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They've run their current narrative as far as it can go. They're boxed in on the sponsor side and the voter side. Pushing the narrative further to the right alienates the public, pushing it to the left alienates their sponsors (and they're indistinguishable from their sponsors). Switching to a new narrative will require the party to collapse in some fashion which hasn't yet happened.

Their sponsors are fine with sowing chaos stemming from increasing social inequality and defunding the government as it fits their goals, so there is still a long way to go.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 03:06:58 PM EST
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I'll add some meat to this. "Pushing the narrative further" - as in promising more of X vs. the last election - works on a populace that is unfulfilled and without awareness of where they will find fulfillment, so they pursue more of whatever they were already pursuing.

Also, an unhappy populace derives pleasure from other peoples' pain (vs a happy populace that derives pleasure from other people's pleasure), therefore the pain/punishment narrative instead of a "how to make the world a better place" narrative. The end result on the campaign trail is pretty much everything out of Santorum's or Perry's mouth.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 05:05:01 PM EST
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