Is there a way to win the hearts and minds of ObamaVoters?

If so, we need to find it very soon NOW. I am posting this before tonight’s debate because I don’t think that will cause much change for the better.
I hope I am wrong.

An article at PJ Tatler on October 3d chastised those on the right who fault Governor Romney for not having done an adequate job of campaigning.  It’s well worth reading in its entirety but this summarizes it:

Mitt Romney is running the best campaign anyone could run under the circumstances.

The circumstances are as follows: the media will not report anything he does unless they think it can be used against him.  They’re not in fact reporters, they are, pace Professor Reynolds “Democratic Operatives With Bylines.”

Hence, though Romney and Ryan are crisscrossing the nation, meeting with real citizens, you never hear about it.  The media breathlessly cover Obama’s appearances and no it’s not because he’s president.  They did the same thing in 08.  But Romney and Ryan move in a cone of silence.  The only time that cone of silence is broken is when the media thinks Romney has made a gaffe.  And the fact that most of those are made up tells you he’s an excellent campaigner.

I agree.  Suppose Governor Romney took every possible step and then some to show that he is ten times more American, loveable, cuddly, kindly, empathetic and intelligent than President Obama, while simultaneously (with the vigorous support of ninety percent of the known economists in the country)

♥  laying out credible and specific plans to balance the budget and also giving multiple free cell phones and gasoline to everybody, subsidizing everyone’s rent and paying off everyone’s mortgages in the process and

♥ persuasively demonstrating how, during his first week in office, he will reduce the real unemployment rate to less than four percent while making all forms of welfare more available to everyone regardless of employment or immigration status and

♥ immediately bringing peace to the entire world without offending, killing or injuring anyone and

♥ doing every other wonderful thing imaginable but never, ever, doing anything to which anyone could reasonably object.

It would have no effect (except to irritate his conservative and moderately conservative base) if not covered, or if covered with a pro-Obama spin, by the “principled” media to which great masses of voters pay at least some attention. A tree falling in a forest with nobody there to hear it would more likely resonate worldwide.

This Wall Street Journal article asks why the story of the Obama Administration debacle in Libya “won’t go away.” It pretty much has gone away where it matters for the November 6th election because the “news” sources that come to the attention of low information voters — few of whom read the Wall Street Journal — have done a great job (from the Obama Administration’s perspective) in covering it with ObamaSpin. Fast and Furious? Isn’t that a soap opera about casual sex? No, if it were it would attract far more notice. Univision did a pretty good job of covering it after the Principled Media had substantially failed to do their job. Race pandering? Oh? That’s what vile White racists who hate President Obama because he is Black do. To complain about that sort of nonsense is deemed “whining by a loser” and does very little good.

Here’s my question: How can we, bloggers and others, get convincing messages to the low information true believers — who at most watch a bit of fluff on television but still vote — and to those who read and write stuff at the Librul media? I have tried snark, serious stuff and just about everything in between. It does not seem to matter because it preaches only to the choir. I’m delighted that some choir members may read it, but they aren’t the problem. It does not seem to reach many who are tuned into the Principled Media or who get the sort of stuff I received today from the Obama campaign:

Friend —

In just a little while, I’ll go on stage to meet Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate here in Denver.

I couldn’t be prouder to represent you out there.

You know, it’s because of you that affordable health care is within reach for millions more Americans. It’s because of you that we’ve seen 30 straight months of job growth and middle-class families have seen their taxes cut.

Together, we’ve done a lot — but there is so much more to do to keep this country moving forward. That only happens if we win this election.

Before tonight’s debate, will you chip in $5 or more to help finish this campaign strong?

Can’t wait to see what you do tonight.


I am afraid that most of us are preaching to the choir. That it works for those on the left is  important but sheds no light on our problem. They have a loud choir and letters such as this to the Biased News Media are unlikely to do much good; they are doing what they are paid to do. How can “low information voters” who don’t care about much beyond what’s in it for them, and the Librul true believers who encourage them, be reached and maybe, just maybe, convinced? Have we reached a point beyond which that is no longer possible?

Ideas? Pretty please!

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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5 Responses to Is there a way to win the hearts and minds of ObamaVoters?

  1. Boeke says:

    I’d vote for Romney in a minute (and maybe I’d even re-join the republican party!) if he would explain how he would do these things:

    1-cut MY taxes instead of Buffets
    2-protect my SS from privatization and/or vouchers
    3-protect MY investments from predatory monopolies
    4-get the troops out of Aghanistan in 2013
    5-AVOID war with Iran in spite of crazy Israeli acts
    6-Cut defense budget
    7-cut corporate tax abuses, i.e., lay taxes on Chevron and Exxon
    8-provide Universal Healthcare, even for the despised 47% (which I suspect I am in).
    9-get highspeed WiFi everywhere at low cost, just like Europe, or Thailand, for gods sake.
    10-end predatory home reposession

  2. Mike says:

    We need to engage those around us without fear… we need to be apostles of Capitalism and Individual Liberty. For decades we have been cowed and told our ideas regarding individual liberty and freedom have no place in public discourse, meanwhile our government school’s busy themselves making our children stupid while the media cheerfully reinforces that stupidity.

    We must be silent no longer… shamed no more… bold in our mesage… and vow “never again”!

    Charge! no…wait…that’s what we’ve been doing…

    Pay for it in Cash!

  3. As I said in my post today, the media should have to register as Democratic Super PACs. They are not going to report on the Romney-Ryan campaign. That is why they and their super PACs must buy up ad time on television. The public can not avoid the ads!

  4. E Howard Bailey says:

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