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pookastew Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:19 PM
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185. You're presuming a causal relationship...
...between taking money from Torricelli's group and the running of those ads.

The media planted that idea in people's minds. Clever trick to smear Kerry.

Kerry did take money from them, and they did run ads against Dean. But that doesn't mean Kerry ran or supported the ads.

Gephart's campaign was behind those ads. It was Gephardt who had to go for broke in Iowa. He was swinging for the fences because it was do or die for him there. Kerry would have been psyched to take a second-place finish to NH.

By the time people were talking about who paid for the ads Gephardt was no threat to Bush--Kerry was. There was nothing to be gained in blaming Gephardt, so they smeared it over to Kerry.

If you go back and read the coverage of that you'll see how sneaky the media was about it. They never said "Kerry had something to do with the ads". They said "Kerry took money from this group", then they said "This group ran those anti-Dean ads"--knowing people would presume a connection.

They never actually made the connection, so they couldn't be called on it.

You know what killed the doctor in Iowa and NH? Saying he'd reverse ALL the tax cuts. It wasn't any of the "party insider" s*** that's being blamed here. He said the words you just can't say to voters.

I know he had a great point about the effects of the tax cuts--but that's not what voters heard. They heard "repeal all the tax cuts".

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