vaginagate http://michiganradio.org en Just what do politicians do when they're in trouble? Change the subject, of course http://michiganradio.org/post/just-what-do-politicians-do-when-theyre-trouble-change-subject-course <p>There's little doubt by now you've heard, because it sure seems like everybody’s heard, Mitt Romney’s now-famous – infamous – 47 percent comment. It set the political grapevine ablaze this week with discussion and speculation that this is the gaffe that’s sunk the Romney campaign with 46 days to go until Election Day. Much like John McCain’s “Michigan moment” in 2008 when he pulled his campaign out of the state and everyone just kind of declared, "game over."</p><p>But there <em>are still </em>46 days to go and Romney and many of his fellow Republicans are saying: Whoa, not so fast...&nbsp; It ain't over til it's over. “A lot of folks would just as soon have this election be done now… The fact is elections are held on one day, November sixth, and not before," State Attorney General Bill Schuette, Romney's Michigan campaign manager, said this week.&nbsp; It's a variation on the classic, "the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day.”</p><p><strong>Redirecting the Message</strong></p><p>Political campaigns are really about three things: one is identifying your voters, another is making sure your voters get out on election day and the third - which is especially critical to getting out your voters as well as persuading the ones who are undecided - is “messaging.”&nbsp; Because in politics, “messaging” is a verb. So, for the Romney campaign, the question is, how to pull off that pivot, how to change the subject. And the message of the moment is, "Hey, everybody makes mistakes."</p><p>“Well, I think Barak Obama has made a lot of mistakes, too. When he said the private sector is doing just fine. That’s nonsense. When a small businessperson is successful, he said that person didn’t build it. We know that’s not true," Schuette explained, trying to create an equivalency between the two candidates and the two campaigns. Those are things the president said that – taken out of context, certainly – but still were missteps that Republicans have now turned against him. Republicans have also reached back to 1998 when President Obama was still a state senator in Illinois to something he said, that he believes in wealth redistribution, ignoring that he also said he believes in free markets. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:34:41 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 9195 at http://michiganradio.org Just what do politicians do when they're in trouble? Change the subject, of course VIDEO: Protester hangs 'Vaginas Are Revolting' banner on Bolger home http://michiganradio.org/post/video-protester-hangs-vaginas-are-revolting-banner-bolger-home <p>Police in Marshall confirm they&rsquo;re investigating what appears to be an instance of a protester trespassing and hanging a banner on the home of state House Speaker Jase Bolger.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />A woman who calls herself Laura Love posted the 11-second video to YouTube that shows a banner hanging from a porch.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;Vaginas Are Revolting&#39; in front of Jase Bolger&rsquo;s house. I did that. Yeah.&rdquo;<br /><br />A Marshall police spokesman says a neighbor reported the incident last Thursday. The police now have the banner.<br /><br />The woman in the video appears to be the same person who organized a protest the day before at the state Capitol. Her group of about a dozen people stood in the gallery of the state House, sang a song about vaginas to the tune of the Beatles&rsquo; &ldquo;She Loves You,&rdquo; clapped, and danced for several minutes before re-taking their seats. They were hoping to be kicked out, but no action was taken.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=ghOqYO7SWRQ#! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:34:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 8420 at http://michiganradio.org VIDEO: Protester hangs 'Vaginas Are Revolting' banner on Bolger home