Dean, Keep It To Yourself


Okay, I like Howard Dean, I really really do.  In fact, way back when, I was one of the biggest advocates of him becoming the new DNC chairman.  But one of the reasons why I liked that position for him is that he wasn’t supposed to talk an awful lot.

I’m not trying to say that I don’t like what he has to say a lot of the time, it’s jus that, well, this is politics, and sometimes you shouldn’t scream in the middle of a speech, and sometimes, if you pick up an interesting nugget of information, it’s best to keep it to yourself.

I’m talking about his revealing of some focus group studies which showed that voters are concerned about Republican nominee John McCain’s age for two reasons; health and “old fashioned views.”

This is great information to know, trust me, if I didn’t already have some pretty big suspicions, I would be grateful for the knowledge, but still, don’t actually say it.

You see, this kind of knowledge is great to have on hand because we can use it.  In fact, I would think the Democrats big fools if they weren’t already planning on subtly highlighting age differences between McCain and Barack.  You know, have Barack doing all kinds of things that make him look young and full of vitality like delivering one of his rousing speeches in the middle of a pick up basketball game, or have an open question session at the batting cages.  Great stuff that.

And boy oh boy who isn’t waiting for these two to have a debate?

So yes, McCain’s old, and we should probably factor that into our strategy, but don’t actually admit it.

The thing that bothers me is that one of the most reliable voting demographics is OLD PEOPLE!  I’m not kidding.  Crack all the driving, memory, and bodily functions jokes you want.  Joke about broken hips, blue hair and pants pulled up above the nipples.  But when it comes to voting day, the elderly know where their polling place is, how to get there, and they remember everything (*ahem* I’m omitting Florida 2000, of course).

Point being, this is one of the problems I’ve already discussed when it comes to forming a strategy against John McCain.  You can use the age gap to your advantage, but you have to be subtle about it because if you aren’t, if you get caught crossing the line on agism, then you’re going to piss off one of the most faithful voting blocs out there.

So, please, Doc, please keep this stuff under wraps, okay?


One Response to “Dean, Keep It To Yourself”

  1. James says:

    Ah, come on now, wasn’t Ronald Reagan the most respected president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt? You start hitting the age issue, and the Republicans will kill you. There’s a lot to be said for wisdom, and that comes with age.

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