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Obama : A Man of Peace Pushed Too Far: Yelling "Liar" in a Crowded Theater

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Bullies, Bush Liar, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Democratic Strategy, Hero, John McCain, John McCain Lies, Karl Rove, Lies, Movies, Obama, Sarah Palin Lies, Westerns, Politics News )

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"I was a Man of Peace," Barack Obama said today. "But this time, they pushed me too far. I came into this election to talk about substance, and they got nothin'. So they started lying. Last time I checked, we've just suffered through 8 years of liars...


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Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 4:19 pm
by Pete Cenedella

"I was a Man of Peace," Barack Obama said today. "But this time, they pushed me too far. I came into this election to talk about substance, and they got nothin'. So they started lying. Last time I checked, we've just suffered through 8 years of liars. Lies have consequences. More than 4,000 servicemen and women have died as a result of Republican lies. Thousands more maimed, wounded, and dumped in sub-standard VA facilities that have been left underfunded by my opponent the veteran. Iraq was behind 9/11? A lie. Trumped-up phony evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction? A lie. Mission Accomplished, Osama on the run? We'll wrap this up, greeted as liberators in Baghdad? Lies, all lies. George W. Bush is a liar. Dick Cheney is a liar. John McCain is a liar. Sarah Palin is a liar. It never ends with these people. Apparently, it's in their blood -- runs in the Party's bloodlines like a bad gene, like a disease. Enough. It's time for new blood."

Sound good? Well I'm sorry to report that nobody affiliated with the Democratic Party said anything like that today.

We've been hearing all week how the Obama campaign was gonna come out with six guns blazing after September 11. Well, it's September 12, and what do we have? High Noon? More like Blazing Saddles.

C'mon, Plouffe, a 2,500-word memo to the media? And an ad calling McCain old? Wow, now they're running scared.

Note to the Democrats: the general election is a movie, not a seminar. People watch it like a movie, look for plot points and strong characters. They want good casting too. They want a blockbuster in broad strokes, not a lengthy discussion of policy or a footnoted freakin' laundry list of the other side's missteps.

It's your job as campaign managers and media gurus to write the script and cast the roles. Type casting in this phase of the election for Dems is "The 98-pound Weakling." The Wuss. The Loser. It doesn't matter that John Kerry went to war and George W. Bush didn't, or that Dukakis was from working class stock and "good ol' boy" George H. W. Bush was a blueblood patrician from Kennebunkport by way of the Mayflower -- this isn't about facts, it's a story. And frankly, if you're not willing to be a storyteller, WHY ARE YOU IN THIS BUSINESS?

Listen, Plouffe, Axelrod, the sorry lot of you. No one wants to vote for a wimp, and frankly, can you blame them? So don't cast your candidate as one. You're missing a golden opportunity to write Act 3 of this tawdry popcorner. Because, though the wimp be the lowest sack of crap on the electoral totem pole, the bully is only one rung up. No one relishes voting for a bully -- hence the low turnout the Republicans thrive on, and all that "lesser of two evils" talk among moderates and independents.

The Repugnicans have cast themselves as the Bully -- again! Since Joe McCarthy, at least, this movie keeps getting remade -- Nixon, Lee Atwater, Roger Ailes, Karl Rove -- it's nothing new, WHY DIDN'T YOU PREPARE FOR IT?!?

Excuse me, I digress. My point is that this movie keeps getting green-lighted, every four years we get a sequel, yet no one really enjoys it that much. There's no real good guy, just mean-but-strong vs. smart-but-weak.

The mean-but-strong Bully can go from being the anti-hero of this movie to the straight-up villain in a heartbeat. It's screenwriting 101, the plot point that spins the story into a new direction for Act 3 and the final showdown, the gunfight, the car chase, the whole satisfying enchilada. Your candidate needs to be the hero. And no role is more archetypal in this country than the Man of Peace Pushed Too Far.

Now excuse me while I get back to my movie trailer:

In response to a question, Senator Obama said, "There are no 'half-truths.' There are no 'distortions.' There's the truth, and then there are LIES. And the lying liars who tell them. Bush-McCain Republicans. And judging by what it's cost us these past eight years, we can't afford another LIAR in the White House. Say it with me, America: LIARS! LIARS!! LIARS!!!" With that the crowd took up pitchforks and torches and headed out to call the bad guys into the streets, where they would be met with the fury of the righteous mob.

Voiceover: Barack Obama is the archetypal American hero in his greatest role yet: The Man of Peace Pushed Too Far. Coming soon to a theater near you.

Roseann d (178)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 4:51 pm
It's true, there is no taking the high road against the Repub propaganda machine. You've gotta hit 'em hard where it hurts. There's a lot of truth to expose in that! They have their pick of endless subject matter - so come on Demos get to it already! No wonder they say Demos would be weak on terror when they run a weak campaign and can't even stand up to the bullies. Start beating them at their own game - it should be pretty easy!Thanks Blue.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 5:32 pm
In the last eight years, we've gone from a national budget surplus to an insurmountable national deficit. Seven years after 9/11, Bin Laden is still at large. We've lost more than 4,000 American soldiers fighting in a country that wasn't involved in the attacks on ours. We and the rest of the world have witnessed evidence of US government sponsored torture -- and seen the world-wide good will that 9/11 garnered us squandered to pursue the interests of big oil. We've gone from fulfilled dreams of home ownership to record numbers of home foreclosures. Retirement savings that were growing are now devastated by market declines.
GET ON MESSAGE AND STAY ON MESSAGE. McCain = Bush, the economy sucks, our national security situation is more dire than ever due to the failed Republican policies. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat...

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 7:03 pm
This should leave no doubt ...

"I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in, or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision, and I thought it was my one shot at the prize." --John McCain 1998

In case you don't realize how important his words are. Read 'em again.

"I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in, or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president.

BLIND AMBITION ... that's Johnny Boy McCain ...

So, he really isn't a reformer, it's all about ambition..."

That's the truth folks!

Nikolas K (94)
Monday September 15, 2008, 2:50 am
At the end of the day the military/industrial alliance headed up by the banksters will still call the shots.

Dolores H (2)
Monday September 15, 2008, 2:54 am
Unfortunately, there are far to many people who vote with their heart, not their head. We've got to dispute the McCain/Palin lies every chance we get.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 15, 2008, 3:22 am
What's OK if you're a Republican, but not if you're a Democrat.

Spencer Selander (8)
Monday September 15, 2008, 3:59 am
Absolutely, choose their most vulnerable points and hammer on them. Condense those messages to short, simple sound bites and repeat them over and over. You should still give your detailed policy information for those who actually think, but first make sure you drive home those messages that appeal directly to the emotions of the masses. That's what the Repugs do, so fight fire with fire.

Arielle S (313)
Monday September 15, 2008, 6:11 am
You got me all excited for a minute there, Blue....sigh. The McLame Campaign is nasty - they talk loud and long and will stop at nothing. I had hoped for awhile that we could be nice and people would be smart enough to see thru their lies. But now I realize that people are basically blind sheep and our recourse appears to be just as loud and long and to keep at it until Americans wake up.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 15, 2008, 6:18 am

"What's Happened To John McCain?" ""We will take no lectures from John McCain who is cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history. . . He runs a campaign not worthy of the office he is seeking."

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Monday September 15, 2008, 6:52 am
Can we talk about their families now?

MK Ray (1)
Monday September 15, 2008, 2:30 pm
I disagree. By calling Republicans names, we're just chasing after their ball that they threw. The Obama campaign needs to throw its own balls and let the Republicans do some chasing. Let other organizations call out the lies. Let Obama sell his real solutions to the real issues and then let the R's have to deal with that because obviously they got nuthin' but empty attacks.

Joyce Becker (1)
Monday September 15, 2008, 3:13 pm
Unfortunately, if you tell lies long enough there are a lot of people who will believe them, it is now time for Obama to strike back and let it be know that he will not except the lies that the Republicans have been telling about him. THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE!!!

Doug Wilson (30)
Monday September 15, 2008, 5:21 pm
I'd rather vote for the author of the story than anyone who has run for president in the last hundred years.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 15, 2008, 5:25 pm
MK Ray ... I disagree ... read this again ...

What's OK if you're a Republican, but not if you're a Democrat.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 15, 2008, 6:58 pm
It's almost funny, but if you think about it, the McCains and Palins offer every negative stereotype about blacks between them

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Monday September 15, 2008, 7:28 pm
WOW Great work Blue. Thanks for ALL your efforts. I have been marveling at the sheer genius of the Democrat's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 15, 2008, 8:14 pm
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