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December 5, 2006

Kicking An 82 Year Old Man: The Right Attacks Jimmy Carter. Again.

Jimmy Carter is not remembered as a great President. Most folks might even consider him a failure, the peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia. But why exactly do we hold one of the two Democratic Presidents of the last 38 years in such low esteem?

Isn't this the man that held the country together in the years after Watergate? Didn't he bring decency and honesty back to The White House?

Yes.

Isn't it a great American success story for a man to come from such humble beginnings, serve in defense of his country and then ascend to the highest office?

Yes.

Isn't it remarkable that back in 1979 he declared "The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our Nation. These are facts and we simply must face them." Isn't that leadership and vision?

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December 8, 2006

Jimmy Carter's Thoughtful Response

Earlier this week, we posted on the right wing attacks on Jimmy Carter and his new book.

This morning in the LA Times, Jimmy Carter crafted a remarkably thoughtful and intelligent reply to the charges leveled against him in his first few days of his book tour.

As we are attempting to shed light on the right wing strategy of smearing Democratic and Progressive leaders, we encourage everyone to watch the right wing reaction to President Carter's opinion piece after you've read it; noticing that the discussions of the personal charges against him are just a small fraction of the piece.

However, this is what the right wing will jump on in an effort to continue the smear - a smear we remind you that was made by a random unknown caller to C-SPAN. By focusing the coverage on the smear, namely "Carter Responds To Anti-Semite Charge" they can continue to push the "two sides of the story" meme which is false.

Slowly, other newspapers and non-right wing media will feel the need to show the two sides - somewhere someone will ask the question, "Is Jimmy Carter an anti-Semite? We'll tell you what both sides are saying."

The coverage will include the quote from Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi who fell into the smearing strategy when she commented that President Carter does not speak for the Democratic Party on Israel. Of course, he doesn't, that's insane - he hasn't held elected office for twenty-six years. We should be careful, as a party, of using right wing memes to attack our own.

When one side is the truth, the other side is a lie. But that's not how this coverage will develop and continue.

Let's watch and learn together.

December 11, 2006

How Long Will The Right Let Us Love Obama?

Senator Barack Obama is a man to be admired, respected and liked. He is more than worthy of consideration for the Democratic Nomination in 2008 and if we were advising Senator Obama, and his equally impressive wife Michelle, our advice would be to run, and run now. A Vice Presidency certainly looks attractive on one's resume, and a national campaign brings valuable experience.

Senator Obama is admired and he is loved. Look at the recent favorability polls and there he is, the Number One Democrat in America. But why? Why is a junior Senator, nationally a virtual unknown just two years ago, now at the top of the national favorability ratings? Is it because of his new book? His great 2004 Convention Speech? His appearance on Oprah? All of these, of course, but in fairness, does Barack Obama truly deserve to be the Democratic leader with the highest national favorability in a recent poll? Hardly.

With complete respect to Senator Obama, where are the long-time Democratic leaders who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country? Where are the other possible Presidential contenders? What about Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry? Where are Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid? Are they not leaders that deserve at the very least to have decent favorability ratings?

Why is Barack Obama "favorable" and not any of the better-known Democratic leaders? And why - of all people is Rudy Guiliani at the top of the list as the Number One leader in our country? The answer is simple, and dramatic.

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December 20, 2006

America's Two Party System: The Marketing Party and The Product Party

We do have a two-party system in America: The Product Party and The Marketing Party. We have one party that spends its energy and its resources creating a product that will improve the lives of its supporters, and then we have a second party, one that invests its energy and its resources managing perception.

One party offers substance but without the sizzle, and one is so incredibly adept at selling that it can charm you into supporting an agenda that helps only those who don't need it, and actually hurts you and your family.

By mastering the management of perception and with an utter disregard for facts and reality, the Marketing Party's agenda and vision gets implemented - despite its horrendous consequences for the country, and the world. It has never been worse than it is now. The chasm between their vision, its consequences and the lifestyle and security of the average American is mind-boggling.

Do not underestimate the power of marketing. With enough money, a good campaign and some time, you really can make people think and do almost anything. Exactly why do you think Coke and Pepsi outsell all the other brands - because their sugar water is vastly superior to others? Exactly why do you think one brand of shampoo is "premium" and another is $5 a gallon - is it because they have different ingredients? No, it is because marketing works, especially on a public increasingly trained to respond.

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