An addendum to my post below about long-term repetition of a narrative. This is my local paper’s headline today, Tumult in House on Iraq pullout, and this is what it says,
GOP leaders had scheduled the vote on a proposal by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to force the Bush administration to bring U.S. forces home now. The idea was to force Democrats to go on the record with a yes or no vote on a proposal that the Bush administration says would be equivalent to surrender.
You and I know this just repeats a Republican lie, but the people around the country do not know this. What they read this morning – and what will be repeated at Thanksgiving dinner tables next week – is that the Democrats have proposed surrendering, cutting and running, leaving Iraq immediately.