snoqueen wrote:Elections are run on very sophisticated social engineering these days, and I think the utterly cynical Republican party has taken that engineering to extreme levels. They know not only how to divide and conquer, but also how to keep people whipped up over nothing, how to create a sense of team membership through creating a mutual enemy, and how to engage attention at a deep emotional level well beyond rational thinking.
This is all perfectly true. But you also have to recognize the tremendous cultural advantage the REpublicans have: America is built upon a mythology of individualism. Divide and Conquor works great because we don't have a strong social fabric. I'm not saying it hasn't changed, won't change more down the road.
Damn interesting article about NY State, the most unionized state, by far, in the country. There is a growing rift between public and private unions:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/08/nyreg ... ement.html
In that article, it glibly said that public-private unions stuck together in Wisconsin. BS. That may be true nominally, but I bet nearly all of those 39% of union households who voted for Walker are not teachers or other public sector employees.
The 99% versus 1% mantra is true in some senses, but we have many more economic/cultural fissures at play. White men of lower education levels believe strongly in rugged individualism, they hate Obama, they hate government even though they may be in perilous financial straits themselves, and above all they resent poor people who they view as leeches. WI is chock-full of people in this category.
I still would rather be holding the Dems cards rather than Republicans for the long term. The Divide-and-Conquer tricks are playing to a shrinking pool.