Monday, August 18, 2008

Philbot 3000 Strikes Again

Posted by on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 9:28 AM

There he goes again, giving Barack Obama unsolicited advice on campaigning. And this from a guy who couldn't campaign his way out of a paper bag. Here's the latest from Phil Bredesen in The New York Times:
“Instead of giving big speeches at big stadiums, he needs to give straight-up 10-word answers to people at Wal-Mart about how he would improve their lives.”
That's great, Phil. First, let us note that it took you 26 words to tell Obama to give 10-word answers. Second, in the guise of helping Obama, you managed to slam him for "giving big speeches" instead of talking to the common people, which is exactly the criticism the Republicans are using. I'm sure Obama appreciates your helping the Republicans gain traction with that. Previously, in the Wall Street Journal, Bredesen unleashed this pearl of wisdom:
“I really think he’s got to find a way to reach out,” he said, suggesting Obama could benefit from Bredesen’s “Wal-Mart Check Out Test,” which he employed in his efforts to reform TennCare, the state’s health care system. If you can talk about your ideas in a “conversation that makes sense” to the worker at the check out counter at Wal-Mart, Bredesen says, then voters will respond to your ideas. “If you’ve got that, you’ve got a plan,” he said.
I would like to have seen the governor's Wal-Mart Check Out Test in action. Cue Bredesen at the check out counter. Bredesen: "Well certainly, my plan is to slash TennCare, eliminating your health insurance and throwing you and your family to the wolves." Wal-Mart Cashier: "OK, governor. That makes sense to me. While you're at it, why don't you come by my house and kick my dog?" h/t Kleinheider

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