I almost just skipped by this post, but it occured to me that this blogger at Townhall – a conservative online haven – has to have some kind of ego to think that he’s someone who can give good advice on why moderate swing voters should vote for Republicans this fall. But hey, maybe he’ll take off his ideological glasses for a minute and come up with some creative and convincing copy, right?
Not so much.
He gave six supposed reasons, but none of them actually amounted to reasons to support the Republicans. At best they’re just a run-of-the-mill appeal for lesser evilism.
I don’t buy into lesser evilism. It is one of the major reasons we’re in this hyperpartisan mess, and too many centrist swing voters like us are willing to hand over our votes to “evils” of any kind. What we need is exponentially more people who don’t sacrifice fundamental principles, no matter where they stand on the political spectrum.
But I digress. Let’s take a look at these ‘reasons’, shall we?
(Non)Reasons (Not) for Swing Voters
The first reason he gives is that we need checks and balances. This is the only one that has a bit of logic to it. If the GOP has more votes, then they’re most likely to make everything grind to a halt, like when we had divided government for a time in the mid 90’s.
But, this isn’t a good reason to vote for the GOP – it’s just a good reason to vote against the Democrats, which is what is happening right now in the polls.
The second fake reason he gave is to restrain spending… are you laughing at this as much as I am? Its genuinely funny that some Republicans actually believe this themselves, much less think that centrists are going to buy that line of nonsense. Cutting a tax we can’t afford to cover adds to the debt the same as spending more than we tax does.
This, on top of starting unnecessary wars and growing our world’s police network all over the globe… all of that equals more spending – not less.
The Democrats have taken the cake on stealing from future generations the last few years, but before that Dubya and Reagan had the non-war records, and forgive me if I don’t take them on their word that they’ve come to their senses on this, given that I have absolutely no evidence of such, and mountains of fiscally insane evidence to the contrary.
The third fake reason amounts to economics. I’ll make this a quick one. While deregulation had a place in the early 80’s we’ve since been dealing with some of the more darker ramifications of going too far with that, believing that companies inherently have the best interest of the country in mind when they act. This has been proven to be false, yet the GOP continue to push the same dishonest line of nonsense nonetheless, and think it’ll fool centrist swing voters.
Conservative Talking Points Ineffective with Swing Voters
The fourth – surprise, surprise – is about repealing the health care legislation that is just starting to come into effect. Now, I’ve seen the polls showing that a majority of people want to see this happen right now (it is certainly a big mess of a bill, and is most likely to cost a hell of a lot more than the Dems pretend it will), but there is evidence that the numbers are moving the other way, and I have not seen any polling that blocked out how moderates think on this (if you have, send it my way).
My guess is its split, so again, they’re using conservative talking points to sell us on voting for them, and the reality of it is that there are a lot of elements of the bill that the vast majority of Americans – centrists and moderates included – like. The problem is the horribly misguided individual mandate. If the GOP were smart, they’d make the coming electoral wave into one for the ages and come out in support of keeping most of the ACA, while tossing the individual mandate.
Number five also made me laugh out loud. Would you believe that they would have us think that putting more of them into power would lead to less corruption?!? I don’t think I need to add any more to that.
The last one is something that I’ll agree with in principle, but not in a way that they would want. They say we should vote for them because we have “Got to Punish Bad Behavior or You Get More of It”.
Pendulum is Going Their Way, but Swing Voters Aren’t Fooled
This sounds like a mock script of a Stephen Colbert skit… I mean, the public has often shown a willingness to forget some pretty inane things over the years, but it was only a few short years ago that we were still living under Republican rule, and that went really damn peachy for us didn’t it?
Do you think they think we’re really that dumb and forgetful, or are they just incapable of seeing things from moderate swing voters’ perspective enough to give us reasons that make sense to us?