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    While I like how the Shadow Cabinet works in the Westminster system, it seems that it would leave whomever leads it too far open to the foibles of the members. Plus, if you turn it into somehing formal, it becomes political.

    What I envision would be a more informal one - for lask of a better title, Designated Responders. Every time there's a National Security move, I want to see Wesley Clark on every single TV show talking about how it wasn't in the best interests of the country, and how Democrats would have liked to do X, but couldn't because of the White House, and how much better things would have turned out if they had. I want the biggest and brightest economist to do the same for all tax matters, etc.

    The goal would be to have one face who's constantly appearing on TV, pushing our side of the story. Hell, he can even debate them on the various talk shows. But he can't be controlled by the DNC, or billed as "Democratic Spokesman" - he just needs to be someone who seems to happen to always show up with a D point of view. You establish that over a few years, and then come election time you have the guy start mentioning how the candidate would do that, as opposed to "the Democrats" would.

    •  I'll second that! n/t (none)

      Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history. - Albert Camus

      by angelama on Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 11:52:31 AM PST

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    •  Um...I thought it was politics. (none)
      Good thoughts

      Part of the problem supposedly was that many people didn't know John Kerry--at least that's what we heard ad nauseam.  After four years of shadow cabinet exposure, it would be difficult for a Rove to "define" our candidate.  Familiar faces, a four-year record of being mostly right would greatly out weight many of the negatives.

      One problem, perhaps insurmountable, and maybe this is what you were alluding to, is finding politicians patriotic enough to forgo their egos and private ambitions.

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