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President Obama saying words the Republican party will try to turn against him.

In what should be an especially bizarre strategy if Mitt Romney is the Republican presidential nominee, the Republican party is unveiling a new toy for putting together attacks on President Obama: a video database of basically everything Obama has ever said, to be used basically to blame him for having tried to accomplish anything:

“We’re in a unique place this cycle, unlike any other cycle, because Obama made very specific promises in very specific locations,” Spicer said. “A lot of times candidates speak in platitudes, and you can argue those facts back and forth all day long. But Obama has said very specific stuff on the campaign trail and in office.”

So because Obama didn't speak entirely in platitudes, yet also didn't accomplish every single thing he planned to accomplish, his words are now the Republicans' big weapon against him:

One example from the RNC’s trove: Obama’s 2009 comment that the Recovery Act would help bring 2 million Americans out of poverty.  The file cites census data suggesting more than 6 million Americans joined the ranks of the poor since 2009, instead.

We're not supposed to consider the possibility that the Recovery Act actually did keep 2 million Americans from poverty, and that without it, 8 million Americans, rather than 6 million, would have joined the ranks of the poor. Or possibly more, since the CBO estimated that the stimulus had created 3.6 million jobs. We're certainly not supposed to remember that Republicans tried to keep the stimulus too small to make much difference and have systematically worked against creating jobs and for the destruction of the safety net that keeps people out of poverty or helps them survive it.

No, instead let's just blame Obama for having tried to make things better than they are.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Well, that's the motto of many on the left (29+ / 0-)
    No, instead let's just blame Obama for having tried to make things better than they are.

    Why should the Republicans shy away from that tactic?

    Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:23:44 PM PST

    •  If I recall mitt Romney doesn't think (3+ / 0-)
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      That context matters.  Didn't he run the ad with the "if the election is about the economy we will lose" comment, as if Obama was speaking for himself?  He also defended the tactic as completely honest.  Probably what he means by using his words against him.

      •  I've been in far too many threads of late (23+ / 0-)

        where people are bashing Obama because we don't have single payer. Or the stimulus was too weak. Or the banksters aren't in jail. Candidate Obama and President Obama are not the same person and that won't fly in some circles. And the Republicans know it. At some level it's how politics is done and the Republicans are hunting for the Whitehouse (though they'll settle for the Senate, I think they know the Whitehouse isn't going to be theirs). So I'm not going to hand the Republicans any more ammunition, I don't see how that helps.

        Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:34:42 PM PST

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        •  Agreed (13+ / 0-)

          Who wouldn't want a better, more progressive president?  

          But there's this:
          Republican war on women,
          Republican war on non-whites,
          Republican war on voters,
          Republicans for more war,
          Republican war on science.

          So after looking at that, I decided to vote for Obama, to support his candidacy, and even maybe donate a couple dollars.  I won't be an enabler for Republican craziness.

          Obama, he ain't perfect, but he ain't crazy either.

          "To know what is right and to do it are two different things." - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin "It was like that when I got here." - Homer Simpson

          by rbird on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:03:40 PM PST

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        •  I'm not sure what you think i was (1+ / 0-)
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          Suggesting.  I was merely commenting that Romney doesn't even feel a need to quote Obama in context.  He claims that is honest because Obama actually said the words.  I think
          maybe you were responding to someone else.

        •  I am going to have to call bullshit on the (4+ / 0-)

          claim that people on the left are bashing Obama for the stimulus being too small.  

          People on the left take issue with Obama not proposing a larger stimulus (thus upping his chances at the time of getting a better one); and then also claiming that it was enough even when it was not - and this is where the really big mistake was made in the face of the GOP attacks.

          This is moment where the White House made their bed - when they didn't create a record of Obama saying that it was not good enough, but because the GOP blocked a better one he was going to hope for the best - and hope for their cooperation when we saw that we needed more.  

          Three years later, he's blocked from doing anything by the GOP House and had nothing to show people in response that would have them thinking, "Hey, that's a cheap shot. Obama always wanted a better stimulus package.  He's dealing with what the GOP gave him - and so are we."  That would have also been EXCELLENT for 2010, but we don't have it.

          I won't even get started on the Jobs initiative being basically ignored and abandoned.  They ain't got any good tape right now and that's not a good thing for the Democrats.  

          How all of those highly paid political consultants couldn't have anticipated this very moment really fucking irks me.

    •  Tiresome. (12+ / 0-)

      If I am in any way symptomatic of the left, we do not...

      blame Obama for having tried to make things better than they are.

      We -- or at the very least I -- criticize this administration for having squandered an historic opportunity, when majorities of Americans have said they wanted public options and prosecutions of the banksters, for some sparkly vision of bipartisanship.  In other words, for precapitulating to Republican squawking about "socialists."

      I hold dear that Obama has tried (in some instances) to make things better than they are.  I fault him for not trying hard enough to make them better than he did, when that is precisely what this moment in history needed.

