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  1. I remember how taken ordinary Americans were with Ross Perot’s charts. He made things understandable for people who didn’t know what was going on. I had a few friends who supported him passionately for positions that had been part of the Democratic platform forever – but they didn’t know that.

    I’ve told this story several times and I think it’s worth repeating. In the 90s, I followed the debate on the estate tax fairly closely. My mother died in 99 leaving behind a small estate. I didn’t know whether I was going to have to pay taxes on it. It was only then that I found out that the estate had to worth $675k before any taxes were due – and I only found out as soon as I did because my son was taking a political science class that was covering the debate. In none of the articles I had read or any of the panel shows that I watched, had the Dems hammered home the central point that unless your parents estate is worth several hundred thousand dollars, you don’t owe federal taxes on it. That should have been the first talking point off of everyone’s lips. But it wasn’t. And the failure to communicate that central fact is why the debate has gotten as far as it has.

    Democrats have no sense of theatre and not enough of ’em know how to handle national communication. We can develop policies but we can’t communicate. All they can do is communicate.

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