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The flags didn't harm Gore, but they were there to remind that he had already been in the WH. There was no novelty in the association.

The interesting question is why Hillary used the big Patton-effect version of the flag. A woman in front of flags is also a novelty - used to jingoistic effect by Thatcher during the Falklands affair. But by that time Thatcher had already demonstrated she had more balls than her compatriots.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 03:40:17 AM EST
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I remember a CNN passage in the heated 2000 ridiculing Gore's and Bush's flag wars... That was fair and balanced, presumably.
by das monde on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 04:25:23 AM EST
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Where these uses of symbols become obvious to the audience, they are less effective. The use of subliminal signals such as book shelves lit in such a way that a joint between a shelf and an upright becomes a crucifix, can be more effective.

What is harder to gauge is the effect of media analysis of such use of symbolism.

One thing that is not discussed much, and which creates some confusion in the European mind, is the reversal in the US of the colours red and blue as indicators for socialism and conservatism.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 05:31:58 AM EST
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