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Dems prepare to go behind enemy lines at GOP convention in Tampa (Wasserman's war room)
The Hill ^ | 8/21/12 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 08/22/2012 2:30:08 AM PDT by Libloather

Dems prepare to go behind enemy lines at GOP convention in Tampa
By Mike Lillis - 08/21/12 01:40 PM ET

Don't call it sabotage, but as Mitt Romney and the Republicans are taking over Tampa for next week's GOP convention, a sizable crew of Democrats will be there as well, working furiously behind enemy lines in an effort to muffle the GOP message.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is launching the Democrats' counter attack on Tuesday with a Tampa-based press conference slamming Romney and the Republicans for their opposition to abortion rights — an issue churning intense interest this week in the wake of Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) claim that victims of "legitimate rape" are immune to pregnancy.

The official Democratic counter-offensive, however, will launch this weekend, when Wasserman Schultz inaugurates the Democrats' "rapid-response war room," a home base said to be "just a short walk" from the heart of the Republican convention in downtown Tampa.

The Democrats are keeping most of the details about their push-back strategy close to the vest. But the DNC said Tuesday that Wasserman Schultz will be joined by "leading campaign and party surrogates" who will focus their attacks on Romney's tenure as a successful private-equity executive, as well as the tax, immigration and women's health policies Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), have championed on the campaign trail.

In a surprise move, the Obama campaign announced Monday that Vice President Biden will be in Tampa during the GOP convention as well, holding a rally for supporters of the president's reelection campaign. It's uncommon for the parties' top leaders to appear near a rival's convention, traditionally using the time to raise funds and to rest.

"While the [Republicans] will focus on burnishing Romney’s biography as a so-called Mr. Fix It, the [Democrats'] response will be to highlight how his work in the private sector and as [Massachusetts] Governor was a disaster for the middle class," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said Tuesday in an email. "[T]he policies Romney is espousing on the campaign trail follow the same pattern: raising taxes on middle class families and ending Medicare as we know it while slashing taxes for himself and other millionaires and billionaires."

The Democrats will also go after the other GOP convention speakers, Woodhouse added, charging that "many" of them "represent the most extreme and intolerant voices of their party."

The idea of infiltrating the other party's convention city is neither new nor unique to the Democrats. Because the conventions are staggered, the media glare tends to favor one party at a time during convention season — a dynamic largely allowing each side to spend a week trumpeting its own strengths and messages without much push-back from dissenting voices.

Romney and the Republicans, of course, will own the headlines in Tampa, just like the Democrats will be the stars of the convention coverage from Charlotte, N.C., a week later. The parties historically get a bump in the polls during these self-celebrating events.

The behind-the-lines war rooms are designed to give the opposing party an on-the-ground opportunity to rain on the host party's parade.

Toward that end, the DNC will host daily press events in Tampa "illustrating how out of step Mitt Romney and his policies are with seniors, students veterans and middle class families," Woodhouse said.

There's another more practical reason that both parties want a physical presence at the opponent's convention: not much happens at these events, lending operatives on both sides of the aisle the opportunity to pitch ideas to the swarms of story-hungry reporters who converge on them.

Indeed, for all the hoopla and headlines surrounding the official nominating parties — and for all the A-list figures lining up to attend — the conventions have lost much of the substance and mystery that once defined the four-year events. Barring an enormous plot twist in the next few days, Romney and President Obama are all but certain to walk away the presidential nominees. The rest is largely fluff.

"The conventions aren't the easiest places to find stories, quite honestly," said one Democratic leadership aide, "so [an opposition war room] gives you on-site people to respond to things."

Not that the Republicans won't have their own chance to play spoiler. Obama and the Democrats will be gathering in Charlotte during the first week of September, and GOP operatives have been busy preparing a push-back strategy of their own.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: convention; election2012; fl; florida; tampa; war; wasserman
Could show up in chains at the RAT convention, y'all.
1 posted on 08/22/2012 2:30:23 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Local stores stock up on mayonnaise,news at 11.
2 posted on 08/22/2012 2:45:29 AM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: Libloather

It’ll be a party! It seems the New Black Panthers have been invited too. I would look for a False Flag event designed to tip the election in Obama’s favor.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 2:54:27 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Libloather

Gee, G Gordon Liddy is retired, it be a shame if they had no electricity, no Net Access, and all their fancy 4G phones didn’t work. JUST KIDDING !!!!


4 posted on 08/22/2012 2:58:35 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Libloather
Giving their media toadies an excuse to not cover the Republicans.

NBC/CBS/ABC/PBS/CNN/MSNBC/NYT/LAT/Wapo: “Oh, Paul Ryan is making a speech? Sorry, can't cover it cuz some Democrat was pepper sprayed by a cop she was beating with a baseball bat—police brutality is a much bigger story dontcha know!”

