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How to Beat Obama
Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 03/22/2012 5:49:11 AM PDT by Kaslin

With President Obama's approval rating hovering at 49 percent according to the latest Rasmussen tracking poll, it is becoming increasingly clear that he is a formidable threat for re-election. Gas prices are through the roof; the economy remains in shambles; the situation in the Middle East has never been so tenuous. And yet nearly half of all Americans think Obama's doing a decent job. Which shows that nearly half of Americans are either dependent on the government or devoid of common sense or both.

It gets worse for conservatives. Obama's lead in Virginia has been growing, not shrinking. The latest Quinnipiac poll has Obama beating Romney 50 to 42 percent. In Ohio, it's no better -- the most recent polls have Obama up by 12 points. In Florida, Obama leads Romney by a 46-43 margin.

It's still early. But Republicans had better figure out some new strategies or they will be left in the dust by the highly-organized, beautifully-tuned Obama campaign.

Conventional conservative wisdom says that the Republican nominee will be fine come November. The economy is bad, say the pundits, and therefore Obama will lose as a matter of course. There's only one problem: That's never happened before. Bad economies help Democrats. That's because the unemployed typically want more government care, and the currently-employed tend not to think the economy's all that bad.

Triangulation is also troublesome. Seizing the middle in this election cycle will be difficult, since Obama has staked out a record of not raising taxes, leaving Guantanamo Bay open, and "cracking down" on Wall Street. Even if we recognize that Obama's record is deeply leftist -- his spending, his appeasement-oriented foreign policy, his dislike for traditional American values -- we will have to convince the American public that he is radical. That's an uphill battle in the face of a heavy media assault.

The biggest problem of all is that Americans seem to like President Obama personally. He can be charming; his family is certainly beautiful. He is also vain, rude, arrogant and nasty, of course -- but the media has covered up those characteristics. Despite his political approval ratings varying widely over the last several years, Obama's personal approval rating has never dropped -- it has remained high throughout.

Therein lies the problem.

It's a problem that can be laid at the feet of John McCain, who refused to define for the American public just who Barack Obama was, preferring instead to attack his arguments. That's a mistake in a presidential election, where you have to define the personality of your opponent before attacking him on policy.

Conservatives cannot make the same mistake in this election cycle. They must define for the American public just who Barack Obama is. Who is he? He's a man who never met a radical he didn't like. He's a fellow who thinks that American society is irreparably racist, irrationally bigoted and immoral beyond measure. He believes that fundamental change is necessary because America is a fundamentally nasty place.

When we seek to vet this president, we must look at all of him: not just the pretty pictures and not just the obvious policy failures. We must figure out what makes Barack Obama tick. It's only once we do that that the American people will know their commander-in-chief fully enough to lose faith in him. And he richly deserves that loss of faith.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; election; obama

1 posted on 03/22/2012 5:49:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

..defining moment in history of US politics

2 posted on 03/22/2012 5:54:06 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Kaslin

McCain put zero in the Whitehouse. I still don’t understand why.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 5:59:21 AM PDT by CPO retired
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To: Kaslin

McCain could have won had he not allowed his handlers to restrain Palin.
Bragging on Obama didn’t help matters,too.
Oh, and calling an emergency meeting that made him appear like a incompetent old man on parade prolly didn’t help either.
Basically, if McCain would have dropped out...we probably would have won.


4 posted on 03/22/2012 6:00:24 AM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Kaslin

wth!


5 posted on 03/22/2012 6:02:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: Kaslin

“How to Beat Obama”

It appears a stick would be the most likely candidate at the moment.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 6:07:57 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately, the only way to win any election in this country at this point in history is to appeal to the self-interest of the electorate. That said, it is necessary to make the elderly understand that they will lose access to advanced medical treatments under Obama and liberal direction, make the young understand that Obama has spent their future and that they will have a decreased standard of living, make the middle-aged fearful that they will lose all of the value of their pension plans and savings, etc. etc. Back it up with numbers and keep hitting. Never ever stop punching.

The other necessity is to pull away from the left the mantle of being the educated and well-reasoned segment of society. Reagan's ‘there you go again’ was a wonderful way to dismiss the credibility of the left. We need to characterize the left as out of touch ideologues who value ideology more than reason. Alinsky was right about the effectiveness of ridicule.

7 posted on 03/22/2012 6:10:16 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Kaslin
Take some polls to see what will beat Obama and then turn Romney upside down, shake him and draw those qualities on him.
8 posted on 03/22/2012 6:10:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: CPO retired
McCain put zero in the Whitehouse. I still don’t understand why.

