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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

etc.

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.

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  •  Thank you for your diary. (5+ / 0-)

    It seems to me that nobody realizes how effective those Romney's Super Pac ads were against Romney. Those ads were a test run for the general.   We need to fight fire with fire  and create our own Super Pacs.

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

    by Micheline on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:17:46 PM PST

  •  Were I in charge, there would already be a (5+ / 0-)

    whole room full of people fishing through ALL the records of Bain Capital, documenting the job losses resulting from that company's contributions to corporate takeover/"restructuring" adventures.  The obvious message is "Do you want to go back to the failed Republican strategies that put us in this mess to begin with, being led by a candidate that is personally accountable for the loss of XXX (fill in the blanks after research) jobs"....

    ...but I'm not in charge...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:17:54 PM PST

  •  It is sometimes so disheartening-- (2+ / 0-)
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    thinking about the sisyphean task we face since the passage of Citizens United.  

    So Much Money! for the other side to spend spinning their lies with slick ads aimed at those who are just waiting to be played.

    During the past few weeks of the repub primary process--
    seeing the gazillions spent--    I have to admit that I'm fairly depressed at what we face here.

    And yeh...Our Side had better start Now, and use whatever bully pulpit we can muster.

    •  remember, though (1+ / 0-)
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      mama jo

      Citizens United is definitely a two way street. There will be plenty of super pacs going after Romney. And this cycle, it's the Republican candidate who provides a "target rich" environment, not our candidate.

      It's actually nice that the President's campaign won't need to lift a finger to publicize the many negatives of Mitt Romney. They can stick to the high road. The low road is going to be well traveled enough, thanks to Citizens United.

      Many Americans may not like the President's policies and party, but they still like him personally. They won't like the sleazy ads that the Republican super pacs run against him.

      But who likes Mitt? Even most Republicans don't much like him. Attack ads are going to get traction on him. You wait and see.

    •  Obama is going to have a ton of money (0+ / 0-)

      He's not exactly hated by big money interests, despite their public statements. Plus, he has an exceptional small donor network. The question is, will he use his network and his money effectively?

  •  Assuming Romney were to lock up the nom after SC.. (7+ / 0-)

    I wonder what effect that would have on Repub GOTV and enthusiasm.

    I think the prolonged primary season in 2008 worked to Dems' benefit in both areas, as well as in making Obama a stronger candidate all around.

    By the time the convention rolled around, every Dem voter had had the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the selection of the nominee.

    If, say, the first 3 states determine the Repub nominee, I could see voters in the other 47 states feeling like they're not so invested.

    •  Good point: (3+ / 0-)
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      Trix, jj32, ceebee7
      I could see voters in the other 47 states feeling like they're not so invested.

      I can only hope the rest of 'em feel that way--
      and stay home in November.

    •  The GOTV I'm referring to... (0+ / 0-)

      is the actual ground game operation.

      And I would think that testing it in a highly competitive primary environment is much better (as far as general election prep) than testing it in a primary that is for all intents and purposes a formality.

    •  Something to hope for... (1+ / 0-)
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      Trix

      But I don't think we've yet seen the effect of the potentially massive influx of money by forces on the right who have money to burn...  

      Obviously, lack of Repub enthusiasm to get to the polls for any reason would be a dream come true...  OTOH, the right-wing attack ads can have the effect of of re-generating lost enthusiasm on the right.

      Kick apart the structures - Seth

      by ceebee7 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:32:27 PM PST

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      •  Call me naive, but it seems like (2+ / 0-)
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        Trix, metal prophet

        Obama has been called every name in the book the last three years. I dont doubt that negative advertising will be effective, but there is a saturation point with that stuff, and so I dont know if it along will save the GOP.

    •  Yeah, I think a short GOP primary process might (3+ / 0-)
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      help Obama. The long Dem primary did help him become a stronger candidate, as you note, because it allowed him to compete everywhere, both traditional swing states, and states like NC and IN that he probably doesnt win without the primary. And it allowed him to deal with a lot of the criticism he would face in the general.

      Romney is going to be the nominee, so I think it's better if that happens sooner than later. I'm not underestimating him, but I also think he is overrated as a general election candidate. A short primary prevents him from building a campaign early in many states, and also lets the Obama campaign focus on his vulnerabilities. For example, in a longer primary, he might be able to deal with the whole tax returns issues, but in this case, that becomes a general election issue.

      •  Yup... (2+ / 0-)
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        ceebee7, Mnemosyne

        Of all the candidates, Mitt definitely seems to be the one least likely to generate passion among his supporters. I mean, a good number of his supporters don't even like him... they just view him as the most electable.

        Adding to that a really early "coronation," and I think there's a very good chance of depressed GOP turnout.

    •  there is a big difference (2+ / 0-)
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      between the dems in 08' and republicans in 12' and that Obama and Clinton were both very well liked and had enthusiastic bases and they wern't really far apart in how they were viewed. So the long primary turned into ramping up the dem base effort.

      on the other hand the republicans have the mitt romney faction and the non-mitt romney faction. and no one in either factions are very happy or enthusiastic about their faction.

      So if mitten's wins it after SC the republicans are stuck with someone they arnt psyched for.

  •  Obama and Democrats are working hard already (10+ / 0-)

    In Iowa they have had seven offices open and they'll stay open until the election working day in and day out. They've made thousands of calls and they're signing up volunteers to go door to door in communities all across Iowa until election day in november. Each office has a paid staff to organize a staff of volunteers in all age groups and orgs such as unions.

