Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Will the GOP's negativity produce a backlash?

  1. #1
    Elite Member Fluffy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    5,600

    Question Will the GOP's negativity produce a backlash?

    Will the GOP's negativity produce a backlash?

    Friday Sept. 5, 2008 10:55 EDT
    After a long week in Denver and another week in Minneapolis, I'm traveling home today and thus won't have much time to post, but I wanted to follow up on the discussion that ensued yesterday in response to my post arguing that, particularly in light of the brutal personal attacks on Obama at the Convention, Democrats ought to be far more aggressively critical of McCain and the GOP generally. Many people in comments and by e-mail argued that Americans dislike negativity and that Sarah Palin's speech, in particular, would backfire on the Republicans.
    The first polling data is now available on this question and it's rather conclusive. First, from SurveyUSA, yesterday:
    What grade do you give [Palin] on the speech? An A, B, C, D, or an F? A - 60
    B - 11
    C - 11
    D - 9
    F - 8

    On the whole, is Sarah Palin an asset to John McCain? A liability to McCain? Or, do you not know enough to say?
    Asset - 55
    Liability - 24
    Don't know enough - 19

    Does McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate reflect well on McCain? Reflect poorly on McCain? Or do you not know enough to say?
    Reflects well on McCain - 55
    Reflects poorly - 30
    Don't know enough - 14

    If you were placing a bet today, would you bet that Barack Obama will be elected president? Or, John McCain will be elected president?
    Obama - 45
    McCain - 48
    Don't know - 7
    Then there is this Rasmussen Reports poll from today, taken after Palin's speech:
    A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom. The figures include 40% with a Very Favorable opinion of Palin and 18% with a Very Unfavorable view (full demographic crosstabs are available for Premium Members). Before her acceptance speech, Palin was viewed favorably by 52%. A week ago, 67% had never heard of her. . . .
    Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palinís favorable ratings are now a point higher than either man at the top of the Presidential tickets this year. As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of voters. Biden is viewed favorably by 48%.
    A CBS poll taken during the GOP Convention shows Obama and McCain tied (after showing Obama with a 6-point lead last week), while the Gallup daily tracking poll continues to show Obama with a 7-point lead. None of this is to say that Palin can't be turned into a liability for the Republicans. She can be. And although I can only guess like everyone else, I've thought all year that Democrats would likely win the election and still think that.
    But the idea that Americans instinctively recoil from negativity or that there will be some sort of backlash against Republicans generally and Palin specifically because of how "negative" their convention speeches were is pure fantasy. Cultural tribalism and personality attacks of those sort work, especially when they're not aggressively engaged.

    Every four years, the GOP unleashes unrestrained personality attacks on Democrats and exploits cultural resentments. Every four years, Democrats tell themselves that such attacks don't work and are counter-productive. And every four years, that belief is disproven. These "character" issues end up mattering largely because Democrats, in election after election, allow wars over "character" to be waged in a largely one-sided fashion.

    -- Glenn Greenwald
    Will the GOP's negativity produce a backlash? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

  2. #2
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default

    58% of america is retarded.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  3. #3
    Elite Member ana-mish-ana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    3,200

    Default

    Came across this gem - about her views of Bipartisan shit- she actually praises Ron Paul and then states shes the same. But warning watching this may harm your ears- its like chalk on a blackboard.

    YouTube - Sarah Palin on Ron Paul and Republican partisanship

  4. #4
    Elite Member bychance's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,294

    Default

    "Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain"

    OH PLEASE!! They/she wishes.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. What are you doing with your garden produce?
    By Flak in forum Food and Cuisine
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: September 13th, 2008, 07:48 PM
  2. Backlash forms against 'zero tolerance'
    By celeb_2006 in forum U.S. Politics and Issues
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: June 20th, 2007, 03:40 PM
  3. Backlash against 'safe playgrounds'
    By buttmunch in forum News
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: October 30th, 2006, 03:57 PM
  4. Organic Produce?
    By Rambie in forum Food and Cuisine
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: July 22nd, 2006, 08:49 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •