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Obama's new challenge: Disappointment
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Posted on 09/01/2012 6:20:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama's new challenge: Disappointment By: Jonathan Allen September 1, 2012 07:07 AM EDT

The watchword of the Republican National Convention in Tampa was disappointment — as in President Barack Obama has been one.

You can hammer Obama on health care. Mock his golf outings. Demand to see his birth certificate and Harvard transcript, and call him a European socialist bent on turning the American Dream into a Belgian nightmare. He’ll throw his head back and laugh at you like a Bond villain.

But tell voters he’s not the man America fell in love with in 2008 — and pine, however disingenuously, about his unfulfilled potential — and a shiver runs through his Chicago campaign headquarters.

Obama’s team was spinning the convention as a complete miss, arguing that Republicans didn’t lay a glove on their man. Yet what emerged from Tampa was a subtle, clever shift in GOP messaging, a much more dangerous strategy for Obama than the kitchen-sink attacks that preceded the gathering. Republicans posed — rhetorically — as Obama 2008 voters, lamenting his unfulfilled expectations as if they had been with him all along instead of trying to block him at every turn.

Both sides recognize the power of the disappointment theme: that the hope Obama offered for mending the economy, transforming the political process and even saving the earth has faded.

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Mitt Romney said in accepting the Republican presidential nomination Thursday. “My promise is to help you and your family.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dws; jonathanallen; mediabias; wassermanschultz
Oh boo hoo.........
1 posted on 09/01/2012 6:20:24 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

A good strategy.


2 posted on 09/01/2012 6:28:46 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Sub-Driver; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; TigersEye; mojitojoe; null and void

But tell voters he’s not the man America fell in love with in 2008 — and pine, however disingenuously, about his unfulfilled potential — and a shiver runs through his Chicago campaign headquarters. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Such are the wages of utopian narcistic liberal fascism in a democratic Republic.

The day will come when King Obama the Obscure will have written his last executive order in substitution for negotiated issues with Congress.


3 posted on 09/01/2012 6:31:09 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good strategy to bring in those starry eyed Obama voters who really are disappointed .


4 posted on 09/01/2012 6:34:04 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes, but outside of the hyper-political circles, the theme of disappointment and failure is easier to take and to sell to the general electorate. It minimizes the misplaced fear of somehow showing prejudice by simply voting against an ostensible minority.
When I watched the Eastwood speech on Thursday night, I was frankly embarrassed for Mr Eastwood and the Republicans. However, the more I thought about it and the more others employed the empty chair metaphor, the more powerful it seemed to me the speech actually was. Now I think it worked brilliantly. Somebody very smart or very lucky is at work.


5 posted on 09/01/2012 6:35:25 AM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Why Jonathan Allen is coming back to POLITICO

I am a reporter.

It took only 40 days as a political aide — I’ll think of it as my Noah’s Ark phase — to know this in my heart.

I am the son of a reporter, and I have been one myself since high school. But I had an itch I couldn’t scratch as a journalist: I wanted to see if I could play the political game. I wanted to be a political insider — or thought I did.

In January, I went to work for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat whom I had admired as a reporter and whom I continue to hold in high regard.

I thought then I was making a permanent career change. In those first days after taking the job, I tried hard to show — after years of staying scrupulously on the sidelines and keeping my views to myself — that I could be a loyal Democrat. I made some effusive comments in an interview. My wife and I made a small contribution to the reelection campaign of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). I was excited to be allowed to root for someone — anyone — other than the Washington Nationals.


But it didn’t take long for me to figure out that partisan politics wasn’t the right fit for me. I’m not a rah-rah guy. I like to point out inconsistencies. Like the annoying kid in fourth grade, I want to share all the information I have all the time. I hate going to meetings — particularly if I have to stand inside the doors.

From the outset, I felt like I was a reporter just masquerading as a political operative.

Now, as I leave my job at Wasserman Schultz’s political action committee to make the transition back to journalism at POLITICO, there will be some who wonder whether I am a political operative just masquerading as a reporter.

It’s a fair question for the Republicans who may now view me with a skeptical eye, for the 300-plus congressional Democrats for whom I did not work and, above all, for POLITICO’s readers.

Most reporters for straight-news organizations do not talk about their ideology or partisan preferences. After writing this, I intend to go back to that myself. But, in the midst of this admittedly unusual career twist, I should lay my cards on the table.
6 posted on 09/01/2012 6:35:57 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Sub-Driver
instead of trying to block him at every turn

Politico has gone back to their old strategy; blame Republican obstructionists for Obama's failure. The sympathy voters are still out there, the question is whether Obama can inspire them to vote. That is one reason why Clint Eastwood's version of Obama was so effective. Obama looks sympathetic on the outside but inside he says "go f yourself" to people.

7 posted on 09/01/2012 6:37:01 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer

The democrat controlled senate is blocking Obama too. Nobody likes him anymore. The democrat senate has blocked obamas budget for three years.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 6:51:29 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Sub-Driver

“The Hope and The Change” documentary that will not help Barry and his Regime. Hannity previewed it tonight. Soon to be televised.

http://thehopeandthechange.com/index.html

Barry and his Marxist team are getting exposed from every direction; my guess is that this is just the beginning through November 6, 2012.