We ought to send Ryan to Charlotte--just the welcoming crowd at the airport would be twice that of the entire Dem convention and the Leftist MSM would be destroyed if they don't cover THAT!

5 posted on 08/22/2012 3:00:52 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not voting for Ryan? Obama love you long time.")
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To: JoanneSD

As President Obama would say.. he would not want his girls punished with a baby... to the dems a baby is a punishment..wonder if DWS will dwell on that?


6 posted on 08/22/2012 3:03:22 AM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: Libloather

Can’t two play this game?

How about a gigantic Tea Party in NC during the DNC?


7 posted on 08/22/2012 3:11:19 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Libloather

Boy, they really do appear to be desperate. I wonder why.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 3:13:02 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Libloather
I truly believe that democrats are largely enemies of the United States. Seriously. They are inundated with people who want to dramatically change the fundamental nature of the United States, and openly push for big demographic shifts - while calling everyone else a racist.

I cannot understand how the GOP lets them get away with the crap they get away with. The Akin story, for instance. Akin was not very savvy for using the terms he used, or for letting the other side suck him into debating a point that he could have brushed aside, but the GOP response should have included pointing out that the extremists on the abortion issue are all on the left - including Obama who voted to maintain partial birth abortion. Then, if I were the GOP, I would have surrogates (untraceable to Mitt or any specific candidate) out showing pictures of what partial birth abortion looks like - and saying “who are the extremists”? Then, I would point out the incredible abortion rate in the black community, and ask why promoting the continuation of the killing of black babies isn't racism.

Hit them back. Hit them hard. Speak over them. Make them pay a price for their antics. If someone knows they can keep punching at you, without fear that they are going to get punched back, they will not hesitate to keep throwing punches.

9 posted on 08/22/2012 3:16:11 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Libloather

Sure would be a shame if they ran into some Occupy protestors.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 3:22:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Libloather

Wonder how they will work the convention and a hurricane? Should be interesting. It least it will keep the protestors miserable.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 3:22:41 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

We could have done all those things if Akin had quietly taken himself out of the picture so that the Dems would be deprived of their sound bite. The GOP adopted a good anti-abortion plank this year, but Akin’s behavior (and the fact that even now he can’t seem to shut up) has completely obscured this and moved it outside of rational discussion.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 3:31:24 AM PDT by livius
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To: Libloather

What I want to know is how a sitting VP is being allowed to use taxpayer dollars for what is unabashedly a campaign event. So far as I know, we’re paying for his travel, security and other expenses.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 3:34:39 AM PDT by livius
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
It's uncommon for the parties' top leaders to appear near a rival's convention, traditionally using the time to raise funds and to rest.

It's uncommon for the American sheeple to elect a regime this crass, thuggish and with no respect for traditional courtesies.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 3:42:39 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Reagan69

I suggested a while back that NC TEA Party commenorate the 1898 Wilmington coup d’etat by the RATs. The Republican city government was run out of town as were the blacks.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 3:59:04 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Let them play the race card. We should respond by labeling child abusers and child molesters. Drilling a hole in a baby’s skull and sucking out its brain is the ultimate child abuse. Not content with that, they burn the baby.


16 posted on 08/22/2012 4:03:50 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Libloather

I work through out the Tampa Bay area as a salesrep on the road.I am there 3 out of 5 days a week. I made an observation about 2 weeks ago. Told my husband about it at the time. Seems I have seen quite a few cars on 275 that had union bumper stickes and signs around their license plates and of course Obama/Biden 2012 stickers on their cars. The people driving usually had people in their cars and one car in particular caught my attention as it was from Georgia. I drove for about 5 miles to a clients business and this car exited where I did but he went left I went right. He went right for the Hood. I went towards the businesses.
These guys are here to whip it up and anyone that is attentive can see it. Way too much union stuff here in a Right to Work state. Another thing is Graffitti is showing up heavier than ususal.
I am invited to hear the Keynote speech at Convention and to be quite honest I was happy to go, now not so much. Afraid of the craziness down there. It is going to be a freak show.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 4:09:45 AM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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To: livius

I am thinking that Vice President Dufus is going to Tampa armed with a teleprompter speech that has one controversial statement in it that the media will jump on and spend two days going over, thus avoiding the highlights of the Convention. Of course, the Administration will be able to pass it off as “Old Crazy Joe” is at it again.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 4:17:15 AM PDT by kempster
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To: livius

” but Akin’s behavior (and the fact that even now he can’t seem to shut up) has completely obscured this and moved it outside of rational discussion.”

