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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll: Memo to GOP: Stop running angry nerds

Excerpted from this post at God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll

Joseph Phillips takes on the argument that the GOP needs to lean more
left in order to win votes. His point is well-taken, given that
Republican party identification is up... and this latest poll doesn't
indicate a large, leftward lurch by Americans. So how does the GOP win
its upcoming elections? I like to break things down simply: stop
running angry people for office. Or nerdy people. Or worse... angry,
nerdy people. Let me give you an example that will make some of my GOP
friends shudder: people LIKE Barack Obama. Look at the polling data.
Most Americans oppose President Obama's positions on multiple
issues -- but continue to like him personally. While that frustrates
many of my friends on the right, the point is clear: a candidate must
be an able messenger, first and foremost, in order to persuade voters
on the issues.

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