The Candidate, A Film by Robert Redford (1972)
Michael Moore: How the Democrats can Blow It in Six Easy Steps
Here is an abbreviated version of Michael Moore's astute analysis, along with a link to the full text. It may be my last comment on this election, particularly if, as David Sirota writes, Obama says "Bayh Bye" to victory. -- Richard Power
A blueprint for losing the most winnable presidential election in American history ...
1. Keep saying nice things about McCain.
2. Pick a running mate who is a conservative white guy or a general or a Republican.
3. Keep writing speeches for Obama that make him sound like a hawk.
4. Forget that this was a historic year for women.
5. Show up to a gunfight with a peashooter.
6. Denounce me!
I remember poor John Kerry not even being able to admit, when asked by Larry King, if he had seen Fahrenheit 9/11. "No," he said, "I haven't. . . . I don't plan to, right now." But he had indeed seen it. I sat there watching him say this, and I just felt sorry for him and for the election he was about to lose.
We can't take four more years of this madness, Barack. We need you to be a candidate who will fight back every time they attack you. Actually, don't even wait till you have to fight back. Fight first! Show some vision and courage and smoke them out. Keep asking why these lobbyists are McCain's best friends. Let's finally have a Democrat who's got the balls to fire first. Michael Moore, Rolling Stone, 8-13-08
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