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  •  ...oops, forgot to finish that thought. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...so the ad can be not only a referendum on Romney, but also on Obama.  Integrity is where he kicks butt.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 10:21:47 AM PST

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    •  I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

      Let Romney be the typical negative, say anything partisan politician. Let Obama rise above it as the uniter, willing to rise above partisan politics.  Those two characterizations have the ring of truth to them because, let's face it, they're actually pretty much true.

      Citizens United means that there will be no shortage of negative ads run against Romney this cycle. I don't think the President's campaign will need to lift a finger.

      •  See, to me that's a loser (0+ / 0-)

        Amply documented, too.  The idea that we're too good for negative ads, and that we can use our opponents' negativity against them, is as quaint and as foolish as a horse-and-buggy on the interstate.

        Negativity is legitimately a part of our politics, and that's good news for Democrats because our opponents are by and large awful people with stupid and sociopathic ideas.  Why we would hobble our own ability to point this out is beyond me, and why we would be reluctant to have our candidates (starting with Obama) put their voice and likeness on what we have to say about our opponents is a mystery as well.  If we resort to the generic sinister voice, it only conveys that we have no more confidence in our claims about Republicans than they have about their claims, which are lies.

        But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

        by Rich in PA on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 11:25:55 AM PST

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        •  Remember, though (0+ / 0-)

          that the Obama campaign did not (for the most part) go negative against McCain, and that worked out pretty ok.

          There will certainly be "contrast" ads comparing policies. I don't think that pointing out that the consequences of Romney's policies would be bad for America makes the ad a negative one.

          There will be also be ads about Bain, about flip flopping, about Romney's hypocrisy, about his gaffes like "I like to fire people!" etc., but the Obama campaign won't be running those.

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