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The Challenge Ahead for Romney-Ryan
Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau

Posted on 08/12/2012 4:55:37 PM PDT by Kaslin

Seeing the Sunday news shows did nothing to diminish my enthusiasm over Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for the VP slot.  It did, however, provide a sobering realization of the scale of the challenge ahead for the Romney-Ryan ticket -- given that (1) the Obama campaign has shown a willingness to lie without shame; and (2) the ostensible "referees" of the debate (i.e., the media) have already made it more than clear that they are in the tank for Obama.


There are some things that the Romney-Ryan team needs to do right away.  These include:

(1) Get surrogates and spokesmen the facts -- fast.  Reince Priebus has done a stellar job as RNC chairman, but he was not prepared for David Gregory's onslaught this morning on "Meet the Press."  It is entirely predictable that the left was ready with a "Romney-Ryan want to push Granny off the cliff."  The response needs to be strong, unified, coherent and easy to understand.  Paul Ryan has a talent for making the complex simple.  It is a talent everyone else needs to develop, fast.

People need to understand why entitlement reform is an integral part of our nation's fiscal recovery -- and how it helps them in the short term with the jobs crisis and the other fiscal issues we're currently facing.  The Obama message is short and simple: "They want to cut spending so millionaires don't have to pay taxes."  It's wrong (and assumes a level of evil and bad faith that's simply shocking!) but the GOP needs something almost as crisp and easy, keeping in mind that it has to make sense to normal people (who, quite sensibly, never believed Obama's claim that ObamaCare was needed for economic recovery to take hold).

(2) Inoculate the electorate against the "politics of fear" that's all the Obama team has to push.  How about an ad splicing together every apocalyptic denunciation of Republican reforms that the Democrats have routinely made over the last 30 years?  How about clips showing talking heads of the day predicting doom if Reagan were elected, or his tax cuts went through, or the 1986 tax reform passed, or welfare reform was passed in 1996?  People need to remember that this is the way Democrats have always responded to any effort to reform Big Government.  As part of this effort,

(3) Offer the states as examples.  GOP-led states are thriving (relatively), where governors have made tough choices and withstood the left's onslaught.  As part of the ads referenced above, show the left prophesying doom in Wisconsin and New Jersey . . . and then show the turnaround Governors Walker and Christie are achieving.  And for heaven's sake, get the governors on the campaign trail.  Governor Walker did fine this morning on "Meet the Press"  -- because he's used to dealing with the kind of "fear and smear" tactics the left employs and the media happily passes along.

(4) Help people understand that the Obama campaign is trying to make them afraid of the wrong things.  It's a tough sell to convince voters that President Obama is a bigger threat to government programs as they currently exist than Mitt Romney is -- although we were reminded, accurately and with some regularity this morning, that Obama is the one who cut $700 billion from Medicare.  But people won't believe that any more than the left can convince them that Republicans are the party of high taxes.

Instead, point out that the pain and the cost of addressing tough issues now is going to be significantly less than doing it in just a decade or so.  If we make changes now -- not even terribly horrible changes -- we can right the ship.  If we wait, our entire country will start to look like . . . California.  And that will be a disaster.  That's what we should really fear -- not, for example, paring spending back to 2006 levels.  In addition, explain why this time, it really is different than, say 1992 (when Ross Perot drove concern about the deficit, but we grew out of it shortly thereafter).  This isn't 1992 -- Obama has gotten us into a situation that -- in four years -- will be hard to recover from.

And offer some hope, framing the election as a choice: "The Obama campaign offers nothing but more fear, and more of the same.  Americans don't have to be afraid . . . if we do the right thing now.  We've all had to worry for four years.  It's time those day were over.  And it's time for us to stop blaming each other for the problems we face -- and to start solving them.  It's time for real hope, real change and a fresh start."

Finally, tHIS VIDEO SHOULD BE EVERYWHERE.  It shows Bill Clinton speaking with Paul Ryan about how he hopes the 2011 Democrat win in New York won't become an excuse for his party to "do nothing" about reform -- and invites Ryan to call him.  So who's really out of the mainstream -- Ryan and Clinton, or Obama and his lefty "do nothing" crew?





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1 posted on 08/12/2012 4:55:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I don’t get it. If Romney is such a liberal, why go to the lying, distorting, crazed lengths to which the press extends themselves while tottering on the brink of extinction?

