Hat tip: JG
The end result is that great brands are fungible. They can be all things to all people. The branding approach liberates Obama to be the candidate of the MoveOn wing and of national unity. That’s not a criticism. It is a compliment. Now we’ll see if it stands up in the land beyond the energized core, in the land of 50% plus one nationally...
Analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report was more skeptical of the idea that Mr. Obama could contend in the South, especially in states such as Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. "White voters in Mississippi don't vote Democratic. They just don't," said Mr. Cook. He also believes that the greater the black turnout, the more anti-Democratic white voters become. Possible exceptions include Florida and Virginia.Is there any difference between this statement and the straight-foward conclusion that whites in Mississippi are unreconstructed racists?
But U.S. officials recently warned that insurgents were adopting new tactics to evade vehicular checkpoints. These include the use of suicide vests instead of car and truck bombs. They also say more women are being recruited as suicide attackers, lured by promises of financial security for their survivors.I wonder who these unnamed "U.S. officials" are -- definitely not on board with the communications strategy.
Since October, the use of suicide vests has doubled across the country, according to U.S. military statistics. At least six women have blown themselves up since November, including the two today.