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Hi Jim! How bout starting the campaign? (White House/ Pete Souza)
I hate to admit it, but Romney campaign operative Andrea Saul has a point:
“The Obama campaign first said President Obama was going to run on his record and the election would be a referendum on his handling of the economy. When it was clear that wouldn’t work, his team said they were going to adopt a “Kill Mitt” strategy. Then came their plan to run against President Bush (again) and, then, against Congress. Next they tried to claim Gov. Romney had no core. Now they’re trying to claim his core is not mainstream. Each new day brings a different made-up attack from the Obama campaign — what doesn’t change is the fact that President Obama has failed and so is going to try to tear down Mitt Romney instead of talking about his record.”
So far, the Obama Campaign operation has 1. failed to clearly and succinctly articulate President Obama's vision for the next four years and 2. failed to make the clearest most obvious case against Mitt Romney. On the first point, now probably isn't the best time for it. We can wait until the convention to spell that out and then close with it. But on the second point, now is the time to make the negative argument. That case is simple:
The real problem with Mitt Romney is that he wont fix the economy because he's spent his life destroying it.
The Politico piece points out that Bill Clinton is quietly urging a strategy that paints Romney as an ideological right wing culture warrior only because of the extremism of the GOP. Axelrod and Co. have been pushing the "no core/flip flopper" message. Both are accurate portrayals but fail to attack Romney's basic message.

The key to defeating Mitt Romney is Bain Capital. I can't repeat this enough. It is nothing but Bain. Attack Bain, win. It worked for Ted Kennedy. Hell, it even worked for frickin Newt!

Look at this:

That's when Newt began his steady climb upward after New Hampshire and went on to a crushing victory in South Carolina. Newt dropped this line of attack because of disapproval from the GOP establishment and then went on to disappear from the race. As I said shortly after South Carolina:

Romney was gaining points every single day right up to the top of that graph which is the date of his New Hampshire victory. Then...he suddenly just stopped growing. Even after winning a primary, albeit in his home state. Still...despite that victory, he just stopped growing. Why? Bain. Newt's Bain ad rolled out the day before the New Hampshire primary and stopped Romney in his tracks shortly thereafter. He just hit a brick wall, and then he started falling and Newt rose.

Don't let the media fool you. That ad worked and THEY KNOW IT. Newt definitely knows. I saw his SuperPac guy tonight and he hinted that they're going to return to it. Know why? It fucking worked. The GOP establishment is so afraid of the Bain attack being legitimized by bipartisan agreement that they'll do anything to shut it down. Like Maddow said, it is almost like him saying "here's my glass jaw...don't hit me there!"

There's nothing more to discuss here. There is so much material with Bain, you could run on it from now to November. He's closed factories. He's gotten federal bailouts. There was a huge Medicare fraud investigation. The profits are hidden offshore. He's not a real businessman in the entrepreneurial sense of the word. He's never created anything. Most of the jobs he did create are low end retail. He's created pizza delivery guys and sneaker salesmen. There's so many ways to do this, so many angles, but they all amplify the core message: Mitt Romney is bad for the economy.

It goes right at Mitt Romney's basic message that he's a business guy who can fix the economy. Run against that, and what has he got left? Nothing except typical Republican crazy talk. We shouldn't be defending gains among Women and Hispanics granted by virtue of the crazy GOP primary. If this election is fought over white working class males, Mitt Romney loses. It really is that simple. He can't win without a super high number among whites. Want to get a sizeable chunk of that vote and put this thing away? BAIN.

There's no need to wait. Drill it into the public psyche over and over and over again: Mitt Romney is bad for the economy and he will fire you. I mean Christ, he's even gone out and said he likes firing people. This is too easy!

Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 05:59 AM PDT.

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  •  Ya know, it would be nice if we could get (7+ / 0-)

    a HINT of a strategy instead of these disparate separate little jabs and thrusts.  I was expecting shock and awe as soon as Mitt nailed down the nomination.

