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Romney's New Strategy
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Posted on 09/25/2012 7:51:37 PM PDT by Arthurio

Romney’s New Strategy

By Stanley Kurtz

September 25, 2012 9:59 P.M. Comments0

By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried ”a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “That is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”

Romney’s attacks on Obama’s 1998 remarks about redistribution could have been dismissed as an effort to divert attention from the 47 percent flap. Today’s Ohio campaign-speech appears to signal a more serious pivot. This is how Romney has chosen to open his tour of the ultimate battleground state. Gone is Obama the likable guy in over his head. Now we have Obama the transformative ideologue. You don’t need to screen clips from 2016, or even bring up European social democracy, to make the point.

Romney’s earlier strategy of depending on reminders of Obama’s failed economic stewardship to gently wean voters away from Obama wasn’t crazy. Why alienate that thin sliver of Obama-sympathetic undecideds by making them feel like fools for having supported the president in the first place? Yet that framing made the election a choice between blaming Obama for our economic troubles or cutting him some slack for having been handed such a bad situation to begin with.

This new strategy changes things. By highlighting Obama’s transformative policies, Romney gives voters a way to make sense of Obama’s role in our economic woes. This is how the 2010 election was won.

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1 posted on 09/25/2012 7:51:39 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

THIS is how you WIN AN ELECTION!!!


2 posted on 09/25/2012 7:52:55 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: Arthurio

Keep talking Romney;We are listening.


3 posted on 09/25/2012 7:56:37 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Arthurio

Romney just turned up the heat. Hope the propane tank doesn’t run out of gas.


4 posted on 09/25/2012 7:58:04 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Arthurio

I don’t think this is “Romney’s New Strategy” at all. He’s carefully planned the entire campaign schedule and this escalation of the ideological element was planned for right now. The undecideds are finally start to pay attention — Labor Day is gone, the Conventions are behind us, the kids are back in school. Now is the time to take the battle to Obastard.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 8:00:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Arthurio; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Kurtz: “The horror! The horror!”


6 posted on 09/25/2012 8:03:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Arthurio
GO GET 'EM, MITT!!!


7 posted on 09/25/2012 8:03:43 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Arthurio; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...

Well Mitts ‘killing Obama with praise’ strategy wasn’t working when O was attacking MRs character for months.


8 posted on 09/25/2012 8:08:14 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Agreed.

Media gets to cover for their “doesn’t want it” act.


9 posted on 09/25/2012 8:09:25 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Disagree respectfully.

I don’t think he ever expected to fall behind like this. He wanted to play it safe and coast to victory.

He underestimated the impact of all the June ads he let run unanswered, and he underestimated the power of a crippled MSM to continue to inflict damage on him.

He should have done this months ago, but he was oblivious to the damage being done. Hope it isn’t too late to turn it around.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 8:10:22 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I agree this is a good strategy - start off slow, get folks use to the idea of getting rid of Obama - ie talk to the center left and move to the right - bring them along with you.

I think he’ll catch up with the conservatives & Tea Party folks.

I think he’s got this choreographed - I hope this stuff in the middle east is coincidence..... I think I heard he and Bibi have been buds for years.


11 posted on 09/25/2012 8:13:58 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: Arthurio

“Foreign” certainly describes BO. Nicely done.


12 posted on 09/25/2012 8:14:22 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: sickoflibs
...a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor...

the tax and spend, grandaddy of bambamcare actually said this ??? with a straight, used car saleman face ???

13 posted on 09/25/2012 8:15:21 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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>>“That is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”

Oooooo! That's tough! That will really counter the Obama ads showing Romney killing blacks and Latinos and then selling their organs to old white billionaires. /S

14 posted on 09/25/2012 8:16:38 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Arthurio

Just so long as he doesn’t go all McCain on us, he has a chance to win this thing.


15 posted on 09/25/2012 8:17:55 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”the tax and spend, grandaddy of bambamcare actually said this ??? with a straight, used car saleman face ???

