Comments on: Political parties swap roles: Can social issues help Democrats? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: The_Traveler Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:13:13 +0000 Republicans are running on two things: Obama’s perceived unpopularity, and lots, and lots, of money. The first has quite a bit to do with the latter IMO. Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission was a disaster for our democracy. Let’s face it, a lot of Americans don’t function above a 10th grade level in reading comprehension or literacy skills. They don’t read op-eds, they don’t read political analysis pieces. But they do know how to watch a TV, listen to a radio, or go online. So, a PAC campaign simply saturates an area with ads, truthful or no, and waits for the populace to “form their opinions”. How many times have we seen “less than truthful” adverts debunked by sites like Politico, PolitiFact and Quite a few the last few years. Problem is, the damage is done, folks remember the initial presentation, not the actual debunked facts. Obama hasn’t been a perfect President, but I do believe that his Administration, to a great extent, is a victim of this kind of money-bought political wrangling.