Super reply...no flame retardant needed.
The only thing I’d add is Newt is a great magnet and can be used as a decoy if his ego would allow it.
Again, I thought and may still, think Ralph Reed was a sharp tack.
Rush and Hannity are great, but talking to the fence riders who really decide the elections, is the hard nut.
To do this, we have to INVENT something to go over the heads of the media, and that, is the next either invention, or rather said, “rule-breaker” media or other invention. Examples that break the mold are Flicker, Youtube, Linkedin, etc. These plus a ton of cash plus organization are what’s needed. One issue is the Silicon Valley folks who invent this stuff are usually the paper billionaires who are commies that of course, still love their money and want to spend ours to fullfil their dreams. Find a rich conservative start-up techie to fund it...so, how do we go over the media’s heads to talk to the people?
I saw in one of the blogs they posted a video of Romney asking Neil Boortz about the possibility of purchasing a newspaper on the most recent NRO cruise. Boortz had an interesting reply saying essentially that the newspapers are a dying breed. Instead you go after the internet because that's where all the interest is in. Romney also mentioned some "tricks" he did in order to get positive media coverage during his time in Massachusetts that I thought were interesting, such as weekly publicity stunts involving his digging asphalt with construction workers, etc.
Personally, I think media is only a small part of the problem. The bigger part is that our culture has changed radically from the entreprenerial mindset that made this country great to the "win the lottery, or sue your neighbor" victim mentality mindset. Repubs have completely lost the "cool" factor. Our education system and popular culture is to blame. There needs to be celebrity involvement to re-emphasize independence and self-responsibility. I've always thought that heavy metal had a very liberterian streak to it back in the 70s and 80s, so, at least liberterian ideology is something is not impossible to catch the imagination of young folks.
That's part of the problem, but I think the bigger problem is that the ONLY reason I voted for McCain was I'd rather have a third rate fireman than a first rate arsonist.
The communists could get extremely excited about Obama. Is there anything ANYONE could get excited about with McCain (except for the VP pick)?