Stevenson, told on the campaign trail one night that the “thinking people supported him” responded, “Yes, but I need to win a majority.”
The GOP will never regain majority status until it understands the fundamental American problem: the extraordinary failure of our unionized … public … education … system (and here). Ill-educated themselves, Boomer Republicans may be unable to understand this.
Absent an education, the American voter will continue to be quite ignorant.
Acknowledging the failure of American education, the GOP pushes school choice (the ‘pro-choice’ that Democrats abhor). Not recognizing the irony, the GOP insists on speaking to the voters, however, as though they were educated.
News flash: The voters are even less-educated now than they were in 1952, so stop expecting them to know basic stuff like, oh, you know, American History.
Case in point: On The View (five minutes in to the video) the other day Sen. McCain had every chance in the world to deal a set-back to a hostile questioner, inform the millions of viewers of some American history very relevant to Whoopie’s non-question – and to this election, and to cause a few million voters to learn.
And he blows it by assuming everyone knows what only a small slice of educated voters know.
Whoopie Goldberg, in her never-ending quest to sound intelligent, asked a snide question with a silly follow-up about “Original Construction” and the Constitution. Basically her point was that “Original Constructionists” still favor slavery because that was in the Constitution as written in 1789. (No – you can’t make this stuff up.)
And McCain makes a couple of inconsequential apologetic-sounding statements while she continues to yammer.
Rather than a home run – even the grand slam he could’ve gotten, at best he get a bunt out of it.
Imagine instead of the exchange linked above, we had heard this:
What Whoopie said: … and I don’t want to misinterpret what you’re saying. Did you say you wanted strict constitutionalists? Because that… that… Should I be worried about being a slave? Would we return to slaves? Because certain things happened in the Constitution that you had to change.
What McCain SHOULD have said: I understand your point. Look, you know that the idea behind Original Construction is to interpret the Constitution as originally written, including the Amendments to it. Of course, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, passed by Republicans against Democrat opposition, overturned slavery. And then you look at other major pieces of legislation in the area of your question – the 1955 Voting Rights Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act – both passed by an overwhelming majority of Republicans and opposed by large numbers of Congressional Democrats, and of course, the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican….
This is a home-run. This moves voters to Republicans from Democrats. This sets a hostile questioner back down and takes charge of the issue.
It may even begin an education process that breaks the Democrat hold on African American voters, beginning a future in which they are not captive to, and taken for granted by, a party, but begin to vote their own interests.
The GOP may think Americans are educated enough to know that it was Democrats leading the secession of 1861 to ensure the survival of slavery.
The GOP may think that voters know that the Republican Party was formed as the anti-slavery party.
The GOP may think that the voters know that Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican.
The GOP may think that the voters know that the 1955 Voting Rights Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act were passed by majorities of Republicans over large Democrat opposition – including that of some current Democrat leaders, like Robert Byrd, who filibustered against the 1964 Act for over 14 hours, was an early KKK-er and opposed Civil Rights.
But the GOP is wrong to think such things.
In fact, if voters knew these things the make-up of the two parties would be drastically different, as would the 2008 campaign.
It seems absurd for the GOP to campaign on improving our education, but to treat voters as though they were educated.