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Mitt Romney and Bain buddies, before they sought membership in the victim class (the one that does not pay federal income taxes)
A dick among dicks.
From Day 1, all of Mitt Romney's foes had a clear narrative about him—he was a callous, heartless, elitist, vulture capitalist. In other words, "a dick."

The stage was set by Occupy with their "99 percent" narrative, which allowed Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich to get mileage with their "vulture capitalist" attacks against Romney before the party establishment shut them down.

But it's been the liberal establishment that has cemented that narrative, from the genuinely liberal media, to the Democratic Party, to the big money groups (from Super PACs to labor unions to progressive issue groups). It's been an easy narrative to work with, given that Mitt Romney is genuinely a dick. From the way he treated his lessers at prep school to his tenure at Bain, from the way he demeaned NASCAR fans to the insufferable entitlement of his wife—all of that has allowed us to paint a picture of Romney that has left him the most unpopular GOP nominee in modern polling history, and the first to have higher unfavorable than favorable ratings.

And why is that narrative important? Because as people become aware of such narratives, they then try to decide whether it's legit. If you can reinforce a negative narrative, you're winning. Hence, the importance of the 47 percent video.

Mitt Romney’s semantic misadventure with the “47%” helped alienate some of the narrow band of undecided voters whom the Republican needs to beat President Obama in November.
And how did that video alienate those undecided voters? By solidifying the negative Romney narrative in their minds:
“I don’t want the presidential candidates to be average Americans,” he concluded, “but I at least want them to understand what exactly … I am going through so they don’t look like a ... in front of everyone.” Michael used a word to describe Romney we don’t publish at The Times.
That word is probably "dick." But "asshole" would work as well.
Tim, 57, said he and his wife had "worked all our lives and played by the rules." Though he voted for Ronald Reagan and considered Romney, Tim said he now feels “threatened by this person and what he is liable to do.”

"It just validated things I had felt about him before," said Tim.

The word "validated" is key here—a narrative is only as good as the ability to consistently slot new developments into it. This guy wasn't completely oblivious to the president contest. He already had negative feelings about Romney but still remained undecided about whether to support him. The 47 percent video was the final push he needed.

Thus, the reason the 47 percent video was so powerful is that it validated the entire Romney narrative, every last bit of it. Without that existing narrative, the video might've been as impactful as that ancient and irrelevant video of Obama saying he wanted to "redistribute wealth."  

Now let's look at the conservative narrative against Barack Obama—he's an incompetent bumbler in way over his head! But he's also a ruthless communist hell-bent on destroying capitalism. He's a secret Muslim! But he associated with a racist Christian preacher. He's not even American, doesn't understand our values and was probably born in Kenya! But he's a corrupt Chicago street thug.

It's quite obvious why Republicans can't get any traction against a president who should've been, by all measures, vulnerable this year. If you're an undecided voter, you've got two messages hitting you. The first is all about Romney's immense wealth and inability to connect or even understand people like you. The other is a "throw shit against the wall to see what'll stick" mishmash of crazy.

Is it any wonder that our side is winning?

But here's the thing—our narrative against Romney has the benefit of being true, and Romney has a proclivity of reinforcing it on a daily basis, literally. Meanwhile, none of the GOP narratives against Obama are true, thus the only way they get reinforced is through repetition of the same old baseless and long-discredited claims. It's not like Obama will suddenly announce a pilgrimage to Mecca, or have afternoon tea with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He's not going to shut down the stock exchange or vomit on a foreign head of state. The birthers aren't going to find anything remotely looking like "evidence" anytime soon, or ever.

Thus conservatives, frustrated that the nation doesn't see Obama like they do, simply amp up the volume, getting shriller and more unhinged. They try their once-successful standby, the veiled appeal to racism, by insinuating that Obama is weakening welfare requirements. They bizarrely claim he wants to destroy Medicare. They shriek that he's weak on national security.

But none of that conflicting mishmash is working. For a party and movement that once enjoyed enviable success in setting and reinforcing narratives (remember "Gore is an exaggerator"?), this utter fail is nothing short of remarkable. It's not like conservative message-meister Frank Luntz can get the tea party crazies on the same script.

But of course, they can't run on what really drives them to insanity about Obama. Though in this day and age, fewer and fewer people care that the president is black. Heck, they're not blind. They've figured it out.

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    •  It's true that Everyone Hates Willard... (8+ / 0-)

      ... but even on top of that I think this is a seminal column by kos.  It shows the sheer fail of Republican messaging this time around.  The wheels aren't just falling off the campaign bus, the gas tank has exploded, the airbags all blew out, and the battery caught on fire while the bus builder just sent out a recall because the seats won't stay bolted down.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:20:26 AM PDT

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      •  And all that doesn't matter (4+ / 0-)
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        Rhysling, polecat, madhaus, boofdah

        Because Romney is still doing donuts in the parking lot of campaign HQ, thinking he's making progress.

        Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

        by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:49:49 AM PDT

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      •  Romney has fewer positives than Andrew Johnson (4+ / 0-)
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        madhaus, a2nite, DtheO, boofdah

        I think the real problem is that Romney is the candidate that they got -- he gamed the process ($$$, etc) and came out on top of a deeply flawed Primary system against deeply flawed candidates.

        The Republican coalition is falling apart.  (One could argue as to when this started, but there are definitely signs in '00 -- possibly in '96 if you look at the reaction to Dole picking Kemp).

        The Race to the Right™ is a symptom of the dissolution of the Republican Party's factions.  Heck, the Tea-Party was an attempt to galvanize/generate support from one of it's (largely ignored) groups... an attempt that worked for one Congressional election cycle.

        We're seeing the Republicans implode in slow motion.  It takes a few election cycles for this to completely settle in.  Even the Whigs took awhile to fall apart as a national party.  

        And my final thesis is that 2012 is to 1948 as 2010 was to 1946.  In '46 the Republicans took Congress for the first time in a very long time.  In '48 it flipped back with Truman's win over Dewey.

        So what happened with Dewey?  Was he also a dick?

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 10:19:11 AM PDT

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  •  New meme by MSM to help Romney: Obama doesnt know (31+ / 0-)

    how to develop personal relationships with Leaders :::cough::: dictators :::cough::: in the Middle East.

    MSM are useless

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:33:51 AM PDT

  •  What gets me... (40+ / 0-) how CLUELESS Romney is about how he's reinforcing that narrative.  He's been running for president for ten plus years and in all that time never thought to get down in the gutter with the rest of us chumps and see how we live?  Never once played "Poor Like Me?"  Never once even people-watched and discovered people don't like "sport," "cheesy grits" and weren't wearing "garbage bags?"

    This is a man who thoroughly expected money to buy him the Presidency.  Period.   And it's doing a damn bit of good to my heart to see that it ISN'T WORKING.

