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Planting the Seeds of Victory (Kerry heckler a 'plant')
American Spectator ^ | 02/06/04 | Prowler

Posted on 02/05/2004 9:15:27 PM PST by Pokey78

I'M GLAD YOU ASKED THAT
First it was former Vermont Gov. Howie Dean seemingly planting sick people around him so he could appear to be a healer while on the campaign trail. (Recall that early in the campaign, Dean was often coincidentally close by to aid people who had either fainted or fallen ill at his campaign events.)

Now John Kerry's campaign is planting volunteers at his appearances in order to make him appear tougher. At a rally yesterday at which he accepted the endorsement of Maine Gov. John Baldacci, Kerry faced down a heckler in the Portland audience who called out, "Why don't you tell them about your vote on the war and the Patriot Act?"

Kerry responded that he would -- but in time. "I never run away from anything, especially George Bush," Kerry said.

The candidate seemed to be quick on his feet in the response, and his retort garnered applause. Perhaps his quick thinking was the result of knowing the jibe was coming.

According to a Kerry campaign source, the campaign has been looking to plant local volunteers in crowds to mix it up, and to make it appear their man is facing down tough questioning. "This kind of confrontation pushes him up the line in news coverage," says the staffer. "Instead of facing a tough question from a reporter, the news guys have this seeming give and take to report on."


BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
The meeting scheduled to take place yesterday between Howie Dean and his union supporters has been put off until this weekend, according to Dean campaign insiders. Instead of a meet in Michigan, where Dean has essentially shut down his campaign, the unions and Dean will gather in Burlington, perhaps as early as Saturday.

All indications are that AFSCME and SEIU leadership are prepared to pull the plug on their endorsement of Dean and open up the vetting process so that they can meet with John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards in the coming days.

"The expectation is that we will be throwing our support behind Kerry by the middle of February," says an AFSCME staffer in Washington. "We don't want to wait around. We want to have those AFSCME signs waving behind a winner before March, when the nomination will pretty much be in hand."

Already organized labor groups with past loyalties to Rep. Dick Gephardt have been meeting with both Kerry and Edwards, but not Dean.


OSCAR POINTERS
Earlier this week, the Democratic 527 soft money PAC known as America Coming Together came together with some New York-based left-wing groups such The Media Fund, founded by Hillary svengali Harold Ickes, to sponsor an "Out With Bush" night similar to the "Hate Bush" event held in Beverly Hills last December. The gathering was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

One thing that came out of it, according to an attendee, was a plan to provide talking points to all the agents and media advisers of persons nominated for an Academy Award. The hope is that the pointers will prove useful should any of these actors choose to slam the president in their acceptance speeches before a live national audience.

"It will just be a page of clever insults and shots at the Bush Administration," says the attendee. "The idea came up when someone said that she hoped Sean Penn would win for 'Best Actor,' because she just knew that his speech would be nothing but shots at Bush and bluster about Iraq. From there, someone suggested giving other nominees lines and ideas to use. There is this school of thought that if enough people do it, it will really hurt Bush."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 02/05/2004 9:15:27 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Kerry heckler a 'plant'

"HEY KERRY! MAKE LIKE A TREE AND LEAF!"

2 posted on 02/05/2004 9:29:01 PM PST by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: Pokey78
I wonder if Chrissy Matthews will bring this up on his lib show.
3 posted on 02/05/2004 9:32:39 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: Pokey78
Kinda sad, really, that he needs schills to seem 'tough.' This smacks of the 'alpha male' BS that algore tried.
4 posted on 02/05/2004 9:34:26 PM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Pokey78; prairiebreeze; Miss Marple; Howlin; DrDeb; McGavin999; MJY1288
According to a Kerry campaign source, the campaign has been looking to plant local volunteers in crowds to mix it up, and to make it appear their man is facing down tough questioning. "This kind of confrontation pushes him up the line in news coverage," says the staffer. "Instead of facing a tough question from a reporter, the news guys have this seeming give and take to report on."

Just goes to show how desperate Kerry is

5 posted on 02/05/2004 9:36:33 PM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: Pokey78
"It will just be a page of clever insults and shots at the Bush Administration," says the attendee. "The idea came up when someone said that she hoped Sean Penn would win for 'Best Actor,' because she just knew that his speech would be nothing but shots at Bush and bluster about Iraq. From there, someone suggested giving other nominees lines and ideas to use. There is this school of thought that if enough people do it, it will really hurt Bush."

If they think this is a great idea, they've been in Hollywood too long.

6 posted on 02/05/2004 9:37:23 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Pokey78
It will just be a page of clever insults and shots at the Bush Administration,"says the attendee.