    And didn't the Obama campaign hint as much earlier?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:10:06 AM PDT

    •  We sure haven't seen shock and awe, thats for sure (2+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon, mightymouse

      I've seen side skirmishes over dog eating and what not. Nothing that hits Romney in the balls. They said earlier it was "destroy Mitt" but I'm not seeing it.

    •  I'd settle for jabs at this point (2+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse, zenbassoon

      A ruthless campaign manager would have knocked Willard out and disqualified him in the minds of voters. And yeah, any hint of a strategy would be nice. So far it seems Axelrod is all too happy just to tweet "Mitt is off base" whenever he lies his ass about the President, and stammer his way through the occasional Sunday talk show interview.

      We're now into week 3 of the campaign, and so far the Obama re-election team, the same braintrust who wasted 3 years reaching out to assholes like Olympia Snowe and Chuck Grassley, haven't hammered Romney with the shit-ton of video and quotes showing him to be a tactless, mean-spirited liar/flip-flopper. I swear, it's like they were caught flat-footed when the establishment candidate got the nom.

    •  Shock and Awe (2+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse, zenbassoon

      got run the the Pragmatomatic 2012, and it came out "Aw, shucks."

      The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

      by chipmo on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:55:33 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know if we will get shock and awe or not (1+ / 0-)
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      though I hope so, but it would be foolish for it to start in April, would it not?   I agree with the call for a coherent theme from BBB, but I do not agree that now it the time for the full-on attack.  Both shock and awe wear off fairly quickly and though it could be sustained for a while if paced properly, it could not last all the way from now to early November.  The time to get nervous about the campaign would be if we aren't seeing it by this summer, but not now beyond a certain degree of consistent messaging.  

  •  It is time (5+ / 0-)

    for the Obama campaign people to start smacking the "Mitt" out of Romney!

    Bain is the easiest and best way to do it.

    With the added bonus of dragging down the repugs on the lower part of the ticket too!  This is why the repugs forced other candidates to drop the Bain attacks on rMoney!

    "Stupid is as stupid does" - The republican motto you can believe in as they live it daily!

    by Mannie on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:17:00 AM PDT

  •  We Know Their Strategy, It's 30 Years Old. (6+ / 0-)
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    Don't make a fuss, object to the opponent's excesses and absurdities here and there, pitch to your base of moderate conservatives and try for a narrow win with divided government.

    There is zero chance of them doing anything else.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:17:32 AM PDT

    •  No, the bigger problem is that OFA did not win (0+ / 0-)

      in 2010 and that the 2012 campaign strategy isn't looking so decisive or aggressive yet.  But hey, at least they're phone banking people in PA to vote in uncontested primaries...

      •  its still early relatively (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama has thousands of ground operations already in the key states.

        He won in 2008 when there were doubters on this site.

        He knows how to run a successful campaign. It has been known that obama was rebuking martha coakley when he came to know of her saying of "as opposed to the cold"

        I am sure he knows what he is doing.  He tends to go all in later when people are actually paying attention in the election.

        •  Obama in 2008 (1+ / 0-)
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          seemed to repeatedly pull his punches until later than we wanted him  to throw them. When he did let loose with a punch, it certainly landed.

          I can't say that that is what's happening now, there's no way to know. But past experience tells me the guy is way more patient than I am, so I can only hope that's what's happening.

          48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one. - Mother Teresa

          by wasatch on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:04:12 AM PDT

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  •  This is where Dem PACs are gonna come into play (4+ / 0-)
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    It wasn't Newt's campaign that went "Bain" on Bishop Romney - it was Newt's PAC.

    I suspect that the same theme will be resurrected by Dem PACs when election season really heats up.

    That and dogsagainstromney.com - there's a seriously good article there this morning that Bishop Romney is on two national animal cruelty registers that are used by pet adoption agencies around the country.

