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    I've been pointing out that we got our butts kicked in 2010 with the same brain trust running this campaign. The complacency I saw last night was an uncomfortable reminder of the aloof and unfocused effort put forth two years ago.

    If you let the Republican's factually-challenged assertions go unanswered, those assertions become reality. See: 'death panels.' Uninformed viewers watching that debate saw Romney forcefully arguing his case, and the President all too often allowed blatant lies an falsehoods go unchecked.

    Where was the 47%?
    Where were the missing tax returns?
    The offshore accounts?
    Mitt's vampire capitalism and dismal job-creation record as Governor?

    They let Romney position himself as a competent businessman who cared about ordinary people, and as someone who had more passion and excitement about his candidacy than the President. Inexcusable.

    •  I disagree with you here, though. (3+ / 0-)
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      I don't see complacency from the Obama campaign.  They are currently leading in the polls and doing a very good job on the ground game.  This debate was a loss for some of the reasons that you stated here.  But watch this week as the Dems take Romney to task for those lies.  And the 47%, the tax returns, the offshore accounts, and every other horrible thing that Romney has done in his lifetime aren't going anywhere.

      This campaign won't be won at the debate podium.  It'll be won in the trenches.  My points was that Obama just lost last night.  I should have also mentioned that it won't matter as long as the larger campaign meets its targets and that I hope some of the people who've been strutting around here claiming the contest to be over will maybe stop counting chickens.

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      by The Rational Hatter on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 10:24:35 AM PDT

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      •  I haven't seen complacency (2+ / 0-)
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        Dr Swig Mcjigger, rhauenstein

        until last night - and let me say that I think we're still going to win. I think it really energized the Republican base, which up until last night has been completely demoralized. A bad debate performance out of Romney and this thing would've been over.

        They decided to play it safe and run out the clock, which I think was a poor decision. There's still lot's of room to make hay over Mitt's multiple lies, but the media is high on the 'Mitt the Comeback Kid' storyline. Let's see where we are in a few days, and whether the Obama campaign's fact-checking can break through the noise.

        •  Last night's performance energizing the Rs base (1+ / 0-)
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          can have huge negatives for us down-ticket. I am very concerned about this. Not only do I live in the most swing district in WA, but we have a terrifyingly close gubernatorial race, a referendum on marriage equality, and a measure to legalize pot on the ballot this year. Many, including my Democratic state representative, have already conceded that there's no way the Democratic candidate can beat the Republican state representative in this district, the one who was named ALEC state legislator f the year. We're working hard to elect our democratic state senator to Congress, and will then have a huge fight ahead of us to prevent the aforementioned Republican state representative from getting elected to his seat when it's special election time. There are open seats in at least four Congressional districts in this state, out of ten. It may be more. And the slim margin of control that Democrats have in our state senate is at grave risk in this election, too.

          Ginning up Republican enthusiasm here can lead to flipping this state into the red column. We can't afford to go there.

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          by Kitsap River on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 03:47:27 PM PDT

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        •  are you GOTVing (1+ / 0-)
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          that is the only complacency that I worry about

          Barack Obama for President '12

          by v2aggie2 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 06:06:54 PM PDT

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