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Blame game could 'boomerang' on Obama, strategist says
cnn ^ | July 2, 2010 | Kristi Keck,

Posted on 07/04/2010 8:21:16 AM PDT by george76

When signs of a severe economic downfall emerged more than two years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama was quick to point a finger at the man he hoped to replace.

Seventeen months into his administration, the message is often the same, and Republicans say it's time for him to drop the Bush bashing and take ownership of the problem.

"Nothing makes a president look weaker than pointing the finger at past administrations," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. "By blaming somebody, it looks like you are playing politics and people just want jobs. They don't care about whose fault it is. Playing the blame game only boomerangs on yourself."

Democrats controlled Congress in the last two years of the Bush administration and have controlled both the White House and Congress for a year and a half ...

Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked.

"The message has got to be optimistic and positive...

The White House needs to go on a confidence campaign and perhaps take a page from President Reagan's playbook, Epstein said.

"He really needs to spell out how we are coming back and it's morning in America again," he said.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barack; barackobama; blame; blamegame; boomerang; game; obama; strategist
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1 posted on 07/04/2010 8:21:18 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

BHOSman


2 posted on 07/04/2010 8:23:03 AM PDT by FrankR ( If we don't stand up to tyranny, the tyrants win, and we're enslaved.)
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To: george76

It could especially boomerang if things get worse, which is what I think is happening.


3 posted on 07/04/2010 8:24:15 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: george76

“Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked.”

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Which, of course, is a BALD-ASS LIE, not an argument. But that is the normal DemoRAT “strategy”. Well Hitler had Goebbels too, and it worked for a while as well.


4 posted on 07/04/2010 8:25:35 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: george76
Funny how he wanted the job so much and PROMISED to "create" jobs and "bring back the economy"

Yet, all he can do is blame others. The only jobs that are being created are govt. jobs, guaranteed NOT to go away.

What a pathetic excuse for a president.

5 posted on 07/04/2010 8:25:40 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: george76

People want redistribution of wealth... that’s why no one is squeeling about Obamas performance.

Once they figure out and link the destruction of small business to them not having jobs, then it might make a difference.

I the meanwhile, due to the uncertainty of the marxist, business needs confidence, not platitudes from a confidence man in the White House.


6 posted on 07/04/2010 8:26:49 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: george76

Its really difficult to convince people things are turning around when they or someone they know is unemployed. You can play with the numbers all you want but until people get hired for real jobs,not 2 months of census work,they will see through the lies.


7 posted on 07/04/2010 8:27:55 AM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: george76

Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked.


Whether or not that happens to be true?!


8 posted on 07/04/2010 8:30:16 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: george76
......."He really needs to spell out how we are coming back and it's morning in America again," he said......"

Nope.

Because they can't.

9 posted on 07/04/2010 8:31:54 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: george76
"Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked."

In other words... LIE!

Democrats are now in their 4th year of complete control of Congress. I guess that fact would be too much for the Republicans to point out!???

10 posted on 07/04/2010 8:32:17 AM PDT by avacado
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To: george76

11 posted on 07/04/2010 8:32:20 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: unixfox
"What a pathetic excuse for a president."

That's because, in part, he's a spineless wuss. Just like ole Jimmuh before him.


12 posted on 07/04/2010 8:32:29 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: george76

The left’s only game plan is to point fingers and blame.

They still blame Reagan for the rise AIDS and federal deficits yet refuse to acknowledge the REAL blame should be assigned to the reflection they see every morning in the mirror.


13 posted on 07/04/2010 8:34:05 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: george76

The “Obamarang” - new from Wham-o!


14 posted on 07/04/2010 8:34:09 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: himno hero
"People want redistribution of wealth... that’s why no one is squeeling about Obamas performance."

Exactly!!! I told friends of mine during the presidentail campaign that having McCain scream that Obama was going to "redistrube the wealth" will only drive people to vote of Obama.

15 posted on 07/04/2010 8:34:12 AM PDT by avacado
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To: FrankR

“....The White House needs to go on a confidence campaign...”

THat’s ALL these ass-clowns in the Barry Zero and the Clow-shoe posse know how to do - campaign.

