Even Miss Cleo could see Karl coming....
by Sam Loomis, Sun Jan 02, 2005 at 12:41:09 PM EST
From telegraphing the evangelical push (Rove publicly stated in 01 how they planned to gain 4 million new evan. votes) to exploiting 9/11 (Rove was using pictures of Bush on AF1 on 9/11 to use as a fundraising tool the week after the tragedy) these guys tip their hand so much Miss Cleo could predict their next move.
Even their campaign was telegraphed to us. Before Dean even rose to the top in Winter 03, Bushteam was announcing his theme of strength and before Kerry got the nom, Bush was spewing his mind-numbing STRONG LEADERSHIP slogan.
In the early summer, I remember reading about a book being published from some Vietnam vets slamming Kerry's service as invalid, yet they ignored it.
While Bushteam spanned the US expanding his base (as he said he'd do in early 02), Kerry couldn't bother with Arkansas much, or even Virginia.
And NOW we try to figure out what went wrong???
That's like bitching to high heaven about the school jock stealing your girlfriend, but you stood by quietly for months while he flirted with her!
The thesis of this point lies in a spring 04 article I read in Newsweek. Mary Beth Campaignkill was in an article talking about how Kerry wouldn't go negative "because the people of this country wouldn't stand for that kind of campaign after 9/11."
And in the next paragraph, Newsweek was reporting on the new round of negative ads Bushteam was running the following week.
I recognize that political strategies use bluffing to confuse their opponents, but COME ON! These guys consistently show their cards and then laugh at us when they play them and we lose.
Just today I read about a round of advertising for Social Insecurity Piratization these guys are planning. And you KNOW a hispanic pro-life con is being groomed for SCOTUS.
So my question to you is, how prepared will we be the next time?
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