Romney, if he is the nominee, will give Obama his second term.

9 posted on 03/22/2012 6:11:27 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Kaslin
It's a problem that can be laid at the feet of John McCain, who refused to define for the American public just who Barack Obama was, preferring instead to attack his arguments. That's a mistake in a presidential election, where you have to define the personality of your opponent before attacking him on policy.

This has been a Party suicide MO - not just from John McCain; but from RNC/GOP and likes of Karl Rove since Bush 'Lied and People Died' - and Repubs responded with a reach out to Teddy Kennedy; got slapped; big time; but we kept 'smiling' and kept our hand out.

No question the 'truth prevails' but only if you TELL it. And of course, the only Candidate willing to do just that is Newt Gingrich; and guess what RNC/GOP 'establishment' did to him!

It is a travesty of ignorance to behold. . .

10 posted on 03/22/2012 6:14:08 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than <i>the economy</I>. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Take some polls to see what will beat Obama and then turn Romney upside down, shake him and draw those qualities on him.

No matter how much lip stick you put on a pig, it's still going to be a pig.

No Romney, no way, never.

11 posted on 03/22/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Kaslin

The Republicans must make the American people understand the Obama poverty dynamic. Massive deficit spending, record borrowing, huge unsustainable debts,dollar printing, unfunded liabilities,a bizarre war on carbon energy sources and a devotion to green fantasies, a torrent of business killing rules and regulations. Spending borrowed money only gives the illusion of prosperity but creates no real wealth. The Republicans must get what is left of intelligent voters to understand this sad dynamic. Otherwise a billion dollar reelection fund directed at muddled voters in battleground states and massive fraud will reelect this horrible man.


12 posted on 03/22/2012 6:19:46 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Graybeard58

“No Romney, no way, never.”

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice.....


13 posted on 03/22/2012 6:20:09 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

It makes me want to puke when reading these kind of pieces from self-righteous worthless sorts like Ben Shapiro. In his closing remarks he admonishes everyone to fully vet Obama on every matter possible and find out who he is, then when asked about his eligibility in a recent interview he says he is not going there, he has not seen anything to cause him to investigate the issue.


14 posted on 03/22/2012 6:21:41 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: Graybeard58
No Romney, no way, never.

God only knows what obama will do in Term 2. If Term 1 is any indication of what more is to come, I truly fear for my children and grandchildren. I'll take my chances with a rino if it means a vote against the America-hating, racist, black theology, commie POS in our WH. I don't want the results of Hussein's second term on my conscience.

15 posted on 03/22/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: Graybeard58
McCain put zero in the Whitehouse. I still don’t understand why.

Despite; McCain's strong points; his refusal to even 'say' Obama's middle name - following Dem prescription (sure; for them) that it was 'racist'/politically incorrect) only highlighted the failings of McCain's political values. We ran against a 'myth' of the Left's creation; and never allowed the truth of the man, to be told.

(And when and where the truth of Obama was told; the REpub Party was 'elsewhere' - distancing itself from the 'tin foilers' and racists (so called).

(They did not even stand up for the Swift Boaters when Kerry was running.)

Such weakness - what can we expect?)

16 posted on 03/22/2012 6:25:42 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than <i>the economy</I>. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is dumber than donuts.


17 posted on 03/22/2012 6:26:03 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jersey117

18 posted on 03/22/2012 6:26:13 AM PDT by radioone
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To: Doogle
Coming this fall.....


19 posted on 03/22/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: jersey117
I don't want the results of Hussein's second term on my conscience.

Agree absolutely; that there is NO alternative but to support whatever Repub is left for Ballot. Those who refuse; are allowing a 'vote for Obama'. Do not understand how; in light of threats we face (like 'last election' for example - and why not - from Obama) how ANY Republican - or any informed citizen,for that matter - can refuse to step up and at least keep our Constitution- and Capitalism - and Patriotism - in tact; so that probabilities for that 'better day' does come.

Actions have consequences; and 'not voting Republican' IS an 'action'. And one that is guaranteed to have devastating; irreversible consequences for our Country.

20 posted on 03/22/2012 6:46:27 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than <i>the economy</I>. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: cricket; All
ouch on 'does come' but a bump for thread; nonetheless/lol.

Republican's; we should not imagine we have an honest choice in this Election. Our choice is to realize/know. . .we must vote against Obama.

21 posted on 03/22/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than <i>the economy</I>. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: Kaslin

The strategy is clear. We need to provoke him into public meltdowns, as frequently as possible. I have no doubt it can be done.


