Monday, September 18, 2006
In 2004, insiders complained the dems lost, in part, because they never figured out their "bumper sticker message." Prez Bush had "stay the course." But what did John Kerry have?..."Vote for me. I'm not Bush"?
I asked Barack Obama what the dems message should be this year. (Voters have complained a lot to me dems don't have that message this year. "Iraq's a mess"? "I'm still not Bush"?
Obama said his message actually came from Newt Gingrich. He said when someone asked Gingrich what the message should be, the former House Speaker (and possible prez candidate himself) said the dems' message should be "had enough?"
Obama believes those words sufficiently tap into the frustrated sentiment with some Americans. Obama used the phrase a handful of times during his speech at the Harkin Steak Fry.
Speaking of...there wasn't much of a presidential showdown. The day seemed to offer an early glimpse of the '08 race. It offered Obama, Mark Warner and Tom Vilsack. But Warner gave a speech, mingled and bit and did little media. Vilsack received such a small fraction of the attention, both from the media and the crowd, as he worked his way through the gathering. That's even though the Gov was on his home turf.
Posted by Dave Price at 11:17 AM