MoveOn Takes Bush-McCain Challenge To The Streets

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.

It's easy:

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, George W Bush, John McCain, MoveOn (all tags)



It really is something to behold

The message discipline on McSame being Bush's 3rd term has been astounding.

From blogs to interest/activist groups to all Dem Pres contenders to the DNC to our Democratic elected officials... you name it, everyone, EVERYONE has stayed on message when it comes to McSame.

Little wonder it's been so effective.

by zonk 2008-05-27 10:54AM | 0 recs
Re: MoveOn Takes Bush-McCain Challenge Offline

Who doesn't love MoveOn?

God bless them for getting the important work started EARLY.

We are up against some scoundrels this fall, should be easy but we can't let the war criminal GWB and his lackey in training John McCain to rest comfortably in our history books.

Also please people, make a habit of stopping by

by CrushTheGOP2008 2008-05-27 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Didn't MoveOn lose a lot of membership


What are you talking about, news to me.

Sounds like some kind of O'Reilly conspiracy theory to me?

by CrushTheGOP2008 2008-05-27 12:18PM | 0 recs

I'm a MoveOn member.  I remember the endorsement process.  We were given plenty of time to vote, the threshold was high, and a supermajority of MoveOn members voted to endorse Obama.  Clinton's campaign tried to get out the vote to prevent an Obama supermajority (I suspect they knew they didn't have the numbers to beat Obama, but felt correctly that they might be able to prevent MoveOn from endorsing), but it didn't work.  I don't recall there being any problems with the process, turnout was high, and there was no deception.

by cos 2008-05-27 09:28PM | 0 recs
Haha, excellent!

The Bush-McCain challenge is really hard, which is what makes it so scary (and so effective).

by sricki 2008-05-27 11:04AM | 0 recs
Todd wins the internet!

It's almost as though there is a vast left-wing conspiracy or something.

Best line ever.

by CrazyDrumGuy 2008-05-27 11:11AM | 0 recs
Vast left wing conspiracy Takes on Bush/Mcsame!

The liberals are beginning to have a real effect in the political arena. Progressive Blogs are becoming a must read and are making their mark And it is about time. Maybe there will come a time when historians look back and point to this as OUR TIME.  

by eddieb 2008-05-27 12:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Vast left wing conspiracy Takes on Bush/Mcsam

There is no MAYBE, are you kidding me?

We didn't make a difference, we, it is the difference.

I don't mean us as just DKOS/MYDD but everything from political/media attacks (bravenewfilms, media matters), to grass roots organizing (DFA, Moveon), to Fundraising (, Obama, Clinton)

all because us elitist latte sipping college graduating libs knew how to use computers and weren't afraid to use them.

As to history, I don't know how well individuals will shine as compared to classic good vs evil history (ie Roosevelt vs Hitler) as all the players big and small are so important.
I think for sure some media groups will be recorded and noted as time goes on and their accomplishment grow greater in number.

The media wouldn't cover MoveOn if they werent successful last cycle.

by CrushTheGOP2008 2008-05-27 12:25PM | 0 recs


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