      •  Tiresome? Yes, the attacks from the left are. (13+ / 0-)

        At some point we need to put down the guns, cease with the circular firing squad and get a better Congress. We're not going to get a better President. The Senate is at risk. Do you think saying the President is no better than a Republican helps or hurts our chances in Senate races? I have no idea what's going to happen in the House, I'm hopeful we can reclaim it but if we do it'll be by a razor thin margin. 2012 is going to be all about the down ticket, even state elections (gubenatorial and legislative) will be influenced by the presidential elections. Instead of saying things like, "I won't vote for Obama because            " say, "Obama couldn't deliver          with Republican obstruction, let's get rid of the obstruction!"

        Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:53:37 PM PST

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        •  Obstructionism? (1+ / 0-)
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          Anyone that believes that republicans aren't all about 0bstructionism just isn't paying attention.  But, alas, I think that's what happening in our populace.  

          Kinda makes me wonder just what's going to happen this year in our elections, to be honst.

          - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

          by r2did2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:57:28 PM PST

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          •  Locally the way I hear this playing out scares me (3+ / 0-)
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            When I talk about Republican obstructionism the push back, even from Democrats, is often "Well, Obama tried to too much too soon, of course the Republicans had to act that way". Face it, the vast majority of America isn't tuned into politics 24/7, they're busy watching Glee or America's Got No Attention Span, worrying about household issues, and listening to MSM news not report on the reality of politics in DC. So what else are they going to think?

            Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

            by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:03:05 PM PST

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        •  Tiresome? Yes, the attacks on the left are. (5+ / 0-)

          Whether they come from the POTUS or base members outraged at the audacity of the critics to hold consistent principles that do not flcutuate with the party in power.

          But please: continue beating us til morale improves.

          More and Better Democrats

          by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:17:25 PM PST

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          •  Obama has done wrong (1+ / 0-)
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            How is bashing him in the next 10 months going to make things better? Time to suck it up, get thru the election and start the process again. And in the meantime, put as much energy into OWS as possible, because until the politics in DC isn't of, for, and by the 1% little will change in DC. But sure, spend all the energy you want flailing away at the President. If it makes you happy who am I to say otherwise?

            Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

            by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:29:13 PM PST

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        •  Who insisted on indefinite detention in the NDAA? (2+ / 0-)
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          Not Republicans -- Obama.

          http://www.infowars.com/...

          Who insisted that Social Security and Medicare cuts be part of a Grand Bargain during the debt limit fiasco?

          Not Republicans -- Obama.

          http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/...

          Who insisted that young women should not be allowed access to Plan B contraceptives, despite the ruling of the FDA?

          Not Republicans -- Obama.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

          We're not going to get a better president -- or a better Congress -- if we don't try.  It's caucus and primary season.  It's late -- but it's not yet too late.

          A new year, a time for many changes. Some we will like, some we won't.

          by Tommy Allen on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:30:35 PM PST

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          •  Wrong on so many counts (5+ / 0-)

            For one thing, Obama's proposals on Medicare cuts (entirely to be taken out of the subsidies for private insurers) never had a chance in the "Grand Bargain" and he knew it. He came out looking reasonable, flexible, and the GOP came out looking like monkeys.

            Even the Wall Street Journal has excoriated the GOP saying that they haven't been able to wring "even one policy concession" from Obama and the Democrats. But no, you'd never notice, would you, blinded by your prejudgment of the president as somehow caving all the time.

            I don't have any deep disagreement with the 'young women' being denied the morning after pill -- the young 16 and under being below the age of consent for sex and therefore victims of statutory rape or more.

            Just keep feeding the GOP fodder...

        •  Attacks on the left from Democrats... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...is even more tiresome.

      •  Now, this is exactly what (1+ / 0-)
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        frustrates me about many of us on the left.

        this administration for having squandered an historic opportunity, when majorities of Americans have said they wanted public options and prosecutions of the banksters, for some sparkly vision of bipartisanship.

        This characterization completely ignores first, the filibuster in the Senate, and since 2010, the Republican controlled House. It's not "sparkly bipartisanship" when you need to scrape up enough votes to pass a bill, it's just reality.

    •  The repubs will selectively recall (0+ / 0-)

      only statements that they are willing to take some contradictory position on.

      For example, we will never see ads where repubs call out Obama for his previous campaign statements on greater transparency in government and praise for whistleblowers.

    •  Should be easy to refute (9+ / 0-)

      the attacks which the Republicans plan to make on Obama.  For every one of their attack points, Obama's team can also go to the same archives of history and point out what the GOPers didn't do, did do to obstruct, and what many of them said as response to Obama's initiatives.

      •  Could back fire (0+ / 0-)

        Done properly this could backfire big time by delineating what actions or more likely in-actions by repubs countered the goal.  

      •  Obama was way off on claim that 2 million would be (1+ / 0-)
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        would helped out of poverty by the Recovery Act.  They got him there.
        Obama said 2 million and independent analysis refutes that. Best estimates vary but are along the line of
        Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

        These seven Recovery Act provisions kept more than 4.5 million people from falling below the poverty line in 2009. In other words, without these provisions, over 4.5 million more people would have been poor.

        These findings indicate that the Recovery Act is one of the single most effective pieces of legislation at preventing poverty to be enacted in decades. No program other than Social Security and the EITC kept this many people above the poverty line in 2009. (Social Security kept more than 20 million people out of poverty; the EITC kept 5 million out of poverty.)

