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Early in the spring, the Obama campaign decided to depict Mitt Romney as the extremist candidate he made himself into so he could capture the party's right flank. To that they added the theme of Romney's being out-of-touch with average Americans. Romney himself has done a fine job ever since of living up to that depiction. The secretly taped video that made its first appearance in the blogosphere more than month ago, and then went viral this week from the pages of Mother Jones, contributed mightily to confirming that depiction of the GOP candidate as corporate predator. And every time she speaks for her husband, Ann Romney confirms how out-of-touch both of them are.

But when it comes to defining President Obama, Team Romney has been like that cat following the laser light in the video. Even though the election is just 46 days away, and it's been obvious for months Romney would be nominated, his campaign still can't make up its mind about whether to show Obama as a radical mastermind determined to make America into Europe or a well-meaning guy who's out of his depth.

As Zeke Miller points out, they still aren't sure:

On Wednesday, during a fundraiser in Atlanta, Romney delivered a fiery, pulpit-pounding speech accusing the president of radically un-American ideas about the economic role of government.

"He [Obama] really believes in what I’ll call a government-centered society,” Romney said at a fundraiser. “I know there are some who believe that if you simply take from some and give to others then we’ll all be better off. It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America. There’s a tape that came out just a couple of days ago where the president said yes he believes in redistribution. I don’t. I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others but to create wealth for all."

But, on Thursday, it was back to the president-as-incompetent theme:
Romney laid into Obama for saying at a Univision forum that he couldn't "change Washington from inside."

“We face a Washington that’s broken—that can’t get the job done—and the President today threw in the white flag of surrender again,” Romney told the audience, drawing rousing applause in the sweaty climate. “I will change Washington! We’ll get the job done from the inside—Republicans and Democrats will come together. He can’t do it. His slogan was ‘Yes, we can.’ His slogan now is ‘No, I can’t.’”

One big problem with that line of attack for Romney is that what Obama said on Univision is not in the least bit inconsistent with what he said in the 2008 campaign. Getting things done in Washington requires pressure from outside the halls of the federal government, something every reform-minded American has known since the Quakers started their anti-slavery campaign in 1790. Obama never said he could do it by himself. He repeated over and over again that it would take teamwork.

A second big problem for Romney is that he himself said in 2007:

I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside."
But Romney's biggest problem has been that his campaign team failed to redefine the candidate into a softer version of what he was in the primaries and allowed Team Obama's definition to stick. Romney had a chance at the convention to change that, but failed miserably, indicating to those who watched a level of rank incompetence not seen at a major party's convention for quite some time.

In short, whether depicting himself or his opponent, one word now characterizes the Romney campaign: sputtering. He has one chance left. The debates. He's been practicing for that. Perhaps his campaign team believes that that venue will finally allow a "reboot" to actually work. More likely, they'll keep giving advice that spurs Romney to behave like that cat. Forty-six more days and hundreds of millions more dollars won't turn that into a effective strategy.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Fitting for a party that wants to live in the 50's (9+ / 0-)

    As a little kid (at the end of the 50's) I enjoyed playing with an Etch-a-Sketch.  But nowadays kids play with all sorts of gizmos that make an Etch-a-Sketch look like charcoal on a cave wall.  

    You can't be Mr. Etch-a-Sketch in the era of YouTube.  Republicans have been caught in their own time warp.  

    For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:50:00 AM PDT

  •  The debates will be delicious. (6+ / 0-)

    Like a boxer who has lost 9 rounds in a row, he has to go out and throw haymakers and hope Obama is dumb enough to stand still.

  •  We are seeing a lot of evidence that Mitt Romney's (11+ / 0-)

    "Rapid Reaction Team" is standing by ready to turn around any attack on Mitt into an equal and opposite attack on President Obama.  And, as in this case, there are looking for any opportunity to dominate the daily news cycle with their message.

    We've already seen Mitt accusing President Obama of "thowing in the towel" with his statement about where the forces for change come from. And, John Sununu just appeared on Jansing and Co. with the exact same lines.

