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  •  You are thinking to logically (1+ / 0-)
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    and expecting the voters to think logically about this as well.

    All they hear is "Obama cut 700 billion" and they think their benefits have been cut. Just because there hasn't been any change in their statements doesn't register because how many of them actually pay attention to the details?

    For example, the recovery act gave a tax cut to almost everyone in America. Yet when asked, voters consistently say that they think Obama raised their taxes.

    •  really? do you have a poll to prove that? (3+ / 0-)

      The only poll I can find on the issue is a CBS Poll in which only 24% thought Obama had raised taxes.

      I think you guys watch too much cable news and spend too much time chatting with wingnuts on Facebook.

      The actual persuadable voters out there are actually fairly cynical and look to their own experiences. Effective political messaging looks to harmonize with those experiences... ineffective political messaging attempts to deny those experiences.

      In this case, Romney's claims conflict with what people have experienced. Should Obama emphasize the benefits in his response to make it totally crystal clear? Absolutely, but ultimately, Obama has the easier task here.

      And if voters were as daft as you think, then there's no point fretting and panicking. If that were the case, we might as well just dig a hole in the backyard and curl up in it... Romney could run an ad saying Obama wants to personally strangle everyone over 65 and, apparently, everyone would believe it... but that's not the case.

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