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This sort of thing just makes me crazy:

"TWO POLLS SHOW GOP EDGE IN GENERIC BALLOT TEST - CNN: "A small edge right now in a key indicator of the midterm elections could lead to a big advantage for the Republicans over the Democrats come November. "

And yet poll after poll on subject after subject shows that the population agrees with Democrats on most issues in most areas.  

Why don't the democrats run generic ads across the country to show this?  Ones on the economy that not only point out issues like unemployment and minimum wage but also show that democratic presidents have managed the economy better than republicans over the last half century or so?  It isn't hard to do or hard to understand.  Do another generic ad on social issues and points like evolution, climate science and other far right positions.

Republicans have a legacy perception advantage on the economy in that people think since they represent "business" they understand it better.  And a lot of young people were taught to be Republicans by their parents and have never questioned it.  Ads like these would make clear to people who don't follow politics much (the vast majority) the difference between TODAY'S political parties.

I can see a simple ad:  Under the heading "American's Agree" a list appears one by one with checkboxes - bam, bam, bam, bam, bam and then "If you agree, vote Democrat" BOOM!  

I just don't get it!  

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  •  I Would Guess 1) Shortage of Money and (3+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Odysseus, Oh Mary Oh

    2) fear of pissing off big donors by promoting liberalism.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue May 06, 2014 at 07:31:17 AM PDT

  •  Simple. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sherri in TX, fat old man, Oh Mary Oh

    The polls don't reflect what corporations want. The US government is a subsidiary of big business. Therefore the polls don't matter other than to make citizens think someone cares enough to ask.

    When they finally stop asking maybe more people will realize just how fucked up things really are.

  •  issues don't matter, stupidity does (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Odysseus

    I fully agree that this is extremely frustrating.  We are overlooking something very fundamental in convincing people to vote for us.

    What's the use of running ads about this issue or that issue, when the voters already agree with us, but simply aren't going to vote for us.  There's something deeper driving swing voters and we have to figure out what it is.  We know fear, hatred, greed, and ignorance drive Republican voters, but how do we reach the "they're all the same" and "give the other guys a chance" crowd?

    Will, HEY! you agree with us so don't vote for them! work?  I'm not sure.  Maybe the Republicans have it right.  Maybe we need to scare the hell of swing voters to get their asses off the couch and vote for their own best interests.

  •  The Democrats are terrible at building a brand (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, catfishbob

    The Republicans are seen as a movement. You will never see any Republican for example, who doesn't label themselves as Conservative. The only thing they fight each other over is who is the most conservative. People come out and vote for them because they see themselves as part of a large national movement.
    The Democrats run as technocrats, with a list of programs to solve individual problems. You might find a couple dozen Democrats who would be willing to label themselves as Liberal or Progressive, but you'd find at least as many who are terrified of being so labeled. This means their voters don't see themselves as part of a large, nationwide political movement.
    I think the Democrats have been making this mistake for decades, and should brand themselves as a national movement. I believe this would help them immensely in the mid term elections with base turnout.
    I see no sign of the Democrats ever changing however, because to become a national Progressive or Liberal movement would also mean turning their backs on mountains of corporate cash.

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