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Birds of a feather generally flock together. Friends usually say a lot about friends.  Groups you belong to usually indicate a lot of what you think about politics.  This is a concept that most people understand, especially "bottom line" emotional voters who simply want you to give them the 30 second cliff note version as to how to vote.  

A photo of Sarah Palin reading John Birch Society magazines will sway virtually any undecided Jewish voter in Florida no matter what he or she thinks on every other issue.  Why?  Because people process in their heads real quickly that if she is reading John Birch Society magazines, then she probably shares those views.

The same holds true for right wing talk show hosts.  Politicians who support Limbaugh are presumed to share his views.  The same holds true for any other right wing talk show host.  You support them, you own them.

And that's why we can take down the entire Republican Party merely by highlighting their associations with certain Fox News personalities and others. Let's look at how this has worked effectively in the past.

Example 1 - Missouri Senate 2006 - Jim Talent v. Claire McCaskill

It was a few days before the election and incumbent Senator Jim Talent held a small but clear lead over Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill.  Talent had previously expressed his support and admiration for right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.  To demonstrate her support for stem cell research, McCaskill released a commercial with Michael J. Fox in it.  Next, Limbaugh goes on the air and mocks Fox's Parkinsons disease.  Thankfully, Claire McCaskill was not a DLC style Chicken Little worried about what right wing pieces of garbage would say about her.  McCaskill released an add attacking Jim Talent for being associated with Rush Limbaugh and played the clip.  Limbaugh whined like the two year old brat he is but McCaskill would have none of it.  She stood her ground and continued the attack.  And she won.  The bottom line is this.  Had Claire NOT attacked Talent through Limbaugh, she would have lost.

Example 2 -  New Jersey Senate 1994 - Chuck Haytaian v. Frank Lautenberg.

In 1993, New Jersey kicked out its Democratic Governor.  Lautenberg was next.  1994 was not the Democrats year as they were in full Chicken Little mode more concerned about what the likes of Rush Limbaugh thought about them than they were with simply just speaking the god damn truth to power.  I remember being frustrated with the Dems but there was one time I saw something on TV and remember yelling out, "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS" at the TV.  It was when I saw an ad by Frank Lautenberg.  

Lautenberg was trailing Haytaian in October.  Barring an awakening he was going to lose.  But somebody in Lautenberg's campaign had a brain.  They remembered that Haytaian had repeatedly gone on the Bob Grant show on WABC.  Grant is pure scum and both Limbaugh and Hannity consider him a mentor and father figure.  Grant had gone on air and said that "blacks were savages" and "Martin Luther King was a scumbag."  So the Lautenberg campaign released an ad repeating these phrases and highlighting that Haytaian had gone on the show while pointing out that other Republicans had long ago denounced Grant, including then Governor Whitman.  Grant whined and moaned but Frank Lautenberg didn't care.  The Chicken Littles were saying that this wouldn't matter with rural white voters.  But Lautenberg said, and I'm paraphrasing, "I don't care, I'll do what's right even if it costs me the election."  And Lautenberg came from behind and won.  Had he not run the Grant commercial, Frank would have lost.

The two stories above are EXACTLY what we should be doing MORE of.  Any Republican who is on record as supporting Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, or any other right wing nutcase SHOULD be attacked in the same manner.  You simply list the egregious comments or associations, put them in TV ads and radio ads, and take down the Republican politician.  You hold NOTHING back.  You state what the person has actually said and supported.  Swing voters and moderate Republicans will REJECT any Republican associated with these people.

For those who ask why I "specialize" in taking down certain right wing talk show hosts, this is why.  It's not an obsession but a strategy.  And it works too.  

The Chicken Littles don't understand what moves or persuades moderates and swing voters. Thankfully, I do.  They are looking for people who are honest and genuine and they reject politicians based on imagery which is formulated simply through symbolism, short sound bites, and emotional frames like "Oh Talk Show Host A supports him, now I won't.

Ads would take the following form.

Ann Coulter has said, "..........."  Politician A is a fan of Ann Coulter. Does Politician A speak for you?

Or this.

Politician B called Newt Gingrich a revolutionary.  Gingrich is a nasty partisan and extremist who once served his 1st wife with divorce papers while she was in a hospital bed undergoing cancer treatment.  Cancer treatment.  Politician B, who in their right mind could vote for him?

Your thoughts?

Originally posted to davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:07 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

    •  Before I leave my current gig (2+ / 0-)
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      Involuntary Exile, Dave1955

      I MUST find a way to turn you loose on our midday wingnut.
      No screener, net savvy very low, regurgitates Fox talking points to his listeners like a mother bird feeding her young.

      John McCain is a dishonorable, lying shitbag who is unfit to be President. Of ANYTHING.

      by kestrel9000 on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:18:34 PM PDT

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      •  I always crush right wingers (2+ / 0-)
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        kestrel9000, Dave1955

        it's so easy.

        Tell me about it in a private email.

        I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

        by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:20:28 PM PDT

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        •  Sending now (1+ / 0-)
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          Dave1955

          and there's an mp3 attached.

          John McCain is a dishonorable, lying shitbag who is unfit to be President. Of ANYTHING.

          by kestrel9000 on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:28:44 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, they use Limbaugh and... (1+ / 0-)
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            kestrel9000

            Losers like Halprin (thepage.time.com) quote Limbaugh as though he is some political luminary as opposed to the noxious gasbag he is.

            So, time to continously make them pay for it with quotes of the extreme stuff Limbaugh and other extreme non-ideologically based right-wingers say.

            •  Exactly (2+ / 0-)
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              kestrel9000, amk for obama

              and actually Obama ran an ad in New Mexico using xenophobic rhetoric from Limbaugh.

