HRC's Cheney-esque Statement and Coverage

Bob Cesca's piece at HuffingtonPost yesterday points out a statement made by Hillary in the run up to her NH win, regarding terrorism.

<"I don't think it was by accident that al-Qaeda decided to test the new prime minister. They watch our elections as closely as we do, maybe more closely than some of our fellows citizens do. Let's not forget you're hiring a president not just to do what a candidate says during the election, you want a president to be there when the chips are down."/

Cesca goes on to show how closely Clinton is following the Cheney/Bush playbook with this statement, essentially saying that electing Obama or Edwards is inviting a terrorist attack. Check out senator-clintons-fearmon_b_80782.html for the full article.

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Brand Democrat

I'm fighting for Brand Democrat and actual proposals with teeth.  

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An Open Letter to Edwards' Supporters

John Edwards is an excellent candidate for the Dem nomination.  He has brought courage, reason, and eloquence to the campaign.  He has, over time, evolved from a talented but inexperienced, Southern centrist into a genuine progressive populist.  

JE has put forward many of the most progressive and detailed policy initiatives of this or any recent campaign season.  IMO, he deserves special commendation for directly addressing the corrosive influence of corporate power on our democracy.   Tactically, Edwards led the way in criticizing HRC's many vulnerabilities, and he deserves a good share of the credit for having pricked a few of the growing holes in the inevitability balloon.

Having said all of these things, I believe that it is time for progressives to face the facts:  The likelihood of Edwards capturing the Dem nomination has grown exceedingly slim. Below the fold, I lay out my analysis and discuss the strategic consequences of this analysis for progressives.   Bottom Line:  I think it is time for Edwards' supporters to take another look at Obama if they want a realistic chance of stopping HRC.

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Dem Strategy for 2008 - video evidence

Imagine winning a dozen senate races in 2008.  And the Presidency.  I have a simple suggestion - use video.  Expose the Repugnants for what they are by using their own words.  Remember a most famous ad?  "Read my lips.  No new taxes." This ad killed Bush I.  The economy was bad and this connected him directly to this issue, with his own words and imagery.  "Macaca" brought down George Allen because it was captured on video.  


--Ads running that show McConnell saying it's a "small sacrifice" for families of fallen troops in Iraq
--Pictures of Norm Coleman embracing Bush - several clips saying we need to "stay the course"
--Elizabeth Dole saying why she supports the tax cuts that Bush gave, while showing the impact of the cuts in text superimposed over her.

We should start a collection of all the most devastating video clips and archive them for our progressive candidates to use in their campaigns.  It's late and I'm not sure how we would do this.  Thoughts from anyone?

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Help Fight the Politics of Fear and Save the Constitution

It's not enough to shout at your computer or throw things at the television. Join the ACLU-SC for a live strategy session tomorrow with Dr. Drew Westen and then help us fight for our Constitutional liberties.

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