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Another way of looking at this is to recognize that, given two choices from their half of the spectrum (conservative/Republican or Democrat/liberal) both sides pick the furthest right of the options. This means the entire political spectrum as it is now understood needs to be shifted significantly to the right to achieve accuracy.
The candidate who runs as a conservative, then not only starts with the most votes, he starts out with the most energized supporters as he has remained true to the cause. Already fervently supported by four out of ten voters, he only then begins to campaign to win over but one of six of the remaining votes, doing so from an electorate far closer to his beliefs than the “conventional wisdom” has it and far further from the reality of the candidate he is opposing (Barack Obama.)
Every iteration to the left only weakens this candidates stance as he goes from forty percent (and fervent) support to thirty-five percent and tepid support to 33 percent and antatonism from his own electorate to 21 percent and antagonism from the entire nation.
The winning formula in America today is not to muddy the waters with moderate stands or to “move to the middle” – not the real one and, even worse, the one defined by the old conventional wisdom. It is to nominate a true conservative, one articulate enough to make the case for the ideas that are not only held by a plurality of Americans but which are closest to the true beliefs of virtually all Americans.
Notes: The numbers exceed 100 percent because they’re taken from two different surveys.
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