WHAT IS YOUR CQ?
IF YOUR CYNICISM IS HIGH, HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
LET’S TAKE A HYPOTHETICAL PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE…CALL HER THOMASINA THILLIS 😉
She’s part of a traditionaly minority party that can’t get in power by just votes from it’s registered advocates.
Maybe your ideas and policies don’t fit a majority of Americans?
Build cynicism in opposition voters? (Stay home)
Don’t promise anything so you can do as your new colleagues want…AND no one can say you don’t keep promises? 😉
Since NEGATIVE attack ads cause disaffection with the democratic process, provoke the other side to answer a host of largely unproven or exaggerated charges that waste time in answering so their positive message gets lost in the media?
Bonus: voters stay home and, THEY have more voters to lose.
Now you recite a host of gremlins, gobblins, ghosts and calamities that are sure to occur if your opponent is in power.
NEVERMIND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FACTCHECKED AND DEBUNKED, you have stoked FEAR&LOATHING in the cynically prepared & intimidated souls who trust you and have been conditioned (Pavlov/Skinner)to distrust & hate outside information sources?
Now, find some middling mostly photogenic prefferably affable “person next door”type appealing delivery person who can impersonate the generic party message and some billionaires to fund the P.R. narrative (with no expectations of your candidate reciprocating the favors, of course :s )? [Oops! 😦 not too cynical ;-)]
BE SURE TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT ISSUES AND PERSONALITIES THAT HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH DAY-TO-DAY FACTORS IN LOCAL LIVES (“WEDGE ISSUES”)?
PICK ANYONE LESS POPULAR THAN THE TARGET TO USE IN “GUILT BY ASSOCIATION” ADS (logical fallacies)?
Build fearsome “strawmen” to illustrate the corruption & DOOM and dramatize the unsupported claim of dire straits “certain to follow” if your side is not in power?
Show the worst stock photos of the schmuck you disparage & cherrypicked clips of quotes you know your followers are primed NOT to doubt, let alone research for veracity from INDEPENDENT FACTCHECKERS?
Drive your foaming at the mouth zealots, with cattle prods if necessary, to polling stations?
Be encouraged to see the low turnout on other side?
Save your powder;
INTENSIFY THE URGENCY JUST BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
In walks THOMASINA THILLIS O:-)
Cape unfurling in the breeze.
Maybe wearing “regular guy” plaid, open collar, no cleavage (the opposition is all scandals all the time).
With a bit of voter suppression legislation from a loyal legislature to , at least, make voting less appealing (without even one item that makes it easier), victory is all but assured?
Oh, what about those mail in ballots that could get “LOST”, the voting computer glitches and all the other “protections” against the mere hint of, god forbid,”VOTE Fraud”…yeah,
Notice how little was detailed about the candidate, T.T.?
(She brought little to offer, so that’s why ads don’t raise the question ;-)).
It’s NOT about the candidate?
It’s about power, influence, money, protecting interests of the “entitled” ruler elite class?
It’s NOT being cynical, we heard it from MittRomney, AmericanCrossroads/CrossroadsGPS(KarlRove, AmericansForProsperity(KochIndustries), et al, they eschew cynicism, “RIGHT”?
Oh, if a “paid” electee wants committee assignments and rank that traditionaly is part of seniority, just come bearing gifts of cash for all from your own fundraising pac :-$