Curious. If he’s as big a liberal as some of us say he is, they can’t lose.


2 posted on 08/12/2012 4:58:50 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis." - Universal truth.)
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To: Kaslin
It's not a question of bringing Priebus up to speed ~ he engineered this Romney takeover ~ so he should have been prepared unless he has his mind in the clouds (of something) and believes this election can be won WITHOUT Social Conservatives, and through adroit use of negative advertising on cable TV.

Bwahahahahahahahahaaaa!

3 posted on 08/12/2012 5:02:24 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

You seem to express schadenfreude in you criticism of Priebus. Sort of like the scene where Slim Pickens triumphantly straddles the bomb as it plummets to the earth far below.

Obama is trying to destroy our country, and I take this as an attack against my family. My vote for Ryan will be personal, not political.

As another poster put it, a lame duck Obama is infinitely worse than a first term Romney.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 5:10:31 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: reasonisfaith
Take as personal as you want. How I vote is my business.

In this election if you believe as you believe, let me add this ~ both Romney and Obama pose an equal threat to our future.

5 posted on 08/12/2012 5:14:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Lame duck Obama has no limits. Think of a virulent anti-American in the White House with no limits.

First term Romney is at worst status quo, but more likely will mean at least partly a turnaround until Ryan can get in there.

Maybe Ryan/West in 2016 or 2020.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 5:21:58 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: reasonisfaith
BTW, I opposed the selection of Priebus as RNC Chairman the second his name was put forward. He's been in the bag with Romney since the beginning of time.

If they'd listened to me they'd gotten someone with a winner's attitude ~ not that of the lapdog we have running the RNC.

BTW, the last guy we had as Chairman presided over one of the greatest electoral victories in Republican history. Whatever he did, or didn't do, should be a guide to his successors. Alas, we had a whole lot of folks on FR and throughout the Conservative movement who thought Mike Steele was a loser ~ despite that victory.

Obviously MIke knew some things that Priebus hasn't learned yet else we wouldn't be in this mess where your great messianic, almost god-like (listen to the ads) figure has us running behind the Democrats a good 5 to 10 points almost everywhere.

Steele had 2010 wrapped up before August as I recall. The Democrats were going down hard, and they did go down hard.

This is different ~ we don't have a winner, or even someone who knows how to be a winner. The Democrats will pull out all the stops, lie their lips dry, and in the end ~ as both candidates lurch to the bottom of the popularity pile, they will do everything they can ~ lawful or unlawful ~ to seize the powers of government.

You guys aren't prepared for it.

7 posted on 08/12/2012 5:22:07 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
No they don't. They're not equal just similar in some political leanings or in Romneys case expediency.

Don't agree with Mitt except for his 15% financial conservatism but he is nothing like the Socialist spoiled brat that this country crapped out in 2008 and we now call Mr Present.

8 posted on 08/12/2012 5:22:49 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: muawiyah

Lame duck Obama has no limits. Think of a virulent anti-American in the White House with no limits.

First term Romney is at worst status quo, but more likely will mean at least partly a turnaround until Ryan can get in there.

Maybe Ryan/West in 2016 or 2020.


9 posted on 08/12/2012 5:22:58 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

“If they’d listened to me they’d gotten someone with a winner’s attitude”

So why a “winner’s attitude” then but a loser’s attitude now?


10 posted on 08/12/2012 5:24:34 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: liberty or death
Romney's record is the equal of Obama's in terms of evil and disrespect for standards of democratic self-government.

These guys are no different.

11 posted on 08/12/2012 5:25:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: reasonisfaith
You do understand I'm just the messenger. I didn't pick your loser ~ you picked him ~ or you let him slip in without resistance.

Nobody has to follow a loser.

12 posted on 08/12/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

To equivocate Obama and Romney is political illiteracy.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 5:29:22 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: rbmillerjr

To fail to notice that there’s no difference between these two is to be brain dead!


14 posted on 08/12/2012 5:30:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

“Nobody has to follow a loser.”

This is why I’m not following your message.


15 posted on 08/12/2012 5:34:07 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: jessduntno

I always like the idea of judging a person by his enemies.

If the left hates Romney, there has to be something to commend him.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: muawiyah

You can’t offer a serious argument that the two are the same.


17 posted on 08/12/2012 5:36:48 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: rbmillerjr

You are wasting your time.

