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The "Mitt Romney debates himself" video has now been seen 1.66 million times.
That's more than any video on Romney's own YouTube channel.
According to this New York Times report, the Romney campaign thinks it has found a winning strategy:
Inside Mitt Romney’s campaign headquarters over the past few days, the data pouring in was unmistakable. Aides scouring the results of focus groups and national polls found that undecided voters watching the presidential debate in Denver seemed startled when the Republican candidate portrayed all year by Democrats — the ultraconservative, unfeeling capitalist — did not materialize.

The voters, they discovered, consistently reserved their highest marks for moments when Mr. Romney sounded bipartisan and moderate, two themes he has long played down on the campaign trail but seemed to take pains to showcase this week with centrist-sounding statements on taxes, abortion and immigration.

Based on this data, Romney's campaign indicates it plans to sell an entirely new Mitt Romney:
Behind the new efforts by the Romney campaign to soften his conservative edges and showcase his personal story was a realization by his political team — borne out by reactions to his performance at the debate — that with the economy showing improvement their best shot at victory is to aggressively defy the negative perceptions that have dogged him throughout the race.

In interviews, those advisers described a strategy to capitalize on Mr. Romney’s upswing in the final stretch by highlighting his record of bipartisanship, his time as governor of Massachusetts and history of personal generosity — relying on television advertising, appearances by high-profile supporters and speeches by the candidate himself.

In a vacuum, this seems like a reasonably good idea, right? To beat President Obama, Romney needs to not only energize his base, but also to expand his coalition, and to expand his coalition, he needs to shed some of the right-wing baggage that he's been carrying since he decided to run for president in the mid-2000s.

This is exactly the gambit that Mitt Romney pursued during his debate with President Obama and it paid off. But the reason that it paid off is that for all intents and purposes, Romney's debate performance did take place in a vacuum. Romney ended up making a good impression because President Obama treated it more like a joint press conference than a debate, giving Romney the room he needed to start reinventing himself without needing to deal with a cross-examination.

The problem Romney has—thanks to his history of taking whatever position he thinks will help him win—is that cross-examining him over his latest reincarnation attempt isn't hard to do. I can't explain why President Obama didn't choose to conduct that cross-examination last week, but all indications are that if he had a chance to do things over, he'd do things differently. Fortunately for the president, he does have that chance, both in debates and on the campaign trail.

The Obama campaign's aggressive pushback against Romney's attempt to moderate his abortion position is a good example of this. On Tuesday, Romney said he didn't have a legislative agenda on restricting abortion—a statement completely at odds with everything he's been saying on the topic throughout the campaign. The Obama campaign pounced that night on his remark—and the right began to worry that Romney was shaking his Etch A Sketch. Within two hours, the campaign issued a clarifying statement. But the Obama campaign didn't stop there: they kept up the pressure on Romney to personally address the remarks, and by the end of the day, he had been forced to walk it back entirely. Meanwhile, President Obama went on ABC News to make the case that Romney's flip-flop-flip on abortion was emblematic of Romney's pattern of hiding positions that he's been running on for the past two years.

Keep in mind, Romney's attempt to move to the middle on abortion was eerily parallel to his attempt one week earlier to moderate his position on immigration. In that case, he had made a statement that sounded like he had endorsed Obama's DREAM Act executive order. That sounded like a turn to the middle, but his campaign quietly clarified that Romney was merely saying he would honor any visas issued during Obama's presidency—but that he would cancel the executive order once taking office. In other words, Romney hadn't changed his position. He was merely saying what was already obvious: he would honor visas that had already been granted.

The difference is that this time the Obama campaign fought back, and made an issue of Romney's prevarication. If they continue to aggressively hold Romney accountable in his attempts to retransform himself, we'll end up seeing a lot more days like yesterday—and a lot fewer like last Wednesday's debate.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Well according to MSM, Lying is a winning strategy (18+ / 0-)

    "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 Oct 11, 2012 at 07:10:43 AM PDT

  •  Romney....All Things To All People......(watch out (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, flumptytail

    for that tree Mittens!!!)

  •  I read yesterday that he scored a 'hit' on the (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, pollwatcher, sethtriggs, Matt Z

    campaign trail because he got people in the audience to cry at his heart string tugging story (the same one from the convention). So that's his strategy to get people to think he's more human.