    The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

    by Richard Cranium on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:39:23 AM PDT

  •  It's the passive-aggressive administration (5+ / 0-)

    I'm afraid that the Obama people have become so accustomed to muting their response to the Republican crazy for so long they think they can do the same thing now.  This is a campaign where the Republicans will be lying their head off about Obama's record, so it's important that the administration preempt them on it.  

    The only excuse they might have is that Citizens United has them confused about how much.  All I can say is that they'd better be ready for a Swift-Boat-like effort by the Republicans, and if they don't have something ready for it RIGHT NOW, we're in trouble.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:41:25 AM PDT

  •  Obama to speak at UNC.....local wingnuts freaking (2+ / 0-)
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    demanding the students protest.....

    http://hamptonroads.com/...

  •  At first I thought this was going to be another (0+ / 0-)

    gratuitous "bash Obama" diary, but this was great--clear and succinct.

    Voting for a republican because you are disappointed in Obama is like leaving your kids with a pedophile because you're pissed that the babysitter was late.

    by Azdak on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:43:52 AM PDT

  •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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    I think the message can be refined to "Romney made millions taking jobs away from Americans." We need to hit that point repeatedly.

  •  Well, I'm just shocked! (Not!) (9+ / 0-)

    Two basic rules (there are a few more, but this'll suffice for this comment) in all campaigns, whether it's for a political candidate or a box of laundry detergent:

    1.) Carefully select theme(s); test them (based upon market research/surveys/polls), etc., etc.

    2.) Then maintain CONTINUITY OF THEME.

    On both counts, the Obama media/communications staff(s) have done a poor-to-mediocre job...and this goes back to the 2008 campaign.

    Luckily, they have a client that is pretty damn good at overcoming this problem.

    But, it sure would be nice if the staff got a freakin' clue!

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:51:38 AM PDT

    •  They're abysmal. It really is shocking (7+ / 0-)

      how complacent and weak they've become. I've been saying for years he needs to clean out that political team and bring in fresh blood. These guys are tired. Soft. Slow.

      I'd bring in the entire staff of Harry Reid's campaign and put them in charge.

      •  Reid's people are/were phenomenal... (3+ / 0-)

        I totally agree...perhaps the best-run campaign of 2010, in fact...but they had a lot less turf to cover.

        There's a whole, massive (highly) strategic media-buying component that's required to make a national campaign truly click on all 8 cylinders, however. So, perhaps Harry's people with beefed up research and a very, very strong media buying arm, all extremely well-coordinated by someone with intensive national chops.

        Note: SKDKnickerbocker (Anita Dunn, et al, in a consulting capacity) performed really well for Reid, and even for Obama in '08 (in some really key states), as well; clearly, there was somewhat of a "talent decoupling" with the national folks; so, everyone else, not so well (heh)... (See THIS LINK.)

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:07:53 AM PDT

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      •  I'd sure like to see some boxers in there (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama's idea is float like a butterfly but I'd prefer biting someones ear off this year.

        If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

        by jgnyc on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:32:34 AM PDT

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      •  axelrod (2+ / 0-)
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        And the campaign did excellently in 2008.

        It is still relatively early. Obama has been anticipating for months that romney will be the nominee. In his 18 minute video directed by tom hanks, he hits romney hard indirectly by talking about the auto bailout.

        I am sure they have been studying romney for months too.

      •  Harry Reid had a gift dropped in his lap (1+ / 0-)
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        with the nomination of Sharon Angle. You'd have to be able to screw up a one car parade to mess up that contest.

        Obama has been gifted with the Romney nomination, too, but not quite in the same league as Sharon Angle.

      •  "They're abysmal" I wonder what will be said when (0+ / 0-)

        the President wins the election.... "Oh they're abysmal,  they just paid attention in time to win."

        I mean, it's been a long road since the heady days of Obama failing the economy, and doing almost everything wrong....

        Now after months of beating that drum, an automobile industry saved, and the economy showing signs of improvement, we have multiple diaries on how Obama is losing what many didn't even seem to think he would have a chance of winning in the first place....

