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OBAMA'S 2012 GAME PLAN: How can the president rev up and mobilize his demoralized liberal base?
Newsweek ^ | June 26, 2011 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 07/03/2011 10:31:02 PM PDT by no dems

It was a rare confessional moment for Barack Obama. At a Miami fundraiser in mid-June, the president acknowledged that it’s “not as cool” as it was in 2008 to support him. It isn’t just a matter of fewer hip posters and viral videos. It’s a matter of votes. Rekindling the enthusiasm of African-Americans, educated white liberals, Latinos, young people, and union members—the Democratic Party’s most loyal and progressive members—will be a huge challenge. After all, you can only elect the first African-American president once, and the past two and a half years have deeply disappointed many liberals. “I know a lot of the kids who worked hard in 2008,” says Hodding Carter III, adviser to the last one-term Democratic president (Jimmy Carter) and now a professor at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. “They walk around like cattle who’ve been hit with stun guns between their eyes. This isn’t how it was supposed to be.”

Aabout the strongest argument Obama can make to base voters: it could, and will, be a lot worse if you don’t vote for me. That’s true, and fear is usually a pretty good motivator in politics. But it still isn’t what people were hoping for, and it seems inevitable that some percentage of the most loyal Democrats will stay home.

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After all, you can only elect the first African-American president once, and the past two and a half years have deeply disappointed many liberals.
I've been saying this for months. The new, and the novelty, of electing America's first Black President has worn off. The Blacks, Hispanics and Liberals are disappointed in President Clueless. The turn-out in 2012 will be nowhere near what it was in 2008.
1 posted on 07/03/2011 10:31:16 PM PDT by no dems
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To: no dems

if you surf around the liberal blogs and websites, you will see that the hatred of republicans/conservatives is still alive. The theme will be that anything, no matter how bad, is better than any republican.


2 posted on 07/03/2011 10:34:10 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Democrats = Dependence - Debt - Derision)
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To: no dems

Its a given that Newsweek is in the AnointedIdiot’s bag....as has long been established. How quaint that the label this article as they do.....=.=


3 posted on 07/03/2011 10:36:46 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Loud Mime

I believe you. Liberalism is a mental disease and independents are the ones smarting from their decision in 08’. The imbeciles, morons, idiots, commies, illegals, fags who make up Odumbo’s base won’t change their minds. They are brain-dead.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 10:40:27 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: All

“Rekindling the enthusiasm of African-Americans, educated white liberals, Latinos, young people, and union members—the Democratic Party’s most loyal and progressive members—will be a huge challenge.”

Frankly, these groups are disappointed in Obama - but come November of 2012, they’ll be fully engaged.

The only group that I could envision seeing a drop-off in support is young people. Supporting Obama in ‘08 was the cool thing to do.

The most important group that’s not mentioned is not a natural base of the Democrats. It’s the white suburban independent voter. That includes the “soccer mom” sub-group. If they stay away from Obama and the Dems (like they did in 2010), it will bode well for the GOP.


5 posted on 07/03/2011 10:42:27 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: no dems

Promise them more stuff. They believed it the first time.


6 posted on 07/03/2011 10:42:53 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

You can’t beat “hopychangey”. If ‘WTF’ (Winning the future) is all these jackasses have, they’re eff’d.


7 posted on 07/03/2011 10:48:00 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: no dems

He can resign.


8 posted on 07/03/2011 10:48:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: no dems

“About the strongest argument Obama can make to base voters: it could, and will, be a lot worse if you don?t vote for me. That?s true, “.

Really - Newsweek should explain why they think this is true.


9 posted on 07/03/2011 10:49:27 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: no dems

Blacks, the mainstream media and unions will continue to goosestep behind Obama off a cliff without a second thought, and he will lose a few points with Latinos and Jews, but not much.

I think conservatives have a shot, because they aren’t stupid as liberals, and won’t allow a second term.

I think there was Bush burn out in the last election, and McCain sucked, but there won’t be any complacency this time.

