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Prebuttal

I assume Nancy Pelosi handled domestic issues in her SOTU prebuttal, but I like what Harry Reid had to say on the national security front. Obviously, it's going to be hard for Democrats to get a hearing on this for a week or so until the elections afterglow wears off, but you've got to keep at it nonetheless.

January 31, 2005 | Permalink

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Among the many sub-plots to watch for in Wednesday's State of the Union address will be President Bush's appropriation of the words "freedom" and "liberty" for his agenda and the GOP.

As we've written before, the Republicans have dominated American policy debates through their manipulation and control of language. Whether through message discipline or superior framing (to use Lakoff's term), the GOP has won a succession of victories spanning tax reform, Medicare, environmental policy, and more.

Bush's 2005 State of the Union will be no exception to this strategy. Across both domestic and foreign policy, President Bush will position the Republicans as the party of "choice", "liberty" and "freedom." The dangerous and unneccessary privatization of Social Security through "personal accounts" will provide Americans greater freedom and control over their retirement security. Irresponsible and inequitable tax cuts will give Americans freedom to spend their money. School vouchers empower parental choice. New proposals for the Bush "Ownership Society" will free individuals to control their financial destiny. And that is just the beginning...

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"Hijacking Freedom"

Posted by: Jon | Jan 31, 2005 3:50:59 PM

I'm optimistic about Iraq's prospects, even if the endgame is likely to be a democratically elected government that's at least as corporatist, demgagogish, and generally douchebaggey as the ones we elect (from both parties) in this country, and probably at least somewhat more douchebaggey, but in any event Americans generally have short memories and only the warbloggers will still be jerking off to pictures of voting Iraqis come two weeks from now. America has yet to find a way to get its many thousands of troops out of the country, and America has yet to actually pay the cost of this war. Democrats lose nothing by repeatedly reminding their selfish, greedy, and often rather shrewish American brethren of these facts.

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