    I expect within a few hours we will hear Mary Matalin on CNN, and Paul Ryan echo the same theme.

    President Obama is explaining the sad condition that arises when House Republicans intentionally obstruct any Democratic initiatives.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:51:12 AM PDT

    •  Reactive, meaning they have no ideas (7+ / 0-)

      of their own. Maybe you could coast like this if you were ahead, but not when you're behind.

      They'll probably be demanding the release of the President's tax returns next. Heh.

      •  I think they counted on a lot of ODS... (4+ / 0-)
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        jalenth, Texdude50, highacidity, HoundDog

        They thought that the whole country was like the teabaggers and that would obviate the necessity of defining the President.  That's what comes of only talking to each other and watching or appearing only on fox news.  You get a mindset and think everyone agrees with you.  Not to mention the fact that the entire rMoney campaign team is afraid to say anything to the candidate that he doesn't agree with.

        From a political science standpoint, I see some interesting books coming out of that campaign about the efficacy of a CEO president and the role of money in a campaign that seems to worship it.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:39:00 AM PDT

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        •  CEO candidate, not president. (3+ / 0-)
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          Texdude50, highacidity, HoundDog

          I hope to never have to face a pure CEO president.   bushie claimed to be, but I still think he was more of a politician than rMoney ever thought of being.

          A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

          by dougymi on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:41:15 AM PDT

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        •  I think he expected to win by acclamation (1+ / 0-)
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          and to be welcomed into Washington like a liberator.

          Idiot.  As you say, he was living in a little bubble - and didn't know/care what the world outside thought at all!

        •  Rmoney was supposed to be the Great White Hope. (1+ / 0-)
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          zizi

          He figured he could sail into office on his skin tone alone. Yes, all the rhethugs fully expected him to "take their country back."  

          Rmoney and Empress Ann figured with being white and having tons of money to throw around, why wouldn't he win?  After all, he was running against a BLACK guy, for Pete's sake.

          GOTV like your life depends on it ~ it does. Obama 2012!

          by Orlaine on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:35:36 PM PDT

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      •  They have a lot of ideas (1+ / 0-)
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        but all of them are so horrifyingly bad they have to try to cover them up. Otherwise, we'd be hearing the 47% thing on the campaign trail every day, and that wouldn't be good for Mittens.

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

        by anastasia p on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 03:32:05 PM PDT

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    •  To wit (6+ / 0-)

      Romney is running a totally reactive campaign.  And it shows.  When he was hyperventilating and blabbering on about the white flag of surrender it sounded like he was about to have a mental breakdown.

      VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

      by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:00:38 AM PDT

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    •  More like rapid OVER-reaction. (2+ / 0-)
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      The Romney team stands at the ready, feet poised at their lips, ready to swallow.  This allows their  "Ready ... Fire ... Aim" strategery to truly shine.

      Romney "truly believes" whatever he thinks the audience he is currently standing in front of wants to hear.  His beliefs will change in front of the next audience, and he will, somehow, try to convince us all that he has been perfectly consistent throughout this campaign (or, at least, for the last 5 minutes thereof?).

      BTW - didja know that Mitt's dad, auto tycoon & former Governor of MI, George Romney, was once one of those people who "refused to accept responsibility for himself and his family" and was on the gov't dole?  So said Mitt's mom, Lenore Romney, in an interview in 1962, when George was running for governor.

      http://www.upi.com/...

      OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

      by mstaggerlee on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:55:05 AM PDT

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  •  It should be noted (3+ / 0-)

    that since we live under a constitutional republic, we are in fact a government centered society.

    That is a fact, Mittens.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:59:02 AM PDT

  •  Comedy central can't wait for Romney debates (1+ / 0-)
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    The Republicans are making it too easy for the best spokesmen for the truth.

  •  When you have a candidate with no inner core... (4+ / 0-)

    ... it's hard to find the right way to frame that candidate. They're trying to sell boxes of air.

