Originally posted by Northgate
Bush was very acceptable to me at first. I was actually "proud" of him in the aftermath of 9/11. I completely supported the war in Afghanistan. I believed him when he said Saddam was an imminent threat. But then he betrayed my trust as an American and now he must go. This notion that any Republican president will be despised by the left is completely erroneous. Every president has a clean slate to win over the public's trust. This president and his chronies on the hill, unfortunatley, are so anti-Democrat it's utterly disgusting.
The Republican marketing machine has America convinced that this is a slam-dunk election. The more they repeat it the more the "sleepwalkers" believe it and therefore don't bother to go to the polling sites. At this point, if John F. Kennedy came back from the dead and was running for president Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity would be slamming him daily for being an uber-leftist New England white boy.
I believe in Dean's grassroots movement. I think there is a phenomenon brewing that could surprise everyone come election day. However, I believe the Republican marketing machine will do everything in its power to dilute the word "grassroots" to the point that it no longer has meaning. By the time they're done with destroying the definition of "grassroots" it will no longer have any resonance with the American people.
Mark my words, Rove and the rest will turn the word "grassroots" into another sub-definition of the term "campaign". Hence, any Republican running a campaign is being run by the "grassroots". The Republican marketing machine is so powerful that they will effectively STEAL the term from the Dean campaign.
Watch. It's already started
Again I find it amazing that the same actions are somehow give such different motive when applied to a different party. Dean has a lot of people flocking to his campaign. He asks those people to recruit other people. I'm sure he has planned goals of money raised, people recruited, people contacted and so forth.
This is "good" campaigning and grassroots. When Bush does it it is bad campaigning and not grassroots. There was a mention in an article here about the Bush campaign that they were going door to door, not relying on 30 second spots, trying harder than ever to sign up voters, get them to the polling place on election day, and instead of informing them via 30 second spots, have someone actually give them face time door to door or at a minimum with a phone call.
Yet somehow these are given sinister motive when it is the Bush campaign doing it.
Your whole first paragraph regarding a president winning over the left and starting with a clean slate is a lie. All I have heard since day one of the Bush presidency from the left is that he "stole" the election. That he is illegitimate, etc. Perhaps in some special fantasyland that is called a clean slate, but in my book that is called lunging for the throat from day one.
The left has moved since the Clinton days. Clinton wasn't portrayed as "evil" for Don't Ask Don't Tell, not acting on water treatment until he signed an executive order the last hours of his administration, signing NAFTA, etc. Bush when carrying on the same policies is suddenly Satan even when adding more to federal education funding, passing a prescription drug benefit, etc. Sure he didn't add as much spending as some wanted, but that doesn't make him the devil, evil or trashing our nation.
Here is Edwards take on it. We Can't Win on Anger
Maybe someone here will actually not question the source since he happens to be a Democrat.