The State of Debate

Since we’ve been earnestly discussing constructive debate techniques, I thought I’d share some helpful advice from the Bush Administration’s “Presidential Advance Manual.”

“The formation of ‘rally squads’ is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message. This tactic involves utilizing small groups of volunteers to spread favorable messages using large hand-held signs, placards or perhaps a long sheet banner, and placing them in strategic areas around the site. These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators. The rally squads’ task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drawn out protestors (USA!, USA!, USA!). As a last resort, security should remove demonstrators from the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young Republican organizations, local athletic teams and fraternities/sororities …”

– Loveland

2 thoughts on “The State of Debate

  1. Sounds awful, and I, as usual, want to barf when I see how the Bushies stage-manage this administration into DisneyWorld.

    But, true confessions, one of the things I’m so not proud of from my years in PR was being paid to call in to a radio show with soft-ball questions for our client on an issue of tax support for the company. It’s not real, it’s bullshit, but the other side is doing it and it’s how the game is played.

    I shoulda said no. Couple more of those gigs and I could have worked for Karl Rove.

  2. Protesters have no place at debates, except outside the venue. The Bushie Rally Squad wouldn’t be present but for the obnoxious and loathsome ACT Up and Pink morons, who go to equal if not greater lengths to correograph their antics.

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