    Obama is the chair and James Hetfield is the table. Who is the lamp?

    by alkatt on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:35:19 AM PDT

  •  I am amazed on a daily basis! (15+ / 0-)

    It seems as if Romney and his campaign are working to elect President Obama.

    Ceterum autem censeo, DOMA delendam est.

    by mkfarkus on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:36:48 AM PDT

  •  The truth is cheaper and easier to sell (47+ / 0-)

    The Republican propaganda industry has consumed billions and billions of dollars of plutocratic money over the last several decades.  They've gotten very good ROI on these investments, considering the absolute crap they've had to sell.  But they're running up against the problem that the dogs will no longer eat their dog food -- only the dogs who've never tasted anything else and don't know any better can cough it down.

    Democrats have rediscovered -- a little -- the fundamental truths of class inequality and economic injustice, and have been dipping a toe in the water of using that weapon.  It's working beautifully.  If only they could find the courage to embrace it fully, and raise the ire of working class voters against the Romneys and Kochs who have been killing the middle class systematically.  If they did that, they would no longer need billionaire donors, because there isn't enough Koch and Adelson money on the planet to get working class folks to vote for Republicans again.

    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 Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:36:54 AM PDT

    •  A top comment here (8+ / 0-)

      "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

      by New Rule on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:13:14 AM PDT

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    •  Then we'd better sweep the Presidency, (10+ / 0-)

      the Senate and the House. If Democrats were to manage a TRUE super majority (not that bullshit blue dog/Lieberman crap with a sixty vote hurdle for everything that was anything but) and had a push from the public from the left/middle with an intensity like the Tea Party (minus the crazy and the corporate-backed lies) America could see real change. The Senate can adopt new filibuster rules in the next session with a simple majority vote, disarming Republican Senators. The House has no filibuster.

      We could, possibly win all three...the numbers are there. The big question for us is how hard will we Americans work to push them to work for us? It doesn't end after you cast that vote.

      Reforms on Citizens United, a balanced and fair tax code, a fully funded and staffed Citizens Protection Agency, improvements rather than dismantling of the ACA, obstruction removed from blocking presidential appointments, infrastructure spending, a real investment into alternative energies, sensible environmental regulations...just a few things off the top of my head that would enrich the lives of ALL Americans in tangible ways. Fuck complacency, let's push to elect this President a TRUE super majority this time around!

    •  Excellent comment, Dallasdoc. (3+ / 0-)
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      kharma, boofdah, Dallasdoc

      Damn right!

      I'm glad Barack Obama is our President.

      by TomP on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:21:00 AM PDT

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    •  The Occupy Movement was right. (4+ / 0-)
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      gof, boofdah, Dallasdoc, Steve Magruder

      Have you noticed the MSM's recent efforts to discredit the Occupiers, that they had no plan and no effect? Baloney! They played a significant role in helping the Democrats learn that class inequality and economic injustice was important to them, and to many people,.

    •  "It takes only a few seconds to tell the truth..." (1+ / 0-)
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      "...but it can take a lifetime to cover up a lie."

      Heard Randi Rhodes requote that often on her show, and it's something I actually tell my kids when they try to get away with lying.

      Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

      by boofdah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:16:03 PM PDT

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  •  In the future histories written about 2012 (28+ / 0-)

    the unknown American who recorded the 47% videos will be properly viewed as important to the defeat of Mitt Romney as the mysterious "Deep Throat" was in the downfall of Richard Nixon.

  •  I don't buy the "Obama inevitably vulnerable" (24+ / 0-)

    narrative. I wish people here would stop repeating it unblinkingly. Obama was "inevitably vulnerable" because of the economy the way FDR was in 1932: not at all. The hole we were in was deep and most people really understand at one level or another digging our way out takes a while, and also that we're getting back to being close to where we were before the mess got started.

    What has hurt the President is not the economy per se: it's the racism and the pandering and the culture wars and the divisiveness and the attempt to divide the middle class against itself by the other party, backed by billions of dollars of unaccounted for money from vested interests. This is not "inevitable" - it's a byproduct of a broken system of polity and discourse and wealth distribution that is characteristic of civilizations threatened by a takeover of an oligarchic elite.

    There's not now, or never has been, any inherent vulnerability by the President against any yardstick of American politics except by the stnadards of the current morass of money and muck.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:38:42 AM PDT

    •  Obama's done a truly outstanding job (16+ / 0-)

      I'm not going to quibble here about the things one wishes he'd been able to do. If you think about it, without a Congressional majority in the second half of his term and with a reluctant and obfuscating minority trying to kill every initiative, he pulled the economy back from the brink, saved Detroit, has returned the stock market to precrash levels, has leveled off the housing crisis, exited Iraq, managed multiple foreign crises so well the Republicans have to invent new ones (now apparently Gaddafi was our friend, not the terrorist enemy who bombed civilians over Scotland and our servicemen in Berlin, according to Fox), passed meaningful health care reform, and did a host of other things which have shored up our domestic economy and improved our safety and security abroad. And oh yeah, he got Bin Laden.

      "Inevitably vulnerable"? That's a Republican Universe. Stop saying it.

      Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

      by TheCrank on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:42:48 AM PDT

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    •  Surely you mean 1936 (5+ / 0-)

      1932 was when Roosevelt unseated Hoover.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:43:27 AM PDT

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      •  I do, slip of the fingers, thank you - 1936 (3+ / 0-)
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        Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

        by TheCrank on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:48:55 AM PDT

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        •  I do buy the vulnerable narrative (6+ / 0-)

          just not the inevitable part.

          What was inevitable was that this was going to be an election about domestic economic policy first and foremost.

          Given Republican intrasigence, and frankly, the awful screw-job of GWB, Obama did not have the unalloyed successes that we were all hoping for when things looked so bleak in early 2009.

          A better challenger from the Republicans might have been able to make more of a dent in the President. Romney was a horrible choice.

          And I hate to say it, but Ann Coulter was right on this one: "If Mitt Romney is our candidate, we're going to lose."

          Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit.

          by cultjake on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:56:31 AM PDT

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    •  Can you imagine (3+ / 0-)
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      whoever was the Senate Majority Leader in FDR's first term standing up and saying that the single most important thing he wanted to achieve was making FDR a one-term president? I daresay if he had, we would be talking today about the GOP the same way we talk about the Whigs.

      2012 GOP Platform: "I Got Mine, Jack."

      by Yankee Patriot on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:24:52 AM PDT

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    •  yes, Americans still blame Bush (2+ / 0-)
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      for the present economy.  Something like 60%-40%.

      THAT is as important a factor as anything.  The ghost of GWB haunts all GOP proceedings until at least 2014.

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:43:59 AM PDT

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  •  The Republicans hurt themselves with being (19+ / 0-)

    so bitterly opposed to Obama for the last 4 years. They never shut down any of the obvious bullshit narratives. In effect, they didn't leave themselves any room to define Obama for this election.

    Romney, otoh, had lots of definition room. Obama & Co. were ruthless early setting the narrative about him. It also had the benefit of being true.

