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They didn't stick with it.
Remember when Republicans took something President Barack Obama said and spliced the shit out of it so it had him say "you didn't build that" to entrepreneurs?  

Oh, Republicans thought they had a keeper! Rush Limbaugh was typically unhinged:

I'll tell you what. I think it can now be said, without equivocation -- without equivocation -- that this man hates this country.
John Podhoretz claimed the comments would be a political disaster for Obama:
This statement is a colossal opportunity for Mitt Romney and will prove a suppurating wound for the president, who revealed a degree not only of condescension but of contempt for the very people who are going to decide this election.

And if there’s one thing people recognize, it’s when they are being viewed with contempt.

Ha ha, ironic I know, in the wake of the 47 percent video...

John Sununu, one of those rare Mitt Romney surrogates (there's like three), tsk tsk'd the atrocity:

I wish this president would learn how to be an American.
Charles Krauthammer saw electoral gold:
If Republicans want to win, Obama's you-didn't-build-that confession of faith needs to be hung around his neck until Election Day.
Karl Rove spent millions running ads with the comments, same as Romney, who also made it a key theme in his stump speech. Other Republicans like Scott Brown piled on.

Republicans made it the theme for an entire day at their national convention, and mentioned it in every speech on all three days. It was their magic anti-Obama bullet!

And then ... nothing. The line of attack has been completely dropped.

Perhaps it had something to do with this:

NBC/WSJ polled 'you didn't build that' line: 36% said it made them feel more positive/32% more negative. Romney's 47% comment got 23% to 45%
@samsteinhp via TweetDeck
Perhaps it had something to do with this, in which Obama's national led held steady except for that convention blip:
Perhaps it had something to do with this, in which I compare current battleground state polling with that back in June 2012 when this nonsense began:

Obviously, their supposedly brilliant line of attack didn't work. It failed. Mission not accomplished. When Romney loses ground in every single battleground state they claim to be contesting, it's a pretty ugly picture. (And as an aside, this is now the first time Obama has led the polling composite in North Carolina since ... March.)

So after spending so much time and energy and money on the "you didn't build that" attacks, they've had to toss them aside and cast about for something new. That's why they've been rebooting Romney on a daily basis, and why he's spent so much time stashed away memorizing zingers for today's debate.

Yup, they built that debacle, and I wouldn't be too proud about it if I were them.

8:16 AM PT: I wrote a few weeks ago about why the "we built that" nonsense failed:

Looking at Romney's solutions for the entrepreneurs he fetishizes, nothing addresses the problems most of them face. He wants to roll back what gains we've made on health care, his tax cut plan doesn't help the vast majority of small business owners, the "government regulation" canard is just that—canard.

Thus, every time Romney talks about entrepreneurs, he basically tells the other 90+percent of the country that he's focused on someone else. And even that relatively small pool of entrepreneurs isn't hearing anything that would make them think, "Hey, this guy will help my efforts." Putting my partisan hat aside and putting on my capitalist one—there's not a single said Romney has said that would make it easier for me to keep growing my businesses.

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  •  It's a pretty small market. (36+ / 0-)

    The "you didn't build that" attack was pathetic because it only went after libertarian thinking business wannabees, not actual business people who know its bullshit. That's why every person they trotted out as a "builder" was found out to have gotten a bunch of government assistance in their building.

    The only people who get amped over over shit like that are middle managing white guys who have a cubicle and dreams of becoming an Amway millionaire.

    But even more to the point, the argument left out the employees and was strictly aimed at the bosses.

    Dumb.

  •  Don't sleep on Romney yet (16+ / 0-)

    This is a man who is nothing if not persistent.  He plows thru everything. Thru a loss to mccain, thru a 4 year wait, thru a long slog of a primary.  Thru every damn screw up by him and his awful campaign. he will not go away until he's forced to.  he will not give it all up now and just curl up in the corner and die without a fight.  he may be lame but he's not a quitter.  

    keep working it.

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

    by glutz78 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:35:54 AM PDT

    •  I'm not so sure , (1+ / 0-)
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      Supavash

      I'll watch the debate tonight and see if he doesn't short circuit .