        It is not even May..... I guess the Obama team lost so badly in 2008, and showed that they knew nothing about running a presidential campaign that they better listen up!

    •  No narrative (1+ / 0-)
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      and it's so frustrating - the narrative practically writes itself ....

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:37:31 AM PDT

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    •  They did so "poor" in 208 that Obama almost won! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  How about Obama going FDR? (2+ / 0-)
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    jgnyc, Eric Nelson

    The country is hungry new deal that takes on the class war with real teeth.
    I'm not excited about Democratic political spin that does not offend the 1%.

    I

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:53:54 AM PDT

  •  Well, yeah . . . (9+ / 0-)

    for the attack portion of the campaign.

    How about just ads telling folks all the good stuff that Obama has done, and all the "We Can't Wait" initiatives, etc.?

    Just now I was looking to see what "lower fees" meant in terms of my pending mortgage refi.

    I found that President Obama's plan includes relief for military service members who have been screwed over by mortgage lenders.  

    Did you know that?  I didn't.  And I'm paying attention.  Everyone thinks Romney is toast because of his flip floppery and pandering.

    Most people aren't paying attention AT ALL.  Most people don't watch the debates.  They don't know what a lying sack of shit he is.  The don't know about Bain, and in that this diary is spot on.

    But they also don't know how Obamacares has already helped them.  They don't know their taxes have been cut.  They don't know their options in terms of refinancing their homes, or the details of the jobs bill that repukes killed.  They still think TARP was a complete failure, that rich people create jobs, that . . .

    See?  Romney can throw out any old shit he comes up with, because people don't know that he's throwing out shit.  "Obama's over his head" - that's so bullshit right?

    WE know it is.  The President's team has to tell it to the rest of the voters.

    Quick ads - in addition to the obvious flip-flop videos and the Bain ads -

    "The President did XXX, which helps you in this way"

     "When the repuglican congress refused to act, President Obama decided 'We Can't Wait' and did this great thing for you"

    "Thanks to this thing President Obama championed/proposed/accomplished, your taxes are lower/XXX kids had health care/this woman received treatment which is why she's alive today."

    Ya know?

    If WE don't know about all of the stuff he's done, certainly the vast majority of the country doesn't know either.

    Show people just like them who have benefitted from Obama's initiatives.  Show them how they have already benefitted as well.

    Why is it that a 3% tax increase for the wealthy is considered "socialism" and an 8% wage cut for the middle class is "doing your part"? MartyM

    by delphine on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:07:39 AM PDT

  •  you really can (8+ / 0-)
    I can't repeat this enough.
    in fact, you already have.  how many diaries like this did we see in 2008?  and then, whaddayaknow, obama pulled it out.  in his own time.  in his own way.

    you believe hitting bain is best.  maybe it's a question of timing; that's how it played out before.

    Never forget that the Republican War on Women originated with religion; the GOP is but theocracy's handmaiden.

    by Cedwyn on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:24:14 AM PDT

  •  I think the extremist strategy is starting to (3+ / 0-)
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    gell. Read a quote where a voter said she voted for Obama but was waiting for Mitt to declare he's a centrist so she could vote for him. The battle will be for independents and the flip flopper or 1% er arguments don't seem to resonate as much there.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:27:11 AM PDT

    •  Yes, (2+ / 0-)
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      I have recently read some research that says very clearly that independents don't respond to the "it's not fair" thing.  They DO respond to providing opportunity for everyone.  Basically the positive rather than the negative.

      We have to remember that many independents are often people who really do have a preference but aren't ready to identify as such, so you really aren't sure who you're talking to.  Tough bunch.

  •  Looks like they're going to play prevent (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama's been running not to lose since 2009. As every sports fan knows ... etc ... but politics isn't football. It's way too late for Obama to pivot to "I welcome their hatred". That's not who he is and he's not going to perp walk Geithner.

