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Communism, Crime and the Republican Eclipse

tgwWhale Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 1:39 PM
You can buy Chapman's explanation -- and of course there is some truth in it. Or you could notice that the last two Dim presidents, Siick Willy and BO, had huge advantages over their nerdy Repub opponents in the area of public charisma. And when you run a high-charisma candidate for pres., he will generally have wide coattails as he brings out the low-information voters. The major-party candidate with the better public charisma has won every presidential election since 1980. For all the whining we might do about the GOP's message, there is typically a bigger problem with the GOP's messenger.
geotay Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 2:52 PM
'public charisma' is another term for 'phony'. See Slick Willy and BO for examples.
tgwWhale Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 9:58 PM
"High charisma" also applies to Ronald Reagan .

For that matter, it also applies to Jesus Christ.

And to Adolf Hitler.

Both good and bad people, both genuine and phony people can have high charisma.

The same is true of low charisma. Algore is a bloated gasbag, pompous, arrogant, and self-righteous. He is as phony as Slick Willie and BO.

The difference is that in politics, high charisma wins and low charisma loses. If you want to win the presidency, you need a high-charisma candidate. Charisma trumped issues every time since 1980.

If you're a football fan, you've seen it happen. A coach bursts into prominence by using offensive or defensive innovations to produce victory after victory, championship after championship. For a long time, he's regarded as one of the best. And then, something happens.

First it's an upset loss here and there. Then it's a decline to mere respectability or mediocrity. The coach fires assistants, widens his search for players and tries new schemes. But nothing helps. Soon, the onetime genius is a has-been, out of ideas and out of work.

But it doesn't happen only in football. It also happens...