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Playground Behavior in Modern Politics – and the Art of Name Calling

Scott on September 11, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Yesterday, as 4 Star General Petraeus was giving testimony to Congress about the current state of affairs in Iraq, the classy folks over at set out for an old-fashioned, elementary school bout of name calling.
, the front group for George Soros and his posse, ran a full page ad in the New York Times which cleverly turned the general’s name into an antiwar slogan in which Petraeus becomes “Betray Us.” Clever. Funny. I bet the folks at MoveOn spent a considerable amount of time and money on consultants to come up with such a witty play on words.

Too bad, because my 4th grade neighbor could have probably come up with the same witticism in a matter of minutes.

Let me be clear – My problem ISN’T that MoveOn and those who support them are against the war. I get it. We ALL get it.

My problem is with how MoveOn wants things to appear to the American public. It appears that they want to give the impression that they ran this ad IN REACTION TO the general’s testimony before congress. They want to give the impression that they are expressing outrage at lies the general told in his testimony and also at what they feel the general has done, namely betray the American people by supporting policies that are getting military men and women killed.

Here’s the problem…to run a full page ad in the New York Times, MoveOn would have had to arrange the media buy at least a couple of weeks ago, before the general gave his testimony and before the general content of his comments had been released. They would have had to have people working on the layout and the verbiage for several days and would have passed it through teams of creative people, attorneys, etc. At the very least, this ad probably took 2 weeks or so to put together and place with the NYT advertising department, but chances are it took a lot longer.

But the MoveOn people and those who are defending the ad are trying to put out the spin that the ad was an outpouring of outrage against the general, what he said and what he stood for. Too bad the evidence points to the contrary. should have saved it’s time and money and just challenged the general to a fight out in the school yard behind the backstop. It would have been a lot more honest and direct than name calling. It would have also made them appear to be far more mature than what the ad clearly demonstrated.

Perhaps George Soros should be sent to his room without dinner and made to think about what he did.

Wait a minute. George Soros…thought…never mind!

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