      "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

      by indycam on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:45:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  True, but this is the guy who's been running (9+ / 0-)

      for president for 6 years and hasn't bothered to move his money from Switzerland or the Cayman Islands back to the US, or been prepared to show his tax returns.

      It's like Condi Rice, "'No one could have forseen!' that they'd want to see my tax returns!"

      Loser.

      Rmoney & The Republicans - We've should've killed GM, not bin Laden.

      by filby on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:45:55 AM PDT

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    •  I agree...The ONLY way the GOP can win now is if (8+ / 0-)

      we stop taking them seriously.

      They are terrible, terrible people, but they are still a dangerous and very well-funded and connected group.

      We must not get too secure about their losing until we actually defeat them...and then we have to prepare to do it again. They will NOT go away-they WILL get worse, and they WILL still have tons of money.

      We thought civil rights, voting rights and women's rights were established, but the last months should have shown us that the fight NEVER stops and we must not allow them to win.

      mark

      Retired AFSCME Steward and licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

      by old mark on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:47:54 AM PDT

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    •  He may not be a quitter, but even so (2+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl, Smoh

      there are people in MA who would disagree and argue that he as much as quit that state halfway through his governorship.  It seems to me Romney suffers from some type of AD/HD - he sees a shinier object than the one he already possesses and changes direction to chase it.

      The Olympics were a shinier object than being governor of the state of MA; one talking point on the campaign trail is replaced by a newer, shinier one with regularity, and his arguments change for something that "sounds" better almost daily.  There is something seriously wrong with the man's consistency.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:05:52 AM PDT

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    •  Part of the reason Mitt has worked so hard... (0+ / 0-)

      ... is that he wants his money back from 2008.  With all of the money left over from this cycle, I am sure he and Ann will walk away with a handsome profit.

      I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

      by Hey338Too on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 09:06:09 AM PDT

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  •  Glass houses and stones come to mind (16+ / 0-)

    "We didn't build that" could be Bain's logo.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:36:05 AM PDT

  •  You build your whole convention (15+ / 0-)

    around "We built that" and Eastwood's moving rendition of "Old Man and the Seat".... and now walk away with NOTHING?

    Next thing you know Romney/Ryan wont be supporting Christie's 2016 bid either.  Was the convention all for naught, I ask you?!?!?

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:36:56 AM PDT

  •  Romney was doomed from the start (13+ / 0-)

    Persuadable folks would not be interested in messages from the likes of Limbaugh, Sununu or John Podhoretz. Outside of the rabid base these folks are generally annoying.

    Yeah for our side.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:37:59 AM PDT

  •  this site is getting kind of sad (0+ / 0-)

    this diary is a good example.

    Hope you find some vision after the election.

  •  Yes, it was a real debacle by the GOP (7+ / 0-)

    But that's not the only reason Mitt's in trouble
    This NC Ground Game diary now on the Rec List explains why

    this is now the first time Obama has led the polling composite in North Carolina since ... March.

    "Safety and security are the result of collective consensus. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." - Nelson Mandela. Donate to TREE Climbers

    by TX Freethinker on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:38:14 AM PDT

  •  Love J.K. Rowling (14+ / 0-)

    She expressed total disgust with the "we built it" mantra.  She said she "unapologetic-ally" received free health care from the government when her daughter was a year old and Rowling got pneumonia.  She said the word "unapologetic-ally" several times.  She also said, she was not solely responsible for her Harry Potter success, and said it would be incredibly arrogant to suggest that she alone "built it."

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

    by lawstudent922 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:39:05 AM PDT

  •  How the 47% clip killed "You Didn't Build That" (4+ / 0-)

    Romney was in desperate straits following the release of the 47% clip.  That clip and what he said in it, has hurt him more than any other single campaign moment has.  

    He had to go on some repair work, explaining that his words were un-graceful or whatever, but he really meant (some innocuous bilge about The American People).

    From that point forward, since the Romney campaign was begging for the electorate to cut Romney some slack over his remarks, he could hardly keep pummeling Obama for Obama's far less outrageous words, especially when the pummeling was based on nothing more than an ungraceful pronoun reference -- rather than a slagging off of nearly half the American people.  