9 posted on 09/01/2012 6:52:59 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: nhwingut

It doesn’t matter how you plead with me Jonathan- I never believed you were anything BUT a political operative in the first place. That you think there’s a difference is the telling point. The problem with the majority of you in the media- you HONESTLY do not even SEE your liberal bias.

If half of you all moved to various small cities across the U.S. and LIVED there for a few years, you might begin to grasp what this country IS and is NOT. I don’t even mean that in a “we’re all conservatives” way either. I mean that no one who continually views the world through a D.C. pair of glasses is in touch with reality.

I’m willing to bet that after a few years in “realville” you’d begin to see the bias of the other half you left back in Washington.


10 posted on 09/01/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Sub-Driver

This idiot didn't disappoint me ... cause I expected the very worst ... and he delivered!

11 posted on 09/01/2012 6:58:57 AM PDT by Zakeet (10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who do not)
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To: bjc
However, the more I thought about it and the more others employed the empty chair metaphor, the more powerful it seemed to me the speech actually was. Now I think it worked brilliantly. Somebody very smart or very lucky is at work.

..lets see empty chairs on every porch and front garden nation wide.

12 posted on 09/01/2012 6:59:05 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Poor baby, you can always fall back on the accomplishments you made while a community organizer....


13 posted on 09/01/2012 7:00:46 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: spokeshave

..lets see empty chairs on every porch and front garden nation wide.


Empty chairs signifying recognition of the National Disgrace we have in the White House. Let’s not be mental masochists about this, time to let O go.


14 posted on 09/01/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: bjc

The reason Rush is successful is because he makes his points with humor and he is a very funny guy. Steyn is great for that reason as well.

Eastwood understands that. Yes, he was faltering but he knew what he was doing and he was very funny. I listened on the radio and I laughed out loud several times.

Romney will disappoint some people because his strategy is not to go for the jugular. The PACs will do that.

Romney (and his campaign) need to show those voters that he understands where they’re coming from, that Romney will turn things around, and that there’s an army of people out there who are disappointed and they’re welcome into the fold.

Millions of people are on the fence now. I know one personally who is a die hard Democrat and was extremely juiced about Obama. She is very disappointed and really torn. What’s interesting is that she’s a die hard Dem and feels this way! So you can easily believe that many of the wishy washy emotional independents are already over on the Romney side of the fence.

If Romney can get even 5-10% of the die hards to hop on over, it will be a landslide.

His ads now will target those Indies who are leaning toward him. Once he’s done that, he can go after the folks like my friend, who are on the Obama side of the fence still, but have very long faces. Depending on the state of his internal polls, he can either try hard to convert them, or push the disappointment angle so much that they stay home OR maybe both.


15 posted on 09/01/2012 7:09:50 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: MEG33

Trouble is will they still want their “free” stuff they were duped into believing?


16 posted on 09/01/2012 7:19:30 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: jdsteel
Yes, it is a good strategy. Simple and easy to implement. Now that the RNC showed how to sprinkle this “disappointment” into the conversation, we on the ground can follow through with spreading the “cheer” in comment forums on algoresinterwebs.

I can almost taste Mr. Obama’s coming implosion. Being a textbook case of narcissism, Obama can rationalize away many things, but the realization that the masses are “on to him” is the one thing he simply will not be able to handle.

True narcissism is rather rare, but the current occupant of the Oval Office fits the description very well. These types positively fall apart at the seams when exposed.

The next two months are going to be interestingg....As his ego fractures and spins out of control, Axlerod, ValJar and Michelle will become increasingly desperate as to how to stop his numbers from falling. I imagine, being from that cess pool of Chi politics, they will go for race/class riots...make that a national emergency—then The Won can come in to “heal” the nation. Pathetic plan....but, really, what else can he do? Invade Iran? Well...if the numbers go low enough...He will.

17 posted on 09/01/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by Pigsley
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To: nhwingut

Oh , brother ...


18 posted on 09/01/2012 7:24:02 AM PDT by katykelly
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To: nhwingut

What’s amazing is that this guy truly believes in his own objectivity as well as POLITICO’s. Talk about an illuminating case study.


19 posted on 09/01/2012 7:26:05 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick
What’s amazing is that this guy truly believes in his own objectivity as well as POLITICO’s. Talk about an illuminating case study.

Yep. The line about him excusing his anti Republican talking points as his attempt to be a team player is so laughable.

Here is a guy who has worked in politics his entire adult life (and who went to work for the biggest bomb thrower in DC) who now says he doesn't like the partisan game. LOL!
20 posted on 09/01/2012 7:31:23 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: nhwingut
I went to work for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat whom I had admired as a reporter and whom I continue to hold in high regard.

He makes a fine objective journalist. /s

21 posted on 09/01/2012 7:33:00 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 65 days away.)
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To: nhwingut

I give the guy credit for honesty, but if he sided with Dems, it won’t be reasonable to expect him to easily discharge that bias.