              Limbaugh had a hissy fit.

              But the ad was the truth and what happened?

              Obama's poll numbers there went through the roof b/c Obama took down McCain with Hispanics through his association with LImbaugh.

              That would actually be another good example.

              I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

              by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:39:17 PM PDT

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          •  he did great (1+ / 0-)
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            kestrel9000

            He crushed the host big time and knew his facts on waterboarding, the Geneva Convention, and made the RW host look silly.  The part where the host couldn't provide an example was priceless.

            Your friend knows how to debate.

            Some very minor things.

            I would distinguish between "accusing govt" and accusing some in govt.  When you attack Bush or Cheney, they try to frame it as you are attacking America and you hate America.  Not the case.  It's because you love America that you are attacking the few bad apples.

            Also, don't be afraid to categorize what he is doing as partisan and nicely state that facts are facts and that he is misusing the word partisan. (If he keeps using it, make a joke out of it.)

            I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

            by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:36:49 PM PDT

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  •  Attack their strength (4+ / 0-)

    What the hell have they been doing to us all these years? Tipped and recommended.

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:12:39 PM PDT

  •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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    kestrel9000, Dragon5616, Dave1955

    or, "Do you want someone to lead the country and world who winks at you"?

  •  Speaking of Ann Coulter (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave1955

    Is she in hiding with Cheney?

    Haven't heard much from her lately.

  •  While it is a little presumptive in attributing (4+ / 0-)

    victory in these examples to one specific ad, this diary does have a sound foundation in logic.  This is another example of the type of political juditsu Obama is on the verge of implementing againt the coming character attacks McCain plans on launching soon.  It may very well have good effect in some of these House, Senate, and even local races.  I personally think that there is a small risk of backlash if not done correctly.  If the ad is clumsy in its link of the repub to the con media personality, or the quotes to tame or too over the top they may come off as contrived smear instead of enlightening revelations.

    George W Bush: 8 years of Presidency, 13 Years of War.

    by XNeeOhCon on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:20:49 PM PDT

  •  Good Idea but (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave1955, Dan McDermott

    this is 'guilt by association' which Obama has to fight against with the repugs

    In what respect Charlie?

    by Renie57 on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:22:55 PM PDT

    •  There are valid associations (0+ / 0-)

      from which genuine guilt can be fairly attributed.  For example, attacking Obama for his Ayres associations is ridiculous, as the link is simply not there.  They just happened to be in the same room at one point in time.  But a politician today has no excuse for going on the limbaugh show and saying, "What a great guy you are, Rush!  I love what you have done for the country."  True, one must get the evidence first, but if its there, then an attack is a good idea, and entirely justified.

      •  exactly the distinction (0+ / 0-)

        Without a doubt I'm sure McCain has been in the room with people that are far worse than William Ayers.  But it would be unfair for me to automatically equate MCCain with that person.  It is part of life to meet people you don't like or agree with.  Happens everyday.

        But when McCain ACTIVELY goes on Hannity knowing that Hannity has previously stated that enjoys seeing skeletons of mass graves or that Hannity once said that preventing Nancy Pelosi from being Speaker of the HOuse is worth dying for, then McCain OWNS that association and Hannity's quotes as well.

        I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

        by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:55:16 PM PDT

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    •  not exactly (0+ / 0-)

      There is a big difference between guilt by association and guilt by ACTIVELY associating with someone.

      For example, if talk show host A says, "Let's kill every person living in Greenland and then bomb Iceland back to the Stone Age"  and THEN I go on that show seeking his support and never make it clear that I denounce those comments, then yes this is fair game.

      I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

      by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:52:51 PM PDT

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  •  Hell yes (3+ / 0-)
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    I absolutely love your way of thinking. I wouldn't want to look like I'm a scorched earth campaigner myself, but I say find a way to link your negative opponent to all the garbage they're willing to accept to get elected. I was Air Force for 15 years and still live in Air Force community in Idaho and I tell active duty personnel all the time that McCain votes against vets all the time. I tell them Obama votes with them a lot and Hillary voted even higher. A basic lesson that Democrats support vets a lot more than people think.

  •  Excellent stuff (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave1955

    One thing that has given me hope and confidence in the Democratic cause is that being demonstrated as a racist is a real fast way for an otherwise entrenched politician to find themselves jobless real quick.

    Living in certain parts of the country (and not even the 'worst' when it comes to racial tensions), it seems like racists are the majority and I've wondered more than once how Trent Lott or George Allen's comments could be enough to get them thrown out of office.

    But really, that's just me underestimating the American people. And I'm very glad to be wrong.

    If God hadn't wanted us to fly, he wouldn't have given us Bernoulli's Principle.

    by HamillianActor on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:44:59 PM PDT

    •  Racists almost always go down (1+ / 0-)
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      There are two approaches.

      1.  Chicken Littles - Ignore the racism, hope it goes away, don't try to "offend" so called "white blue collar voters."
      1.  DFQ approach - Relentlessly criticize racists, operate with premise (and it's a correct one) that most white blue collar voters are not racist.  Expose racist comments and racist associations.

      I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

      by davefromqueens on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:02:37 PM PDT

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      •  Agree that it (0+ / 0-)

        most white blue collar voters (and most people in general) are not racist.

        Moreover, I think it's important to separate the racism from the racists. In other words, confront people about it, but whenever possible, don't write them off because of it. Show them what they're doing and at least make an honest effort to reject it. I'll repost this, which explains the point nicely:

        If God hadn't wanted us to fly, he wouldn't have given us Bernoulli's Principle.

        by HamillianActor on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 11:42:23 PM PDT

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