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Thursday, 01 September 2011


Mannie Sherberg
Politics is first and foremost the art of being all things to all people. The only way that can be done is to steal ideas that work for other candidates and make them your own. Whether or not you like the candidate from whom you steal has nothing to do with it. The only question is: "If we steal it, can we make it work for us?" Obama is a master of the technique. It's becoming increasingly clear that he intends to run a campaign based on an idea stolen from a man who isn't even running: Harry Truman. I'll betcha dollars to donuts that in the coming weeks we hear our president constantly expatiating upon the "do-nothing Congress." The phrase helped Truman beat Dewey, and it's a virtual certainty that Obama will use it -- or something very close to it -- to beat the GOP. The nice thing about swiping an idea from a man who's been dead as long as Truman is that most of the voters who would know the idea's been purloined are also dead.

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