  •  add MO and AZ! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm sure there'll be more polling there now, after recent snapshots showing a close race....

    I know it sounds like I'm in denial but I'm not.

    by Save the clock tower on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:40:30 AM PDT

  •  We vs. I (4+ / 0-)

    One problem is that they had to say "WE" built that, because "I" built that doesn't work as a sound byte. And that's what Obama said, WE built that, as a nation. Loved that. Every time they said "WE built that", they supported Obama. At least in my ears, which, admittedly, hear quite differently from Republicans.

  •  Damn that is a beautiful graph. nt (3+ / 0-)
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  •  But but Chuck Todd said Obama is dooooooomed!! (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, dss

    "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 Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:45:39 AM PDT

  •  der, I never bilt nuttin (1+ / 0-)
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    Supavash

    Photobucket


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

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:48:57 AM PDT

  •  For an attack to work, it has to ring true (2+ / 0-)
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    James Earl, Steve Magruder

    And beginning by selectively editing and splicing someone's words in order to manufacture something that you can attack does not ring true.

    It's not that the average voter knows that the line has been spliced, or even has to. It's how it fits into the story they already have about the President. It's why the (true) attacks against Romney work so well. They fit into what people already think about him.

  •  (with apologies to Miss Garland) (0+ / 0-)

    Never could carry a tune, never knew where to start
    You came along when everything was wrong and put a song in my heart

    Dear when you smiled at me, I heard a melody
    It haunted me from the start
    Something inside of me started a symphony
    Zing! Went the strings of my heart

    'Twas like a breath of spring, I heard a robin sing
    About a nest set apart
    All nature seemed to be in perfect harmony
    Zing! Went the strings of my heart

    [Chorus]
    Your eyes made skies seem blue again

    I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

    by prodigal on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:51:49 AM PDT

  •  I knew "we built it" was a winner from day 1. (2+ / 0-)
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    jds1978, Steve Magruder

    It was so baldly juvenile, so petty, and so tone-deaf it couldn't help but help Obama and the Democrats.  And the GOP dedicated the first day of their convention to it too!  Fucking idiots!  Most Americans - actually, pretty much all of them, who heard Obama's remarks in context KNEW what he meant and anyone who tried to spin it to help Romney just looked like the fool they were.

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    by darthstar on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:51:54 AM PDT

  •  I had a weird experience about this... (3+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, dss, Steve Magruder

    I was involved in a couple of different FB discussions on the President's "you didn't build that" dustup.

    Three different conservatives - friends or friends-of-friends - defended their reactions to it by claiming they weren't taking his comment out of context. They all three (who I don't think knew each other) said they'd watched the entire speech "several times" and were aghast at the whole content.

    Now. Here's the thing. I understand they're offended by infrastructure; they're conservative morons. But ...

    they all three assured me they'd watched it "start to finish, several times".

    The third time it happened I called the guy on it and commented that (a) I normally don't have to listen to something several times to understand it, (b) I don't usually listen to things I don't like multiple times; (c) he was the third conservative to use exactly this wording.

    And that this was starting to make me think that perhaps he hadn't actually listened to the speech at all, but was instead parroting somebody like Hannity or some other media person who made this claim, and hadn't actually seen the speech even once.

    And he got very quiet and didn't talk about it anymore.

  •  I sometimes wonder (3+ / 0-)
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    dss, maryabein, Dissentinator

    Had the President been a little bit more careful with his pronouns, what would the Republicans have done on that entire day of their convention.

    Progressives are defined by who they want to help; Conservatives are defined by who they hate.

    by frsbdg on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:52:54 AM PDT

  •  Kos' chart comparing current numbers (0+ / 0-)

    to those from last June have some big, big MOE's.  10.9, 11.5, even 6's and 7's seem pretty high compared to the usual 3's and 4's.  Why would this polling be so imprecise?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:53:14 AM PDT

  •  When do Sept fundraising #s come out? (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry to threadjack, but not sure where else to ask....

  •  Republicans Make This Mistake Over And Over (4+ / 0-)

    Here's the thing, most Americans know Barack Obama by now. Yet, the GOP wants to run the campaign as if they don't "really" know him. Its stupidity.

