The weapons of political campaigns are hope and fear. Obama won the presidency in 2008 on a campaign of hope; he won re-election in 2012 on a campaign of fear.- David Horowitz
America, land of the free(loader).
What a legacy from Dear Leader.
The answer lies somewhere in between. The R’s have had their stones removed and are deathly afraid to tell the truth about bam and the left out of fear for offending someone. If they actually started doing that unashamedly it would help.
On the other hand, too many people are low information or willfully ignorant and do only care about getting their check. These people can be brought to a harsh reality. At least many of them.
One set of messages for rational thinkers and another set of emotional ones (consistent with conservative principles, but beating the k|~ @ |) out of 'rats).
Why would anyone expect a different result than what happened?
Especially when our nominee was a two-faced liar, who supported both the Gay Agenda and Abortion for Rape, Incest, Life and HEALTH of the Mother, and who lied about being a conservative.
Tell me, why would you expect any other outcome when your base, conservatives, actually have a brain and principles?
He did his best to alienate the GOP base to get the votes of moderates.
We can cry in our beer, so to speak, about how unfair the media and the Democrats are, and that there was massive cheating, but even with those facts, it still does not remove the fact that our guy, was a defective product.
Obama&Co won both ‘08 and ‘12 through effective community organizing. He may be an incompetent president. But Obama&Co are clearly very competent at community organizing.
Our mistake is in ceding community organizing to them.
Like a gun or knife or any tool, the community organizing tool possesses no inherent morality. The morality is in how it is used. But our side has labeled the tool immoral.
Thus we fight unarmed.
Republicans find it difficult to speak harshly towards or critically of Democrats, because they want to be like Democrats. But, when it comes to Republicans attacking other Republicans, the gloves are off, because Republicans don’t want to be like other Republicans, and they want the world to know it. This isn’t anything new, despite the town criers who want us to believe that the war within the ranks has just started. It’s an old, bloody war with the same nuanced debates, ad nauseam. Goldwater despised the religious right, saw them as the bane of conservative success. Reagan and Newt understood the religious right, and motivated them, to the deep displeasure of the GOP establishment. The South could have been turned to the Republican Party long before Reagan and before the 94 elections, if only the Republican Party had embraced the conservatives there. We might have avoided 40 years of Democrat rule in Congress. Demographics have changed, but the foolishness stays the same, the Tea Party having replaced the despised religious right at the bargaining table.