22 posted on 09/01/2012 7:34:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: bjc
I can see why you originally thought Clint embarrassed himself and the RNC...the thought crossed my mind for a few moments...Then I realized what he was doing.

Eastwood is no fool. He knew exactly what he was doing. I have to hand it to Romney/Republicans...they got an audience that probably would NOT have tuned in, hooked them and a lot stayed around to hear rock star Rubio and a very decent Mitt Romney tell them he was not going to heal the world but help their family. Fantastic plan that paid off in spades.

As the added bonus? I think Clint and the RNC knew that the Rachael Maddows’s and Hissy Chrissy's would make the “doddering old fool” comments. That the "embarrassing" Eastwood clips would be played...over and over again. Each time it's played, Mr. Obama gets a little blacker eye. He is diminished. And... All those old people that might have been swayed by the “Granny being pushed over the cliff”...Check mate.

23 posted on 09/01/2012 7:38:35 AM PDT by Pigsley
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To: Lazamataz
Stephanie Allen, Communications Director, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), (since 2009)

Like several current and former top communications staffers on Capitol Hill, Stephanie Allen earned her stripes in the office of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D).

Closely connected with former Landrieu deputy chief of staff and current Washington, D.C., Twitter executive Adam Sharp, married to POLITICO reporter Jon Allen and a longtime leader in the Senate Press Secretaries Association, Allen is tremendously well connected and liked by her peers.
24 posted on 09/01/2012 7:41:39 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: nhwingut

Way to out yourself, dude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85V1Xewv20k


25 posted on 09/01/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: randita

Eastwood wasn’t faltering. He’s spent his life as an actor and director of human emotion.

It isn’t faltering when you lean into the microphone to emphasize the points you want heard. It isn’t faltering when you can bring an empty chair to life to the point it becomes a well understood symbol. It isn’t faltering when you can point out with good humor the solid fact that Biden is the most intellectual of the current administration. It isn’t faltering when you have that big of an audience hanging on to every word you say.

The man is brilliant, not just a stellar actor.


26 posted on 09/01/2012 8:04:26 AM PDT by Helen
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I’m using the empty chair as my personal photo on FB. The meltdown from my liberal “friends” has been epic. I have been accused of racism, being a lemming, responsible for the economic collapse, etc., etc., etc.

Looks like it’s working. :-)


27 posted on 09/01/2012 8:11:42 AM PDT by CityCenter
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To: Yardstick
What’s amazing is that this guy truly believes in his own objectivity as well as POLITICO’s

This is a key to understanding--everyone has biases but few actually believe they are biased. And as ego involvement increases, self-awareness decreases. It is desperately important to liberals to see themselves as morally superior, so their ego involvement in their views is sky high. Liberals truly believe they have the lock on revealed truth, and are oblivious to discrepant realities.

To be clear however, you can see exactly the same pattern with extremists on the right, such as some posters here, who cling with a stranglehold to rigid and narrow opinion.

28 posted on 09/01/2012 8:16:55 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Pigsley
All those old people that might have been swayed by the “Granny being pushed over the cliff”...

Don't worry about "those old people." In 2008 they were the only age group in the country smart enough to give a majority to McCain instead of Obama. All the young bright boys, and boomer einsteins, from 18 to 65, went for Hopenchange.

29 posted on 09/01/2012 8:22:16 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Sub-Driver

And Ryan’s masterful line about college graduates in their childhood bedrooms starring at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can start their lives was devastatingly effective...one of the classics, very Reaganesque.


30 posted on 09/01/2012 8:28:05 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Zakeet
This idiot didn't disappoint me ... cause I expected the very worst ... and he delivered!

Too true!

31 posted on 09/01/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1321 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: bjc

The reason Rush is successful is because he makes his points with humor and he is a very funny guy. Steyn is great for that reason as well.

Eastwood understands that. Yes, he was faltering but he knew what he was doing and he was very funny. I listened on the radio and I laughed out loud several times.

Romney will disappoint some people because his strategy is not to go for the jugular. The PACs will do that.

Romney (and his campaign) need to show those voters that he understands where they’re coming from, that Romney will turn things around, and that there’s an army of people out there who are disappointed and they’re welcome into the fold.

Millions of people are on the fence now. I know one personally who is a die hard Democrat and was extremely juiced about Obama. She is very disappointed and really torn. What’s interesting is that she’s a die hard Dem and feels this way! So you can easily believe that many of the wishy washy emotional independents are already over on the Romney side of the fence.

If Romney can get even 5-10% of the die hards to hop on over, it will be a landslide.

His ads now will target those Indies who are leaning toward him. Once he’s done that, he can go after the folks like my friend, who are on the Obama side of the fence still, but have very long faces. Depending on the state of his internal polls, he can either try hard to convert them, or push the disappointment angle so much that even if they can’t bring themselves to pull the lever for Romney, they’ll just stay home.


32 posted on 09/01/2012 9:57:42 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: CityCenter

33 posted on 09/01/2012 3:11:09 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Sub-Driver
We're gonna disappoint him even more when we pop his balloon


34 posted on 09/01/2012 3:37:42 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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Sorry all, I asked the mod to remove the second post!


36 posted on 09/01/2012 3:40:04 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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