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G.W. was MIA
Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 11/15/2012 7:41:40 AM PST by Kaslin

Democrats have been blaming George W. Bush for the last four years.

Now I think it's time for Republicans to start blaming George W. for the next four years.

For a week we've been pinning last week's debacle on everything from Mitt Romney's moderation to low Republican turnout.

But the most important Republican who didn't turn out to support Romney this fall was George W. Bush.

You can make an honest argument that G.W. was as much to blame as anyone else for our being unable to defeat an incompetent incumbent of historic proportions.

For four years Barack Obama has blamed the Great Recession on G.W. and used his presidency as his excuse for why the economy is taking so long to get fixed.

And where's G.W. been? MIA or AWOL, take your pick.

He didn't show up at the GOP convention. He didn't become an enthusiastic surrogate for Romney in a handful of swing states where a few hundred thousand more Republican voters could have changed history. He didn't stump for senatorial candidates in contested states such as Virginia and Montana.

G.W., the ex-cheerleader, was nowhere to be seen or heard during Romney's campaign. What's worse, he didn't even defend his own economic record. He let the conservatives on talk radio and at Fox News do it.

The trouble is talk radio and Fox only reach about 20 million people during a week - and most of them are already in the conservative Republican choir.

Last I checked, 121 million Americans voted on Election Day. That left us Republicans with 101 million people who still needed to hear our message about who's really to blame for the broken economy of 2008 to 2012.

We griped and moaned and pointed to Obama, but the mainstream liberal media were too busy protecting their hero to fairly tell our side of the story.

The only way conservatives can get the national news media to deliver our message to the American people is to go over the media's heads. And the only people who can do that consistently are ex-presidents of the USA.

Bill Clinton became Obama's best propaganda weapon. When Clinton claimed that no one, not even a super-genius like him, could have solved the economic problem G.W. Bush left Obama within four years, every voter in America heard it.

Even Jimmy Carter was hauled out of mothballs to help the Democrat cause.

The 2012 campaign was all about "the economy, stupid." Obama blamed G.W. and Republicans. Plus, he had Clinton and Carter bashing G.W.'s record with their bully sticks every day and countering Romney's arguments that Obama was to blame.

We should have had G.W. standing up and saying, "This is bull. I'm tired of this. This is what I did or did not do with the economy as president. The real culprits are Dodd & Frank and four years of Obama's failed policies."

Instead G.W. stayed quiet, even on the issue of Benghazi. Because he refused to show up and defend himself and his record, the Republican Party had to take arrows for him and we lost our second presidential election in a row.

The question I'd like to ask my fellow conservative Republicans is, if G.W. isn't willing to stand up for his own presidency, why the heck should we?


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KEYWORDS: 2012election; barackobama; georgewbush; jimmycarter
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1 posted on 11/15/2012 7:41:43 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I don’t blame GW one bit, he doesn’t owe anyone anything, most of all the GOP that didn’t have his back when he needed it the most.


2 posted on 11/15/2012 7:43:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

GOP didnt like Bush..I am guessing they told him butt out as did McPain in the last election. the party didnt really support him anyway.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 7:43:56 AM PST by dalebert
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To: Kaslin

Family of Secrets


4 posted on 11/15/2012 7:46:06 AM PST by ILS21R
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To: Kaslin
If President George Bush had said anything it would have been spun and turned against Romney to strengthen Boama.
5 posted on 11/15/2012 7:47:20 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin

Romney, and the GOP-e, campaigned as moderates and that turned-off a large number of the conservative/TEA Party base.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 7:47:54 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth!)
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To: Kaslin
But the most important Republican who didn't turn out to support Romney this fall was George W. Bush.

Almost certainly not GW's choice. He was so successfully demonized by the D's that it was probably decided by the Republican establishment the his involvement would be a negative.

7 posted on 11/15/2012 7:48:00 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Kaslin

GW saw the writing on the wall after the 2004 election. He was going to ‘spend his capital’ on entitlement reform. It was an idea whose time had come, but they left him at the alter. Then came the 2006, Nancy and Harry debacle. The rest as they say is history. He owes no one anything.


8 posted on 11/15/2012 7:48:45 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: TruthWillWin

>>He was so successfully demonized by the D’s

I agree wholeheartedly.

0bama ran against Bush in ‘08 and again in ‘12. Anything Bush did would have added fuel to that fire.

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

I have plenty of disagreements with Bush, but this is most definitely not one of them.


9 posted on 11/15/2012 7:51:33 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Kaslin

> The trouble is talk radio and Fox only reach about 20 million people during a week - and most of them are already in the conservative Republican choir.

