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  •  "Stupid" not helpful. (2+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, Tuscarora

    Regardless of whether we think it is a good idea for people to vote against their economic self-interest, in what way does it help us to think of them as stupid?

    We need to meet people where they are and convey to them that our policies and values will be a better match for them and for this country.  I suspect a big reason they vote against us is that they suspect "liberal elitists" look down on them.

    •  Sometimes (0+ / 0-)

      Sometimes it is helpful to explain to voters why a policy that is being pursued is stupid, why it hurts a particular group without helping others who need it.

      If you offend one voter who wasn't going to vote for you anyway, while you persuade a dozen, what's the big deal?

      Democrats: Giving you a government that works.

      by freelunch on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 10:32:34 AM PDT

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      •  It's in how you say it. (0+ / 0-)

        "That policy is stupid," or "People who vote for Bush are stupid," are not going to convince most people of anything.

        If we want to convince people to vote as we do, we need to have enough respect for them to try to understand why they're voting the way they do.  Dismissing them with "it's because they're stupid" is not going to win us any votes.

        There's nothing wrong with identifying why a particular policy is wrong, but if you want to change minds, you have to discuss it in a way that will make it accessible to people.  Clinton was great at putting our values into ordinary, everyday terms, like "We haven't got a person to waste."  He didn't dismiss everyone from Arkansas as an idiot.

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