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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 02:04 PM
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MoveOn's big mistake: "General Betrayus"
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Edited on Tue Sep-11-07 02:46 PM by Richardo
What could have been a compelling and widely read point-by-point refutation of the inflated assertions of progress by General Petraeus, was instead made into a GOP talking point and political hot potato.

Like the Dan Rather Bush/Texas ANG story of 2004, all of the public's attention was focused on the form of the message, not its content. As a result the GOP gets to go on a big crying jag and the Dems are put on the defensive.

A serious, thought-provoking piece neutralized. All because of junior-high level name-calling.

I rail against those noms-de-guerre on this board for precisely that reason. Any substantive argument that may appear is rendered trivial, if not laughable, by the use of such juvenile Michael Savage-Mark Levin-Rush Limbaugh style 'cleverness'.

There are better ways of expressing contempt and winning the debate. One is by concentrating on a recitation of facts, instead of pointing and sniggering.

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The political middle, the 40% the Dems must attract to get veto-proof margins in the House and Senate, are heavily invested in the symbols of our country: flag, military, etc. They consider themselves patriotic Americans. We do too, but ridiculing or defacing these symbols may get attention, but it will alienate rather than convert.
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