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  1. Not sure I see the point of this one. Surely you don’t think that Obama would care about the philosophical implications of his governing style vs. one aspect of his campaign tactics?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 13, 2012 @ 6:55 pm - November 13, 2012

  2. ILC, point of this is the irony.

    Campaign uses individualized approach to win election. But, once in office, administration eschews that kind of approach for one-size-fits-all solutions.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 13, 2012 @ 7:18 pm - November 13, 2012

  3. Something in that Ace post is alarming. Obama’s strategy was to get low-information voters to turn out for them. Presumably, this is a strategy that will be adopted in the future by both parties (because it worked), which means that future campaigns will try to appeal to low-information voters. It is an alarming precedent that Obama’s campaign set here, with its incredibly dumb yet effective campaign. I’m afraid that future campaigns will be dumbed-down like nothing that has been seen before, even dumber than Obama’s campaign this year, as the two parties try to out-dumb each other for the dumb vote, which seems to be growing.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — November 13, 2012 @ 7:23 pm - November 13, 2012

  4. Ah. The contradictions of Obama.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 13, 2012 @ 7:23 pm - November 13, 2012

  5. RS – see the black comedy _Idiocracy_, if you haven’t already. It’s not overtly political, but it’s about the dumbing-down trend.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 13, 2012 @ 7:25 pm - November 13, 2012

  6. I’m afraid that future campaigns will be dumbed-down like nothing that has been seen before, even dumber than Obama’s campaign this year, as the two parties try to out-dumb each other for the dumb vote, which seems to be growing.

    It’s already been happening in the USA, for the past few election cycles. What was the “winning” campaign theme in 2008? Just two words and a conjunction: Hope and Change. That’s it. That’s what people (even many Republicans) voted for on a national scale.

    From the guy down the street, to the saps interviewed by comedy and news programs, that was the resounding theme of that election year. National debt? Budget deficit? Unemployment? You-name-it, it will all be solved by that “hopey-changey” thing, as Sarah Palin put it.

    In 2012 it became a further victim of brevity: “Forward.” It’s like the Obama campaign received all their inspiration from World War II-era propaganda posters. Even most current motivational posters have more content.

    But in a microwave world where even Google searches take too long to settle bar trivia questions, it seems to work perfectly. Conversely, the opposition became demonized in similar terms that make Twitter seem like an online word processing program: “Fire Big Bird!” “Binders full of women!” “47 Percent!” But hey, if someone says it on Facebook, it must be true…

    Comment by RSG — November 14, 2012 @ 9:53 am - November 14, 2012

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