December 22, 2003

: Don’t hurt me!…

One definition of effective campaign rhetoric surely includes this: Whatever works as long as you can get away with it. The getting-away-with-it part is tricky because today’s successful comment can become tomorrow’s albatross (re: “read my lips, no new taxes”). Political rhetoric is always open to reinterpretation.

Was it a mistake for Wesley Clark to say he’d “beat the shit” out of anyone who questions his patriotism?

It seems to me that this off-hand comment is a sound bite for what he told an audience in New Hampshire recently:

“You know, the American flag doesn’t belong to the Republican Party…That’s our flag. We saluted that flag. We served under it. We fought for it. We watched brave men and women buried under it. And no Tom DeLay or John Ashcroft or George W. Bush is going to take this flag away from us.”

It also seems to me that Clark and Dean need to get over this little VP snit. (via Political Wire)

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    * * * *
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    warm regards



    p.s – I almost forgot to include this bit of information. The administrator for the website took me up on my offer to display my copyrighted and historically corrected version of the Confederate Battle Banner. So, here’s another link for your edification:

    When I was in the service, my ship’s captain was obsessed with “belt and suspenders”. Maybe, he had a point. And so, here’s the U.R.L undergirding the above hyperlink: