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29 July 2004

Republicans barely get mentioned

It’s lines like this that get the crowd going but which also exemplify the tone of the convention:

Now I know there are those who criticize me for seeing
complexities – and I do – because some issues just aren’t all that
simple.  Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
doesn’t make it so. Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn’t make
it so. And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly doesn’t make it

And as President, I will bring back this nation’s time-honored
tradition: the United States of America never goes to war because we
want to, we only go to war because we have to.

The Republicans are never mentioned directly.  The focus is on the
particular policies of the current administration, speaking of the
problems the Democrats see with the Bush presidency only by saying how
Kerry will do things differently.  What I mean is that he lays out
what he will do in terms such that it’s clear what the problems of the
“other side” are, but only by their explicit absence.

Stong lines:

And we will end the backdoor draft of National Guard and reservists.

To all who serve in our armed forces today, I say, help is on the way.

I think we’ll see much more of “backdoor draft.”

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3 Responses to “Republicans barely get mentioned”

  1. Transparent Eye Says:

    That’s an effective rhetorical tool.

    State thinks in a positive way that no one can disagree with, but implying that the opposition does not meet that standard.

    It’s like subtext. You underplay it, and assume the audience is intelligent enough to fill out the rest. And by their act of filling in the blanks, they participate and own it.

    If instead, you speak very bluntly, you risk people saying no, no, no instead of yes, yes, yes.

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