Uphill Liberty – Part The Sixth – Leftwashed
We’ve all seen crime dramas and courtroom shows where the criminal mastermind gets some low-level associate to do the dirty work while he stays safely insulated behind lawyers and money and an intimidating network of threats and enforcement. Police and prosecutors will scoop up these lower status perpetrators and try to get them to turn on the guys that are higher up, in hopes of landing the Big Fish, the guy at the top of the food chain. In these shows, they lean pretty hard on the little guy, inflating charges and threatening long sentences, hoping to turn them against the mastermind. And each guy who is that low on the totem pole has to make this calculation: of whom is he more afraid – the authorities or the criminal network?
Uphill Liberty – Part The Fifth
So far, if you’ve been following along, you’ve walked with me through several of the challenges conservatives face in the electoral arena: We demand the farthest right candidates we can get We have a huge swing state shortfall to overcome We don’t get candidates who can mount effective challenges in swing states Swing states and moderate voters decide elections
Uphill Liberty – Part The Fourth
Thus far we’ve talked about general electoral math, swing state strategies, and campaign focus; now I want to look more closely at the electorate. Polls have a bad reputation among conservatives, but much of that, I think, is due to the way the media reports them or administers their own, focusing on the agenda they wish to promote. Still, there are some useful things we can learn from polling, especially non-presidential polling.
Uphill Liberty – Part The Third
Okay, we’ve been over the Conservative Candidate Conundrum and the Swing State Strategies in the first two parts of this series. And now that the convention is over and the GOP officially has a candidate for president, we can get to the campaign details and talk about Trump’s campaign specifically.
Uphill Liberty – Part The Second
Last time in this space I wrote about math skills. Now, I’m not trying to show how smart I am at analysis of polling data, or predict things so that I get some kind of future bragging rights. What I’m trying to do here is walk through stuff we laypeople can understand and grasp, and present it for you to respond to.
Uphill Liberty - Part The First
We need to talk about your math skills. There are a lot of people between us and our liberty. A lot. Like, a real lot. And there aren’t enough of us to get it back. Any way you do the math, we’re falling behind.