Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's the Propaganda, Stupid

via No More Mister Nice Blog:

On Handel's behalf, a D.C.-based organization made that ad to persuade people that 
outsiders were too involved in Ossoff's campaign. And it worked.

Maybe this sort of thing won't be a problem in less-Republican districts in 2018 -- and 
there are a lot of them, so I'm still somewhat optimistic about the Democrats' chances 
of taking the House. But it may be hopeless in many races to try to pick off Republican 
voters of long standing, even if they're disillusioned by President Trump and the GOP 
Congress. They've just been told day after day for years that Democrats are tax-crazy 
and weak-willed and treasonous and just plain evil, so they routinely come home on 
Election Day, especially if the Coastal Democratic Menace seems to be a real presence in a particular race.

Democrats don't recognize this GOP propaganda tsunami as a problem. And no, 
Republicans don't have an identical problem with Democratic voters, because certain 
Republicans can win in virtually any Democratic state: Governor Charlie Baker in 
Massachusetts (and many GOP governors before him, including Mitt Romney and Bill 
Weld). Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg in New York City. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California not long ago. Governor Larry Hogan in Maryland. Most 
Democratic voters think these Republicans are ... different. (See also Senator Susan 
Collins in Maine, or Governor John Kasich in Ohio.)

Democrats, by contrast, are nearly always seen to have liberalism cooties. It's a 
problem that needs to be dealt with.

Looking forward to 2018, sure, I'm rooting for ironworker Randy Bryce to beat Paul 

But Republicans will try to turn even this guy into a latte-sipping Pelosi clone by 
November 2018. And they have their voters so primed to believe this of any 
Democrat that they really might succeed.

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