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Is Barack Obama Using Republican Political Techniques to Run Against Romney?
The Moderate Voice ^ | May 13, 2012 | Joe Gandelman, editor-in-chief

Posted on 05/13/2012 6:38:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Is Barack Obama using the “Republican playbook” to run against Mitt Romney? The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman thinks he is and outlines why in fascinating piece. I agree with him but have two other thoughts as well as we head into Election 2012.

Here are some chunks from Fineman’s post, but it needs to be read in full. His intro:

As he tries to become only the second Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to win reelection, Barack Obama is adopting much of the strategic playbook Republicans have developed and used for 40 years.

Of course, on the core substance of policy — tax rates, regulation and the size and role of government in the economy — Obama and the post-Reagan Tea Party Republicans couldn’t be further apart as the fall campaign begins. And no matter how shrewd or cold-blooded his game plan, the president probably will lose if the economic outlook does not improve more by fall.

But campaign strategy does matter, and there the GOP has a track record and a theory that Obama has always found to his liking as a candidate.

It is more confrontational and definitive than the model used by Bill Clinton, who won election twice (but never with an outright majority) essentially by blurring his party’s differences with a conservative GOP.

Starting with Richard Nixon in 1972, and moving on to Ronald Reagan in 1984 and George W. Bush in 2004, Republican incumbents assembled a strategic doctrine that includes the following basic plays: Stress culture, and exploit cultural and regional divisions, especially if doing so helps detract attention from a so-so (or worse) economic record. Declare one’s own strength as commander in chief and the opponent’s ignorance or weakness (or both) in military and foreign affairs. Paint the foe as out of the mainstream and/or elitist in terms of money, education or both. Highlight wedge issues to expand fissures in the other party. Where possible, speak in sweeping historical terms about the greatness and uniqueness of the country. And evoke symbols of manly recreational endeavor.

In one way or another, Barack Obama already has used all of those, and it is only May. Consider: Here are some highlights from his points:

Single-Sex Marriage. By declaring his personal belief in the full right of gays and lesbians to marry, the president turned the four-decades-long culture war on its head. He is betting, and there are data to back him up, that the country has changed on this issue. …

Osama Victory Lap…..But for the first time since 1972, when Nixon successfully labeled George McGovern an anti-war appeaser, a Democratic presidential candidate has the upper hand on defense and foreign policy…. … Who’s the Elitist? For a generation or more, Republicans have managed to use cultural attacks as a way to paint Democrats as out of touch and out of the mainstream. Obama and his allies are now doing the same thing to Romney…

Wedge Issues. The phrase is often misused. It means forcing the other party to defend an idea, policy or person in such a way that it divides the other party’s base. The classic example, used for years if not decades by Reagan, was welfare, which split white and black working-class Democrats. Obama is trying to do the same thing to the GOP on immigration…

Transitions in American History. President Obama has, from time to time, expressed his admiration for what he calls Ronald Reagan’s transformational role in American life…

Macho Symbolism. Obama isn’t a Sunday rancher like Reagan or George W. Bush. But he is a good athlete and a fanatical fan, and uses both to burnish his regular-guy image on ESPN and elsewhere…

Go to the link and read it in its entirety.

I’d add two additional thoughts on this race:

1. Obama is also trying to emulate Harry Truman. A great new book The Candidate: What it Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House by Samuel L. Popkin notes that Truman did NOT rpt NOT win just because GOPer Thomas E. Dewey was stiff and a bad campaigner (he actually was not) or due to only his “do nothing Congress” charge but due to a whole series of political chess game moves. It’s clear some of those fit in with what Obama is trying to do with the Republicans — and that the Republicans know it (Karl Rove praises this new book on the cover so they have also studied Truman).

2. During this campaign more and more ironically there will be pitfalls on getting good info and analysis on this race due to the disintegrating line between outright partisans and analysts (new and old media). This morning for instance I got emails and saw stories of polls putting Romney 7 points ahead. These writers failed to note that a)it was one poll, Rasmussen b) other polls do NOT agree and continue to find this a close race — and both Pollster HERE and Real Clear Politics HERE confirm this as well. Increasingly, partisan analysis isn’t even partisan analysis but cherry picking party propaganda. I still read some lively ideological sites and blogs but some websites now are like reading DNC or RNC press releases. I increasingly advise people to surf Google News when they find topic and read a variety of news stories.