They really do have a way overblown opinion of their wit.

7 posted on 02/05/2004 9:41:32 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Pokey78
"The idea came up when someone said that she hoped Sean Penn would win for 'Best Actor,' because she just knew that his speech would be nothing but shots at Bush and bluster about Iraq. From there, someone suggested giving other nominees lines and ideas to use. There is this school of thought that if enough people do it, it will really hurt Bush."

Try it, it worked so well for Michael Moore.

8 posted on 02/05/2004 9:49:53 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: Mo1
John Kerry can fly in his war buddies, plant hecklers, lie about his votes as a Senator, swindle his wives, and accept special interest money until the cows come home, nothing will stop the ass whipping coming his way next November
9 posted on 02/05/2004 9:50:40 PM PST by MJY1288 (IF JOHN KERRY IS THE ANSWER, IT MUST BE A STUPID QUESTION)
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To: Mo1
Don't laugh, but I'm hoping that Kerry is the nominee. Not that it's going to be easy (as you can tell by the lies that are flying around) but because once the American people get to know him they're not going to like him one bit.
10 posted on 02/05/2004 9:53:55 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: MJY1288
May it be so!
11 posted on 02/05/2004 9:55:00 PM PST by MEG33 (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: McGavin999
but because once the American people get to know him they're not going to like him one bit.

With the things I've been reading up about Kerry ... I agree with you there ..

12 posted on 02/05/2004 9:57:39 PM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: Mo1
As Rush noted today, Kerry's current wife is Hillary Rodhamster, but with $700,000,000 to play with! As a non-US born person, I don't like the idea of her become OUR First Lady, especially with her elitist attitudes of 'greening America'.
13 posted on 02/05/2004 10:07:21 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Pokey78
""I never run away from anything, especially George Bush," Kerry said."

You're gonna need these!

NordP

14 posted on 02/05/2004 10:13:46 PM PST by NordP (Peace through Strength - W 2004 !!!)
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To: MHGinTN; McGavin999; MJY1288
Speaking of the Ms Kerry-Heinz .. did you know

Kenneth Lay's Kerry Connection

Yesterday, self-styled muckraker Bernardo Issel of NonprofitWatch.org told us that the much-maligned Lay has been a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Heinz Center, an environmental group founded by the candidate's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. She's the group's vice chairman, and Lay left the small board earlier this year after serving for nearly a decade.

15 posted on 02/05/2004 10:17:58 PM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: Pokey78

16 posted on 02/05/2004 10:28:55 PM PST by counterpunch (click my name to check out my 'toons!)
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To: counterpunch; Mo1
Excellent..LOL!
17 posted on 02/05/2004 10:52:01 PM PST by MEG33 (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: jmstein7
#17 FYI
18 posted on 02/05/2004 11:18:58 PM PST by MEG33 (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: jmstein7
Oops..16
19 posted on 02/05/2004 11:20:00 PM PST by MEG33 (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: Pokey78
a plan to provide talking points to all the agents and media advisers of persons nominated for an Academy Award. The hope is that the pointers will prove useful should any of these actors choose to slam the president in their acceptance speeches before a live national audience.

I find this believable, because I remember that someone (was it Freepers?) managed to listen in on media jerks actually getting talking-points from the Democrats during a telephone conference during the 2000 campaign.

Anyone else remember this?

20 posted on 02/06/2004 12:47:12 AM PST by WaterDragon (GWB is The MAN!)
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To: Mo1
Good grief.
21 posted on 02/06/2004 5:32:37 AM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: Pokey78
What a phony!
22 posted on 02/06/2004 5:46:59 AM PST by PogySailor
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To: Pokey78
He plants hecklers to be perceived as tough, yet he's weakened by voluminous documented scandals.

I saw this "altercation" with his angry "plant" on C-SPAN last night and I couldn't stop laughing. The fact that as the article says he was quick on his feet to answer the heckler only made it appear genuinely phony.

23 posted on 02/06/2004 10:56:22 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: Pokey78

Presidential contender John F. Kerry confronting a planted heckler
on the campaign trail.

24 posted on 02/06/2004 11:15:47 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: Pokey78
"It will just be a page of clever insults and shots at the Bush Administration," says the attendee. "The idea came up when someone said that she hoped Sean Penn would win for 'Best Actor,' because she just knew that his speech would be nothing but shots at Bush and bluster about Iraq. From there, someone suggested giving other nominees lines and ideas to use. There is this school of thought that if enough people do it, it will really hurt Bush."


I see the hollyweirds are still at it.
25 posted on 02/06/2004 9:38:47 PM PST by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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