As the American Enterprise Institute rolls out its “New Way Forward” via their current pitch team, they are already looking to the future and the next generation of public servant spokesmen.
Apparently tapped for the lucrative contracts are Joe Lieberman and John McCain.
They held a joint Q&A session for media consumption at the AEI offices in DC after a long meeting with the big wigs. Together, Lieberman and McCain heaped “unsolicited” praise on the “New Way Forward” plan, days before the President was to give his speech announcing the plan as his own.
Lieberman even referred to the Kagan study “Choosing Victory” as the best plan that he had seen and hoped the President would sign on. “Choosing Victory” is AEI’s policy-as-sales-pitch that allows the corporations that AEI represents to remain in Iraq, and even step up the involvement.
When faced with mounting opposition to the war and a determined democratic legislative branch of congress, these guys don’t shirk and run for the Caymans, counting their record profits along the way. No, they present a “new” version of the same old plan, and escalate their fraudulent contracts along the way! There is no defense like a great offense!
The only thing different about this new plan is that it sets up Maliki as the fall guy.
The new “talking points” are that Maliki has failed as have the people of Iraq. “They don’t want this bad enough” or “they have been fighting for thousands of years” or “its Iran’s fault”. Take your pick. The plan is such that it can drag out another couple of years, and they can keep the old mantra going that “we can’t allow Iraq to fail”.
In comes the dynamic duo to voice their approval of the “plan” with just enough time to get the press response so that the writers can “augment” the Presidents speech to avoid any pitfalls.
This is the same thing they did when they leaked the “sacrifice” theme.
Administration handlers wanted to see how that would play to the media, and it really didn’t go over very well, so the ad executives that run this country re-spun the language to better suit the target market.
Now, if I were trying to figure out how to keep the wheels on this gravy-train from falling off, I might be thinking about 2008 and just what is going to sell to a divided, angry public.
Well, divisiveness didn’t work last time.
Karl Roves’ strategy of calling the Democrats “terrorists” didn’t seem to work. In fact, it exposed a deep seated animosity toward the use of that sort of desperate rhetoric.
What does that tell you?
It tells me that the key to victory in 2008 may just lie in a unified front. A feel-good, “bring-back-cooperation” to the government, campaign. Yeah, that might work. Take advantage of the mess that they made in the first place.