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If Republicans Are Smart...
Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2012 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 06/17/2012 3:57:17 AM PDT by Kaslin

It seems as though the last month has been a gift to Republicans, particularly the Romney campaign. President Obama has committed gaffe after gaffe, and every new economic indicator is yet another pebble on the scale now fully tipped against him.

Now he’s decided the key to stimulating the economy isn’t to lower the burden of government but to grant proxy amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens, thereby adding them to the ever-growing list of job seekers. That means more people looking for jobs that aren’t there. It’s as though he watched the Republican primary, felt badly the party wasn’t united and decided to help.

You can’t look at President Obama’s handling of the economy without thinking destruction is his ultimate goal. But if this alone wasn’t motivation enough, granting permanent residency to people he called Americans “for all intents and purposes” could be used to unite actual Americans – those here by birth or legal choice – against him.

All the stars are aligned for a strong Republican victory across the board in November. But if there’s one thing Republicans are good at it’s snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Romney camp and the RNC are running an aggressive campaign, hitting the president on his numerous economic failures and highlighting his many, many gaffes, such as “the private sector is doing fine.” And it’s smart of them not to focus on Obama’s character flaws, of which there are many.

Everyone knows the president spent his pre-Oval Office years being friendly and/or friends with terrorists, racists and radicals. We don’t know his grades and haven’t seen his courses or his writings, yet we’re told he’s a genius. We don’t know how a disengaged student with an admitted drug habit managed to get into some of the top universities in the world. No one in the mainstream media is asking, nor do they care. They’ve swept it aside.

He’s president – he has been more than three years. Most Americans who don’t have time to pay close attention think they know him, even though we know next to nothing about his life before he entered the national stage. The media won’t admit it has committed malpractice because the malpractice was malicious, not accidental. It’s not that they lie; it’s that they don’t care. You can’t run a correction on an omission.

So, at this point, focusing on Barack Obama as a man may be fodder for interesting blog posts, but it won’t swing many votes. His record is key.

Republicans need to educate the public on the president’s true record. They need to run not a reactive campaign or even a proactive campaign but a pre-active campaign.

We all know what David Axelrod and the Chicago machine have planned. They will attack Romney on his business record, have surrogates attack his religion – then denounce the attack after the outrageous slur makes its rounds in the media – and attack the Republican Party as “obstructionist.”

Republicans are good at dealing with the first two but horrible at the last one. And the last one is the most important.

People will forgive a man for making a lot of money. Hell, they’d love to do it too. And they understand the basic concepts of how people do it. So the Bain issue may rile the anti-capitalist base, but it won’t shift many votes. They also don’t much care Romney is a Mormon. Few people know much about the Mormon faith, but fewer still care. The Mormons they know – if they’re aware they know any – tend to be nice people and good neighbors.

That leaves the third point – the “obstructionist gambit.”

The best-kept secret in the media for the last year and a half is that Democrats control the US Senate. Everyone knows what “Speaker of the House” means and that it’s currently a Republican. Few realize the Speaker controls half of one branch of Congress. We never hear about the 27 jobs bill Republicans have passed in the House that the Senate refused to consider.

We do hear it when Republicans refuse to move on Democrats’ proposals, even when those proposals don’t exist beyond the concept stage. How many people know today is day 1,145 since Democrats passed a budget in the Senate?

Forget waiting on the media to honestly report this. It ain’t gonna happen.

Today, thanks to the Internet, the 24-hour news cycle has become the 24-second cycle. Each hour has its own narrative. You may win one, but there’s another right behind it. It’s even tougher when the referees in the media play for the other team.

President Reagan could talk over the media to the people, but Mitt Romney will have to accomplish this with ads.

The campaign, the party and outside groups all must work to educate Americans not only about President Obama’s failures but the truth behind his lies. We need pre-emptive strikes about who controls the Senate, all the Republican jobs bills the president and his party have refused even to consider and the refusal by Democrats even to propose legislation as a starting point. It has to be regular, entertaining and, most importantly, sustained.

Republicans need to step outside their comfort zone, throw away the Marquis of Queensbury Rules and remember: If you’re responding, you’re losing.

They must learn to anticipate Democrats’ arguments, say them first, frame them, then destroy them before they get legs. All campaigns find themselves reacting at least some of the time to things they didn’t see coming. But for the most part, every enemy bomb should be disarmed and dismantled before opponents even think of building the silo.

Entertaining ads – humorous when possible – that get right to the point of one issue each, one inconvenient fact, will do more than dozens of speeches reduced by the media to 10-second sound bites. Good ads are easy to write, inexpensive to produce (if creative people who care about the cause are employed) and will have even greater impact when run on “Real Housewives” or some other un-stereotypically conservative program. If done right, having good, tight ads, run on carefully chosen shows can reach more people than having an entire nightly 30-minute newscast devoted to your campaign.

Republicans are good at rebuttal. They are good at producing videos, several minutes in duration, that take apart the claims of their opponents piece by piece. But those videos too often reach only the choir – regardless of how many hits they get. The trick is not to respond but to set the conversation by producing 30-second videos with some humor and pop and get them out for the rest of the unengaged nation to see.

