Skip to content

Psy-Ops or Cyclops?

2011/05/24

Bob notes this spot-on quote from Stacy McCain:

It is always a mistake to think of independent voters as moderates or “centrists.” It is more helpful to think of them as “low-information voters” who don’t pay much attention to politics, and whose judgments are influenced more by superficial impressions of candidates than by deeply held political beliefs.

Spot… not.  “Independents” is a huge spectrum, some of whom are as described. But wait! There’s More!! “Middlers,” “moderates,” “undecideds,” “swing voters” and now, in STEREO!

Stacy misses a significant and perhaps politically dominant sub-group: Disaffected and disenfranchised libertarians, fiscal conservatives and social conservatives not served by Republican affiliation. They are independent precisely because they are informed. They are the ones who stayed home in droves for Bush I & II and McCain. They are the group that makes-up the plurality if not the majority of Tea voters. They are what accounted for the tsunami of ’10.

About these ads
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 30 other followers