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Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base (Continuing last week's meme)
The Daily Beast ^ | September 16, 2012 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 09/15/2012 7:07:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Why is Team Romney slamming Obama's foreign policy as Americans die overseas? Michael Tomasky says they can't win the swing vote, so they're going with Plan B: Rile up the base.

They keep piling on. You’d think Mitt Romney and team would have stopped with the foreign-policy attacks— if not because of the political costs, then at least because real, living Americans are now under very serious threat in a number of Middle Eastern cities. But no. Instead they keep at it, with Paul Ryan and old “Blackjack” Bennett pressing ever onward at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. Do they think they’re “winning” this? The longer they keep at this, the more they’re heading into dangerous territory indeed, because the only way they can win this argument is for something horrible to happen overseas, which will set them up to say we told you so.

I can’t imagine what would make them think these attacks are helping them. Check that. I can. They came out of the conventions a couple more points behind than they were. Romney is, I’d say, four points behind Obama now (excluding dear old Rasmussen). And it’s a little worse in the key swing states. The latest reliable poll, from NBC/Wall Street Journal by Marist, gives Obama a seven-point lead in Ohio, and five-point leads in Virginia and Florida. If Obama wins two of those states, it’s over. Heck, if he wins one of them, it’s most likely over, provided he holds on in the other swing states where he now holds small leads (Colorado, Iowa, etc.)

To the extent that Romney is losing ground in those states, he’s obviously losing it among swing voters. I wouldn’t be surprised if his campaign is sitting on polling showing them that, given the trends, there are only so many inroads he’s likely to make among swing voters in each of the key states. They know, or should know, exactly how many there are in each state, and what percentage they can get, and whether that percentage can put them over the top. And maybe they know that it can’t.

So they need to run a base-centric election in the final push. Hope for bad jobs numbers for the next two months to bring in some of the undecideds, but basically, push every known button of the wingnut psyche and hope that, despite their tepid feelings about their candidate, they’ll march to the polls like columns of ants to stop the Kenyan appeaser from destroying America.

That means they have to go all in on every front—class warfare, culture, and foreign policy. The rapturous cheers Ryan and Bennett hear at events like Friday’s seem to affirm to them that they’re on the right track. I’m sure also that Richard Williamson, the Romney foreign-policy adviser who has been making various eye-popping statements in the media these past few days, is getting nice, rah-rah text messages from the usual suspects egging him ever onward.

So no doubt Williamson thinks he got off a great zinger when he commented to The Washington Post that “for the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.” But let’s think through the ramifications of that comment, and of the posture the Romney campaign has now staked out, given that it has already demonstrated that it’s perfectly happy to try to use attacks on American territory and personnel for political gain.

The main thing that wrecked Carter, of course, was the Iranian hostage crisis. I’m not saying that Mitt Romney and his people are hoping and praying for Americans to be taken hostage or harmed. But neither am I saying that, within limits, they would exactly mind. Such an eventuality would, after all, fulfill their Carter talking point and enable them to go to town on it. They presumably don’t want bad things to happen to their country, but they most certainly do want bad things to happen to Obama. That can be a pretty fine moral tightrope to walk. And Romney’s already fallen off it once.

What’s been happening since Tampa and Charlotte is that Americans are finally taking the time to size up these two men next to each other, and it’s pretty clear which way they’re leaning. This is shocking and inexplicable to Romney and his partisans in anti-Obama America, so they seem to think that if they can just manage to show the country the real Obama in ever-starker terms, people will finally see the prince of darkness they behold.

But instead of seeing this “real” Obama, Americans are seeing the real Romney, a man with exactly the wrong proportions of ambition and core. I would guess that we’ll see in the next round of polling that these attacks, too, didn’t quite work. And then they’ll try something else desperate, and something else. They’ll wake up on November 7 wondering why America rejected them, without realizing that the candidate and his surrogates showed America why every day of the campaign, and never more so than during this past, disgraceful week.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Polls
KEYWORDS: egypt; embassies; embassyattacks; islam; libya; muslims; obama; romney
So he wants us to believe both this tired meme and the skewed polls? The Obama internal polls must be disasterous.
1 posted on 09/15/2012 7:07:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well this is new. I hear from the ABRs that he isn’t doing enough.

