|Bob Cesca: Cogent voice of reason from the left.|
|Approval ratings are low--|
but not just among the right and center.
But what happened to the left's narrative? There never was one, really: On one hand, many felt angry and disaffected over his continuation of many Bush policies. On the other hand, die-hard supporters insisted he had a larger plan and that we should all stick with him, no matter what, because the alternative was too scary. This is a bit of an oversimplification, but without a consistent message (or series of messages/facts/themes, the way "change" and "hope" worked so well during the campaign), the left has ceded the prevailing narrative to the lock-step right and its proven Rove Method: make outrageous lies and statements, repeat. The left isn't good at this, even when it's not divided and you replace "lies" with "facts.
|The Democrats need to unify the left and present one voice.|
I remember when John Kerry was running in 2004, and one of the criticisms of his campaign was that the "narrative machine' was too democratic--too many views and ideas, and no coherent theme of what his candidacy was about. Of course Democrats lost in 2004 due in part to the Rove "lie, repeat" approach. This time, ignoring the effectiveness of the Apocryphal Repeat Machine could cost us at the polls again.
|Can you hear us now? The Left needs to drive the narrative.|
Elizabeth Warren: Listen, Forward, Repeat. If you haven't heard her already, please take a moment to listen to Elizabeth Warren on simple logic and an idea we should all agree with:
A Final Note: If you aren't familiar with Bob Cesca, you should be. He's one of the brighter lights over at Huffington Post. So, hey, Bob, if you're reading this, how about putting some of your own production skills and pals in the industry to work on that front?! Maybe get together with Scott Bateman and Mark Fiore?. Something tells me your videos would destroy Rick Perry's...