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  •  as a person who has worked... (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Karl Rover, ultraviolet uk

    in direct marketing in politics good news rallies folks bad news depresses them. When Kerry showed a bump in the polls in 2004 we raised a lot of money with the news.

    As a nation, the U.S. consumes the most hot dogs per capita. So you'd be wise to never underestimate our powers of denial.

    by jbou on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:32:37 PM PDT

    •  Have You Worked on Their Side? (1+ / 0-)
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      I have in nonpolitical contexts. Based on experience I'm skeptical.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:37:53 PM PDT

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        for an agency that only worked with Democrats and liberal non profits. When we hit folks up with bad news it didn't work as well as the good news. Hell, even something as simple as public tv when we went over the new programming and some other positive stuff we got more money then saying we were broke and needed more help. We wrote scripts both ways and tested it out for clients. Positive works.

        As a nation, the U.S. consumes the most hot dogs per capita. So you'd be wise to never underestimate our powers of denial.

        by jbou on Wed May 16, 2012 at 08:45:21 PM PDT

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    •  Up or down? (0+ / 0-)

      Some folk are band wagon fans.  They want to support the winner.

      Other folk are motivated by fear.

      Most are motivated by what they perceive as their own self interest.

      A recurrent Republican theme is the "fight for america."  When they are losing, that group fights harder. We saw it in the last election cycle, when the pubs destroyed pretty much every democratic candidate.  Alan Grayson wrote a nice essay about his experience and that of others in the last election cycle.

      What better way to energize both camps by telling them they are losing but its close?

      I'm pretty clear some groups--such as the NRA for one--is energized by scaremonger tactics.

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