    I think they're staying away from Bain, right now, to start using it brutally after the conventions. Maybe attack ads are like chewing gum and lose their flavor after a while and they want to save it to switch the narrative back at a key juncture.

    The harsh reality for the more involved and action oriented around here is that the numbers for Occupy to take the stage the way the tea baggers did in 2010 aren't there by orders of magnitude. Without a TV channel the only way to break through would be a LOT of people. We'll see what happens May 1 and beyond but this election is most likely a centrist - read center right VS cloud coo coo right - game of inches.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:29:07 AM PDT

  •  Does he really want 4 more years? Bad enough (1+ / 0-)
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    to taste it?  Bad enough to "kill" for it?  

    I'm not seeing it yet.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:29:26 AM PDT

  •  I also don't understand why the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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    don't run nationally against the failure of 30 years of supply-side econonsense.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:34:57 AM PDT

    •  because some of their funders like it (0+ / 0-)

      D party is a mixed bag with an incoherent message ... this leads to the "they're extremists ... they're bad" as the main campaign message.

      the hope is that the Obama team will realize that victory requires them to do more. but we have seen in past campaigns D's becoming more populist toward the finish line in a last-ditch effort to actually win. it would be better if they started out like that.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:42:13 AM PDT

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  •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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    You're right, the president's campaign has been everywhere but he has that luxury because he's the incumbent.  Pres. Obama doesn't need to establish himself as the best candidate for the job, he has the job.  He and his campaign just need to show that the other guy isn't good enough to take his job.  It doesn't make sense to start running on his record this early, especially when he doesn't to.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

    by lcj98 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:56:06 AM PDT

  •  Don't disagree with the Bain thing, (4+ / 0-)

    but whoa nellie! The general is barely a couple of weeks old and other than the base of both parties, no one is paying attention.  It's April.  We've got a half a year to go.  Marathon not a sprint, etc, etc.

    I often saw this site underestimate Obama in 2008, and frankly while he didn't run a perfect campaign, to say it wasn't darn effective is just silly. And to call OFA old and tired is based on what?  Most have no idea what OFA's been up to the last 6 months of the GOP primaries, and I guarantee you,they've been up to a lot.

    Read an article by a journalist who toured OFA in Chicago---wish I had bookmarked it---and his socks were blown off by OFA's data capabilities, which in this year of Super Pacs is going to be very key.  One of the places WE KNOW Romney is weak is in his ground game.  In New Hampshire for instance, Obama already has multiple OFA offices open to Romney's one.

    Here's a comment from a woman who's actually on the ground in New Hampshire, working with OFA:

    "Also in attendance at the Portsmouth watch party was Lenore Patton, chair of the Rockingham County Democratic Committee. She’s been actively working on various Democratic causes for more than 40 years, and she commended the strong organization behind Obama’s reelection campaign in New Hampshire.

    “This is the most organized, best campaign I’ve ever worked with,” Patton said. “I’ve been working in politics since 1970 and worked on a lot of presidential campaigns, and I’ve never seen one that was so ground-up, that was really such a grassroots campaign and yet was so organized. It’s exciting.”

    •  It is NEVER TOO EARLY (4+ / 0-)

      to define your opponent. I hate that Democrats always think like this. "its too early!" "nobody is paying attention!"

      The thing is to MAKE THEM pay attention. Name one thing this Obama campaign has done that has gone viral. Zero. Nothing. By this time in 2008 we had already gone through "Obama Girl" "Yes we can" and  "Fired Up, Ready to Go!"

      What do we got now. Frickin tiddly winks. Its sad.

       If Mitt Romney weren't a gaffe machine, we'd be behind right now and looking even more vulnerable...a cycle that feeds itself when you're the incumbent.

      Democrats are getting complacent and soft. They're looking back at 2008 and saying "See...were good!" We sound exactly like George H.W. Bush in early 1992.

