Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Horse Lawyer and FEMA - Talking Point

Republicans always look for a simple but destructive turn of phrase that will resonate with the American public. Democrats tend to see the political process as a policy argument, where Americans choose the party that will provide the policies they prefer. They make long-winded arguments for their policies. The Republicans talk to Americans the way major newspapers talk to Americans - at a 4th grade level, at a visceral level everyone can understand. And this is what Democrats have to grasp about political communication: Don't try to be clever, don't talk down, just try to be as clear as possible. That's form, what about content? It should be Simple and striking and hard to disagree with.

Candidate X vacillated on the Iraq war, and his plan only differed from the president's in that he wanted to involve more allies. That's how a Democrat would say it. And it would be easy to nitpick to death - "well, Candidate X's vote against the $87 billion was symbolic, because he didn't want to go into debt to pay for the war. And allies are great, and X has a better chance of getting allies to join than Y, etc..."
But, as a Republican would say, Candidate X was "a flip-flopper" and he wanted a "global test" before fighting a war. You have to play he said she said (No he isn't! No he doesn't!) to defend Candidate X; no one can support X on those terms. And meanwhile the Dems struggled to criticize Bush for not having a plan or not sending enough troops while avoiding like the plague the phrases that would have resonated and been very clear: "Bush is a liar" and "Bush lied about the war."

Not only do Republicans repeat their talking points far more than Dems, their points are far clearer and more striking.

Why the long preface? Because I have a new Republican-style talking point that I like very much:

  • George Bush put a horse lawyer in charge of federal emergencies.
  • The horse lawyer was fired from his job as a horse lawyer for incompetence.

Simple, striking. Anyone can understand it, and anyone will see that it is not a good thing. Hard to disagree with that. You have to say: no no, he's more than just a horse lawyer, and he's perfect for the job - you sound like an idiot.

Horse lawyer. Horse lawyer. Horse lawyer. Not good enough to be a Horse Lawyer!

Try it, it's fun.


Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

Yes, the Democratic Governor
of LA & the Democratic Mayor of
NO should have done a better job.
Neither is a Rudy Giuliani. Have
any blue states taken any refugees???

When the tragedy in NO had been
going on for many days now and will
probably last for many months in the
future. The total number dead will
probably never be known but
estimates are sure to come forth
in the coming months.

Remember that this city was living
on BORROWED time. It's 12 ft
below sea level and nothing but a
big empty swimming pool before
Katrina arrived. This was a surprise
to no one and has been predicted
for many many years.

Judge the government response by
comparing New York 911 to the
local Katrina devistation in NO.
Within 1 hour there were thousands
of New York police, and fireman
on the streets of New York. FEMA
did not show up for several days.
NO on the other hand had virtually
NO police or fireman working the
disaster, and many of them threw
down their badges and QUITE!
It is very evident that the corrupt
local and state government in
Louisianna was responsible for
immediate local response.............
NOT FEMA. The inept Democratic
Govenor and Democratic City Mayor
never responded to the crisis, along
with most of the State disaster agencies.
It was the City of NO's and State's
total responsibility to have manpower
on the streets of NO's immediately
after the flooding started.

It is against the law for any President
to order troops into a city or across
state lines without a request and
permission from the Governor of
that state.

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

8:53 PM  

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