Monday, September 08, 2008

Smokescreens

It's really a clever strategy Steve.

It goes like this: If you are technically weak on a particular point (flip-flopping for political convenience) attack your opponent for doing the same thing. It doesn't matter if the charge is bogus. What matters is that the media talks about it as if it might be. Then, all the low-info voters will hear is that "both camps are charging the other with flip-flopping."

It's the same strategy they are using with respect to earmarks. It really doesn't matter if the line that Palin fought against earmarks is 100% the opposite of reality. All that matters is that the daily media narrative is, "both camps are attacking each other on earmarks."

It's a classic smokescreen. And they are doing it because it has worked so well for them in the past.

And the only way to clear a smokescreen is a really big fan. My suggestion: call it a lie. Then the media narrative becomes, "Is the McCain/Palin campaign lying?"

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