Refreshingly, I find that 20 somethings I’ve met are doing just that.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; obama; osamabinladen; romney
Comments?
1 posted on 05/13/2012 6:38:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This was all predicted. It's why we didn't want Rodney.

Policy-wise, he's indistinguishable from the usurper.

2 posted on 05/13/2012 6:41:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m no Romney fan but...

Romney won’t lie down and take a beating like Bush and McLame.

And he won’t be blackmailed like Hillary was.

I’m betting there’s a squad of Mormon detectives that are going to produce a data dump on Baraq come September that will be pretty impressive.


3 posted on 05/13/2012 6:44:06 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation
I’m betting there’s a squad of Mormon detectives that are going to produce a data dump on Baraq

I understand that Howard Hughes's caregivers are looking for work.

4 posted on 05/13/2012 6:47:20 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This election is driving me crazy!!!!! I went to the grocery store, and people were talking about the candidates! I grabbed a box of Lucky Charms and ripped it in half! I did the same with a box of Corn Flakes! Next, a box of Fruit Loops was ripped apart! It had finally happened! I had turned into a cereal killer! Hide your Frosted Flakes!


5 posted on 05/13/2012 6:54:55 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What this guy says is true but he’s making it too complicated.

Obama is running for re-election as a self-acknowledged leftist. ‘Rats usually lie and claim to be centrists as Obama did in 2008. Obama’s patent leftism makes it easier to beat him and it makes it all the more important to beat him.

We need to run a nationwide campaign against leftism. All across the country, all up and down the ballot. Leftism results in poverty, tyranny, and eventual collapse everywhere it has ever been tried. We need to ditch Obama, ditch leftism, and get back to business.


6 posted on 05/13/2012 7:09:47 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Policy-wise, he's indistinguishable from the usurper.

You keep saying this but everyone here, including you, knows that it just isn't so.

7 posted on 05/13/2012 7:11:47 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if Lee Atwater came back to life and became a Democrat ?


8 posted on 05/13/2012 7:20:43 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: nascarnation
I’m betting there’s a squad of Mormon detectives that are going to produce a data dump on Baraq come September that will be pretty impressive.

I think the Israelis are going to play a part in this election.

Let's hope they release their taps on his Blackberry.

9 posted on 05/13/2012 7:24:29 PM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: rogue yam

I agree but would emphasize that Obama, with the willing aid of the media, is doing everything he can to rile up social conservatives and second amendment supporters in the hope that independents will rally to his support.


10 posted on 05/13/2012 7:28:34 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

republican political tactics equal tell the party base what they want to hear then do nothing.


11 posted on 05/13/2012 7:36:59 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"But he is a good athlete and a fanatical fan, and uses both to burnish his regular-guy image on ESPN and elsewhere…"

Ha...in your dreams.....

1. Obambi throws a ball like a girl.....

2. Rides a girls bike with a bed pan on his head.

3. Doesn't know diddly squat about how to handle golf clubs

4. Wields a toy light saber like a nerd.

I could go on but have to muck out the pig pen.

12 posted on 05/13/2012 8:28:59 PM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Makes perfect sense... since RINOmney is a Democrat, why wouldn’t Obama use Republican techniques??


13 posted on 05/13/2012 8:51:30 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: JimSEA
I agree but would emphasize that Obama, with the willing aid of the media, is doing everything he can to rile up social conservatives and second amendment supporters in the hope that independents will rally to his support.

That appears to be what he is attempting, but I don't think it will work. Most Americans support the right to keep and bear arms, and most Americans think the gays have already pushed their agenda far enough.

14 posted on 05/13/2012 8:51:30 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: gunsequalfreedom
republican political tactics equal tell the party base what they want to hear then do nothing.

Defeatism is for cowards.