        Moreover, given that the EITC and most other programs are the result of gradual expansions under several different laws, it is difficult to think of a single piece of legislation since the Social Security Act of 1935 that kept more people above the poverty line in 2009 through direct assistance to households than the Recovery Act.

        About 2010 they found

        Using the NAS measure to analyze newly released Census data for 2010, we find that the six Recovery Act initiatives kept 6.9 million people above the poverty line in 2010:

        Obama must be so embarrassed to have been so far off.

        OK, sarcasm aside he sort of should be a bit embarrassed. People have had to make an effort to see what good the Recovery Act did... and it did do a lot of good in so many ways. I recall Biden was named as the man who would keep an eye on it (maybe just the job part of it?) Well what a difference it could have made if Biden had given regular updates, maybe monthly or even quarterly chats/pressers about it. We should have been hearing. Congress should have been reporting and talking it up. Obama should have been bringing up the key benefits in ongoing ways.
        So many people did not have a clue about what it was doing, heck most didn't know they got a tax cut through it.

        Now I understand repubs picking this poverty thing as an example of him being wrong. They wouldn't want to read all the nasty analysis because they use numbers and stats and facts and stuff. Ugh!

        But... yes at this rate they will be pretty easy to refute.

    •  Actually, I think much of the criticism (3+ / 0-)
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      comes in the form of blaming Obama for not really trying to make things better.

      So, your attempted hate on Teh Left! was a big fat juicy F@iL!.

      More and Better Democrats

      by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:15:35 PM PST

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  •  it's not about facts for Republicans (5+ / 0-)

    It is always about mincing words to support their narrative... and a lot of people buy it because they get it every weekend from their minister.

    •  And Fox ... (3+ / 0-)
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      My mother-in-law believes (because her Fox watching sisters told her so) that evil (black) Obama tried to take away her Social Security checks, and thank goodness the Republicans (white) made him give it back with a cost of living increase.  That this is patently, provably false doesn't matter.  It's what she believes.

      That's what we're up against.  We're not up against facts, we're up against what people believe.  And i'm not sure how to fight that, because in my experience, belief, even false belief, can be a mighty powerful opponent.

    •  No, but perhaps some voters will be influenced ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... adversely by what the facile Republicans will soon be tossing around as true facts.

      The GOP's entire platform has been lower taxes and less regulation ... and the moral certainty that will produce jobs and bouy the moribund economy. Oh Yes, and for God's sake get America out from under the huge and growing deficits that two wars and tax cuts for the rich have saddled the public with, and drown everything about government - except, of course, our growing military - in a bathtub. And as for Senate leadership, its goal - it's sole goal - was the deprive Obama of a second term. That's leadership!

      And please, let me help write these ads, especially the ones that will counter the GOP's trickle down theory of economic growth.

      Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

      by TRPChicago on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:03:28 PM PST

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  •  But, but... (2+ / 0-)
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    8 - 6 = 2  ??

    That there's too much cipherin' for the GOP base.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:25:07 PM PST

    •  Another part of their efforts to erode (2+ / 0-)
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      the education system in America. Sadly, it's paying off for them in too many cases.

      Compassionate Conservatism is letting all the bridges collapse so you won't have to live under one after losing your home when they cut off your unemployment insurance.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:57:42 PM PST

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  •  Surely The DNC Can Outwit (8+ / 0-)

    These fucking idiots.

    •  yes it works both ways, there is a ton of video (9+ / 0-)

      on MIttens flip flopping daily that can be used.

      Hey Republicans; Two can play this game and you have a Flip Flopper who contradicts himself daily as your frontrunner.

    •  it's about who's louder, and they have RW radio (0+ / 0-)

      and the left gives it a free speech free ride.

      US universities contradict their mission statements and endorse climate denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:52:00 PM PST

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    •  Surely. (0+ / 0-)

      But that's not easy when you have both hands and feets occupied carrying water for the (failed, if anyone's  paying attention) Reagan Revolution.

      The Republicans have nothing.  I mean, 30 years of Reagan fail culminating in two disastrous Bushco terms?

      Republicans are a joke.

      What Republicans do have, and it does make all the difference, is a very supportive opposition party in the Big-Boy Pants(tm) Dems we know and love.

      They have Obama, who would rather hand the reigns over to Mitt Romney in 2012 than make the slightest true correction to the foundering juggernaut.

      They have foot-dragging, know-nothing errand boy stooge Obama, and all his apologists at dkos.  

      They have nothing, but with some help from their friends that's all it will take to make for a very close, very boring,  no hope, not change, ultimately politics-free election season.

      Thanks Obama!  Thanks dkos!

      Please don't feed the security state.

  •  Silly Laura! The only way that Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    can "make things better" will be if he loses.  That is their mantra.

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:32:22 PM PST

  •  It's an especially weird strategy (7+ / 0-)

    given that the Republicans hated everything he promised and demanded that he do none of it — and they were responsible for blocking a great many of the promises he was unable to keep. So they should be happy that he kept few of his promises, and they should be promising to repeal the little he was able to get by them. Oh wait – they are.

