Skip to comments.Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base (Continuing last week's meme)
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. Youd 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 theyre winning this? The longer they keep at this, the more theyre 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 cant 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, Id say, four points behind Obama now (excluding dear old Rasmussen). And its 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, its over. Heck, if he wins one of them, its 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, hes obviously losing it among swing voters. I wouldnt be surprised if his campaign is sitting on polling showing them that, given the trends, there are only so many inroads hes 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 cant.
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, theyll 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 frontclass warfare, culture, and foreign policy. The rapturous cheers Ryan and Bennett hear at events like Fridays seem to affirm to them that theyre on the right track. Im 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, weve had an American ambassador assassinated. But lets 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 its 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. Im 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 dont 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 Romneys already fallen off it once.
Whats 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 its pretty clear which way theyre 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 well see in the next round of polling that these attacks, too, didnt quite work. And then theyll try something else desperate, and something else. Theyll 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.
Well this is new. I hear from the ABRs that he isn’t doing enough.
Which is it?
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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.
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?
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.
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.
“That means they have to go all in on every frontclass 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
“To the extent that Romney is losing ground in those states, hes 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.
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.
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.
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.
You know the Democrats are really hurting when they say that the issue is hurting the Republicans.
“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...
Thank you for posting these links.
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.
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.
Yeah, I’m inflamed alright . . against him. What a disaster.
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.
Why is Team Romney slamming Obama’s foreign policy as Americans die overseas?
Why are Obama’s foreign policies causing Americans to die overseas?
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.
Note to self: NEVER EVER read anything from the Daily Beast again
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)
He’s a “rising star” in the journalistic world, believe it or not.
If we only posted threads by “conservative” writers, journalists and bloggers, there’d probably be three a day.
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.
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.
Gay marriage + ObamaCare + 20% unemployment + “You didn’t build that” + Embassy Eruptions = Utter defeat
Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there’s no 2nd term
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.
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).
The Daily Beast is a suck up to the WH always pushing the talking points.....some things never change
In today’s definition of journalism - I CAN believe it...
glad I’m long retired - ‘cept for my column.
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.
You’re welcome. :)
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.
Obama is the MSM's "prophet and god" - no stops will remain when it comes to defending the impotent farce of a diety...
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>
This question answers itself.
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!
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.