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Posted by Lawrence "LAW" Watford - - 0 comments

Volume 1:
I think that tomorrow, at the CNN forum on national service the Obama campaign has a good opportunity to turn Sarah Palin's belittling of Sen. Obama's work as a community organizer. In essence, that could have become her "bitter-gate" moment. After the speeches by Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Convention, I think that a concerted effort to DEFINE WHAT "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER" means is in order and can work to the advantage of Sen. Obama, while putting the McCain campaign back on the defensive (in a way that is not offensive). In addition, they should take the opportunity to REDFINE OR EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF "AMERICAN HERO" to include community organziers of various faiths, ethnicities that work on behalf of the least of our brethren.

A speech on national service that makes a point to define those who go into community service as heroes would play over well all over the country. I think that there should be a concentrated and aggressive attack on the republican party for denegrating community service, via an offensive of surrogates that STAY ON MESSAGE.

In addition, think about this. A sympathetic commercial that highlights the faces of community leaders from around the country (black, hispanic, white... urban, suburban, rural) and places those against the faces of many in the RNC crowd of rich white people laughing along as Gulliani and Palin tease "the community organizer". This can go along way in making the republicans look out of touch and elitist. This could play out particularly well in Florida, where community organizing is a cornerstone of social and political reforms, particularly in the largely hispanic areas...

Let me know what you think.

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