Friday, January 21, 2011

Cohen-izing the Message

Via Hot Air, here is part of Congressman Steve Cohen’s reaction/defense/apology for his “I so did not call Republicans Nazis” use of the term Nazis to describe Republicans:

“While I regret that anything I said has created an opportunity to distract from the debate about health care for 32 million Americans, I want to be clear that I never called Republicans Nazis. Instead, the reference I made was to the greatest propaganda master of all time. Propaganda, which is called “messaging” today, can be true or false. In this case, the message is false."

Wait. What?

“Propaganda, which is called ‘messaging’ today”

That's quite an admission for a Democrat.

How many times have we heard that virtually every problem Democrats face politically boils down to a problem with “messaging”?

Let's turn Cohen's statement around, shall we?

"Messaging today, which is really nothing more than propaganda"

Cohen's admisssion certainly puts this piece from The Hill in a new light, doesn’t it? (h/t Instapundit)

In fact, let’s go ahead and Cohen-ize it:

House Dems vow to improve messaging propaganda

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Democrats kicked off their annual retreat here with a vow to improve the flawed messaging propaganda that contributed to the loss of their majority last fall.

The down-sized Democratic Caucus is meeting for three days at the glitzy Hyatt Regency resort on the shores of the Chesapeake, with the goal of figuring out what went wrong in 2010 and how the party can position itself on policy and politics for the next two years.

President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in Cambridge on Friday to address Democratic lawmakers, who will also hear from economists, message propaganda gurus and current and former colleagues. More than a half dozen panels will be devoted or related to messaging propaganda, underscoring the importance of boosting the party’s communications with the public.
“I said Madam Speaker, the problem with Democrats is we never give the public the chance to savor our victories,” [Rep. Xavier] Becerra [D.-Calif.] said, as Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant leader, nodded in agreement. “What we didn’t do was take the time to do tap-dances about what we had just done, but we did the work of the people.”

“Too bad we didn’t message propagandize it better,” he added.


  1. Dear Awesome Brother-In-Law of the Universe,
    I say we follow Rush's lead and do the drinking game for the Blithering Presidential Address(zzzz)
    Everytime "The Annointed One" says the words "Investments" & "Civility" we drink.
    We can get on skype and play together.
    I am getting an advance on my allowance... going to buy beer.
    About 4 cases should do it...I should just go ahead and get 5 just be safe. Yeah, good idea.
    See you tomorrow night,
    I love you,
    Your favorite sister-in-law,
    PS Call into work, you will still be tipsy Wednesday morning, he just won't be able to help himself.