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I think we have an opening to do some damage to the GOP in the south this cycle that could reverberate into the future.  Of course, I don't really expect anyone to do this, and it is wishful thinking on my part, but I am tired of the GOP having a stranglehold over all of the southern states, which leaves them completely free to do battle with us in the northern blue states without having to cover their rear ends. The 47% video I think opens a window into a New Southern Strategy that will start to bring cracks into the GOP coalition and weaken their grip.  I'm not talking about flipping Alabama to the Dems, that's nuts, but, I've seen a pattern in the reaction to the 47% video.  I am in Repub land, I won't say specifically where, but I'm a blue dot in a sea of red.

There are Republicans who hate Romney for being the rich asshole they knew him to be, many of them are older or middle aged and up.  There is also a feeling of malaise about Romney, that he can't really win and beat Obama and restore Jesus.  They're angry about being fed the line that he's the only one who can beat Obama back in the primary, when now it looks like it was all a lie.

These people will never flip for Obama, but they most likely will protest by not showing up to vote in November.  It's just too disgusting to them to be force fed a candidate that looks down on them.  I want to go a step further.  I want to start teasing apart the coalition of the fundamentalists, the uneducated, the welfare hypocrites, the Objectivists, the financial elite, and the libertarians.  You see, I got one of my super red neighbors to vote for Gary Johnson.  He's so disgusted with the 47% shtick he'll never willingly go in a booth for Romney no matter what, but I was able to sell him a libertarian candidate to piss away his vote.  All I had to do is say Gary Johnson is a warrior against the federal government.  

I know this is one of those things where you imagine "What would I do if I had a billion dollars?" but what I would do is I'd run a slick marketing campaign in the south, in the deep deep red states, and I'd buy air time in the poorest, podunk areas that still had television, and I'd run an ad like this:

Mitt Romney can't cut it.  He just can't beat Barack Obama, and we knew it.  We had our chance, but we were told to stand in line.  Now we're told the campaign's over  with.  Even Romney's campaign manager is jumping ship, and we're being told to brace for four more years of socialism.  

It doesn't have to be.

Obama will be beaten, and you need to be part of the insurrection.  The liberal media isn't talking about it.  The conservative establishment isn't talking about it, but everyone knows it's out there.  The British never saw the Founding Fathers coming!  We need new leadership to defeat Obama!  Join the INSURRECTION!

These people love conspiracy, revolution, and clandestine plots in backrooms to usurp entrenched powers.  Paranoia is a religion, so I say, Hallelujah.  Play this advertisement, have a website and a video, and start some grassroots.  See, we can't get them to vote Democratic and Romney is odious, but we can steer a good amount to either a fake Constitutional party candidate or a Libertarian candidate.  I don't think we could just build a candidate from scratch, so Johnson or Goode will have to do.  Libertarianism has something for everyone before it insults you and makes you vomit.  I was a Paul Bot for one and a half months (I'm sorry but it's true).  I was all into ending the wars and ending the drug war, and Ron Paul finally was okay with saying war was wrong...and then he said Medicare was unconstitutional and named his son after Ayn Rand.  Done.  Usually Republicans are done with him when he says he doesn't want to kill the Muslims, fundamentalists are done because Libertarians are for gay marriage, but you they can all feed at the trough of "We hate the government."

You see, once we make it seem like there's this secret movement to take back America, then people will get on board and piss their vote away.  Now I bet you're thinking "So what if they piss their vote away on some Constitutional Party nut job in Georgia?  The Dems are an endangered species there.  Besides, this sounds like the Tea Party and they just got in line behind the GOP anyway."  The object of this game is to cause enough dissension in the ranks for the Dems to start seeing an opening to do some damage.  The Tea Party is six seconds away from declaring independence, they just need confidence.  They already have delusions of grandeur, they just need a kick in the pants.  Now, you might be thinking that the Republicans will get wind of this strategy, but if you can convince enough Right Wingers, who totally think most of America agrees with them, that there really IS this secret movement to show the liberal media what for and unseat Obama, they may test the waters this time.  PLUS, we can stage it so that when they do, when they get a voice, they are chastised by Joe Scarborough types for not getting behind Romney to defeat Obama.  With a feckless Romney on one hand and the conservative elites (whom they also hate) shunning them on the other, you have yourself a split party.

Now I know some of you are thinking "Why not do this in swing states?"  I'm thinking ahead.  In swing states, the third party will fail and then they'll go right back to the old paradigm of thinking that you have to move the overton window of the two party duopoly and that it's really just best to have a caucus in the GOP.  No.  If we do this in deep red states, and make them think it's possible to win (stage some liberal media "coverups," they love that shit) even when they lose, they'll never go back.  It's also essential you make the new Righties think the old GOP is lecturing them from on high, telling them to get in line one more time.  Their independence instinct will kick in.  They would have regained the pride of being independent of the norther Republican elite.  Besides, they'll continue to think America thinks like them and they'll be even more difficult to convince next time there is a primary and weaken themselves until a united Democratic front starts knocking out their Congressman in brand spanking new purple districts.  

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  •  "Each one reach one!" (1+ / 0-)
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    ardyess

    Gray ops rock, and you've got a good one there.

    We can do this in-person as well as on the radio.  

    Every two R voters you can persuade to not-vote for Rs, is equivalent to one new D voter who votes for Ds.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:28:21 PM PDT

  •  no! (0+ / 0-)

    because there is a chance that we could flip some deep red states blue. that will send a message to the GOP that their party is dying

    also. even if you convince a diehard obama hater, they may convince others who were going to vote for obama but didn't know gary johnson existed.

    you are the second person who proposed this on Kos that I've seen.  I am starting to wonder if you're a gary johnson supporter and part of some operation to trick people into GOTV'ing for your candidate.  

    •  p.s. the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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      ardyess, Mokurai

      is already divided as it is. they don't need any help imploding - they're doing fine on their own

    •  May I please here? (0+ / 0-)

      If by definition the Obama hater will never vote for Obama, they will not vote for him, end of story I would assume, eh?  Now, if they really truly despise shittens, but will vote for him just because they hate Obama, there is the vote for rmoney.....

      Given the option of other candidates, they could maybe easily vote for those, and if enough do to split out the repug ticket, Obama just may have a chance.

      However, the question becomes how many of these people would we assume just sit home and not vote?  This is the ideal for the dem side.  But I would think that most will turn out, even if to vote for their repug downticket, and if they're there in the booth, they just may pull the level for rmoney.  So in that case, giving them the alternate choice would be the best way to go here, eh?  

      I think that I made sense above..... and if the diarist is a Gary Johnson supporter, I would tend to cut slack here if it will dilute the rmoney vote enough to give Obama a chance.  

  •  There are some areas that are probably never (0+ / 0-)

    going to be reachable for our message...

    but I think that especially some of the states with large Latino populations are the ones that have to worry the GOP the most. Texas especially, in a long term outlook. If the Democrats got better organized there, it could eventually be a game changer.

    There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

    by InsultComicDog on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:06:09 AM PDT

  •  I like the way you think (1+ / 0-)
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    Woody

    Only problem? I don't run Americans for Prosperity. Otherwise, I'd steal the shit out of this idea and run with it till I couldn't stop laughing anymore.

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