The stakes are too high this time.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 10:50:15 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: no dems
You are dead on. This enthusiasm deficit is the kiss of death. There will be no GOP voters being swayed this time and most independents have proven they have little patience for the Regime as demonstrated in every election since Obummer got in. '12 will be blood bath for the Rats and they know it. Just look at how weak Obummers campaign stops have been with the lack of attendees.


11 posted on 07/03/2011 10:52:29 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Loud Mime
The theme will be that anything, no matter how bad, is better than any republican.

Most liberals will remain stupid until the bitter end. They're just not honest and smart enough to admit they're ever wrong about anything, especially political ideology.

12 posted on 07/03/2011 10:52:52 PM PDT by Bullish (The golfer takes all the credit and gives the jet fighter pilot all the blame.)
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To: max americana
You can’t beat “hopychangey”. If ‘WTF’ (Winning the future) is all these jackasses have, they’re eff’d.


13 posted on 07/03/2011 10:53:42 PM PDT by Zakeet (The Wee Wee's real birth certificate got shredded with his Rezko mortgage records)
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To: max americana
"The imbeciles, morons, idiots, commies, illegals, fags who make up Odumbo’s base won’t change their minds. They are brain-dead."

That's exactly right, but a very great percentage of them will stay home in 2012.

14 posted on 07/03/2011 10:58:29 PM PDT by matthew fuller (If we don't need a budget, we don't need a debt limit increase either.)
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To: max americana

.....who make up Odumbo’s base won’t change their minds. They are brain-dead.


Exactly right. They’ve lost all sanity and reason. It actually is a mental thing. They could have 0bama’s boot up their butts and they’d grin and bear it. I’m serious.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 11:02:11 PM PDT by unkus
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To: no dems
After all, you can only elect the first African-American president once, and the past two and a half years have deeply disappointed many liberals.

I've been saying this for months.

See my tagline. Unchanged since December 2008.

16 posted on 07/03/2011 11:06:09 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: no dems

So in the end, all 0bama ends up being is another fear and hate spreading, mud raking two-bit run of the mill Left Wing political hack.

Yeah, he was SOOOOO unique and different...

What Fools the 0bamazombies are.


17 posted on 07/03/2011 11:09:09 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: no dems
"OBAMA'S 2012 GAME PLAN: How can the president rev up and mobilize his demoralized liberal base?"

I could just slap the stupid out of the morons in the media who write such stupid titles.

It starts off with a declarative statement, and then poses a question that begs for an answer to that same declarative statement.

I guess a basic command of the English language is no longer a requirement to be a journalist, or even an editor. Crikey......

That said, there's no way for Obama to "rev up" his demoralized base. Most of his staunchly loyal supporters are in the Gimme Class, or are so politically, educationally, and culturally clueless, as to be beyond redemption.

These are the people who won't even bother to show up at the polls on election day, because The Won is their messiah, and he'll just magically reappear as their president, because everyone is going to vote for him. The Republicans don't stand a chance, because the media told them so, so why bother?

Of those who really are demoralized, many will be too disillusioned to make the effort to give him another vote of confidence. The thrill is gone for them, and unless they take the next year or so truly informing themselves, they're not going to even consider voting for the Republican. They'll just stay home.

Then, there are those who have actually been horrified at what they've done. These folks have real buyer's remorse, because they've had their eyes open for the previous two years, and have witnessed Obama ripping our nation's foundations asunder.

Many of these folks are about to cross the Rubicon, and give the Republican a chance. The more outspoken that Republican challenger is, and the more in opposition to Obama's agenda they are, the more likely these folks are to vote for them.

This is all the more reason that our nominee CANNOT be another milquetoast RINO, maneuvered into position by the ruling class. They have GOT to be a fierce patriot, who's unloading on Obama and the Marxist Dems with both barrels blazing.

The only candidate on our side who has naturally, and consistently met that bar, is Sarah Palin. We must ensure that she is our nominee in 2012. It's for all the marbles this time.

18 posted on 07/03/2011 11:18:02 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

It’s for all the marbles this time.


Yes, it is. This is it.