    Too bad most of what he promised was stuff Americans like – and stuff Republicans vehemently oppose.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:32:37 PM PST

  •  RNC shld worry about Mitt Romney's own words (16+ / 0-)

    instead of Obama's

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:33:55 PM PST

  •  Trying to understand (9+ / 0-)

    why Republicans would think this will work is painful. Their logic is not like our earth logic.

    Keep holding on so long, 'cause there's a chance that we might not be so wrong. We could be down and gone but we hold on...

    by Purple Priestess on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:35:38 PM PST

  •  GOP slogan: if elected, we will ensure (6+ / 0-)

    that as many Americans as possible have the opportunity to enjoy poverty.

  •  Guess they figure (6+ / 0-)
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    Dems have no videos of Romney.

    It's The SCOTUS, Stupid!

    by kitebro on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:36:45 PM PST

  •  After watching what the big money RomneyPacs (4+ / 0-)

    and the anonymous Citizens United cash did to Gimgrich in Iowa after he took the lead in the Repub primary, I think we saw a glimpse of what's going to happen in the general election.

    RomneyPac's and the anonymous big money are going to flood the airwaves of the swing states with non-stop anti Obama TV messages.

    "He's the one, who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along. And he likes to shoot his gun. But he knows not what it means" - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:37:25 PM PST

    •  It will be a complete and utter waste of money (4+ / 0-)

      And voters will not appreciate billions of dollars flushed down the toilet attacking the one person who has been making every earnest effort to rectify things in this country.

      As the GOP will soon find out...there are still a few things in life that money just CANNOT buy - no matter how much.

    •  I think in the home stretch... (0+ / 0-)

      ...they'll try to switch to

      "We'll get something done."

      The "something" may result in the same buyer's remorse seen in Wisconsin, Ohio, etc. but they will "get something done."

      Occupy Wall Street AND K Street!!!!

      by Egalitare on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:57:11 PM PST

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    •  THAT should be part of 90% (6+ / 0-)

      of the adds by DNC.

      THAT is what happened. That is what they did. They screwed with American lives, American pocketbooks, American everything to gain some advantage in 2012.

      And the worst part is they hurt Republicans, too, though the GOPers just can't or won't see it, though there are a few that have.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:46:08 PM PST

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  •  These statements are going to be their big focus (3+ / 0-)
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    " I will be held accountable.  I've got four years." "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."  Video here.

    Americans aren't better off than they were four years ago.  Video here.

    President Obama has said some things that certainly will be used in commercials against him.  Use of a candidate's own words in a commercial is always an effective thing for the opposition.  Republican campaign managers are not stupid -- they know that they will score points by playing these clips in commercials.  

    Democrats have answers to these; however, they generally begin with, "yes, but . . . " which is a harder case to make.

    I think that what is going to happen is that Republicans are going to nominate the least objectionable candidate (Romney) and then try to make the election a referendum on the President, using, among other things, the bar he set for himself in those videos.  They will try to persuade voters that the President hasn't measured up and therefore it is time to give someone else a chance.  Whether it will be a successful tact is something we'll see next November.  

    Of course, Democrats will try to paint Romney as a worse choice -- as so bad that, whatever you think of the present state of things like the economy, Romney will make it worse.  (Which is why Republicans will nominate Romeny -- he's the less susceptible to the "he's crazy" argument than people like Bachmann or Gingrich.)  Again, whether that will be successful remains to be seen.  

    •  Mitt flip flops daily and all Democrats have to do (4+ / 0-)
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      is show some of those in ads plus how he will vote against the Dream Act, how he wants medicare vouchers, and his statements of sabre ratting over Iran.  

      We have a ton of ammo too. I do not care if his Big Money Pacs flood airways constantly with garbage. We do not need to match them ad for ad as we won't be able to with all that big corporate money. But we can air Good ads, better ads, hard hitting ads about Mitt and his right wing radical statements.

      Show how Mitt wants more war, did not want the troops to leave Iraq, how he is pissing off Latinos with his bigotry and more...that will turn off swing voters.

  •  This is politics, not tiddlywinks (6+ / 0-)

    Using your opponent's record of broken promises is the way it works.  

    If Democrats wish to offer a rebuttal or an opponents record, that's the way it is done.  

    I don't understand the outrage here.  Did you expect the Republicans to praise Obama for trying?  Seriously, this is the real world.  

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: I'm loving it.

    by NyteByrd1954 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:41:54 PM PST

    •  Democrats have ton of ammo to use vs Mitt (0+ / 0-)

      as that guy is a fake, flip flopper and contradicts himself daily.

      •  That's the point (3+ / 0-)
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        That's the way the game of politics is played.  

        Did you, like Obama, expect the Republicans to play nice?  

        Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: I'm loving it.

        by NyteByrd1954 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:54:11 PM PST

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        •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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          Look how long it took Obama, himself, to finally realize that no matter how much he bends and give into the GOP congress, they will NEVER play fair.  And we had to sit around here for 3 years before he finally got that message.  Politics is hardball and if the Democrats don't know how to play, they need to get off the field.

