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© Matt Wuerker

Why is it that political setbacks get the Republican base even more fired up, while similar setbacks make Democrats get disillusioned and lose interest?



  1. Is this actually true? Or is it merely an illusion that we’ve all bought into?

    Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 5:23 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    The enthusiasm gap is well documented. It is what drove the 2010 elections and continues even today. See

    Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 7:28 am | Permalink
  3. Patricia wrote:

    We don’t have debates, policies or elections any more — we have infomercials and entertainment. The enthusiasm gap is driven by the fact that voters don’t want to be educated, they want to be reinforced in whatever their current delusion is. O.K. I’m off for a Mimosa, early New Year 🙂

    Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  4. Interesting. I imagine it stems from the basic brain-type differentiation between left and right as depicted in recent studies.,0,5982337.story?coll=la-home-center

    I would assume that conservatives have a stronger sense of ideology, whereas liberals almost reject the idea of subscribing to one…?

    Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  5. oregonbird wrote:

    Yeah, the Occupation indicates a lack of enthusiasm for democratic ideals. Are you still telling yourself that an administration and president that signed indefinite detention into law has *anything* to do with democratic voters? We see this administration going further down the same road as the last administration; we see military weapons used against peaceful demonstrators, our vets beaten down by police who’ve been openly bribed by Wall Street, heavily armored riot troops hiding their names and their actions from citizens, from the media. All with the tacit approval of a Democratic president.

    Don’t tell us we’re not engaged. We’re just not so deluded as to believe that what once was a solution — an election — is anything more than a sideshow to distract us from the reality… we will be offered only the choice of the corporations UNLESS we act to remove the corporations from the process.

    Read the statement of #OWS. That is what we want. Because we know that without returning our country to democratic rule, and bringing corporate interference to a– middle… no election will ever bring in an administration that holds the voice of the people as being of more importance than the fist of profit.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  6. Jeff wrote:

    I think a lot of it has to do with how media perceives these “setbacks” and the general personality of the base on either side. Republican media will attribute their failings to liberals getting in the way, but will attribute liberal failings to patriotic dissenters. Then, you have conservatives who are already pissed off, afraid, and a stiff breeze away from all-out insanity, and the result is a group of people who believe nothing is their fault, that they are the victims in everything, and that those damned liberals are always getting in the way of their vision.

    On the other side, liberals tend to favor compromise and logic. Logic says that they should be able to come to an agreement if they work together, and if they fail they should share the blame. The liberal media might attack the Republicans, but it also attacks liberals in many ways, and spreads the guilt around. So, liberals end up putting themselves down even while they’re being attacked by the Right, and the result is often concession to what the Cons want.

    Repubicans, you’ll notice, have not put forth a single plan for what they are going to do to address any of our problems except “repeal, stop Obama, repeal some more.” They don’t seem to realize that they’re still going to have problems to solve after that. But, thanks to the conservative media and the personality traits of their constituents, they’ll be able to blame Obama for the next couple of decades, like they currently do with Clinton, FDR, and Carter.

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink