Get Thee Hence!

You’ve got a full day of being amazed and amused ahead of you, no time for church today!

We’re keeping this one top as is our custom. Any fresher links —hahaha, boy do I kid!— will be below. The Sunday Talkies are, not surprisingly, all Dems in Disarray, so not much to say on the news front this Sunday.

Yesterday, our pals at Electoral-Vote opined on bad messaging from the Democrats, and it is worth a gander as we consider how our Failed Political Press ™ has lazy Dims in Disarray stories set to write themselves:

We’re going to start by pointing out that Reagan-level skills are a very rare commodity, indeed. That said, Barack Obama was no slouch in this department, nor was Bill Clinton.

In any event, “the Democrats don’t do a good job of selling their policies!” has been a talking point for at least 30 years now, maybe longer. We find it implausible that the people running the party have their heads in the clouds, or are lazy, or are out of touch—and have been for 30 years. These people are pros who have risen to the very top of their profession. They’re not incompetent. Oh, and they most certainly employ an army of marketing consultants and advertising agencies.

One possible explanation is the respective parties’ audiences. In general, today’s Republican voters tend to be much more driven by emotion than Democrats and—importantly—less likely to ask critical questions when they are told what they want to hear. When Donald Trump decreed that building a wall along the Southern border would magically Make America Great Again, did his voters insist that he explain how that would work? Or did they just buy it, because it was what they wanted to hear (i.e., immigrants are bad, and a simple “fix” will make everyone’s lives better)?

By contrast, Democratic voters tend to be more skeptical. If Joe Biden decreed that better infrastructure is going to turn America into a 21st century paradise, or that it’s going to solve global warming forever, or that it will end racism, or whatever, would his base really buy it? In general, today’s Democratic voters want evidence, and lots of it—hence the charts. And even then, many tend to worry, and are cynical, etc.

We will submit a second possible answer for your consideration: Maybe, just maybe, the Democrats are actually better than the Republicans at messaging. Maybe not in the Reagan era, when the Gipper was winning 49 of 50 states, but today. It’s true that the GOP messaging is very noticeable and very memorable. But the Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections, have collected more U.S. Senate votes in nine of the last 10 election cycles, and count a considerably larger number of Americans as members of the party than the Republicans do. As a general rule, if you are attracting fewer votes and fewer voters, that is not a sign that your messaging is working well.

Undoubtedly, much of the “Democrats don’t sell their policies well” talk comes from the fact that polls reveal their policies to be popular in the abstract, but considerably less popular when they are a “Democratic initiative.” That may not be a messaging issue, but instead a product of the unusual psyche of the American voter, and of the willingness of so many voters to vote against their economic interests…

Now get thee hence!

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