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  •  Republicans don't do nuance. (3+ / 0-)
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    Rosemary, MKSinSA, Highwind

    And I think the ad was just a "meet and greet" on Obama's part - not some vast statement of policy or claims of legislative greatness. But they'll keep on torturing and twisting his words; it's only just begun.

    It's like how they went after Gore for claiming that he claimed he "invented the Internet". He never said that, of course.

    But then-Senator Gore was instrumental in getting what was at one time a relatively obscure and  secret Department of Defense protocol to keep computers talking to each other in the event of nuclear war, opened up for public use.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 05:40:47 AM PDT

    •  Heck (2+ / 0-)
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      Snud, MKSinSA

      Even "I voted for it before I voted against it", while sounding boneheaded, was exactly true.  I don't know what people didn't understand about that, but then again all they even knew about that was some stupid sound byte played over and over again on Faux News without any context.

    •  Gore was responsible for the Internet (3+ / 0-)
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      L0kI, Snud, MKSinSA

      in a sense, as Snud points out.
      He sponsored legislation that led to the Defense Department program being expanded and becoming the Internet.
      So Gore probably said something like "I was responsible for the Internet ..." referring to his legislation.  
      And this got turned into "I invented the Internet."
      A classic case study in how:

      1.  Words can be twisted by people who intend harm.
      1.  Context is crucial.
      1.  "Sound bites" are screwing up our democracy.
      1.  Political candidates have to be extremely nit-picky, to the point of paranoia, about every word they say.

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