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Subliminal campaigning: Get it?
By Peter Brookes, Times Online, UK
Did you scratch your head with a, huh? when Hillary Clinton suggested she would consider Barack Obama as her running mate a few weeks ago? Did your head tilt to the side when the former First Lady retold her commando combat moment in Bosnia as she evaded enemy sniper fire?
Perhaps your heart tugged a bit when her eyes watered in New Hampshire.
And maybe you cheered when she strongly suggested the media wasnt playing fair by catering more to Obama.
Have you noticed Barack Obama hasnt done anything remotely offensive or antagonistic? Hillary has been running a slash and cut (or in Bills word, clipping) campaign offense, while painting herself in the woe-is-me victim to Obamas big-ole-bully campaign defense. Her strategy has been so successful that every time Obama responds to her attacks he is assigned equal blame for the nasty turn this campaign is taking. Shes brilliant! But we knew that.
(continued) When I finally got what she was doing, I slapped my forehead with a big, duh! Her techniques have been tried and have worked in the past. Im surprised people have remained under her spell for so long. I struggled out from under the Clinton hypnosis last October. Hillarys simple tactic of repeating a statement in multiple news cycles and venues allows its airing to the population and eventually some people begin to accept her words true statements. The reality of a situation is ignored. And she is closer to achieving her end-hope (despite mocking Obamas hope, shes full of it) of her not-quite-so-true-statement becoming true. She says shes a fighter, but she wants us to perceive her as generous, courageous, compassionate and strong leader. However, she is showing us shes ruthless, underhanded and manipulative. I admit I was encouraged by her passion, moved by her tears and yes, I even admire her tenacity and determination in pursuing the presidency. I just dont respect her for the way in which shes doing it.
Stay awake, people! We have to remain diligent in our expectation for something better than weve had before.