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December 03, 2007


You think a hyper-aggressive war room mentality is a post-Bill Clinton, post-Swift Boat phenomenon?

Sure, in 1992 you were young, a tad, a sprout, but surely you're seen "The War Room," the documentary of the hyper-aggressive 1992 Carville-Stephenapoulos Clinton campaign operation. And surely you remember the very same Mr. Carville saying of Paula Jones, "Drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find." Hyper-aggressiveness isn't post-Clintonian, it's the very essence of Clintonianism.

I'm actually saying it's gotten worse since then due to Clinton's experience in office and the Kerry/Swift Boat controversy, among other things. Democrats have gotten so much bad press that many have become convinced that the only way to fight back is to be over-the-top aggressive, which is often a strategic mistake (as in this case).

Ah, this isn't really anything.

It's like the Republican candidates stumbling over each other to see who can disavow evolution the strongest without looking the fool.

At heart it's a funny battle because "experience" is a strength but then so is being "a Washington outsider" or a "new voice".

This is pretty tame stuff if you ask me.

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