They don’t know how to DO anything.

Useless sacks of pig-offal


16 posted on 07/04/2010 8:37:23 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: george76

What really pis@es me off if every damn Republican that is interviewed on a show and hit with it was Bush’s last 4 years and the fool does not remind that the Congress and House was democratic. This is so important that I’m ashamed to be a Republican.


17 posted on 07/04/2010 8:37:56 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: avacado

Its the classic communist anti czarist lie at work. Kinda like a bad divorce, all the other person sees is the shiny stuff but not the liabilities.....thus they want half of the shiny stuff ~ free and clear!


18 posted on 07/04/2010 8:41:29 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Victor
". . . and it's morning in America again,"

spelling correction: "it's mourning in America again".

19 posted on 07/04/2010 8:42:57 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: EagleUSA

“Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked.”

What a solution to our national problem. It’s so quaintly....leftist.


20 posted on 07/04/2010 8:46:35 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Logical me; avacado

BINGO BUMP to both of your posts!

“Democrats are now in their 4th year of complete control of Congress. I guess that fact would be too much for the Republicans to point out!???”
10 posted on Sunday, July 04, 2010 10:32:17 AM by avacado

The republicans need to drive this home at every opportunity from now until Novemebr. Our economy started taking a dive a mere 10 months (fall of 2007) after the dems got control of Congress. Then we fell off a democrat cliff in the fall of 2008! The numbers tell the story and it’s high time for our republican leadership to shout it from the rooftops!


21 posted on 07/04/2010 8:47:13 AM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: george76

obama will never accept that the failure of his ideologically-driven policies is his fault or the fault of flawed policies

nah-

if his ideological solutions do not work, it HAS to be Bush’s fault - for making things SO BAD, obama’s revolutionary ideology can’t solve them

got that?

Like a kid who keeps dumping manure into the barn and expecting a pony will grow out of it


22 posted on 07/04/2010 8:51:21 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: penelopesire

Hey Obama!
Time to stop beating
around the Bushes...


23 posted on 07/04/2010 8:52:44 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 527 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: george76

...nothing is going to ‘boomerang’ with the Dem base...the blacks/jews/unions/teachers/bureaucrats/homeless/felons/illegals ect. could care less....all they care about is keeping Dems in power because that’s how they get paid off.


24 posted on 07/04/2010 8:53:01 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: george76

It is getting better in one segment of society - the non-productive classes. Obama is using the stimulus money to pour cash into the urban dependent set who don’t work, never will, and rely on the largess of Democrat politicians to underwrite their lifestyle. Of course, these politicians don’t use their own money, they use the money of their political enemies, us.

Their aim is to pour even more money into the hands of these folks and to combine that with the organizational skills of the Obama campaign to turn them out for the midterm elections in numbers far greater than ever before. It won’t help in non-urban congressional districts, but could be the key to keeping the Senate, and will help in 2012 which is really the only thing Obama cares about anyway.

Obama has a plan. He will takes his licks this year, but by 2012 he intends to have another 20 million votes in his pocket with newly registered illegal immigrants making him unbeatable, at least in his own mind. If he does win in 2012, elections as we know them will become a thing of the past. Now is not the time for hope.


25 posted on 07/04/2010 8:57:36 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: unixfox
He wanted the position. He never wanted, or accepted the job.
26 posted on 07/04/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: george76

Implicit in blaming others is the confession “I can’t fix it”. It reveals a sense of helplessness.


27 posted on 07/04/2010 8:58:54 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: george76

Obozo has Ozero credibilty anymore with a growing number of people. Telling more lies when people can feel and see the truth does not help a person’s credibility.

Obama will end up a very hated man except with those who wish to join in the destruction.


28 posted on 07/04/2010 9:02:43 AM PDT by dforest
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To: george76

I think that the problem is that the putative leader of the world, the President of the United States seems to have little knowledge of, faith in or love for the country he was elected to lead. I think that the 2008 question of “what does a community organizer do?” has been answered. “Organize, not lead”.