    He's been President for 4 years. The average American has seen great things from him, they've seen good things, they've seen some bad things. But the know the guy by now. He's been the friggin' Commander in Chief and OUR PRESIDENT for 4 years and in the public spotlight longer than that.

    They're not gonna buy he hates the Country, they're not gonna buy he's a secret Muslim waiting for his second term to unleash his beliefs, they're not gonna buy he's a socialist, they're not gonna buy he's a Black Muslim, they're not gonna buy he was born in Kenya.

    Like him or dislike him, those claims are ridiculous. They're NOT afraid of him. If they vote for him it'll be because they think he's the best candidate based on his record and potential going forward. If they don't, same thing.

    But the GOP is too stupid to realize this. They want to focus on conspiracies and tin-foil hat ideas he hates the country or is a socialist or we don't "really" know him (I guess he is so smart he'll unleash his hatred on the USA his second term).

    They've done this before. To some degree they tried it with Bill Clinton. They try it with Senate campaigns, House campaigns, Governorships, etc. People the public knows damn well are good, patriotic, well-intentioned, accomplished people, agree with them or disagree, are REALLY Al Qaeda sleeper agents or some such nonsense.

    And its not just a political, tactical error either. It speaks to who a lot of the hard core GOP are. They hate everyone not exactly like them and in lock step. They think everyone is out to get them. It reaks from their political theories. I'd suggest Romney was being generous with his 47% remark because in reality the GOP has some insane, reality detached view of like 77% of Americans. They're kooks, plain and simple, so rather than try and run on the issues they try to convince the public they don't "really" know somebody they know damn well for better or for worse. Stupid, but typical.

    And the American people ain't buying it.

    GDoyle

    "Deserves got nothing to do with it"-William Munny, "Unforgiven"

    by GDoyle on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:55:01 AM PDT

    •  true, they're running against imaginary (3+ / 0-)
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      GDoyle, jds1978, Steve Magruder

      ...Obama. the Muslim Commie anti-American radical Obama in their twisted minds, but not the real Obama that the country and voters know.

      "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war." -Mark Twain

      by humanistique on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:58:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  In a similar vein, (0+ / 0-)

      there was some degree of telling tall tales about GWB from the left leading up to the 2004 election, even though on the basics, we should have had it made in the shade.  Check out Democratic Underground from that period.

      And yes, I'm an Obama supporter.  I just have to acknowledge harsh reality.

  •  It said more about Romney than Obama (4+ / 0-)

    Here's a man who has been running for President nonstop for six-plus years, and when he finally gets to his signature moment -- his own nominating convention -- he uses a theme based on an absolute falsehood and something President Obama never even said.

    That's not the act of a man who has conviction. It's the act of a cynical, dishonest jerk with no heart, no soul, no morality and no courage.

    Welcome to your nightmare, Mitt. You indeed built that.

    They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. -- Brian Fantana

    by IndyScott on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:56:25 AM PDT

    •  Really he's been running for longer than that (1+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl

      Think about it....he claims he left Bain in 1999. He ran the Olympics but that honestly was for like 6 months....besides that I'm not aware of him claiming he has worked in the private sector at all the last two decades.

      He ran for Governor when the Olympics were done in 2002, then wrote a book to lead up to running in 2008, ran again in 2012.

      For a guy who claims he is Mr. Businessman....he hasn't worked a lot in the modern business world, which has gone thru many changes in recent years, by his own admission. It was now three decades ago, the 1990s, since he actually last worked in the business world.

      Think about it.....since 1994 he worked about 4 more years after running for Senate he claims...and has run for office four times, only winning one and serving a single term. For the last 18-19 years he's been a candidate for 15 and actually in business for only a couple at the start. He's been almost perpetually running for something for well over a decade and then again for Senate the decade before that.

      "Deserves got nothing to do with it"-William Munny, "Unforgiven"

      by GDoyle on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:10:16 AM PDT

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  •  Obama should co-opt "We built this" (1+ / 0-)
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    jds1978

    Fits nicely with his "we're in this together" messaging.