      •  I didn't say (1+ / 0-)
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        it was TOO early.  I said it was early.  I hardly think the Obama campaign is doing "tiddly winks."  Not on board with your choice of evidence for this.  

        2008 is not comparable in that we had a rabble rousing primary that allowed Obama to come out fighting early and often.  He's an incumbent president now, and it's a different run all together.

        We'll have to agree to disagree BBB.  At least for now.  We'll see.  But I don't think the Democrats are "getting complacent and soft, and I don't think OFA is "old and tired."

      •  Youtube videos don't translate to actual votes (0+ / 0-)

        I imagine you may be working on your next diaries:

         "Obama's campaign song sucks" and "It's taking way too long to get my yard signs."

        Sigh. Everybody's a critic on the internets, and everybody is absolutely certain he or she could do better.  Only, the people who actually can do better, go and do it. The other ones just keep carping.

    •  Exactly - but here goes the season of blog experts (0+ / 0-)

      refuting every move of Team Obama.

      This quote from an essay on the recent PEW study on how Obama has NOT received favorable media coverage sums up the problem:

      "The vast majority of coverage, sixty-three percent, has been focused on "strategy," often the journalistic equivalent of empty calories. It's not as though the negative coverage has been driven by say, drone strikes in Yemen or inadequate responses to foreclosure fraud. Coverage of Romney, while more positive overall, was even more (74 percent) focused on "strategy." This is actually an improvement over 2008, since according to Pew, the media was even more preoccupied with horse-race coverage during that campaign."

      http://motherjones.com/...

  •  Karl Rove 101 (1+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse

    Hit him on his strength.

    his strength is a businessman who understands the economy

    Obama and team should be slamming him on this ..

  •  I love this (2+ / 0-)
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    thank you.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:34:58 AM PDT

  •  This isn't 2008 (0+ / 0-)

    The president's political team needs to recognize that this isn't 2008. Romney's team is faster and smarter than McCain put together. Romney is more disciplined than McCain and will have more money to spend. In other words, the reelection campaign will be tougher than getting elected.

    David Axlerod and company really need to up their game, and soon. The time between now and the conventions is the time that the last 2 reelection campaigns have been won. In 1996 Clinton was able to define Dole as out of touch and not up to the job during this time. In 2004 Bush defined Kerry as a flip-flopper during this time and coasted in.

    Maybe it's too early, but Obama's campaign team just doesn't seem as crisp on this front as I remember either of the earlier ones (or maybe it's faulty memory on my part). In any case, now is the time to define Romney for the middle-of-the-road, not particularly involved voter. If they wait until convention then Romney gets to define himself to them.

  •  Obama should be up by 20 pts now, Bain is perfect (0+ / 0-)

    foil.  Obama doesn't like to attack.  He'll probably lose this election in the final two weeks when Mitt Bombs the 6-10 swing states, and it'll be too late to counter the Super-Pacs then.

    Obama'll probably lose,

    based on his campaign performance so far in 2012.

    He has to change fast.  It's getting too late pretty soon.

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:48:18 AM PDT

  •  Obama'll lose-based on weak economylcampaign (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:49:35 AM PDT

  •  If you believe Bain is the key, (0+ / 0-)

    how do you address the following?

    Democrats got over $1 million from Bain

    As an investigation by the Hill found, though, Democratic campaigns have actually received more money from Bain executives than Republicans in recent years. The Washington newspaper reports:

    During the last three election cycles, Bain employees have given Democratic candidates and party committees more than $1.2 million. The vast majority of that sum came from senior executives.

    Republican candidates and party committees raised over $480,000 from senior Bain executives during that time period.

    This is an important point, but it’s not the whole story. If one adds super PACs into the equation, the GOP takes the advantage in Bain contributions. That’s because three people employed by Bain have given $1.25 million to the pro-Romney group Restore Our Future this cycle.

