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Questionable Sources of Advice
By David Swanson
Right-wing columnists like George Will can manage to seem quite fair and honest when they offer advice to the Democrats, because they usually offer advice that's identical to what Democratic advisors are themselves offering. But it's just possible that the George Wills are promoting their own agenda, and that it's the Democratic strategists we should be wondering about.
Read this closing paragraph of a Will column on Russ Feingold:
"Cindy Sheehan, surely a Republican mole toiling to make the anti-war position repulsive, starred at a Washington rally that featured exactly two speakers from Congress – including Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia Democrat who darkly hints that President Bush may have known that the 9/11 attacks were coming and welcomed them as a boost for defense-industry stocks owned by 'persons close to' his administration. In 2008, the many Democratic activists who vibrate like tuning forks to such stimuli will find their Howard Dean, some firebrand who will force, or tempt, other candidates to move in his direction. If that person is not Feingold, the country could conceivably have this contest: McCain vs. Feingold."
So Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney and Howard Dean are repulsive and unpopular, and the only justification provided for this claim is something that McKinney did not say but that many Americans might find plausible. We're down to 35 percent of the country that trusts the words that flow into Bush's ear piece and out of his mouth. And a Republican strategy paper circulating in DC now lists a new terrorist attack as one of the possible ways out of the W Slump.
Will wants Feingold to move away from the positions that have attracted support to him, and to do so for his own good. Hey, Russ, if you hire people and pay them actual money to advise you, please make sure that they do not think like Will, that they urge you on more than pulling you back, and that they have never been employed by John Kerry.