“Your base” means “the people who are with you when you are wrong” according to CNN Senior Political Analyst, William Schneider, who also serves as Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank. He describes his real job as telling people when crises become real.
I heard him speak at a lunch four scandals ago when the hot button issue du jour was the defeat of relatively mild gun control legislation. Remember back in the political dark ages when 90% of Americans supported background checks but the bill did not pass? According to Schneider it is not “how many people care,” it is “how much they care.” His advice to those who oppose groups like the NRA and AARP: “form your own group to oppose them.”
Watch for potentially the same result for the same reason on immigration and don’t expect polls to predict it because they do a poor job of measuring intensity. The Tea Party anti-amnesty zealots could splinter the Republican Party.
William Schneider gives good quip and here are some of the best ones he shared with us.read more