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Republicans can't understand why they aren't doing better. It's because they are straying too far from what their most effective message would probably be.

Few people actually blame Obama for all of the economic mess- even those on the right and in the middle. So, by doing that, the GOP is being ignorant of what their best strategy might be if they want to attract middle-of-the-road voters and perhaps some disenchanted 2008 Obama voters.

I'm not trying to give them pointers- really, I like the direction the GOP is currently taking, since I'm a Democrat. And I'm a very proud Democrat who is 100% behind Obama and Biden (that was the greatest convention ever!) But if the GOP wanted to make some progress with the middle voters, they would have to say something like:

"Okay, Obama didn't create the entire mess, but he did add some to the debt and deficit. And yes, things are slightly better (at least in terms of job loss statistics and other economic indicators), than they were in January 2009, when he took office."

"But we believe that a fiscally conservative direction on the economy that was led by a fiscally conservative president, such as our candidate would be, would have been able to bring the economy around much more quickly. Putting such a conservative method in place now would speed up our nation's recovery."

In other words, their message probably should be: "Obama's not evil, he's just too slow at economic recovery, and we will be faster." ((But they just can't say that.))


Once again, I am not in the business of writing the GOPs platform, nor do I want to be. I would still be 100% opposed to them if they said these things, because I believe they would be wrong: The Bush Tax cuts have been proven to be a failure. And that's not to mention the "social values" war they continue to wage against women, minorities and, well, everybody who isn't in the top 1/2/3 percent.

In Jan. 2001, when Clinton left office and George W. Bush took office, the US debt was at $5.7 trillion. But we had no deficit, which means we were owed more from other countries and businesses than we owed. This is not a technicality- most US business owners have debts, but a successful business is one that takes in more than it spends. Under Clinton, we were successful.

Do I wish our country was doing better? Yes. Do I think returning Republicans to the White House and control of Congress would do that? Hell no. The GOP got us into this dilemma- and there's no reason to expect that they are able, only four years later, to dig the country out of their mess.

When the GOP says that the Democratic Administration isn't building things back fast enough, they simply haven't earned the credibility to make that assertion.

The GOP is killing itself, but they can't seem to take a strategic approach to this economy and election, because too many of their hot-heads are in leadership positions and refuse to budge.

Once again- I don't mind that they are undergoing a schism... It's just sometimes painful to watch. (Well, wincingly enjoyable.)

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  •  Good post. I've got two words to explain this, (4+ / 0-)
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    imobannon, deep, jamess, ruleoflaw

    Grover Norquist.

    As that Electoral College arithmetic gets tougher by the day for Governor Romney.  (Romney essentially needs to sweep NC, FL, OH, WI and CO to beat Obama and, when you consider that Romney only leads in NC, it is starting to look like the fat lady is singing for Romney.)

    Now 70% of Americans believe that taxes on the wealthiest should be raised to help balance the budget (even among Republicans it is more than 50%), so President Obama is only playing to his strength by calling the Republicans out on this issue.  The whole false equivalency that neither side will compromise is bogus.  President Obama had reached a deal with Boehner for $4.5 trillion deficit reduction over 10 years and Boehner was forced to renege because of pretty modest tax increases (most of the $4.5 trillion were cuts in spending - including Medicare).

    It is clear that Obama is willing to put everything on the table but Republicans are bound by their pledge to Grover Norquist.  Now which is more important, the American economy or Grover Norquist? To most of us the answer is easy, but to Republicans it is a no-win situation: if they do the right thing for our Country, Norquist will spend whatever it takes to kick them out of office; but if they keep bowing to Norquist, they will find themselves out of power. Everyone (especially Republicans) believed that there was a strong chance that Republicans would take the Senate and the White House, but now the White House seems out of reach, the Senate is slipping away, and even the House could be in play.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:13:36 PM PDT

  •  If they actually said this, (3+ / 0-)
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    imobannon, JeffW, ruleoflaw
    "But we believe that a fiscally conservative direction on the economy that was led by a fiscally conservative president, such as our candidate would be, would have been able to bring the economy around much more quickly. Putting such a conservative method in place now would speed up our nation's recovery."
    I would laugh my bottom side off. We already know what's in the Ryan Budget. They couldn't claim this with any honesty at all.

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:24:39 PM PDT

  •  I think Rush and Norquist are factors but (0+ / 0-)

    the biggest one is $.

    I've been talking about this to my husband for months.  The fact is that Romney has been playing to his base all along while Obama's campaign has focused in on the swing voters.   Between Romney's rep for being moderate and flip-flopping and the rabid uncompromising position of the base, he hasn't had much choice.  He's had to stick to the right, keep obfuscating, and keep spouting lies just to keep his distrusting base loyal.

    I have theorized that the big money donors have also been keeping his feet to the fire about staying far right and have wondered at their short-sightedness, how they could ignore the fact that they simply don't have the majority view on so many things.  But I think they are so used to being able to buy what they want and have been so successful with the lies for so long that they have believed it was possible to win with a stepped-up lying campaign.

    The problem is that something that is successful at one level can be successful with incremental increases but can also fall like a house of cards when it gets to a critical mass.   Romney isn't a good enough liar and isn't likeable enough to win people over.  The near-collapse of the economy and the obstructionism of the House Repubs isn't far enough in the past.  People see through him.  Lies that are literally decades old are seeing the light of day.  At least I hope so.

    Just my take.  It's really a lot of things I think.

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