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  •  Western platform! I love it! (4.00)
    I'd like to see a diary about why the West votes Republican parallelling my attempt to do the same for the South: Get the Government Off Our Backs:  Why the Conservative South hates Democrats (crossposted at My Left Wing).

    At the end of that diary I echo some of what BrewUnit and GTPinNJ and others have said about how it helps Dems to emphasize R interference in people's daily lives:

    If we have learned anything from Karl Rove (and we should learn from him while we still can) it is that you attack the opponent at the place where he believes he is invincible.
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    I propose a two-pronged attack right in the heart of this stronghold of Republican brand image. It may resonate not only in the South and West but in other parts of the country where faux-libertarian values have been swallowed whole by "hate and bait" radio audiences only because they have never heard any alternative.
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    The Terri Schiavo fiasco, so helpfully engineered by the Republicans themselves, was the first salvo in rebranding the Republicans as the party that wants to impose government controls on your personal and family life. [snip] People who think the privacy issue is a non-starter are wrong. Privacy and personal autonomy are HUGE wedge issues for us and we have failed so far to frame the most resonant privacy arguments. "Rs aren't the party that wants to get the government off your back, they are always on your back, in your marriage bed, in your hospital bed, in your living room, in your church, in your computer files, under your clothing and on your ID cards--butting in every aspect of your life. That's why Dems are the party of privacy, because your personal business is your personal business."
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    Second: it is way past time to rebrand Republicans as the party that wants to define your relationship with God. I don't understand why we haven't grasped this one with both hands. The factionalism within the theocratic sympathizers of the conservative coalition is already beginning to strain at the seams with the O'Connor resignation. [snip] If we settle on the right frame for this one, we win big big big. "Rs aren't the party that wants to get the government off your back, they are always on your back, assuming the mind of God in trying to impose a single religious perspective on the entire country. That's why Dems favor the separation of church and state, so that different worship preferences can co-exist in public, while members of individual denominations can still adopt whatever behaviors they find appropriate and avoid whatever behaviors they find unacceptable.

    I hope HBD includes some messages like these in the "Western platform."  I believe they will be highly effective in the West and South.  Some of these states only need to flip a few percentage points to go Blue.

    I am so excited by Howard's approach that it almost (almost!) seems worth it that he was not elected President... I can't believe that I, stone cold Deaniac that I am, could even say that, but as president it would have been inappropriate for him to have this level of hands-on involvement in party politics, and he is clearly the first party leader in a long time to have a clue and a vision about how to compete on a national level and appeal to the widest umber of voters as possible.

    Don't concede any states!  Take the Blue fight right to their strongholds, even in Idaho and Utah!  Go get 'em, Howard!  The Doctor is IN YOUR FACE!

    God, I love that man.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 08:15:59 AM PDT

    •  The Dean campaign (none)
      is just taking longer. It was about expanding democracy by putting the people back in control, by getting them involved again. We were and are part of a revolution, we just found out revolutions take longer than we had originally bargained for. I wasn't politically active prior to Bush's rush to war with Iraq, and Dean's ability to say out loud what I was thinking. I thought at the start of this that I was making a short term committment, I would eject Bush and they gratefully return to what I formerly defined as "life", once a real public servant was back in charge. Didn't quite work out that way. I have given up on ever returning to my "real life".

      We are all wearing the blue dress now.

      by PLS on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 12:16:05 PM PDT

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    •  By the way, (none)
      I want to say that I love "The Doctor is IN YOUR FACE"!

      I think it is a pefect frame for Dean.

      We are all wearing the blue dress now.

      by PLS on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 12:19:59 PM PDT

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      •  early Dean campaign buttons (none)
        somewhere in the packrat chaos of my life I think I have some buttons that say "the Doctor is in your face" from the summer of 2003.  I didn't make it up, I either saw it on some buttons or t-shirts or something from the old Dean for American days.

        It is a great slogan though, and I hope Howard's supporters will revive it and use it over the next 15 months.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 06:51:45 PM PDT

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