15 posted on 05/13/2012 8:53:11 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Makes perfect sense... since RINOmney is a Democrat,

Useless and repetitive is no way to preserve liberty, hoss.

16 posted on 05/13/2012 8:54:47 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Could you explain the policy differences between Obama’ stance on gay marriage and Romney’s policy stance on gay marriage?


17 posted on 05/13/2012 9:01:57 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

Obama is in favor, Romney is opposed. That is the difference.


18 posted on 05/13/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Has Romney stated that he favors a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?

Or has Romney said gay marriage should be left up to the states?

Has Obama stated that he favors a constitutional amendment or law legalizing gay marriage?

Or has Obama said gay marriage should be left up to the states?


19 posted on 05/13/2012 9:26:12 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: rogue yam

what does that mean?


20 posted on 05/13/2012 9:39:11 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Arrogant, tendentious babbling is no way to preserve liberty, hoss.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 10:32:27 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: gunsequalfreedom

It means it’s time to put on your big boy pants and get in the actual game.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 10:34:27 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama isn’t a Sunday rancher like Reagan or George W. Bush. But he is a good athlete

They were both good athletes, military veterans, and both proven as physically courageous with their own lives.

23 posted on 05/13/2012 10:44:02 PM PDT by ansel12 (Ann Romney, 1994 'We didn't know a single Republican when we jumped in in December,')
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To: rogue yam

Still don’t know what you are talking about. I’m not good at riddles I guess. I’ll go back and try and figure this one out.


24 posted on 05/14/2012 12:50:35 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney was CHOSEN by the GOPe, MSM, and DNC
because he is a PROVEN LOSER,
and has a terrible record that makes
complaints about the undocumented tyrant, simply moot.

Romney was chosen to given Obama a second term.


25 posted on 05/14/2012 3:33:15 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A good Athlete? Did you see him throw a Baseball,Basketball Player? what a Joke,the Guy is a Spaz,he is no more a Basketball player than Hugo Chavez. The Guy is a Fraud,you will succeed in selling that Meme


26 posted on 05/14/2012 3:39:39 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: nascarnation
Romney won’t lie down and take a beating like Bush and McLame.

Show me. Wimp so far.

27 posted on 05/14/2012 5:45:27 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well so far 0 is doing a really good job of running his campaign, he’s been constantly shooting himself in the foot and engaging in never ending snafus.


28 posted on 05/14/2012 6:50:51 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: Diogenesis

Far more people have voted for Romney in the GOP primaries this year than have voted for any of the other candidates. The people had a choice and they chose as they did.


29 posted on 05/14/2012 7:14:53 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Kenny Bunk
Show me. Wimp so far.

This is not at all true and I expect you know it.

30 posted on 05/14/2012 7:17:58 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: erod
Well so far 0 is doing a really good job of running his campaign, he’s been constantly shooting himself in the foot and engaging in never ending snafus.

Exactly.

Barry is in deep trouble and he knows it.

In his panic he's hurting himself even more.

Time to pile on.

31 posted on 05/14/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Lissenup, yam.

If Romney is the nominee, not only will will I vote for him, but I will break legs in any trailer park in the country that doesn't vote for him.

However, in all candor I must tell you that when the guy speaks, I personally have a tough time telling whether he is among the quick or the dead. Ain't nothing wrong with plain vanilla ... just not every day ... and not the artificial flavor.

I don't think the Mombasa MF can be beaten with plain yogurt. Louisiana Hot Sauce is called for. How can we spice him up?

32 posted on 05/14/2012 8:51:38 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: rogue yam

“Useless and repetitive is no way to preserve liberty, hoss. “

Truthful and accurate beats sticking your head up your nether-regions, hoss.


33 posted on 05/14/2012 9:05:52 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: Kenny Bunk

The decision in November is between collectivism and conservatism.

American patriots will oppose collectivism and embrace conservatism.

There is also the issue of Obama’s actions and character in particular. We will need to point out that he is incompetent, wrongheaded, corrupt, and obnoxious.

Romney is doing all of this in his own way. We will not defeat Obama by trashing Romney or by somehow “forcing” him to try to be someone he’s not.

