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Obama ‘can’t wait’ to fight Romney
The Hill ^ | 2nd November 2011 | Sam Youngman

Posted on 11/02/2011 3:21:28 AM PDT by markomalley

The funniest scene in the old hockey movie “Slap Shot” might be the one where the Hanson brothers start a fight with the other team before the game even starts.

Who knew that could be a parable for President Obama’s reelection campaign?

During the scene in the Paul Newman classic, one of the infamous Hanson brothers punches an opponent while they’re skating during warm-ups. Moments later, both teams are covered in blood and standing at attention for the pre-game “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Hansons couldn’t wait for the game to start to throw a punch. And so it is with Obama and his teams in the White House and Chicago.

The new refrain from the president of “we can’t wait” ostensibly refers to measures that would spur job creation. More accurately, it reflects the political calculus that if Obama wants to win next year, he can’t wait for the GOP to crown a nominee. He needs to start bruising his opponent now.

Obama and his team have good reason to be impatient.

If next year is a referendum on the economy or president, Obama and his advisers have all at some point acknowledged the president will lose.

It has to be a “choice” election for Obama to win, and neither the White House nor Chicago can wait for Republicans to present their standard-bearer.

In the past few weeks, White House and campaign officials have all but declared Romney the nominee. While the media and Iowa caucusgoers are still waiting out the traditional method of picking a nominee, the president and his team have put Romney in their sights, blasting the former Massachusetts governor in conference calls and background briefings.

And Romney is the second target.

The first phase of Obama’s “we can’t wait” political strategy was his fall offensive against Congress.

Obama’s teams think that phase is working.

In the last week, senior administration officials have mentioned with joy and frequency Congress’s historic-low approval rating of 9 percent.

By going on the road and going on offense, using the thin shield of an ill-fated jobs act, Obama has helped drive down congressional approval.

And while it hasn’t yielded any huge gains for Obama’s own dismal approval rating, this isn’t about making people like Obama.

It’s about making people hate Congress. And soon it will be about making people hate Romney. Or at least fear him.

If Obama can drive down Romney’s numbers the way he has helped drive down Congress’s, the president and his family will likely be spending another four years in the White House.

The first step was key, though. Remember Obama in August?

He was broken. Defeated. The look on his face in the White House briefing room the night the debt-ceiling deal was reached was that of a man who was about to be a one-term president — and was not all that upset by the prospect.

Whether sparked by desperation or genuine disdain for Congress, the calculation was made to hammer Congress to a pulp. By driving down lawmakers’ numbers, Obama found something to stand on from which he can fight a Republican opponent.

Obama was far too weak and bloodied to go into combat against Romney earlier this year. The Democratic base was depressed, furious with Obama and wishing it had a real Democrat to back.

The president had no message. He had completely conceded the terms of the debate on the economy and deficit reduction to the Republicans. In short, Obama looked like he was about to spend a year limping toward defeat.

Now, armed with the jobs act that is going nowhere fast and near-daily “we can’t wait” executive actions, Obama is squarely on offense, even if those unilateral actions aren’t going to create a whole lot of jobs.

He has beaten and bloodied Congress, making fish in a barrel both his target and his pre-game warm-up fight.

Keep in mind, however, that none of the other numbers has changed. Unemployment is still at 9.1 percent, and Obama remains locked in a dogfight with a generic Republican challenger.

The Obama team knows that, and that’s why they aren’t sitting around fighting a generic Republican or holding out hope that the economy miraculously turns around.

They need an enemy with a face, a name and a record of flip-flops. Iowa is still two months away, but campaign and White House officials are already talking a great deal about whether Romney can be trusted.

The summer days of compromise are gone, replaced by the autumn winds of political combat.

The winter will be cold, brutal and long as the president’s team takes its fight from Congress to Romney.

Obama can’t wait.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: zots4romneybots
And that is why the GOP establishment is going to deliver Myth to him...regardless of what the base wants.
1 posted on 11/02/2011 3:21:30 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

And if they do so, that is Zero’s best hope for another 4 years of movin’ on up, because the Pubbies will lose their base.


2 posted on 11/02/2011 3:27:43 AM PDT by tgusa
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To: markomalley

The Elite in Washington are trying so hard to push that liberal flip flopped Romney. While they ignore all the crimes and misdemeanors by the current administration.

Hey elite since you don’t care about all the Crimes and misdemeanors by the current administration. I don’t care what Cain may have 20 years ago.

Rest assured if we are forced with another McCain type, then you will see a rise of the tea party. Accept the less of the two evils Is not acceptable.


3 posted on 11/02/2011 3:34:28 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: markomalley

bam better fight him now because by election time, his hope will be changed.