    Democrats Received Over Twice As Much Bain Cash As Republicans Did
    So, this story essentially just shows the folks at Bain Capital shelling out campaign donations in pragmatic and predictable ways. But it also lays out the key problem with the "corporate raider" attacks Democratic strategists have been itching to deploy against Romney in a general election fight. As Bolton notes, "Democrats could be forced to justify attacking Bain—which specializes in buying companies and boosting profitability, often by laying off workers—while accepting campaign funds from the same executives who made the cost-cutting decisions." There are major distinctions to be drawn between accepting campaign cash from a private equity firm and presiding over said firm as CEO. But if Democrats choose to commit to this line of attack, they might have to live with the impact being dulled, especially when the words "received twice as much money from Bain Capital" enter the debate.

    The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

    by chipmo on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 10:04:00 AM PDT

  •  Yawn (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, how surprising you just laid waste to the Obama "strategy" - which the polls reflect is working pretty good given the divisive nature of the election.

    Bain Capital is not going away as an issue and will be brought up again.

  •  It sounds like a job for the Obama superPac (0+ / 0-)

    To do a "When Mitt Romney came to town" type ad. Yes, there are inconvenient facts in the narrative, such as Bain capitals donation to the democrats - they were based in Massachusetts after all where Democrats rule. But the Swift boat ads were basically arrant bullshit, but they worked.

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:07:44 PM PDT

  •  Oh and lets not forget Huckabee (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe someone can provide the youtube link to this early 2008 Republican debate when Hucksterbee scored one of the best lines ever by saying people should vote for him because he reminds them of the guy they worked with, not - here jerking a thumb at Romney - they guy that laid them off.
      And then he won Iowa

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:09:09 PM PDT

  •  Yes Bain Capital is Romneys' albatross.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..Bill Bain hand held Romney, there was no financial or profassional risk taken by Romney at Bain Capital. No brave young entrepreneur
    Vanity Fair

    Starting almost immediately, Bain proposed, Romney would become the head of a new company to be called Bain Capital. With seed money from Bill Bain and other partners at the consulting firm, Bain Capital would raise tens of millions of dollars, invest in start-ups and troubled businesses, apply Bain’s brand of management advice, and then resell the revitalized companies or sell their shares to the public at a profit. It sounded exciting, daring, new. It would be Romney’s first chance to run his own firm and, potentially, to make a killing. It was an offer few young men in a hurry could refuse.
    Sounds like gift postion from Bill Bain to Romney yet:
    Yet Romney stunned his boss by doing just that. He explained to Bain that he didn’t want to risk his position, earnings, and reputation on an experiment. He found the offer appealing but didn’t want to make the decision in a “light or flippant manner.” So Bain sweetened the pot. He guaranteed that if the experiment failed Romney would get his old job and salary back, plus any raises he would have earned during his absence. Still, Romney worried about the impact on his reputation if he proved unable to do the job. Again the pot was sweetened. Bain promised that, if necessary, he would craft a cover story saying that Romney’s return to Bain & Company was needed due to his value as a consultant. “So,” Bain explained, “there was no professional or financial risk.” This time Romney said yes. - emphasis added
    That kind of timidity/ silver spoon attitude could be used to hammer home Romneys' absolute privelege/entitlement and fear of real leadership in one fell swoop.
    All this talk Romney has been going on about how he built his empire.
    Hogwash. This protected status exposed should do him in imo
    •  That and this "Smooth Liar" piece by Richard Cohen (0+ / 0-)

      WP opinions
      With a "bullet proof" demeanor. Cohen makes a persuasive case that Romney came to rely on lying as a "basic buisiness tactic" - as a basic tool of the trade in the buisines world:

      ...what his career has given him is the businessman’s concept of self — that what he does is not who he is. This is what enables the slumlord to be a charitable man. This is what enables the corporate raider to endow his university. Business is business. It’s what you do. It is not who you are. Lying isn’t a sin. It’s a business plan.
      Can you trust a liar? That kind of exposure if used by the whitehouse works for me.

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