The Shaidle sounds off about, well, just read it...
Lots of chatter about the David Kahane thing
And plenty of food for thought, although even I don't feel comfortable with conservatives getting as disgusting as liberals. This guy's persona is too much, even for me!
We do have to rethink our communications in some respects, however.
We rely upon rhetorical tropes that make perfect sense to us -- they would, because we're already conservatives. But they don't necessarily persuade those who need persuading.
For example: professional conservatives like to warn against making our children "pay off our debts" i.e. big government spending.
But many people who voted for Barack Obama either don't have kids or don't care about the ones they have.
Conservatives talk a lot about taxes. But nearly half of Americans don't pay income tax anyhow.
When a conservative hears the phrase "income tax", he thinks: "tax".
When an Obama voter hears the phrase "income tax," he thinks: "income."
Because poor people plan their lives (to the extent you can call it planning) around their income tax returns, which they spend on hair weaves, fake nails, tire rims and other essentials.
But effective communication will involve a lot of pain. Careerist hacks don't want to make factual observations related to class behaviours. Even if voters embrace them -- and millions of grateful voters would -- the media would crucify them.
# the Shaidle : 2009-07-09 08:50:28 EDT