Why Newt’s attacks on Bain are evil

January 13, 2012

Nate Silver explains:

When the truth behind a claim is hard to discern, voters sometimes use the heuristic of looking at what partisan actors say. If one side makes one argument, and the other side rebuts it word for word, the public may come to regard it as a typical partisan squabble or conclude that the truth boils down to a matter of opinion.

However, if one side makes its point unambiguously, while the other side hedges and does not seem to have its story straight, the public may conclude that the truth lies on the side of the group that has articulated its case more vigorously. This dynamic may have worked to the Democrats’ disadvantage during the health care debates of 2009 and 2010. While Republicans were nearly unanimous in opposing the the Democrats’ bill, Democrats were often fighting with themselves about its goals and its substance. Initially, more people supported the bill than opposed it. But as the debate unfolded, nearly all the voters who were on the fence came to take a negative view, and the bill proved to be quite unpopular overall. Whatever the weight of the objective evidence for and against the bill, the arguments the public heard were disproportionately against it, and they reacted as you might expect.

5 Responses to Why Newt’s attacks on Bain are evil

  1. vince on January 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    that is some of the most stupid, illogical, and poorly-written junk i’ve read in a while.

    the truth is irrefutable: romney is a corrupt, unethical dirt bag, and he gives “capitalism” a bad name.

  2. roy on January 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Go away newt, seriously.

  3. anonymous un-RINO on January 14, 2012 at 6:01 am

    So these attacks are “evil”, Poli? Meaning, not only have you taken up with Silver and the rest of the Left, but you’ve taken up their lingo, too?

    Stop being a butthurt RINO, bud.

    Your progressive RINO boy is getting hammered by his fellow RINO, precisely the reverse of what happened in Iowa… there is no difference here.

    Stop your butthurt RINO whining and deal with it.

  4. setnaffa on January 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    It may be that Newt is making every conceivable attack on Romney that Obama will make so as to “innoculate” Romney for the filth to be dumped on him later.

    If that is the case–and he’s intelligent enough to be doing it, knowing he has no chance to win–we all owe him our respect.

    But I’ll wait until after the elections in November to congratulate anybody.

  5. setnaffa on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

    innoculate inoculate