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We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight
Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 10, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak

Posted on 09/10/2012 10:21:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, Obama is winning. So was Jimmy Carter. So was Michael Dukakis. So would any Democrat, incumbent or not, who enjoyed the fawning coverage the mainstream media heaped on President Barack Obama.

During the Republicans’ convention, the media interrupted, fact-checked, and cut to commercials. During the Democrats’ convention, they swooned, and barely mentioned the awful jobs report that followed the next day.

So? Par for the course. You know who else was winning at this point? John McCain, by 5 points. And Democrats panicked. The media panicked. Tom Friedman of the New York Times told Obama he needed to “start slamming down some phones.”

But soon enough the structure of the race started to change. Lehman Brothers failed. The media targeted Sarah Palin. Obama stood still while McCain suspended his campaign. And he won.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will not, and should not, hope for a market meltdown. Nor can they expect to get help from the mainstream media, even when President Obama has a George H.W. Bush “supermarket scanner” moment and reveals he does not know how to use touch-screen technology to make a phone call.

Unlike Democrats, the GOP contenders are going to have to do things themselves and fight for the win on their own.

And you know what? They can.

The challengers raised $111.6 million in August alone, and they are only beginning to spend money. They have nearly $200 million cash-on-hand, far more than Obama--who has spent his campaign into debt running attack ads against Romney and Ryan that failed to put them away. The super PACs are about to kick into gear, as well. And the battle is all on Obama’s turf, in states he won in 2008.

North Carolina is already moving back into the Republican column....

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; media; msm; obama; palin; polls; romney; ryan
What do you say?
1 posted on 09/10/2012 10:21:30 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a very accurate description of the current situation.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 10:24:27 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a very accurate description of the current situation.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 10:24:41 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bottom line..Romney has to take the socialist/Marxist takeover by Obama headon. If Romney doesnt’t start getting aggressive he’s toast.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 10:25:10 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this. We better start swinging hard, that’s all I can say.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 10:25:28 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: DarthVader

You can say that again.


6 posted on 09/10/2012 10:25:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It has been demonstrated over and over again that in an election where there is a black candidate and a white candidate, the black candidate will over poll. People are afraid of being branded “racist” for not voting for the black candidate; that changes in the voting booth, especially when the economy is in the tank and sinking fast.


7 posted on 09/10/2012 10:27:00 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: kenmcg

I suggest that we bombard the Romney campaign with suggestions to this effect. Romney website has a provision for suggestions. mittromney.com front apge has “contact us” link near bottom. Then “suggestions”. Let’s have at it. No regrets.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: all the best

Let me consult this campaign. Either Obama will lose or he’ll be so damaged by truth, he’ll not be able to make a move on his second term without limping.

Time to take the Mittens off!


9 posted on 09/10/2012 10:31:18 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: In Maryland

Strangely enough, the same “over poll” “Bradley effect” meme was trotted out with McCain too.

How’d that turn out?


10 posted on 09/10/2012 10:41:45 AM PDT by George189
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll give Romney the same advice my father gave me in little league baseball:

“Swing as hard as you can in case you hit it”

“If you’re gonna go down, go down swinging”

Those two pieces of advice have helped me through a thousand situations. People respect someone who goes for it. People forget the guy who plays it safe.

You’re running for President, Mitt. Swing away.


11 posted on 09/10/2012 10:41:52 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: George189

While I agree with you - and have posted something similar in the last couple of days - the country is in a different place now than it was in 2008.

In 2006 midterms, the most recent elections prior to the 2008 Presidential, the Republicans got slaughtered. Therefore, in 2008, oversampling dems made sense.

This time, in 2010 midterms, Democrats got slaughtered. Therefore in 2008, oversampling dems does not make sense.

I do not think the pendulum has swung all the way back but I do believe the polling firms are oversampling Dems - either because they want Obama to win or they think that’s still the correct R/D split (or both).


12 posted on 09/10/2012 10:46:40 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - 1984)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually at this point in 1988 it seemed it was all over but the “Congratulations, President Dukakis” part.

