Robert Bennett: Message sent vs. message received: The impact this misinterpretation has on politics

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  • DougS Oakley, UT
    Oct. 23, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    "message sent - message received" Some people will never listen to anything other than that which echoes their own opinion.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    The severely moderate Which Romney who showed up that night had nothing remotely to do with the severely conservative positions severely conservative Which Romney had taken in the primaries.

    The message was sent...and received.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Millions of dollars of conservative money spent pre-election on advertising, thousands of hours of conservative talk radio and Fox News broadcasts, thousands of appearances by conservative spokespeople, tens of thousands of hours of conservative strategist meetings, and Republican congressional compliticity in subverting government action all directed toward undermining and making Barack Obama a one-term president.

    The anti-Obama rhetoric was so ramped up with Birther nonsense, claims that Obama wasn't a "real American", that he was a friend of terrorists, and other movement conservative propaganda that it appeared that almost anyone put up by the Republicans would easily be the next occupant of the White House.

    Partisanship was running hot and heavy with anyone identified as Republican solidly in the anti-Obama camp. Republicans were quickly purging the non-ideologues, those seen as not conservative enough, those thought of as not conservative enough, and those suspected of not being conservative enough.

    So, after all of this preparation, only about 10% of the electorate remained to be brought into the Republican voter fold in order to win the election. The battle is over factual information which Republicans strive to make irrelevant.

  • Wanda B. Rich Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    So, was this opinion piece by Bennett so devastatingly dull that nobody has commented? Frankly, I don't know. I couldn't bring myself to read it either.