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  •  Reagan was no different (2+ / 0-)
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    in terms of being out to lunch on reality, which he'd been since at least the late 40's when he became convinced that invisible commies were trying to kill him. But he had political skills and used them to become president. Romney also appears to be delusional, but he lacks such skills (thankfully!). You have to realize that the offspring of rich and powerful people are often mental and moral midgets compared to them, yet their sense of entitlement compels them to outdo their accomplishments, forcing them to resort to backhanded methods. In many ways being born rich is a curse, if your parents didn't make sure to compensate for it by bringing you up to be normal and well-adjusted, which Mitt is NOT.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 06:11:57 AM PDT

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    •  There are two significant differences (2+ / 0-)
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      One is what you mention.  Put simply, Reagan was a trained actor and Romney isn't.  But the other difference is significant.  The country has changed since 1980.  Many of the people who elected Ronald Reagan have passed on.  Sure, many people today believe they would vote for the mythical Reagan.  But that critter came about much later than President Reagan.  

      Reagan came to office manipulating some basic aspects of American culture.  The anguish over Vietnam and a lot of people who wanted to feel Proud and Tough about America again.  The festering resentment towards the counterculture of the 60's and 70's.  And, of course, his bread and butter- race baiting.  

      All of those dynamics have changed since 1980.  They still exist and Romney is trying to tap into them, but the numbers have changed.  

      When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

      by Sun dog on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:11:25 AM PDT

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      •  I completely agree (2+ / 0-)
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        Anyone who wants to fool the public in today's world needs to do it in ways that are different from how Reagan did it in his day. To many of us it seems like only yesterday that he was president and conservatives like him ruled the country, but to younger people it's something that they read about in history books, not part of their reality, the way that WWII was to my generation. 1980 was just slightly more removed in time from 1945 as 2012 is from 1980.

        I think that the new dynamic is far more prime for political exploitation by tech-oriented people like Zuckerberg and such, where social networking technology is being used to reengineer social, cultural and political loyalties and action. These people are far smarter than Reagan and in possession of far more sophisticated methods of political manipulations, and some of them, I'm sure, are even less scrupulous than Reagan and thus more dangerous.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:26:21 AM PDT

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