    All the GOP offices were candidates offices and they're already closed. Same way with NH, tonight all the GOPer offices in the capitol will close but seven democratic offices spread out all over the state will remain open and working. And this is true in every primary state and all the swing states. Most people don't know the democrats are also having primaries but Obama is using them to identify his supporters and organize them into a tight grassroots organization.

    Obama has raised a formidible amount of money, more than all the GOPers put together and he's using it to organize on a local level to build a grassroots effort larger than anyone has ever seen. He knows full well that the Rove billionaires will have unlimited cash and the Koch bothers wil be throwing money around like its water. So he's going to use his community organizing experience to counter-act them by using people power. The race is on and he knows it, he has a head start on whoever they choose and he's using it.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:25:18 PM PST

    •  Thanks for this! Hope you (1+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon

      know what you're talking about, and I assume you do.

      Still, we have a huge mountain to climb.

      Hard to fight an enemy with unlimited resources.

      Kick apart the structures - Seth

      by ceebee7 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:36:00 PM PST

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      •  it's public knowledge (2+ / 0-)
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        ceebee7, elmo

        The democrats attracted 25,000 to the caucus in Iowa and they were uncontested. Obama made a live broadcast to them. CNN said this

        ...[T]he New Hampshire branch of Obama for America has set up seven offices across the Granite State since opening its doors last April, and [Press Secretary Ben] LaBolt can quickly rattle off statistics about the group's more traditional organizational successes so far—which include holding more than 500 grassroots events across the state, 3,200 one-on-one meetings with supporters and outreach to “tens of thousands” of New Hampshire residents.

        “When Republicans leave the day after [the primary]—Mitt Romney literally has his Manchester office with a ‘for lease’ sign in the window right now—we'll have an unrivaled organization on the ground,” LaBolt said about Tuesday's election. “So our goal is to use this as an opportunity to bring new people into the organization.”

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 10:04:23 PM PST

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    •  yup, as snapples notes below, Romney (1+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon

      is the one Obama has been expecting this whole time. If Obama loses, it wont be because of lack of preparation.

    •  Organizing is not the end all and be all (0+ / 0-)

      everything.  This is one thing that bothers me with the OFA.  While organizing is important, we need to be aware that ads play a very important role.

      Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

      by Micheline on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:47:40 AM PST

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  •  they're both Wall Street candidates (1+ / 0-)
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    LaEscapee

    The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

    by jbou on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:30:44 PM PST

  •  take a look... (0+ / 0-)

    at the top bundlers for Obama.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/...

    The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

    by jbou on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:32:54 PM PST

  •  Mittens wants to come to your house (0+ / 0-)

    and point and laugh at your furniture and knicknacks, which aren't as luxurious as his.

    If you think you have issues with ObamaCare, wait till the GOP tries to force PerryCare on you!

    by AdmiralNaismith on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:36:27 PM PST

  •  Don't Kid Yourself..... (4+ / 0-)
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    ceebee7, Pluto, jj32, Gooserock

    the Obama camp has been planning on Romney all along.  Whatever you think of Obama, the man knows how to run a campaign.....brilliantly.

    The ads against Romney have been served up to Obama on a silver platter hand carried by Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Ron Paul & Dumbo himself, Rick Perry.

    The narrative against Romney has already started.....& the players supplying the wooden stake to be used thru Romney's heart are Republicans themselves.

    Ron Paul has raised 10 MILLION dollars in the last l0 days.  He's going to go third party.  He'll take 25% of the Republican vote with him.  His people have NO intention of voting for Romney.

  •  Somehow I think WallStreet knows it is in (0+ / 0-)

    what one can call a win-win situation.

    Romney will be the nominee -- Wall Street got their guy.

    I'm pretty sure they will do just fine under whichever guy  wins in the fall.

    If the past 3 years is any sort of indicator.

    (And they still are known to be funneling plenty of money into the Obama re-election effort also).

    innocence is lost and a certain wisdom gained when one comes to the realization that often in real life situations there are no good guys versus bad guys, just bad guys versus even worse guys.

    by GeeBee on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 10:26:47 PM PST

  •  another positive thing Obama has going for him is (0+ / 0-)

    that there really arn't anymore personal gotcha moments in his personal life that the media can latch on to to distract voters.

    I mean we went through the whole Rev. Wright race thing and the bill ayers stuff. So they can only really focus on policy stuff while Romney will have a giant closet full of stuff for the media to hang on to.

  •  Team Obama is very busy (2+ / 0-)
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    OrangeMike, Mnemosyne

    It looks quiet because the press tend to focus on ad media buys. But the Obama campaign is busily raising money and organizing local operations. I had a meeting with a OFA representative in OCTOBER going over what I can do to help.

  •  Obama is already giving speeches (0+ / 0-)

    and you can bet he's not going to say anything like "I like to fire people."

  •  Coming up...SOTU Jan 24! (0+ / 0-)

    You're right about the volume of SuperPac lies we'll be seeing on TV and hearing on the radio very soon.  But the Dems aren't waiting around, we've been working all along.  Witness the large Dem turnout in IA and NH when our candidate wasn't even challenged!

    OFA hasn't stopped organizing since the '08 campaign, and is gearing up for a huge ground game this year.  Please join in! Or if you'd rather, join your local Dem Senator or Congressperson's campaign.  Now's the time!

    And be sure please to watch the State of the Union on the 24th.  President Obama's message and intentions are best delivered in person, unfiltered by Fox (or us).  

    Or if you'd like, organize a watch party and post it on barackobama.com, under "events."  OFA will be sending out email blasts to invite people to these gatherings.

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