Democrats had better start now… Our history of waiting until the cow's gone to shut the barn door does not bode well.
Romney will be the nominee -- Wall Street got their guy.
He is already talking like the nominee. I've already seen him quoted as saying, "Obama bailed the banks out and caused the recession." No one said, "Hey, Bush did the bank bailout." "Hey, Obama INHERITED the recession."
There's plenty of crap to throw at Romney, but we'd better start throwing now.
Repubs who'd hoped for anybody but Romney will absolutely line up, nose-holding or not.
This is the first election with Citizens United in full force and effect.
Wall Street sees an opportunity to get one of their own in office, they have to be walking around with erections. Some of Obama's massive Wall Street money may dry up.
The first time I saw the phrase "job creators" I knew that was the new Repub hammer phrase. I commented at the time and hoped it might be possible to get out in front to defeat this phrase, the latest Luntz… Didn't happen. "Job creators" is now on most tongues as equalling Republicans.
By November, it will have been drummed into the national dialogue that Obama:
bailed out the banks
created the recession
did the surplus which failed
caused the deficit
forced Obama care down our throats
passed the Wall Street watch dog (job killing) Consumer Protection Agency
threw millions of people out of work
NONE OF THE ABOVE IS TRUE. But the right gives not a whit about truth.
They are already saying all of the above. They will say it through November until the nation is sick of it. Ten months of heavy corporate money beating that drum will result in too many Americans, including many Democrats, believing all of it -- believing sheer fabrications, lies… lies easily defeatable with enough counter-information. But we cannot depend on the media.
This election will be about pure advertising -- propaganda. The Repub money will blanket broadcast TV, still most Americans' choice for information, and be as effective as the Swiftboat campaign was in 2004. Dems did not counter-attack then, and Swiftboat bullshit became national dialogue. The longer the right's propaganda runs on national media, the more people will gradually come to believe it. And it's already started.
Corporations, PACS, lobbyists, political pundits, Republican politicians, church groups, subtle media propaganda are all going to go to work on reinforcing one or more of the above messages. You watch.
Everything the Repubs say starting now will be a lie. (What's new?) They've learned lies repeated often enough become truth to enough Americans to win an election.
This doesn't even address the insanity of all the socialist, etc. name-calling.
Dems need to suit up and show up NOW.
A poll has indicated 40% now self-identify as independents.
This election can be won by Democrats. It WILL be won by whoever wins the national dialogue. The election will be based not on issues, it will be based on the battle of propaganda versus truth.
The Repubs already believe all the bullshit. They won't be moved.
DNC should start spending money, or we'll be defeated by 100% bullshit. We cannot wait.
The President should start making speeches.
It must start now.