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I've Got the 'Blame' Part Down Correctly

Maybe Hollywood, the media and academia are correct; liberals/progressives are the smart ones.

Conservatives seem to be spending way too much time assigning "blame" for the loss of the national election on Nov. 6. How about this? I "blame" the Democrats for running a far smarter campaign. I "blame" the Democrats for figuring out which issues will resonate better with various groups of voters then pounding on those issues. I think the Republicans had a better candidate, but there is no question the Democrats had the better campaign. Conservatives need to put together better national campaigns.

They do just fine in local and regional races. Look at the "red and blue" map of the United States and you see far, far more "red" areas than blue ones. In small and middle size towns across the land, in red and blue states alike, conservatives win.

The big cities, the most dysfunctional parts of America, are run by Democrats and are run poorly by those same Democrats. The people in these big cities, who make up a majority of the American population, vote Democrat in high numbers, which was the difference in the 2012 election.

People who vote for Democrats are not stupid just as people who vote for Republicans aren't smarter. In fact, one listens to the media, to teachers and college professors and the Hollywood community, it is the Democrats and the liberals/progressives who are the smart ones and we conservatives are the stupid ones.

Based on the way the Presidential campaigns were run in 2012, maybe the liberals/progressives really are the smart ones. They run better campaigns.

Conservatives also spend way too much time explaining why certain issues "ought" to be important while others "ought not" be important. Meanwhile, the liberals/progressives learn which issues "are" important to voters and they focus on those issues.

Note to conservatives: It doesn't matter so much what issues you believe or even which issues should matter most. What matters most is which issues "do" matter most, which issues resonate with voters more. Don't tell voters what ought to be important to them; find out what issues are important to them and convince them your side will deal with those issues the best. Democrats do and did that better on a national level. Politics isn't just about the issues; it is also about marketing the issues, selling the issues, focusing on the issues that matter to the most voters.

It is part political science, part political art, part political salesmanship. Conservatives got the science part down. Smaller, less intrusive government, less government control on our daily lives, fiscal responsibility, etc. are the core issues of conservatism and those are all winning issues. The liberal/progressive "the government will take care of you and all your needs, at least so that you can get by" philosophy does help people "get by" but doesn't work over the long haul. See how Europe is doing these days. However, liberals/progressives may not have the
issue advantage, but they win the "art" and "salesmanship" parts of the equation.

And the Presidency.

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smithy November 11, 2012 at 01:12 AM
So democrats won only because they have the art and salesmanship down so well they packaged dysfunctional America destroying issues and everyone who voted democratic are so stupid they were unable to see past the marketing hype? And, the only reason conservatives lost even though they have the only real winning issues is a simple lack of salesmanship? Even though they had uncountable amounts of experts, and record amounts of super pac money? So, your theory is that democrats put glitter on rancid pig fat and managed to sell it to millions of Americans to stupid to realize it, while republicans were unable to sell water in a desert to those dying from thirst simply due to plain packaging? Hmm.....
Clavell Jackson November 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Romney was a lousy candidate and the GOP even knew it. They were trying to convince the public to like him, when he lost his own religion and home states. The Dems had a better ground game and a better candidate. The GOP was beaten all round.
Charles Ferrell November 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I'm glad we are all in agreement. Democrats, especially the Chicago Daley Political Machine, knows how to run a campaign.
Salome November 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes, we all agree Charles, the Democrats had the better candidate.
sam bradstreet November 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Yes Romney was smarter when he told the Auto Industry to go bankrupt!!! Or his great hidden speech concerning the 47% he doesn't give a F about. Or maybe he and Ryan paling around with his "rape comment" friends. Obama kicked his butt because the Liberal ideology defends ALL AMERICANS......not just the racist, full of prejudice or ones who want to discriminate. EVERYTHING CONSERVOS believe, most Americans are against. Ask one Conservatives that you know, what makes up the deficit and see if they can answer.......its only a catch word Fox News uses to scare, OLD, WHITE CHRISTIAN MEN, and they can't find any more.....
Jack November 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Let's see, Trump is blaming Rove, the Tea Party is blaming the establishment, the establishment is blaming the Tea Party, Fox is blaming about 10 different groups, Chris Christie is being blamed for GASP! acting bipartisan which is so out of context for the GOP anymore that he was branded an instant traitor, half of my family is blaming the other half for voting based on religious based principles instead of simply principals, and the late night pundits have enough fodder to last a lifetime. Poor Romney was shellshocked, Ann cried, and they both retired to one of their mansions to regroup. When they are finished, money is being laid as to who they will blame. Still waiting for the religious leaders to announce God has left the building entirely, because of our politics, and will from now on only be found in front row seats with Jesus watching the occasion Tebow throw. And the blogger here, he is blaming "salesmanship" and "art". I guess that is only taught in liberal colleges, so where oh where will conservatives ever master those techniques? An entire new job industry for someone to create, showing episodes of Modern Family to those who only watch Mad Men.
Gregory Brittain November 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #6 “Private Sector Troubled, Bailing Out After Obama Win” “The National Manufacturers Association forecasts 6 million layoffs and an 11% unemployment rate as a result of Obama's pending tax hikes and regulatory siege.” “Boston Scientific is laying off 1,400 and moving manufacturing to China.” “Business spending has fallen in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year, dropping from a 19% annual rate a year ago to a 1.3% rate, according to the Boston Globe. The logical consequence of this is layoffs.” http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/111212-633201-with-obama-victory-the-private-sector-is-voting-with-its-feet.htm
Gregory Brittain November 15, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #7 “More Great Movements in Socialized Medicine The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found," reports ABC News: The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act--a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans… "It's pretty tough to convince medical students to go into primary care," said Dr. Lee Green, chair of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, who was not involved with the study… "[Patients] won't be able to see a primary care physician hardly," he said. "Primary care will be past saturated with wait times longer and will not accept any new patients. There will be an increase in hospitalizations and increase in death rates for basic preventable things like hypertension that was not managed adequately."” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323551004578119161093885242.html?mod=djemBestOfTheWeb_h
Gregory Brittain November 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #8 “In October 2012 alone, the budget deficit jumped $120 billion. October is the first month of the fiscal year. That number was $6 billion higher than economists’ forecasts, and a full $22 billion higher than in 2011.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/13/Obama-fiscal-cliff-October-$120B

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