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Political Persuasion

The Common Ground Fallacy

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When one party has made explicit that its primary goal is to block nearly anything proposed by a sitting president and, further, to undo substantive achievements to date -- when revenge requires all Republican senators and representatives to adhere to that primary goal -- then seeking agreement is seen as a contradiction.

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.

If They'll Sit Down for a Coup of Their Own Party, What's Next?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

At what point do we call this more than taking a stand? When do we say it is a take-over by one part of the Republican Party perpetrated upon the rest? And if they'll do that to their own people, we know what's next for anyone who gets in their way.

A Brief List of Persuasion and Advertising Techniques

Brad Reid | Posted 12.25.2012 | Media
Brad Reid

From pizza to politics, the following is an incomplete list made by an amateur of observed persuasion and advertising techniques. Examples abound so readers may supply their own.

Presidential Debate One: Well-Crafted Axelrod Strategy -- Or a Plan Gone Awry?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Voters who support Obama need to see him want to be reelected. They want him to show that passion and desire. He isn't standing at that podium only for himself.

Is a Sucker Really Born Every Minute? And Are You One of Them?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

How can we combat lies, even from the side we favor? How do we hold our leaders responsible for the truth and stand up to the fictions perpetrated upon us by Supreme Court condoned Super PACs? The first step is simple if we think to do it. Ask questions, debate and challenge.

The High Political Price of "Some People Say" Journalism

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.17.2011 | Media
Kathleen Reardon

Change the channel the next time you hear, "some people say," "many people think," or vacuous statements in this genre. E-mail the station. Tell them to name their sources.

Not Your Grandparents' Strategic Communications: Part One

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

The best communication narrows that gap between what you say and what you do. This is where understanding strategic communications pays off.

The Democrats' Next Step: Debunking Republican False Dichotomies

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When people who've fallen on hard times are given a hand up, vocal Republicans call it an entitlement. When the extraordinarily wealthy are given tax breaks, it's a well-deserved reward.

Winning Isn't Everything -- In More Than One Sense

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

I'd stop asking for people to support crucial proposals like the stimulus package until I actually tell them what is involved, because the press isn't bothering to do so.

Words That Worked in 2008 (and Some That Didn't): A Report Card

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

The following is our admittedly subjective ranking of the top ten words of 2008 and how well people used them.

Team Obama targets teens as secret weapon

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Bellantoni

First posted at WashingtonTimes.com I've written quite a bit about the youth support Sen. Barack Obama has generated this year, and some of it from t...

America's First Global Presidential Campaign

Nancy Soderberg and Brian Katulis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Soderberg and Brian Katulis

McCain and Obama recognize how linked our country's fortunes are to the rest of the world -- the United States must again become the world's great persuader, not only its enforcer.

Making Michelle Who She Isn't -- Risky Obama Campaign Move

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When people start reinventing themselves based on the latest "criteria" -- it's risky. Change is what Obama's campaign is largely about, but changing his wife shouldn't be.