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Two More Months: Itís a dead heat between the aggressive liberal and the decisive manager
Weekly Standard ^ | 09/10/2012 | Stephen Hayes

Posted on 09/10/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

One day after the Democratic convention ended here, and a week after the Republican convention wrapped up in Tampa, and American politics is basically all tied up. Here’s the top line on Real Clear Politics 60 days before November 6: The RCP average for the presidential race shows a dead heat (Obama +0.7 percentage points), the Senate is 46-46 with 8 tossups, and the generic congressional ballot is tied.

And while the conventions gave us little indication who will win in November, they offered some insights into how the campaigns think they can achieve victory. Mitt Romney is running as a decisive but largely nonideological manager. Barack Obama is running as a proud, even aggressive, liberal whose policies just need more time.

In his address to the Democratic National Convention on September 6, Obama offered the country a full-throated, unapologetic embrace of government. Solving our challenges, he said, will “require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.” The speech was the apotheosis of a campaign that has glorified government at every turn. There was the bizarre website featuring a fictional “Julia” who relies on government assistance to get ahead at every stage of her life, and there was Obama’s “you didn’t build that” riff—both the comment and the context—diminishing individual accomplishment and celebrating government good works.

On the final night of the convention, shortly before Obama spoke, Barney Frank departed from his prepared remarks to offer the progressive view of self-government, a view that all too often ignores the crucial institutions between the individual and the state that make up civil society. “There are things that a civilized society needs that we can only do when we do them together,” Frank declared.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; elections; obama; romney

1 posted on 09/10/2012 5:26:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

You got ti, and I am wondering why some FRpers, other than for the trolls are in a panic. The election is not DONE.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 5:29:58 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is a decisive manager? He can’t even make a decision.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 5:31:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

If the MSM didn’t make every Presidential race out to be close, there would be nothing for them to write about.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 5:33:43 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: PhiloBedo
Yes, the MSM makes a lot of money during election season.

They need to make it a horse-race as much for $$$ as for their ideology.

5 posted on 09/10/2012 5:38:06 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind
decisive manager?

and that is why its close.

6 posted on 09/10/2012 5:38:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

home team in caps...las vegas spread...
USA ROMNEY vs communist soetoro.... even


7 posted on 09/10/2012 5:43:16 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: SeekAndFind

Why must conservatives continually boost Obama by calling him a liberal when there is ample evidence he is a Radical Marxist.

There is ample proof out there so why isn’t it being used?

Because they are afraid if they do, the media will make fun of them. Well do call him a Marxist or Anarchist and Baby murderer and when they make fun of you shout the facts out loud. Make fun of them. Keep shouting about Bill Ayers, The Reverend Wright. His votes to slaughter babies and not just fetuses tho I personally don’t see a difference.

Our candidate it pushing Obama as a nice guy and that is the worst possible thing he can do.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 5:49:37 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: nickcarraway

RE: Obama is a decisive manager? He can’t even make a decision.

You really believe that Romney is the aggressive liberal and not Obama?


9 posted on 09/10/2012 5:50:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Aggresive in degree, but it;s true, Romney doesn't have an aggressive personality. She's sheepish and wimpy. Did his advisers tell him that? For a guy that's supposed to be a Wall Street-type, he doesn't not have any brashness or confidence. Maybe they told him he needs to come off as a wimp? Not sure that is good advice.

Maybe they should take a picture of him in a tank?

10 posted on 09/10/2012 5:58:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I am no fan of Harry Truman but he knew how to win an election. He was trailing badly so what did he do?

He gave em hell!

And he won!


11 posted on 09/10/2012 6:10:48 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Biggirl
"You got ti, and I am wondering why some FRpers, other than for the trolls are in a panic."

I'm not in a panic and I'm sure that all of these polls can be sliced and diced as to methodology and sampling but...

When old Steve Hayes wrote this article (posted here today) he said the RCP Avg. was Øbama plus .7%.

Of course today it is actually Øbama plus 2.9%.

As far as the polls go, things are decidedly not going well for us (Romney).

12 posted on 09/10/2012 6:14:09 PM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Biggirl

Because there is this big see-saw. On one side is Romney and on the other side is Obama. Obama is joined by thousands of conservatives who see no difference between Romney and Obama.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 6:21:19 PM PDT by ladyjane
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RE: Obama is joined by thousands of conservatives who see no difference between Romney and Obama.

So, the solution is to let Obamacare, more spending and higher taxes be the law of the land under the assumption that Romney and Ryan are lying when they promised to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes by 20% across the board?


14 posted on 09/10/2012 6:29:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
It’s a dead heat between the aggressive liberal and the decisive manager

Funny, I never thought of Obama as a decisive manager.

15 posted on 09/10/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: ladyjane
“Obama is joined by thousands of conservatives who see no difference between Romney and Obama.”

I don't know one conservative who has joined with Obama - indeed they are total opposites. Romney and Obama do have some similar stands on issues. However, Romney said he is a “severe” conservative although that is folly for him to say.

16 posted on 09/10/2012 8:16:49 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bread and circuses.


17 posted on 09/11/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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