Look gilb, we ALL voted against Romney in the primary but now that he is the candidate he is the only one who can defeat Obama and save us from mass destruction.
So NOW we must ALL support him, we must defend him, we must lie for him if need be, If Romney is caught on tape saying one thing he didnt want us to hear and then later says it was really something else he said we must repeat his explanation as if we heard that on the tape and say the tape was edited.

Nothing less than the survival of the human race is at risk here. Are you with us? DA-Da-DA America-America!

:)

16 posted on 09/25/2012 8:28:37 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: mike_9958

I think I heard he and Bibi have been buds for years.
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Mitt and Bibi attended Harvard together, where they became friends.


17 posted on 09/25/2012 8:31:53 PM PDT by octex
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To: Arthurio
Here's hoping we can look for some CONSTANT consistency.

I've see flashes of this now and then BUT he doesn't keep constant heat on Obozo.

Let's hope he's gonna finally "put the pedal to the metal" from now until NOV 6th.

18 posted on 09/25/2012 8:33:09 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: spodefly

Everyone may not love Romney as a true die hard conservative. But Romney is a very smart man. Successful in business and in politics. I think he has had a plan from the very beginning. It was not going to be a traditional campaign. Not herky jerky to daily events or attacks.

Introduce himself at the convention. Tell the 2008 Obama voters, its OK to feel bad about your vote. And now, he is racheting up the attacks. We saw it in primary. He got pressed my Newt in SC, and attacked him big time going into FLA, and the primary was effectively over.

I also believe they are playing a big swing vote and voter turnout game. I think R&R don’t believe ads are very effective in the end. Social media and personal touch. I mean it is amazing the millions of voters Romney’s organization has contacted the last couple of months.

We will know on Nov 6th (hopefully) if this strategy works. But Mitt is a smart, strategic and steady leader.


19 posted on 09/25/2012 8:35:22 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: comebacknewt

I’m a Newt diehard too-—wish that that could have been. I hope Newt is.playing some behind the scenes role!


20 posted on 09/25/2012 8:37:29 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: octex

Wow-—I did not know this but it is reassuring.


21 posted on 09/25/2012 8:41:00 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: octex

Bibi went to MIT. We were there in the mid 70s. Didn’t know he went to Harvard although he may have taken some classes there as part of the MIT Harvard cross registration


22 posted on 09/25/2012 8:41:24 PM PDT by arkfreepdom
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To: Arthurio
Campaigning with Paul Ryan is another good move for Romney. Together they drew large crowds in the past. I felt it was a mistake to split up, you gotta strike while the Iron is hot, but better late than never. The large crowds create the sense of inevitability, and momentum, and the Media will have to cover it.
23 posted on 09/25/2012 8:42:42 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“I don’t think this is “Romney’s New Strategy” at all. He’s carefully planned the entire campaign schedule and this escalation of the ideological element was planned for right now. The undecideds are finally start to pay attention — Labor Day is gone, the Conventions are behind us, the kids are back in school”

BINGO....


25 posted on 09/25/2012 8:43:50 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Arthurio

Hey Mittens, unzip your pants, show some balls, and you will be surprised how many politically incorrect Americans will vote for for you.

Remain in the missionary position and you will be steamrolled.


26 posted on 09/25/2012 8:46:55 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: krunkygirl

Newt was great on Greta tonight. I too am a diehard Newt fan.


27 posted on 09/25/2012 8:52:45 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: comebacknewt; All

First of all .. Romney is not falling behind. If you go to unskewedpolls.com, you will find Romney is ahead by 7.8%.

The dems are already padding the polling date by 13% more dems and very few independents (who are currently polling about 11% Romney over Obama). This means that most of the polls make it appear that Obama is ahead.

We need to support Romney and not run around whining that Romney is not doing what we want. I’ve never been in or run a campaign - so I’m sure my ideas of what Romney should or shouldn’t do are probably not related to what’s really happening.