True. Please grasp this.

> Last I checked, 121 million Americans voted on Election Day. That left us Republicans with 101 million people who still needed to hear our message about who’s really to blame for the broken economy of 2008 to 2012.

Rush and Fox and conservative media provide only a small fraction of the worldview Middle America receives passively from hourly radio newscasts providing network and AP feeds, the thousands of local newspapers providing AP feeds, the hundreds of local TV stations providing network feeds, Yahoo internet news providing AP feeds, and the various other sources of Progressive worldview beaming liberalism to passive Middle America.

Take down the several wire services and we take down the Progressive movement.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 7:51:39 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: dfwgator

Michael Reagan is off base on this one. Blaming Bush for Romney’s loss is absolutely unhelpful.

Reagan is right that conservative media reaches about 20 million and regular media much more, but that’s not Bush’s fault. To his credit, he won despite that.

Romney lost because Romney disengaged and because Romney spent his attack money poorly and because Romney used the media poorly.

That said, with a five to one advantage in reaching people, republicans are going to be in the wasteland for years if they don’t find a way to overcome that.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 7:52:45 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Damned if you do... damned if you don’t. Not fair to W.

Michael Reagan is lashing out in blind rage.


12 posted on 11/15/2012 7:52:58 AM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Kaslin
If only W. had been active for Mitt. More hand wringing and finger pointing. Mitt lost because too many conservatives were too contrary to vote. Well they got what they deserved, a lame duck president who thinks he is cock of the walk.
13 posted on 11/15/2012 7:52:58 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Kaslin
Yes, I've often thought that the GOP-e asked Bush to stay as far away as possible. Why else would Bush not have been a convention speaker?

But the author makes an excellent point. While president Bush allowed the leftists to overwhelmingly fill the vacuum by NEVER responding to the increasingly shrill and absurd caterwauling. This clearly damaged Bush, Conservatives, and the Republican brand. Silence equaled acceptance of the left’s false narrative.

Fast forward. Bush has some residual responsibility to the GOP and Conservatives to not allow the leftists to continue to fill the vacuum with ongoing lies about his (our) record. Bush ongoing silence is a measure of disrespect for all of us who fought for him and defended him, and he continue to refuse to defend himself, and by extension, us!

14 posted on 11/15/2012 7:53:13 AM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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To: mbarker12474

>>Take down the several wire services and we take down the Progressive movement.

Amen to that.

Much has been said about “low information voters.” The bigger problem is “misinformation and disinformation voters.”

*** Take down the MSM. ***


15 posted on 11/15/2012 7:54:00 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: xzins

“It’s the candidate, stupid!”


16 posted on 11/15/2012 7:54:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dalebert

Exactly. They, and the Romney campaign, probably told him to stay home, just like they told Palin to stay home. Can’t blame them now.


17 posted on 11/15/2012 7:55:23 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Kaslin

What a crock! Do you really think if Bush was asked to support somebody, that he would have declined? If he was not visibly supporting somebody, that most likely is because they did not want his support. Their loss, not his problem.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 7:55:59 AM PST by tentmaker (Galt's Gulch is a state of mind...)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t blame Bush either. Crimony sakes, he was probably counseled - as Sarah Palin most likely was - to stay out of this because he was ‘toxic.’ If I remember correctly, the left demonized him - in preparation for O’s campaign - and many Republicans turned on him as well.

With friends like that ....

What I admired about him, then, and do to this day - he was a man who had a deep inner core of solid values. Did I always agree with him? No, but I loved having a man of integrity in the WH. So rare.

I think Michael Reagan is wrong on this one. Blame Bush, AGAIN? Gets so old.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 7:56:07 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Kaslin

Please.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) create policy and long-term strategy, not politicians.

GWB did their bidding while in the WH, though, like many, the extent to which the U.S. government does the bidding of NGOs may actually escape him. He may well not think of himself as a virtual employee of elitists.

The only difference between Obama and GWB is that Obama’s NGO backers are aligned with the New Left, which GWB’s would be more aligned to generic academic and financial. However, the NGO universe is such a heaping, steaming, incestuous pile of pooh that is is no doubt hard to tell who is actually coming up with what ideas.

Every time a President gets information from an “expert”, if that person has a college degree they are most certainly receiving outlooks that are in line with NGO strategies.

Politicians, all their staffs, consultants, etc., are merely the point where the cast of characters in political theatre intersects with NGOs representing “interests”, whether they be sovereign wealth funds, breast cancer research scams, jealous communist hacks, etc.

