How to beat McCain-- it's the character stupid!
by bruh21, Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 06:55:08 AM EST
This will be a short diary. As I am undecided about whom I will vote for next week in the primary, I've started to think about the general election.
Bowers, Lux amd other have asked how we can beat McCain.
My short answer is that it's the character, stupid. One of the central issues I have with being a progressive is that we sometime miss how the other guy thinks. This is a short diary about that- how the conservative and independent voter thinks.
If you want to beat McCain, you must destroy him personally. Many of you may find this distasteful, but please understand this is the most assured way we can win regardless of who we nominate.
The fact is both conservatives, for idealogical reasons, and independents, for emotional reasons, are informed by character/
For the conservative, especially Evangelicals, it's about personal responsibility, morality, etc. When the several scandals happened with the GOP several here and elsewhere wondered why the scandals never seemed to stick to the GOP as a group. It's because evangelicals and conservatives saw its as a sign of failed personal responsibility. A key element of their idealogical belief system.
For independent character matters, but for different reasons. It matters because they often vote less on issues,a nd more on the personality. This congruence can be used to our favor just at it has been used against us in the past.
Toward this end, every issue, every policy, every scandal, every personal trait or unsavory emotion he displays, everything about the man must be defined with the goal of illustrating that he is a man of flawed character. If the money issue with McCain is true- this the window in which you need to work to define him.