MoveOn Takes Bush-McCain Challenge To The Streets
by Todd Beeton, Tue May 27, 2008 at 10:43:22 AM EDT
Last July, I quoted from an e-mail blast that MoveOn had sent that framed the Republican nominee, no matter who it would turn out to be, as essentially running for Bush's third term.
What would a third Bush term look like? Endless war in Iraq, continued torture and spying, more ultra-conservative judges, more and more people without health care, and so on ... it'd be awful.
But that's impossible, right? Well, maybe not. Every Republican candidate for president is trying to distinguish himself from Bush, but the major candidates would carry forward Bush's core agenda:
- President Giuliani would support a second escalation of the war in Iraq.
- President Romney would double the size of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
- President McCain would bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.
- President Fred Thompson would have offered Scooter Libby a full pardon.
Now that John McCain is the presumptive nominee and Bush's approval rating has dipped even lower, the McCain = Bush's 3rd term meme has been adopted with remarkable discipline by everyone from the Democratic presidential candidates to the DNC to various Democratic pundits on cable news. It's almost as though there is a vast left-wing conspiracy or something. Ah, how far we've come.
One of the best iterations of this McCain = Bush's third term message is MoveOn's Bush/McCain challenge. The interactive online game challenges you to "tell the difference between Bush and McCain" and what's disturbing is how hard the questions actually are. The success of the challenge as a concise message machine has prompted MoveOn to take it to the next level: offline. Like the Pepsi Challenge before it, tomorrow, people will have the chance to take the Bush-McCain challenge at at over 300 people-powered events around the country.
MoveOn launched The Bush-McCain Challenge to show voters that, on the issues that matter, it's almost impossible to tell the difference between John McCain and George Bush.
On May 28th, we're taking the Challenge to the streets, with tables set up all over America inviting voters to try the challenge for themselves.
Please sign up to help out at the table. Media will be invited, so the bigger the crowd, the better!
Find the event closest to you HERE.
This action is crucial not only because it's going to reach people outside of MoveOn's list, but also because of the potential these events have to earn some local traditional media coverage, expanding the reach of the message even wider. So try to attend an event tomorrow, and even better, host one of your own.