All it took was the Willie Horton ad, that tank photo, and his lukewarm response to that debate question to unravel him.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 10:49:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is about right. Romney has the upper hand in cash right now, and the ads he and the GOP have put out are good ones.

Romney’s ads and the GOP’s ads so far have been pretty good, and have fared better in the “fact-check” arena even when the fact checkers are lefties. The ad talent is in favor of Romney. The cash on hand is in favor of Romney. Obama’s ads have been petty and false. His campaign and prominent Dems have been caught in incredibly stupid and obvious lies of late. Biden is still a gaffe machine. And people have got to be tired of repeated, shrill cries of racism by now. And I’m not so sure Obama really is in the lead- he’s polling a little bit over Romney right now, but that’s on a post-convention bounce and with polls that over-sample Dems. The Dems have already quietly abandoned the environmentalist/climate change plank this year.

On top of all that Obama just doesn’t have a record to run on. If Romney can deflect the War on Women BS and focus on the economy, IMHO his chances are excellent.

I think the Romney campaign is cocked and locked and ready for a huge offensive on the leans-Obama states. Obama will have to squander a lot of resources in a desperate fight to retain states that in a different political climate he could count on. And he’s gonna lose some of them.

I’m not sure how much it will really affect the race, but man, I can’t wait to watch Ryan wipe the floor with Biden in the VP debates.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 10:59:10 AM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What do you say?

Yeah, it's all over, even before the first debate. /s

15 posted on 09/10/2012 10:59:42 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: all the best

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16 posted on 09/10/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (I don't have a tagline...too depressed.)
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To: DarthVader

I agree. It is a fair assessment. I wouldn’t say Obama is winning any more than I would have said Romney is winning when polls favored him a few days after his convention. The race is close. Obama benefits from incumbency and media impact. The GOP benefits from a crappy economy and general dissatisfaction with direction. If the election was today, I have no idea what would happen. The anti-Obama voter rolls are huge - 45%+ are strongly opposed. The DNC got their people fired up last week, too, and they have the GOTV (unions, etc). I think it would be close, but electorally, I think we would pick off at least 2 of the FL, VA, OH today. Ohio would be the least likely at this moment.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 11:10:20 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, Obama is winning

Only after Gallup got threatened by his thugs.

18 posted on 09/10/2012 11:12:31 AM PDT by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After hearing more horrific economic news about our standing in the world, I have come to a simple conclusion. Anybody who votes for Obama or stays home isn’t just misguided or lazy. They are idiots. Anyone who enables this man to destroy the economy of this country is a moron. Only in a nation full of morons would someone who has crashed us into a wall be reelected. Forget his assaults on freedom, his communism and his lies. Just LOOK at the economy. That alone is enough to kick bozo and plugs out. Those who refuse to vote for Romney are as bad as the Obama supporters. Whether or not he’s a RINO, it’s clear he plans to get out of the way when it comes to the private sector. We NEED jobs. Lots of jobs. Social issues can be tackled later, in the congress. The economy is priority #1. We are now ranked 7th in the world, for crying out loud! It’s pathetic! OBAMA HAS TO GO!


19 posted on 09/10/2012 11:16:05 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: ilgipper
The election is Romney's to lose simply because he has 4 years of Obama failure to run against. Obama's history is out there as well.

Obama has overseen the US credit downgrade, the fastest growth of the debt in history, a bad economy, embarrassing gaffes all over the world, no budget for the last three years, unpopular legislation, the list goes on an on.

A lot of this will come out in the debates. But Romney can't assume people are aware of anything. He needs to play offense and force Obama to defend his record -- that is his weak point.

20 posted on 09/10/2012 11:24:41 AM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: Viennacon
....."We are now ranked 7th in the world, for crying out loud! It’s pathetic! OBAMA HAS TO GO!"

I just heard that on Fox News Cable We're really sinking to the bottom with the Obama jack-ass in office!!.

