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Advice to Dems: Show Don’t Tell


 

God, Night One of the DNC was Bo-ring. It actually got worse as the evening wore on — at least the tribute to Jimmy Carter and the speech by J.J. jr. each had the virtue of being near-insane. The Ted Kennedy stuff was good too, extremely slick, but then the whole thing started to resemble some horrible wedding. I swear, if they can’t kick their endemic ultra-weeniness, the Dems are going to lose this thing.

Anyway, Luiza is right, the entire point of the exercise was getting Michelle Obama to stand up and say, “I love this country.”

At that point, I was reminded of an exchange Stephane Dion had with Evan Solomon on the CBC, when Solomon raised the question of Dion’s lack of charisma:

Solomon: Charisma — is it important to a leader? And if so, do you think you’ve got that elusive quality?

Dion: I think I have a capacity, yes, to convince the people and to mobilize a nation. And the people that said that I have no charisma never saw me delivering a speech. I’m able to move the people. I’m able to bring passion. Pierre Elliot Trudeau used to say the passion of reason — I have it.

Statements like “I love this country” or “I have charisma” are the political equivalent of saying “some of my best friends are jews.” If you have to say it, it probably sn’t true.


 
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Advice to Dems: Show Don’t Tell

  1. The Hollyweird crowd will soon liven it up,but I doubt it.

  2. “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

    One of my favourite quotes from Margaret Thatcher and I was thinking of it last night while watching Michelle tell America that she is average, loves her country.

  3. Uuuuh… Andrew?

    Soloman asked him whether he had charisma. There were two possible answers. “Yes” or “No”.

    I fail to see how this is relevant to Michelle Obama or even your “Some of my best friends” analogy.

  4. Shhh.. Wassim.. you’re spoiling the catch-22 situation Potter’s setting up. After all, if Dion hadn’t answered the question, Potter could have said, “Even Dion doesn’t think he has charisma,” but when you’re so rude as to point this kind of no-win analysis out it makes the whole thing seem kind of silly.

  5. jwl: So what does this mean when Stephen Harper goes in front of the public and tells them that he’s honest and accountable?

  6. So you actually get paid to write phrases like “endemic ultra-weeniness”? Even if they’re used to throw around tired old cliches with no basis in fact?

    Remarkable.

  7. I hope against hope that Harper does pull the plug as I am tired of watching him outplay Dion and maybe Iggy or Bobby would be a better fight. Plus the constant stream tired old Liberal Fear and Shmear pseudo-scandals are like watching TV re-runs and I am looking forward to a new fall season with some new faces in the house. But the best part would be the dropped jaws of of left wing nuts out there who will be running in circles trying to find an Canadian Obama!

  8. On CNN they wanted Caroline Kennedy to tell them why Clinton wasn’t vetted for veep – she declined.

    I think Obama naming CK as head of the Veep selection committee was a slap in the face for Clinton given that her and Teddy’s blindsiding endorsement of Obama was a key milestone in his victory, and thus if Clinton was never to be properly shortlisted CK would not be a good person to have fingerprints on the file. I also think it a curious choice to name a chairman who has never herself run for state or national office.

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