Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog


Good start, you didn't call your opponents "enemies" (too much enemy talk around these days).
You won't believe it, but the uninformed voter study was a setup. The common wisdom is that less than 10% of people are news & policy junkies. Everyone else knows about the one or two issues that matter to them most. So if you don't know and someone asks you if Kerry/Bush (who you think well of) supports a treaty (treaties sound like good things) you answer yes. If you ask about treaties that Kerry supports but Bush doesn't you get the result in the study (all ignorant voters say yes, but only the Kerry ones are correct). Some control questions about real sounding but made up events would go a long way to measuring that kind of error. More questions that ignorant Kerry voters would guess wrongly on wouldn't hurt either.

You make a mistake that pro-Bush people don't believe in issues. That they don't have a "hatred of corporations" might strike you as absurd but you can't conclude from that they have no opinions. They just don't share yours. You seem to think that because they share none of your opinions they must not have thought about anything at all. Looking down on those voters isn't going to pick you up any votes in the next election. The zoo mentality ("let's go to the foreign land called Alabama and observe the natives") comes off as pandering or condecension, not understanding.

I do hope the Democrats get their stuff together (I think they will, because they have to). The worst thing that could happen is that the leftmost part of the party seizes power and the Republicans have an even bigger lock on power for the next ten years. Whenever that happens (with either party) you get incumbent politicians that just do whatever they like (spending my money to do it) without fear of losing their seat. The Republicans hit their nadir with Goldwater and it took 40 years for the pendulum to swing the other way. (The "Goldwater Moment" is now looked on fondly as the point Repubs woke up and got their collective stuff together, but if I was alive then I don't think I'd be happy with taking a beating and having to spend 20 years building infrastructure).
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