    The best part is that if the Republicans had gone back and taken a good look at all the oppo research against Romney from the Senate campaign against Teddy, they'd have realized that they couldn't let him be the standard bearer.

    Instead, their overwhelming hubris, evinced in the "Anyone But Obama" slogan, allowed them to think that an ultimately flawed vehicle like Romney would suffice.

    Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit.

    by cultjake on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:40:24 AM PDT

    •  When you think about the public's (3+ / 0-)
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      politicalceci, OldDragon, boofdah

      reactions, over the decades, to African-American "firsts"

      Jackie Robinson
      Eric Holder
      Barack Obama (also first Harvard Law Review President)

      You see that they take the brunt of backlash from the bigots.  Unrestrained bigotry, sometimes "camouflaged", but always over the top, and normal people see this irrational hatred of another human-being, JUST for the color of their skin, and they wince.  And then they condemn it.  And then they stop listening to the bigots, eventually.

      Hopefully, this will happen in Obama's second term.  Good people will start shouting the bigots down.  And then ignore them.

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:49:20 AM PDT

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  •  Kudos to the Dems for getting the story right (15+ / 0-)

    They made the right call - paint Romney as a heartless, job-exporting, out-of-touch, non-tax-paying plutocrat. Make the election about the middle class.

    they made the right call, they stuck with it, and they are winning!

    populism sells.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:40:48 AM PDT

  •  Read this link (1+ / 0-)
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    this just in

    you can't remain neutral on a moving train

    by rmfcjr on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:41:10 AM PDT

  •  Excellent explanation of the negative campaign (11+ / 0-)

    Conversely, on the positive side, Republicans in general and Romney in particular have nothing to offer. Everything they want to do has been tried and failed. So they can only appeal to voters through vagueness or outright lies about their policy programs.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:41:43 AM PDT

    •  Yes, Kos, a great contrast of the Narratives (3+ / 0-)
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      On point, as the focus of the post is on how the GOP has self-destructed, it also seems that the Dems did not get a whole lot of traction on the positive narratives that they attempted. "Forward" I'm not sure has convinced anyone, though a good call for the base.  So, Dems still need to be able to play a good offense. They should read Joe Romm's "Language Intelligence", as should every Kossack.

      “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

      by RandW on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 01:14:38 PM PDT

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  •  They keep on saying the Dem bench is thin (8+ / 0-)

    But when I look at the GOP bench I dont quake in my boots - really.

    Someone touted that young crazy guy in Ohio running against Sen Sherod Brown and I am like what?

  •  Right wing radio on Sirius-XM last night (5+ / 0-)

    Driving home around 7:15 EDT, my radio dial flipped across one of Sirius-XMs right-wing channels.  

    The host was doing a bit on his celebration of what he called hispanic heritage day by praising the character of Ramon Vargas, as played by Charlton Heston, in the old Orson Welles movie A Touch of Evil.

    (Go figure that an asshole wingnut would be familiar with A Touch of Evil.)

    He went on to gush about how meeting Heston, late in Heston's life, was one of the defining moments of hosts life.

    The bit perfectly encapsulated the vicious, racist, fake-hero-worshipping - pathetic - ethos of the modern GOP.  

    If every minority in the country heard this, it would probably flip half the remaining red states blue.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:42:25 AM PDT

    •  case in point. (1+ / 0-)
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      Why did they love Sarah Palin so much?

      They all wanted to boff her.

      Shallow fucks.

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:51:04 AM PDT

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      •  "Sarah Palin is every conservative's dream wife." (0+ / 0-)

        So said that Tea Party freak who made a few videos, one of which suggested he'd run for President on a platform of "re-educating" Black people in internment camps to teach them all about the ways of being independent and self-sufficient (and other such racist bullshit).

        Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

        by boofdah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:30:49 PM PDT

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    •  Ulgh, I remember seeing that movie in film class. (0+ / 0-)

      Charlton Heston spent half the movie with an obviously Charlton Heston-suave American accent, and the other half with an obviously fake "Latin lover" accent as imagined by white guys in the 1950s (or whenever that piece of crap was made--no disrespect to Orson Welles).

      Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

      by boofdah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:27:06 PM PDT

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  •  We're missing the true EVIL (1+ / 0-)
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    Ryan is the big decision Mitt has made since he avoided talking during the primary.
    Ryan is the problem with the republican party - just check this link

    you can't remain neutral on a moving train

    by rmfcjr on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:43:22 AM PDT

  •  TALK ME DOWN PLEASE or confirm my fears. (8+ / 0-)

    Someone talk me down, here - I'm losing it over the thoughts of stolen elections, rigged electronic voting booths, disenfranchisement, dirty tricks against voters and THE UTTER AND COMPLETE DENIAL OF POLLS AND REALITY FROM REPUBS.

    Seriously, wtf?

    Someone talk me down, because I don't see how in the world they can be so dismissive of reality and polling unless they KNOW they have the FIX in.

    Seriously...I'm freaking out here, man.

    Follow Me on Twitter @SmartyFeldman

    by The Swimmer on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:43:27 AM PDT

    •  I won't talk you down (6+ / 0-)

      There's a real danger here, especially with the use of polls like Rasmussen as cover against future theft. 2000 was stolen, 2004 was stolen, why would 2012 be different?

      The ONLY safety we have is LARGE margins of opinion, to prevent the voter fraud and theft by the GOP from being able to turn the election. That means don't rest on leads in the polls. Run up the margins. Everybody work. Give til it hurts and then give again.

      Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

      by TheCrank on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:47:18 AM PDT

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      •  Why 2012 is different (1+ / 0-)
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        2000 was stolen, 2004 was stolen, why would 2012 be different?
        Notice that you left out an election year? That would be 2008. Speaking of 2008, according to, this is what the national polls looked like exactly four years ago:
        Obama 286    McCain 252
        Today, even with Rasmussen figured in:
        Obama  328     Ties 4      Romney 206
        Without Rasmussen:
        Obama  347     Romney 191
        Last time around, we had a junior senator versus a senior senator/war hero, and the latter significantly dropped in the polls only after Ms. "In What Respect, Charlie?" reared her head. Even then, the margins were a lot narrower than they are now. A McCain victory at that point was no longer probable but possible, and an election fix would have been much easier to pull off for that reason. Yet it didn't happen. Our guy won.

        This time around, our guy is not some newcomer but the incumbent president, with all the resources the office entails Not only that, but he's the president who got Bin Laden without starting another war.

        He's got this.

        261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

        by MaikeH on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:23:50 PM PDT

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    •  They're dismissive of reality and polling (2+ / 0-)
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      because it doesn't fit with their world view. Google cognitive dissonance for more.....

      They're hoping the fix is in, with the 2010 gerrymander and their voting rights supression efforts.

      Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit.

      by cultjake on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:48:35 AM PDT

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    •  It's a factor, for sure, but ... (6+ / 0-)

      it's not big enough to swing the election four or five percentage points. In close races it will make a difference, which this cycle means downballot.

      It's a national disgrace that federal elections are so largely governed by local laws.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:49:04 AM PDT

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    •  Swimmer, this is your Ma, please jump! ; ) (1+ / 0-)
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      "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

      by Farkletoo on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:53:38 AM PDT

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    •  Why not just read one of your diaries? (3+ / 0-)
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      Listen to your former self:

      Fear is a powerful drug.

      It enables the peddlers to shape reality into any form imaginable all while claiming that their way is the only way to manage the trumped up scenarios they produce.

      Fear numbs and freezes it's victims and makes them easy targets for predators.

      Fear's powers of incapacitation are the exact reason it spreads so can't's gonna get ya.

      Do you know what fearlessness does? I know it seems like a mysterious entity, especially to certain blocks of people around here, but it's an amazing antidote to bullshit, real or perceptual.

      Our reality is determined by our own point of view. Think about it. When you DECIDE you are going to be grumpy, pissed off and foul - that's exactly what you are - and that's they way you are perceived by anyone who has to come in contact with you AND everyone else who comes into contact with infinitum.

      When you DECIDE that you are in a great mood, that crisis can be easily handled today, that noting is going to bother you and that YOU BEING HAPPY AND PLEASANT is what your reality is...lo and behold - that's what it becomes. Seriously. People aren't strangers anymore, there in the same boat as you...a helpful word, an assist, an attempt at connection and empathy is natural.

      All it takes is you DECIDING that's how you want to liv

      Now, already I can hear the backlash..."Just because you decide to be happy doesn't mean the Oligarchy is not killing us and the government has tapped our Facebook and the world is ending and you better get your bullets and decide what team you're on!"

      No shit.

      The point is - REJECT THE FEAR. It incapacitates you. It tells you you are helpless against the 100% overwhelming and more powerful forces against you. In other words it says to you "You may as well lay down because you are already dead."

      I will not peddle fear
      and I will not have it peddled to me by people who are supposed to be on MY "Team" and you shouldn't either. You should reject it. You should look at it as a poison. You don't drink or eat poison knowingly do you? I mean, some do, but it's not sustaining and they die, right? Do you want to die?

      Do you want to die? If you accept FEAR as reality you may as well already be dead.

      Do you want to know the secret? You are NOT as strong as you ARE, you are as strong as you DECIDE you are. Fear takes away your ability to decide and only leaves you with the ability to accept.

      Don't accept the fear being peddled. Don't choose it. It's that simple.

      Decide that you are strong, smart, resilient and able to withstand whatever is thrown at you when it is thrown at you.

      And to those who peddle it and stir people up..why are you spreading fear instead of truth?

      What "TEAM" are YOU on, boys and Girls?

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:53:59 AM PDT

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  •  Whoever recorded the 47% video (7+ / 0-)

    Should get a freaking medal!!!

    If I were Obama, I'd give her/him a wing in the White House ;)

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:43:44 AM PDT

    •  and a silver for James Carter IV (3+ / 0-)
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      “I’ve finally found my medium,” Carter told me the next day, having completed the gauntlet. Carter’s “medium,” however, isn’t television—as is obvious to anyone who watched his deeply uneasy, monotone interviews. And he’s not out for revenge, even though many of the headlines that came out of his press blitz—“Jimmy Carter kin: Video was ‘poetic justice,’” “For Carters, it was personal,” and several iterations of “Jimmy Carter’s Revenge”—promised a juicy tale of what-goes-around-comes-around, pitting Jimmy Carter’s plucky progeny against Jimmy Carter’s biggest hater. No, for Carter, the Romney video confirms his place among those stars of the 2012 election—like Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed—who dig up tantalizing videos of pols at their most off-message or ideologically whack. And for the 35-year-old political scion, who has been drifting from job to job for the better part of his adult life, that’s a pretty big deal.

      “I never really found the perfect fit for what I wanted to do until just recently, when I started doing this,” he said. “I've just been floating around at the edges of this for a while.”

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:57:20 AM PDT

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  •  I said that after the Libya debacle that was the (6+ / 0-)

    day Romney killed his campaign.

    I was wrong, it was the day the wheels came off. The 47% video release, that was the day the engine just shut off. When history is written, these past three weeks are going to be an entire half semester in political science classes. Romney's campaign has literally been a Politics 101 of what NOT to do.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:44:05 AM PDT

  •  rMoney's 47% meme derives from an even more (1+ / 0-)
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    stupid source and is even more symptomatic of his cluelessness

    Mounting a clever public relations gimmick to conceal the fact that nearly every American pays taxes in the form of payroll taxes, sales taxes, and fees, CNN’s Erick Erickson helped start the “We Are The 53%” website. The website, a parody of the popular We Are The 99 Percent Tumblr, features Americans posting messages about how they work hard and do not complain about diminishing living standards or the phenomenon that a tiny segment of the population is slowly accumulating most of the nation’s wealth.
    Thus, the reason the 47 percent video was so powerful is that it validated the entire Romney narrative, every last bit of it. Without that existing narrative, the video might've been as impactful as that ancient and irrelevant video of Obama saying he wanted to "redistribute wealth."  

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    by annieli on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:44:22 AM PDT

    •  For almost a year now... (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been reading the RW trolls that post on comment pages like the those in the NY Times pushing the meme, "Half of Americans don't pay any taxes" with religious like zeal. They were really really proud of it!

      U fortunately for them, it just wasn't true and it is so satifsying to see it blow up in their face!

      "Do you believe Romney? Me neither."

      by PlinytheWelder on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:05:38 AM PDT

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  •  The Michael Scott of American Politics (3+ / 0-)
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    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:44:51 AM PDT

    •  at least Michael was lovable...........sometimes. (1+ / 0-)
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      He learned his lesson.....................sometimes.

      He accepted he was a douche........................sometimes.

      Mitt Romney is an unwavering, unapologetic, turbo-dick.

      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:58:39 AM PDT

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  •  Every day the news gets worse for Mitt. (4+ / 0-)
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    Ann Romney reportedly announced this morning that her vote has moved to the "undecided" column.

  •  I Hope and Pray (7+ / 0-)

    That people are finally realizing Romney = W Bush = Daddy Bush = Reagan....Same bullshit, same policies, different hair. That's it.

    All of these smug little jerks look alike to me – from Ralph Reed to Eric Cantor to Jeb Hensarling to Rand Paul and now to Ryan, they all look like overgrown kids who got nipple-twisted in the halls in high school..Matt Taibbi.

    by Ky DEM on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:45:21 AM PDT

  •  For some reason this sentence makes me feel (5+ / 0-)

    all warm inside.

    "the most unpopular GOP nominee in modern polling history"
    •  Yeah, usually they wait (0+ / 0-)

      until after getting elected to become severely unpopular. Luckily for us, Romney wants to do everything faster . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:23:06 AM PDT

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  •  The right has been at it 24/7 for four years what (5+ / 0-)

    Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin......They're being rejected and it hurts......poor babies.

