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« on: Mar 04, 2010, 03:33AM »

"Leave No Power Point Behind" - Politico

says it all.  totally stupid

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33866.html


The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to "save the country from trending toward socialism."


The strategy was detailed in a confidential party fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how “ego-driven” wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and “tchochkes.”


The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.


In neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party’s donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of political operatives.


The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.


"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate...?" it asks.


The answer: "Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”


Manipulating donors with crude caricatures and playing on their fears is hardly unique to Republicans or to the RNC – Democrats raised millions off George W. Bush in similar terms – but rarely is it practiced in such cartoonish terms.


One page, headed “The Evil Empire,” pictures Obama as the Joker from Batman, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid are depicted as Cruella DeVille and Scooby Doo, respectively. ...



Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33866.html#ixzz0hCuPx9Rs

complete 72 slide power point:

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM136_100303_rnc_finance_leadership.html





http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/03/AR2010030304158.html?wprss=rss_nation

... Raynard Jackson, a GOP activist who has worked to attract blacks and other minority members to the party, was outraged by word of the presentation.

"This is just beyond the pale," he said. "And the best we can get is Michael Steele issuing a statement through a spokesman? And they wonder why they can't get minorities, especially black people, involved in the party?"

GOP aides privately said that the document might hurt the RNC because it suggested that its major donors may be "ego-driven" to give to the party and that they might be motivated by "tchotchkes [cheap trinkets]."


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:33AM »

Oops.

This should give enterprising campaigning Democrats some good ammunition.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to require every campaign-related function of every national political party to be open to the public.  People have the right to privacy, but I don't see the reason for political parties to have privacy rights.  Plus, transparency is ultimately good for everyone involved in the long run.  Tranparency should prevent cynical and hypocritical strategies like the one outlined in that presentation, regardless of the motivations of any particular person.  Someone who wants to deliberately deceive people will not be able to without secret meetings.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:45AM »

The demonizing of Reid and Pelosi aside, I'd bet that the Democrats have similar thoughts of "target" seats to be preserved/won/reclaimed. 

Theodore White called one of his Election books "The Selling of a President".  This was 30 years ago.  We are much more slick in our marketing knowledge and I would bet we are much more slick about selling whatever our policy is.  The whole thing sickens me.  It's a battle of money and the capabilities or viewpoints (beyond a simple stratification) are immaterial.  Each side wants a compliant stooge filling the chair to further their individual aims.

I found especially poignant the targeting of Arlen Spector.  Here was a Republican who was not a rabid conservative and they hounded him out of the Party and now they want to defeat him.  It almost smacks of Anti-Semitism.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2010, 08:01AM »

a couple things struck me:

last year the Republicans denied having anything to do with the President Obama as Joker image.  Were they lieing.  It is impossible to tell just from the power point.

the hypocracy toward their donors.  As I understand it, this was training for GOP fund raisers as opposed to a fund raising event.  click on the link for the actual power point and that is clear.

the insight this gives to the Democrats into the fund raising tactics, goals and methods of the NRC fund raisers.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 04, 2010, 04:59PM »

THe joker image has been well sourced to a palestinian-american from I beleive, Chicago. He was most definitly not a republican.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 04, 2010, 05:19PM »

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/08/obama-joker-artist.html
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 04, 2010, 06:37PM »

Huh.

I looked through the slides.

Only saw a little handful that were bad, and of course the worse one of the two or three is the one pictured in the story.

Everyone always loves to try to blow things out of proportion in politics. Reminds me of a soap-opera or some IT departments I've worked with.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:11PM »

to me the worst was how cynical the GOP seemed to be towards their donors:


look at slide 29 of the Power Point
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:14PM »

Oh yeah, as I said, there were two or three bad slides.

One about their donors and one with the joker obama, and maybe another one I'm forgetting.

There were far more others that were just boring facts and notes.

