Schilling Results

Posted on November 12, 2010 by

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In reflecting on the results of this election, the biggest question that comes to everyone’s minds is why. Why did the Democrats lose so much power in the American political game? What was the catalyst for the Repbulican surge? And, moreso, no matter which party you deem as worthy to represent you, everyone is asking how the Democrats rebound.

I was reading the New York Times, and came across this article. In short, the article is about the push in the Republican party, and moreso in the Tea Party Movement, to have regular people (non-politicians) run for office. We saw this first in 2008 with Palin and the”hockey moms” and “Joe six-pack” refrences in her speeches. Oddly enough, though she (with the help of McCain) lost the election, it seems that people were listening. In this NY Times article there is mention that 35 people who were elected to office for the Republican party had never been elected to anything before. This is incredible. And more than incredible, this was the Republican strategy. It appears that the people (or at least the people who voted) not only wanted new people in office, but they wanted brand new people in congress- not just new politicians, but people with no political background. Let’s take a moment to remember these such ads from the 2008 election put out by the Republican party:

Now we know what the Republicans want: someone with zero experience who is not Obama. This is nothing new. Since Regan the Reps have been electing movie stars and pizza makers. What we need to do now is somehow shoe-horn this type of strategy into the Democrat’s platform.

The only problem I can see with this happening is that there is a clear and prominent contradiction within the Democratic Party. They make themselves out to be the voice of the people, advocating for health care reform, immigration reform, social security and social change, but they seem to have no connection with the people. The Republicans, on the other hand, are agressivly a party of the people. Where as Obama can from the South side of Chicago and worked hard to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School, Bush admitted within his first months in office that he “was not much of a reader”.

The conclusion I am trying to come to is that the Republican party and the Tea Party Movement are much more relateable, for better or for worse, than the Dems. If the Democrats want to win anything in 2012 they have to take a very important lesson from the Republicans and come back down to the common person. Stop focusing on your education, stop using $10 words in your speeches, and make yourself relateable to the people as a whole, not just your constituency.

Good luck in 2012, bud.

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