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Just the ‘thing’ to beat Obama
The New York Post ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael Goodwin

Posted on 08/19/2012 5:41:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A political maxim holds that you can’t beat Somebody with Nobody. It largely explains why Mitt Romney was having trouble going head-to-head against President Obama.

The incumbent is a much more skillful and confident campaigner, and polls show many Americans like him, despite being unhappy with his policies and the country’s direction. Obama is definitely a Somebody and that’s an advantage.

Romney, wooden and rich, was a fat target for the White House’s vicious personal attacks. Despite the president’s economic record, Romney was proving to be a Nobody among many voters, including independents and even some Republicans. He was on a path to defeat.

But a major transformation is happening before our eyes. Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is reframing the race and setting new terms of engagement.

Suddenly, instead of Somebody vs. Nobody, the campaign is becoming Something vs. Nothing. Because of Ryan’s substantive agenda and ability to articulate it, the GOP ticket is now the Something running against the Democrats’ Nothing.

Part of that dynamic is Ryan’s age, which, at 42, is making Republicans the party of change and the future. Meanwhile, Dems, with their burdens of incumbency and the decision to stick with failed, unpopular policies, are becoming the party of the status quo. The Obama-Biden bumper sticker says “Forward,” but their fixation on Romney’s taxes and his long-ago business career seem small and dated.

Biden especially, having morphed from gregarious and seasoned into demented and dangerous, is a vivid symbol of the tattered brand. The fact that the White House must keep insisting he remains on the ticket reflects a team on defense.

This remarkable development crystallized in just a week. The race now feels more like 2010, when the Tea Party swept out a generation of Democrats...

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: obama; paulryan; romney; ryan
Agree? Disagree?
1 posted on 08/19/2012 5:41:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FORWARD?


2 posted on 08/19/2012 5:45:19 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now the Romney (65) and Ryan (42) ticket is younger

than Obama (51) and Biden (69).

Obama with his gray hair seems not hip anymore. Old news. Boring.
Heard it all before. Nothing New.

Ryan is a breath of fresh air.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 5:46:39 PM PDT by preamble
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
polls show many Americans like him, despite being unhappy with his policies and the country’s direction

That's the infuriating thing. People who have not been personally affected by the recession and the creep's policies, or at least no much (YET!) vote like the teenagers on Dick Clark's American Bandstand did - has a great beat and it's easy to dance to.

4 posted on 08/19/2012 6:07:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I for one do not know anyone that likes him!


5 posted on 08/19/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT by rocksblues (Being a Liberal means never having to mean it when you apologize.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Political Junkie Too; holdonnow; Sean Hannity; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; ...
Despite the president’s economic record, Romney was proving to be a Nobody among many voters, including independents and even some Republicans. He was on a path to defeat.

What a dumb statement! Yes, Paul Ryan has energized the GOP campaign, at least for now, but how the heck can he say that Romney was "on a path to defeat"? Just about every pundit worth his salt was calling the race "close" and still is. There's a feeling here, though, that Romney is leading and has a tailwind at his back.

And how stupid do you have to be to think that a guy who founded Bain Capital and who was a governor of a state and whose father was a three term governor and CEO of a major automaker is a "Nobody"? Well, he's certainly less of a Nobody than Obama was in 2008!

I was no fan of Romney during the GOP primary season, but you certainly could never call him a "Nobody."

6 posted on 08/19/2012 6:21:41 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
The incumbent is a much more skillful and confident campaigner.

Huh? I suppose if you have a business, you didn't build it?

7 posted on 08/19/2012 6:31:59 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well ... the GOP E-RINOs hate Conservatives “so much” that they would rather lose with a pitiful candidats like Myth Romney ... than WIN with Newt and Sarah Palin .... and everyone at Free Republic knows I speak the TRUTH ..


8 posted on 08/19/2012 6:33:54 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: rocksblues

That is my experience exactly—no one I know even professes to like the Kenyan fraud.


9 posted on 08/19/2012 6:37:03 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Newt and Sarah are supporting Romney/Ryan.


