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Friday, June 17, 2005

Sobering Advice from the Other Side

The Bayou Buzz in Louisiana chimes in on Downing Gate...

Democrats only hurt their own cause by talking about prison and impeachment. The American people are going to once again be disillusioned by such wild charges. Sensible Democrats can continue to raise questions about the war in Iraq and try to galvanize support of the American people for an end to our military presence in that country. Such an anti-Iraq position is now supported by a majority of Americans. In contrast, reasonable Americans will be disgusted by liberal activists calling for impeachment or even worse prison.
I don't know much about this publication, but it appears that they are heavily conservative. I hesitate to comment and post in agreement with their opinion, but I believe their point has some merit. Let me preface with the fact that I have been dissenting the Bush administration from their first days in office. I have been hoping for a possible impeachment since the lead up to the Iraq war. Yes, for those who were paying attention this was an obvious deception months before the first missiles were fired.

Now back to the central point of this post...

I believe the Buzz columnist is right. We need to slow down a little bit and think a few moves ahead; remember this is a game of chess, not checkers. We need to gently woo the American people to accept the hearings, impeachment, and possible prison sentences, in that order. If we come off to harsh and reactionary, we will be dismissed to the same media vacuum as Michael Moore, in the minds of the general public. That being said, I have a lot of respect for Moore; he exposes the crooks and liars for what they are, but his demeanor is a turn off for most... myself not included.

In contrast, I believe John Conyers is doing an outstanding job of delivering the charges; he is methodical and very well spoken, with a gentle demeanor. Conyers expertly crafts his message so his point is communicated and received with intended result. I have noticed in all of Conyers' recent interviews he carefully avoids the "I" word, even when asked directly. I believe impeachment is his ultimate intention for these proceedings, but he knows he needs to be tactful, to avoid potential media fallout.

Remember, we have the facts, the evidence, and the truth on our side, but we must sell the message to the masses in a manner that they will be most receptive to... slow and gentle, with plenty of lube.

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