  •  No wonder the MSM had fun with the Gore narrative (2+ / 0-)
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    It was just so easy. It was so easy that you could simply make up quotes to 'validate' it, which the media did.

    Mitt's narrative is more difficult, and it took the 47% video falling in their laps for them to pay attention. And even then, no one would believe it at first, even with the video in front of them. I suppose we can thank Breitbart for that - he pioneered the lying video.

  •  Rmoney is in a class by himself (3+ / 0-)
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    Even Bush and certainly McCain were more capable of relating to regular people.  Rmoney started as a school yard bully and graduated to vulture capitalist and now that he is running for President it all comes out.

    Well said Kos, I don't remember we being so incensed by the Republican POTUS candidate this much back in 2004 or 2008 and justifiably.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:50:12 AM PDT

  •  callous, heartless, elitist, vulture capitalist (1+ / 0-)
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    best description ever

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    Stop it. This is hard !

    by Churchill on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:50:44 AM PDT

  •  The danger IS they will steal if they can but (2+ / 0-)
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    regarding the narrative...I literally see Rmoney..running to and fro saying "look at me"  Look at a 7 year old.   People overall do not want 7 year olds to run the country and the sad part is the handlers think they have a puppet but the truth is ..They don't.   He is USED to being the boss and won't listen.  The worst bosses in the world do it their way and will not delegate.  He won't.  He is still saying Look at me..and look at me kids don't want to listen ....even for their own good.

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    by Vetwife on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:53:22 AM PDT

  •  Reinforcing the narrative is a very nice way to (5+ / 0-)

    describe what is going on here.  Also, nothing in the "harvesting" video is particularly shocking as Mitt describes what venture or vulture capitalists do, very cogently.  But once again, that video of him 20 or more years ago clearly shows that Mitt Romney has been what he is for a very long time.  This once more, very forcefully, reinforces the narrative.

    This diary is a very nice piece of political writing.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:54:52 AM PDT

  •  I love the title. (1+ / 0-)
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    But, to be nice, I always say, "His name is Richard, but he goes by his nick name."

    Keep moving. Its harder to hit a moving target.

    by KatGirl on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:55:50 AM PDT

  •  I take nothing for granted because (2+ / 0-)
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    this is still a country that elected Bush not once, but twice.  This is a country that put the Tea Party in control of Congress.  Scott Walker was elected twice.

    I will never, ever trust the "American electorate".

  •  "Semantic misadventure," indeed. (3+ / 0-)
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    That was not a "semantic misadventure," whatever the hell that is supposed to mean. It was a moment of frank and deliberate truth-telling behind closed doors where Romney believes all such discussions should take place.

    I wish the media, including the LA Times, would finally wrap their head around the fact that what Romney did was tell the truth about who he is and about what the Republican Party and conservatism are and have been for a very long time (for the history of this "conservative" ideology in the Republican Party, see Thomas Frank's, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.)

    I put "conservative" in ironic quotes because in the context of the society we have built together over the last century, conservatism is anything but. The only thing that conservatism is determined to conserve (and expand) is the wealth and power of the already wealthy and powerful. It has only nihilism for everything and everyone else.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:56:57 AM PDT

  •  I wish we had a real, honest, opposition party (5+ / 0-)

    It is healthy for our side and for Democracy for the other side to not be batshit insane.

    If John Glenn were running for President in 2012, they'd run ads against him claiming the moon landing was faked.

    This is not a real political party.

    There are a huge host of issues the Republicans could embrace and get significant traction.

    I'm don't necessarily agree with these, but these could be winning issues:

    -tax simplification
    -deficits (hint: you can't give the rich a tax cut)
    -military force reform (remake the military to fight in the 21st century - not just as a servant to defense contractors)
    -reinforce isolationism (a traditional Republican platform)
    -drug law reform
    -state vs federal administration of medicaid (horrible idea, but you could sell it)

    Today's Republican party is so far away from these issues (in fact, is acting in opposition to most of these) its no wonder they are losing

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:58:12 AM PDT

    •  If Dems get better, GOP has to change (0+ / 0-)

      for 30-plus years the GOP has been dominant in pushing narratives, while Dems struggle to keep up. the themes offered by Democratic campaigns in this era have been weak (remember "competence"?). that has been a loser's game for the D party, and for our nation.

      If Dems can actually get a good (populist) message, get everyone on it, and campaign and govern consistent with that, they can win. Doing so will force the GOP to re-examine their approach. The RW vision for America is horrible. In this election Dems are exposing the GOP.

      Conversely, if the Dems do the same old "Wall Street Democrat," "let's all get along" stuff, that puts no pressure on the GOP to change. It does nothing to expose them.

      Since our party is the D's, that's whom we have to push.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:20:54 AM PDT

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    •  Another thing that gets me about both Mitt and the (1+ / 0-)
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      GOP is the pure, unadulterated greed.  Mitt couldn't give up the tax havens and loopholes for his presidential run and it hurt him badly - a completely unforced error.  The same is true of the GOP insisting on giving the rich more tax cuts when the huge majority of the population are against it.  In both cases they could have had it all if they had been willing to settle for 80% of the money but they had to go for all they could get their hands on.   These choices are as telling if not as dramatic as the 47% video.

  •  Wait - what? The president is black? (2+ / 0-)
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    this changes everything.

    On DailyKos nothing is significant unless Obama doesn't do it.

    by glutz78 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:58:57 AM PDT

  •  Excellent post, Kos, with great insights. (2+ / 0-)
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    After I read the diary, I thought I should find out who the new and astute writer was. "Oh, it's Kos again. I should have known."

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:00:16 AM PDT

  •  That Term "The Genuinely Liberal Media" is Gonna (0+ / 0-)

    come back to bite you. I know what you're saying but the syntax also allows the rightwing meaning of the words.

    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 Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:02:55 AM PDT

  •  Empty rhetoric and empty threats (1+ / 0-)
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    I certainly hope that PBO will take the opportunity when the foreign policy debate comes up - or even next week - to relate the events of the campaign of Todd Akin.

    1.  Romney and his party were adamant in threatening Akin with the total shun if he refused to recuse himself from the ballot.

    2.  Akin told them to stuff it.

    3.  Romney and his party backed down completely and now support Akin fully.

    A President can't do that!

    How will Romney handle Iran if he can't handle Todd Akin?

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:04:21 AM PDT

  •  Blame Rush and Fox news (1+ / 0-)
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    They are the ones that put the BS lies about Obama out there and moved the republican party to the right.

    They are reaping what they sewed.

  •  William Cohan relates that Bain under Romney (0+ / 0-)

    was known in the private equity game for signing off on deals, then insisting on tougher and better terms for themselves afterwards.

  •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's black? I thought Obama was half white. I've been so misled.

