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Monday, July 18, 2005

Scott Howell - Giant Slayer

Over on the left side of the blogosphere, Waldo Jaquith has discovered a pretty insidious subcurrent running through the Kilgore campaign. I'm convinced, and I feel that it's my responsibility to point out yet another example of the Kilgore campaign's underhandedness.

Isn't obvious? White Sulfur Springs!

Scott Howell, who is coordinating everything on the Kilgore campaign from media buys to lapel sticker buys, has been working some of his nefarious schemes on the sign patrol. Yes, the sign patrol, once the exclusive province of over-qualified college students, is being directed by Mr. Howell.

What Howell does so well is use code words and coded concepts, crafted such that the target audience will pick up on them while they’ll be ignored by those who aren’t clued in.

You see, "White" is a code word for "Caucasian." Scott Howell must have called up the Preston and Leland on the sign brigade and told them to hang some signs on the welcome board for White Sulfur Springs.

If you weren't convinced before, you should be now. This is a strong, well-documented case that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt — at least to any reasonable observer — what Kilgore and top advisor Scott Howell are up to in this campaign.

What's next?
A Whitesnake concert?
Burgers at WhiteCastle?
Whitewall tires?

This, my friends, is what Scott Howell does.


Anonymous Waldo Jaquith said...

I'm convinced

Well, that's the important bit. After all, this is what Scott Howell does for a living -- he's famed for his ability to craft subtle messages that divide people along such lines. Kilgore didn't hire Scott Howell to bake cookies. And Kilgore certainly hasn't paid him somewhere north of a million dollars so far to sit on his thumb.

11:24 PM

Blogger Chad said...

Q: What does a Democrat do when his candidate is about to lose?

A: Call the Republican a racist.

What a tired, yet predictable, retort from the Dems. They really are getting desperate.

It's a last gasp, and we aren't even to August yet.

12:39 AM

Blogger Steven said...

Before the Liberal Dems and the PC police accuse me of using a 'blue-color' code word, I better change my nickname to 'the Diversity Dog.'

~ the blue dog

Btw, do you suppose our little blue buddies, the Smurfs, are annoyed as well?

6:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had lunch with Scott Howell yesterday.

He kept the salt and pepper in their own separate shakers.

Black pepper in one shaker, the white salt in another.

Separate, but equal.

But make no mistake, he segregates his salt and pepper.


7:22 AM

Anonymous Charley Tuna said...

Nice call.

As a Kilgore supporter, I'd be concerned if his spokesman had to consult with his very high-priced media guy before responding to a press inquiry regarding an attack on Kilgore by the Richmond Free Press.

Anyone whose been involved with a statewide campaign knows that the Free Press is ALWAYS going to attack the GOP candidate. The involvement of Scott Howell in crafting a response to stories in a limited circulation free newspaper would indicate that the Kilgore campaign is actually concerned with this man-bites-dog story.

Considering this exchange occured the week before the debate, my guess is they weren't, and Waldo and Lowell "My third-rate knock-off Chris Berman schtick is wearing thin" Feld are desperately grasping at straws.

8:29 AM

Anonymous fmr VA Hack said...

Well, I think Waldo definitely has creative writing skills. If you are looking for racial politics and playing on fear to get a message across, check out the NAACP's 2000 ads tying George Bush to the dragging death of James Byrd. As for the 'code words' I think Waldo is taking one example--the inclusion of language familiar to people of faith--and projecting it a little too far. Having said that, it is one of the more creative ways Dems have managed to call Republicans racists.

9:47 AM

Anonymous Waldo Jaquith said...

Racist? I didn't say anything about racist. The words haven't passed my (virtual) lips.

The differences between races and each of our built-in biases are a reality. That's the way the world is, it's not going to change, and I'm not trying to change it. I can't see why a political candidate wouldn't campaign to the electorate as it is. Anything else would be delusional. I'm not sure that's "racist." It's curious that you'd use the term.

12:54 PM


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