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‘Baked In’ Voter Perceptions – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on ‘Baked In’ Voter Perceptions – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Economics, Electoralism, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Power

When a pollster asked if someone would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate in favor of shipping jobs overseas—a typical way of auditioning what was then a promising line of attack against Bush—they would often hear from voters across the board that it made them “less likely.” But when the AFL […]

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National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Queensland

For its part, the National Party – fighting its first state election under a new name – approached the election with patriotic fervour. So much so that in the campaign the party put “freedom bonds” up for sale at $10 to $100, making them, intentionally, like war bonds. The party justified this by saying the […]

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Karate Chop Political Advertising – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Karate Chop Political Advertising – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Economics, Political Communication

The big surprise (in 1974) was the defeat of Brisbane’s popular Lord Mayor, Alderman Clem Jones – or was it such a surprise, considering the advertising campaign mounted by his Liberal opponent, Don Cameron. He ran a series of television commercials in which he moved around in front of a big pile of roofing tiles […]

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Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Hypocrisy, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

Bjelke-Petersen hired an outside public relations expert to help him get rid of the arch-wowser image and in December 1968 a picture of him patting a horse at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse appeared in the Sunday Mail. The racehorse, Kionda, unfortunately lost the first race on a protest. (This moved his future public relations man, Allen […]

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Write for a Six Year Old – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Write for a Six Year Old – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) would scrawl a circular out on several sheets of tablet paper and hand it to a secretary to be typed. He told one secretary his concept of effective political language. “Always write everything so a six-year-old child can understand it,” he said.

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Demagogue – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Demagogue – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

Those who apply the label of demagogue to Huey or to other politicians hardly ever trouble to invest the term with any precise definition. It was coined by the ancient Greeks, who were sorely afflicted by rabble rousing orators and who described them scornfully. The demagogue, said Euripides, was ‘base-born’, ‘a man of loose tongue, […]

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The Dual Use of Political Advertising – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Dual Use of Political Advertising – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) selected the quality of the paper on which the circulars (advertising material) were printed. Mindful of the sanitary practices of his rural constituents, he instructed David: “Don’t use any of that damn smooth stuff. Use some that they can use on their backsides after they get through reading it.”

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The Parker Gold Dust Twins – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Parker Gold Dust Twins – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

The principal theme of Huey’s attacks was that his two opponents and everybody opposed to him were in reality working together, that the whole crowd was controlled by the same corporate interests. Fuqua and Bouanchaud had both been put into the race by Parker – they were the “Parker Gold Dust Twins.” Behrmann and Sullivan, […]

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The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) also won many votes by promising that if elected he would force the railroads to extend their services or their lines. It was a pledge of this kind that enabled him to sweep the vote of a hamlet known as Shooter’s Station. Its people had a burning grievance – a train called the Cannonball […]

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The Rule Existed Only in the Politicians Minds – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Rule Existed Only in the Politicians Minds – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

Huey’s use of an automobile violated one of the most respected rules of Louisiana politicians: Never campaign in a car among country people; they will resent it as a pretence of superiority and vote against you. Huey knew that the rule existed only in the politicians minds. From his observation of Vardaman and Jeff Davis […]

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