        •  Obama is a tough campaigner and they know (0+ / 0-)

          how to run a good campaign and most of all , a brilliant ground game.  And they will attack.  In fact, it was much tougher to beat Hillary with all the support she had and all the backers she started with ....and then beat McCain.

          I have never in my 36 years of volunteering every election for Democrats ...ever have seen such a detailed, well organized, well run campaign as the Obama team has.

          •  No doubt they are excellent campaigners (0+ / 0-)

            However, unlike 2008, Obama has a record and the Republicans will exploit it to the max.  

            Hillary, unfortunately, misread the electorate.  She was running a 2004 campaign based on national security.  The country was looking for change.  By the time Hillary realized it, she did indeed give Obama a good run and came up short.  

            Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: I'm loving it.

            by NyteByrd1954 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 07:17:30 AM PST

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  •  Does this new contraption... (3+ / 0-)
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    r2did2, Betty Pinson, itzik shpitzik

    ...include multiple shotguns aimed at its operators feet?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:42:33 PM PST

  •  "Our biggest goal is to make Obama a 1-term (5+ / 0-)

    President."

    That supersedes any and everything Obama could have said or done because it was the driving force behind the unprecedented level of obstructionism seen in congress.

    So, as the GOP is about to find out with this "trove" of Obama's words, when you point a finger at someone, there are four more pointing back at you.

    •  Exactly... see my comment above unter Trix's (1+ / 0-)
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      Hopefruit2

      pertinent vid.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:48:04 PM PST

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    •  the problem is that Romney (1+ / 0-)
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      didn't say that.  

      You'd be using someone else's words against Romney.  

      Not as effective as using a candidate's own words.  After all, the President himself is on video saying that if he doesn't have the economy turned around in three years, he'll be a one-term president.   That's going to be an effective video for the Republicans unless Democrats can persuade people that he did, in fact, turn the economy around.  Statistics may show it, but the question is how people perceive the state of the economy.  

      •  Romney belongs to the party (1+ / 0-)
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        who's legislative leader said those words. And there is no video or written text of Mitt Romney saying otherwise, or condemning McConnell for what he said. In this instance, silence is consent. And unless Romney has changed party affiliation, he is going to be rightfully associated with everything that the GOP party stands for - whether or not he specifically said the words or committed the action.

      •  "Turn the Economy Around" (1+ / 0-)
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        is highly subject to any and everyone's interpetation.

        When Obama took office, the economy was losing jobs at an alarming rate, had minus gdp growth, the auto industry was at risk of failure.

        Today, the economy is gaining jobs, has a +gdp and the auto industry is thriving.

        All of these are indicators that the economy has in fact turned around. It may not be where we want to be ultimately, but is HAS turned around.

        So the President was correct in his assessment and that is where the GOP has miscalculated. It won't be an effective video and all it's going to do is to expose the GOP's desire to make him a one-term term president at all costs by deliberately trying to thwart the economic recovery.

    •  Yes and the states they need to win, well (0+ / 0-)

      Mittens does himself no favors with all that anti immigration talk, sabre rattling about Iran as Americans are war weary, and wanting to end medicare with vouchers.  

      There is plenty to use against Mitt.

    •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

      that if low info Joe Voter is pissed at Obama because he's unemployed or gets 30 hours a week at 2 dollars less an hour now, just lost his house or he doesn't even know Obama gave him a tax cut then  "Our biggest goal is to make Obama a 1-term President." is just gonna make him clap harder for the GOP...even if he's an Indie.

  •  Team O better not plan on a "nice guy" campaign (0+ / 0-)

    They'll get killed if they do.

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, then Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:43:46 PM PST

  •  For me personally, I relish the thought of (1+ / 0-)
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    RobbyMcP

    President Obama, transformed into Campaigner Obama, defending his accomplishments loudly and angrily. That is something I have sorely missed. If he is to win, and we are to have anything resembling "hope" again, then he will have to find it within himself to attack headon the shitstorm that has been thrown his way since day one. Appeasement and compromise must go. Now is the time for frontal assaults and all-out war.

  •  And his response: (5+ / 0-)
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    cany, jck, Betty Pinson, Greenfinches, Matt Z

    I would have accomplished what I set out to do if it weren't for a "Do Nothing" congress that said No to everything.

    He keeps hammering on Congress as the problem and he wins.

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:44:36 PM PST

    •  I'm sure the 11% congressional approval has not (0+ / 0-)

      escaped his campaign team. Lowest ever polled I believe.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:49:40 PM PST

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  •  It Sounds Like A Really Lame "Plan" (3+ / 0-)
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    Obama is not an offensive person, while there are plenty of clips of Romeny being a dick ("corporations are people" etc etc).

    It also raises the question of what promises Romney will make, because he'll be running on a platform of eleventy bajillion new jobs, balancing the budget in three months, and everyone gets a pony that craps rainbows.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:44:48 PM PST

  •  And never mention that the Rethugs (3+ / 0-)
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    and Blue Dogs stood in the way of more being done.  Nope, never mention that.