29 posted on 07/04/2010 9:04:51 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (See You in November)
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To: george76

bump


30 posted on 07/04/2010 9:06:19 AM PDT by fso301
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To: null and void

That would make an excellent bumper sticker...lol!


31 posted on 07/04/2010 9:08:44 AM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: avacado

“Democrats are now in their 4th year of complete control of Congress. I guess that fact would be too much for the Republicans to point out!???”

I know! It’s so frustrating the way they never point this out. What is their problem????


32 posted on 07/04/2010 9:09:02 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: FrankR

VERY good!


33 posted on 07/04/2010 9:20:10 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: george76
Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked.

"The message has got to be optimistic and positive...

The White House needs to go on a confidence campaign and perhaps take a page from President Reagan's playbook, Epstein said.

"He really needs to spell out how we are coming back and it's morning in America again," he said.

Oh.

My.

God.

How clueless can you get?!

Reagan ran that campaign, what?, after a year or so of solid recovery, after we'd zoomed out of recession with 6 and 7 percent GDP growth rates?

But then maybe this cluelessness is understandable. Despite it's recency, and despite -- no, make that because of -- its present relevance, the media, education, and other institutions controlled by the left, have fanatically pursued every possible means to suppress this history.

34 posted on 07/04/2010 9:27:01 AM PDT by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: george76

Prople don’t seem to understand that Obama doesn’t care if things get worse. He’s doing all he can to overwhelm the system. That’s how he’s going to have the opportunity to replace things with his Socialist systems. The Kenyan is evil.


35 posted on 07/04/2010 9:29:13 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: FrankR
The message has got to be optimistic and positive...

Could this be a challenge for a dour man (and his wife) who fundamentally hates America, hates white people, hates business, hates freedom, is a malignant narcissist, has a pathetic (and buried) educational background, has no leadership experience or skills, is a pathological liar, was born and raised in a communist cauldron, and thinks America's best days are behind it?

Somehow I doubt he is the right person to convey optimism for the future.

36 posted on 07/04/2010 9:38:52 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: penelopesire

That’s the idea. A bit wordy for a bumper sticker, IMHO


37 posted on 07/04/2010 9:39:57 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 527 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Thanks...they’re fun to do.


38 posted on 07/04/2010 9:40:09 AM PDT by FrankR ( If we don't stand up to tyranny, the tyrants win, and we're enslaved.)
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To: penelopesire
Maybe something more like:

Stop beating around
the Bushes, Obama


39 posted on 07/04/2010 9:45:12 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 527 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

That’ll work.


40 posted on 07/04/2010 9:52:22 AM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: Logical me
Congress and House was democratic.


41 posted on 07/04/2010 10:03:56 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: george76

[Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said Obama needs to make the argument that the economy is on the climb and the stimulus has worked. ]

That’s going to be some trick. Sort of like the Captain of the Titanic trying to calm passengers by saying there are no icebergs in these waters, just as the ship begins to tip up to go down.


42 posted on 07/04/2010 10:22:46 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: george76

“He really needs to spell out how we are coming back and it’s morning in America again,” he said.

Except it is not.


43 posted on 07/04/2010 10:27:22 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: EagleUSA

Hitler had Goebbels; Zer0 has Gibbels.


44 posted on 07/04/2010 10:39:05 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: george76
He really needs to spell out how we are coming back and it's morning in America again


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

45 posted on 07/04/2010 10:39:53 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: righttackle44

0 wants things to get worse.

’ Don’t let a crisis go to waste ‘


46 posted on 07/04/2010 10:43:10 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: The Comedian

LMAO !!


47 posted on 07/04/2010 11:25:30 AM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: unixfox

Yes, he promised to bring back the economy. What he didn’t say is that he planned to bring it back to 1866 levels. He’s a Kenyan born carpetbagger.


48 posted on 07/04/2010 12:00:40 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (The game continues. Let them come for me and mine.)
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To: STONEWALLS

I agree. I think it already has boomeranged with everybody but the hard core O-holes you mentioned.


49 posted on 07/04/2010 12:01:48 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: george76

When you point your finger, three fingers point right back at you.


50 posted on 07/04/2010 12:03:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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