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  •  Sure, but that shouldn't stop us. (4+ / 0-)
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    sidnora, jaywillie, Matt Z, majii

    We need to win the messaging war, certainly. Of that there's no doubt. But the GOP has bet a lot on Dems not being willing to push for a strong bill — the narrative is that we're just setting up perpetual bailouts and are otherwise coddling banks. The solution to that is to strengthen the bill; they're betting we can't do that.

    It's yet another reason the best play here is for the strongest bill possible.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

    by Jyrinx on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 02:04:24 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think that's the Republican bet...... (2+ / 0-)
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      I think the Republican bet is winning the messaging war with the public, through the media.  They do that, they can kill the Democratic bill without the public clearly disagreeing with them, and then Democrats look "ineffective."  That's the Republican strategy.

      So our side winning the messaging war is critical.  The Republicans have a facially credible argument if it goes ineffectively challenged and we don't effectively drown them out with our own message.

      I think the Democrats make 2 big messaging mistakes in this Congress.  First, an understandable one on the surface, is to assume the general public won't buy into lies and half-truths by the GOP.  On legislation the public doesn't understand, they will believe that stuff if it sounds facially credible.  Second, we forget that simply spending time arguing about what the Republicans are saying lends credibility to the Republican message, since it's time not spent on selling our own message.  That doesn't mean lies go unchallenged, it means that we have to dominate the terms of the debate.  We've performed very poorly there this entire Congress.  That's not new for our side, but it's uncommonly maddening when we have supermajorities with which to govern.

      In a time of war, is that really the time to be asking whether we should be at war?...When it is over we should ask whether we should leave. -- Stephen Colbert

      by DCCyclone on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 06:28:07 PM PDT

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