4 posted on 11/02/2011 3:39:23 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: markomalley

I just had to do it again! Another blowhard pipes up. He is only trying to do for Romney what Politicrap’s boomerang is doing for Cain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go


5 posted on 11/02/2011 3:41:39 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: markomalley

He and Michelle will have to take time off from fighting America.


6 posted on 11/02/2011 3:42:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: Sprite518
Rest assured if we are forced with another McCain type, then you will see a rise of the tea party. Accept the less of the two evils Is not acceptable.

Yup. My last RINO vote was 2008. Never, ever, ever again.

But one question: since when would Myth qualify as the "lesser of two evils?"

7 posted on 11/02/2011 3:48:25 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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The most ironclad case against Mitt Romney Read it. Link it. Share it. Its damning.
8 posted on 11/02/2011 3:57:26 AM PDT by 506Lake (I'll say it again... no more compromise.)
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To: markomalley

In the back of a limo?

“Fight”? More like a metrosexual bromance.


9 posted on 11/02/2011 4:08:03 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: markomalley

The money and support is pouring in for Herman Cain, but we cannot slow down now. Please help him by donating at http://www.hermancain.com/

Also to help join the buzz about Herman go to facebook.com and “like” him. In just the last week he has jumped 13% or 42000 with an impressive 10,000 in the last 24 hours. Make no mistake Karl Rove is watching Herman’s “likes” and so is Romney who gained just 1500 since last Tuesday. THIS is the way to stick it to the GOP establishment! Please tell your family and friends to “like” Herman as well.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 4:13:49 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: markomalley

mitt is evil... no lesser to it... his lifetime of political whoring proves it.

LLS


11 posted on 11/02/2011 4:23:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: markomalley

Romney and Obama are two sides of the same coin: both are lying, opportunistic socialists who signed government-mandated health care into law.

Every time I point that out to a Romney fallback voter, it’s met with nothing but silence. The GOP establishment has pushed party-line compliance to such a degree that many Republicans have never given serious thought to whether pulling the “R” lever is the right thing to do.

If you can be convinced to vote for a flat-out socialist because of the letter before his name, how are you any better than the liberal Republicans you claim to hate? What ever happened to “principle over party?”

If Slick Willard wins the nomination, you and I will have our work cut out for us trying to convince people that their resources would be better used in congressional and state elections.


12 posted on 11/02/2011 4:29:02 AM PDT by Cato in PA (The Hermanator 2: Judgment Day 2012)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Willard (snicker) Mitt Romney is the grandfather of ObamaCare.


13 posted on 11/02/2011 4:30:40 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Sarah Palin gets 2 votes in our state if Romney is the nomineee = yours and mine and our votes had better get recorded and published.

I will vote at the Court House to make certain about mine.


14 posted on 11/02/2011 4:33:48 AM PDT by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: markomalley

This article screams, “Look how ignorant the average American voter is!!!”

They dumbed us down and now they are making hay with it.


15 posted on 11/02/2011 4:35:52 AM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: markomalley

Pure drivel. The Lewinski boys at the irrelevant Hill are well known for their Nancy-boy treatment of obuma. The Hill is a Marxist warming pan for Leninist fruitcakes to move onto the wretched MSM. See Chuck Todd.


16 posted on 11/02/2011 4:35:57 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave
I am Anybody But Obama.

However Mitt won't make the GOP nomination.

17 posted on 11/02/2011 5:02:57 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: markomalley

IF were smart enough to nominate Newt, Obama will be less enthusiastic!

We can retire the national debt by charging admission to Newt/Barack debates!


18 posted on 11/02/2011 5:27:43 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: markomalley

LOL.. Good point


19 posted on 11/02/2011 5:43:19 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: markomalley

Heck, Obama will probably ask him to be his next Veep.


20 posted on 11/02/2011 5:47:47 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: onyx
Where I vote... you get to see a receipt and the digital record... so Sarah will absolutely get at least two Magnolia votes... if romney is the nominee!

LLS

21 posted on 11/02/2011 6:40:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: who knows what evil?

He sent his top advisors to the White House to insure obamacare stuck to romneycare outlines.

LLS


22 posted on 11/02/2011 6:41:11 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: LibLieSlayer

^5


23 posted on 11/02/2011 7:01:14 AM PDT by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: markomalley

Obama will beat Romney as bad as the Eagles beat the Cowboys the other night.


24 posted on 11/02/2011 7:02:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I agree, I think it would be some limp-wristed, hissy-fit, slap-fight. I HONESTLY think my wife would be able to fight better than Obambi.


25 posted on 11/02/2011 7:27:48 AM PDT by ConservativeChris
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