21 posted on 09/10/2012 11:24:52 AM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And like Carter and Dukakis, Obama will go down in flames.


22 posted on 09/10/2012 11:25:26 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: In Maryland

That is how I look at that, that people do not want to be accused of being racist, but once in the privacy of the voting booth, his oppoinent will come out the winner.


23 posted on 09/10/2012 11:27:10 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nothing matters until the debates....Romney needs to punch Obama hard right in the gut with the first question and response to throw him off his game and get under that thin skin

Rattle him and make him expose himself as the asshole arrogant prick he is...

24 posted on 09/10/2012 11:32:07 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When will Romney take on the “defunding_______(name your favorite government program) to give Tax Breaks for the wealthy” meme?


25 posted on 09/10/2012 11:39:25 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: swamprebel

Maybe his team thinks that if you are ignorant enough to believe such nonsense you’re probably going to vote for Mr. Obama no matter what anyone says.


26 posted on 09/10/2012 11:43:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: George189

Well, the Gallup poll of likely voters right before the 2008 election (10/31 - 11/02) showed Obama with an 11% lead; the election results saw only a 7.2% margin.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 11:46:37 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt should suspend his campaign to solve the Chicago teachers’ strike.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 11:50:09 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any team that allows the “Big Lie” a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously,” is practicing political malpractice.


29 posted on 09/10/2012 11:50:34 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: Defiant

And put Paul Ryan in high heels and glasses? Maybe invite Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace to work on the campaign as Ryan aides....


30 posted on 09/10/2012 11:55:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zero has lost significant support in key areas. I think the article is dead on.


31 posted on 09/10/2012 12:03:57 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: hopespringseternal
A lot of this will come out in the debates. But Romney can't assume people are aware of anything. He needs to play offense and force Obama to defend his record -- that is his weak point.

100% correct. That was one thing that scared me during our convention...when asked why they didn't layout Obama's failures, one top consultants said (paraphrasing)'people already know that stuff...'. That scares me, because no, the average person knows things stink, but do not hear what Obama is doing to contribute. The evidence is there and Obama needs to be put on the spot.

32 posted on 09/10/2012 12:54:48 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper

R&R are also spending a lot of money on GOTV efforts. This past weekend, they hit 20 million voters. I think they have done this several weekends already. Right or wrong, I think they are taking a different approach than over saturation of advertising. People turn it off after a couple dozens ads, even if you agree with the ad. We know there are millions of conservative and evangelicals who didn’t vote in 2008. Enough to have won it for McCain/Palin, and enough to put Romney over the top.

Regardless of what we think of Romney, he is very very bright. R&R are taking a different approach. Time will tell if it is successful.


33 posted on 09/10/2012 1:02:30 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: Personal Responsibility

You’re running for President, Mitt. Swing away.

And.....

This is your ONE AND ONLY shot at it. If you fail your political career is over so you have NOTHING to lose but the presidency.

WE have everything to lose if you fail.

DO NOT be relegated to the dustbin of history because you were too afraid to swing for the bleachers.


34 posted on 09/10/2012 1:09:17 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: In Maryland

I’ve heard that as well, but it sure didn’t help us in 2008. I really thought that was a factor and that McCain would squeak by.

This time around, though, is different. Zippy can’t run against Bush’s record - though he seems to still be trying. He now owns the economy. He owns his record of 4 years with nothing to show for it.

First actual job he’s ever had. EPIC FAIL.

His only hope is massive election fraud.

Stay vigilant, Freepers!


35 posted on 09/10/2012 1:14:09 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: gswilder

Interesting info. I agree on the tv ads. I actually would like to see them do more web ads...the display ads I see everywhere for Obama are BS, but probably effective at impacting opinion. I would love to see more of it. We have so much info on our side, and it is too expensive to buy tv ad time for all of it. We have to tie the crappy economy to Obama policies. It is easy...and it was all predicted by conservatives.


36 posted on 09/10/2012 1:31:16 PM PDT by ilgipper
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