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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:18 PM

Harrop: Want to win in 2020? Use good manners, moderation

Moderation along with good manners delivered impressive victories to Democrats this week. Case in point was Andy Beshear’s win over Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race.

Beshear’s margin was slim, it is true, but Kentucky is a state that backed Donald Trump in 2016 by 30 points. The president was so alarmed at the closeness of the race that he swooped down on the state the day before to tell his rallygoers that the race was about him.

Apparently, it was. Dislike of Trump no doubt played a part in turning out 400,000 more voters than the 2015 governor’s race.

The soft-spoken Beshear campaigned as a moderate while big-mouth Bevin governed like a brute. One of the more astute comments came from a woman from the suburbs across from Cincinnati. Bevin had “bad manners,” she said.

And he did. He called teachers nasty names and reveled in cutting back health coverage for poor Kentuckians.

Beshear campaigned on keeping health care, education and pension reform. Bevin campaigned on how much he is like Trump.


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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:12 PM

1. Okay

But you know what? A hefty portion of the RW will consider politeness to be smugness. Trying to speak intelligently will be considered elitism and condescension.

It's always a good idea to be polite, and I think Dems do a pretty good job. And cult experts say that this is the right approach. But there's millions upon millions who not only won't listen but will, as I said, consider politeness and intelligence as something else.

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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:58 PM

2. The RW thinks anyone to their left can do no right

There's no point arguing with a RW maniac because they consider Democrats to be the smug elitists THEY are. The right is judging the left--and the middle--by their own warped mentality.

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