These guys take it as a badge of honor that they hate Romney as much as they do Obama. It proves they are the “true conservatives”.

It matters not that any objective analysis would show significant differences between the two candidates. What matters is that their conservative bonafides remain in tact.

That way they can maintain their air of superiority over those of us who may not be Romney fans but are realistic enough to see that four more years of Obama damage may not leave much of a country left to save.


18 posted on 08/12/2012 5:38:40 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: reasonisfaith
At the moment I'm not running for anything and I don't need followers.

On the other hand the Republicans owe me and 55 million other voters a decent candidate who can win.

They haven't delivered the goods.

19 posted on 08/12/2012 5:38:43 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Persevero

The problem is the right hates Romney too.


20 posted on 08/12/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by colorcountry (The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2))
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To: Persevero

“If the left hates Romney, there has to be something to commend him.”

You’d think so, wouldn’t ya? They hate him and seem to fear him. Maybe it’s pure hate. I dunno. Appears some of us do to. I’m wondering if it’s political at all.


21 posted on 08/12/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis." - Universal truth.)
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To: muawiyah

Apparently the commiemedia disagrees with you.

Pray for America


22 posted on 08/12/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT by bray (Take out the commies in November!)
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To: Persevero
Don't be fooled. The folks on the left are his friends ~ they loved him with an adulation you just don't find Republicans giving anyone.

Makes me wonder how many of the faux Conservatives on these boards aren't even real Republicans.

To win this or any election it is necessary for a politician to protect his voting base as much as possible while seeking to peel off a faction from the other side ~ usually on the basis of a demonstrable commonality of purpose or interest.

What you don't win with is turning into a pale imitation of the other side, or worse, in selecting a top end candidate who cannot be differentiated from their candidate.

That method is guaranteed to lose, or at best, make for a very lengthy vote counting session!~

23 posted on 08/12/2012 5:43:41 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

“Judge Forrest had ruled for a temporary injunction against an unconstitutional provision in this law, after government attorneys refused to provide assurances to the court that plaintiffs and others would not be indefinitely detained for engaging in first amendment activities. At that time, twice the government has refused to define what it means to be an “associated force”, and it claimed the right to refrain from offering any clear definition of this term, or clear boundaries of power under this law.

This past week’s hearing was even more terrifying. Government attorneys again, in this hearing, presented no evidence to support their position and brought forth no witnesses. Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction.”

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2012/08/10/ndaa-the-most-important-lawsuit-in-american-history-that-no-one-is-talking-about/


24 posted on 08/12/2012 5:45:09 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Kaslin
"The Challenge Ahead for Romney-Ryan" is the Looters, Moochers and Conservatives with their panties all in an uproar! If you can't vote for Ryan...stay at home and pout!

Remembering Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have---not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.

25 posted on 08/12/2012 5:45:21 PM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: muawiyah

Next to an anti-American communist liar, decent becomes very easy.


26 posted on 08/12/2012 5:45:45 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

Not you—your message. It’s a loser and I’m not following it.


27 posted on 08/12/2012 5:48:58 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: bray
The commiemedia lie an awful lot ~ do not be so easily fooled.

You see Michelle going around campaigning hither and yon ~ ? Right now she's protecting the Democrat voting base. There are no new programs or policies she's peddling, nor will there be anything new in Obama's speeches. These people are spinning the fable that their voters are important people who are privileged to vote for Obama.

They might well get cracking to strip off a faction of GOP-e types who are fed up that Conservatives didn't go lockstep with them over the cliff, but for right now the Obamistas are shoring up the resolve of their voting base.

Still waiting on Romney to figure out how to do that ~ and it doesn't mean selecting Ryan ~ it means getting out of the way and letting the Convention resolve the issues and pick a real candidate.

28 posted on 08/12/2012 5:48:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Not you—your message. It’s a loser and I’m not following it.


29 posted on 08/12/2012 5:49:51 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: rbmillerjr
Makes me wonder how many of the faux Conservatives on these boards aren't even real Republicans.

Told you.

30 posted on 08/12/2012 5:49:51 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: radioone

Rumsfeld got fired.


31 posted on 08/12/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

“Rumsfeld got fired.”

Against the will of conservatives. Only the leftists celebrate his firing.


32 posted on 08/12/2012 5:52:28 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: reasonisfaith
You don't like the message because you haven't thought through the problem ~ we have a candidate who has done nothing to protect the Republican voting base ~ guy doesn't even know Conservatives control at least 40% of the votes AND they campaign.

