How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I´m not interested in politics"? These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them. That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and Hollywood and why these voters know more about the Kardashians than what the fiscal cliff means to the economy or where Benghazi is. It´s also why these voters tune out boring Republicans who continue to blah, blah, blah
Tome,low info voters are really low motivation voters whi intentionally blind themselves to reality so their government freebies keep flowing.They watch lunatic shows like MSNBC because they basically condone their culture of laziness and government dependency.Student loans have become a huge new leg of the welfare state where lazy people go through the motions of getting educated,when it´s actually just an easy money grab to avoid working. These people can become career college students piling up worthless degrees to avoid paying student loans back.This is just the latest leftist breakthrough trap to drag in armies of new voters. You have people at an 8th grade reading level going to college.The courses have been dumbed down,making the almost impossible to fail.
Where´s the job market for african american,latino or islamic studies?It´s all subjective education where you write a thesis agreeing with the professor to get a passing grade. In the meantime we have to dole out thousands of work visas to foreigners to fill skill positions.
Until the GOP can reach these folks they are in a hopeless situation, especially electing a Republican president. Bush may have been the last. However, as African-Americans appear to only vote by skin color and only Democrat, if the Democrats run a white person for president the blacks will stay home. Then perhaps the GOP has a chance.
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Rather Read, 1/10/2013 7:19:06 AM (No. 9108418)
This is an excellent article and it states what I have been thinking for some time now. However, Ms Colon leaves out one thing. If the GOP does find an articulate spokesman, he (or she) had better be squeakier than squeaky clean. The MSM, which has no interest in The Won´s college transcripts, will pounce on the least little thing the the spokesman´s past to tar him as a racist, sexist or whatever -ist is the current demon.
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god of irony, 1/10/2013 7:42:13 AM (No. 9108442)
Maybe the RNC and it´s candidates should change the way the spend their money. Instead of waiting until the last minute and running non stop negative ads. They should run fewer ads over a longer period of time that are light hearted and in a clever way points out why conservativism beats socialism.
In addition to those who are not interested in politics we have those who think they are informed because they read the local paper and watch ABC, CBS and NBC. It is an insult to them when you imply they are uninformed and when given the opportunity must vote to affirm their previous stupid vote as a matter of pride.
When it comes to who makes up the base of the party, the GOP establishment is as low-info as those who voted for Obama.
Now that is scary.
So if Democrat targeting of the moron vote worked, and it did, how does the GOP attract that same moron vote when the media suppresses our message? When it´s not cool to be a conservative, how do we make it cool? Because cool is what this generation and the one before and after it is all about?
If America as founded isn´t destroyed in the interim, this is going to take years of public school retraining to get this toxicity out of our culture.
I do not have high hopes in this lifetime for anything other than secession.
I´m sorry to disagree but the GOP establishment are not low on information, they are high on control; and they can´t control independent thinkers like Ronald Reagan or the original conservative base or the TEA party folk. That is why they ridicule, disparage and discredit those who do not toe the line.
They know perfectly well who the base was and who they want the base to be. They are certain that they have a lock hold on the original base, after all, where else are they going to go? That is why they feel free to ignore and disparage the ideas and principles of the past (Conservatism? Let´s just redefine it.) while wooing and catering to a new, more dependant and maleable constituency.
I do not believe the Republican establishment want another Ronald Reagan. I remember the condescension and mockery they treated him with. They did the same thing to Sarah Palin, only far more vehemently and effectively after they learned their lesson with Reagan. It took them a long time to regain control of the party and they do not intend to lose it again without a fight, especially to a bunch of unwashed, uneducated, unenlightened rubes like ´the people´.
#4, it doesn´t matter how squeaky clean our spokesperson is, the left invents scandal against anyone that shows promise on our side. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney come to mind.
We have come across this attitude, this disdain for politics, with our own grown kids. They don´t want to hear it, they think it is beneath them, and just Republicans trashing the other guys for sport. I think they voted the right way, but to interest them is next to impossible.
I like to tell them, "You may not be interested in politics, but politics sure are interested in you."
I know many people like those poster #6 describes. They watch 20 minutes of "the news" most evenings and think themselves well informed. If you suggest they might not understand what´s really going on they become insulted and tune you out. It is those voters along with the hard core honey boo-boos who are taking our country to perdition. Damned if I know how to reach them.
High info voters with a modicum of brains are getting fatigued across the entire political spectrum The normal political structure and self interest of the past fifty years has become so huge lately and the government has become so controlling that it is no longer what we remember. Yet pork and re-election still dominates political thinking, across the political spectrum. With Obama imitating Hugo Chavez, the USA. as we know it. is approaching huge trouble. All we can do is look out for ourselves and our young family. That´s why many Americans do not care about current politics.
The systematic destruction of ALL promising conservative leaders is a crime against humanity. It´s compound damage is that it dissuades the next generation of great leaders from subjecting themselves from this predictable barrage and a ´fixed´ system.
That old tree of liberty is looking mighty DRY to me.
Since the voting machines have been rigged, none of this matters. Our election process has been corrupted. Until that gets fixed, you can forget about any and all conversations about who the voters are, low-info voters, honey googoo, all of it.
The liberal message seeps into the subconscious of low-information voters through the entertainment media and entertainment commentary, that they think is news. We have no such outlets for that. But we also never come up with good sound bites! That is what we need. I estimate you have about 10 seconds to get someone´s attention. We need to grab these voters in those 10 seconds. Keep the message simple!
#8 - Good analysis. Which is why we can call the "moderate" wing of the GOP the New Whigs. They are racing toward complete political irrelevance as an independent party. They are beginning to consolidate their position as a sort of genteel, reluctant auxiliary of the Democrats. They have no ideas, can´t plan for the future, and can´t manage anything effectively (the Romney campaign is exhibit A.)
