Be Careful How You Demonize Your Enemies

Is Rush Limbaugh’s County Gone?

Not only does a plurality (49-43) of young people hold a favorable view of socialism — and, by a tiny margin (47-46), a negative view of capitalism — so do liberal Democrats, who view socialism positively by a solid 59-33; and African Americans, 55-36. Hispanics are modestly opposed, 49-44, to socialism, but they hold decisively negative attitudes toward capitalism, 55-32.

Just as the term Obamacare has shifted from an obscenity to a medal of honor, it seems, the same may be happening for the term socialism.

The danger for Republicans is that Obama (with the exception of perhaps the GM bailout), never actually pushed for socialist policies. By creating fear in the electorate using sloppy word choice, the GOP has perhaps enabled even more tolerance to these words as the electorate realizes that Obama’s policies aren’t half-bad, and in many pretty damned good.

New Theory: Platitudes will always bite you in the ass in the end.

In the longterm, it is politically reckless to attack policies of an opponent by primarily using fear mongering (as opposed to actually attacking the policy subtantively) as a tactic. The electorate, though wary of change, is smarter than that.


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