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

    by MufsMom on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:46:04 PM PST

  •  Dog Bites Man, Repubs Attack President (0+ / 0-)

    The only thing surprising about this is that the Republicans are actually bothering to look up the President's actual words - most of the time they just make shit up, and then keep repeating it until Cokie's law kicks in.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:46:25 PM PST

  •  Even if President Obama knew, in (1+ / 0-)
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    r2did2

    January of 2009, that the recession would be as deep and last as long as it has, what should he have said at the time? If a president announces that we are in for many years of horrific economic times, he will be blamed for getting everyone so downbeat about it (remember the "malaise speech"?) that it comes to fruition. A president needs to be careful about how he puts things, and announcing that we are fucked is likely to actually make things worse than they otherwise would be.

  •  unchallenged radio allows GOP to have it both ways (0+ / 0-)

    all the time

    if he's not specific they criticize the generalization and they scream for specifics. when the dems fall into the trap of presenting specifics, even to satisfy dems, the RW megaphone that the left gives a free speech free ride to is used very effectively, while lying and distorting.

    meanwhile their guys swim in pools of hypocrisy.

    US universities contradict their mission statements and endorse climate denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:50:49 PM PST

  •  Obama Has Great Lasso Skills.... (0+ / 0-)

    Romney is such a deep down dork & a cardboard figure, just let him rail.  He's also got that son of his who tried to revive the birther baloney.

    Let the Romney's do their thing.....there's a reason Romney hasn't won public office except as the Governor of Massachusetts.  He's run four times......& he's still just running.  

    Give him enough rope to trip over.  He's good at it.  

  •  Obama's words being used against him (0+ / 0-)

    The Internet has whatever you want to see:

    http://content.usatoday.com/...

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:52:18 PM PST

  •  And under a Republican administration (0+ / 0-)

    there would have been more than 6 million Americans joining the ranks of the poor.

    Except that they would have changed the definition of poor.  You see, they only think you're poor if you live in a tarpaper shack with no electricity, and you eat roughly once a week.

    27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

    by TDDVandy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 02:55:33 PM PST

  •  Ohfergawdsake (4+ / 0-)
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    You wanna talk about broken promises?  Where is all that prosperity we were promised after 8 years of tax cut after tax cut and deregulation on steroids?

  •  Where (0+ / 0-)

    are the jobs Obama?

    Oh I forgot you were too busy bailing out the banks and shoring up the bloodsucking health insurance industry and extending tax cuts for the rich and ending Habeas corpus to create any jobs.

  •  Kind of an obvious thing to do (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    Shouldn't be a big surprise to the Dems.

  •  You've got to be kidding me? (3+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming, TJ, diffrntdrummr

    Republicans will use Obama's words to suggest he's failed to live up to his promises?  Will they talk to voters or use signs next?  Is there no dastardly deed they won't stoop to????

    [Clutches pearls, reaches for the fainting couch]

    THIS IS POLITICS.  What do you expect them to do?  

    I'm beginning to think that the only thing that unites Democrats is a belief that whatever tactics Republicans use are illegitimate, no matter how predictable, pedestrian or normal.

    You know what Republicans do we ought to oppose?  Enact the conservative agenda. That's bad enough.  

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

    by David Kaib on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:07:02 PM PST

  •  I can't understand why the GzeroP would do this. (0+ / 0-)

    For every quote or video clip they can use against Obama, there are a dozen from any one of their candidates. Do they not think that the DNC or anybody who can Google will hit this back to them?

    Does Karl Rove have dementia?

  •  Those dastardly Republicans! (1+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming

    Meantime, Mr. Obama is on track to raise between $750 million (equal to his last campaign) and a cool billion for his 2012 campaign. However, I have it on good authority that this will be spent entirely on bumper stickers, celluloid buttons, and 11x14 cardboard placards for supporters to stick up in their yards—definitely nothing high tech or involving databases.

  •  Ha! (0+ / 0-)

    There is one statement they don't have President Obama on video saying -

    "Corporations are people, my friend".

    Jeez! GOP doesn't have much. :-)

    Equality. It ain't complicated!

    by SueM1121 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:11:04 PM PST

  •  Unfortunately, they have the edge. (1+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming

    They're going to give very simple quotes of promises against rather straight-forward facts.

    And then the rebuttal of Dems is going to have to involve some long-winded "well it was this but became that but could've become this and blah blah blah" until the electorate falls asleep in the weeds.

    Think John Kerry's nuance against Bush's bumper stickers.

    How'd that work out?

    I'd guess that's be a good argument for actually keeping promises: you won't get blamed for breaking them.

    More and Better Democrats

    by SJerseyIndy on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:14:29 PM PST

    •  It's only a good argument for not running (0+ / 0-)

      in the first place.  As for keeping promises, I can't always keep my promises to my kids on when they can get on the PS3.  Luckily, they can't vote me out of office.

      Occupy the voting Booth!

      by anonevent on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:36:53 PM PST

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  •  twas inevitable. (1+ / 0-)
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    Not that Romney would ever look in the mirror, but either we're going to get left populism or we're going to get right populism.  Playing back Obama's 2008 campaign is about as evil as a person could get, I guess.   How dare they hold him to account for his promises?  I bet next they'll play back his campaign speeches!  That has never happened before in the history of politics I tells ya!  

