Skip to comments.Persuading Undecideds: A Brief Tutorial
Posted on 09/22/2012 12:35:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rush Limbaugh said on the radio last week that if everybody can sway just one undecided voter, Mitt Romney would handily win the election. Now, I dont believe Romney will win, unfortunately. But I am an eternal pessimist. For those readers more optimistic than I, this is how you persuade undecided voters to join Team Romney.
Pick an undecided voter you know (or one you dont knowonline, say), and ask him calmly, What do you like about Obama and what do you like about Romney? Make note of his answers, but before responding, also ask, What do you dislike about Obama and what do you dislike about Romney?
Keeping in mind the reasons he likes both candidates and the worries he has about both candidates, talk with him about why he should strongly consider voting for Romney. Chances are that the reasons he likes Obama and dislikes Romney are misconceptions about the two candidates. This is usually the case, in fact, judging by my experiences with undecided voters. So correct those misconceptions.
The most important thing is not to use emotionally charged language. Do not, for the love of God, call Obama a socialist, a Marxist, or even a radical. Do not. Obama may be all three of those things, but calling him one does not convert anybody and, in fact, tends to turn people against you, not against Obama. Calling him a socialist (Marxist, radical, what have you) is also much too vague. When decrying socialism, one doesnt simply say, Socialism is bad because its socialism. It must be explained why socialism is bad. Likewise, we must explain what specifically makes Obamas policies bad. Because they are socialistic policies is not a convincing argument. It isnt even an argument.
Another good thing not to do is not to overload the undecided with too much information in one sitting. If the person you are trying to convert is someone you will be communicating with again in the near future, save some information for that later date. If the person is someone you will never see or speak to again, pick only one or two critical reasons not to vote for Obama, but make sure also to pick one or two critical reasons to vote for Romney. People want to vote for someone rather than just against someone.
Do not pressure the undecided voter. Allow everything to sink into him. He will not make up his mind that day. It could be several weeks before he decides. Do not insist that he have an answer to Who are you voting for? immediately after youve spoken with him, because he wont. And thats okay. Be patient.
Good luck. Hopefully you wont need it and my new-found pessimism for this election is not in fact a case of realism.
“What say you?”
I was asked by someone if I heard about Obama and the insurance penalty thing. I said “yes,” and then told him, “and, you know, the guy who invented that stuff was the other guy, Mitt Romney.”
“In Massachusetts, he instituted RomneyCare with a mandate and a penalty. And he lies about it too. Says it was successful, even though it isn’t. He even lies about wanting it on the federal level. He wrote it in his book, took it out. He talked about it in interviews...”
“Yeah, and then he changed when he saw people hated it?”
“So who else is there to vote for?”
“Nobody. Just those two.”
“I know! That’s what I’ve been saying.”
I think the moral of this story is you shouldn’t send me to undecided voters.
I personally know people who have decided this week to vote for Romney because of Obama’s weak foreign policy. Because of his ignorance our Ambassador was slaughtered.
Obama is one evil bastard.
Actually, I can’t imagine anybody being undecided at this point.
The choice is simple.
You’re either a freedom-loving American wishing to preserve at least some of our independence OR you’re a Marxist/Socialist wanting to invoke slavery upon yourself via a ‘Big Brother’ police state style government.
A vote for 0bama = End of America as we know it.
A vote for Romney = We live to fight another day.
UNDECIDED VOTER: Well...I haven't really decided yet...
SOUP NAZI: NO BALLOT FOR YOU!
I think we reached the “we’re screwed” part at “who else is there to vote for?”
No, I think the moral of your story is that America may be doomed because a significant number of people are too stupid to discern the difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
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