10 posted on 08/19/2012 6:45:05 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michael goodwin is such an idiot.Nobody likes the sumbitch one damn bit.This nonsense of liking the guy and not his policies is pure crap.I dont like commies period.


11 posted on 08/19/2012 7:03:44 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Americans elected a largely unknown, undocumented communist to the highest office of the land. Having been indoctrinated by liberal public schools, they fell - hook line, and sinker - for the MSM, communist, socialist, liberal democrat, class warfare, colonialism, environmentalist whacko, racist BS.

We can only hope the country vomits Zero out of office in a big way, while using communists and atheists in our service as clowns, waiters, and other sundry vocations pertaining to those who do not believe the Truth.

12 posted on 08/19/2012 7:14:50 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Kyrie Eleison)
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To: rocksblues

Count yourself fortunate. Here in liberal Madistan, WI, he’s still “the one”. I can’t believe how many otherwise reasonable people have fallen for his lies.


13 posted on 08/19/2012 7:31:22 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: rocksblues

Q.....

Has any anti-Obama protester ever made it to an Obama rally, or is this news being screened by the media? I hope Obama dosen’t make it to this part of the country, as I’m sure he will be booed of the stage.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 7:34:35 PM PDT by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Sarah Palin, DID NOT RUN IN THE PRIMARIES. Newt, despite my vote and fifty dollars I couldn't afford to spend, LOST in the primaries. They also are in FULL support of Romney/Ryan. They know what is at stake if O'Bumbler gets another four years.

Romney is allot of things, one thing he is Not is a nobody. He may actually be the best businessman in all of America. And that is saying something!

15 posted on 08/19/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
>"The fact that the White House must keep insisting he remains on the ticket reflects a team on defense."

Or a damn solid invincible "rope a dope" maneuver.

Until just before the audience participation night at the illuminati puppet theater, they pull a switcheroo. Look for a chess like "castle" move sliding the "Clean Queen" into position. B Wacky may be removed, or just slid over to Veep. Poor Old Joe!

They get a free pass from vetting again.

16 posted on 08/19/2012 7:53:03 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this, and I still have to read the whole article.

But, I think it is beyond dispute that the choice of Ryan has been truly a genius move on Romney’s part. And I am 100% gosh darned sure that the two of them “war gamed” the whole medicare/mediscare issue in advance.

I have to say, this really reflects quite well on Romney. Quite well indeed.

Romney/Ryan smarter AND better looking than Obama/Biden!

PS - with all due respect, if the American people return the failed administration of Barack Obama to power this November then we will richly deserve all the calamities that will befall us. Don’t forget, he’s young Barack is, and you might be looking at pictures of “dear leader” on the shattered walls of formerly functional facilities for many, many decades to come.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 9:25:42 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Jim from C-Town

‘He may actually be the best businessman in all of America.”

One of them, anyway.

I’m pretty paranoid about saying nice things about Romney here, but let me get edgy and say this: I think Romney slogan should have been “Mitt Fixes Things”. I see they are kinda of doing this with “Romney/Ryan the Turnaround Team” or whatever it exactly is.

But Romney should have been focusing on this before. It was what he did at Bain, and most certainly what he did at the Olympics.

And, seriously, who can deny that is what our nation needs now?


18 posted on 08/19/2012 9:38:55 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

If they re-elect Mr. Obama, I’ll do whatever I have to to bug out.

http://www.LivingInThePhilippines.com


19 posted on 08/19/2012 10:45:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
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Jim ...


Send me the news article(s) where Newt, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michelle Bachman ...

have "surrendered" the GOP Primary Delegates to Myth Romney.



It hasn't happened.

And there's a reason. A big reason.



Best "Defeat Obama in 2012" Regards,

Patton@Bastogne



P.S.

Visit the “Home of the Dump Romney” campaign” (www.jewsandchristianstogether.org/index.html) for a powerful summary of reasons why America must be saved from both Barrack Obama and the GOP-imposter-liar Myth Romney


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20 posted on 08/20/2012 4:47:41 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: justiceseeker93; NYer; The Mayor; Sun; 2ndDivisionVet; Political Junkie Too; holdonnow; ...
2012 reminds a lot of people of the Reagan/Mondale race---where it was said Reagan "could not possibly win."