Catch my next NGO post...

http://www.fundsforngos.org/


20 posted on 11/15/2012 7:57:16 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Kaslin; All

This is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read.

Bush would have immensely hurt the cause. I love the guy despite some of his failings, but it would have been a disaster.

It would not matter how much he explained what he did....it would have been made WORSE, NOT BETTER by the Obama spin-meisters and media.

He was right to stay out of the spotlight.


21 posted on 11/15/2012 7:58:57 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Kaslin

He most likely was told to stay the hell away by GOP elitists and Romney campaign staff................


22 posted on 11/15/2012 8:00:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Nervous Tick

Exactly


23 posted on 11/15/2012 8:01:11 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: Kaslin

I have to disagree with Michael Reagan on this one.

George Bush left the political stage 4 years ago. And he has earned his privacy. Any attempt he would have made to support Romney openly, such as at the convention would have been immediately attacked. He devoted 8 years of his life as President. He made some great choices..and some not so great ones. He fought to reform Social Security...and was roundly trounced by the entrenched.

The Left has devolved into a vicious horde. it wouldn’t have done Romney any good...I can almost see the ads now. And with the ‘National Enquirer’ mentaility of a huge segment of the voting public, it would have been an easy sell.

No, George Bush is spending his time wisely these days...and devotes a large portion of that to Wounded Warriors that he has never forgotten.


24 posted on 11/15/2012 8:01:46 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Kaslin

They didn’t invote Sarah Palin to the convention, either. The GOP needs a housecleaning.


25 posted on 11/15/2012 8:04:45 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: dfwgator

I agree with you for a large part, DFW. At the same time, they call it a campaign, because they realize its similarity to conducting a war.

In this case, information warfare is one of the greatest weapons available. If your opponent has a 5-1 advantage over you on transmission of information, then the “candidate stupid” position must acknowledge that.


26 posted on 11/15/2012 8:05:07 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

I believe G.W. was gently and politely askedNOT to attend the GOP convention.


27 posted on 11/15/2012 8:07:05 AM PST by cookcounty ("For the first time in my adult life I am not proud of my country.")
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To: dfwgator

I agree with dfwgator, Bush doesn’t owe the gop anything.

He respects the office of the President.


28 posted on 11/15/2012 8:09:18 AM PST by jayrunner
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To: Kaslin

I voted for W twice, but we can all agree W begat Obama.

He would not defend his record and especially the war. He should be out there telling why the country needs his tavx cuts back then and we need them more now.


29 posted on 11/15/2012 8:09:56 AM PST by Sybeck1 (When do the vodka rations start?)
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To: TruthWillWin

In fact, if he had gotten involved and Romney had lost, he would have been blamed for the loss.

Blamed if you participate, blamed if you don’t.

Either way, it’s all Bush’s fault. And now it’s Republicans saying it.

Dumb.

Romney lost for a variety of reasons. A lot of it is simply that he was running against an incumbent (always a tough proposition) who was “too black to fail.”


30 posted on 11/15/2012 8:12:04 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: Kaslin

It’s all one big Karl Rove plot.


31 posted on 11/15/2012 8:13:45 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Kaslin
President Bush has been demonized so much he makes an easy scapegoat. True he never defended himself but I don't recall many senators or congressmen racing to find a microphone to defend him either. Are there no members of the GOP with any communication skills?


I'm tired of hearing the excuse that the media is the media and there is nothing we can do about it. Time to start going over there heads. Start giving press conferences; run ads during American Idol and reality shows. I don't watch them but people we need to start reaching do.


We've got to start somewhere!

32 posted on 11/15/2012 8:14:46 AM PST by sydbas
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To: SueRae
The GOP needs a housecleaning.

What they need is an enema.

33 posted on 11/15/2012 8:16:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Phlap

Mitt lost because too many conservatives were too contrary to vote.


LOL. You really believe that fairy tale? Mitt lost because of the GOTV issues and not responding forcefully enough to the Bain attacks. That killed him in the rust belt and there went the election.


34 posted on 11/15/2012 8:20:43 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Kaslin

I agree with the other posters who have noted: (a) the GOP ran away from Bush as much as GWB ran from the GOP; (b) if he had endorsed Romney it would have been spun as “four more years of Bush.”


35 posted on 11/15/2012 8:24:33 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Kaslin
the standard for ex POTUS used to be stay out of it and above it. Just because clinton doesn't isn't justification for every ex POTUS should follow suit
36 posted on 11/15/2012 8:25:21 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Kaslin

37 posted on 11/15/2012 8:25:42 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sybeck1

We can all agree W begat Obama. He would not defend his record and especially the war.