Just doesn't really strike me as much to do about anything.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:16PM »

shows lack of proper organization. 

if you are going to do that sort of thing, and you are wanting it to be confidential, number copies and collect at end. 

stupid to allow the opponent to gain info which they wouldn't normally get.

stupid ideas showing nothing to present to donors except We aren't Obama. 
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2010, 07:21PM »

Eh, if everyone had all of their bulbs burning brightly I wouldn't get contract consulting work to tell people how to do something they could otherwise figure out and would probably be on my butt right now. Stupid people are everywhere.  :-P

So are smart ones, and I wouldn't put it past a smart opponent to plant something like that either.  ;-)

In the end, does any of it matter?

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 05, 2010, 07:37AM »

WAIT.... You mean Republicans might use fear as a political weapon?????? I'm SHOCKED, SHOCKED, i tell you!!!!! So, what else is new?
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 08, 2010, 10:19AM »

the R----epublicans are leaving the sinking ship:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/08/republicans-reject-controversial-images-of-obama-pelosi-2/?fbid=tjbmQdxFshB

FAST

how fast can they run from it and how far???
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 13, 2010, 03:30AM »

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By LEONARD PITTS JR. - The Miami Herald
 
Fear again.
Not hope, nor patriotism, nor progress, nor any of the nobler emotions and impulses by which human beings are driven. Nope. None of those.
Instead, fear. Again.
We've seen this movie many times. So there is little that is surprising about the Republican National Committee fundraising document recently reported by Politico, the one that offers strategies to get donors to part with their money. Donors can, it says, be persuaded to give by appealing to their egos, by offering them tchotchkes or by promising them access. And some, the small donors, the five- and 10-dollar Janes and Joes, can be persuaded if you play to their fears.
The sole surprise is that someone actually wrote it down as a PowerPoint presentation and was absent-minded enough to leave a hard copy in a hotel.
Here, then, is the smoking gun, concrete validation for those of us who contend that since Sept. 11, 2001, fear has been the GOP's leading export, that under the aegis of George W. Bush's political guru Karl Rove, the party's message boiled down to a single command: Be very afraid.
And some of us have eagerly complied, fearing Muslim terrorists, Muslim-Americans, Latino immigrants, gay people, black people, even salespeople if they say "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." Some of us see socialists around every street corner.
The use of fear as a political expedient is neither new nor limited to the GOP. In the '60s, Democrats ran an ad suggesting a nuclear holocaust would ensue if Americans elected Barry Goldwater. A GOP ad from the '80s suggested Willie Horton would kill you if you voted for Michael Dukakis.
But has the drumbeat of fear ever been as intense and unrelenting as it's been since that awful morning in September? "We're Americans," said Colin Powell just days after the terrorist attacks. "We don't walk around terrified."
Maybe you thought for a moment he was right. But of course, he wasn't. We - the nation of moon explorers and frontier tamers, of Iwo Jima and San Juan Hill, of dreamers, makers and doers - have been very afraid since that selfsame morning. And this has been largely due to Powell's own party, which, in almost every election of the past decade, exploited a simple truth: Frightened people are not thinking people; if you can make people scared enough, you can make them do or believe anything.
And as winning a formula as that proved to be during the long, tiring decade just ended, it also left you wondering if they could not offer - and we did not deserve - better. It left you nostalgic for politicians left and right who sought to move us by nobler expedients, who knew that people are at their best when they rally for, instead of always, and only, against.
Instead, we now had people who told us we actually had much more to fear than fear itself, who said morning in America had become high noon, a never-ending showdown between us and Them, a perpetual face-off against frightening, evil Others.
The document discovered by Politico proves, not that proof was needed, that this fear mongering has been neither incidental nor accidental. And that is inexcusable. That the party knows this can be seen in the stampede of pachyderms rushing to disavow the document. "I'm ashamed of that," said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.
We will be able to judge the sincerity of the party's mortification by whether it embraces or shuns fear mongering in the coming election. Forgive me if I don't hold my breath.
Meantime, I leave you with a quote from the eminent philosopher Lucy Van Pelt, who once told her friend, Charlie Brown, "If we can find out what you're afraid of, we can label it."
And who knew Lucy was a Republican?
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