Which is it?


2 posted on 09/15/2012 7:10:30 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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Will America be lost because noone had the guts to expose Obama?

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3 posted on 09/15/2012 7:11:13 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zero avoids real press.

Romney does a presser and is asked the same question seven ways.

Romney is criticized form”making them” focus on attacking him instead of covering news.

?


4 posted on 09/15/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Talk about projection! What was the adoption of extremly radical extremist positions on God, Israel, Abortion and Gay Marriage adopted at the 2012 Democrat National Convention?


5 posted on 09/15/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: patriot08

Michael Tomasky is a liberal American columnist, journalist and author. He is the editor in chief of Democracy, a special correspondent for Newsweek / The Daily Beast, a contributing editor for The ... Wikipedia

Say no more.


6 posted on 09/15/2012 7:13:28 PM PDT by wewereright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like we need Romney to “rile” us up? I think Obama has done more than exceed our limit of rile up without a bit of help.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 7:16:40 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“That means they have to go all in on every front—class warfare, culture, and foreign policy”

Class Warfare-Obama’s campaign is doing this.

Culture- Obama’s campaign trying to define it.

Foreign policy-Lack of one will be Obama’s undoing


8 posted on 09/15/2012 7:17:38 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“To the extent that Romney is losing ground in those states, he’s obviously losing it among swing voters.”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Is that why he has an appx 15 point lead among Independents in the latest polls?

Pure Libtard desperation.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 7:17:47 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Toespi

No, we’re all going to stay home unless someone throws red meat to us and the Koch brothers tell us who to vote for on the magic box.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 7:18:33 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: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama's foreign policy is RILING UP THE BASE, you idiots.

Riling up the BASE is exactly what Mitt needs to do and keep it up, long overdue.

We can't help it if Obama is supplying all the ammunition himself. Seems every day brings us just one more round to attack him with. Keep up the good work BOZO.

11 posted on 09/15/2012 7:19:33 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

a Forrest Gump moment. stupid is as stupid does. checked my brain outside the door and just started writing drivel.

liberals will suck it into the vacuum of their brains because nothing else exists there.

can’t even debate them. not even fair. no logic, no morals, no principles, just drivel.

blessings, bobo


12 posted on 09/15/2012 7:19:42 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know the Democrats are really hurting when they say that the issue is hurting the Republicans.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 7:20:32 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; PJ-Comix; Lazamataz
The liberals are flailing

EPIC FLAIL


14 posted on 09/15/2012 7:20:49 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Why is Team Romney slamming Obama’s foreign policy as Americans die overseas? Michael Tomasky says they can’t win the swing vote, so they’re going with Plan B: Rile up the base.”


can’t win the swing vote?? that’s funny as despite all these polls which outsample rats by as much as 10% one theme has rung true; Romney almost always has an 8%-to-15% advantage from independents in these polls...


15 posted on 09/15/2012 7:22:12 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: patriot08

Thank you for posting these links.


16 posted on 09/15/2012 7:22:30 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: All

They can’t do much to defend Obama’s bumbling [or intended] actions, so they choose the old Alinsky, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” to put the focus on Romney.


17 posted on 09/15/2012 7:28:18 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
If Obama's winning, why should these supports of Obama care about what Romney does to help that effort? They shouldn't.

That means something else is going on: a suppression campaign.

The only way Obama wins for sure is if GOP voters are demoralized.

Were they concerned about John F Kerry attacking Bush's foreign policy when real Americans were dying overseas? NO.

Were they concerned about Barack Obama attacking Bush/McCain on foreign policy when real Americans were dying overseas? NO.

19 posted on 09/15/2012 7:34:48 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 51 days away.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, I’m inflamed alright . . against him. What a disaster.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 7:45:11 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
O’Bumbler’s internals are telling him he is done. Why do your job when you know you are going to get fired in a month?

Why else would a guy with a job that comes with free rent, use of a free helicopter, airplane and really nice limo, along with a nice salary full retirement and a guaranteed $100. million in income from speeches and books NOT get to work before 11AM on a regular basis.

