Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Gov. Bredesen: Everything That’s Wrong With Democrats

Thank you Governor Bredesen of Tennessee, for providing fodder and soundbites to Politico so they could write an article on “Dems Nervous Over Invesco Risks.” Soundbites such as this:

“We already know he is a rock star, we already know he can bring 85,000 people together in a stadium. He has done it multiple times. He needs to talk to people who haven’t made up their minds yet,” said Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Really Gov? How many times has he brought 85,000 together in a stadium before? And he will be talking to people who haven’t made up their minds yet, through the magic of television! While he’s at it, he’ll be signing up tens of thousands of Colorado citizens to work for him. But no, it would be better for him to accept in front of…Democratic delegates in the Pepsi Center? After all, Democratic delegates haven’t made up they made up their minds yet, but regular people have? Good logic there. But wait, there’s more:

Bredesen also acknowledged that while he has concerns, Obama is a virtuoso performer who can’t be underestimated. “I don’t think that’s the right thing, but they are not asking me and they have got a great track record so far,” he said. “I would love to see him out showing a certain kind of humility, being in touch with people who go to breakfast at the Waffle House, sending a message.”

Okay, so let’s get this straight. On the even of your party’s nominee making an acceptance speech, when clearly nothing can be changed whether you agree with it or not, you run to the press to say: “I don’t think it’s the right thing?” And then you talk about going to the Waffle House for breakfast? This is the NOMINATING ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. Good Lord.

Once again, we have a Democrat running to the press, reinforcing GOP frames by essentially calling our nominee un-humble and a celebrity, and doing so when clearly there’s nothing that can be done to change the plans. Not only that, but instead of letting him run the campaign he wants to, proposing a defensive strategy that is designed to avoid GOP criticism (note to Bredesen: there’s no such thing).

Governor Bredesen is an embarrassment to our party.


August 28, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Any truth to the rumors that Bredesen is running to replace Rendell as Democratic Off-Messenger?

    Comment by GDH1 | August 28, 2008 | Reply

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