strategy to cast Bush as "The most evil man in
the World" is beginning to evolve
Metro - 07/02/03
LOS ANGELES -- Al Sharpton and the
other democratic presidential candidates are putting
a new emphasis on making healthcare and environmental
issues more voter friendly. Instead of talking abstractly
about ozone levels or the Superfund budget, they speak
of the children who are forced to drink unsafe water
because Republicans keep the good water for themselves,
or of how minorities cook their food in toxic waste
because Republicans are bottling it and selling it off
as corn oil.
Even as conservatives have tinkered
with their vocabulary in an effort to ward off Democratic
attacks over the environment, Democratic leaders have
asked their candidates to amp-up the rhetoric and do
a better job of explaining the death, destruction and
despair being thrust upon the American people by the
Bush administration and congressional Republicans.
“George Bush is the most evil
man in the World,” said Denny White, Democratic
At the same time, Democrats are trying
to focus public attention on what they call the Bush
administration's cozy relationship with the mortuary
business. In a striking example, some have pointed to
a little known painting in the Oval Office which depicts
a beautiful Forrest Lawn cemetery. “A cemetery
in the Oval Office is proof President Bush wants us
all to die”, said DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
The Democrats' strategy aims to expand
their message to seniors by detailing stories of how
Republicans have secretly stolen pacemakers and hearing
aids right out from patients who were using them. In
one example, George Bush himself breaks into a retirement
home and changes the labels on medication bottles, loosens
the wheels on wheelchairs and applies crazy glue to
several dozen sets of dentures.
The new strategy was on display here
on Thursday, when all five of the nine Democratic presidential
candidates who appeared at a forum sponsored by the
League of Conservation Voters sought to cast traditional
issues in larger, more humanizing terms.
Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont,
a doctor, said his fellow Democrats should not speak
in abstractions. Instead, Dr. Dean said, they should
talk about what it was like for that Colorado family
who ended up in the emergency room because the city
of Denver ran out of air. They were eventually able
to get some air from Boulder but for a major city to
run out of breathable air is unthinkable. 600,000 city
residents were gasping for hours.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut,
said passage of a global-warming bill he has proposed
"would have prevented the air shortage in Denver
and would restore us as the moral leader of the world."
As for the other candidates,
they all seemed to agree, George W. Bush, the Republicans
and conservatives are trying to kill all of the old,
disabled, low income and minority children. “The
want to kill all working-class families and the cemetery
painting in the oval office is just the proof we need,”
said Sen. Kerry.