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

    by eXtina on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:24:27 AM PDT

  •  Good analysis (1+ / 0-)
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    Isn't it awfully late in the game to be trying this?

    I honestly expected this during the convention, and was startled that the Romney campaign didn't try it then when it could have had real impact on the race.

    When we were ahead, people at DailyKos said to fight like we were behind. When we were behind, people at DailyKos said to give up.

    by NoFortunateSon on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:37:06 AM PDT

  •  Kind of terrifying how much is riding on POTUS (9+ / 0-)

    giving a good performance at the next two debates.  He needs to, absolutely needs to figure out a way to reveal Mitt's true intentions.  And he needs to do it in a way that doesn't make him look angry or vindictive.

    I think Obama can do it but I know I probably couldn't.

    Barack Obama is not a secret socialist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

    by looty on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:39:11 AM PDT

    •  Agree completely but I'm afraid (0+ / 0-)

      Any pushback by Obama will be seen as "too little, too late". Hope I'm wrong.

      I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

      by tapu dali on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:46:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He seems to freeze up and withdraw during (4+ / 0-)
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      debates and Romney does just the opposite, bubbling over with ideas and faux good-will. Let's pray Obama gets on his game for the next debate.

      "Let's stay together"--Rev. Al Green and President Obama

      by collardgreens on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:49:15 AM PDT

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      •  Obama is too deliberative (4+ / 0-)
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        When you are president of the U.S. you have to chose your words very carefully because they impact policy.  As Romney has shown, candidates can shoot from the hip and worry about mistakes later.  

        Obama needs to have well rehearsed answers so he can deliver them quickly without all the pauses AAAAAAAND looking like he has to think about every word.  If I hear one of those Ummmmms or AAAAAAANds, or a long pause, I'm probably going to lose another TV.

        •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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          we want a president who spits out talking points instead of thinking real thoughts.

          In any event, yeah he needs to be more dynamic, I get it.  Still it's sad that this is what it takes to become president.

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

          by delphine on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 10:00:27 AM PDT

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    •  "true intentions"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Mitt Romney doesn't even know his true intentions.
      He says one thing, his puppet-masters say another.
      His positions change constantly.

      Pretty clever strategy; how does Obama hit a moving target?

      What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:50:17 AM PDT

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    •  today expect Ryan to repeatedly claim Biden (1+ / 0-)
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      is lying

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

      by eXtina on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:18:27 AM PDT

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  •  h/t KagroX-The Obama campaign using the L-Word (8+ / 0-)

    in interviews and the Chattering class has the vapors

    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 Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:40:09 AM PDT

  •  Astonishing to me... (6+ / 0-)

    that the Obama campaign didn't see this coming. They've been practically telegraphing it. How could they be so inept as to seemingly be caught so offguard by Mitt 6.0? Really discouraging.

  •  Maybe at the next debate (3+ / 0-)

    he'll delare that he's severely moderate.

  •  Biden should spend most of his debate... (14+ / 0-)

    attacking Romney. I wouldn't spend too much time on Ryan if I were him.

    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      I have thought that Biden should disregard every question and go back to the first POTUS debate and clean up on Romney's "untruthfulness".

      What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:54:11 AM PDT

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      •  I have confidence he will focus on Romney. (2+ / 0-)
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        He should be dismissive of Ryan by hanging the House and Senate around his neck like a fucking anchor. Then when slick Ryan tries to distance himself from the abysmal Congress by supporting Mitt and all his beliefs the trap is set to attack their record of lies and pandering. Can't wait to see Joe hit him with his lifelong devotion to Ayn Rand. We've seen Ryan get flustered when caught off guard with a few reporters this week. He stammers and has a much harder time coming up with a triangulated answer that will satisfy everyone than Romney can with his decades of experience as a top bullshit salesman. Push his buttons Joe! Play him like the Tea Party, Randian, Koch-owned social welfare liar and hypocrite that he is!

  •  Yeah he's all human (3+ / 0-)
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    until he puts on some fake heartbreak and uses a deceased Navy Seal as a campaign prop. I caught his creepy campaign trail display on CNN yesterday morning and it's bothered me since.

