Monday, May 08, 2006

"Stay on Target .... Stay on Target ...."

Now, this is message discipline:
Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration "talking points" -- saying things such as "President Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq" -- in every speech they give for the department.

"The President has requested that all members of his cabinet and sub-cabinet incorporate message points on the Global War on Terror into speeches, including specific examples of what each agency is doing to aid the reconstruction of Iraq," the May 2 e-mail from USDA speechwriter Heather Vaughn began. ....

There's a sample introduction: "Several topics I'd like to talk about today -- Farm Bill, trade with Japan, WTO, avian flu . . . but before I do, let me touch on a subject people always ask about . . . progress in Iraq." See? Smooth as silk.

So then you talk about how "we are helping the Iraqi people build a lasting democracy that is peaceful and prosperous." If it looks like the audience is with you, try to slip in the old Iraq/al-Qaeda/terrorism link and say Americans are helping build a country "that will never again be a safe haven for terrorists."
I guess these days the tired old Iraq talking points might as well be coming out of the mouths of Agriculture spokesmen. They have about as much of a clue as anyone else in this administration.

(Link from TBogg.)


Thrillhous said...

I was pretty confused by the term "career appointee", but I think the guy meant political appointee. Does this mean the cabinet members don't think they're getting enough mouthlove from their appointed underlings? Do they really need to be reminded to say good stuff about Iraq?

I can't wait for the seque (sp?) from "hundreds of tons of feces-contaminated beef" to the latest good news from Iraq.

Otto Man said...

I can't wait for the seque (sp?) from "hundreds of tons of feces-contaminated beef" to the latest good news from Iraq.

"....and while we are concerned with the presence of hundreds of tons of feces-contaminated beef on the American market, we should note that in Iraq there is zero feces-contaminated beef today! Actually, no beef at all...."

sideshow bob said...

Oh crap, don't tell me we're going to hear "where's the beef?" again this election cycle.

Otto Man said...

Why not? It did wonders for Fritz Mondale!

S.W. Anderson said...

Vaughn and whoever else may be involved (the name Rove comes to mind), should be out of a job, at least, and maybe face legal consequences.

Will these anything-to-win lowlifes never get what's coming to them?