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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mirrors can have SOME value if used correctly


Dailykos had an interesting piece yesterday excerpting from that day's NY TImes:

This is a great, lengthy piece about young techno-savvy Republicans thinking Mitt Romney lost because of Twitter. But among the wealth of information in it, there's this:

The [young, working-class] all-female focus group [in Ohio] began with a sobering assessment of the Obama economy. All of the women spoke gloomily about the prospect of paying off student loans, about what they believed to be Social Security’s likely insolvency and about their children’s schooling. A few of them bitterly opined that the Democrats care little about the working class but lavish the poor with federal aid. “You get more off welfare than you would at a minimum-wage job,” observed one of them. Another added, “And if you have a kid, you’re set up for life!”

About an hour into the session, Anderson walked up to a whiteboard and took out a magic marker. “I’m going to write down a word, and you guys free-associate with whatever comes to mind,” she said. The first word she wrote was “Democrat.”

“Young people,” one woman called out. “Liberal,” another said. Followed by: “Diverse.” “Bill Clinton.”“Change.”“Open-minded.”“Spending.”“Handouts.”“Green.”“More science-based.”

When Anderson then wrote “Republican,” the outburst was immediate and vehement: “Corporate greed.”“Old.”“Middle-aged white men.” “Rich.” “Religious.” “Conservative.” “Hypocritical.” “Military retirees.” “Narrow-minded.” “Rigid.” “Not progressive.” “Polarizing.” “Stuck in their ways.” “Farmers.”

A similar panel with men didn't go much better:

None of them expressed great enthusiasm for Obama. But their depiction of Republicans was even more lacerating than the women’s had been. “Racist,” “out of touch” and “hateful” made the list — “and put ‘1950s’ on there too!” one called out.

Holy crap! These focus group respondents hate Republicans more than we do at Daily Kos! Asked what would make them change their mind and be more open to Republicans, the respondents urged Republicans to drop social issues, to drop opposition to science, and be more willing to compromise—hilarious advice in the context of the Hagel filibuster.

Democrats need to do more to lock in this vote—show real fortitude in the battle against Wall Street excesses, for one. They have to prove they're on the side of working class Americans, not the one percent. But our team's challenge is nothing like theirs. The more Democrats take the fight to Wall Street, the happier our base. Witness Elizabeth Warren. But Republicans only infuriate their base by de-emphasizing abortion, gay marriage, opposition to science and brown people.

In other words, exactly counter to Democrats, what Republicans need to do to win is mutually exclusive with what the conservative base will allow them to do.

After years of demonizing the "other" and winning elections on racial and gay bigotry, this is nothing short of remarkable.

There is so much here that is noteworthy, but instead of focuing on the (too obvious) shortcomings of the Right, it is another example to me that there is one single issue the Dems need to address that would keep them in majority power for decades to come and it is what i've highlighted in red above. I hear that over and over when people are complaining about the democratic party and is something we need to come to grips with. We are doing a lot of gloating lately, (see my post below about vindication) and with good reason, but we'd be very wise to spend as much time looking critically inward as outward.

1 comment:

  1. Jamie....read Ben Carson's book or watch the movie of his life Gifted Hands, his mother who was married at 14, came from a family of 25...she was a single, black mother of two...she could not read or write. According to Ben, her Johns Hopkins, brain surgeon, world renowned son...she would not go on government assistance...she saw what welfare did to others in her community, she refused it, refused to be a victim, taught her sons not to be victims...she made them read...restricted TV and told them if the studied hard that someday people would be watching them on television.....Dr. Carson spoke at the prayer breakfast Obama was attending and indeed the world did listen as Obama sat gloomy faced as Dr Carson, a self sufficient black man proceeded to tell some of his story and some of what's wrong with America.

    And some of what's wrong is your liberal well intentioned but misguided handouts that have created another form of slavery, it kills the spirit and Ben Carson's illiterate mother knew that better than Obama. You read my account of a black woman being interviewed after the nasty republicans changed welfare under Cinton in the Contract with America....and she lost her benefits. During the interview she began to cry...the reporter thought he had his moment to blame the Republicans...he asked.." you are crying, it must be tough to lose your government benefits"....she responded...."I am crying because I just received my first paycheck ever, all I have ever know is welfare, my mother is on it, my grandmother was on it...someone just gave me money for work I did...that makes me feel good"

    Do you need more Jamie...can't you see what Ben Carsons mother knew so well...that the government handouts don't help they enslave...if so many people of color need them because of slavery and the effects on their families...why didn't the Jews need it....they were the first slaves, Hitler murdered generations of their families....how many Jews do you know on welfare Jamie?

    I think the real racist are the liberals who think blacks can't make it on their own....you have enslaved them to poverty for generations now with a "Great Society" program that doesn't work...how is that "great society" working in Detroit, Wilmington, Chester, Philly?

    Now you know me as a Tea Party member and a staunch conservative...so by your standards I must also be racist...how is it that I preferred Condi Rice and Herman Cain to Romney for President...and I personally called Ben Carson at Hopkins to thank him for his prayer breakfast learning moment for our President and I asked him to consider a run in 2016.....if I'm a Tea Party racist conservative...I'm not a very good one because I keep choosing black conservative candidates....watch the Ben Carson life story...its on Netflex... it should convince you of the error of your ways.....your government handouts did not work...50 years, trillions spent and poverty is no lower and blacks are worse off because stole their spirit.

    A Oleck

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