Thursday, May 29, 2003

Bush thinks Midwesterners are Stupid - At least, that's what the headline would say if my liberal media was going to print this story. The country club republicans who run this country look out over the so-called red states and see a bovine bunch of morons who'll vote for whoever they tell them to, provided they pick a guy who can aw-shucks his way into their hearts.

There's no doubt that it's easier to get your news off the TV and not put much effort into finding out what's really going on, but when you live in a town with 6.5% unemployment (double what it was just 5 years ago), it has an effect on all that. Clinton was loved as much as he was hated for the simple fact that he was an ordinary guy who managed to work his way to extraordinary things. From trailor trash to the White House. That's the myth, and so the ordinary guys trust him to look out for their interests. The difference between Bush and Clinton is that with Clinton, the myth was more or less true. Sure, there was some bullshit politics, a few smelly deals, and a sexual history most of us would rather not think about, but we knew that if Clinton had some bill on his desk that would close the factory in our town, he at least thought about the families that might lose their jobs. Bush? He's thinking about the plant owner, who might have to sell one of the Jags.

If you want to get elected, you need to find a story speaks to people more than Bush's bullshit, and (here's the tough bit) it has to be true. Because the truth wins in the end, but a good story gets people to stop what they're doing and pay attention. So, what's the right story? Well that depends on the candidates, I guess. If I'm not too lazy, I'll try and take a look at the major candidates to see what their stories are.

Edwards is easy, though: Lawyer who spent his life fighting for the little people, and now he wants to do it on the big stage. Dean's the plain-spoken New England doctor who looks at the way the Republicans are running the country and says, "Look, you're screwing things all up. Give me the keys; it's time to let the grown-ups drive."

Exercise One: Think of the presidential race as a horror movie. Sum up each of the major characters in one sentence, then decide if they live or die. That's who'll be on the ballot next year.

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