Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday's Political Points

Random, yet pertinent flashes of information & contemplation
  • How much did Howard Dean's 2004 failed presidential campaign/movement lay the groundwork for Barack Obama's 2008 victory? And does he therefore deserve a position in O's administration?
  • Obama's transition will cost around $12 million dollars, and more than half of that money will be raised from private funds. (Time, Karen Tumulty)
  • In 2004, 22% of voters told exit pollsters that "moral values" were their top priority. This year, no social issues even made the issues list. (Time, Peter Beinart)
  • How you frame an emotional message is the single more important part of any campaign appeal. An example: Conservatives framing homosexuality as a "lifestyle." "The problem with the frame becomes clear if you try to think of heterosexuality as a lifestyle. What is the heterosexual lifestyle? The lifestyle depicted in Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives? Or the lifestyle of the couple with young children at home who . . . make sure they record (the shows) because they can't stay up that late when they know the children will be up at five o'clock in the morning?" ("The Political Mind", Drew Westen)
  • Bobby Jindal is all the rave among hopeful conservatives for 2012, especially here in the Ozarks. Among the bills that he's passed as Louisiana's Governor: A requirement that employers allow workers to bring guns onto company parking lots. An authorization to perform chemical castrations on convicted sex offenders. A voucher plan allocating $10 million to pay the tuitions of inner-city children to attend private and parochial schools. (Esquire, Mike Sager)

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