Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

November 22, 2003

by J

The Filibuster Cometh; The Leader Runneth

John Kerry is skipping a debate to work with Ted Kennedy and filibuster the Medicare bill.

Rubs knuckles in eyes. Doth mine eyes deceive me? A spine? Two? Very good. Unfortunately, the Democratic leader in the Senate, Tom Daschle, opposes a filibuster of what Hillary calls a Trojan horse of a bill.

Kos is right. It's time for Daschle to go.
Posted by J at November 22, 2003 10:43 PM

Good for Kerry, but this is likely to bite the Dems on the ass. Joe Klein puts it pretty good. Simple Repub message v.s. complicated Dem message... and a simpleminded electorate. Depressing.

Posted by: todd at November 23, 2003 05:49 PM

Maybe. But rumor has it (and, btw just as an aside, isn't it about time that we start labelling everything we hear from any kind of 'media' or 'journalist outlet' these days 'rumor,' given their pathetic track record?) that thousands and thousands of people have cancelled their AARP memberships, suggesting that a significant portion of the people this bill affects understand what's being done. I saw a blurb somewhere today where a former member yanked his membership and said "You're nothing more than an insurance company."

We'll see. It's all in how the message is crafted. It's true that Democrats suck at crafting effective messages and too often buy into rightwing framings and terminology, but maybe some are finally beginning to see that.

(In general, I'm pessimistic, too, but occasionally see a small glimmer of hope.)

Posted by: J at November 23, 2003 06:22 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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