The guy is lazy. He worked the system his whole life. His worthless whore mother never paid a nickle for her school, her shiftless half breed son never did either and he never really applied himself in any job he had. He simply looked to the easiest way to the next level. And that happened to be Affirmative action Politics.

21 posted on 09/15/2012 7:46:55 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is Team Romney slamming Obama’s foreign policy as Americans die overseas?

Should read...

Why are Obama’s foreign policies causing Americans to die overseas?


22 posted on 09/15/2012 8:05:58 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Perdogg
Romney's whole crowd isn't doing enough ~ you guys talk big but that's about it.

However the Democrat meme that there's some problem with an individual who is not a member of the House or the Senate kvetching about the Executive branch's conduct of foreign affairs is totally lame.

Of course the Obama regime is a BIG FAIL ~ and that failure is fair game.

23 posted on 09/15/2012 8:17:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can't believe I plowed through that whole diatribe - as a writer, myself, I was stunned that something this inane - seethingly so - was actually printed.

Note to self: NEVER EVER read anything from the Daily Beast again

24 posted on 09/15/2012 8:27:19 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michael Tomasky is so in Obama’s back pocket. Just out of curiosity, why would you post anything written by him? It certainly does not edify me. (Smiling)


25 posted on 09/15/2012 8:37:10 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: maine-iac7

He’s a “rising star” in the journalistic world, believe it or not.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 8:38:09 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: Cherokeesquaw

If we only posted threads by “conservative” writers, journalists and bloggers, there’d probably be three a day.


27 posted on 09/15/2012 8:39:48 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: 2ndDivisionVet
I have not seen one liberal friend of mine (I have many) in person or on the liberal echo-chamber Facebook make indication that they buy this ridiculous idea that Romney screwed up and Obama is looking like a winner on this ME debacle.

Not one. Not a peep. They won't even repost any article from the NY Times explaining to them the goofball retarded spin they too can use to pretend this isn't a disaster of historical proportions for the sitting president.

The president's media army is trying to rally the troops, but even the most hardcore sycophantic sops out there aren't buying.

They know, each and every one of them, that this is most likely the crisis that will drive the final nail in the Obama Administration coffin.

It's Obama's political Waterloo.

28 posted on 09/15/2012 8:46:24 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Perdogg

This liberal author is warning Romney not to run to the right. Romney’s press conference on Wednesday looked presidential. The public sees it, and Rasmussen, the one pollster Tomasky wants to exclude, shows the trend moving back in Romney’s favor. All this and the dismal jobs report last week and another dose of inflation-inducing QE3 all point to more disaster.

Romney needs to go right, stay right, attack relentlessly. The worse the press criticizes him, the better he is doing. If he does this he wins. No doubt.


29 posted on 09/15/2012 8:50:14 PM PDT by untwist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why is Team Romney slamming Obama's foreign policy as Americans die overseas? ...it's amazing how many people, including some twerp on "Wall Street Journal Editorial Report" this afternoon, actually act offended when Romney criticizes Obama for his train-wreck foreign policy, as though it's somehow obscene to dare question O's performance - as another panel member retorted on the WSJ program - "yeah, like they never did that to Bush"......
30 posted on 09/15/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: dead

Gay marriage + ObamaCare + 20% unemployment + “You didn’t build that” + Embassy Eruptions = Utter defeat


31 posted on 09/15/2012 9:01:01 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: Toespi; 2ndDivisionVet
Like we need Romney to “rile” us up? I think Obama has done more than exceed our limit of rile up without a bit of help.

In 2008, the GOP ran a RINO Senator with a military background against Obama and lost handily. In 2012, the GOP is running somebody even more liberal than McCain.

Don't underestimate the stupidity of the GOP and the stupidity of a large portion of the voting public here in 2012.

2008 was the Democrats election to lose, and they did a better job of selling themselves than the GOP did. Here in 2012, the election is the GOP's to lose, and they are not doing a good job of selling themselves.