  •  Mitt wants to brag about his governorship? (12+ / 0-)

    Allow me to fucking destroy that right here and now:

    "Governor Romney, you left office with a 34% approval rating.  You couldn't run for reelection because you didn't stand a chance.  In a few weeks, Massachusetts voters are going to hand you a 25 or 30 point loss in that state.

    That's what the people you governed and who know you best think of you.  They are gong to vote overwhelmingly to prevent you from governing them again."

    Oh snap.  

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:45:07 AM PDT

  •  "Romney Campaign Press Release" (7+ / 0-)

    Released 10-8-2012

    "Greetings, fans, fools, and dimwits.
    After months of getting pummeled, we here in the Romney campaign have discovered that if you can't beat 'm, join 'em.
    So, without further ado, let us present our weekly re-make...

    Heeeeeere's Mitt Obama!"

    What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:45:27 AM PDT

  •  These guys need to make it simple, when the (2+ / 0-)
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    President gets up to debate Romney for each subject, the President calls him out on his deceptions and then refers people to a website where they can view the evidence.  People need to be clued in and they need to view it for themselves with times and dates otherwise, it is just so much...blah, blah, blah and Romney wins.  And after watching the Frontline Special, that would be scary.  

  •  What should we call this new type of (2+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail, pamelabrown

    Republican? I know - Compassionate Conservatism! It's bound to work!

  •  Romney is the Stepford Chameleon (2+ / 0-)
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    He robotically shape shifts to match his audiences desires. Tricky Dick had nothing on Mittens.

    "Good morning, brothers Koch. I see you're doing well. If I had me a shotgun, I'd blow you straight to hell." w/apologies to R. Hunter

    by RUKind on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:49:18 AM PDT

  •  Coasting = Political malpractive (1+ / 0-)
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    Pres Obama tried coasting in the first debate so as not to damage his main asset - likability. It miserably failed.

    Pres Obama needs to watch the TRMS last night - Rachel had clips of Rmoney talking from both sides of his mouth.

    I know one thing - Pres Obama is not a skilful pugilist. Delivering hard blows to the head is not his forte. He needs to find a way to show the real chameleon mittens is - he need to be pointed, succinct without appearing angry and a jerk. Tall order.

    I dont know if he can land a devastating punch like Rmoney did.

    But at least Pres Obama should be able to unmask Rmoney, show him as a hard right winger beholden to the teeparty who is a pretending flip flopper. Tall order. Can Pres Obama do it, I dont know - I can hope.

    I think a draw would not be a bad thing - advantage incumbent.

  •  Romney accomplished four things in the debate (5+ / 0-)

    that he needed to accomplish.

    One, he energized his base. Not by advocating policies that they like or agree with--they either know that he's lying or weren't paying attention to the details of what he said--but by going in the attack against a man they utterly despise.

    Two, he discouraged Democratic voters and activists, by making Obama look bad (who gave him a lot of help on this, of course), getting them to waste precious energy on dealing with Obama's loss than on GOTV and such.

    Three, he gave the media an exciting new storyline that can only help him and hurt Obama, i.e. "Romney trounces Obama!".

    And four, he won over, temporarily at least, a lot of low-info swing voters and undecideds, allowing him to narrow or close the gap on Obama in national and state polls, in some cases even taking the lead.

    How long any of this will last, and to what degree the way in which he did all this--lying egregiously and being a strident prick--might backfire, is anyone's guess. And with tonight's VP debate and two more presidential debates coming up and nearly 4 weeks of the campain left, our guys still have a chance to reverse the damage. But in the short term, he did himself a lot of good in last week's debate.

    One suggestion for Obama. Have Bill Clinton play Romney in debate prep, and get a really good trial lawyer to coach you on your delivery, like Barry Scheck. You give great speeches, but frankly you need some toughening up on debating.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:50:37 AM PDT

  •  Voters HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION to (4+ / 0-)
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    the Romney of the past 18 months who was "severely conservative."  In this sense, Fehrnstrom was right about how Romney would be able to pull a post-primary etchasketch and reinvest himself profitably with regard to voters.

