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  •  Democrats are too polite (8+ / 0-)

    They keep hoping Republicans will learn from their mistakes, so they avoid embarrassing them by not bringing them up all the time. That or they try to make it a one on one between candidate versus the other, and avoid talking about what's behind them.

    Meanwhile the Republicans have a full court press on 24/7 to trash the Democratic brand. Is it surprising there's a disparity of results?

    Steve Benen has a comment on  voting for the man versus voting for the party.

    With that in mind, the "I vote for the person" crowd is making an odd argument. These folks seem to be suggesting they're not especially concerned with policy differences, policy visions, or agendas, but rather, are principally concerned with personalities. Maybe the candidate seems more personable; maybe they ran better commercials. Either way, as a substantive matter, the "vote for the person, not the party" approach seems pretty weak. Indeed, it's what leads people to express a series of policy priorities, and then vote for a candidate who opposes all of those priorities -- a dynamic that's as exasperating as it is counter-productive.

    Nominally Democratic voters who will nonetheless vote for a Republican they personally like are shooting themselves in the foot. On an individual basis it may be a simple choice - but the cumulative effect is to work against everything they want.

    It's not symmetric either: Republicans are far more likely to kowtow to their party line than Democrats because they are a party of authoritarians, not principles.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 08:59:04 AM PDT

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    •  Great Comment.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Yep, until they starting tarnishing specific candidates with the image that the general public has of the republicans it'll be hard to be successful. I mean look at the latest polls out of Alaska, people hate Miller, but will vote for him because the democratic brand has been so badly tarnished that it literally makes it impossible for a lot of voters to vote for a democrat.

      What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. (Albert Pine)

      by laughingriver on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 10:52:04 AM PDT

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