    "No, seriously! The air in our boxes is better!"

  •  It seriously is loking like the complete implosion (4+ / 0-)

    of the Republican Party.

    The Morning Joe talking heads were saying that all Romney is doing is chasing news cycles and it was reminiscent of the McCain campaign.

    The 47% thing is the final nail. Whoever is responsible for that video may have actually altered history (for the better). It's like the Macaca George Allen video only multiplied by 1000.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:12:59 AM PDT

  •  If you create a reality from whole cloth (2+ / 0-)
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    that a government is a business, that people want to have a government that performs as a business for those functions you simply can't strip away to the private sector, and that it is about self interest, profit motive and awards to those who are most creatively destructive of the social infrastructure, you will have trouble defining yourself, your political opponents and the problems you are trying to solve.   Moreover, you won't connect with the majority of people who live in a real world where they need help, they like to work together at least part of the time to help others, and money isn't the only thing that motivates them, they don't want children and the elderly to starve, they don't want parents to work three jobs just to pay the bills and they really don't want to be the people who can't feed their children, care for their parents and know some security in this world.  Mitt Romney can't sell his vision of a dog eat dog world where some people reap all the rewards and everybody else is 'you people who can't take responsibility for yourselves'.

    To me, it is the themes of "It's a Wonderful Life" writ large.

    Do we want to live in Pottersville or Bedford Falls?  

  •  He never shook the Etch-a-Sketch (1+ / 0-)
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    He's still trying to win the base.

    "Who is John Galt?" A two dimensional character in a third rate novel.

    by Inventor on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:28:33 AM PDT

  •  It's the same failed McCain playbook (3+ / 0-)
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    The problem is that it's hard to define someone based on obvious lies and distortions.  The GOP, lead by Faux News has been talking about a straw man Obama for the past 5 years.  It works very well for the hardcore base who only gets their news from Faux, Rush, and Drudge.  For everyone else, it doesn't stick because that's not who the President is.  Media Matters had a nice piece the other day in which they made the point that it's the right wing media that's helping to hurt Romney. They point to the 47% comment, the you didn't build that comment, Solyendra, etc, etc, in terms of how Mitt's comments or themes are usually driven from what he sees on Faux instead of running a campaign built on professional think tanks and strategists.  

  •  MB posting cute kitteh video? I've seen it all now (2+ / 0-)
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    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:51:31 AM PDT

  •  At this point, I think (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    the only thing Obama has to do in the debates is to not show up drunk. Romney doesn't just have to win, he has to completely destroy Obama and he just can't do that.

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    by NMDad on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:58:11 AM PDT

  •  Oh, I dunno about this one. (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, look at how many different long running ad campaigns Geico has going at once.

    Romney ain't gonna get very far with either one, but this could be a Schrödinger's cat attack strategy -- his base is going to believe whichever one they're hearing at the time, and not bother processing any inconsistencies.

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:17:50 AM PDT

  •  MB, we're reposting our NC Action Diary… (1+ / 0-)
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    .. and hope you won't mind me stopping by with a flyer/comment ;-)

    NC_Women_VOTE-banner

    You can help get the swing state of North Carolina in the D column this November. We need women, no matter where you live, to write letters explaining why you believe this election has huge implications for all women in America. You'll be writing to North Carolinian women individually. Hence the phrase Woman-to-Woman, because it is!

    Yes, I'm out pushing this diary all over dKos this morning because it's important. I rarely do things like this, so I call upon years of good GOS karma and your forebearance. Or even better, your participation!

    Go to the diary, see how to join the effort. And help get attention so others can have an opportunity to do the same.

    Yes, it is that important. We can do this. Woman to Woman.

  •  I truly hesitate to compare (6+ / 0-)

    my cat, Roger, with Romney -- but, alas it is apt.  He gets into a frenzy with the laser for about 52 seconds -- and then he gets bored and has to rest.  Sort of like the Romney campaign.  Where is that asshole today?