28 posted on 09/25/2012 9:08:00 PM PDT by The Final Harvest ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: Arthurio

if people dont start getting more enthusiastic..voters may not bother to show up.
Anyone know how many were at UN Obama speech..didnt hear the usual applause.


29 posted on 09/25/2012 9:42:37 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Arthurio

Bump, because I read this and it was good.

I state here for the record what I said out loud when I read this post.

If Mitt Romney beats Obama I will personally kiss his *ss in Macy’s window, if Anne says it’s OK.


30 posted on 09/25/2012 9:47:10 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: sickoflibs

“So NOW we must ALL support him, we must defend him, we must lie for him if need be, If Romney is caught on tape saying one thing he didnt want us to hear and then later says it was really something else he said we must repeat his explanation as if we heard that on the tape and say the tape was edited.”

I agree with this 100%, assuming you are not being sarcastic, which I don’t think you are.

This is how the libs play it, EVERY SINGLE TIME.

If Obama thought he could say he had smoked the peace pipe with Elizabeth Warren and it would help her, he’d say it. Well, maybe not Obama, he truly seems to care only for himself.

But Bill Clinton, now you know Billy Jeff would put on the full war paint and headdress to help that fair squaw. That is how they play the game.

We may not need to go all the way over to their way of thinking (I always remember what my kid says: that’s why we’re better than them), but we need to at least steal SOME of their plays.


31 posted on 09/25/2012 9:52:22 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: thecodont

MSNBC will no doubt be screaming “racist codeword” there.


32 posted on 09/25/2012 10:05:24 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Osama's dead... and so is our ambassador - Coulter.)
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To: dandiegirl

me too, he would have slaughtered Obama in debates!


33 posted on 09/25/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: Arthurio

The most fun will be watching State-Run Media whine and moan about the Romney “Attacks” against their beloved “Dear Leader”.


34 posted on 09/26/2012 4:39:22 AM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: sickoflibs
so, in other words, im being selfish, and am personally responsible for your kids being forced into the bambam youth and yer parents being tossed in an oven, UNLESS i convert to progressive statism ???

good to know...

35 posted on 09/26/2012 4:55:57 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Arthurio

Mitt has to take his campaign directly to the people. The msm is on the obama payroll so he has to go around them, it can be done, Reagan proved that.

I said right from the beginning that any candidate who could make the election about obamas record would win in a landslide BUT, he would have to fight not only obama but his P.R. branch, the msm, and that would not be easy.


36 posted on 09/26/2012 5:24:18 AM PDT by weezel
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To: dalebert

I live just outside Charlotte, remember them? Where the dim-0s had their convention just weeks ago?

You would expect to see obama posters and bumper stickers everywhere but, I havent seen ONE yard sign, and very few bumper stickers.The dim-0s have no enthusiasm working for them, but Romney has even less. Mitt needs to give the people a REASON to get excited about him, he needs to articulate a plan to put Americans back to work.

He will have to get around the msm,AKA the dim-0s P.R. branch, but it can be done. TELL the people how to make America work again, Mitt!!! AND you will win, and America will win!


37 posted on 09/26/2012 5:30:59 AM PDT by weezel
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To: CyberAnt

The thing about that is, they are not skewing the polls by polling more dim-0s than Republicans, cause there ARE more FOOLS, than Republicans.

Romney can still win, by a landslide, but he has to tell Americans why they should vote for him. obama has already demonstrated why people should vote for him, FREE STUFF!

Romney has to show that he can make it possible for Americans to EARN more stuff than obama can give them, and in the process, earn themselves self respect, and respect of their fellow Americans.


38 posted on 09/26/2012 5:35:45 AM PDT by weezel
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Here is the campaign ad that I would like to see someone make.

THIS is what we had in ‘06 when Republicans held both houses of congress and the WH, and dem0s were running for control of congress promising “CHANGE.” How’re yall liking the “CHANGE?”

2006 unemployment #s
4.7...jan.
4.8...feb.
4.7...march
4.7...april
4.7...may
4.6...june
4.7...july
4.7...aug.
4.5...sep.
4.4...oct.
4.5...nov.
4.4...dec.

