Obama attacks on policy
- you don't see him demeaning McCain's military record, for instance. You don't see him maligning his patriotism -
you see him attacking dumb policies.
The GOP on the other hand, ignores actual issues as much as possible, or distorts them shamelessly - for example tax policy: "Obama's going to raise
your taxes!!!" Well yeah - if you're one of the richest 3%...
What they don't mention is that Obama's tax plan only raises taxes on the top 2% or 3% of earners (basically people making over $200k/yr), and
everyone else pays less
. In fact, most people in the middle class & working class (everybody up to about $111k) would be paying less
taxes under Obama's plan than under McCain's.
And before you start bleating about the "liberal media", feel free to run the numbers yourself. That's the great thing about math - numbers add up
the same way regardless of who is doing the adding
But those kinds of policy arguments are minimal - mostly the Republicans go after cultural "wedge issues" (portraying their opponents as
"unpatriotic" and "elitists", etc), and ignores policy or factual arguments as much as possible. It's all about "narratives" and
"positioning" and marketing BS designed to appeal to emotional needs - "facts" are something only "snobby elitists" care about, apparently
I think the GOP is in for a wake up call - after eight years
of this nonsense, they're going to find Americans are not as dumb, or as easily
manipulated, as they'd like to think. You can't fool all the people, all the time - to quote a great Republican President.
A party that basically fights for the prosperity of only the top few percent
of the American people is treading on very shaky ground trying to
portray themselves as "populists" in touch with the "common man"