    But this is all the more reason for President Obama to come right out and say that Romney is lying.  LYING.  The President should NOT be doing the gentlemanly "if you look at his record he's consistent with...." blah blah blah.  No one has been paying attention, Mr. President.  The people watching in your second debate aren't going to take time to look up "Romney record" and all its subtleties when you say something like that.  The only thing that will resonate with them, that will win you points with them, will be for you to come out and call Romney on what he says plainly and directly, up or down, black or white, good or bad, truth or lies.  

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

    by concernedamerican on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 07:53:31 AM PDT

    •  Honestly I think the tea party contingent (3+ / 0-)
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      would vote for Romney even if he started espousing all Democratic positions.  I don't think they really give a crap about policy.  As long the person with the (R) after their name wins, they're satisfied.  

      •  The President should NOT be concerned about (3+ / 0-)
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        his likeability, nor should he be concerned about "representing all Americans" at this point.  He's done that for 4 years.  Now it's time to speak to the undecideds and to the people who want to vote for him but who need to see him on fire.

        On fire!!!!  Now is not the time to play cautious professor!

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

        by concernedamerican on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:28:16 AM PDT

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  •  Sorry, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    What a raging ass:

    You can't get health insurance for a bad heart at doesn't work that way sorry, have to get it when you are well.....

    Romney is a cold-hearted ass.

  •  You talk about Bain Capital and Mitt's Tax Returns (3+ / 0-)
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    Last night there was a lady and man next to me arguing about the election.  The Lady was telling the man that Romney would get us into another war with Iran (she was an old anti-war 60's type) and the man said he just didn't know much about Romney.

    I then interjected and told the man all about Romney's Bain Capital bought companies, looted their employees' pensions, outsourced their jobs, that Romney took millions and put them in Swiss/Cayman Accounts, didn't pay any taxes for 10 years, and refuses to release his Tax Returns.

    The Lady thanked me.  The man now knows Mitt Romney well enough not to vote for him.  He can vote for the Libertarian Johnson if he likes but I don't think he'll be voting for Romney.

    If I can figure out what moves these undecided voters, the Obama campaign needs to as well.  They need to forget Big Bird Ads, Romney's Tax Policy Ads (If I can't understand his tax policies - the voters sure aren't either) and concentrate their Ads and speeches about Bain Capital and Romeny's Tax Returns.  Those are winning issues.

    •  Isn't it that simple? (2+ / 0-)
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      The President can imply Romney's lying without saying the words "you're a liar?"

      - His company Bain Capital, is sending American jobs to China right now, in Freeport, Illinois - putting middle class people out of work.

      - He still hasn't released his tax returns and remember, he's the guy with Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts.

      - His medical plan does not cover people with pre-existing conditions. He will gut Medicare and Medicaid.

      - For the guy who is supposed to be the budget wonk, he still hasn't named one specific program he would change or improve.

      Speak in layman's terms, point out Myth Romney has an alternative agenda which is saying anything just to get elected.  

      Remind people his party is the one that drove us in the ditch from greed.  Do you think they learned their lesson after four years and have become kindler, gentler plutocrats?

      Rinse and repeat in response to anything Romney says.


  •  The Obama campaign must counter-attack. (3+ / 0-)
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    Our president needs to fight for us, and his job.
    WE are the ones who suffer if he loses.

    TV is about emotions, not facts -- the reversal of fortune in the polls demonstrates that our leadership conceded an important battle at a critical time.

    Same thing happened at Issa's hearings yesterday about the tragedy in Libya -- the administration sent unprepared simpering milquetoasts to allow themselves to be pummeled by a  known bully, when there were many ways of fighting back, like pointed defiance of that blustering pig, framed by a statement of "we're going after the criminals who did those horrible deeds."

    NPR and other media just let the tapes roll as our whole State Dept. looked as incompetent as the smarmy bureaucrats they sacrificed to the jackal's maw.

    STOP! Allowing yourself to get beat upon is no strategy for victory.

    We only have a handful of days before the election.
    I've given money to Obama's campaign and phonebanked.
    Seeing my efforts evaporate via smug laziness at the top disheartens and angers me -- and many others I'm sure.

    ... It should come as no surprise that people like to fight for people who are fighting for them. -- Kos

    by MT Spaces on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:10:51 AM PDT

  •  Bain. 47%. Detroit. Bin Laden. Tax Returns. MA (4+ / 0-)
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    This isn't complicated, Obama.  Wake the fuck up.  I offer you 6 steps to success.