Romney should have already closed the deal and should be leading easily where it matters most, and he's not. It concerns me because it makes me wonder if the GOP will find somebody even more liberal in 2016, because some of them seem to think swinging left is the way to go and I'm worried they think a liberal like Romney simply wasn't liberal enough.
32 posted on 09/15/2012 9:34:10 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there’s no 2nd term
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2931779/posts


33 posted on 09/15/2012 9:38:02 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: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, sometimes we need to peruse an article that will enlighten us on what the “enemy camp” is thinking..... I guess. It’s just painful for me. That’s why I like Free Republic now; it’s a place I can come to and be encouraged instead of dragged down by the media. The cable news channels just make me angry. Even FOX isn’t as “conservative” as they once were.


34 posted on 09/15/2012 9:39:58 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: Cherokeesquaw

Fox News was never “conservative” in the sense that FreeRepublic, talk radio, Hot Air or the like is. It was mostly centrist, which looked conservative compared to MSNBC, PBS, CNN, WaPo, the NYT, etc. They’ve drifted even further left lately (see Shep Smith).


35 posted on 09/15/2012 9:48:53 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: 2ndDivisionVet

The Daily Beast is a suck up to the WH always pushing the talking points.....some things never change


36 posted on 09/15/2012 10:44:27 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In today’s definition of journalism - I CAN believe it...

glad I’m long retired - ‘cept for my column.


37 posted on 09/15/2012 10:52:58 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: dead
I have not seen one liberal friend of mine (I have many)...

I don't have any liberal friends because I have a personality clash with them, and usually piss off any liberal I meet. For me, it's better that way.

38 posted on 09/15/2012 10:58:02 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt


39 posted on 09/15/2012 11:17:41 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: timestax

40 posted on 09/15/2012 11:18:28 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: krunkygirl

You’re welcome. :)


41 posted on 09/15/2012 11:25:57 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the deranged mind of leftists like Tomaskey, Pubbie pols inflame the faithful. The fact that Romney was the last choice of most Pubbie voters escapes him. It’s getting Romney fired up that frustrates most of the faithful who want to see Willard the Bland go on the attack more. That morons such as Tomaskey can’t figure that out is highly amusing.


42 posted on 09/16/2012 3:40:27 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: MNJohnnie
Talk about projection! What was the adoption of extremly radical extremist positions on God, Israel, Abortion and Gay Marriage adopted at the 2012 Democrat National Convention?

Obama is the MSM's "prophet and god" - no stops will remain when it comes to defending the impotent farce of a diety...

43 posted on 09/16/2012 4:19:07 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So he wants us to believe both this tired meme and the skewed polls? The Obama internal polls must be disasterous.

Given that liberals ALWAYS project what they do onto their enemies, this is fantastic news on two fronts.

1) Obaama is reduced to inflaming his base (as though the DNC didn't tell us that)

2) The Dems are NOT talking about a sudden violent right-wing coup or Tea Partiers burning down cities. Which implies...

If the Middle East melts down, and we sit out or hinder Israel, gas prices will likely go up to $6 or $8 / gallon.

Which will propagate its way through the supply chain to *crush* the economy to the point that Obaama might have trouble carrying DC and Hawaii. /slight exaggeration>

Cheers!

44 posted on 09/16/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why is Team Romney slamming Obama's foreign policy as Americans die overseas?

This question answers itself.

45 posted on 09/16/2012 6:10:44 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anything, repeat ANYTHING, the MSM spews from now til 6 Nov. is spin originating from their projections.

As the old saying goes, “you are over the target when picking up the most flak”.

Nobama was in trouble before this “carter” flashback, now the water is rushing into the engine room of the Demship LollyPop.

In the twisted muslim mind, they probably think they are helping nobama’s reelection by scaring America.

This could turn out worse than Mondale!


46 posted on 09/16/2012 7:34:57 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As I said, don’t underestimate the stupidity of voters. Anybody who supported Obama once could easily support him again, and while the GOP might have thought it was smart to run a New England liberal like Romney against Obama, that doesn’t mean that liberals will switch from Obama to Romney.


47 posted on 09/16/2012 2:07:36 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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