19 posted on 07/03/2011 11:21:13 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Lazlo in PA

You really need to correct the grammar. Unless of course you want to be viewed dumber than Obama.

20 posted on 07/03/2011 11:39:52 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Cobra64

Looking like an educated idiot is one thing, however, destroying America based on information learned from these so-called American institutions of higher learning is down right CRIMINAL!


21 posted on 07/03/2011 11:44:47 PM PDT by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: max americana
The imbeciles, morons, idiots, commies, illegals, fags who make up Odumbo’s base won’t change their minds. They are brain-dead.
But, they won't turn out in the numbers they did in '08.
22 posted on 07/04/2011 12:02:15 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: MplsSteve; All

I think if we have Marco Rubio on the Ticket in the VP spot, we’ll draw off some of Obama’s Hispanic vote AND carry Florida. I say that whoever carries Florida will be living in the White House from 2013 - 2017. WHAT SAY YE?


23 posted on 07/04/2011 12:05:08 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: cranked

Simple—make every person the GOP tries to run—look like a flaming racist, a fool, or a religious fanatic who will start to burn witches. Thats the only way he can win—tar the opposition as worse than Obama. then get the A) Blacks on his side (a done deal) B) Get the Gays on his side, C) Get the Mexicans on his side with amnesty so they can bring in their cousins, uncles and aunts, C) Get the Commie leftist on his side with some soak the Rich socialist talk. It might work. BUT he has lost his magic mojo. the Anti-War people will stay home, so well the Jews and the rich leftists. The Right is organized and motivated. His fight will not be easy—If the Dems were smart they would figure out a way to get Obama off the ticket and run Hillary.


24 posted on 07/04/2011 12:07:08 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: radpolis

Ref. your Post #10: Exactly!!! I agree with every word.


25 posted on 07/04/2011 12:07:12 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Lazlo in PA; All
'12 will be blood bath for the Rats and they know it. Just look at how weak Obummers campaign stops have been with the lack of attendees.
I agree, but what scares me is the Democratic thugs ability to steal elections. WE NEED CONSERVATIVES AND TEA PARTIERS TO BEGIN SIGNING UP AND TRAINING NOW TO BE POLL WATCHERS; ESPECIALLY IN PLACES LIKE CHICAGO, MADISON,MILWAUKEE AND ST. LOUIS.
26 posted on 07/04/2011 12:10:54 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Cobra64; Lazlo in PA
How should it be worded? "The only people dumber than I am, would be the people who voted for me." Is that better????
27 posted on 07/04/2011 12:14:32 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Windflier; All
they're not going to even consider voting for the Republican. They'll just stay home.
That'll work! They will NOT clear out the Crack Houses, HO Houses and Jail Houses for Obama this time like they did in '08.
28 posted on 07/04/2011 12:25:30 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: no dems

Excellent!


29 posted on 07/04/2011 12:31:09 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: no dems
They will NOT clear out the Crack Houses, HO Houses and Jail Houses for Obama this time like they did in '08.

You're absolutely right.

It took a vast army of committed droids to wring every possible vote out of the left in 2008, but this time around, Obama doesn't have the same drawing power to summon that army.

Oh, he'll have some boots on the ground for sure, but nothing like the all-pervading, near euphoric masses that helped him over the top the last time. Not even close.

The right, on the other hand, is nearly ready to burn down Washington, they're so mad and energized. Whole different dynamic at work this time, and if we nominate Sarah, we'll have a head lopping warrior leading the charge.

I'm telling, this election is going to be a thing of beauty. I can't wait to see hordes of lefties crying in the streets, and talking heads jumping off buildings. It's gonna be grand ;-)

30 posted on 07/04/2011 12:53:29 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: no dems
Likely he will spin into full hypnotist mode again and hope to once again put them under his spell.
31 posted on 07/04/2011 1:15:25 AM PDT by Bellflower (Isa 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.))
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To: no dems

For the Base, it will never change. The american communist party is openly supporting Obama and no one is blinking an eye.

What is going to trouble Obama is how he gets back the middle. Many of them aren’t working. I don’t think running on continued unemployment is going to fly.