    The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. --Mignon McLaughlin

    by WestWind on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:05:27 AM PDT

  •  that's why snl or other satire shows (1+ / 0-)
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    can't find humor in obama.   just thinking how hysterical snl's 2000 debates were:  gore, exaggeration and tight assiness and bush, the village idiot.  other narratives that were pretty funny:  palin, again another village idiot; mccain, cranky old man; clinton, red-neck womanizer, bush sr., out-of-touch grandpa; ford, bumbling idiot; etc., etc. i don't think anyone has found a narrative that sticks for obama. competence isn't funny.

  •  I think the word was Douchebag. (0+ / 0-)

    It describes him so so well.  To me, it's so much better than asshole or dick, although he is those too.

    My Republican MIL is voting for Gary Johnson because, in her words:

    "I just can't vote for such a douchebag."

  •  Nice (1+ / 0-)
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    or vomit on a foreign head of state.
     Clever GHW Bush reference, Kos
  •  This is why I come to Daily Kos. Really good (1+ / 0-)
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    stuff, Markos.  Thank you.

    "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

    by Unduna on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:08:03 AM PDT

  •  Libya Reaction And 47% Made Difference (0+ / 0-)

    Still, any other GOP candidate would have had to make the case that the same old conservative economic policies would have made a difference in 2009 and would make a difference now. Don't think there is a substantial argument for that. They did pick the worst possible candidate to make the case that tax cuts for the rich are a panacea. Think generally anyone who wants to make that argument is almost by definition a dick or an asshole. Romney dead on typifies that. Just wish this kine of differentiation between progressive and conservative had been there for the last 4 years. We have to make the winning Presidential race drift downticket though. Do not want a future Speaker Boehner the morning of November 7th.  "More stalemate" is not quite "hope and change".

  •  I'd like to think the Citizens United decision ... (1+ / 0-)
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    this just in

    ... also played a hand in that low- and middle-income Americans understand the danger of that law and fundamentally reject any candidate being able to buy the election.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:15:19 AM PDT

  •  Yes, indeed. But (1+ / 0-)
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    It's been an easy narrative to work with, given that Mitt Romney is genuinely a dick.
    I just wish communication directed at general voters would stop using the word "narrative" which has a particular meaning to political professionals.

    This is the reality of Mitt Romney and the GOP, not a fictional biography created by Democrats for this election.

    Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

    by Catskill Julie on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:21:36 AM PDT

    •  narrative need not imply "fictional" (2+ / 0-)
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      a narrative is a story they tell. people like to hear a story - that's what gets information across.

      the word "narrative" in politics implies a story or theme that is repeated over time such that it gets in the listeners' heads.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:23:10 AM PDT

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      •  My point is, unless you plan to attach that defini (2+ / 0-)
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        tion to it every time -- in a way sure to be perceived as condescending and didactic -- since narrative and story imply fiction equally as well as non-fiction, it would be better simply to use words like "truth" and "reality" when addressing humans. As opposed to political insiders.

        Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

        by Catskill Julie on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:46:39 AM PDT

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        •  do they use the word "narrative" when (1+ / 0-)
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          delivering the narrative? that would be silly, sure. have you witnessed this?

          I like the word "narrative" for its connection to the psychological aspects of how we communicate and learn.

          An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

          by mightymouse on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:50:40 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, reporters are using the word "narrative" (1+ / 0-)
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            far too much, as if every telling of a fact about a candidate is something other than just relating a fact. It's rather part of some political effort to define someone that can be discounted. The word is being overused and is slopping over into places where it is not helpful, to my mind -- as a communications professional.

            Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

            by Catskill Julie on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:58:26 AM PDT

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            •  Lois Romano of Politico (yecchh) just made my poin (1+ / 0-)
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              t on Alex Wagner, saying: "The Obama people laid out a narrative that he was out of touch, that he was too rich, that he was all these things, and then he played right into it with the 47% comment. And I think that's really resonated ... "

              This IS who and what Romney IS, and that's what is resonating with people. It's not because the (brilliant, or demonic) "Obama people" "laid out a narrative" (however fictional, one could infer) that Romney then accidentally filled in with gaffes.  

              Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

              by Catskill Julie on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 10:27:22 AM PDT

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  •  Here's what I love about Kos' writing style (0+ / 0-)

    He uses profanity liberally throughout this (and other) posts, then uses "Heck" in the last paragraph rather than He11.  It is a skilled and self aware writer who applies the judicious use of "Dick", "asshole", "shit", etc. but then concludes thusly:

    Heck, they're not blind. They've figured it out.
    Yes they have.

    Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes. - PJ Crowley

    by nsfbr on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:27:28 AM PDT

  •  Romney reinforcing narrative daily (0+ / 0-)

    Funny you should say "daily" ...


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    by NoMoJoe on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:29:11 AM PDT

  •  KOS drop the meaningless racial (0+ / 0-)
    But of course, they can't run on what really drives them to insanity about Obama. Though in this day and age, fewer and fewer people care that the president is black.

    I thought that Obama was white.  His mother is white.

    I believe that your post would have been stronger without the reference to Obama's meaningless racial tag.

    Move beyond these meaningless identity tags.

    Obviously, these tags mean something to those who are racist, so obviously you cannot go through life pretending that people do not see each as "black" or "white".  And we must work to rectify the errors of past generations.

    However, to move move beyond these meaningless tags, and this is the first step that you have to take, is to drop them from your rhetoric.

    •  Obama identifies himself as black (1+ / 0-)
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      This was a deliberate choice he made as a young adult.

      It is similar to how he embraced Obamacare.

      We call him black because he wants to be thought of as black.

      We are now using Obamacare because he decided to take the word back.

      •  Who cares what Obama wants? (0+ / 0-)

        I couldn't care less if Obama wants to be known as black.

        The point is that to move beyond the racial labels, and to a Post Racial Society, you have to stop using those tags.

        •  Tell the right-wingers ... (0+ / 0-)

          the reference is to them.

          In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot." ~ Czeslaw Milosz

          by Caneel on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:44:29 AM PDT

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        •  I believe that people are allowed (0+ / 0-)

          to claim whatever labels they think are appropriate to them.

          It is a matter of tribal identification, and in his case, identifying as black is a deliberate alignment with a less privileged "tribe".

          Me, my self labels are like this:

          upper middle class
          IT professional
          gamer (RPG, boardgame, MMORPG)
          student of history
          political junkie (fairly recent title)
          former engineering student
          former materials science researcher
          dog owner
          Californian (Bay Area)
          Formerly from Pacific Northwest

          Nobody but me gets to choose those labels, and nobody but me can take them away.

          You will note that these titles, are generally either neutral or positive in connotation, although to some in different "tribes" they might not be (eg, liberal, californian, etc).

          To me, a post racial society doesn't eliminate the labels.  It eliminates the harmful connotations.

