August 6, 2005

Jim Wallis op-ed

Jim Wallis is an important figure in Democratic/Progressive thinking these days, as he represents true Christians who believe in traditional Christian values and their liberal tenets. He's also written "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It.", a very popular book on the perversion of Christianity by the right and how traditional people of faith can regain the ground they've lost.

Wallis recently wrote an interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times...
Since the 2004 election, there has been much soul-searching and hand-wringing, especially among Democrats, about how to "frame" political messages. The loss to George W. Bush was painful enough, but the Republicans' post-election claims of mandate, and their triumphal promises to relegate the Democrats to permanent minority status, left political liberals in a state of panic.

So the minority party has been searching, some would say desperately, for the right "narrative": the best story line, metaphors, even magic words to bring back electoral success. The operative term among Democratic politicians and strategists has become "framing." How to tell the story has become more important than the story itself. And that could be a bigger mistake for the Democrats than the ones they made during the election.


Read it here.

2 Comments:

At 8/06/2005 10:20 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Anyone get to see Bob Novak implode on live TV? Fox ran the tape a few times where Bob goes psyco and leaves the set in the middle of a show with Jim Carville and a CNN reporter. It's must see TV.

It is really pretty entertaining. I hear Novak has been told his services are no longer needed and he has had his contract cancelled. Of course the good folks at Fox - especially the woman reporter in the way too short skirt and tight skimpy outfit, sitting in the middle of two guys, kept trying to defend ol Bob. They attacked CNN - a Rove move if I ever saw one - to try and deflect what happened.

Coundn't have happened to a nicer guy -- ha ha. Novak used an expletive that was deleted. Carville continued his interview.

Guess that shows the separation between the man and the boys. Dave? Any comments for your hero Novak??

 
At 8/06/2005 1:18 PM, Blogger diehard said...

The Republicans have cleverly improved the Christian sound bite 'our kind of values' etc
We are the party that will protect white people at the same time working black churches on the Gay issues/pro/choice etc.
Black people,many of whom are very religious hard working people have little time to educate themselves the same as whites of their socio-economic class.
Karl Rove and the Republican political machine are very aware of this. So when someone like John Kerry plays to highest denominator in people,Rove and company always play to the lowest.
Going back to Willie Horton, they have always made the assumption that Americans really get most of their news from network TV and have played that card masterfully!

 

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