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October 21, 2005
Thanks, Molly

Reading Molly Ivins always makes the day better.

We are looking for progress, not perfection, so anyone who tells you the entire tax code should fit on a postcard is a bona fide, certified, chicken-fried moron.

She goes on to say:

But listening to the Democratic debate on what to do now, it seems to me some of the brethren and sistren are asking the wrong questions. The question is not, "How Do We Win?" That's a technical question that comes after, "What the Hell Can We Do About This Disaster?"

Darned right. Come up with a plan, or, considering the gross mess this country is in, a handful of complementary plans for dealing with the Top Five problems or whatever, first.

Tell the people what you believe, and what you're going to do. Let them decide, in the voting booth, if they want to follow you.

I personally think some good ideas and a plan should come first -- and to this end, let me chime in on a note of agreement with some Actual Moderates, William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck, a couple of Clintonites still carrying on in that old Third Way that was good enough for Bill C. They are opposed to putting too much stock in the political strategy of "reframing" issues as advised by the linguist George Lakoff. This seems to me merest common sense, and I'm not sure Lakoff himself wouldn't agree.

I wish that stupid book had never been published. There were ten thousand of us out here in the world o'blog advising that the Dems needed better slogan-writers, and that's all the book was about, boiled down to the basics.

It's a good column. Read it.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:12 PM