January 17, 2008
-- by Dave Johnson
So many are so sure that Democrats have the Presidential election in the bag. But progressives do not have an idea/communications infrastructure to tell the public how their ideas benefit them, which creates demand for progressive candidates and policies. Hundreds of millions of progressive/liberal dollars go into election-cycle spending, but none into creating an overall public attitude environment that is ready to accept those election-cycle messages. If a fraction of that election-cycle money went to organizations like the Commonweal Institute, Speak Out California, Netroots Nation, etc. these organizations could reach out to the public all year, every year and help to create demand for progressive policies and candidates. Sheesh, how many lost elections is it going to take before people get that?
In What I Expect In 2008 I wrote,
The election is a year away and the Republicans are working hard to set the stage and prime the public for their campaign themes.Later that month I wrote,
. . .
1) Iraq will not be in the news, and the Dems will be blamed for any failures. [...]
3) Accusations that we have a Do-Nothing Ineffective Congress [. . .]
5) Dems will face a hostile media that favors Republicans.
Conservatives and Republicans talk to the general public, and use a megaphone. Fox News is still there, just like they have been for a while. Rush Limbaugh is still there, spreading his lies, and his audience is still huge. Same for the rest of their machine - newspapers, other talk radio... And then there is their online effort, including the viral e-mails.And already we have a Republican polling ahead of all Dems,
If the general election were held right now, McCain would beat New York Sen. Hillary Clinton 47% to 42% and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama 45% to 43%, the survey revealed.
Posted by Dave Johnson at January 17, 2008 5:51 PM
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The Right's investment has paid off. According to a newly released poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, http://pewresearch.org/pubs/693/republican-primary, American voters see themselves somewhat on the conservative side of moderate. As one might expect, 66% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters think of themselves as conservative, while 29% say they are moderate and just 4% say they are liberal. It's disconcerting, though, that only about a third of Democrats (34%) describe themselves as liberal, while 44% think of themselves as moderate and 22% as conservative.
To a great degree, this is the result of the endless bashing by the Right and the mega-corporate media of "liberal" policies and "liberals" and rah-rah support for "conservative" policies and "conservatives." The Democrats currently in Congress are generally moderate and intimidated. Support for government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" is going to have to come from THE PEOPLE outside the political party system.
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