    I will not send money to, work for, or vote for, any candidate whose behavior benefits the 1% over the 99%. Work for my vote, money and time, or lose it. Not the other way around.

    by Nada Lemming on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:16:49 PM PST

  •  When I read this last night, I asked myself (0+ / 0-)

    why are they releasing this?  What reaction are they looking for?  What purpose does it serve to front page your election strategy in the Washington Post.

    I assume there is something else at play here.

    "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

    by justmy2 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:22:24 PM PST

  •  Don't take this seriously (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    The current field and their handlers come up with a new strategy every Thursday. This is lame, ineffective and counter productive, but they'll do it anyway.

    These guys won't be able to remember this "great idea" two weeks from now.

    "Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six." Leo Tolstoy

    by Miss Pip on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:22:38 PM PST

  •  Obama won't say it, but we have to (7+ / 0-)

    The GOP are obstructionists, liars, mean-spirited, deliberately ignorant, and have damaged our country severely. If they point to things Obama said, in context, point to things they actually did: lying, brinkmanship, legalistic manipulation of rules, unprecedented overuse of the filibuster, and so on. And then point out the crazy, inconsistent, false, and misleading things they said, too.

    If they take Obama out of context or otherwise lie to the American people, then we have to nail them for it every time. Never let it ride, never let them get away with it.

    I hope he and all other Democratic candidates do that consistently, but if they don't (hell, even if they do), the Left blogosphere and media has to step up.

    The challenge for us will be to cling to the high moral ground in terms of electioneering, while also slamming the hell out of the GOP/TP.

    By the way, was it ironically hilarious or what to hear Newt Gingrich claiming to have been “Romney-boated” by super-pac ads in Iowa? But it's an ominous warning: if Romney is doing that to the Newt, a fellow party member and the father of late 20th Century GOP petty-minded mean-spiritedness, just think what their party must be planning for Obama.

    And remember: it's very easy to simplify things to the point where we focus only on the presidential race, but the GOP/TP is actually doing most of their work down-ticket, in Congress, statewide, and local races. And we have to go there too.

  •  this is why (0+ / 0-)

    Jay Carney should be fired and no press releases get sent out.

  •  We just need to tell the truth to counter the gop (3+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, Vicky, estreya

    strategy.
    The gop started obstructing the economic recovery from day one of the Obama term.
    They instituted the Senate stall on HCR, which held up progress on the bill.
    They obstructed judicial nominations. etc.
    Especially after the 2010 election the gop governors instituted a coordinated national plan to neutralize the effects of the stimulus by giving money away to corporations and then turning around and firing nurses, teachers, firemen, etc.
    They scuttled major infrastructure projects.
    They instituted major challenges to women's reproductive rights, and major voter suppression efforts.
    We need to kick their ass. Go on the offensive. Tell the truth. Become beacons of outrage.

  •  I saw a post today by someone who was complaining (2+ / 0-)
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    estreya, Greenfinches

    because we didn't have a public option yet.
    Everybody knows we don't have a public option yet, we all want it. We will eventually have one.
    Right now, if you listen to what Mitt Romney is saying in the last couple of days before the Iowa caucus, you know that he is promising to institute a theocracy in America.
    He will be more obligated to put the religious right in the driver's seat in this country than any of the other candidates.
    This election is going to be a war for the soul of America.
    Romney said that. It is.
    People need to get their head straight. If they want a middle class, if they want civil rights, if they want jobs, if they want an education for their kids, if they want equal rights for women and gays, if they want immigration reform, if they want to start doing something about global warming, if they want clean energy, they'd better stand up and be counted.
    If you want to preserve American democracy and if you don't want to be a serf in a theocratic fascist state, you'd better speak up.
    Stop whining about the President and focus your effort on the gop.

    •  Vote for the internment president (0+ / 0-)

      if you don't want to live in a fascist state?  Vote for the president who has deported more immigrants than any other if you want immigration reform?  Vote for the guy who hasn't said word one in support of OWS if you want jobs or a middle class?

      Stand up and be counted -- to the left.  Stop whining about people with the same principles you had four years ago.  Focus your effort on a Democratic Party that is racing rightward, not a Republican Party that is imploding.

      A new year, a time for many changes. Some we will like, some we won't.

      by Tommy Allen on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 05:21:58 PM PST

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      •  That's what people said in 2009. The gop is (1+ / 0-)
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        Lucy Montrose

        imploding. It's dead. We can go to sleep because we elected Magic Obama whom we expect to wave in a liberal happy world with his magic lefty wand.
        If we win in 2012, we can repeal the "indefinite detention" law.
        We can also force the Dems and gop to let Obama close Gitmo and try terrror suspects in civilian courts, as he tried to do and was stopped by Congress.
        Etc.
        OWS does not want Obama voicing support. If he voiced support, it would be interpreted as being a co-option of the OWS impulse, and the right would be slamming OWS as a function of the Obama re-election campaign.
        You're suspicious, dude.