          For most of America, in 2012, the fact of being of Irish or Italian descent is far less of a handicap than being the same in 1930.    Being Anglo Saxon (vs some other kind of "white") provides less privilege now than it did then, although it still provides a little.

          What I'm hoping is that we'll move on to a point where racial distinctions are still a way to assert lineage, cultural identity and a source of tradition etc, but don't matter anymore from a "privilege" or "power" standpoint.

          •  oh, and with regard to race (0+ / 0-)

            I'm such a mutt, "white" is the best I can do really.  Although there's enough Scandinavian that I could probably claim it.

            (I have ancestors from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain, and "American back to revolution" which probably originally came from Celtic more than Anglo-Saxon.  My fathers side though was all one form or another of Scandinavian, so that label would fit 62.5% of me)

    •  Meaningless? (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans have spent decades winning elections on those "meaningless" tags.

      They mean something. A lot. And no, pretending Obama isn't black doesn't fix it. Sheesh.

  •  There is Another Important Thread to The Narrative (1+ / 0-)
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    That the Republicans -- epitomized by the teabaggers -- are not what one would call "reliable narrators."  The narrative is setting that the Republican base and its noise machine are crazy, anti-science.  That they think and espouse crazy shit like Obama wasn't born here; that global warming and evolution are hoaxes.  That they are racists and misogynists.

    It is getting to the point where the initial reaction of most people when they hear Republican "narrative" is to write it off as nuts or not worth considering.

    And as that reaction sets, every crazy Republican line -- like the polls are all fixed -- reinforces the narrative that you can't believe what Republicans say.  That Rush and Fox news and Ann Colter are all inmates on a ship of fools.

    The Republican power to persuade even the courtier media is beginning to fade fast.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:31:54 AM PDT

  •  Please don't insult the Richards of the world! (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt is Mitt. And so is the whole of the GOP.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:34:05 AM PDT

  •  "The first duty of a revolutionary... (4+ / 0-)

    is to be coherent."  - Guy Debord

    So yes, honesty really is the best policy.

    Great post, Markos!

  •  the failure of obstructionism (1+ / 0-)
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    As often happens in the course of history, a trick that works once (in 1994), isn't guaranteed to keep working forever.  Obama should have been vulnerable to a Republican contender simply based on how bad the economy has been.  But the problems the Republicans have here is that they've blocked Obama from doing anything for the past two years.  And it's not like they have a credible plan for fixing the basic economic problems.  
    Voters have caught on to the cynicism of their strategy.  And Romney has nothing to run on.

  •  my 2 cents. (2+ / 0-)
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    Caneel, milton333

    (which puts me at about $120,457 for the year).


    Obama's ratings were tanking.  He was losing against the Republican House.  Think about that.  Losing against a body with 9% approval ratings.

    Then the Republicans got cocky.  They believed the shit Fox was feeding to them.  They KNEW they were going to beat Obama in 2012.

    They figured Romney could just lay low and make it ALL about a referendum on a disliked president.

    This left an opening so big, you could have flown Ann's smoking jet through down.

    And OFA simply flew right through it.

    The fact that Romney felled his own campaign with his own words, comes under the category of.............poetic justice.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:38:48 AM PDT

  •  And thanks Kos, for pointing out (6+ / 0-)

    that Occupy set the stage, and served perhaps the most important role in this election, next to Romney's incompetence, of course.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:39:52 AM PDT

  •  He used to be a dick (0+ / 0-)

    He used to be a dick, but now, he has no dick.

  •  When it comes down to brass tacks, (0+ / 0-)

    the POTUS has a narrative that connects to the American people because he has lived their experiences from the bottom to the top.

    Mitt Romney, for the most part, doesn't know how middle or working class people feel, think or live.  The only statement he can make about everyday, working folks is his "tirade" concerning the 47 percent.  He treats them with disdain because he sees them as objects or cogs in a giant wheel that produces more income for him and his family.

    Because Romney is comfortable, the lives of other people don't interest him.  If their lives of poverty, working long shifts at two jobs and being sick ever approaches his ears, all Mitt does is respond with anger and omission.  To him, the 99 percent's problems are nothing but hinderances that intrude upon his "beautiful, perfect life".

    Therefore, Mittens cannot be a good leader because he feels no connection to other American citizens and only campaigns to access more power and money. There's nothing else in it for him.

    America is just another "business" Romney wants to own.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:49:30 AM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney is a Dick in D minor (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartman:Welllll... Mitt Romney is a dick
    He's a big ol' dick
    He's the biggest dick in the whole wide world
    He's a stupid dick
    If there ever was a dick
    He's a dick to all the boys and girls

    Ann Romney: You stop that! This is hard!

    Cartman: Monday he's a dick
    On Tuesday he's a dick
    On Wednesday and Saturday he's a dick
    Then on Sunday, just to be different,
    He's a super, king kameha-meha dii-ick!

    Have you ever seen this dick Romney
    He's the biggest dick in the whole wide world
    He's a mean ol' dick
    With way too perfect hair
    He's a dick dick dick dick dick dick dick!

    Dick dick dick dick dick dick dick dick,
    He's a freaking dick!
    Romney's a dick
    And he's such a total prick

    I reeally meean it...
    Mitt Rom...
    Ney is a big...
    Freakin' diiiiiiick!
    Big fat stupid di-ick ooh yeahhhhh!!!!

  •  Religion (5+ / 0-)

    I didn't read all the comments so apologies if this already came up.

    Its interesting that Romney's religion hasn't been an issue at all. And its a credit to the Obama campaign that they didn't go there. Rightly so.

    Can you imagine a Democrat with a non mainstream religion escaping hateful allegations? Especially one that has such fringe beliefs?

    I mean, Obama is not even a Muslim and the Repubilcans have managed to still stealth campaign on the hateful rhetoric.

    Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it

    by browneverywhere on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:57:11 AM PDT

    •  That's very astute. Even Kos didn't catch that. (2+ / 0-)
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      madhaus, MaikeH

      Romney, single-handedly took one of the Right's most potent factions off the table, just because he's a Mormon.


      "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:01:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Ive noted repeatedly (1+ / 0-)
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        that Romney has been unable to run on anything relevant to his past: his business record, his religion, and his governorship.

        He can't talk about his governorship because of Romneycare, which angers his tea party base.

        He can't talk about his religion because he'd lose Christian Right support.

        And he can't talk about his business record because of the narrative discussed in this piece.

        That left Romney with literally nothing to talk about, because he has no compelling personal story. He was born rich and powerful, and, uh, some stuff happened that we can't talk about, and then he ran for president.

  •  Obama is an aethiest AND a muslim....he is (1+ / 0-)
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    also a member of a radical Christian church under Jeremiah Wright AND simultaneously a secret Islamist....

    he also a Chicago-style thug AND a pussy...

    he is a fascist AND a commie....

    he coddles Americans  AND he isn't a real American...

    he LOVES to increase the deficit AND he wants to tax the rich...

    he is a warmonger and a peacnik...

    the hate for Obama is so deranged they accuse him of being at the end of both extremes... no wonder no one listens to them.

