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Entries by Drew Westen from 08/2008

What Did He Do to be So Black and Blue? Obama and the Race Card

| Posted 08.03.2008 | Politics

Is there is an antidote to what has come and what lies ahead in the racial minefield of the 2008 election? I believe there is, but it runs against the instincts of most Democratic consultants.

Why Voters Say they Don't Really Know Barack Obama (and Why They Don't Really Know Much about John McCain, Either)

| Posted 08.06.2008 | Politics

There is a simple fact that has eluded Democrats in every presidential campaign they have lost in the last 40 years: you have to focus first and foremost not on a litany of "issues" but on four stories.

Catching the Wrong John: Why Are the Media Talking about John Edwards' Infidelity If They Aren't Going to Talk about John McCain's?

| Posted 08.10.2008 | Politics

We all extol John McCain for enduring 5 years of extreme hardship in Vietnam. But aren't his first wife's circumstances much like Elizabeth Edwards'?

From "Nuanced" to Principled: The Lessons of Pastor Rick, and Why and How Obama and the Democrats Should Make Abortion a Voting Issue

| Posted 08.19.2008 | Politics

If Democrats continue to parry Republican war cries of "baby killer" or continue to couch the debate in terms of life vs. choice, they do indeed have something to worry about.

What Obama Needs to Do in Denver

| Posted 08.25.2008 | Politics

It is time, once and for all, for Democrats to burn the Kerry playbook. It is the same playbook used to guide one losing Democratic campaign after another for decades.

Brand First, Equivocate Later: The Message of Denver and the Importance of Defining McCain-Palin Before They Define Themselves

| Posted 08.31.2008 | Politics

The position Palin and others on the right have articulated gives every rapist the right to pick the mother of his child. That position is tantamount to a Rapist's Bill of Rights -- those are McCain-Palin's "family values."