I don’t see how this is going to help, as psychologists can’t prescribe drugs and the Dems are clearly off their meds. But for what it’s worth:
…retiring Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan (N.D.) recently brought psychologist Drew Westen in to see the Democratic caucus, because Dorgan is convinced that the Democrats’ problem is one of messaging.
This always comes up, again and again, whenever the Dems run themselves onto the PR rocks. It’s never the ideas that are wrong; no, the ideas and the actions they take based on those ideas are good and right. The problem is always that the stupid voters out there have just missed the point. They just don’t understand that the Democrat party is made up of people who just want to help them and do good things for them. If only we understood the good intentions behind their actions, we’d all be rushing to the polls to pull the lever for Carl “Shitty” Levin and his ilk.
You guys keep on believing that it’s just messaging. Just keep telling yourselves that.
Dr. Westen told the Democrats that they need to strike a more populist chord, explaining that the best way to win over voters is to use simple language that engages the brain’s “frontal emotion circuits.” In other words, since reason can’t provide much help in defending the Democrat’s policies, perhaps emotion can. CQ reports that the Democrats gave Dr. Westen a round of applause and have started taking his advice.
Great. Now we can look forward to even more condescension from our Senatorial betters. I can’t wait to have Debbie Stabenow explain to me yet again that she understands my anger about government spending and that’s why she voted to spend all the money they can print on the ridiculous scheme that we’re not supposed to call Obamacare anymore. I’m sure if she just tweaks her message I’ll be sprinting to the front of her campaign volunteer line.
Jeffrey Anderson has it right:
Taking the psychologist’s advice, perhaps the Democrats should say, “We know you’re angry that we passed Obamacare in direct defiance of your will. We know you’re angry that this Congress and this president have racked up more deficit spending in two years than President Bush and the previous four Congresses — hardly models of frugality in their own right — did in eight. We feel your pain. We understand your anger. So please vote for us.”