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It is stupid things like this ...
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, September 06, 2008

Which can cost you elections.

I'm not claiming there are any dastardly ulterior motives at all other than unthinking expediency (don't need 'em, get rid of 'em, etc.), but things like this don't sit well with voters no matter what the motive. When you claim that your patriotic bona fides are unassailable, you'd better darn well act like it (and whether true or not, your political enemy has already framed this story).
 
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Eh.

The flag is a prop to them, nothing more.

And one they don’t even respect.

So yes, I’ll question their patriotism, even if others are afraid to do so.
 
Written By: shark
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I just saw this story and was about to write a post on it.

Devastating imagery and symbolism for the McCain campaign to use. A commenter at Hot Air suggested that the inevitable campaign commercial use Fred Thompson’s voice.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
The Democrats are claiming that the flags were purloined, or something:
But Democratic convention organizers claimed the flags were not going to be discarded — but instead were snatched from the site of Obama’s historic address to carry out a “cheap political stunt.”
It’ll be interesting to see how that shakes out.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
But Democratic convention organizers claimed the flags were not going to be discarded — but instead were snatched from the site of Obama’s historic address to carry out a “cheap political stunt.”
I actually thought that might be the case at first, but after seeing the pictures of the flags mixed in with trash, I’m really doubtful. There is one picture where the flags are all rolled up, as if they were to be saved or transported, but I don’t know if that was before or after the Dems were allegedly done with them.

Either way, cheap political stunt or failure of political thinking, it hurts the Dems.

One thing, though. Isn’t this rally a knock at the Dem delegates and convention goers, as well as against whomever cleaned up Invesco Field? It wasn’t like Obama himself threw those flags in the ground and said "trash ’em."
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Yes, it’s a knock on Obama’s adoring supporters (including prominent members of the party from across the country) rather than Obama himself. But if I were putting the ad together for maximum damage, I would try to get a back shot of cheering Democrats waving their flags furiously at Obama, then show them mixed among the trash if at all possible. Narration on the lines of "thinking of the flag as merely a prop" with those styrofoam pillars in the background. I’d be torn on whether to then show Ayers standing on the flag — it might be too many moving parts for one ad. And finally, I’d show the flags being brought out to McCain-Palin supporters, and a shot of a younger McCain (preferably in his military days) with a flag anywhere in the frame.

Forget any mention of flag pins or the hand-over-heart, allegiance to the flag matter. If the audience is receptive to that connection, they’ll be able to make it themselves. If they already have counters to that meme in mind, this will be more powerful for standing on its own.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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Oops.
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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Hardly eco/green friendly
 
Written By: Neo
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It would at the least indicate a lack of attention to detail (and a fairly improtant detail at that) by the Democratic National Committee.

Since BHO is the candidate, he either takes responsibility or abdicates it as he has in the past.

I am afraid in either case, he does not look very good.
 
Written By: vnjagvet
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Isn’t this the same DNC that caused their vendors for the convention considerable heartache because meals had to be organic or no fried foods so they could make statement?

It’s nice to see them get bit in the ass on this because the Left endlessly postures on so many issues simply to demonstrate that their hearts "are in the right place".

 
Written By: JasperPants
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I have the story on my homepage COMMON CENTS also...
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com
 
Written By: Steve
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It has nothing to do with Motive, guys.
It does, however, reveal their value structure.

I’ll bet Obama still can’t figure for the life of him why Democrats keep getting tagged with the label "unpatriotic", even after this..

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
I understand the Dems were hanging on to the flags awaiting Obama’s bestest pal Ayers to come and burn them...
 
Written By: shark
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Pics on this site show flags mixed with trash in bags.

 
Written By: Is
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See, that’s impossible, Is, because the Democratic National Convention Committee has flatly stated that:
Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention - the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It’s disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it’s sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt.
Who are you going to believe?
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
And the DNC official quoted at HuffPo:
"It’s pretty reprehensible on their part," he said. "Someone made an assumption, took the flags, and essentially lied about what was going to happen to them. I mean, c’mon, we were never ever going to throw out flags."
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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Heh
 
Written By: wilky
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Details. Details. Details.

The Clintons would never have been so dumb.
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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Well, look, I’ve a vid on my site showing Carl Cameron’s report on the matter at about 10 this morning. THey can call him a liar, and I’ll label them fools.
But are they really going to dump n the boy scouts?
Oh, wait... they already did that, didn’t they?

 
Written By: Bithead
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It’s funny that the flags were mixed in with the trash.

Can we quaestion the patiotism of Democarts yet . . .
 
Written By: Don
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Hm...I’m not all that impressed by this story. The flags in the black trash bags are neatly rolled and look like they’ve never been used. I can’t tell from that picture if they are being thrown out or just stored. As for the flags mixed in with the trash, those look like small paper flags. Are these paper flags accorded the same honors our cloth flags?
 
Written By: Bob
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Are these paper flags accorded the same honors our cloth flags?
Um, yeah. How’s it work in your country?
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://qando.net
"I’m not claiming there are any dastardly ulterior motives at all..."

Not at all.

Just imagine, however, if Republicans ever threw American flags into the same refuse and garbage bags as, say, rolled up Obama signs and empty water bottles.

The MSM would have a field day. But when liberals do it, they get a pass, because the media is so set on doing everything short of rigging the vote to get Obama elected (and don’t think that they may try that, too).

So seeing this story, to me, is just one more reason why Obama and his gang are not fit to serve as the head of this country. To them, patriotism is a joke during dinner; to the rest of us, including me, who lost a cousin in World War II, it is something that makes my chest swell and my eyes go moist.

Obama should be crucified for this outrage. Seriously.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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McCain has fought and bled for the flag.

The Annointed One tossed it out with the garbage.

’nuff said.
 
Written By: docjim505
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Bruce: This one with Dem Veep nominee Biden is just as devastating IMO from a PR standpoint -

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/09/more-disrespect-of-us-flag-at-invesco.html
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com

 
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