    My cat Emily already knows a laser beam is bullshite and won't waste a nanosecond of the time she could use thinking about how to eat my face.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:04:24 PM PDT

  •  Good Grief...Meteor Blades is still on his standup (0+ / 0-)

    comedy tour....Hide the women and children!!!!

  •  You should wind up the cord... (0+ / 0-)

    ...on your vacuum cleaner, or you might trip over it at night.

    Nice kitty though.

  •  I would like a blue laser with an "Obama" word (0+ / 0-)

        and the cat had a red "Romney" collar on. But then again, I like cats too much to misrepresent them in a bad light.

  •  Super PACs and (0+ / 0-)

    shifty operatives aside, because they're a different equation, I think what Romney is running is a straightforward Eisenhower campaign.

    He is about a half-century out of date in 'most everything, nearly as I can tell.

    "There are no Americans at the airport!" -- Baghdad Bob
    "I’ve got a very effective campaign." -- Mitt Romney

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:17:34 PM PDT

    •  Except that Ike had a coherent campaign (0+ / 0-)

      and he actually won. Of course he got some help from Nixon with the "Checkers" speech, but Ryan doesn't have Nixon's gift for oratory.

      Some talking head today was trying to spin Ryan as a conservative darling who can draw large crowds and that Romney's campaign will benefit from unleashing the Kraken Ryan. I can believe the first part, but not the second, not after watching him get booed at the AARP meeting.

      You and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children's children what it was once like in America when 25% of the population was batshit insane.

      by Omir the Storyteller on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:36:11 PM PDT

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    •  Ike ran a MOR + civil rights campaign. (0+ / 0-)

      Wrote the platform for the 1956 Republican Convention personally.

      Romney ????? No.

    •  Romney is about as close to Eisenhower (2+ / 0-)
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      RainyDay, Meteor Blades

      as the Captain and Tenille are to the Rolling Stones. By our standards today Eisenhower was very progressive on many issues. And he hated the right wing of his party (like McCarthy) in the same way we loath the Palins of our time. Remember also that many people called Eisenhower a communist.

  •  debates unlikely to reverse Romney negatives (2+ / 0-)
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    I think he comes across as "too shrill" (on the campaign trail) and too "get off my lawn bossy" on the debate podium. Moreover, his whole campaign is built on lies. He will have to sell his lies to a national audience with a sense of conviction and authenticity and that IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIM! THERE ARE ZERO ODDS HE CAN PULL THAT OFF!!

  •  Diff kinds of capitalism (0+ / 0-)

    icapitalism I sure don't like Romneys kind of Capitalism

    wall Street Casino is the root of the problem. Don't call them banks.

    by timber on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:30:45 PM PDT

  •  What? (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    You're telling me Mitt's flirtation with birtherism didn't catch fire?  How about another Rev. Wright tape?  3rd grade essay on sharing and caring?  C'mon something's got to stick!  

    "I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:31:10 PM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, in Chicago... (0+ / 0-)

    :)

    Thanks, Mitt. Really. Thank you for being such a craptastic candidate.

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:31:34 PM PDT

  •  When Romney is losing so much of the population, (0+ / 0-)

    there's only one man who represents Joe Sixpack who can
    resurrect the Romney campaign and put them over the top:

    Joe the Plumber.

    "listen: there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go." --ee cummings

    by Wildthumb on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:33:14 PM PDT

  •  The difference between his two messages is the (0+ / 0-)

    audience he is speaking to.

    Romney thinks he has to be softer on Obama when speaking to Latinos and harder on Obama when he's speaking vulture capitalists.

    It would work if he could make sure those two groups have no contact with each other nor are observed by anyone else.

  •  But we have to give our candidate kudos too (3+ / 0-)
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    Pres. Obama is a lethal campaigner. His ace card is to get under his opponents' skin. He leverages their predictable hate of him into political gold.

    His track record getting his opponents to self-implode is not the result of happenstance. He is that good precisely because no one ever sees him coming. He works very hard to get his ducks sitting in order, and then waits for his opponents to trip the wire and boom chain reaction.

