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Biggest mistake of the campaign? Republicans assumed voters were smart
http://www.joepags.com/blog/the-biggest-mistake-this-campaign-republicans-assumed-voters-were-smart/ ^ | Joe Pagliarulo

Posted on 11/11/2012 7:26:20 PM PST by oneprolifewoman

Let’s face facts. Democrats gained in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the chief Democrat in charge was re-elected after one of the worst four year periods in American history, economically and constitutionally. How does that happen? Republicans/Conservatives gave voters credit for being smart while Democrats assumed they’re not. Let’s break down what Obama, Pelosi, Reid, the Obama SuperPACs, et al were saying for a year and a half: Republicans are prosecuting a war on women Romney only cares about his rich friends and Wall Street Romney is responsible for the death of a woman by somehow giving her cancer Romney specialized in closing down businesses, laying people off and outsourcing jobs — especially to China Romney is a liar. All he does is lie. And, after he lies, he lies about the lies he told. Republicans are trying to outlaw contraception Republicans are trying to close down Planned Parenthood to stop women from getting cancer screenings Republicans want to put all Latinos on buses and send them back to Mexico Republicans think rape is okay — and women should just stop talking about it Republicans all own stock in oil companies and are forcing gas prices up Republicans want to give rich people a tax break and make the poor and Middle Class to make up the difference Romney hates half the country (47%) Romney will end Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Only problem with that list is, not one bit of it is true. Republicans/conservatives assumed everyone hearing this list of Democrat/liberal talking points would know it was completely false. They gave the American people credit for being smart enough to know better. Millions are and do — but, unfortunately, more millions aren’t and don’t.

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Even if you don't agree with HL Mencken, I think you can kinda see where he was coming from when he said back in the day: "Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby."
1 posted on 11/11/2012 7:26:34 PM PST by oneprolifewoman
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To: oneprolifewoman

With all apologies to PT Barnum, no one even went broke underestimating the American public. And no one ever got elected President overestimating them.

Nominating a candidate who doesn’t reflect the core values of your base and suppressing your own vote doesn’t help much, either.


2 posted on 11/11/2012 7:30:50 PM PST by SquarePants
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To: oneprolifewoman

Nail —> Head


3 posted on 11/11/2012 7:33:58 PM PST by indthkr
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To: oneprolifewoman
Biggest mistake of the campaign? Republicans assumed voters were smart

Hard to say it more succinctly than that, really.

4 posted on 11/11/2012 7:34:30 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution!)
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To: SquarePants

Obama won 70% of the Hispanic vote and the GOP-e response? Grant amnesty and voting rights to 15 million more.

Pass on this vid if you agree how crazy this is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KnXz_qZ5RE


5 posted on 11/11/2012 7:35:50 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: oneprolifewoman

The Republicans are terrible at communicating. They do assume everyone knows what they are saying when they say nothing. And when they do speak, it’s with the wrong emphasis and weak words. They don’t know how to repeat.. to drum it in... or to convince.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 7:38:19 PM PST by frnewsjunkie
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To: frnewsjunkie

The only effective GOP communication was Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!”.


8 posted on 11/11/2012 7:42:50 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: icwhatudo
It's like this ~ the Republican party has been runningon BACKWARDS for several years. Whether or not he was a good manager the Republican party decided to fire their RNC Chairman who'd presided over their biggest victory in 70 years in 2010.

A smart move is to make it look like you are REWARDING victory.

We haven't yet fired Preibus, who presided over another major loss. He should have known to resign as soon as the votes were in. Somebody needs to tell him.

9 posted on 11/11/2012 7:42:54 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: yarddog

Encourage pigeons to roost on government buildings.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 7:44:11 PM PST by muawiyah
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Should have consulted the Wild Angels at Free Republic. Final tonight ... For all the FReepers that are ... Wild Angels ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XyqV3s2BFk
11 posted on 11/11/2012 7:49:42 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: muawiyah

Why?

To give them Psittacosis?


12 posted on 11/11/2012 7:50:09 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: oneprolifewoman

Let me add another Mencken quote:

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
—H. L. Mencken


13 posted on 11/11/2012 7:50:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: oneprolifewoman

“They gave the American people credit for being smart enough to know better. Millions are and do — but, unfortunately, more millions aren’t and don’t”

Exactly.... in the future politics will be a marketing game... issues and performance may impact 1/2 of the electorate the other half is pure puff. This election should have been a walk... but millions of voters never ever listen to the news - they listen to Vanity Fair, The View and Oprah.

