Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Still not making a persuasive argument

I've recently made the point that making an argument is easy, it's making a persuasive argument that requires real work.

Just complaining that Congress isn't doing what you want them to do won't accomplish anything unless you can make a persuasive argument that they should follow your advice. That requires learning the levers that move them and using them.

Armando is right that the netroots has, for the most, failed to make a persuasive argument.

Ironically, I fear that Armando is making the same mistake with his own criticism of the netroots. Simply pointing out their failures won't persuade them to behave differently. A different, more persuasive approach is needed.

What is it? Hell if I know!

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