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  •  Rhetorical Muscles. (13+ / 0-)
    A rather more plausible theory would be that Republicans are spoiled by their Fox News "interviews," and so their rhetorical muscles have atrophied to the point of silliness.
    I think this is close, but 'atrophied' may not be the right world, as it implies that they had these rhetorical muscles at one point. I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm serious. It isn't that Republicans with rhetorical muscles had lost their ability because of the Fox News softballs, but that the party in general has chosen pundits who have not rhetorical muscles.

    It may also be true that the pundits have gotten stupider, often they seem to start believing their own nonsense, and grow more and more deranged. But on the whole, the Republican pundits would never have been selected by any party which was interested in pundits with any intellectual capability.

    But all this comes back the Republicans insisting that the problem they have is with how they communicated their message, not with the message. As long as they believe this, they are going to lose.

    Now they are claiming that people didn't get their message, this shows they believe their own "liberal media" nonsense. Even if you don't watch Fox News, it is nearly impossible to avoid the conservative message, it's all over the news.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:17:26 PM PST

    •  Reagan. They Had Rhetorical Muscles When They Were (6+ / 0-)

      back at the beginning of their program, and so were able to advocate for steps and policies that today seem almost progressive. There's a lot that can be said in that range.

      Now that they've transferred most of the nation's wealth to the top 5-6% or so, their message is up to "end entitlements."

      How do you dress that up with rhetoric? "4 score and 7 years of entitlements is all we can afford" ?

      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 Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:25:28 PM PST

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    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      They aren't looking for rhetorical skills, they want good memories to parrot the talking points.

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