by wasanyonehurt, Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 07:30:42 AM EDT
If Obama were still leading in all the polls beyond the margin of error, I don't believe we'd be having such a serious discussion about what makes people vote Republican or Democratic.
Rather, we'd be discussing Republicans the dying breed; that a material majority of America has chosen a path toward true enlightenment and goodwill toward fellow man.
The fact is, that Republicans have been losing ground since 2005 when they controlled the white house and both sides of congress. Under their watch, the presidency has reached lows not seen since disgraced Nixon and the decline in Congressional approval rates accelerated under the Republicans. They lost both sides of Congress and the majority of governorships for the first time in 12 years. And were in defend mode to avoid losing super majorities in this 2008 election in the face of economic woes, unpopular war and newly energized Democratic voter surges.
There stood the literal state of the union prior to the end of the DNC. And then the RNC happened -- and in one tiny period of 4 days, three years of Republican decline reversed in the face of a swing reversal in the polls
Interesting how a shift in the polls causes so much introspective analysis about "what is the true underlying cause that they vote the other guy" and we pull out our psychological neuroscience to make sense of why we've had this bout of misfortune believing that if we can understand, it might alleviate some of our distress or that if we could glean the insight, we could stop it.
The man said, "Doc, it hurts when I do that." Doc said, "well, don't do that". Could the reason for our misfortune be as simple as something we did or something that was done to us that is the root of our woes?
No doubt this dem brain/repub brain is an interesting exercise but, the reality is that there was a game changing shift that caused shoppers (voters) whose complex brains could be sympathetic to both republican markers and democratic markers to switch from a preference to picking the blue shirt over the red shirt.