See if conservatives learn.... (we won’t like it)


14 posted on 11/11/2012 7:51:32 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: oneprolifewoman
The mistake we made was to assume that voters believed in...and desired...self sufficiency.
15 posted on 11/11/2012 7:54:13 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: frnewsjunkie
The Republicans are terrible at communicating. They do assume everyone knows what they are saying when they say nothing. And when they do speak, it’s with the wrong emphasis and weak words. They don’t know how to repeat.. to drum it in... or to convince.

And the ones who CAN communicate? Like Rush, Levin, Palin- couldn't get elected to anything in a million years, even if they were willing to run for office. I think a lot of Americans hate these people's guts because they CAN communicate, and more importantly because they can communicate the truth. I think Americans "can't handle the truth" even when they do hear it.

16 posted on 11/11/2012 7:57:29 PM PST by Reddon
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To: oneprolifewoman
The Romney of the Florida primary never showed up to challenge Obama. He was as about limp wristed as any politician can be seeking voters love. Romney never included the TeaParty supporters, treated them as if they did not exist. Rather strange given Romney's claim to political fame is Governor of that liberal bastion of saint Ted Kennedy and John F. Kerry, where the first TEA PARTY took place not all that long ago.

Tea Party is NO government mandates/taxation without representation. It is not that difficult of a message to express. But no Romney got neutered and spayed because of his wealth accumulation getting taxed at a capital gains congress created tax rate.

17 posted on 11/11/2012 7:59:54 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: icwhatudo

“Obama won 70% of the Hispanic vote and the GOP-e response? Grant amnesty and voting rights to 15 million more.”

And the conservative response is to either stay home and wait for the perfect candidate or prop up candidates like Joe “Berlin Wall” Wilson and Todd Akin.


18 posted on 11/11/2012 8:04:22 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: All
The Republicans are terrible at communicating.

One of the iron rules in advertising is that a consumer has to see or hear a message a minimum of 25 times before they decide to act.

19 posted on 11/11/2012 8:04:22 PM PST by Liberty Wins
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To: oneprolifewoman

Yup. Next time I’m watching O’Reilly and he sends Jesse Watters to to see how many people think Joe Biden got elected because he’s black, I’ll remember Mencken’s words.


20 posted on 11/11/2012 8:10:36 PM PST by bigbob
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To: SquarePants

And throw in the MASSIVE voter fraud in the country and there you have it...Absolutely no one will ever convince what my eyes saw before the election —— a DEFEATED president.


21 posted on 11/11/2012 8:11:40 PM PST by bluebonnetgirl
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To: oneprolifewoman

I’ve been thinking the same, as all the prognosticators discuss the election with deep theories about what happened. What happened is too many dumb people believed all that stuff. And as the saying goes, he who controls the information controls the perception. The media was happy to spread the Obama message. In 2016 conservatives should find some pop culture figure to run. It doesn’t seem to matter how qualified a candidate might be.


22 posted on 11/11/2012 8:18:06 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: oneprolifewoman; Gilbo_3; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; BillyBoy

Well how about all those Republicans who seemed sure that Romney was going to win big and who shopped around for polls and radio stations to tell them what they wanted to hear.

Shoving your head in the sand to avoid reality will never win an election. That is hardly ‘smart’.

Romney was a crappy candidate, and lots of others like Akin gave him help losing.

If this is really a ‘wake-up’ call then is the new plan just to give up?


23 posted on 11/11/2012 8:23:01 PM PST by sickoflibs (How long before cry-Bohner caves to O again? They took the House for what?)
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To: Reddon

Probably right - but if you’ve got people who really know the game but can’t play themselves, they become your coaches. ALl those you named should be on the Board of Directors for “The Conservative Channel”, and Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College, and other resources should be cranking out the material for them to present in primetime, on the internet, and especially on programming tailored to Hispanic Americans who aren’t going to get the message of conservatism by channel surfing or osmosis.

To use a different metaphone, we’ve got a great product, but lousy packaging and no marketing.


24 posted on 11/11/2012 8:33:57 PM PST by bigbob
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To: oneprolifewoman

Wasn’t it Mencken who referred to our political system as a “boobocracy?”


