:15 PM   #11 
  - Maybe KO didn't I was half paying attention but my ears perked up when Rachel started talking about  redstate_democrat   Feb-09-09 08:19 PM   #20 
     - Yeah..not KO it was all Rachel and then she started her show by  firedupdem   Feb-09-09 08:22 PM   #27 
  - NO! Obama wants us to use our brains. He is challenging the American people to work with him.  Avalux   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #12 
  - Oh, come on. She was just acknowledging the fact that some people, like it or not,  Berry Cool   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #14 
  - she shouldn't sell people short.  ginnyinWI   Feb-09-09 08:21 PM   #23 
  - That commentary of Rachel's left me stunned.  chieftain   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #15 
  - whoops accidental dupe - self delete  dflprincess   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #16 
  - Maybe they're trying to help him get through to the Dittoheads  dflprincess   Feb-09-09 08:16 PM   #17 
  - Exactly. n/t  Berry Cool   Feb-09-09 08:20 PM   #21 
  - Never overestimate the intelligence of the American people  lxlxlxl   Feb-09-09 08:19 PM   #19 
  - Actually Mencken said the opposite..  BrklynLiberal   Feb-09-09 08:23 PM   #28 
  - Rachel just needs to say...."I screwed up", ASAP!  FrenchieCat   Feb-09-09 08:20 PM   #22 
  - How about "clever it up and put it on a bumper snicker?"  truthisfreedom   Feb-09-09 08:22 PM   #26 
  - "GOVT $$ = JOBS". There.  WinkyDink   Feb-09-09 08:26 PM   #29 
  - CNN doing better. nt  Cash_thatswhatiwant   Feb-09-09 08:27 PM   #31 
  - What I've learned in 10 years of college teaching  alcibiades_mystery   Feb-09-09 08:28 PM   #32 
  - I loved The Wire. Best damn television show ever.  redstate_democrat   Feb-09-09 08:32 PM   #33 
  - Notice that NOBODY thinks THEY are the dumb ones  alcibiades_mystery   Feb-09-09 08:39 PM   #34 
  - Are you familiar with the Paideia method of teaching?  Clio the Leo   Feb-09-09 08:41 PM   #35 
  - Yes  alcibiades_mystery   Feb-09-09 09:00 PM   #40 
  - I guess the issue here is that to me, making something short and sweet doesn't necessarily equal  Berry Cool   Feb-09-09 11:03 PM   #44 
  - I like Rach but she consistenly underestimates people  Jennicut   Feb-09-09 08:42 PM   #36 
  - i'd love to see obama soundbites on the bumbers of millions of cars! nt  RepublicanElephant   Feb-09-09 08:44 PM   #37 
  - Unfortunately, many Americans are just stupid.. and half of them do need a bumper sticker.  glowing   Feb-09-09 08:46 PM   #38 
  - I disagree, I think that's been the problem, I say keep it pithy and write it into law...  bridgit   Feb-09-09 08:50 PM   #39 
  - I think his intended audience was the Press and the Republicans  Hansel   Feb-09-09 09:09 PM   #41 
  - Right idea, mixing up the tactics though  Still Sensible   Feb-09-09 09:11 PM   #42 
  - On XM's America Left today....  dolphinsong285   Feb-09-09 09:34 PM   #43 
  - You got it. Exactly what I mean.  Berry Cool   Feb-09-09 11:05 PM   #46 
  - If you listened to Rachel. Obama wouldn't be President today  Thrill   Feb-09-09 11:06 PM   #47 
  - First time I've had major disagreement with her.  Political Heretic   Feb-09-09 11:17 PM   #48 

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