How Republicans Win

Steve lays it out:


What the Dems didn’t do, while the GOP did, was target and reach their voters over and over, in a trusted setting. For argument’s sake we’ll call it a church. David Kuo explains in great detail how the White House could and would use government money to buy church votes. The media went on and on about values voters and scared the Dems away from their base. Don’t pay too much attention to the blacks or the gays or the urban voters. It was Soccer, then Security moms and NASCAR dads. The Dems were being told repeatedly to compete for voters who had many reason not to vote Democratic…ever.

Suburbs were white and Protestant because the people who lived there were fleeing the city and the diversity there. It didn’t take much to create a narrative , a frame, which would fit into their world view. They became Catholic as they soon followed. The one thing they didn’t want to see or hear about was the great urban unwashed. And by the 1960’s. the cities scared the living shit out of them.

The Republicans took time to find out who their voters were, and refined their messages, from the Southern Strategy to Bush, the Godly man. The Dems kept speaking to issues and losing. Bill Clinton was the grand exception to that, because his life story was geniune and common. Working class kid rises above his station and then doesn’t forget who he is. That was a powerful narrative.


A.

4 thoughts on “How Republicans Win

  1. and republicans love a nice story. forget reality. smoke and mirrors are fine with them.
    of course if kerry had told us what his fucking ‘plan’ was…

  2. The Dems were being told repeatedly to compete for voters who had many reason not to vote Democratic…ever…
    The Republicans took time to find out who their voters were, and refined their messages, from the Southern Strategy to Bush, the Godly man.

    The first of those is still the problem for Dems. The second was true up until Katrina. Once people decided the Emperor had no clothes, once Humpty-Dumpty had his great fall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put Humpty-Dumpty together again.
    Which is not the same thing as saying the Democrats have a winning strategy. Hillary Clinton is still considered the “front runner” for the Democratic presidential race, and while I think she could defeat John McCain, I also think she’d by only a shade or two better than McCain.
    The Democrats, in other words, still present a distinction without a difference. Not even a difference without a distinction.
    Long day’s journey into night still ahead of us.

  3. Keep in mind Clinton didn’t win a majority. The other side was too confused to pesent a united front against him. I admire him for some things but I think he gets too much credit for the electoral wins.

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