Help me Develop and Frame a Wedge Issue
by NvDem, Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 06:26:13 PM EDT
cross posted at DailyKos
I could use some help in defining a wedge issue (or theme). I'm going to be giving a speech to a political club I belong to that has Dems (damm few) and Repubs (all shades). I use these speeches to see what talking points seem to work. Where do I get their attention and what puts them asleep or in `not listening' mode
I'm not looking for Democratic talking points, I'm in a conservative area, Repubs outnumber Dems. The tactic I have been working to develop is to make the conservatives doubt their Dear Leader.
Lately I've come (stumbled is more like it) upon the theme of "this ain't Eisenhower's Republican Party" anymore (or something to that effect).
Using this as a spring board, I need some examples of what conservative values espoused by Eisenhower Republicans just don't hold water (or directly contradict) today's Neo-con world. Using some themes like this I seem to be getting a response from the moderate conservatives in the audience. I'm trying to cobble together a cohesive package that I can shop to candidates to chew over. I want to create something that will win in November, part of that will be making doubters within their own party.
My long term goal here is to develop a cohesive narrative of the Republican Party change has made Bush supporters cultists, but we need to build to that point, this is the start. I have to build the dissatisfaction first.