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Sunday, May 21, 2006

No Quarter

Now I am no Dixie Chicks fan. At a former job, I worked in a call center, doing analytics and reporting. I sat in a cube out with the callers. To improve morale, they played music over the PA system. The guy who played the music went on vacation and for 2 weeks hear the same 30 songs for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. One of them was A Dixie Chicks song, something about running. When I hear it now, I am temped to jam an ice pick into my skull. Anything to make it stop. Needless to say, not good for morale.

That said, what happened to them was amazing, and I kind of like how they handled it. The death threats, the publishing the address, the boycotts remind us how vicious the enemy is. They have been proven wrong at every turn, and many are slinking away from Mr. 31%. On some level, I am happy. These are voters and the most importing thing is insuring the republican taliban never wins another election. But on another level, I am pissed. Their noses have not been rubbed in it enough. There has not been enough gloating. People need to go to jail for treason. People need to lose their jobs. Those DJs who wouldn’t play the Dixie Chicks in 2003, should be unemployed today.

We must always remember what they did to our country. They should never be allowed to forget it. No republican should ever get to stop apologizing.

4 Comments:

Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

I am halfway through the Kos book and so far it is very good. They've made a compelling case on the single-issue interest groups.

All I can hope for is that parties tend to remake themselves after traumatic events. For the conservatives it was the Goldwater defeat - the first truly conservative nominee for the Republicans in some time. For liberals, they have to understand that unless they make major changes and revamp the whole process in how they wage election battles and build coalitions, they will never overcome the R-Taliban.

3:34 PM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

My issue with most of the Dem strategy stuff I read (and I have not read the Kos book) is that most of it is something like "For the Dems to win they need to come out for manditory vegitarianism. Animals have suffered enough blah blah blah." I see the party as a dead animal that all the heyena's are fighting over for their special interest.

We should each post our strategies for the party.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

I don't think it's a quick fix. I think the current crop of Dem Reps and Sens needs to be mostly washed away over the next decade. Need to be replaced by the equivalent of "movement conservatives." Need people who aren't scared. The Democratic Party is a scared party today. Scared of their own shadows, scared to be attacked by the massive coordinated bully machine on the right should they take any kind of controversial stance.

I think about half of them need to go, and the right half. Pelosi is terrible. She's a joke. Steny Hoyer, #2 in the Dem House - also a joke.

Reid is pretty good, but mixed. It's hard to say whether he looks good because Frist is so inept or whether he's good on his own.

They need true leadership. They have a lot of people in the country who support them on the issues when you break it down issue by issue, but they are terrible communicators. I mean just atrocious. They need to be replaced by smart, savvy communicators. People who understand that you don't have to capture every nuance in the first sentence, but the first sentence NEEDS to be short, sweet, and makes a common sense point.

See, one thing Dems don't get is they think it's all about whether they make themselves understood to the viewer. No - it is whether the viewer can turn around and articulate what the Dem said to their friends and family. Republicans get this. Whenever Jon Stewart has a Dem guest like Dean on, he always says something like "what will you do differently - be specific!" And Dean truthfully says - we do have specifics and then proceeds to list them. And Stewart still looks at him with a blank look. It's because Stewart knows that whatever Dean just said isn't going to work as a mass consumption product for viewers of American Idol to use in speaking to each other.

5:09 PM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

I think that you have hit on something critical - the ability to pass it on. There is a lot of Marketing speak about that now. The traditional TV advertising, etc. is just not as effective as it once was - for all products, not just politics. You have to have a simple message that can be passed along and a product that stands out. The Dems have neither.

The reality of the state of the nation is that we are in grave danger (is there any other kind?) Between China, Islamists, Baby Boomers, Globalization and horrific leadership for the bulk of 25 years, we have serious challenges ahead. The republicans are clearly not going to (nor are they able to) solve any of these problems. However, the Dems, as they currently exist cannot be trusted to solve anything either. They are scared, stupid and bereft of real ideas.

I think the party really died under Bush I. He was not the eloquent bastard of the people that Regan was. The party was going to get hammered under Regan. That happens. But they needed to come back strong under Bush and they punted. The Gulf War was brutal on them. But when Bush I was at 29%, they never created a national movement. While they won the presidency in 92 - it was the Bill Clinton show. There was no Democratic brand. Thus, they lost badly in 1994. I fear a re-run in 2008.

9:09 AM  

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