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(Talking Points Memo)   GOP sends out memo: "How to show empathy and other human emotions - Mitt Romney"   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 80
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2014-01-08 09:02:29 AM  
For example, instead of running over to Facebook and writing "Obama wants to pay 'Holder's People' and boys who look like his son to eat skrimps and trade food stamps for an hour in the recording studio"

Write instead "we are very sorry for the Democrat policies which have done so much to keep the long-term unemployed on the liberal plantation. We look forward to the day that everyone who can work is working, and then maybe you brainwashed melonheads will realize how taxation is theft."

Also, and we cannot stress this enough. The RNC will not commit any re-election funds to any incumbent candidate who is caught spitting on or stomping on a homeless person. Open hand slaps will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Bathroom stall encounters will (as per policy) be dealt with in a Don't Ask Don't Tell manner.
 
2014-01-08 09:26:34 AM  
Say what you want about poor people but they can read others well. They won't buy Republican's concern for them no matter how many acting classes they take.
 
2014-01-08 09:55:56 AM  
We could call it compassionate conservatism.
 
2014-01-08 10:00:09 AM  
I don't think message coaching is going to help.

They've got just about all the white rural moron voters that they're going to get.

The rest of the poor people realize how badly the (R) would like to continue screwing them.
 
2014-01-08 10:00:17 AM  
In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.
 
2014-01-08 10:00:46 AM  
again GOP...it's your policies that are terrible. Say it with a smile, pepper it with warm focus-group fresh buzzwords all day long. That's not going to hide your selfish disdain for your fellow man.


/What's with all these starving people in the streets? it's depressing to look at. I know! let's put some funny hats on them. All better...
 
2014-01-08 10:01:51 AM  
"Call it a personal crisis and not an attempt by our party to systematically funnel every surplus penny available in the economy to our filthy rich donor overlords."
 
2014-01-08 10:02:39 AM  

Jim_Callahan: In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Perhaps, but I suspect there's kind of a difference in the substance between the two parties.

I doubt as many democrats need to be repeatedly coached on things like "Say rape is bad." "Real rape is bad." "No, just say rape is bad." "Forcible rape is bad." "SAY RAPE IS BAD." "Rape is bad. But some rape is" "NO, DO NOT ADD QUALIFIERS TO THIS DAMNIT."
 
2014-01-08 10:04:03 AM  

Jim_Callahan: It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


*looks at 2012 election and candidates in 2014 election*

yeah....in all seriousness, I'm gonna have to argue against you on this. The GOP pretty much has no credibility when it comes to helping the poor/unemployed people in this country. They truly are lacking the empathy they need to win an election
 
2014-01-08 10:04:56 AM  

dangelder: We could call it compassionate conservatism.


Reminder that people believed bush such that almost a majority voted for him.
 
2014-01-08 10:05:29 AM  

Jim_Callahan: In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Both sides are bad? Any advice on voting?
 
2014-01-08 10:07:25 AM  

Jim_Callahan: In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Both can be true.
 
2014-01-08 10:07:40 AM  

dangelder: We could call it compassionate conservatism.


We're invading your country only because we  care.
 
2014-01-08 10:08:00 AM  
shiatt Rmoney.
 
2014-01-08 10:09:13 AM  

DeltaPunch: dangelder: We could call it compassionate conservatism.

We're invading your country only because we  care.

.............

about exploiting your Nation's resources and protecting our rich folk's stuff.
 
2014-01-08 10:10:17 AM  
Anything you want a Republican to do??   just write a script for it.   like a bunch of f*cking useless robots.
 
2014-01-08 10:11:26 AM  
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2014-01-08 10:11:57 AM  

dangelder: We could call it compassionatecompassionated conservatism.


ftfy
 
2014-01-08 10:12:53 AM  
If they weren't such horrible people, they wouldn't need tutorials on how to appear empathetic, would they?
 
2014-01-08 10:12:56 AM  
As I understand it, empathy requires at least a tiny bit of introspection. I'd almost trust these guys to manage sympathy except a) that doesn't actually help, and 2) they'd probably fark that up too.

