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View Diary: "Revenge of the Reality-Based Community": must-read article by ex-GOP partisan Bruce Bartlett (157 comments)

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  •  I agree, in part (2+ / 0-)
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    Plantsmantx, PeteZerria

    The Kos isn't the most tolerant progressive rag on the net.  But the hopelessly unreachable on the right are not the minority.  They are the people who recklessly joined with the far right.  They may not feel as radical as the far right, but they're still going to vote for them.  Because they have issues they cannot let go of, whether it be misguided religion or they only can entertain the view of reality that fits their world ideal.  Homosexuality, abortion, their view of "other" peoples entitlements (don't start looking at what they get, because they earned the right to that government money-it's a fact), "my" taxes, I built this myself, etc., are all issues that have become intractable to the right, far or moderate.  Because there is no moderate right anymore.  And those who remain on the right ARE truly unreachable.

    •  I'll have to disagree, here. (2+ / 0-)
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      PeteZerria, Sharon Wraight

      All I ever see are the same few hundred morons at the Tea Party rallies, the same handful of thousand crazy callers on the radio shows, etc. Sure, they're representative of maybe a few million, but I don't believe 59 million people or anything like it are unreachable.

      There is also the fact that they had to have been persuaded to give up some aspects reality in the first place, so they are at least persuadable.

      I chalk some of this up to the fact that the left has neither the incredibly deep pockets nor the every-Sunday captive audience to preach their message, and thus we don't reach these people quickly enough. As I have said many times, the Tea Party's inception - that of tax resistance over being disgruntled about how that tax revenue was being used - was an opportunity we missed. They had questions, and we didn't get them the answers before the right did.

      After that, the right spent a lot of money artificially swelling their ranks, and violá! The grass was pulled up by its roots and replaced with astroturf.

      Point being, I think if we'd managed to reach them first, to provide bullet-point answers to their questions, we could have unleashed a very loud, obnoxious army armed with left-wing talking points instead of right. Sure, we couldn't have reached the racists who hopped on the bandwagon, but we could have had our hooks into the confused, frustrated old folks early on.

      The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

      by lotusmaglite on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:25:37 PM PST

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