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Obama's Ohio Silver Lining
National Journal ^ | o | Major Garrett

Posted on 10/11/2012 8:36:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Rattled, dismayed, and shaken, President Obama's national campaign is divided into two camps: impassive warhorses and anxiety-ridden newbies.

The battle-scarred operatives have been doing nonstop psychic triage since the first presidential debate, calming nerves and reassuring the shaken that campaigns have their ups and downs.

"This is the first time in this entire campaign some of the new people have seen a bad run," said a senior Obama strategist. "The veterans are telling them they need to ride it out."

That became a bit easier around noon on Wednesday when the first patch of internal polls came back from key swing states. They revealed that Obama was not in free fall, as some feared, but that his support has returned to where it was in July and August.

"Voters haven't switched from us to him," the strategist said, referring to GOP nominee Mitt Romney. "But they are giving him a second look. They are thinking about him again. The question is, can he [Romney] close the deal."

That was supposed to be Obama's task at the first debate, one he clearly fumbled. Internal Obama swing-state polling now confirms this harsh reality: The president's lackluster performance cost him all of the advantages he built up through the Democratic National Convention and via Romney's now-infamous dismissal of the "47 percent" of the country that he said in a closed-door fundraiser would never vote for him.

In other words, in 90 minutes, Obama flushed a month's worth of convention and 47-percent bounce.

"We were in the lead, but that's all washed away," the president's strategist said. "Now it's up to us to make the case again against him. Most undecideds are making a choice about him, not the president."

...."Everybody's fully engaged now," [Ohio state chairman of Obama's statewide campaign Eric] Kearney said.......

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; battlegroundstate; electoralcollege; ohio

1 posted on 10/11/2012 8:37:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

what is your point in posting this??


2 posted on 10/11/2012 8:41:15 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Very difficult for any campaign when the reality of candidate becomes apparent even to his closest aids.

Obama is a House of Cards. Sorry, we all thought he would come through and do great things. Never in my life time was a president given a clear mandate. He chose to squander it, and resort to the typical petty politics that remind one of Chicago, my home town by the way.

There is nothing to ride out. The only thing to do, is diversion or find some excuse not to show up for the next two debates.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 8:42:07 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would actually sort of enjoy seeing Romney lose Ohio and still win the election (by winning Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan or some combination thereof) if for no other reason to finally kill this stupid media narrative that “As goes Ohio, so goes the election.” I’m sick of being forced to worship at the altar of Ohio every four years...


4 posted on 10/11/2012 8:44:01 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When you have to leak (fake) internals to your media pals to calm your base down, you are losing.


5 posted on 10/11/2012 8:45:21 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Most undecideds are making a choice about him, not the president.

Thats a lie. Undecided are making a choice on re-electing the incumbent, which break at least 2 to 1 against.

6 posted on 10/11/2012 8:45:28 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Then there are the actual facts that explode this hogwash: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2943298/post


7 posted on 10/11/2012 8:47:30 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Perdogg; Cincinatus' Wife
what is your point in posting this??

"know your enemy" comes to mind.

8 posted on 10/11/2012 8:49:18 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ha ha ha - “Good news - we’re not in total freefall like we feared!”


9 posted on 10/11/2012 8:50:33 AM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: apillar

Well, you must admit Ohio is a pretty damn good bellweather. The state has not voted for a losing presidential candidate since 1960. And there is good reason to believe that election was stolen. I don’t think any state can match Ohio’s accuracy.


10 posted on 10/11/2012 8:51:14 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: piytar

bad link for some reason


11 posted on 10/11/2012 8:51:35 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
America is desperately looking for an alternative to Obama. With the corrupt MSM working hand-in-glove with the Obama campaign over the past summer months voters strongly hesitated. The debate showed the American people that Romney is an acceptable alternative to Obama.

Obama will not be in a free-fall as the corrupt MSM and the Obama billion dollar war-chest will assure. Nonetheless, Romney has shown that he is an acceptable alternative to Obama and if Romney simply acts as the steady-handed Romney in the last two debates he will close the deal.

I see it this way: Romney just has to show Americans who he is in the last two debates. Obama has been intentionally clever to whisper post debate doubts into people's ear: “Was Romney really that good, or was he lying and acting?”

If Romney is just himself in the last two debates he will most certainly win. Regardless, the campaign has irrevocably shifted. Before, Obama was in the driver's seat, not Romney is at the wheel and can steer his course.

My money is on Romney. Not just wishful thinking; I do believe he will win in November.

12 posted on 10/11/2012 8:55:43 AM PDT by Obadiah (The corrupt MSM is the enemy of the American people.)
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To: Perdogg
what is your point in posting this??

Well,....since you asked so nicely....

It struck me that many of Obama's "youthful green" supporters-workers are demoralized and that is a GOOD thing.

But then again, Obama's camp of seasoned operatives are going to push back any which way they can.

