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  •  We make fun of Republican message coordination; (2+ / 0-)
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    there is always a hilarious, cleverly edited mockup of Republican talking points on the Daily Show the day after a media flurry.

    But the annoying thing is, it probably works: not everyone has the time to comb through the blogosphere and discover the tightly choreographed release of the latest Republican meme. So they're sent out there, and for all that people know, the Republicans are just a highly unified party in which everyone is on the same page and has a shared sense of purpose. In the meantime, now everyone immediately has a little soundbite to hang onto.

    I'm not sure whether Democrats have improved on this of late; the fact that I'm not sure is perhaps telling. Certainly, Republicans have historically been better at message coordination (though they're faced with the problem that their message objectively sucks).

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:48:04 AM PDT

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    •  It's easier for them because of diversity of Dems (4+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, Dale, starduster, ColoTim

      That's one of the things that's confounded Democrats for years, and it's because of the ideological diversity of the party. It runs from conservative to left-libertarian, while in the Republican party there's been an almost systematic purge of everyone to the left of, say, Jon Huntsman.

      Do note that the Republican positions, at their base, are essentially forms of "No." And "No" is always the easiest, safest position for a politician to take because it requires nothing, not even any advocacy. It's the easiest possible vote to take, doing nothing. And therefore it follows that it's the easiest message to carry forward and distribute. "Just say no." "No Obamacare!" "Nobama!" "No 'illegals!'" "No affirmative action!"

      Any position advanced from liberals is generally of a constructive bent, thus it must be advocated for. People who wish to say "no" to things have the much easier row to hoe in that regard. It's easier to convince people to say 'no' than it is to say 'yes.' It's also easier to appeal to our baser, hurtful instincts than it is to appeal to a social spirit.

      And this site, even as it's purportedly to the left of the liberal mainstream in the Democratic Party (though many people here do not support Democrats), you will find incredible diversity of opinion.

      •  Heh... (1+ / 0-)
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        And this site, even as it's purportedly to the left of the liberal mainstream in the Democratic Party (though many people here do not support Democrats), you will find incredible diversity of opinion.
        Yup, that's certainly very true.

        I agree with your big tent assessment. One thing I would also suggest, which is perhaps more of a stereotype, is the notion that Republicans are temperamentally predisposed towards good message discipline and coordination: it's much easier for many of them to imagine subordinating their personal opinion to the group hivemind, to become dutiful foot soldiers. This is what the Christian Right has done for years, as they've patiently waited for their more cynical, fiscally motivated Republican political representatives to implement the theocratic dystopia that they've long sought.

        And, as Michael Moore has ruefully pointed out, these guys are highly motivated: they get up especially early in the morning to figure out how they're going to screw someone today. Not all of our Democratic constituents have their stuff so firmly together.

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23:15 PM PDT

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