25 posted on 11/11/2012 8:34:44 PM PST by luvbach1 (Jail to the Chief!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

And: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Almost all of us here saw the mysterious middle hitting getting hit over the head with a hammer, by itself, so—as the old joke goes—when the dust settled Wednesday morning we asked it:

“Why in the h*** are you still beating yourself with the hammer?”

“Because it feels so good when I stop!”

Yeah, it doesn’t make any sense. As just one example, if I see any car stopped by the side of the road, hood up, on a dark night, once I make out a `Hope and Change, 2012’ bumper sticker, I’m going to politely suggest: “Call Obama.” (tires screeching).

I’m talking to you, lurker. Elections have real consequences, as well as the hopey-changey BS.
I was always quick here to defend the average American, but you’re on your own now. Knock yourself out.


26 posted on 11/11/2012 8:35:00 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: sickoflibs

GOP did not assume voters were smart. They did assume that voters had a minimal connection to reality and a little bit of common sense.

Wrong on both counts. US headed to Hell in a hand basket.


27 posted on 11/11/2012 8:37:21 PM PST by mwl8787
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To: tumblindice

Here’s another one to help you get through the next four-plus years:

“Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
—Horace Walpole (paraphrased)

The upcoming term will be very tough economically, but intensely amusing to those of us with a sufficiently morbid sense of humor.


28 posted on 11/11/2012 8:44:44 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: oneprolifewoman

Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.


29 posted on 11/11/2012 8:47:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: oneprolifewoman

What do you think is the aim of decades of public education? To make for a smart voting population?


30 posted on 11/11/2012 8:49:25 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SquarePants

“Nominating a candidate who doesn’t reflect the core values of your base and suppressing your own vote doesn’t help much, either.”

True words.


31 posted on 11/11/2012 8:54:14 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: Reddon

The problem is not merely that the conservatives you mention can communicate, but more importantly that they communicate conservatism. The Republican apparat has been dismantling grassroots conservatism and Reaganism since the day George Herbert Walker Bush was sworn in for his first and final term as President. The Rockefeller Republicans run the GOP.


32 posted on 11/11/2012 8:57:48 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: oneprolifewoman

We assumed they were paying attention to reality.


33 posted on 11/11/2012 9:01:24 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: oneprolifewoman; icwhatudo; SquarePants; indthkr; frnewsjunkie; muawiyah; hoosiermama; ...
Let’s face facts. Democrats gained in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the chief Democrat in charge was re-elected after one of the worst four year periods in American history, economically and constitutionally. How does that happen?

Yes, the American population collectively is getting dumber with the passage of time. Just look at the trajectory of SAT scores over the last 50 years. SAT test takers now "graduate" into the general voting public after years of politically correct "education" where the basic facts and patterns of American history and government are de-emphasized in favor of feel good mythology. And if that isn't enough, the average intelligence of the American voter is declining (of course, we can't really verify it because routine IQ tests are pretty much of a taboo) largely because the higher intelligence parents tend to have fewer children than their lower intelligence cohorts.

Then, too, modern day immigrants tend be less intelligent than newcomers of previous generations because they are attracted to the country less by economic opportunity than government goodies. That's another factor driving average intelligence of the American population in a downward direction. We are dumber on average as a society now than at the time Mencken and Barnum made their now-famous quotes.

Despite the fact that all of these factors and those discussed in the posted article are true, the 'Rats still would not have had the success to the degree that they had in this election had they not engaged in massive fraud and cheating in a wide variety of aspects of the election process, most notably in strategically selected counties and districts in the swing states. It's not surprising that such a massive loss of integrity in the electoral process is facilitated by a dumbed-down electorate which in too many cases was never taught the fundamental importance of that integrity to the functioning of a free republican government and society.

34 posted on 11/11/2012 9:03:45 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: oneprolifewoman
Republicans hope that most voters are smart.

Democrats know that most are stupid.

35 posted on 11/11/2012 9:07:40 PM PST by Washi (Look on the bright side: the world is scheduled to end on Dec. 21st.)
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To: oneprolifewoman

What is happening to this country is what de Tocqueville and other wise men warned us about.


