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  •  Question is, do the people you can fool all the (4+ / 0-)

    time comprise 50.1% of the vote?

    •  Short Answer: No (5+ / 0-)

      Voters are swayed by all sorts of issues (and perhaps, more importantly, emotional appeals).  But a few percentage points is enough to turn an election.  2000 comes to mind.  Remember also that turnout in presidential years is about 60% and only about 40% in midterms.

      I should have made clearer in this piece that I'm not criticizing voters to whom these GOP claims, though bogus, are understandably appealing.  The problem is that the Republican Party is so cynical and the media so unwilling and unable to dig for the truth that frauds like "tax cuts increase revenue" can persist for decades.

      For what it's worth, here's a presentation I back in 2008 which tries to explain why people vote the way they do:

      "That's Entertainment: Politics as Theater."

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