We will beat Obama by taking the fight to him ourselves.


34 posted on 05/14/2012 9:33:39 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Cowards and traitors always excuse their treachery as “realism”.


35 posted on 05/14/2012 9:35:52 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
The decision in November is between collectivism and conservatism.

Not really. Maybe on the legislative side, but the presidential race is purely Trotsky vs Lenin.

36 posted on 05/14/2012 9:37:07 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: rogue yam

“Arrogant, tendentious babbling is no way to preserve liberty, hoss.”

I will take that to mean that you are unable to distinguish and explain the policy differences between Obama and Romney on Gay marriage.


37 posted on 05/14/2012 10:44:53 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Sirius Lee
Not really. Maybe on the legislative side, but the presidential race is purely Trotsky vs Lenin.

Nobody believes this. Not you, not anybody else. You lie because you have allowed evil to control your thoughts and words.

38 posted on 05/14/2012 11:09:08 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Sirius Lee

Speaking of Trotsky & Lenin keeps my mind on Axelrod’s family roots.


39 posted on 05/14/2012 11:18:15 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: rogue yam; Jim Robinson

ry,
When you start to call FReepers “cowards and traitors”
because they state the truth about Romney, you’ve jumped the shark.

It is not treachery to clearly state what Willard Romney is.
It is not cowardice. It is not being a traitor.
It is not treachery.
It is fact.

ampu

cc: Jim, “Clean up in Aisle 6!”


40 posted on 05/14/2012 11:54:56 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

It is possible to have one of three preferences regarding the Presidential election this November:

1) Indifference as to who wins,

2) Prefer for Obama to win, or

3) Prefer for the GOP nominee to win.

I am solidly in camp #3. I prefer for the GOP nominee to win.

What is your preference?


41 posted on 05/14/2012 12:10:06 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

I do not accept your simplistic assessment of what is at stake or how to achieve it.

You have a clear opinion that I disagree with. I don’t pretend to have the ability to change your mind.

I have a different understanding I will pursue.


42 posted on 05/14/2012 12:17:22 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: rogue yam
You lie because you have allowed evil to control your thoughts and words.

It is entertaining to watch you project. You've embraced abortion, gun grabbing, the queer agenda, Obamneycare, big government, and global warming, and you have the nerve to call me evil. Good luck with that.

43 posted on 05/14/2012 1:08:50 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

You have willingly embraced irrationality, falsehood, and defeatism.

This is not the way of patriots.

Like a dog returning to his puke you keep repeating evil nonsense but you have no rational, principled defense of the things you say.

Your words are intended to get Obama re-elected and you aren’t even man enough to admit it.


44 posted on 05/14/2012 1:11:09 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Sirius Lee
You've embraced abortion, gun grabbing, the queer agenda, Obamneycare, big government, and global warming, and you have the nerve to call me evil.

I have not embraced these things and you know it.

You tell crazy lies because you want Obama re-elected but you are not honest enough to admit it.

45 posted on 05/14/2012 1:13:21 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam; Jim Robinson
You have willingly embraced irrationality, falsehood, and defeatism.

This is not the way of patriots.

Like a dog returning to his puke you keep repeating evil nonsense but you have no rational, principled defense of the things you say.

Your words are intended to get Obama re-elected and you aren’t even man enough to admit it.

If that's what you think of other FReepers who can't in good conscience vote for RINOmney, you are short-sited. This is America and you can think whatever you wish.

46 posted on 05/14/2012 1:19:13 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: rogue yam
I have not embraced these things and you know it.

I know that you support abortion, the fag agenda, big government, and Obamneycare, because you support the Masshole psychopath who will make it happen. If you are for the leader of those things, then you are FOR those things - it is axiomatic. You tell crazy lies because you want to get fag-married, but you are not honest enough to admit it.

You tell crazy lies because you want Obama re-elected but you are not honest enough to admit it.

Sucks to be you. I want neither of the bobsy twins to be elected. Vote for Goode instead so that you don't support the socialist agenda that both Obamney and Robama actively work for.

47 posted on 05/14/2012 1:35:39 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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