32 posted on 07/04/2011 1:29:00 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Save the planet, destroy the MSM)
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To: ltc8k6

Be like a Caesar: Hold a parade and throw gold and bread at the masses while riding a chariot.
Obama thinks he is king, so he might as well go the extra step.


33 posted on 07/04/2011 1:35:38 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: no dems

34 posted on 07/04/2011 2:30:54 AM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: no dems
it could, and will, be a lot worse if you don’t vote for me. That’s true...

How is that a TRUE statement, Newsweek?

35 posted on 07/04/2011 3:19:35 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Bellflower
Likely he will spin into full hypnotist mode again and hope to once again put them under his spell.


36 posted on 07/04/2011 3:26:29 AM PDT by newzjunkey (a 2008 classic)
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To: lacrew
Newsweek can't explain why it would be worse if Obama isn't re-elected. Perhaps you forgot the headline, which also tells you the intent of the article - to try to mobilize his base. If the lie would be obvious coming from his lips (and it will), they are willing to start it first in the attempt to do some energizing/mobilizing.

Funny how algore screams about how Bush "played on our fears", while its the lefties who constantly resort to fear-mongering.

37 posted on 07/04/2011 4:13:08 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Loud Mime; max americana; Bullish
The theme will be that anything, no matter how bad, is better than any republican.

Was it any different here in 2008?

Most active, ideological voters will vote ---- even for a compromise candidate.

These elections are not decided by most conservatives on FR or liberals on DU. Activism, volunteering and participation in a campaign can help (or hurt if there is less energy).

The sad truth is that elections tend to get decided by the mushy-middle group of people who are less informed, less motivated and less ideological.

If you look at this mushy-middle, you will clearly see that Obama is finished.

Consider that it is commonly accepted that Obama's economic policy is a failure. It is commonly accepted that Obama's ideology is too liberal.

Many of these people do not care if a president is conservative or liberal. They care if their policies are working and if they are doing what seems best for the country. That is why they re-elected Reagan in 1984, Clinton in 1996 and Bush in 2004.

38 posted on 07/04/2011 4:31:56 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Was it any different here in 2008?

Yes, just watch. They didn't blast McCain - - they ignored him. The put out a hope and change campaign that had Leni Riefenstahl smiling from the underworld.

Now the Democrats will have to openly trash the Constitution. They will have to lie about Obama's failures and Obama's path toward ruin. Those lies, coupled with the unqualified hatred of their political opponents, will bring forth a political campaign that will have Satan smiling.

Obama is now a known quantity and a known failure. For Obama to win again, the Democrats will have to sink to the lowest levels in politics; lower than we have ever seen in the U.S.

39 posted on 07/04/2011 4:44:05 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Democrats = Dependence - Debt - Derision)
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To: Windflier
They have GOT to be a fierce patriot, who's unloading on Obama and the Marxist Dems with both barrels blazing.

I doubt you will get your wish.

As much as I would like to see Obama eviscerated in public, it is not necessary to win....therefore, it will not be done.

The Dems would love to have an opponent who makes this a personal grudge match with Obama. Unless it is Herman Cain on our side, they will be called racist, bigoted, etc. (even Cain would be called racist....somehow.)

Our candidate will win without making this race personal, which risks a backlash, blunder or 'inappropriate' comment. (which we would not consider inappropriate)

This campaign can be won by completely ignoring Obama himself and just talking about spending too much with no results, intruding too much with no authority and by not leading enough on the national and world stage.

Our side better focus on a clear three-step program to make things right. Something like:

Cut spending (Americans have tighted their belts, its time Washington tighten theirs)

Cut taxes and regulations (When people and companies spend their own money and are unleashed from Washington's control, this country prospers)

Return to individual sovreignty. (Americans are sick and tired of 'group' politics. The individual is the ultimate minority and must be at the forefront of our thinking on legislation.)

A more patriotic, forward-focused campaign is the key to win. Successful policies that fix the economy and get gov't under control win the ideological war, providing our side makes that point over and over again.