    The Seminole Democrat
    Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

    by SemDem on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:04:28 AM PDT

  •  Classic analysis, Kos. (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, AmazingBlaise

    Thanks for all you do, and do so well.

  •  Watch as Mitt Romney uses a $20 bill to (1+ / 0-)
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    explain why he was able to send his boys to private school, where class sizes were small:

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:12:24 AM PDT

  •  This post needs to be shared far and wide (0+ / 0-)

    It is one of the best explanations of why one campaign keeps knocking it out of the park and the other cant even find a bat.  Awesome, awesome post, kos.

    In capitalist America, bank robs you!

    by madhaus on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:39:16 AM PDT

    •  On November 7 (1+ / 0-)
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      This post should be shared far and wide on November 7. As long as it's tagged with labels that will repel the conservatives, like "strategy for liberals". The content of Kos' analysis applies to the R's as well as to our side, and frankly, I hope they don't get their act together anytime soon.

      This reads more like a post-mortem. I hope it's portentous, actually, I think it is. But there's still, what, 6 weeks to go, including all 3 scheduled debates. Lots can happen between now and election day.

      -5.38, -2.97
      It's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to be better than is myself. - Sherman T. Potter

      by ChuckInReno on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:51:51 AM PDT

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  •  Fighting the last war. (0+ / 0-)

    That old bromide about the military, that the generals are always prepared to fight the last war?
    That's how the GOP thought this election would play out. In their closed-off world, they had everything lined up: Fox News had stirred the crazy pot continuously, keeping them warm until it was time to turn up the heat to a boil. They had the money boys, and they thought they had the candidate, in that Mitt looked presidential, which was all they wanted from him anyway. Pump out a batch of scary ads about the doomed economy, thrown in some racism, and viola! With the lazy compliance of the MSM, the election was sure to be all but in the bag.
    But they're fighting the last war, when scary ads weren't a joke, when their candidate could get away with mouthing platitudes, when Democrats rolled over and played dead, and when the MSM couldn't be dragged kicking and screaming into reality.
    They forgot about the lightening speed of today's technology, where crisp response ads could be up and widely disseminated in a day. They forgot they needed to sell something, not just be against Obama. They forgot that the President is a very astute politician. And they never knew Romney, without a script, wasn't just stupid, but a dick.
    Mostly, they just assumed that all they had to do was do what they've always done. Which is lie and try to scare white people.

  •  Marcos understood this ahead of the Demo Party (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't mean Kos the site, but Marcos Moulitsas Zuniga personally. A winning race works along the emotional path outlined in this post. The ground is prepared, and a coherent narrative created. In our case, it even has the advantage of being truthful, but as Karl Rove proved in 2000 and 2004, that's optional. Everything the campaign does has some reference to the theme: Romney as Richie Rich (or is it Dickie Dick).

    Rove understood this before Kos; this site is pretty much a reaction to the success of the 2000 Rove campaign. But Kos got this long ago, while Democrats were still fumbling around with long technocratic laundry lists (carefully hitting each interest group).

    As Kos said earlier, this is what winning feels like.


  •  I'm not seeing why you say that (0+ / 0-)

    Obama is

    a president who should've been, by all measures, vulnerable this year.
    Let's see - employment is up, the housing situation has settled down, we are at war with only half as many people as we once were, the stock market is hitting record numbers again, etc, etc.

    What is there that would make this President "vulnerable this year"?

    No matter how you measure it, we are better off than we were before This President took over. I think our biggest complaint right now should be the 22nd Amendment.

    I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 10:58:03 AM PDT

  •  The Boy In The Bubble (0+ / 0-)

    There are those of us who can remember a different Detroit, a different Michigan. A day when Detroit had 90% market share, GM alone over 50. In fact, GM then worried more about anti-trust laws than imports

    The Big Three were the top of the food chain in the national, even global, economy. The 14th Floor of the old GM Building on Grand Boulevard was the center of it all.

    And those executives' homes were some big swanky digs.

    How do I know this?  Most everybody who grew up in Detroit in the 50s and 60s knows this. But, I got a little more exposure.

    My father was a carpenter, and for several years worked on or in some of those fancy digs. The "B" towns; Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham. The Grosse Pointes. Even the lesser executives had themselves some fancy digs.

    Then he got a job at GM. Ended up at the old GM Building. He worked on that 14th Floor; even snuck us up there a couple times. He saw these guys -all guys- coming and going day in and day out for 25 years.

    The auto executives were royalty, even little AMC's. Like Google, Apple, or Microsoft execs today.

    And their families all lived in a bubble.

    Those executives didn't drive -ever- and neither did the families. Has anyone ever seen Mitt drive? He had drivers for that, still does.

    Those kids didn't go to public schools. Cranbrook, Detroit Country Day, and other swanky blue blazer prep schools.

    They didn't clean their rooms. Their mothers didn't clean either, or cook.

    And none of them thought there was anything wrong with being in that bubble. Mitt is just one Bubble Kid. Daddy being Governor just made the bubble better, or worse as we see now.

    Everybody worked for those kids. And everybody kissed their ass.

    The narrative works because it is true. Mitt doesn't have a clue how the rest of us live. The only working people he's ever talked to worked for him, or his Dad.

    And Mitt's cluelessness  - and Ann's - are true; they don't see anything wrong with their life or that narrative. They don't see why anybody could have a problem with it. It's not only how life; it's how life should be.

    Not every rich kid is as bad as Mitt. FDR, the Kennedy's, Soapy Williams, and other rich kids had it as good, or better, than Mitt. They were able to overcome their wealth and make real improvements in the lives of millions.

    I don't know why some of the privileged develop a connection and empathy with the rest of us, or project that image, and some don't.

    Now Mitt's bubble has burst. He is trying to breath on his own, and can't. His "auto executive" immune system can't save him in this environment.

    Those of us who had to watch those bubble kids while growing up will rejoice a bit more than most in November. Karma is the sound of a bursting bubble.

    Mitt Romney. Bubble Boy.

    A society is judged by how well it cares for those in the dawn of life, the children. By how well it cares for those in the twilight of life, the elderly. And, by how well it cares for those on the edge of life; the poor, the sick, and the disabled.

    by BobBlueMass on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 11:17:28 AM PDT

  •  When does it stop being called a "narrative" and (0+ / 0-)

    just - be called what it is?  The truth.

  •  Sometimes narraticves fit... (0+ / 0-)

    Mitts not just a dick, but perhaps an arch-nemesis to society...

  •  It could be Repubs are failing at messaging 'cuz.. (0+ / 0-)

    ...voters are finally (finally!!) seeing through their bullshit and learning (finally) that their attempts at "framing" the issues are simply lying about them.

    Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

    by boofdah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:09:48 PM PDT

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