Behind the scenes, Dems lambaste Nader

Los Angeles: Though the Democratic party paid homage to its traditional base with prominent convention addresses by gay, pro-choice and urban leaders, the behind-the-scenes PR strategy was to vilify Green Party candidate Ralph Nader and conservative Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, sources said last week.

Los Angeles: Though the Democratic party paid homage to its traditional base with prominent convention addresses by gay, pro-choice and urban leaders, the behind-the-scenes PR strategy was to vilify Green Party candidate Ralph Nader and conservative Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, sources said last week.

Los Angeles: Though the Democratic party paid homage to its

traditional base with prominent convention addresses by gay, pro-choice

and urban leaders, the behind-the-scenes PR strategy was to vilify Green

Party candidate Ralph Nader and conservative Supreme Court Justices

Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, sources said last week.



Outside the meeting hall at the Omni Los Angeles, congressman Barney

Frank said that Nader’s strategy of trying to color the Democrats and

the GOP as different shades of beige is a dishonest attempt to disguise

his own lack of interest in protecting civil liberties.



Frank also claimed that Nader’s message is getting a free ride in the

media.



’The media likes people who are critical of the other candidates, so

they tend to report his rhetoric uncritically,’ Frank told PRWeek.



Inside the hall, James Carville predicted how a Bush White House might

spin its conservative agenda.



’When they take away the right to choose, they’re going to smile about

it and say it’s grounded in legal principle,’ he told PRWeek. Staying on

message, Carville barked, ’Anybody who votes for Ralph Nader is voting

for Scalia and Thomas.’



By contrast, Democratic Leadership Council message masters attempted to

craft a Gore/Lieberman stump focusing on ideas for modernizing

government and franchising the benefits of the new economy.



’What we have found here in the last eight years is that on almost every

level of government, there are elected leaders governing and winning on

new Democratic principles,’ said DLC press secretary Matthew Frankel.



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