Don’t run the same stuffy dry campaign. Force the Democrats to have the best rapid-response team. If they’re doing rapid response, we’re winning.

The battle is going to happen. Better we choose the field and set the terms.

The pieces are all there for a major Republican victory this fall. The facts are all on Republicans’ side. But this is helpful in politics, not decisive, particularly when your opponent is a well-known enigma. Republicans can’t truly redefine President Obama at this point, but they can define the terms and times of engagement. Barring the unforeseen and barring a return to business-as-usual campaigning, that should be enough.

Republicans can win, should win, if they approach this in a smart, efficient matter. Unfortunately, recent history suggests this is a big if.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romneyagenda; romneycare; romneydeathpanels; romneymarriage

1 posted on 06/17/2012 3:57:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The GOP is starring ROMNEYCARE, Romney4TARP
AND GAY MARRIAGE, DEATH PANELS, AND ROMNEY-LIES.

Adding in Romney’s ineligibility and poor performance
as Gov., The GOP is very, very far from SMART.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 4:03:50 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
Pretty big...

IF

3 posted on 06/17/2012 4:06:33 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: Kaslin
I swear to God, Townhall has a short list of the dumbest people on the planet who get press ganged (lol) into Sunday schlub duty...

"The campaign, the party and outside groups all must work to educate Americans not only about President Obama’s failures but the truth behind his lies. We need pre-emptive strikes about who controls the Senate, all the Republican jobs bills the president and his party have refused even to consider and the refusal by Democrats even to propose legislation as a starting point. It has to be regular, entertaining and, most importantly, sustained."

You end up running against Dingy, not Bobo. You seriously risk transferring the negative energy that has been successfully harnessed against the Preezy, to a stone-faced Vegas gollum that no one really cares about (a Mormon gollum at that).

"Republicans need to step outside their comfort zone, throw away the Marquis of Queensbury Rules and remember: If you’re responding, you’re losing."

Which is completely contrary to the advice Hunter gives in the preceding paragraph.

4 posted on 06/17/2012 4:19:41 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Diogenesis

5 posted on 06/17/2012 4:23:17 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

My first thought was;

If pigs could fly.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 4:29:32 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP needs to challange every swing state that Obama wins (if, God forbid, he gets a second term) and verifty the alien status of every single voter.


7 posted on 06/17/2012 4:38:55 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Kaslin

If your aunt had balls, she’d be your uncle.


8 posted on 06/17/2012 4:40:09 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Anna Wintour makes Teresa Heinz Kerry look like Dolly Parton.)
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To: Kaslin
The best-kept secret in the media for the last year and a half is that Democrats control the US Senate. Everyone knows what “Speaker of the House” means and that it’s currently a Republican. Few realize the Speaker controls half of one branch of Congress. We never hear about the 27 jobs bill Republicans have passed in the House that the Senate refused to consider.

Democrats gained control of Congress January 4, 2007 - if you asked the average person on the street they would tell you the REPUBLICANs control congress, they have no clue as to who had the checkbook from 2007 to 2010! The media is living rent free in the brains of the average American.

"DNCer" - that is the key! The media came up with "Birther." Republicans and freedom fighters need to address ALL journalists as a "DNCer." Every time they get on a talk show where they start spouting DNC talking points they need to fire back with, e.g.; "Oh Geraldo you are a being a DNCer. Did you get the white paper from the White House today for your talking points?"

A person cannot ignore the fact that NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN etc are surrogates of the White House! The evening news carries DNC talking points to boost their golden child. It's time to call them on the carpet every opportunity possible.

9 posted on 06/17/2012 4:41:48 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Reagan69
The GOP needs to challange every swing state that Obama wins (if, God forbid, he gets a second term)

If he gets a second term, challenges as you understand the term will not be permitted.

10 posted on 06/17/2012 4:42:19 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Anna Wintour makes Teresa Heinz Kerry look like Dolly Parton.)
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To: StAnDeliver

What you are missing is that the author is not just talking about the Presidential election but the election in general and that we must not just get the majority in the Senate back, but get the Super Majority, plus add more seats to the House. Or did you forget that we only have the House? Winning only the Presidency won’t do us any good if we don’t have the Senate


11 posted on 06/17/2012 4:47:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Jim Noble
I wish these posts had a "like" button.

ROFL.

12 posted on 06/17/2012 4:50:53 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Kaslin
We all know what David Axelrod and the Chicago machine have planned. They will attack Romney on his business record, have surrogates attack his religion –

Oh, that explains it.

So, now we know why the handful of Hate-Romney and Mormons Freepers are constantly posting articles about Mormons here and working diligently to help Dear Leader get reelected by arguing we should all stay home come Nov or write in someone else's name cuz after all, Mittens is 10 TIMES worst than the Fascist, Neo-Commie; more eeeevil, dangerous and a threat than the Community Agitator....they are working for Axelrod.

Who would have thunk it?

Hope they are getting paid more than 30 pieces of silver.

