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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:26 PM

Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

One afternoon last month, I paid a visit to two young Republicans named Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer, who work in a small office in Arlington, Va., situated above an antique store and adjacent to a Japanese auto shop. Their five-man company, Red Edge, is a digital-advocacy group for conservative causes, and their days are typically spent designing software applications for groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Republican Governors Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Lately, however, Jacobson and Spencer have taken up evangelizing — and the sermon, delivered day after day to fellow conservatives in the form of a 61-point presentation, is a pitiless we-told-you-so elucidation of the ways in which Democrats have overwhelmed Republicans with their technological superiority.

They walked me through a series of slides showing the wide discrepancies between the two campaigns. “And just to make them feel really bad,” Jacobson said as he punched another image onto the overhead screen. “We say, ‘Just wait — this is the most important slide.’ And this is what kills them, because conservatives always look at young voters like the hot girl they could never date.” He read aloud from the text: “1.25 million more young people supported Obama in 2012 over 2008.”

In the light of his Apple monitor, Jacobson’s grin took on a Luciferian glow. He is 33, wiry and well dressed and has the twitchy manner of a highly caffeinated techie. “And then we continue with the cavalcade of pain,” he said. The next chart showed that while the Romney campaign raised slightly more money from its online ads than it spent on them, Obama’s team more than doubled the return on its online-ad investment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/magazine/can-the-republicans-be-saved-from-obsolescence.html?hp

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:33 PM

1. They WOULD be the 1st endangered species I would NEVER donate to save

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:43 PM

2. Bull

The republicans are not obsolete due to technology or lack thereof. Their ideas are no longer hidden, They pissed off women, hispanics, educators, union members, the poor, the old etc. To sell your message or to generate money from multiple sources you need an attractive message. For the vast majority of our people they had none. Their only selling points were 1. An evil lazy black is going to get you after he takes your guns and closes your dirty coal mines 2. Your daddy always voted republican. Without these wonderful (sarcasm) messages they would not have gotten 15 percent of the vote.
In fact there is no ideology holding the republicans together. They are simply the benefactors of racism and parental voting patterns being handed down. A brain is a horrible thing to waste- were they talking about those who vote republican??

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:02 PM

3. Yes, if they just had dancing 3-D holograms of Klansmen dancing with Jesus and the Koch brothers

beamed into every home, they could win.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:52 PM

4. They've got Harry Reid preserving them for generations to come.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:49 AM

5. The guy is right that the Obama campaign did well in both online and TV advertising

With the TV advertising the campaign bought slots in advance and got huge discounts. Romney's campaign used their resources poorly in addition to having jackshit for a campaign message.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:26 AM

6. They seem to run the show regardless of being the congressional minority.

... so no.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:51 PM

7. can Republicans be saved from turpitude? Is the Pope going to convert to be a Baptist?

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