    Bain:  Romney destroyed  middle class lives and outsourced their jobs to line the pockets of wealthy investors.  That's the business experience he brings.

    47%:  Mitt talks out of both sides of his mouth, so if you want to know what he really thinks, listen to what he says in front of his friends when he thinks the public can't hear it.

    Detroit:  Obama put his presidency on the line to save an iconic vital industry and the middle class livelihoods that depend on it, while Romney glibly penned an editorial advocating throwing Detroit in the dustbin of history.  Who stands up for America?

    Bin Laden:  Obama said he'd get him and he got him.  Mitt said we shouldn't spend the money or violate Pakistani sovereignty.  Mitt is a pansy.

    Tax Returns:  Mitt thinks he's entitled to this job, and that you're not entitled to know anything about him.  He won't come clean.  There's a reason for that.

    Massachusetts:  Mitt's so well liked in the only place he's governed that he left with a 3% approval rating and will lose the state by at least 25% in November.

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:11:23 AM PDT

  •  and now nobody's talking about tax returns (4+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry, I think Mitt's tax returns--or his lack of disclosure about them-- are a huge issue and contain that final bit of explosive that could finally blow his pestering ass out of the water. If O could just keep hammering on that, bring it up in the debate, maybe these folks could finally see this pattern of deception. Just one question: if Ryan had to produce a decade of tax returns for your consideration, don't you think you owe that to the American people?

  •  Only 1.66M have seen this? (0+ / 0-)

    That is too low. More must see this

  •  OK, he's not a liar, he's throwing the 'baggers (0+ / 0-)

    under Mr. Bus

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

    by annieli on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:14:11 AM PDT

  •  a coalition based on $10000 handshake bets (0+ / 0-)
    In a vacuum, this seems like a reasonably good idea, right? To beat President Obama, Romney needs to not only energize his base, but also to expand his coalition, and to expand his coalition, he needs to shed some of the right-wing baggage that he's been carrying since he decided to run for president in the mid-2000s.

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

    by annieli on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:16:35 AM PDT

  •  We mocked the Etch-a-sketch (2+ / 0-)
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    but here it is in all its glory. And it's kinda working. In the NYT today, polls in swing States like CO and VA gave significant leads to Romney on who would do better on the economy, but paradoxically gave an equal lead to Obama on who would take care of the middle class better. So, voters believe that Romney will do a better job on the economy in a way that will not help them? How selfless! But that's what a well-trained underclass can be expected to do, I guess. The alternative explanation is that a lot of voters just accept what candidates tell them. So Obama says he will protect the middle class; turns up in the polls. Romney claims to be able to fix the economy; there you go. So there is apparently a fleet of turnip trucks cruising these states, depositing some fairly gullible voters.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:28:44 AM PDT

  •  So I'm in Texas....I see very few TV spots... (0+ / 0-)

    and absolutely zero Romney spots.

    Is a version of that video playing on TV anywhere and if not, why not?

    There's no need to use the L-word when you've got this ass doing it for you.

    Just curious...

    I've got news for you. The wealth has already been redistributed.

    by tinfoilhat on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:31:50 AM PDT

  •  i would feel a lot (0+ / 0-)

    more comfortable if the obama campaign had wanted to fight the good fight no matter how good they were doing in the polls, now they are forced to fight back out of necessity not because they are doing it for their supporters, as usual obama only fights for himself and his supporters seem to be secondary to any decision.

  •  Why is there so little coverage (1+ / 0-)
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    in the national media, of the Rmoney campaign's constant doublespeak? Romney says one thing in public, and minutes or hours late, his campaign comes out and says that he didn't mean what he clearly said. Why, oh why, isn't this headlined everywhere? The entire Republican campaign is based on lies, out of context quotes, and pretending that they never said exactly what they said!

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 09:09:20 AM PDT

  •  Obama himself needs to call him on the lies (0+ / 0-)

    Otherwise this strategy may just work.