36 posted on 11/11/2012 9:08:15 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: oneprolifewoman

Here’s an example:

The Dems took the phrase “self-deportation” to be a terrifying aspect of Romney’s immigration policy. Why? They just ignored the prefix, “self-,” and focused only on the root, “deportation.”

What grade is it again where we learn about prefixes and how they modify the root of the word?

“But ‘deportation’ is a scary word!” Not knowing how to read the English language is possibly a tad scarier.


37 posted on 11/11/2012 9:09:55 PM PST by firebrand
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To: oneprolifewoman

Over the last 10 years the HS graduation rate in Miami, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, DC, Philly, and Detroit hovered between 30% and 60%. These cities overwhelmingly voted for Obama.


38 posted on 11/11/2012 9:18:44 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: oneprolifewoman

As I have repeatedly said for many years, Republicans HOPE people are smart, but Democrats KNOW people are stupid.

2008 - Ignorance won the day.

2012 - Stupidity overwhelmed Ignorance.


39 posted on 11/11/2012 9:30:44 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Win or lose, Impeach Obama Ben Ghazi...)
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To: oneprolifewoman
Biggest mistake of the campaign? Republicans assumed voters were smart

Ummm.
Well, no.

Republicans assumed [half of all] voters were smart [below average intelligence.]

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

40 posted on 11/11/2012 9:59:42 PM PST by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: oneprolifewoman

I always thought Rush overestimated the intelligence of the American voters.


41 posted on 11/11/2012 10:21:26 PM PST by beckysueb
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To: bluebonnetgirl

Exactly! I think when he went on stage for his victory speech, he acted like What! I won?! Even he thought he was going to lose. And Romney was absolutely sure he was going to win. We all did, including a whole lot of experts. The fraud was sophisticated, well planned, well funded, and well implemented.


42 posted on 11/11/2012 10:29:14 PM PST by beckysueb
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To: proudpapa

Why not just say it

Black students

Seems freepers even after such a debacle fear to speak candidly

What are yall afraid of

A zot?

I mean really

Our nation and culture are disappearing under a brown secular confiscatory

Socialist invasion

And still people play footsie with anything minority


43 posted on 11/11/2012 10:51:56 PM PST by wardaddy (i want Santa to make Quentin Tarantino into a negro for Christmas)
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To: oneprolifewoman

The most stunning fact of this election catastrophe is how moronic the Democrat voter was. The next stunning fact is how extensive the vote fraud was and the morons who let that fact go unanswered.


44 posted on 11/11/2012 11:04:54 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of other people's money.)
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To: oneprolifewoman

I don’t call them Dummycrats for nothing.


45 posted on 11/11/2012 11:08:50 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama murdered the SEALs.They "were hung out to dry, basically exposed like a set of dog balls.")
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To: Liberty Wins

How are Republicans supposed to get their message through the concrete barrier provided to the Democrats by the media? A very depressing, losing battle.


46 posted on 11/11/2012 11:10:00 PM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: oneprolifewoman

Heard tonite that a lot of Tea Party voters may have stayed home because of the convention stuff. I can see Paulites doing it. Also massive voter fraud in select counties in swing states. zero only won 8 counties in PA. Some Philthy wards had 100% turnout and 99.5% for zero. Even saddam had sense enough to keep it at a believable 95%.


47 posted on 11/11/2012 11:24:06 PM PST by Eagles6 (DNC 2012 Convention: Celebrating infanticide and sodomy. Denying God.What could possibly go wrong?)
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To: ari-freedom
And the conservative response is to either stay home and wait for the perfect candidate

No the appropriate response. "We tried to tell you, now you have killed the Republic."

I am too old to care one whit anymore, so stuff it.

48 posted on 11/12/2012 12:00:21 AM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: bluebonnetgirl
Absolutely no one will ever convince what my eyes saw before the election —— a DEFEATED president.

Exactly what I saw. Did you know the Republican Party did not spend one dime to help Michele Bachman, likely because she opposed AFCA, which Boehner this week said he would not fight, it wa now law.

We have the enemy within our leadership, and we will never throw them out.

49 posted on 11/12/2012 12:04:54 AM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: Eagles6
Heard tonite that a lot of Tea Party voters may have stayed home because of the convention stuff. I can see Paulites doing it.

No one knows for sure that they didn’t show up and vote, we only know that they weren't counted. Big difference.

50 posted on 11/12/2012 12:12:04 AM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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