when Obama was being painted as an elitist, he immediately had ads showing his humble beginnings and talking about Michelle Obama's father and how hard he had to work to raise his family, and how his own mother needed food stamps for a spell, etc. <br>he won't wait a month like Kerry did. that non response is what allows the "swift boating" to be so successful.<br><br>the funny thing is that anyone who is a senator is already "elite." Bush was able to paint his opponents as an elitist when he went to prep schools and merely bought the ranch in Crawford 1 year before he ran for president. <br><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
I think Kerry screwed up by not standing up to the swiftboating, but I think the public itself should stand up to these people, too, and expose them as the enemies of America that they really are. It was well known, for example, that John O'Neill (who had been Nixon's Goody Twoshoes-in -a-uniform during Vietnam) was an influential swiftboater. People should have located him and organized peaceful, vociferous demonstrations wherever he went. In fact, they should even be doing this right now---look at the pass his influence has helped bring this country to. If a school superintendent pisses members of the community off, they organize and demonstrate someplace where he (and the press) will notice them. So it should be with these swiftboaters who try to deceive the people from voting in their (and the country's) interest.<br><br>In fact, I often wonder if, in O'Neill's daily life, he ever has run-ins with people who know his life's story, and would like to kick his ass, or at least share a few choice observations with him. I've never heard of this, but I would think it must have happened a few times. Good lord, I hope it has.<br><br>
And back in 2000, the press never tired of saying how Gore was always "reinventing" himself while they completely ignored the suddenness with which Bush became a "rancher." Why, they even helped promote the image by always locating their Crawford transmissions in front of the old barn and tractor.<br><br>
I heard a short interview given by Sen. Kerry a few days ago<br>(sorry, Lea, no link to what I see on TV when it seems unimportant at the time)<br>wherein the interviewer asks about his campaign having been "Swift-Boated":<br><br>He replied that he'd been counting on the American People being smart enough to <br>recognize it as untrue... just an underhanded campaign tactic, but in retrospect;<br>realized that it should have been addressed immediately before the lie "took-off".<br><br><br>SUX that leaves them still buggering around w/bulldust instead of discussing issues.<br>I've made the same observation about the "debates" here:<br> "Squandering Energy" on unless circular arguments with no resolution in sight.<br><br>GOOD for The CONTROVERSY SLUTS ... with little to contribute ...other than... <br>...but bad for everyone else unable to move forward toward seeking solutions.<br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green> [color:green]. . . _ _ _ . . .</font color=green><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>He replied that he'd been counting on the American People being smart enough to recognize it as untrue... just an underhanded campaign tactic . . . <p><hr></blockquote><p>Kerry's being pretty disingenuous here. The no-response tactic didn't work for Dukakis and he should have known it wouldn't work for him. And the first Bill Clinton campaign showed how to effectively deal with the issue. You don't let one news cycle go by without a response to scurrilous charges, whether you consider them worthy of response or not.<br><br>
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