13 posted on 06/17/2012 5:16:07 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Kaslin
Just because Derek buried the lede 5 paragraphs in, and you missed the same, doesn't mean this isn't one of Townhall's usual hastily-written snarks about how-I'd-run-Mittens-campaign:

"All the stars are aligned for a strong Republican victory across the board in November. But if there’s one thing Republicans are good at it’s snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Romney camp and the RNC are running an aggressive campaign, hitting the president on his numerous economic failures and highlighting his many, many gaffes, such as “the private sector is doing fine.” And it’s smart of them not to focus on Obama’s character flaws, of which there are many.

Everyone knows the president spent his pre-Oval Office years being friendly and/or friends with terrorists, racists and radicals. We don’t know his grades and haven’t seen his courses or his writings, yet we’re told he’s a genius. We don’t know how a disengaged student with an admitted drug habit managed to get into some of the top universities in the world. No one in the mainstream media is asking, nor do they care. They’ve swept it aside.

He’s president – he has been more than three years. Most Americans who don’t have time to pay close attention think they know him, even though we know next to nothing about his life before he entered the national stage. The media won’t admit it has committed malpractice because the malpractice was malicious, not accidental. It’s not that they lie; it’s that they don’t care. You can’t run a correction on an omission.

So, at this point, focusing on Barack Obama as a man may be fodder for interesting blog posts, but it won’t swing many votes. His record is key.

Republicans need to educate the public on the president’s true record. They need to run not a reactive campaign or even a proactive campaign but a pre-active campaign.

We all know what David Axelrod and the Chicago machine have planned. They will attack Romney on his business record, have surrogates attack his religion – then denounce the attack after the outrageous slur makes its rounds in the media – and attack the Republican Party as “obstructionist.”

Republicans are good at dealing with the first two but horrible at the last one. And the last one is the most important."

Whatever. We've had this conversation about Hunter before....

14 posted on 06/17/2012 5:25:30 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (/)
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To: Kaslin

Romney and surrogates must use every press conference and campaign speech to hammer the media for their deceptive reporting. The media will be forced to respond. Newt used this with great effectiveness in the primaries. The media needs to be shamed into reporting. Romney could use some coaching from Newt on this subject.


15 posted on 06/17/2012 5:26:29 AM PDT by reaganbooster (The democrat party symbol should be the grim reaper instead of the donkey.)
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To: Kaslin

You know, it’s almost like the GOP-e almost approve . . .


16 posted on 06/17/2012 5:31:04 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Kaslin

Talk Talk Talk Talk, Im tired! first off, you cant educate the uneducated, those who are asleep will remain asleep, 3 1/2 years of trying to educate the public on this fraud they voted in and his shadow government of traitors and terrorists has produced all it will produce. November needs to be an avalanche with no room for doubt. Plastic hair hat man will not only have to deal with the radicals he unseated he will have to deal with us. He’s got his work cut out for him.


17 posted on 06/17/2012 5:50:36 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Kaslin

If bullfrogs had wings...


18 posted on 06/17/2012 6:00:37 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: StAnDeliver

If Derek Hunter’s article bother you, then don’t read them, but don’t blame Townhall.com for them


19 posted on 06/17/2012 6:05:43 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: StAnDeliver

If Derek Hunter’s article bother you, then don’t read them, but don’t blame Townhall.com for them


20 posted on 06/17/2012 6:06:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: StAnDeliver

If Derek Hunter’s articles bother you, then don’t read them, but don’t blame Townhall.com for them


21 posted on 06/17/2012 6:06:23 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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What does this article have to do with Romney's marriage?
22 posted on 06/17/2012 6:09:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

OR......................

Our RINORomney can move just as far to the left as he wants—ON ANY ISSUE WHATSOEVER—’cause he knows Barry S is now weak, and us ‘consevatives’ have nowhere else to go.

Except to go fishing.


23 posted on 06/17/2012 6:16:56 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: Kaslin; All

Salve

I have written many times to you friends, divide you will fall, unite you will conquer enemy. Your are in unprecedented fight, and I know many disagreements are around you, for all of you have right to disagree and continue as you wish.

This is not a time to divide, you want to make sure all two important chambers of your Government are under control of true Conservatives, not flip the switch, but real ones. Having this you will be able to have good strong conservatives on Third branch of government, and then only then you will be able to fix your house.

Enemy knows it can’t attack you in frontal attack it will lose, enemy decides to use law for their advantage, you have lawyers of lawyers within lawyers of lawyers who are writing laws , not for you country goodness but for their selfish power hungry ideology, for this is war of ideologies.
Removing those options from them, you can turn around laws that are hammering you not helping you, only if you put country first. Disagreements can be resolved later, emotions and other things are for later discussions, this is important. For evil hides behind laws, to overturn them, is put light on it and cucarachas will flay away.

All those agendas of abnormal, abhorrent behavior, destructions of true values, undermining your capability to prosper, are not be design, it is agenda to kill you from back, laws you have to follow, you remove that from them, and they lose one leg. Battle will rage, for if you think they will walk away without a fight, don’t . Be ready to battles first, and then go on full attack.

Merci.


24 posted on 06/17/2012 1:07:13 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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