22 posted on 03/22/2012 6:56:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CPO retired

Because McCain has no leadership skills. He surrounded himself with idiots during the election with the exception of one individual and I truly believe finding Sarah was like a hog finding an acorn. Good things happen once in a while.


23 posted on 03/22/2012 7:02:12 AM PDT by Portcall24
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Hey Ben !   You're a puss !

Your fecklessness must be making Andrew soooo proud !

24 posted on 03/22/2012 7:05:51 AM PDT by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: Kaslin

I stopped reading after the 4th paragraph. C’mon Ben, were you around in 1980 or were you still in diapers back then? A bad economy doesn’t always help the Democrats.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 7:19:34 AM PDT by castowell (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s all due to the captive media. ITv and newspapers describe the background, the context, for everything to the reading and listening public. It’s just one form of mind control, but the most widespread.


26 posted on 03/22/2012 7:19:34 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Kaslin

HW Bush, Bob Dole, W Bush, McCain and now Romney.

The Republicans deserve to lose if we can’t get our principles, our conservatism, our patriotism, and our economics (being balanced budgets, lower taxes, and reduced deficits) out in front.

Milk toast RINO neo-con candidates who support state run health care, gun control, higher taxes, more government control, global warming, fascistic crony capitalism and other liberal principles WILL lose the election.

Obama is a Marxist for Christ sake. How hard should it be to run against that?


27 posted on 03/22/2012 7:39:35 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Obama has been running for reelection since 2005. He is a campaigner, not a leader. He is a perfect front man for people any patriotic American should be smart enough to greatly fear.

There are SOME leaders in the Republican Party, but they are not campaigners. IMNSVHO, The basic Republican Party has been in entropy since the Emancipation Proclamation.

It seems to have now completely dengenerated into "The Nice Peoples' Party" that is apparently content to hold onto safe, gerrymandered seats and only wants enough power (without the annoying responsibility for running things) to guarantee a good seat at the poker tables of Congress at which the swag is divided. That swag is passed along as protection to the better healed Republican contributors. In 2012, the GOP has shown me with crystal clarity by selecting Bob Dole and then John McCAin, and finally Mitt Romney, that it does not particularly want the WH. What it wants now is control of the House and Senate for at least two years in an attempt to rearrange the deck chairs on our Titanic economy, and to get their major contributors to a safe place in the lifeboats. Romney is the perfect candidate to accomplish this. He can lose with some semblance of a campaign, and assure good strength, "downticket."

The Republican Party is the corpse at a party. And while I wallow in pessimism, why is that no Americans seem to notice that politicians arrive in DC (or the state capitol) dead broke and in debt, only to emerge within a decade or less as multi-millionaires? The prime example: The Clintons, from worse than broke to BILLIONAIRES in 15 years. Of course, the examples are legion, including Obama. (His income from just sales of "his" book to government entities is well into 8 figures!) This is why Republican elected officials are fine with going with the flow. It is making them and those they represent among the wealthiest on Earth. To do that, they have made the Democrats the wealthiest AND most powerful on Earth. A perfect Devil's Bargain.

28 posted on 03/22/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Romney making silly statements like “If you want free stuff, vote for Obama” doesn’t help.

Even when you know what Mittens is trying to say, he does it in a way that hurts him. The above statement is a campaign slogan for Obama. It is likely to get a lot of knitwits who want free stuff to go vote again for Obama.

We need a conservative and politically savvy candidate. sigh..


29 posted on 03/22/2012 8:11:12 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: jersey117; Graybeard58

A second term of Hussein might as well be titled, “Obama unleashed!”

I can’t imagine the damage he will do. I had no clue of the damage he would do this term. Good grief, look at the two unqualified hard lefties he put on the Supreme Court!!!! There are going to be 2 or 3 going in the next 4 years.

I don’t like Willard, but another term of Obama is unthinkable.

BTW, you know he only backed off on having the EPA close 20% of our coal power generation because of this coming election? If he wins, he will likely not only force the closing of those plants but many more. Rolling blackouts for the nation. (sarcasm) That will really help the economy. (/sarcasm)


30 posted on 03/22/2012 8:16:54 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Force him into more of these moments;

They are scary pictures to me.

If we can get these images before the American voters, maybe, it will have some impact. Maybe, combine these images with pictures of the red phone or nuclear button and nuclear explosions.

Maybe, print flyers that can be posted on fences at soccer fields, baseball fields and other places where "soccer moms" hang out.

31 posted on 03/22/2012 8:32:21 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Better hope that Donald or Ron Paul doesn’t decide to do a 3rd party deal.


32 posted on 03/22/2012 9:26:22 PM PDT by princess leah
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