Here's a neat video about sympathy vs. empathy that I'm gonna leave here because it's neat.
 
2014-01-08 10:13:48 AM  
empathy?... is that some kind of path to tax cuts for the rich?
 
2014-01-08 10:14:16 AM  

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Poors.  Unemployed.  Tangy.

 
2014-01-08 10:15:17 AM  
So, the key is to fake integrity...

BRILLIANT!
 
2014-01-08 10:16:17 AM  
We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand.

-  Neil Young
 
2014-01-08 10:16:52 AM  

Jim_Callahan: It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Good thing nobody said that, then!

Of course it isn't only the GOP that has "sensitivity memos". The whole reason this is funny is that the GOP can't even manage to fake empathy. You do get that, right?
 
2014-01-08 10:17:45 AM  
Just tell them what they want to hear. The sociopath tactic since forever.
 
2014-01-08 10:19:32 AM  
Amazing, really.  Republicans need a memo to tell them how to be compassionate.  I shouldn't be surprised, but wow.
 
2014-01-08 10:20:12 AM  

Felgraf: I doubt as many democrats need to be repeatedly coached on things like "Say rape is bad." "Real rape is bad." "No, just say rape is bad." "Forcible rape is bad." "SAY RAPE IS BAD." "Rape is bad. But some rape is" "NO, DO NOT ADD QUALIFIERS TO THIS DAMNIT."


There is a difference between the parties, but it's philosophical and related to the fact that the GOP's fundamental ideas themselves are terrible.  The necessity of image consultants to keep your company face from saying stupid shiat, and the fact that they sometimes fail to manage it, though, is not one of them.

It's a very, very rare person that can speak extemporaneously without saying things that come off as blatantly ignorant or extremely ill-advised, which is why even politicians that write their own stuff write it out well in advance and then memorize it.  If anything, political career suicides like Akin's are examples of people  genuinely trying to be frank and honest instead of scripted.
 
2014-01-08 10:20:48 AM  
If only Chris Christie's staff had read that memo before sending emails about how they were thrilled to be punishing the children of his opponent.
 
2014-01-08 10:23:08 AM  
HEY Right Wingers- Driving around in giant white trucks that have CRUZ 2016 and NRA bumper stickers plastered all over the tailgate does not help in your quest to show compassion and good will.
 
2014-01-08 10:23:23 AM  

The Bananadragon: As I understand it, empathy requires at least a tiny bit of introspection. I'd almost trust these guys to manage sympathy except a) that doesn't actually help, and 2) they'd probably fark that up too.

Here's a neat video about sympathy vs. empathy that I'm gonna leave here because it's neat.


That was awesome! Thanks.
 
2014-01-08 10:27:00 AM  

Linux_Yes: shiatt Rmoney.


www.headofrothchild.com
 
2014-01-08 10:27:52 AM  

Jim_Callahan: In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Sure, but I would wager that you seldom see party memos meant to teach it's members how to show basic respect for other Americans.  Normally the memos arelikely to be key points to remember about the hot topics of the day.
 
2014-01-08 10:30:20 AM  
ROMNEYBOT ENGAGING EMPATHY UNIT

PAT EGG ON BACK

HORSE DID GOOD SPOUSAL-001

NOW ENGAGE TEAR DUCTS I/R/T MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

ROMNEYBOT SAD PEOPLE ON TELEVISION DEVICE INDICATING STATEMENTS WITH A .002 RELEVANCE TO ROMNEYBOT EMOTIONAL QUADRANT 2 FILIAL AFFECTION.
 
2014-01-08 10:30:54 AM  
Or you could, you know, actually do something instead of just running your mouth.  Just a thought.
 
2014-01-08 10:33:49 AM  

PanicMan: Or you could, you know, actually do something instead of just running your mouth.  Just a thought.


It's against their principles for the government to do anything.  That's why they got into government in the first place.
 
2014-01-08 10:36:14 AM  
So "personal crisis" = "It's your own damn lazy-ass fault that you are unemployed", rather than recognize that years of deregulation and tax cuts have created a fouled economy.
 