  •  Bait and Switch (1+ / 0-)
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    Rmoney's forte is as a salesman. In this campaign, he defied the conventional wisdom that he should first define himself and then attack his opponent.  Instead, he reversed the sequence. At least in public, he avoided defining himself: he withheld information (such as tax returns), he spouted generalities, and he took so many inconsistent positions that his real views became "clouded". Meanwhile, he focused on attacking the President's record. In an October surprise (that shouldn't be much of a surprise), he now defines himself saying "Oh that Mitt you thought you knew, that's not the real me." And because we know he has no core, his attempt at self-redefinition does not seem to be such a stretch.

    Rmoney offered the bait of unpopular and workable positions on issues like taxes and a woman's right to choose.  Maybe he had no choice if he was to win the Republican nomination, when most independent voters weren't paying attention. But the Obama campaign took the bait and ran against Rmoney's most extreme positions.  Now we see the switch, as Rmoney presents himself not as an extremist, not as a political chameleon, but as a sensitive and flexible leader who can adjust to circumstances.

    Will voters fall for this slick huckster and later suffer buyer's remorse, or will they look inside the package first? It is up to the Obama campaign to help undecided voters understand that if they vote for Rmoney they have no way of knowing what they will get. Let's remember that while committed Democrats tend to focus on issues (and therefore think of Rmoney as a liar), many undecided voters tend to think in terms of character - they need to be shown that Rmoney is unreliable and unconcerned about them.

    The question isn't whether his pants are on fire, but whether he is wearing any clothes at all.

  •  Next Pres Debate is a Town Hall (0+ / 0-)

    So really, all Obama needs to do is point out to any voter who is on Medicare, who has served in the military, who has been unemployed, that they are part of the 47% who Romney doesn't care about.  

    Case closed.

  •  The Romney v. Romney thing (0+ / 0-)

    should have been the focus from the beginning.  Why not go after both his insane right wing positions AND the fact that he did not hold those before, so you get two in one?

    The problem with the abortion flip is that he can present himself as having been reborn to pro-life by revelation based on a sad and emotional story, which will only make him more attractive to the rabid right.

    People are already voting.  Ads showing Romney v. Romney, and scaring the fundies with his earlier more liberal ideas and the fact that he treats us like we're morons with the attention span of a flea . . .

    Now yeah, some of his base ARE morons with the attention span of a flea, but no one likes to think they've been bamboozled even if they should have seen it coming.

    How can such a savvy campaign team do something this boneheaded?

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

    by delphine on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 09:58:40 AM PDT

  •  Clearly defined (0+ / 0-)


    so·ci·o·path [soh-see-uh-path]


    1. Someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused - it is done to get one's way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways. Most common traits of a sociopath include:

    • They lie about even the smallest things. For example, saying "I brushed my teeth today," when they didn't
    • They add exaggerations to every sentence
    • They change their story all the time
    • They act very defensively when you question their statements
    • They believe what they say is true, when everyone else knows it isn't

    2. Willard "Mitt" Romney

    "Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?" - General Jack D. Ripper

    by wilder5121 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 10:27:08 AM PDT

  •  Maybe Obama will finally fight back (0+ / 0-)

    now that it is his a$$ on the line.

    Been waiting for four years for Obama to fight back against GOP insanity instead of validating it with his endless reaching out, bipartisan waste of time.

  •  Obama's secret weapon... (0+ / 0-)

    Don't forget, President Obama has a secret weapon; Pretend Princess Annie was on FOX yesterday blathering about how the president was like a boy in a sandbox, kicking sand at Serial Liar Mitt Romney, saying (unnecessarily) that because Serial Liar Mitt Romney lied during the debate, the little boy felt put-upon and was pouting.  Pretend Princess Annie is becoming unhinged even faster than Serial Liar Mitt Romney, and every time she opens her mouth and spews more of her nonsense about how her team is great and the other team is not sportsmanlike (and consists of babies, to boot), viewers understand that she is a condescending b----, another over-pampered, over-privileged nobody who has never done a damn thing, and they are reminded again that she, like her ne'er-do-well husband, is not a proper representative for America.  She is even more off-putting than Would-Be Queen Nancy and Over-The-Top Non-Queen Babs, and people don't want to be reminded of those two opinionated but dumb-as-rocks powers behind the throne.  Like it or not, Michelle Obama is far more admired than Pretend Princess Annie will ever be, and as long as the shrew keeps shrieking, the president keeps gaining ground.  

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