    Did it to our dear SOS Hillary, McCain-Palin, Alan Keyes/Jack Ryan, and even got all his first state senate opponents disqualified, including Alice Palmer who had first suggested he run for her seat. And when she came back to claim the state senate seat after a failed US House run, he refused to back down then challenged her candidacy signatures, and voila they were found to be mostly fraudulent. Pres. Obama's only loss is the one to Bobby Rush whom he challenged for the US house seat in 2000.

    Obama wields a poison-edged scalpel beneath that smile.

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:34:55 PM PDT

    •  I'm so thrilled he & I same age.Makes aging easier (2+ / 0-)
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      I always told myself, "If Obama can turn 50, then I can too."

    •  If he had not challenged Alice Palmers (0+ / 0-)

      petitions no one would have taken him seriously in Illinois politics. Republican or Democrat, county board or Senator every petition gets checked. If you do check you do not really want that office. And Obama's loss to Bobby Rush taught him some important lessons. Being from Chicago taught Obama how to be a politician in a city that loves politics and takes it very seriously.

      I now live in Florida and down here no body cares. And so we get shit for politics. What I would not give to be back home in Chicago at my old house so I could work for Tammy Duckworth again.

  •  The harder he throws s**t, (1+ / 0-)
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    the more it sticks to to his mitt.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:38:19 PM PDT

  •  But we have learned the Mitt scores points when he (0+ / 0-)

    runs against Mitt Romney.

    It would be so much easier for him if he were a Latino Democratic Candidate, he could just criticize Romney/Ryan.

    Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

    by captainlaser on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:44:29 PM PDT

  •  Romney flailing is not a pretty picture (2+ / 0-)
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    Desperation in the voice. Desperation in the body language. Desperation in the words. It would be sad if it weren't so deserving.

  •  The Last time I Checked.... (0+ / 0-)

    There were a couple of Documents written by a Bunch
    of Guys a long time Ago called "The Constitution" and
    "The Bill of Rights".

    Those two documents Defined this Country and the
    Essential Nature of the Government.

    Yes, Mitt.  We Live in a Government-Centered Society.

    Of Course, Mitt doesn't want that. Mitt Wants a
    Society "Run" by Bain Capital and Wall Street.

    How can Someone trying to be the President NOT
    Understand the Essential Nature of This Country ?

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:48:18 PM PDT

  •  Debates (0+ / 0-)

    Romney is extremely good at memorizing and delivering lies. However,  he buckles very easily when those lies are debunked with facts. This is how Rick Santorium neutered him in the debates.

    My concern is the POTUS is extremely weak in rebutting lies. For a smart guy, he is amazingly ineffectual at instanteneous challenging of facts.

    Hopefully, he is reading his opposition research and memorizing some short, crisp comebacks.

    •  you must not have watched Pres. Obama debate (0+ / 0-)

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Here's is Pres. Obama in debate with McCain in 2008. Does that performance look to you like he is "ineffectual"? Insta-polls afterwards showed candidate Obama WON all 3 debates

      Here is Pres. Obama taking on the ENITIRE Republican House caucus during their Baltimore Retreat on Jan 29, 2010. Does this look ineffectual to you?

      These are just two examples.

      It would be helpful if we don't regurgitate false info when the FACTS prove otherwise. I guess you also fall into the category of those who underestimate president Obama. I bet it suits him just fine, cuz then nobody will see his lethat counterpunch coming.

      :o)

      "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

      by zizi on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:48:16 PM PDT

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  •  too many reboots and the drive blows up /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Orlaine

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:54:08 PM PDT

  •  Balderdash! Commonwealth = Republic (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Icicle68

    From wikipedia:

    "Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically, it has sometimes been synonymous with 'republic'."
    Also:
    "U.S. states

    Four states in the United States officially designate themselves as "commonwealths". All four were original colonies (Kentucky was originally a part of the land grant of the Colony of Virginia) and share a strong influence of colonial common law in some of their laws and institutions. The four are:

        Kentucky is designated a Commonwealth by the Kentucky Constitution and is known constitutionally as the "Commonwealth of Kentucky".
        Massachusetts is a Commonwealth, declaring itself as such in its constitution, which states that "The body politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: it is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good."
        Pennsylvania uses the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" constitutionally and in its official title.
        Virginia has been known as the "Commonwealth of Virginia" since before joining the United States, and is referred to as a Commonwealth in its constitution."

