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  •  Anyone still thinking in those terms (2+ / 0-)

    is probably not reachable anyway; it's not as if this is a new problem or argument to have. The thing is, people want to believe in, and vote for, people who are not compromising and continually explaining their values in a sympathetic manner as I think you suggest. They want forceful explanations, not polite ones, if any at all. Those who think in the terms as you describe them are already on our side, and any outliers (those who don't align with us but are "persuadable"--which doesn't really match what we know of most/all Republicans left in the party, or the chimerical "independents") aren't numerically worth the sacrifice in clarity we have to make to craft that appeal.
    Cool kids aren't desirable as friends/partners because they take the time to explain what makes them cool, let alone good, people. They are cool because of how they act, not what they believe, and a large part of their cohort wants to be them or be with them. It's that part of the populace (the not-cool outsiders grown up) that we don't get on our side unless we become cool, and being reasonable and polite hasn't worked since the days of, well, ever. Adlai Stevenson never won the Presidency, and neither did HHH or McGovern.
    Sad, perhaps, but politics isn't for the emotionally tender or the polite. Winning is everything, and as long as it's legal, it's fair.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:13:06 PM PST

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