Yeah, I miss 'em, too, but what we really need is Walt Kelly.
Here's the poop on propoganda. In a free society, everybody gets to use it. It is just advertising. Only the losers call it propoganda.
The Republicans were able to sell an unpopular war because, after 9/11, the country was scared and they knew that the Democrats were offering no solutions at all. It is important that the left understand the moods of the people. The Iraq war is not unpopular because it is morally wrong or expensive. If Bush had, simply, bombed the piss out of Iraq left them there to fix it themselves, he would have been called a hero and reelected by a landslide.
But, does the left understand this? Nooooooo. They are too busy telling us how wrong we are. Telling your customers that they are wrong, evil or, worse, dupes is not good sales strategy.