    I don't understand HOW ON EARTH Mittens, who LIVES in Massachusetts can't understand the name of the state he used to govern. THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS and what that means.

    Full article and jumping off point here.

    There MUST be writings out there from our colonial forebears who were early Pilgrim Christians looking to establish holdings in the New World in which the resources would be used for the COMMON GOOD of all. That is certainly how it was taught to me growing up in Boston in the '60s.

    It goes to the very HEART of any defense policy, since the military is made up of those who are willing to sacrifice for the benefit of the whole. The same could be said for our police, fire departments, and National Guards.

    Just WHO do the Repugs think they're fooling???

    Although they SUCK at biology, and clearly fail math, it seems they also were asleep during HISTORY!

    What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

    by equern on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:54:21 PM PDT

  •  Was not the "Tea Party" (1+ / 0-)
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    Orlaine

    supposed to be a bunch of outsiders. Did they not paint insiders as the problem? Just askin...

  •  Scott Brown's strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    Orlaine

    in his debate with Elizabeth Warren may be an indicator of what we're likely to see. I'm expecting Romney to go full bore on personal attacks anchored in trivial stuff and the dredging up of old settled news coupled with rapid fire lying and circumlocution at high decibel levels. Look for a  redux of Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, "Chicago" politics, redistribution of wealth, Israel, etc.. Lots of re-emphasis on previous lies and misinformation.

    I expect Romney to at some point say something like: "Any way you look at it, Obama cut 716 billion dollars from medicare."

    Also expect him to try to get some more mileage out of the welfare to work BS.

    If I were the moderators, I'd frisk Mitt for hidden earphones.

    •  Yeah, but you know they won't. (0+ / 0-)
      If I were the moderators, I'd frisk Mitt for hidden earphones.
      I don't trust those moderators in the first place.  Not one democrat amongst them.

      GOTV like your life depends on it ~ it does. Obama 2012!

      by Orlaine on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:45:17 PM PDT

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  •  Does anyone know the backstory... (0+ / 0-)

    behind Mitt fundraising woes? Are the donations from a particular group drying up(Wall St.)? Or is it an across the board decline?

    I love watching the GOP implode.

  •  In Maryland, Independent Senatorial candidate (0+ / 0-)

    Rob Sobhani just put out an ad saying

    If I am elected, I will find $500M from private sources to pay for a first class cancer center in the State of Maryland
     and then the ad shows NIH, Johns Hopkins, UM Baltimore medical center.

    Just one question for Mr. Sobhani.... what the hell is stopping you from doing this now?  

    Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

    by captainlaser on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 03:17:18 PM PDT

  •  Major Fail (0+ / 0-)

    That story line isn't taking grip.  If that's the best r-money can come up with then he really is in big trouble.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 03:35:38 PM PDT

  •  Republicans like to criticize Obama for (0+ / 0-)

    Leading from Behind, but all campaign long they have been completely behind the 8 ball when it comes to going head to head against the Obama Team.

  •  Another part of the genius of the Obama team (0+ / 0-)

    reply to that stupid and ill-advised "inside job" attack. Romney said, We’ll get the job done from the inside.

    At his next public appearance, Obama said, I wonder what kind of "inside job" he has in mind?, – to the great hilarity of his audience.

    Then the release of the tape in which Romney saying THE EXACT SAME THING!

    I doubt Romney will try that attack again.

    "It doesn't matter what I do....People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live. --Newty

    by Vico on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 03:50:35 PM PDT

  •  The video in your story (0+ / 0-)

    is patent infringement...

    link

    :)

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