Friday, February 22, 2013

Pew poll: GOP wrong on every major issue

Yep, it's all about better messaging and branding by the GOP, mm-hm.

Seriously though, on taxes and the deficit, a higher minimum wage, gun control and background checks, climate change, immigration, and the budget "sequester," the GOP is losing in the battle of public opinion.

So what have they got left? Lies? Yep, lying works, sometimes. Gerrymandering? Check. They already did that: Democrats got more votes in Congressional races than the Republicans, yet we know who still controls the House. Voter suppression? Their best shot was in 2012, when state laws were new and young, old and poor voters were caught relatively unprepared, intentionally so; meanwhile, Democrats shocked and awed Republicans with their get-out-the-vote efforts. Fear-mongering? Ongoing. We're tired of being afraid though... aren't we? Scandals? Their latest attempt was with Benghazi, met with a collective yawn. Red baiting? That's so 20th century, but they're still trying it, while everybody under age 50 scratches their heads or just laughs. Token minorities? It didn't work with Alan Keyes or Hermain Cain, but they're gonna give it another shot with Rubio and/or Jindal. But I sincerely doubt it'll work this time; character and policy positions matter way more. 

All in all, things are looking good for the Democrats, if they can only avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, like they usually do.

By Greg Sargent
February 21, 2013 | Washington Post

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