Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Simplify, simplify, simplify....Or lie
The spin on the Feingold Censure Resolution is in full swing. I haven't heard the radio ads yet but I have seen some of the spin on the net.
The Left Coaster had this:
In same write-up where the vicious persecution of Helen Thomas was fully noted, Carolyn Lockhead of the San Francisco Chronicle let a rank, total Bush lie just sit there:
ÂThey ought to take their message to the people and say, vote for me, I promise we're not going to have a terrorist surveillance program."
This is a childish, complete lie. The NSA issue is that the President was caught and even admitted to breaking the surveillance law by spying upon Americans. Nothing whatsoever has been said by anyone about stopping surveillance on terrorists. FeingoldÂs censure calls for condemning BushÂs felonies; so far the response from Bush is that as President he can do anything outside of the law in wartime.
The true problem with that lie is its simplicity. The Republican manual (there actually IS a manual written by master word-smith, Frank Luntz) is very clear that a simple catch-phrase (lie) is much better than a complicated (nuanced) truth. What Russ Feingold needs is a simple, emotionally charged catch phrase to challenge the attack ads.
Because I have an ego as large as all outdoors, and because I like Russ, I've been trying to come up with just the right, Luntzian retort for Russ to use. I humbly invite all our Wood County Dem Bloggers to jump right in.
Let's try this:
This Administration has been wrong about so much in the war of Terror, how can we trust that they are spying on REAL TERRORIST and not INNOCENT AMERICANS? without a Court acting asrefereeree?
If the President is allowed to pick and choose which laws he wants to obey, then we lost much more than the TWIN TOWERS on Septemb11th1th.
The real question here is this: Do we want an a la Carte Constitution? Do we want the President to pick which parts of the Constitution he want to obey?
Jump right in....enjoy....