What I’ve Been Saying

1 comment July 8th, 2011at 07:36am Posted by Eli

I said this over five years ago:

Republicans understand that voters in “the base” turn out if motivated, and the undecideds in the middle do not. Consequently, they tailor their electoral strategy to pumping up their base to maximize that turnout, and they don’t worry about the middle all that much because they’re proportionally less of a factor. The Democrats, on the other hand, repeatedly throw their base under the bus in pursuit of those fickle undecideds who probably aren’t voting anyway.

From Nate Silver’s post on why Republicans are crazy (answer: because unlike the Democrats, they’re playing to their base):

Tell me again why alienating your base in pursuit of independents is a good electoral strategy?

(This is, of course, assuming that this actually is the Democrats’ electoral strategy and not just an excuse for pursuing conservative policy goals on behalf of their corporate benefactors.  But as excuses go, it’s a pretty transparently ridiculous one.)

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Polls,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  July 9th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    As long as the base votes the way it’s supposed to, it’s a good strategy. Most eligible voters vote in presidential elections.

    This is why I keep encouraging progressives to not support Democrats until they start voting like progressives. As long as they don’t have to, there’s no reason for them to do so. There’s no money in being a liberal, and with the money they get from the corporate interests, they will frighten and motivate enough of the base that they can win despite their lack of interest in doing anything for their voters.

    When Obama has 75+ percent approval among progressives, there’s little to worry about. At least, that’s what they are probably thinking. I suspect that in a year’s time, neither that approval rating nor their strategy will still look like a sure thing.


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