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Stewart Mocks RNC Chair’s ‘Adapt and Win’ Makeover

Posted on Aug 15, 2006
Daily Show on propaganda

Watch Jon Stewart tear down Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman?s attempt to sell America on the outright lie that GOP?ers aren?t for ?staying the course? in Iraq ? rather, they?re out to ?adapt and win.?
Stewart: Yeah, what a—hole said “stay the course”?
[As videos of Bush saying just that fill the screen]

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  • Talking point aficionado and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman recently appeared on ?Meet the Press? to test drive the administration?s latest reversal: ?The choice in this election is not between ?Stay the course? and ?Cut and run,? it?s between ?Win by adapting? and ?Cut and run.??

    Which led Stewart to observe, ?See that?s the beauty of propaganda?it has no internal logic or integrity to violate.  So, in one moment, basically everything you?ve heard about the United States? and the administration?s strategy in Iraq for the last two years is wrong.?

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    By Old Banker, August 19, 2006 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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    How about “We promise to stop feeding you this Bullshit as soon as we run out. We will tell the truth whenever there is no alternative.” Not that catchy I suppose.

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    By Old Hippie, August 16, 2006 at 11:54 am Link to this comment
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    Imagine there’s no losing…
    Its easy if you try….

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    By Kelly Stevens, August 16, 2006 at 10:25 am Link to this comment
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    Why does CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, or the News Hour not report these obvious changes in terms?  Why does a comedy show provide more news about politics than the news shows?

    Veteran for Adapting and Leaving the middle east.

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    By Gar, August 16, 2006 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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    How about a bumper sticker that says:

    Condi can I pee?

    That’s a factual presentation of how pathetic Bush is. Use his own scribble against him.

    Or in the case of the GOP how about

    Adapt & crap

    Mehlman has probably already soiled his underpants worrying about November.

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    By Vanna, August 16, 2006 at 9:36 am Link to this comment
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    How about “Whip Insurgency Now!” or WIN—get it?

    Oh—that one’s been used already?

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    By Mark Mywords, August 16, 2006 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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    Adapt and Win!  I like it!  It has that certain you-know, air of bullshit about it.  It is just enough of a Bumpersticker to become a Republican mantra.  Adapt and Win! ... it sounds a lot better than   Cut and Run!  though I think the Democrats should begin to Bumpersticker-ize their talking points as well…  Cut and Win!  Adapt and Leave! 
    Don’t get too clever though, that “Fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” takes a Hummer-bumper to post. 
    How about we leave Iraq with the same 3 words we forged onto the bottom of their constitution:

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    By Cole..., August 16, 2006 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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    this works too-“Compassionate Adaption and a Wink”

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    By Malgoska, August 16, 2006 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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    Another name for repug strategy could be “lie and steal”, or “lie and kill”, or maybe “lie and torture” and then “call mommy and cry”. Interesting fact, how many Americans are still sold on repub ideas, worn out slogans and propaganda…  I agree with Mr. Peters, that Stewart and Colbert are refreshing alternative to right wingnut news. And that includes Corporate News Network.

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    By Alice Allen, August 16, 2006 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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    Remember the Beirut bombing ..was it 1983?
    A suicide bomber killed over 230 marines.

    Reagan said we will not “cut and run”.... and of course he did.

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    By roooth, August 16, 2006 at 6:03 am Link to this comment
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    It’s not about “cut & run”, or “stay the course”, or the monumentally inept “adapt & win”.

    It’s about “aid & abet”, as in: why did this president aid & abet the real perpetrators of 9/11, the Saudis?

    It doesn’t matter if we “cut & run”, “stay the course”, or “adapt & win” if we’re in the wrong war, does it?

    We not only didn’t go after the people behind 9/11, the Bush Administration actively helped cover up their involvement.

    Until we deal with that, we cannot possibly “win” any war against terrorism.

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    By John, August 15, 2006 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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    They even have a little 1984 montage when they zoom out to commercial on the screens in the back.

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    By Montag, August 15, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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    Actually, Republican pollster Frank Luntz was interviewed on “NOW” and he admitted that he DEVOURED “1984.” So maybe he really did use it as a how-to manual.

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    By Mad Dog Skip, August 15, 2006 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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    How about Impeach and Lose? Or Call Mommy and Cry?

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    By Cole..., August 15, 2006 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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    What’s wrong with the tried and true—
    ‘Lie and Win’?

    And best of all a win is always just a Lie away.

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    By Amicusbriefs, August 15, 2006 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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    More like ‘Adopt and Whine’

    Adopt a previously failed tactic and whine about experienced tacticians criticism of it.

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    By Mr. Peters, August 15, 2006 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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    Is anyone else starting to think that the answer to right-wing radio and Fox News is Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert?

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    By Melissa, August 15, 2006 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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    The amazing thing to me, is how many people will not see it.  Pretty soon , adapt and win, will be said everywhere.
    I have seen the Islamofacist thing catch on.  Our government is far more fascist than the loosly connected groups of terrorists , militias and Islamic governments.  But people will yammer about Islamofacists, whithout having a clue what Facism is.

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    By Spinoza, August 15, 2006 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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    Though I often don’t care for John Stewart this was very well done.

    The thing is:  all people lie. Left or right or center;—-BUT the Right has mastered it as an art and what is most insane—-with nonconvertible evidence in front of them they still lie.

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    By big Dave from queens, August 15, 2006 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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    John Stewart reports more accurate and detailed news in ten minutes on a comedy show than CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC do in ten weeks.

    Is Stewart that wonderful or is the American news media that pathetic?

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    By Matchoo, August 15, 2006 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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    The only thing missing is a snippet of Bush using the new phrasing.  But don’t worry - he’ll be using Adapt and Win soon enough.

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    By Lee Nichols, August 15, 2006 at 8:36 am Link to this comment
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    Jeez, right out of 1984. If only I had my copy here at the office, I could cite the specific page number. Reminds of that great ad that ran in the NYT a few years back, that accused the Bush admin of plagiarizing Orwell: “1984 was intended as a warning against the evils of totalitarianism ... not a how-to manual!”

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