I see little cause for optimism, as (thanks you ron white), you can´t fix stupid. These obama voters will be told the tax increases and coming injustices are the fault of the evil republicans and they will believe it.
My own belief is that this country, as presently made up, is going to crash. Period. Into dust. What will rise up from those ashes is anyone´s guess. And one huge reason for this is that this country has lost it´s will to work. In it´s early years, people yearned to be free and work to sustain themselves and their families. Just stay out of their way and allow them to do so. In today´s world, we simply have far too many people that are lazy. Call it what it is. They want to sit around and sit on their fat behinds and yell about how "the govmint" is supposed to take care of them. And there are a lot of politicians that are willing to do just that. All they ask is your vote. For life time. And the votes of your children and grandchildren. Forever.
This High Info Voter is becoming way, way less politically inclined. As of the morning of November 7th, I rarely send any emails out to my list of friends, rarely watch Fox News programming anymore, and rarely listen to any radio programs other than Rush.
I still read the news, but no where near as ravenously as before 11/6. I find myself listening to music much more than I have in years. And I am listening to a variety of music and it is all OLD music. Music that was created when America was really America. Pre-0bama Entitlement, Low Info America. Whether it´s Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis, Johnny Cash, or 70´s Rock, I like listening to music that was created by people who never knew about the current plague that would befall our nation.
And bourbon tastes better than it ever has.
I am of the opinion that politics absolutely will not get us out of the mess we are in. I am exhausted by the stupidity of the people in this nation, and mortified at the blatant corruption that goes unchecked by the horrible msm.
I am 100% committed to providing for and protecting my family, and am off my soap box as far as trying to convince anybody of anything.
The dirty little secret is that many of the low-info voters are putative intellectuals and opinion leaders. I´ve met a slew of college professors who know next to nothing about the actual details of political policies, actions, etc.
The fastest way I can think of to turn this country around if for the conservatives in the Republican party to become very, VERY good at voter fraud.
Once Republicans win surprising Senate seats in places where they shouldn´t have, two good things will happen: 1) Republicans will have the Senate and can, with the House, do much to mitigate problems in the country...including increasing our drilling for oil. 2) The Democrats will FINALLY work with the Republicans to eliminate voter fraud.
Let’s stop using the phrase “low information voters” to describe people who are essentially Democratic Party drones.
Back in 1982, John Naisbet wrote a book entitled “Megatrends” in which he said “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” This was a full decade before the internet became a vast, instant information resource for billions of people.
Today, if you lack information, it’s because you don’t want it. People who decline the opportunity to become informed are ignorant by choice. They believe they already have all the information they need. They don’t want to be educated, they want to be entertained.
So-called “low information voters” are really drones remotely guided on election day by the formidable Democratic Party machine, which is very skillful at pushing their buttons by “spinning” issues to reinforce drones´ preexisting mindsets.
It’s been said that if a lie is repeated often enough people will believe it. Can the same be said for the truth? If so, why is it that when a politician tells the truth it’s referred to by the press as a gaffe?
Republicans have allowed the left to define them as the party of the rich, a coalition of un-hip, humorless, intolerant, callous people stuck in the past who are mean to children, the poor, women, blacks, Latinos, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, teachers, atheists, Muslims, leftist dictators, unions, and dogs.
This will remain the case until the GOP embraces the marketing nuances that drive popular culture.
I wonder how the low interest voters would like it if I, a disinterested non-football fan, made the rules about the game. Or if perhaps I decided the next topics of discussion on the Oprah show or whatever it´s equivalent is today.
Whoever agrees with this point of view is 100% wrong. Propaganda works just fine. Yes, the sheeple are dumb, they are selfish, they hate, they are jealous, but They have point of view and it is formulated by mainstream media, commie education and entertainment and to some extent, facts. That are commies who are giving them 99 weeks of unemployment, food stamps and welfare, and who are telling them that as soon as they will expropriate the RICH, everybody will be RICH! And what are we doing? Nothing! Is there any benefit for the country that WE, conservatives, are listening to rush or watching hannity (I personally don´t do it anymore)? We need our, conservative mainstream media in which we can propagandize the truth and educate the sheeple. Otherwise we will hear those not smart remarks that drones/leeches/sheeple don´t have opinions. It is not true - they do. We just don´t agree with them and they are against common sense.
May I step out of the line a bit here? We need to be honest: 1) There are too many conservatives (and reactionaries and libertarians, etc.) who confuse intensity with success. We were intense. We lost. We have to reach the persuadable and not count on stirring each others´ souls. 2) There are people in the GOP who are not aware that "all men are created equal." I have seen a few remarks on this site (which I regard as the home of the brightest posters) that would make me uneasy if I were black or Jewish or female, etc. Those remarks are few, but we must avoid them. 3) There is a positive action that could be taken: harken to the Ev and Charlie Show or the later Ev and Jerry Show when the GOP leaders in the Senate and House had a weekly press conference. It blunted the power of the Presidential bully pulpit to some extent. Let´s try it again. I´d be for Senator Rubio as "Mario" and an articulate woman from the House. Finding someone ready to replace Charlie Halleck or Jerry Ford in the lineup should not be difficult.
#11 is correct. We have a republicrat duopoly and more importantly, the R Est. is viscerally hostile to conservative values. A true conservative party would never, ever consider jackasses like Landon, Wilkie, Dewey, Stassen, the Bush buffoons, Dole, McCain, Romney etc; as POTUS material.
I think #32 is on to a solution. If we get better than they do at cheating the system, they´ll finally have to work at reforming it. They continually say there´s no proof or its us or so difficult to get proper ID and with the complicit media we might as well get blamed for something we´re actually doing for a change.
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