The Advocates with AF Cook 9-10-08

The Advocates

“The Democrats in the
Red Zone

Ms. AF Cook

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting
my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to its
live streaming at  One can
call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. My guest this afternoon
from Arlington, Va., is A.F. Cook, the author of “Democrats
in the Red Zone: an Independent Voter’s take on the game of political

A.F. Cook is an author, sometime blogger, and average
American citizen whose recent book, “Democrats in the Red Zone: an Independent
voter’s take on the game of political perception” was published in November
2007. Cook wants Democrats to be savvier about how they play the political
perception game. She believes Republicans retain an edge in their understanding
of American cultural biases, and that Democrats must sharpen their rhetoric and
cultivate more mainstream perceptions of their constituencies to gain an upper

In a direct challenge to the organizational culture of the
Democratic Party in particular and liberal culture in general, Cook asserts
that such a strategic shift will only occur when barriers to inclusion based on
class and educational credentials are broken down within those two cultures.
Cook believes that America’s
voting majority — especially football fans — detests one trait even more than
dishonesty: pretentiousness. In her view, the impact of Sarah Palin’s
nomination as the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate clearly
illustrates this reality.

Cook lives in Virginia,
which she calls a “red state going purple.” Originally hoping for a
presidential run by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, she is currently a
supporter of Barack Obama

Today’s discussion will be an update on the state of
American politics in the wake of the last eight months of campaigning since our
guest, A.F. Cook was last here. AF Cook will tell our audience how she perceives
the strengths and weaknesses of all four candidates, and why both Joe Biden and
Sarah Palin were added to the national tickets. Some of the questions A.F. Cook
will address are the following:

What is meant by the term “game changer?”

What does the term the “American People” mean to

Has American feminism been advanced by the
candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin?

You can also access on The Advocates’ website, and hear A.F.
Cook’s last interview, discussing her book, “Democrats in the Red Zone,” which
was originally broadcast on January 2, 2008.

Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the
public differing views on current “public policy “ issues. “Public policy,”
therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the
years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has
been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public
policy of the United States.
Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction
of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs.
emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces
or the “draft.”


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