The rhetoric in this country has become so partisan that even the political consultants that helped cook up the poisonous brew are sick of it.
The Los Angeles Times reports today that top strategists from both parties unveiled plans for a web site that seeks to “cool the rhetoric and stir debate.”
Hotsoup.com founders include Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s 2004 relection campaign and the strategy honcho for the re-election campaign of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the Democratic side, the site will feature three partners in a Democratic consulting firm including Joe Lockhart, an ex-press secretary to President Bill Clinton and an advisor to Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.
Site founders told LA Times reporter Ronald Brownstein that they “hope it would change the political dialogue by providing opportunities for local and national leaders to discuss issues outside the existing ideological and partisan arguments that dominate Washington and the media.”
A visit to the site shows a picture of the team and poses a survey question:” What issue or concern do you wish you had heard more about from the mainstream media and your leaders?” Viewers may choose from among a list of options such as honesty in American life, making government work and the Iraq War. Hotsoup.com will officially go live in October.
Interestingly, the LA Times story also said the site founders won’t rule out working on opposite sides in the 2008 presidential campaign and they will sell advertising space on the site.
Why does this sound like another clause in the Political Consultant’s Full Employment Act?