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  •  storytelling is more powerful than appeals (4+ / 0-)
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    aggregate self-interest it would seem.

    •  I think the Tea Party also was motivated by (1+ / 0-)
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      a psychological sense of superiority and need to blame others for their loss of socio-economic position (scapegoating people of color (and as Limbaugh gave them, a carricature of "liberals")) perhaps as much or more than a perceived economic self interest (retaining privilege).

      They tell themselves a certain story, and they hold on tightly to that story as their social economic conditions worsen.   This may be as true for the semi-skilled and lower skilled white folks as it is for middle class white folks.  

      Economic issues may influence why certain stories appeal to them, but the story is what matters most.  

      Obama's election undermined the story.  He's not "inferior" in any way, but their story needs inferiority to make them feel superior.  That psychic wage is important to some.  

      An African American president, re-elected and forever enshrined up there with Washington and Lincoln, Roosevelt and yes, Reagan (their hero) is a constant attack on the story.  

      Birthers exist to protect the story, but it's not enough.

      Almost like drug addiction or alcoholism, after a while they cannot get the same high from the story.   In time, the story won't work as well and it will break down.

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 01:29:23 PM PST

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