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Obama's strategy as spelled out in 2005

it is the job of Democratic elected officials to help shape public opinion, and not just respond passively to opinion thats been aggressively shaped by the Republicans PR machinery. I am simply suggesting, based on my experience, that people will respond to a powerfully progressive agenda when its couched in optimism, pragmatism and our shared American ideals.

He also says, "some of you wondered whether I wrote the post myself. I did."

The post he is refering to is this one, which is amazingly predictive of his campaign. Talk about discipline! In 2005 he lays out a strategy of being postive about progressive ideals and for 3 years he sticks with it and gets elected. This post could easily be one that people study in text books years from now. I'm so psyched after reading it! Tom

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The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job. After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart. It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that's our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

You can tell he comes from law rather than business, because he still double-spaces after a period.

Edited at 2008-11-14 06:22 pm (UTC)

still? are we not supposed to do that anymore?

It's generally considered unnecessary and slightly sub-optimal when using proportionally spaced fonts. If you happen to be using a typewriter, or writing copy that will appear in Courier or other fixed-width fonts, then you're still supposed to double space.

Our goal should be to stick to our guns on those core values that make this country great, show a spirit of flexibility and sustained attention that can achieve those goals, and try to create the sort of serious, adult, consensus around our problems that can admit Democrats, Republicans and Independents of good will. This is more than just a matter of "framing," although clarity of language, thought, and heart are required. It's a matter of actually having faith in the American people's ability to hear a real and authentic debate about the issues that matter.

If you're not already, you may be interested in reading the LJ of jpmassar He's spent a ton of time thinking and writing about election strategies.

I don't know if you regularly have time to read my journal, but I hope you read where I continued this discussion at

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