  •  Is this the best the RNC can do? Lmao (0+ / 0-)

    Such a silly strategy  goes both ways.

  •  from Hero to a calculating boor (0+ / 0-)

    Obama campaigned as a hero, think of Reagan, Kennedy and he has governed as a calculating boor, a Nixon.

    hard to square that a-hole but a billion dollar and a weak GOP contender could do wonders.

    /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

    by hron on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:54:36 PM PST

    •  With all of his faults (1+ / 0-)
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      he is twice the man that Reagan or Nixon were and even twice the man that Kennedy was, because JFK was only allowed to live through a half a term. My grandparents thought Kennedy was what the nitwits today ascribe to Obama. They lived and died WNY racists in an all white community full of various white immigrants who all hated each other just like white teapublicans do today.  Da' little man couldn't catch a break.

      •  it's not about him the person. (2+ / 0-)
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        it's about his attempt at appealing to the independents in the middle by pissing off everybody else. Obama has done a lot but he has done them in a way that made anyone happy, his enemies are frothy at both ends and his friends are left unsatisfied. His team has engineered his Obamacare to be a carbon-copy of Romneycare, infuriating the right because he has made government take more responsibilities and the progressives was unsatisfied because it did had mandates and no public option. Obama withdraws troop from Iraq BUT on Bush's terms. everything he does is calculated to draw the least reaction from the right, but that never seem to appease them.

        /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

        by hron on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 04:44:24 PM PST

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  •  That's not the right line of counterattack (0+ / 0-)

    Nobody gives a shit, in politics, that you prevented something even worse from happening.  In this case, they want to see the 2 million people who were in poverty before and now aren't.  Those people, obviously, don't exist.

    Obama should instead note that he had a plan beyond the purely of-the-moment ARRA, but Republicans scuttled it at every turn because they're sadists.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:57:03 PM PST

  •  Yawn... President Obama will have (1+ / 0-)
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    Hopefruit2

    a second term.

    Romney can't go the distance.

    See y'all at the inauguration.

    Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by destiny1 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:58:32 PM PST

  •  My only regret with President Obama (4+ / 0-)
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    Is that he hasn't crushed these evil doers like a bug. He hasn't lanced them like the festering boils they are. He should have riled them up like fire ants and then poured boiling water on them. He should have tricked them into a jar with a funnel on top and a stinky fish inside and then laughed as they flew around and around but couldn't figure out how to escape before collapsing from exhaustion. That's all I'm disappointed in, other than that I give him an A in patience and rage control. Still, after he is re elected he will have no excuse and I expect him to fulfill my fantasies.
    I hope he slaps the hell out of their mealy mouth lying faces and has no regrets. I'll have his back.

  •  The reason why Republican (0+ / 0-)

    strategy probably will work is that, counter to their wild-eyed, dumbass assertions and rhetoric about what a threat Obama is, most of President's proposals have actually been tepid, Reagan Revolution status-quo-friendly half-measures, which he then would run away from at the first squawk from the fascists.

    Obama has been such a timid actor, unable to own or promote his ostensible liberal values at all in real time, what do the Republicans have to fear at this point?  That he will suddenly get off his knees and engage in some kind of politics, um, besides relentlessly seeking some non-existant happy-center-place somewhere as he gives away the store?

    You can get away with just about anything when you're opponent is also your very own dedicated stooge.

    Please don't feed the security state.

    •  of course he has kept the imoportant promises (1+ / 0-)
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      Lucy Montrose

      1. Health Care Reform
      2. Financial reform
      3. Troops out of Iraq  
      4. Start Treaty
      6. Repeal of DADT
      7. Stimulus package
      8. Save this country from worse financial disaster.
      9. Two excellent SC judges

      The center elected him, and Obama is not any more in the center than whne he was elected. Some on the left just have engaged in magical thinking.

  •  This plan wasn't created to hurt obama but (0+ / 0-)

    rather use it to blunt all of the criticism of Romney for being a flip flopper.

    His argument, "You call me a flip flopper?? Look Obama said he would do stuff and couldn't/didn't so he's as bad as me."

  •  I wonder which lucky Fox Noose intern gets to (0+ / 0-)

    pull all those clips.

    Dear GOP: It's a new year - don't forget to date your checks 1812.

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 05:17:19 PM PST

  •  This is pure Rove - use the strengths of your (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lucy Montrose

    opponent and turn them into weaknesses.  I hope Obama's team is working on the same thing.  I can not stand to watch another swift-boating.

  •  Funny stuff. (0+ / 0-)

    There is plenty to criticize President Obama for, from the left.

    However, this "plan of attack," from the right, makes absolutely ZERO sense to me.

    Let's see if I can follow the bouncing pea-brains:

    1.  Candidate/President Obama made specific promises.

    2.  The Republicans thought what Candidate/President Obama promised were not good policies and prevented most of them from coming to pass.

    3.  The Republicans will now criticize President Obama for failing to fulfill promises he made and they blocked.

    :::Marjmar scratches head:::

    ...because now they think those promises, the ones they blocked, should have been fulfilled?  wtf???

    yeah, this strategy should work great...

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 05:48:23 PM PST

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