Ok, I think I’ve figured it out. It’s not about the game. It’s about the similarities to this year. It’s about thinking Obama is going to lose handily. It’s wondering why this pattern keeps repeating itself.
Here’s your quote from “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72” by Hunter S. Thompson. Page 341.
“Okay,” I said finally, “the reason Nixon put Agnew and the Goldwater freaks in charge of the party this year is that he knows they can’t win in ’76 – but it was a good short-term trade; they have to stay with him this year, which will probably be worth a point or two in November – and that’s important to Nixon because he thinks it will be close: Fuck the polls. They always follow reality instead of predicting it…But the real reason he turned the party over to the Agnew/Goldwater wing is that he knows most of the old-line Democrats who just got stomped by McGovern for the nomination wouldn’t mind seeing George get taken out in ’72 if they know they can get back in the saddle if they’re willing to wait four years.”
When you use change as a talking point, you’ll attract the disillusioned youth. However, you’ll alienate those most likely to go vote in November. Especially when they don’t feel they get a voice in your campaign (read kickbacks).