  •  Narrow focus for Romney (2+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, Steve Magruder

    I feel like the "you didn't build that" attack and many other parts of the Romney campaign have been so focused on a narrow slice of the electorate. They call them "job creators," but they act like they are the only people who matter in our society. If you're a teacher, a firefighter, a police officer, a salaried employee....you're garbage and of no concern the ubermensch the Romney campaign has targeted.

    I work in higher education. I'm an administrator. I'm highly educated and earn an upper middle class salary. I don't own my own business. I don't create jobs for anyone else. I never built anything except for the fact that my tax dollars contribute to public works. Once upon a time the Republican party would have tried to convince me they would represent my interests better than the Democrats, or at least pretend they thought I was a useful part of society. But I can honestly say I can't think of a single word that has come out of the Romney campaign that has been directed at me, unless it has been to denigrate me.

    I just don't see how you can win an election by slicing off a narrow section of the population and and saying "these people are the winners, they're the ones who matter, the rest of you are losers and parasites."

    •  Yeah (3+ / 0-)
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      rebop, DSPS owl, Steve Magruder

      most Americans don't want to start a business. They want a good honest job that allows them to get ahead.

      And then there are the people who HAVE started businesses, and aren't particularly overburdened with government regulation (a business license, health inspections if they serve food, stuff like that), so they look at Romney and wonder what the hell he's talking about when he drones on endlessly about red tape.

      I've started two successful businesses. I've never had thought to bitch about government regulation. And my other one has raised enough investment capital that it's subject to SEC regulations.

      The government-related things I bitch about? How it took the State of California six months to change the business address for Daily Kos when I should've been able to do it immediately online. But that's not a regulatory problem, but an efficiency one made worse by draconian budget cuts.

      •  It's hard for me to know... (1+ / 0-)
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        Steve Magruder

        how their message sounds to people who own their own businesses.

        I can tell you for a fact that the biggest thing that would hold me back from striking out on my own, starting my own business and possibly employing other people is health insurance.

        I've got two kids and the cost of insuring myself and my family would be prohibitive. Once HCR really kicks in that will likely change. I'd be more likely to take some risks knowing the health of my family wouldn't have to suffer.

        I'd also want to know that my employees would be able to have insurance, even if my business was not big enough to be able to provide it for them efficiently.

        I don't think hearing Romney promise to repeal Obamacare on day one would not be a message that would appeal to me if I were in that boat.

  •  The Strawman Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Magruder

    This "you didn't build it" meme only resonated with people that had an artificial view of the President.  The wingers built a strawman they really believe is the true Obama and this made up quote fit that perfectly.  However, the reality based world just sees a quote that is taken out of context and is being fraudulently described as something it isn't.  It did nothing for anyone that wasn't already in the tank.

  •  and "workers" are just "Human Capital" (2+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, Steve Magruder

    Wow..talk about perpetuating the "worker-caste" cog in the wheel, Mitts website actually uses the title "Human Capital" for his page that discusses economy...and its described as the countries "greatest renewable natural resource."

    So under a Mitt administration, the EPA would become an employment agency?????

    "You worker people..you are human capital...we own your *SS"    

  •  Their 'new' gaffe (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Magruder


    Been jumpin on since yesterday's, media especially but also the pols and parrots of, Biden speech, and thumpin their chests, a gaffe it was not especially in context of said speech:

    This has been makin rounds on facebook today:

    Now if I were Biden, especially, I'd take it and run with the facts about congress, hell they do and now it wouldn't be a blatant attack on especially ryan but the blanket truth, oh and add in state legislators who run on 'jobs' 'jobs' 'jobs' like the past midterms and did everything to attack labor and no 'jobs' legislation!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:05:20 AM PDT

  •  the best thing about Romney being behind in (0+ / 0-)

    every battleground state, is that he can't cover all of them, even with all his money.   If this was a game of Twister, Romney would need to grow 7 more limbs to win.


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

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:05:20 AM PDT

  •  Something About That Swing State Polling List... (1+ / 0-)
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    khyber900

    You know, that list of aggregate polling near the bottom of the post. Something looks very uniform about it. I can't place it. It's like there's a theme of soothing blue in every column.