This is the key point. By taking the high road W allowed the dims and MSM to control the narrative. That laid the groundwork for the kenyan.

The kenyans victory has proven once again we need to get in the gutter with them to communicate to the low information voter. Those folks just do not care to take the time to understand the big concepts. We need to break down the issues into twitter size bites for them to digest.


38 posted on 11/15/2012 8:28:20 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Kaslin

For this conservative, W was a toxic president who only got two things correct - Alito (accidentally) and tax cuts — and I prefer that he remain an invisible ex-president. My distaste for him is ideological and principle-based, but the the public at large their hatred is visceral as they have ought into the MSM caricature of him as an uncaring monster. His involvement would only damage conservatism and the GOP even further. Simply put he has no political capitol to invest.


39 posted on 11/15/2012 8:29:34 AM PST by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: xzins; dfwgator
I agree with you for a large part, DFW. At the same time, they call it a campaign, because they realize its similarity to conducting a war.

In this case, information warfare is one of the greatest weapons available. If your opponent has a 5-1 advantage over you on transmission of information, then the “candidate stupid” position must acknowledge that.


Sorry xzins, but no amount of PR, strategy or gamesmanship will save a completely flawed "product" like Mitt Romney.

It's like trying to put lipstick on a pig and telling me it's an attractive girl.

You don't nominate and promote a moderate/liberal (depending on the issue) GOP candidate with an extremely Progressive record and expect to win under any circumstances.

This was a failed experiment from the start, and many conservatives warned about this outcome from the start.
40 posted on 11/15/2012 8:33:19 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: generally

I tend to agree with you. I blame Bush for allowing himself to become the most hated man in America during his last term, which allowed the press to portray him as the second Herbert Hoover after his term was over. He was so demonized that any effort after September 2008 to rehabilitate his military or financial policies would have failed. His mistake was letting it get to that point, from 2002 to 2008, his refusal to fight back. He let them get away with so much during that time, and eventually, it stuck.


41 posted on 11/15/2012 8:33:30 AM PST 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: Kaslin

It doesn’t bother me that someone wrote this nonsense, I expected it. What bothers me is that Michael Reagan wrote it. I like MR, but I really thought he was smarter than that.

Don’t know whether W. wanted in or not...but I do know the the eGOP assclowns had no use for him, regardless.


42 posted on 11/15/2012 8:34:59 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Kaslin

This is a pretty stupid article. The GOP hasn’t done anything to defend GW and in fact they didn’t want anything to do with him regarding any campaign.

It would have been cooties to have Bush endorse anyone.

GWB has been slandered about THIS economy. GWB had nothing to do with this economy outside of expanding entitlements (which is what the current dictator is doing).

Author is smoking in a bag. (My opinion)


43 posted on 11/15/2012 8:38:01 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Kaslin

GW and Sarah didn’t paraticipate because they would have diluted Romney’s campaign message.

The MSM did a thorough hack job on GW and Sarah. Just review the posts of the last four years and even Freepers bought into it. We are part of the problem. We are just as gullible as the Democrats.


44 posted on 11/15/2012 8:38:01 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Kaslin

Michael, you are wrong on this. Did you really want to give Obama that lightning rod? You know and I know that a renewed chorus of Bush’s Fault is ridiculous but with a complicit media and a dumber-than-dirt electorate? No, GWB did Romney a huge favor by staying in the background.


45 posted on 11/15/2012 8:38:26 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: crusher

Agreed. W’s second term was a complete disaster.


46 posted on 11/15/2012 8:39:29 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Tenacious 1

I failed to notice the author was M. Reagan. WOW!

I’m embarrassed for him. WTH?

He’s better than that. Oh, Shame.


47 posted on 11/15/2012 8:40:05 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: paul51
It probably used to be standard that a POTUS would not blame his predecessor for his shortcomings.
48 posted on 11/15/2012 8:40:05 AM PST by Sybeck1 (When do the vodka rations start?)
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To: dfwgator

Yep...


49 posted on 11/15/2012 8:44:03 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I agree with you about the bad candidate, but if conservatives don’t address their 5:1 disadvantage in the media, then we’re starting with both hands tied behind our backs.

We have: Talk Radio
We sort of have: Fox, FoxB, WashTimes

They have: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CSPAN, PBS, NYT, WASHP, USATODAY, All of Entertainment TV, Movies, and etc.

We can reach about 20 million a day.
They can reach (and ignore telling) a coupla hundred million.

People STILL don’t know what Benghazi is. But they do know that someone had an affair.


50 posted on 11/15/2012 8:45:50 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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