Team Obama has made several bald-faced blunders----with ominous results:

<><> Spending $100 million on ads to bash Bain Capital---made no dent in Romney's numbers;

<><> Obama endorsed same-sex marriage which shot Romney's numbers into orbit.

<><> So wounded was the Obama camp on SSM, that Ohaha remained silent on the Chick-Fil-A incident.

<><> Obama's EO for backdoor amnesty to lawbreaking latinos is a resounding dud.

<><>Perry never recovered from the debate when he told Americans we "had no heart" b/c we opposed in-state tuition for illegals.

<><>Hillary lost a primary she should have easily won b/c she came out for drivers' licenses for illegals.

<><> Obama's punching out the Catholic Church on birth conrteol---and his disdain for religion in general---forecasts a huge defeat.

<><>Obama spat on millions of believers who will not tolerate politicos belittling and marginalizing their sacrosanct beliefs.

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SUGGESTED BUMPER STICKER----delivers the message with dynamite.

"Religion is the opiate of the masses."

NOTE: Some astute observers say Lenin's use of the phrase led to burying his political ambitions.

21 posted on 08/20/2012 7:10:54 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Romney will be nominated on the first ballot. Gingrich, Santorum, Bachman Et All will get a job somewhere in the administration. Fellow candidates NEVER Surrender their Delegates UNTIL the ROLL CALL at the Convention. That adds to the drama. Besides Romney needs exactly NONE of their delegates to ‘go over the top’.

As for some sort of take over at the convention, Gingrich and Santorum have made appearances for Romney on the campaign trail. I have scene them myself! Being in Ohio we are CONSTANTLY being inundated with both Candidates surrogates. All the other candidates, except Ron Paul, have endorsed Romney. Even Sarah Palin and Rand Paul have endorsed Mitt Romney for POTUS. ALSO, a man of Mitt Romney's wealth and experience doesn't spend six years and tens of millions of dollars of his own money to become the Republican Nominee and than allow it to slip away after he fairly WON IT! It just will not happen! I assure you!

The organization ‘Jews and Christians Together’ is little more than a Mormon Hate group. I don't put allot of time into conspiracy theories as to what would happen with a Mormon President. A Mormon President couldn't be any worse than a Marxist President and that is what we are living through now.

This election and Romney's governance will be about the economy, budget, Obama care and entitlements. There is little else to talk about or worry about for now. Without economic growth and a reduction in unemployment and the Federal leviathan, all the social concerns will get worse.

Poverty breeds abortion, family conflict and many social ills. Look to the lower socioeconomic classes to see what is in store for all but the politically connected elites if O’Bumbler gets four more years of destruction as well as four more SCOTUS appointments. Romney may choose a less than conservative judge, but O’Bumbler is a proved Marxist who nominate unqualified Political Hacks to the bench, and our wonderful Republicans in the Senate NEVER vote against them much less fail to approve a Democrat Presidents judicial Nominees. That is a game only played by the Democrats.

I didn't vote for Romney, yet he is the Republican nominee, nothing is going to change that. He has become much more palatable with the pick of Ryan as VP and the willingness to talk real, important issues.

Please, join us in real World and push to oust the phony bologna O’Bumbler. Our future and that of our children and grand children depend upon removing O’Bumbler from office.

22 posted on 08/20/2012 8:39:35 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Also the ‘Screed’ is at 345,000 on Amazon, meaning that books on pottery and the art of origami are outselling it. I doubt one in a hundred delegates will even see it much less read it, even if it is sent to them free of charge! The nominating process is OVER! Romney won. End of story.
23 posted on 08/20/2012 8:46:18 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Well ... the GOP E-RINOs hate Conservatives “so much” that they would rather lose with a pitiful candidats like Myth Romney ... than WIN with Newt and Sarah Palin .... and everyone at Free Republic knows I speak the TRUTH ..

You should be a bit more careful about speaking for other people. I supported Newt in the primaries, but I think a Newt/Palin ticket would have lost big. Palin was successfully defined negatively by the media, and doing reality TV shows wasn't the way to change that image.

24 posted on 08/20/2012 8:54:21 AM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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