    I find it very esthetically & intellectually pleasing.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:08:33 AM PDT

  •  They missed the point, voters didn't (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Magruder

    You didn't build it, we all did.

    Unless you're a certifiable Tealiban, you know that we all built this country, not the rich and their corporations. People realize that roads, bridges, airports, schools, cops, firemen, water, sewers, are here because we acted collectively - usually through our government - to create and maintain these things.

    And everyone benefits from those things. Everyone. Even libertarians call 911 when they need help, and a government employee responds, by the way.

    The republicans and their rich buddies can't say "I" built that. Can't show how they've created jobs, in this country, with all those tax breaks they get now, let alone how more breaks will create jobs.

    Money in the Caymans or Switzerland does nothing for our economy, nothing for this country.

    The republicans believe greed is good. That somehow it will trickle down to everybody. That's bullshit. And voters know it.

    We built this country. And we are taking it back.

    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 Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:13:25 AM PDT

  •  And it looks like their 'new' (2+ / 0-)
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    line of attack will be to remind everyone that Obama is black.

    I can't believe that the rightwing nuts dug up old video from 5 yrs ago and think that is going to change anyone's mind.

    YES WE DID! November 4th, 2008 ~ and we'll do it again Nov 6th, 2012.

    by Esjaydee on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:14:52 AM PDT

  •  The American people (1+ / 0-)
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    have had 3.5 years of mature, ADULT leadership, and they want four more years of it.  Even if Congress is still stalled, they still want an adult in the White House.

    I think, ultimately, when all is said and done, this is the most paramount fact of this election.

    Mitt Romney never grew up.  He never had to.  That's what too much money does to a person.


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

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:23:30 AM PDT

  •  Ah Krauthammer.... (1+ / 0-)
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    If Republicans want to win, Obama's you-didn't-build-that confession of faith needs to be hung around his neck until Election Day.
    Those brilliant political instincts.

    One thing the GOP can't say is they didn't try.

    It's been all they've talked about for two months.

    How is it working out for them?

    Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

    by Scott Wooledge on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:29:12 AM PDT

  •  Indeed... (2+ / 0-)
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    "And if there’s one thing people recognize, it’s when they are being viewed with contempt."

    For instance, when a candidate dismisses nearly half the country while talking to wealthy backers.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:44:05 AM PDT

  •  Met a guy who made and sold gorgeous tie-dyed (1+ / 0-)
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    shirts in the local farmers' market. They sold well enough that he left a salaried job and was making his shirts full time. I asked him how he was handling health insurance and his answer was something like "hoping I don't get sick."
    This was a decade or so ago. And at the time I realized that if we want to encourage small-business start-ups, independent entrepreneurs, the best thing we can do is make sure that health insurance is available to everyone. Because there are a lot of people who might be willing to risk themselves financially to start something new, but if they have kids or their own health problems, they might not be willing to risk their family's or their own health by leaving a job that includes health benefits.
    I don't know that Obamacare totally resolves this issue, but it certainly helps and I think it will get better over time.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 09:26:24 AM PDT

  •  Romney thinks America is holding him back (1+ / 0-)
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    If Mitt thinks he didn't need the advantages America provided him I wish he'd get out of this country and take his "We made it all by ourselves" crooks with him.  

  •  That's a clown statement, bro,(Romney, not Kos) (0+ / 0-)

    I was just thinking how stupid it sounded yesterday from Ryan too...how is Ryan not a "taker, rather than a maker," using his own, uh, logic? The government helped him go to college, he has family money, AND he works for the evil government...what has he ever built? Maybe Quarter Pounders one summer. But he thinks vaginas are evil and supports fully accessible garbage dumpsters as both housing and meal plans, so who cares if he's a lily-livered hypocrite? He's a hypocrite for Jesus. Or Mammon. Or Ayn Rand...his cause, whatever it is, is just. Trust him.

    "...annoyingly ethical,"

    by chicating on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:04:20 AM PDT

  •  How bout ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... pictures showing Chinese factories with a caption --- yeah, Mitt you are right, you did built that!

    "Oh bother", said the Borg. "We've assimilated Pooh."

    by slr on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:35:24 AM PDT

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