Will the Socialism Label Stick?

Everyone is talking about this grotesque poster that popped up in LA over the past few days. And I’m as repulsed by it as the next guy.

But I certainly don’t laugh it off.

Because ultra-right-wing belligerents may have latched onto a word that resonates with people outside of their core: Socialism.

Single-word strategies may sound naive, but they can be very effective. (Remember “flip flop.”) The Obama administration needs to creatively turn the tables on this aggression now.

The clock is ticking: The 2010 elections are only a year away.