James Seidelman and John P. Watkins: Republicans exploit people’s biases to win elections


This was a great article. I think he was spot on. His example was perfect:

The 1995 movie “The American President” provided a preview of an effective Republican strategy in using bias to win elections. In responding to his opponent’s attacks, President Andrew Shepherd tells a press conference that his opponent Bob Rumson was wrong, “Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it, Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it.”

Shepherd goes on to say, “Whatever your particular problem is I promise you; Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only. Making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it.”

This is exactly the republican strategy; make you afraid and deflect the blame. I see people post this all the time:

G – gaslight

O – obstruct

P – project

And it’s also spot on to their methods. They gaslight the problem, deflecting blame onto everyone else but themselves and their policies. Here’s what happened and what “they” don’t want you to know.

They obstruct any real progress with their childish methods, then turn around and scream that the Dem run gov hasn’t done anything. (More gaslighting)

They project in so many ways, but in particular they project the fears some people have into their opponents. Making up “problems” that don’t exist as bogeyman for people to fear. A perfect example would be CRT in classrooms. This is not a theory that is being taught in any elem/middle/high school classroom. But the GQP generated a campaign to eradicate a problem that never existed in the first place. Once they “win” they will look like the heros to their base. It keeps their base motivated to vote for them, because if you don’t support them then you’re the enemy, you must want kids to feel bad about themselves (in this particular example).

Their method is disgusting, but genius. I hate it and it’s so hard to get someone out of it once they are sucked in.

There is also the sunk cost fallacy. They’ve been invested so long in this republican party that it’s almost impossible to fathom a change. It would mean confronting that all these years they could have been wrong. It’s why so many people stay in bad relationships. They will keep making excuses and reasons why they “aren’t that bad”, anything in order to excuse why they can keep voting for someone who obviously doesn’t have their best interests in mind.

I think this situation applies to my mom. When we talk casually about things her ideas are totally Dem. Lol. She wants legalized weed & to release people who are in jail for it. She wants climate protections, she finally agrees that more protections/benefits for workers would be beneficial for the economy. She has been scared though by talk radio that she is going to get taxed through the roof for it. When I explain the BBB tax part she just shakes her head and says let’s change the subject. For her it’s impossible to think that after so many years of being a R that she might be a Dem (the enemy).



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