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The Secret Weapon to Win
Over Voters: Authenticity

National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/30/2014 5:29:57 AM

One of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate´s authenticity. In an era when politicians´ talking points are scripted, and they worry about a gaffe going viral, the candidate who comes across as genuine holds a real advantage. It´s one reason why Barack Obama was able to defeat Hillary Clinton, why Mitt Romney struggled to capitalize on a favorable environment in 2012, and why someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is able to use his force of personality to overcome ideological differences with both Democrats and conservatives. And the authenticity factor has played a critical role in this

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chumley, 7/30/2014 5:46:09 AM     (No. 9945745)

Few politicians are authentic about anything. They see which way the wind is blowing, run out front and pretend they are leading it.
The dem/comms are better at it, creating false winds and pretending to lead them. The Republicans mostly just hide in a culvert.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 7/30/2014 5:48:56 AM     (No. 9945748)

The article did not mention the most popular authentic Republicans, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin. I wonder why?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FunOne, 7/30/2014 5:57:11 AM     (No. 9945754)

Correct, #2. But he did mention Obama and Christie as coming across as "authentic".

Agenda, maybe?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/30/2014 5:57:38 AM     (No. 9945755)

#2, your comment made me smile for more than one reason.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/30/2014 6:27:24 AM     (No. 9945772)

The whole idea of getting elected in convincing voters you´re authentic when you clearly not.It´s easy to sucker voters into thinking you are. Obama is a A-Z inauthentic president but he threw around wealth redistribution and his tin cup voters fell for it.Rich are getting richer and it doesn´t seem to bother Obama supporters one bit.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/30/2014 7:09:37 AM     (No. 9945799)

Back in the day, I believe people were smarter than today. WHY do I say this? Because, voters back in the day were not as easily deceived and I mean EASILY as so many are today and BOUGHT for so very little. Liberals for years used to say people were soooo stupid, they needed to be TOLD what to do...well, back then, we proved to them that was not true .....BUT TODAY.......it IS TRUE.....that´s why Obama was elected and his hoard of demons TWICE! I don´t know if it´s because people today were spoiled, deceived by the media or if it´s because they are all drugged out and don´t know what´s going on OR lazy....in any event......the majority today are dumber.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/30/2014 7:33:45 AM     (No. 9945828)

Not more stupid, #6, more spiritual blindness. There may even be some posters that think this comment is laughable, but Christianity is frequently ridiculed by both academia and the MSM and there is little resistance. There was a day in the not too distant past when the high school football coach would not think about rescheduling a game without checking with the local pastors. That time is long gone.

"He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and disperses them. He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; He makes them wander in a trackless waste. They grope in darkness with no light; He makes them stagger like drunkards."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/30/2014 7:34:53 AM     (No. 9945831)

Is there even a smidgen of authenticity in zippy? Proof that voters only cared about skin color in 2008 and 2012.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nimby, 7/30/2014 8:30:40 AM     (No. 9945899)

Authenticity and Obama? I stopped reading after that sentence

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/30/2014 8:39:55 AM     (No. 9945917)

"One of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate´s authenticity."

Yup, if you can fake authenticity, you´re a shoo-in...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/30/2014 8:48:00 AM     (No. 9945935)

This is why Fauxchahontas won?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: smoolie, 7/30/2014 9:28:45 AM     (No. 9946026)

To me, Christie is one of the most opportunistic politicians there is.

Clinton vs Christie will see me voting third party.

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