________________________________________http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=LNS14000000

When Republicans had both houses and the WH.........................http://www.icmarc.org/xp/rc/marketview/ ... oduct.html

The 1st quarter of ‘06 saw 4.8% growth in GDP. Then came demos running for control of congress promising “CHANGE.” They won, and after 2 years in power, things HAVE “CHANGED” GDP growth dropped to negative 6%. Happy with your “CHANGE?”


39 posted on 09/26/2012 5:37:32 AM PDT by weezel
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To: weezel

OR this..............

Just like in EVERY CASE , when
Republicans pick up power, the economy does better. When dim-0s pick up power,
the economy falters.

It happened when carter gained the WH, the economy got WORSE.

It happened when Reagan gained the WH, the economy got BETTER.

It happened when clinton gained the WH, economic growth dropped from over 4%,
to about 2% 2 years later.

It happened in jan ‘95, when Republicans took over congress, the economy caught
fire and sported some of the best times in our history, including balanced
budgets and even a PROJECTED surplus.

It happened in jan ‘00 when W. gained the WH. He inherited a recession, a crashing market and 9-11 with terrorists in our country planning and training. He turned that into the longest running jobs expansion in our history with an average 5.2% unemployment number.

It happened AGAIN in jan ‘07, when dim-0 gained control of congress promising
“CHANGE” from the 4.4% unemployment, mid 4% economic growth, and the
longest running jobs expansion in the history of the nation.
“CHANGED” to depression.


40 posted on 09/26/2012 5:38:54 AM PDT by weezel
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To: Arthurio

I picture Romnet with a spool of rope a hundred feet high, essentially a LOT of rope...

All he has to do is to keep on reeling it out to Obama, not only will Obama hang himself but the miles of rope will also become snares for all those that rush to his aid.

More rope Romney!


41 posted on 09/26/2012 5:43:49 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: weezel

maybe he could get West to campaign with him


42 posted on 09/26/2012 9:29:47 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Arthurio

I can tell you what to highlight..things only get better Obama’s policies run out..when Obama leaves them alone. housing crisis for example..he stuck his nose in the middleast to nation build and look what happenend


43 posted on 09/26/2012 9:32:28 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: weezel

How does anyone ever come to the conclusion that Democrats are better with the econemy...drugs?


44 posted on 09/26/2012 9:36:26 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: weezel; All

Okay .. lets all get this straight.

If you want to know what a GOOD poll is - look at Rasmussen. In every election, he uses “likely voters” for his polling data which gives him the most accurate numbers.

The left is not using the same polling data that Rasmussen uses. One of the latest polls - came out today - when redone using the Rasmussen stats .. Romney is ahead by 7 points. Thus, proving my point.

The left is using data from 2004 and 2008 - which is totally off - basically because they used “exit polling” to do their stupid poll. In 2004, that was the same method the left was using and then they couldn’t believe Bush won with over 4,000,000 more votes. In 2008, the dems were hyper-ventilating over Obama. And, as noted today on the internet, it’s dead silence on college campuses - whereas in 2008 it was a mad-house with Obama posters everywhere, etc.

All the new totally skewed polls are designed to do IS TO GET THE RIGHT TO STAY HOME - and this is proven by the fact that the lefty media has been continually saying “it’s all over” - meaning that their terribly skewed polls (7-13% oversampling of dems) proves that Romney cannot win.

This is all horse-pucky and I’m sick and tired of hearing all the whining about what Romney should or shouldn’t do.

And .. remember something important - “the silent majority” .. we haven’t disappeared or changed our vote .. we simply don’t answer calls for polls, and WE NEVER TELL PEOPLE HOW WE’RE VOTING.

WHY ..?? Because it messes with the dems and makes them throw a hissy-fit. What could be better than that ..??


45 posted on 09/26/2012 7:43:37 PM PDT by The Final Harvest ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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