Last edited by danarhea; 05-25-11 at 11:49 AM.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Dan beat me to my point. The Democrat only received 47% of the vote, and the rest was split between two candidates on the right. Also, the incumbent was caught sending questionable photos of himself to a woman online. This special election is not representative of what a normal election looks like. The circumstances are much different.
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15." -Ronald Reagan
Now, post-election, there are arguments that "scare tactics" were used. Such tactics are not new and their use was no surprise. It is incumbent on candidates to articulate their positions in a fashion that neutralizes the opposition's likely arguments.
The reality is that Medicare needs to be reformed. The program as it is currently constructed is not fiscally sustainable. In the immediate term, the American public needs to be educated and informed on that reality. In the New York 26 race, no compelling case for such reform was articulated in a fashion that would have been embraced by the voters. The candidate could correctly have argued that maintaining the status quo is a false choice. That false choice will lead to exactly the outcome the critics fear when they decry the voucher proposal. Furthermore, the Republican candiate could have argued that the voucher approach offers one attempt--a first attempt--to address Medicare's long-run solvency. It is a first attempt at reforms aimed at assuring that senior citizens could retain health coverage. Finally, the candidate could have asserted that other alternatives may also be viable and then pledged to be open to giving any credible approach the serious consideration it would deserve.
Fiscal consolidation is necessary given the nation's long-term imbalances. Selling it will be challenging. In addition to educating and informing voters about why fiscal consolidation is necessary, candidates will need to paint a positive picture that resonates with voters. Merely emphasizing crisis avoidance likely won't cut the muster except when a crisis is imminent or unfolding. By then, the sacrifices required to address the crisis might be so extreme that they are not politically feasible.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.