Putting Ryan on the ticket may not be satisfactory to all the Social Conservatives either.

33 posted on 08/12/2012 5:53:06 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: reasonisfaith

He still got fired.


34 posted on 08/12/2012 5:53:57 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

LOL! Other than palin no one would have satisfied some of the fanatics. Ryan is as good as it gets for this pick


35 posted on 08/12/2012 5:54:27 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

But he has to run with Romney. That ruins everything.


36 posted on 08/12/2012 5:55:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Suppose Romney had a change of heart. Or, maybe he was always right of center, but moved to the left to win reelection in Mass, (with secret plans to move back right after the election). He didn't win, BTW, which may have taught him something about what the people want and being true to yourself. GWB pretended to be a conservative in his first term to get reelected, and then brought us Prescription Drugs in his second term.

So, maybe Romney learned a lesson, there, or maybe he sees where the country is headed and realizes there needs to be some big changes to save this country. I'm willing to give him a chance.

37 posted on 08/12/2012 5:58:00 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Kaslin
I'll say it again (maybe somehow the word will get to the Repubs):

The "news" media may broadcast the debates, but they should not moderate it. C'mon, they work for a broadcast company that tries to get viewers; they need drama and controversy. It's just that they get it by sand-bagging the Repubs because of their ideology.

Use retired politicians, judges, ambassadors, etc. as moderators.

38 posted on 08/12/2012 6:05:57 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: muawiyah

I will never support a pro-Obama message.

The message is a loser.


39 posted on 08/12/2012 6:06:59 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

You’re another one who might have been duped by the posts of Obama supporters pretending to be conservative.

Don’t let them fool you.

An Obama second term is a labor camp for folks like you and me.


40 posted on 08/12/2012 6:11:36 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

And as for Rumsfeld, his message was right.

You fight with what you have, not with what you wish you had.


41 posted on 08/12/2012 6:14:07 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: reasonisfaith

You grossly underestimate Romney. He hates your guts. The Mittbots won’t let you get to the camp.


42 posted on 08/12/2012 6:14:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: reasonisfaith
You people are reduced to name calling and insults.

You really need to come up with something about how to win the election or you are toast.

43 posted on 08/12/2012 6:16:57 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

We need to come up with how to win this election??

BWWWAAA

Your unknown and unannounced Third Party loser pick, sort of puts the burden on you to come up with a plan.

It’s going to be Obama or Romney, not rocket science.


44 posted on 08/12/2012 6:29:24 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: muawiyah

The pro-Obama message is a loser.

I refuse to follow it.


45 posted on 08/12/2012 6:33:20 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

“You grossly underestimate Romney. He hates your guts.”

Wherever this came from, it didn’t come from a knowledge of Romney. It’s an extreme statement to the point of sounding desperate.


46 posted on 08/12/2012 6:36:32 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

“Obama is like Teen Talk Barbie, but without the intellectual endowment, the fashion sense, or the looks.”

Couldn’t pass this up.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2917738/posts?page=3#3


47 posted on 08/12/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: muawiyah

“Democrats in Panic Mode After RNC Raises $3.5 Million Following Ryan Pick”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2917721/posts


48 posted on 08/12/2012 6:45:43 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Why do you seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5))
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To: Kaslin

Those were all good suggestions, but I prefer R&R to keep it simple. Don’t worry about our Dear Leader, simply marginalize him. Every speech, every TV appearance, every radio interview must be full of “over 40 straight months of unemployment over 8%, very little job creation, more Americans than ever on food stamps and welfare, rising energy, gas and food prices, 5 trillion in new debt in less than four years.....”. Anytime Obama and his minions bring up some tangential issue, simply state “This election is about the President’s record, including unemployment over 8%...”. Do that EVERY TIME.

Pound, pound, pound Obama on his miserable record. Keep it simple, keep it straight-forward, keep it on message. The economy is our winning hand and it’s far too late for our Dear Leader to right the ship.


49 posted on 08/12/2012 7:21:47 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Kharis13
Pound, pound, pound Obama on his miserable record.

When the retiring politician was asked how he always won re election, he replied,"First, I tells the crowd what I am going to tell them, Then I tells them, then I tells them what I told them."

50 posted on 08/12/2012 7:26:52 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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