I know that are a lot of people who like him, but the bottom line is that he has put himself above the importance of the taking back the country from the left. That is inexcusable to me, but is entirely consistent with the narcissism that draws many, if not most, to careers in politics.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 4:39:17 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: marygam

I know a Tampa cop and EMT. They tell me people are arming up big time and have no problem with it since the ones doing the arming up are law-abiding. Most people outside the ‘hoods are aware of what is going on and they aren’t Obama/union fans.


20 posted on 08/22/2012 4:39:45 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: kempster

Probably. However, I’ve read that VP Dufus seems to resent the teleprompter and believes that he’s better off ad libbing, so maybe he’ll say something so stupid that the media, to protect him, has to turn their attention to the GOP convention!


21 posted on 08/22/2012 4:46:40 AM PDT by livius
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To: nolongerademocrat

” l be a party! It seems the New Black Panthers have been invited too. I would look for a False Flag event designed to tip the election in Obama’s favor.”

Actually Ulsterman’s insider says they planning that.

Fwiw


22 posted on 08/22/2012 4:48:43 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Yes, the massive ego is part of the nature of a politician. You’d think that for just a moment, he could consider the good of the country or even his party, but in his tiny mind it’s all about him.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 4:48:43 AM PDT by livius
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To: marygam

Have you seen any of those V for Vendetta graffiti images yet?

The news is showing one from on top of a building near the RNC building.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 4:48:43 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: livius

“Yes, the massive ego is part of the nature of a politician.”

Seems to supplant the need for ideas or intellect in this group.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 4:53:26 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Reagan69

I like how you think.

How about a bunch Wasserman/Harpo Marx look-alikes shrieking idiotic soundbites at the convention?


26 posted on 08/22/2012 5:00:42 AM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll speak for God only after I do a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: Reagan69
How about a gigantic Tea Party in NC during the DNC?

Good idea!

27 posted on 08/22/2012 5:15:29 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: Libloather

Go ahead.

The only message that will get out is that the leftists are violent, anti-American, and willing to break every rule, convention, tradition and any aspect of fair-play.

This ain’t yo’ mommas hippie days.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 5:21:36 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Libloather

My NC friends should stay away from the Dem Convention. Will be hard, but the last thing we need is street brawls used to incite false flag events.

NO ONE show up at the Convention. Convention Center Staff stay home “sick”. Street vendors avoid the area, make them look for places to buy food. Deprive them of media coverage that they desire.

Save the money and effort for nearer to the November election. Like Sam Houston at San Jacinto, choose your moment carefully, Then ACT. Vote the Slime out with extreme prejudice.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 5:46:01 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Libloather

I think they are trying to find any reason to cancel their convention. No one is going to Charlotte anyway!


30 posted on 08/22/2012 5:50:51 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Libloather
Tampa has a festival known as Gasparila Days, supposedly named after a Buccaneer named Gaspar.

When the morning news readers said that Joe Biden would be coming to Tampa on Monday, I told my wife that next week should be called Gafferilla Days.

31 posted on 08/22/2012 5:57:38 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Libloather
I betting the democRATs are hoping they can convince the public that Debbie and Joe are part of the GOP.
32 posted on 08/22/2012 6:04:37 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Libloather
Just in time for the convention!


33 posted on 08/22/2012 6:27:50 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Reagan69

Would not surprise me if there are a number of “tea party gatherings” in or near Charlotte during that week.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 6:38:18 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Better yet, how about as the Dems make their way to Charlotte, have groups of “tea party” protesters on the sides of the road to serve as the “welcoming commitee”.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 6:42:21 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Libloather

A lot of those evil Republicans are packing heat boys and girls, so best be careful out there that you don’t do anything where the evil Stand Your Ground comes into play.


36 posted on 08/22/2012 6:55:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Libloather

Biden is like an unruly kid hungry for attention. He revels in the news coverage, even if it’s as a result of a stupid utterance.


37 posted on 08/22/2012 7:07:25 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: Libloather

Is there any person more despicable than D W S????

She never quite realizes that what goes around can come around to bite her in the behind.


38 posted on 08/22/2012 9:21:17 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


39 posted on 08/22/2012 11:06:23 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Eye of Unk

The anonoymus figure is what I’ve seen. They also have found bottles and pipes on rooftops overlooking a newly Renovated Hotel in Channel Side.(Next to Convention area). The Chief of Police stated that they are leaving their calling card and laying their wares out so they can use them next week. Also, just heard that they cleared out a particular jail near downtown, moving the prisoners to another jail so this one will be ready for 1000 people. They will be running buses to get those arrested to jail quickly. Public Defenders are on rotating shifts so that they will have 24 hr. coverage. (Tampa has a great police chief Jane Castor)


40 posted on 08/22/2012 2:53:59 PM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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