No, not those Heroes, though that would be interesting!
Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were all SOOOO chummy yesterday in a ‘let’s-all get-a-mani/pedi-after-this-new-conference-is-over’ kind of way after the California governator threw his support to McCain.
But watching and listening to the GOP event, I feel a new theme coming on. It makes me shudder.
Goodbye, Straight Talk Express. Hello, American Heroes.
Republican Heroes — McCain the war hero. Giuliani the 9/11 hero. Schwarzenegger the American dream hero.
Americans love heroes. Give us a good story and we’ll follow you just about anywhere. And if the GOP finds one that works, they’re going to stick with it until November. Until we all know it be heart as we walk into the voting booth.
So, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were back to making nice in the last debate before Super Tuesday, they’d better be working on the story that’s going to trump “Heroes.” And they don’t have a lot of time.
My suggestion? Now that John Edwards has “suspended” his campaign, take a page from his book and create a story around this election not being about you, but being about us, the voters. I didn’t hear much about us in the celebrity-studded, pre-Super Tuesday debate.
As someone recently told me about writing and messages, we are hard-wired to connect and relate to stories. I think PunditGirl is getting more information about growing up from her American Girl books and Lemony Snicket than from any parental admonitions.
So, Hillary and Barack, have your people start working on the story thing.
And just remember you heard the “Heroes” thing here first.
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