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The WP Crows: It’s Cool To Be A Liberal Again!

From the Washington Post:

Why it’s cool(er) to be liberal again

By Aaron Blake | November 19, 2012

The L-word is quietly working its way back into the political lexicon.

The number of voters identifying themselves as “liberal” jumped three points on Election Day, from 22 percent in 2008 to 25 percent this year. That’s the highest that number has been since at least 1976, according to exit polls.

And yet we hear from liberals constantly, as if they were the vast majority of the country.

The term “liberal” has long been somewhat of a pejorative in American politics — or at least been less popular than the alternative.

When Ronald Reagan was reelected in 1984, just 17 percent of Americans identified as “liberal.” …

That may be changing, though. While the “conservative” label has stayed about where it is, self-described liberals have increased from 17 percent of the electorate in 1980 to 21 percent in 1992 and now 25 percent today.

And the three-point jump between 2008 and 2012 is tied for the biggest jump in the last three-plus decades.

Wow! 25%!

Meanwhile, 35% of voters identify themselves as conservatives, even after the endless demonization in the news media and entertainment industry and the schools.

But for a label that Democrats have shunned for a while now, it seems to be on the ascent.

So what gives? A few theories:

* Obama: Undoubtedly, President Obama’s efforts to enunciate a more active role for government played a role…

* The Bandwagon Effect: The Democratic Party is riding high…

* Polarization: The country is increasingly polarized..

* Demographics: Some of the fastest-growing demographics in the country happen to the ones that are trending toward the “liberal” label, including non-religious people (rising from 18 percent liberal in 2004 to 24 percent today), college graduates (from 48 percent to 53 percent) and Hispanics (from 10 percent to 13 percent). Young people, of course, have always been pretty liberal; the label’s increasing appeal to these groups means it is gaining steam.

Note that all of these people have been indoctrinated by the liberal establishment. Even Hispanics come from socialist countries. They have nothing to oppose the indoctrination.

* The social issue shift: The country continues to tilt to the left when it comes to social policy. In 2012, multiple states for the first time voted to legalize recreational marijuana and gay marriage, and a swing state — Wisconsin — even elected a liberal Madison congresswoman who will become the first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin. It’s been a marked shift from the days of George W. Bush, when Republicans won by emphasizing their conservative positions on social issues.

This is the constant drumbeat from the news media.

Conservatives have to ditch their social issues. And never mind that it’s the social issues that have always won for conservatism.

By the way, you remember all of this kind of crowing after the Republican victories in 2000, 2004, 2010, don’t you? We don’t either.

Meanwhile, we have this from the Politico:

Obama techie says ‘Life of Julia’ a campaign highlight

By DONOVAN SLACK [sic] | November 19, 2012

An Obama campaign programmer says there are two moments during the campaign that he is especially proud of: Election Day, when the massive computer systems worked as intended.

The second? The "Life of Julia."

Daniel Ryan, the director of front-end development for Obama for America, tells Nooga.com that the much-mocked and pilloried infographic was "personally rewarding." …

"Julia," introduced by the campaign in May, allowed users to click through the stages of the fictional character’s life and see the different ways that President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s policies supposedly would have affected the average, middle-class American woman…

Fact-checkers gave the content a thumbs down — The Washington Post gave her three Pinocchios, while FactCheck.org said there were "bogus assumptions in the Obama campaign’s fable."

But for a campaign looking for eyeballs, none of that appears to have mattered.

When did the truth ever matter to the Obama campaign?

"It was seen by hundreds of thousands of people and was even the subject of a ‘Daily Show’ segment," Ryan told Nooga, a news site where he lives in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Such are the metrics for success in a modern-day political campaign, combined with the old adage: all press is good press.

No. The problem is, as the cartoonist James Thurber once observed, “You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.”

Especially if you tell them they are going to be given things and taken care of all their lives — for free.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “The WP Crows: It’s Cool To Be A Liberal Again!”

  1. GetBackJack

    There’s no coming back from this

  2. canary

    Liberal is a kind word compared to the names liberals call conservatives.

    Perhaps conservatives need to spread the word that the USA is a Republic. Place the right hand over the heart.

  3. fallingpianos

    So while 3% more people identify themselves as “liberal”, 3% less people call themselves “moderate”.

    What a ko-inky-dink.

  4. P. Aaron

    Is the steep decline in left-leaning, IE: Liberal newspaper cool?




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