2014-01-08 10:39:48 AM  
Here's a pic of Rmoney displaying a genuine human emtion:
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He was expressing smug glee over the death of four people, and anticipating how those deaths could help his campaign.
 
2014-01-08 10:44:03 AM  
Really? None of the Congressional GOP has been unemployed for a significant enough length of time as to need UI? They have no stories of their own to draw on, and they need to be told that the "lazy unemployed moocher sitting at home playing Xbox and eating steak frites all day" is a 1980s fever dream?

I knew this in my 20s. You need to be 25 to be in Congress, right? So are they just really all sons of privilege, willfully obtuse, willfully lying (doubtful, since the memo would be more "Stay on target" than "STOP BEING PRICKS, PRICKS"), or head-in-sand Just-World zealots?

// personally, I think it's the latter coupled with a "Son, you need Jesus" paternalism
 
2014-01-08 10:47:44 AM  
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"The Republican Party embraces you, even if you are dirty, smelly, and poor. But, don't forget, we will destroy any means out there to keep you from starving to death."


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"Shoot, boy, you sure do talk purdy. You got my vote! YEEEHAWW!"

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"Sir, can I have a moment of your time? We Democrats promise..."

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"Shut the fark up, n****r! Don't want none of yer pinko commie bullshiat! Go back to Africa!"

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"Jesus Christ..."

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"HA HA! This pleases me! I love being white, rich, and Republican!"
 
2014-01-08 10:49:26 AM  

Jim_Callahan: In all seriousness, everyone does realize that both parties (as well as pretty much any corporation big enough to exist in multiple states) employ entire departments of people whose entire job it is to write these kinds of memos to remind everyone to try not to look like an asshole, right?  It's not actually some special deficiency of the GOP that necessitates this.


Understood, but is it really too much to ask that people running for office not be assholes in the first place? It's far easier to act sympathetic when you actually are sympathetic.
 
2014-01-08 11:20:17 AM  
Remember to express your appreciation for the qualities of local comestibles, such as grits and lemonade.
 
2014-01-08 11:25:57 AM  
Not much I can add to what's already been said, except that what the Republican Party really needs to do is take a hard, critical look at every one of their ideas' track records wherever they've been applied and consider whether each idea stands a chance of making peoples' lives better.

Not whether it makes campaign contributors richer. Not whether it makes Conservatives feel better about being faithful Conservatives. Not whether it's effective pandering to what passes for their base these days -- whether each idea has a hope of making. the. whole. damn. country. BETTER -- everybody more prosperous, healthier, stronger, smarter. Seems to me that promoting good ideas are a better way to get votes than trying to pretend something you're not.

I don't believe this is ever going to happen, but if it did, then Republicans wouldn't be such useless farks.


... hey Captain Dan -- sorry to bug you, you seem to know people. Care to comment on whether something like this might starting to happen? Or, alternately, if in your opinion I'm full of shiat, here?
 
2014-01-08 11:33:58 AM  
I've felt, for some time, that anyone seeking public office should have at least 2 independent psyche evaluations done and the results made public for one and all to see. Pay for it with taxes, post the findings online.  If you tamper with your results, you are ineligible to run.

Might have saved us from the Bachmann, Palin, etc.
 
2014-01-08 11:38:36 AM  
Vote for the party that has to teach its members how to show empathy and speak to women!
 
2014-01-08 11:43:41 AM  
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2014-01-08 11:48:41 AM  

Your_Midnight_Man: I've felt, for some time, that anyone seeking public office should have at least 2 independent psyche evaluations done and the results made public for one and all to see. Pay for it with taxes, post the findings online.  If you tamper with your results, you are ineligible to run.

Might have saved us from the Bachmann, Palin, etc.


In Romney's case, the Voight-Kampff test would have been more appropriate.
 
2014-01-08 11:51:59 AM  
Ha! They have to be coached on how not to sound and look like the evil assholes they really are.
 
2014-01-08 11:52:26 AM  
Big lol that when I saw this thread, there were 47 comments.
 
2014-01-08 11:56:54 AM  
"No amount of message guidance is going to change the reality that their policies are bad for the unemployed, they are bad for the middle class, and they are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans."

^
 
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