40 posted on 07/04/2011 4:58:37 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: MplsSteve

One thing I read, to me puts his re-election prospects in perspective. Try to imagine or describe that voter who thinks, “I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008, but now that I’ve seen him in action, he’s sure got my vote this time, around”. It’s hard to picture anyone saying this. If it’s true his population of new voters is small, then he will need all of his first time voters to vote for him again. Doesn’t seem likely.


41 posted on 07/04/2011 5:10:32 AM PDT by JohnEBoy
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To: unkus

I believe that Obama will still get 95% of the black voters who turn out, but getting them to turn out in the numbers they did last time might be tough.


42 posted on 07/04/2011 5:11:47 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: no dems

What’s the problem?

They’re all unemployed with nothing better to do.


43 posted on 07/04/2011 5:31:38 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Loud Mime

I stop in at Yahoo Answers once a week or so to attack and demoralize the liberals. In fact, conservatives have taken over some categories there. I’m surprised, though, that the leftists at Yahoo are allowing the attacks against the liberal sheep to continue.

The liberal blue funk at Yahoo is thick as syrup.


44 posted on 07/04/2011 6:13:47 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
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To: Loud Mime
For Obama to win again, the Democrats will have to sink to the lowest levels in politics; lower than we have ever seen in the U.S.
And, they are not above doing that. I just wish the GOP was as "street smart" as the DemocRATS.
45 posted on 07/04/2011 6:14:43 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Venturer; All
There was a very articulate Black lady being interviewed by Sean Hannity this past week. I tuned in late and did not find out who she was. But she said the following: The Blacks who vote, will vote for Obama in large numbers. But, the number who turn out to vote in 2012 will not be nearly as large as the number who turned out to vote in 2008.
I've been saying the same thing for months. The new has worn off; they've had their Black President..... game over.
46 posted on 07/04/2011 6:20:31 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: sergeantdave
I stop in at Yahoo Answers once a week or so to attack and demoralize the liberals.
Can you give me a direct link to Yahoo Answers or tell me if there is a special section for political discourse? I went to www.yahooanswers.com and found questions like "Can you tell me the proper way to insert a Tampon?". For real Sarge. Help me out here.
47 posted on 07/04/2011 6:26:29 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: no dems

Marco Rubio...

Agreed!


48 posted on 07/04/2011 6:36:21 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: CPT Clay

But, some folks on here say that Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal as well, are not eligible to be Prez or VP b/c their parents were not citizens when the two of them were born in Miami and Baton Rouge respectively.


49 posted on 07/04/2011 7:17:30 AM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
As much as I would like to see Obama eviscerated in public, it is not necessary to win....therefore, it will not be done.

This campaign can be won by completely ignoring Obama himself and just talking about spending too much with no results, intruding too much with no authority and by not leading enough on the national and world stage.

Eric, I admire the fact that you'd like to see the next election conducted in such a gentlemanly and sportsmanlike manner, but I'm sorry, such an election has never been seen in this country. Our candidate will most certainly take everything wrong with this country, and make the incumbent own it - lock, stock, and barrel. That's presidential politics 101.

Secondly, the first shot probably won't even be fired by our nominee. Obama's people will begin lobbing grenades at our candidate well in advance of his own offensive, which you know will come ("you can put lipstick on a pig..."). That fire will need to be returned.

I'm afraid that you can't make issues the enemy in an election. The people can't vote against an issue, but they can vote against those who are most responsible for that issue being a threat to their life, liberty, or happiness.

If you don't put the onus for the nation's troubles squarely on the incumbent president, then what reason are you giving the people to fire him? And if you're unwilling to label him as destructive cause, how are you going to label yourself as constructive cause? Why should they hire you?

Like it or not, elections most certainly are about individuals, and groups of individuals, and how they are related the issues of our day. In the present case, the incumbent president and his party are directly responsible for a whole host of issues that are destructive of the people's life, liberty, and happiness. This must be made clear by our side, and by our candidate, when the time comes.

50 posted on 07/04/2011 9:29:58 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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