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January 25, 2006

Read Peter Daou

-- by John Emerson

Peter Daou was one of the sharp people in the Kerry campaign. He was their internet contact person, and if the Kerry people hadn't refused to listen to him they probably would have won the election.

His latest piece is as good a summary of how today's media works as I've ever seen.

A short sample:

Democratic strategists haven’t learned how to distinguish between stories and storylines. (The insidious effect of infectious narratives, the power of inoculation techniques, the concept of memetics and the role of the Internet, are alien to the Democratic establishment. And I say that having been in the belly of that establishment during the 2004 election).

But read it all.

Posted by John Emerson at January 25, 2006 11:15 AM

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If Peter Daou is so sharp, then why did Kerry lose?

Posted by: Sickofspin at January 25, 2006 11:58 AM

The people he worked for didn't listen to him. You should read sentences to the end before responding to them.

Posted by: John Emerson at January 25, 2006 12:14 PM

One thing, Daou is a bad writer/communicator. He seems unable to say anything clearly, forthrightly, concisely, and briefly.

The second part he does not offer any clear examples to his thesis. The Swift boat vs. National guard example is bad since the NG documents were clearly forgeries and the Swift boat controversy raised some valid and true concerns about Kerry; not the least of which is his obfuscation and fear of his own record.

Look, the MSM does not "work" for the GOP, they work for ratings and profits; if they have to do crap to get eyeballs glued to the screen, they'll do it. What Kerry needed to learn is that if something damaging comes out, own up to it, admit fault and move on. This is the lesson that Bush learned in 2000 when FOXNews released his drunk-driving arrest on the national level. Bush merely admited wrong and moved on.

Posted by: Pericles at January 25, 2006 12:37 PM

Hi, Pericles. How surprising that you don't like Daou's writing! I really am going to have to rethink what I wrote.

We seem to be on some kind of watch list. I suppose that means we're important. Hopefully there are other people than Pericles and Sickofspin reading us, if you call what Sickofspin does "reading".

Posted by: John Emerson at January 25, 2006 12:52 PM

John, John, John.....

Take a step back and reflect a moment.....

If he is soooooo SHARP, he would have found a way to convey his message to the Kerry campaign now wouldn't he..... I was addressing the false premise that the man is 'sharp.' On the one hand it's said he's sharp and has the media pegged, on the other hand he wasn't sharp enough to get the people he was brought in to help - to listen to him!

Which is it?


Posted by: Sickofspin at January 25, 2006 1:51 PM

Sick, Daou wasn't able to convince his boss. If you'd ever had a job in your life, you'd get my point.

Dave and I both talked to Daou, and he really knew what needed to be done, but he couldn't get through to the decisionmakers.

Jesus, we need new commenters here.

Posted by: John Emerson at January 25, 2006 2:08 PM


If Daou was as sharp as you claim he him to be, then he would have gotten through to the decision makers. It's that simple.

That you're so high on a guy that failed doesn't say much for you does it?

Posted by: Sickofspin at January 25, 2006 11:18 PM

Sick, the thing that's simple is your mind. Get a job, work for ten years, and get back to me.

I do not suggest that you get a job in an area requiring communication skills.

Folks, visit Sick's site for a real treat. He's a Republican hack, and I have no idea why he thinks any of us wouild care what he thinks.

Posted by: John Emerson at January 26, 2006 3:10 AM

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