October 25, 2005
Boy, that's catchy isn't it? Unfortunately for them they don't fully seem to understand the concept that they're a political party, not a laundry detergent.
Democratic leaders from an array of constituencies, including the House, Senate, Democratic National Committee, governors and mayors, have been working for months on a project designed to convey Democratic ideas and views to the public in a better way.That's the point, guys. America has heard loud and clear where you're coming from and they ain't buyin'.
"There's this sense that people don't know where we stand or what our ideas are," a House Democratic leadership aide said. "Messaging has been the problem. People should know where we stand. We've made our views clear on every issue that has come to the floor."
Among the rejected slogans:
"Help Us Help You."
"America Can Hardly Do Worse."
"The Democratic Party - You Don't Know What Your Missing!"
"The Democratic Party - The Best 'Ass' You'll Ever Have."
and my personal favorite
"America, Let's Make People Like Us Again."
October 18, 2005
"Every public survey shows a country ready for a political upheaval in 2006."
Unfortunately for them, here's the bad news:
"Right now, Democrats are not yet the answer for the growing majority seeking change," according to the memo, which lists [James] Carville and [Stan] Greenberg as authors.
If not now, guys...when?
Sean Higgins looks at the report in The American Spectator Online. Democrats talk a good game about "changing" but they can't escape the pull of the Liberal (and often single-issue oriented) interest groups that represent the make-up of their base. Even if Carville, Greenberg, et. al. could actually come up with alternative "ideas" to broaden their appeal, any attractive idea would run counter to the entrenched positions of these Liberal groups. So where does that leave them? Higgins explains:
Instead, they call for Democrats to attack Republicans as the corrupt tools of corporate lobbyists and push an agenda of health care, education, tax hikes on the wealthy and bashing energy companies -- the, umm, same policies they've been pushing for the last few years as the minority party.Every autumn, Democracy Corps comes out with a new set of polling data and the same conclusion: they need to do something different to win. With Red States growing in Electoral Votes at the expense of Blue States every year, how long will it be before Mary Matalin can convince her husband to just throw in the towel?
To be sure, things are pretty gloomy for the Republicans right now and Democrats could indeed come out on top in 2006. But if they do, it won't be due to any innovative thinking on their part.
October 17, 2005
U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy attempted to rescue six men who had become trapped by high tide on a jetty off Hyannisport on Sunday.
Kennedy was walking his two dogs on the shore at 11:15 a.m. when he spotted the men cut off from shore by the rising waters. They had been fishing on a jetty that begins at the tip of the Kennedy compound.Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
Tides had risen over the patchy rocks, which made it difficult to walk back to shore.
Kennedy and a friend tried to rescue the men using a 13-foot boat but rough waters forced them back.
October 11, 2005
Is Al Gore coming back? If allies we talked to have their way, the former veep will be the next president. "It's Gore Time," says a political strategist and fundraiser who is opening a bid to get Gore into the race. Gore friends see his recent political and business moves as proof he's preparing to run. Allies say that in speeches, Gore has found his voice to address domestic and world issues. And in raising money for his Current TV network, which targets the critical youth market, Big Al has built an issue base and donor network that's competitive with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's. Our source--a top aide in the previous Bush administration--is planning meetings with Gore's team to push an early entry while Clinton runs for re-election in New York. It doesn't end there: The Gorebots want him to pick Sen. Barack Obama, the youthful Illinois African-American, as his No. 2.Gorebots? Hah! I love that! It's better than Deaniacs! Go, Al, Go!
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