We need to keep moving at them.

I hope the Ryan-Biden match-up tonight will go a long way toward continuing to rattle Obama's camp and depress his support.

13 posted on 10/11/2012 8:56:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: apillar

One additional point: No Republican has EVER won the White House without winning Ohio. Maybe this year will be the exception, but that would mean Romney would have to make up for it elsewhere, and Ohio is certainly more Republican leaning than say, PA, MI, or WI.


14 posted on 10/11/2012 8:57:20 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: NonValueAdded
"know your enemy" comes to mind.

Bump!

15 posted on 10/11/2012 8:57:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: apillar

Sick of it too, so I understand where you’re coming from.

However, I’d like to see Romney overwhelmingly win the popular vote, win all the states he needs without Ohio...but then going on to still win Ohio and have an overwhelming win that can’t be challenged.


16 posted on 10/11/2012 8:58:49 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: Perdogg; Cincinatus' Wife

Because it’s Major Garrett, because it’s not complimentary (at least the excerpt isn’t), and because it shows Obama behind but not knocked out by that first debate beating (which most everyone agrees is the proper perspective.)

I don’t really know why CW posted it, but those are things I noticed about it.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 9:02:03 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Obadiah

Right. They just needed (wanted) someone to reach out and pull them from the sinking “Obama has run us aground” ship (someone with a sure grip). They see Romney as that guy (with Ryan by his side).


18 posted on 10/11/2012 9:02:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Further, I think there was almost a national euphoria after the first debate. Americans had been hoping for something better than Obama and Romney proved to be a more than an acceptable alternative and the polling showed people cheered this!

Now, again, Obama has played the devil on American’s shoulders telling them that what they saw wasn't real, Romney was lying, Romney was acting. So there is now that element of doubt creeping in, but I have no doubt that Romney will seal the deal in the final two debates by simply being Romney and not the Obama/corrupt MSM caricature.

19 posted on 10/11/2012 9:03:11 AM PDT by Obadiah (The corrupt MSM is the enemy of the American people.)
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To: xzins
Because it’s Major Garrett,................

:)

20 posted on 10/11/2012 9:04:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Obadiah

I wonder if the audience for the 2nd presidential debate will be even LARGER than the first.

The WH-State Dept-Lybia coverup is making news and negatively effecting the adminstration’s campaign [possibly Dems all down the ticket].

The fact that they have to defend in so many swing states is draining their war chest.


21 posted on 10/11/2012 9:10:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: apillar
I’m sick of being forced to worship at the altar of Ohio every four years...

If you thought the Spanish Inquisition was bad, just wait until you see what the Ohio Inquisition will do to heretics like you. Get back on your knees and worship us! :-)

22 posted on 10/11/2012 9:23:48 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Major Garrett is a Major A**HOLE!


23 posted on 10/11/2012 9:29:22 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We ALL need to PRAY for Ryan tonite!! PRAY HARD!!


24 posted on 10/11/2012 9:31:06 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: nhwingut; All

Yeah, I love the fact that these internals are leaked now.

I think they are clearly nonsense. The GOP hasn’t released internals really either way.


25 posted on 10/11/2012 9:50:39 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, this is the spin the Obamugabe campaign is feeding the National Journal. And the National Journal is publishing it....

Does ANYONE think Obamugabe is going to let a scribbler for NJ really see the internal poll results? Gimme a break.


26 posted on 10/11/2012 9:52:58 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

FYI Camile Paglia just announced she is voting for the Green Party rather than Obama.

Perhaps we should be trolling that information among Obama supporters.


27 posted on 10/11/2012 9:53:47 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: apillar
I’m sick of being forced to worship at the altar of Ohio every four years

We are the only state in the union that actually owns another state....Michigan.
28 posted on 10/11/2012 10:41:58 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: apillar
I’m sick of being forced to worship at the altar of Ohio every four years

We are the only state in the union that actually owns another state....Michigan.
29 posted on 10/11/2012 10:41:58 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Mad Dawgg

Try this one (and the linked article): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2943301/posts


30 posted on 10/11/2012 11:24:32 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: All; nathanbedford

I have read that 0bama spoke to a very large crowd at OSU yesterday and that his speech was rambling and incoherent. Anybody catch any of it?


31 posted on 10/11/2012 11:26:30 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

Symptoms, as you are obviously aware, of drug abuse of some kind.

I have no proof, only speculation, but there is a very long list of behaviors which can be explained by drug abuse and we have the history as well.

I suppose it will only be history as written in the future which tells the tale.


32 posted on 10/11/2012 12:10:32 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: apillar
I’m sick of being forced to worship at the altar of Ohio every four years...

Oh well. It is what it is...


The pain you feel today is the strength you'll have tomorrow.

33 posted on 10/11/2012 3:30:41 PM PDT by rdb3 (Democrats: Once a slave owner, ALWAYS a slave owner!)
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