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Team Obama goes into emergency-restrategizing mode
Hotair ^ | 10/04/2012 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 10/04/2012 1:54:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

After that rather embarrassing performance last night, Team Obama is changing tack at warp speed. They've certainly got their work cut out for them, considering what will be the most effective ways to tear down Mitt Romney and put President Obama back on top. They're still using the recent "either Romney must raise taxes on the middle class, or he must increase the deficit, those are the only two possible outcomes"-line, but adding some fun new framing. As BuzzFeed summarizes,

President Barack Obama and his aides rapidly reversed their strategic course Thursday morning, shifting the center of their attacks on Mitt Romney back toward the oldest criticisms of the Republican: That he's a flip-flopper.

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Democrats had long been torn over whether to portray Romney as too conservative, or too inconsistent, for the electorate — realizing that the attacks are inconsistent with one another. And since this spring, they seemed to have settled on the former, casting Romney as a conservative whose policies of cutting taxes and spending, and on abortion and other social issues, are too far right for most voters.

Thursday they returned abruptly to the earlier line. …

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign’s task over the next several days is to "Make sure every voter understands the positions Mitt Romney danced around last night."

President Obama was already out on the attack at a campaign rally in Denver earlier this morning, arguing that “the very spirited fellow” onstage last night just “couldn’t have been the real Mitt Romney”:

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While the real Mitt Romney has been promising $5 trillion in tax cuts and saying the country doesn’t need more teachers, Obama said, “the fellow onstage last night” said the opposite.

“The man onstage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney’s decisions and what he’s been saying for the last year. And that’s because he knows full well that we don’t want what he’s been selling for the last year,” Obama said.

In much the same vein, Obama for America has released their latest ad, wondering, “Why won’t Mitt Romney level with us?”

David Axelrod lamented about that foxy Mitt Romney during a conference call this morning, via Politico:

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“What the president hoped to avoid was a situation where you had two politicians standing there insulting each other instead of offering ideas for the future of the country, but you know, you have to strike a balance,” Axelrod said in a conference call with reporters. “You can’t allow someone to stand there and basically manhandle the truth about their own record and ideas and about yours and not deal with that. I’m sure that is a takeaway from this debate.” …

“This was the first chance for the president to see how Gov. Romney operates in these debates first hand,” he said. “You have to make some adjustments to the fact that, you know, he is kind of a serial, …artful dodger. That makes it a more challenging kind of event.”

So, sounds like Team Obama has decided on their post-first debate “adjustments” and that that’s the type of thing we’re going to be hearing a lot over at least the next few days — Mitt Romney is dishonest, we can’t keep up with his changing storylines, he’s a rhetorical trickster, rabble rabble rabble. Following Team Obama’s lead, the liberal blogs are all buzzing about the $5 trillion tax cut moment as one of Romney’s biggest weaknesses from the night, but here’s a simple explanation from the CSMonitor:

It is true that a central facet of Mitt Romney’s economic plan is a 20 percent across-the-board reduction in marginal tax rates, plus elimination of the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Do the math on how much money the federal government would forgo as a result of this, and it’s about $456 billion a year. Over 10 years, that rounds up to $5 trillion. That’s the calculus behind the “$5 trillion tax cut” figure that Obama cites.

However, that’s only part of the tax plan. Romney has said he would make his overall tax changes revenue-neutral. He’d hack out deductions, exemptions, and other exclusions to broaden the tax base, for one thing. For another, he says that lowering marginal rates would increase economic activity, and hence tax revenue. These changes would counterbalance any revenue lost from rate reductions, according to Romney.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: debate; obama

1 posted on 10/04/2012 1:54:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Again, people are using a static analysis not a dynamic one.
2 posted on 10/04/2012 1:57:46 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Obama supporters are very bitter today.

I think they would feel so much better if they had some guns or religion to cling to.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 2:11:56 PM PDT by edwinland
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To: Perdogg

Obama supporters are very bitter today.

I think they would feel so much better if they had some guns or religion to cling to.


4 posted on 10/04/2012 2:14:12 PM PDT by edwinland
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama got his sorry lousy socialist ass handed to him last night just like he's going to get his dumbass trounced Nov. 6th!

There's not a thing these prix are going to be able to do about it!

5 posted on 10/04/2012 2:15:30 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“You can’t allow someone to stand there and basically manhandle the truth about their own record and ideas and about yours and not deal with that. I’m sure that is a takeaway from this debate.” …

Sounds like they want to let out Obama's inner snark. Yeah, that'll work in a town hall format.

6 posted on 10/04/2012 2:20:26 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

The problem with whatever they decide is, it has to be filtered through one man, a man unable to articulate well if not prompted. Also, a man who learned last night that he’s not what his handlers presented to the public, an image he himself believed because it’s all he’s ever heard. What happened last night is going to be a part of Obama’s inner self for some time.


7 posted on 10/04/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: edwinland
Obama supporters are very bitter today. I think they would feel so much better if they had some guns or religion to cling to.

Hah! Excellent!

8 posted on 10/04/2012 2:23:04 PM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.facebook.com/paulhawkinsauthoradventurerexplorer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone out there on his team really think he will do better at the Foreign Policy dedate after the epic and glaring failures of the last month?

Call it red meat or low hanging fruit, either way it is easy pickings, but I would be surprised if he can withstand the second round barrage that will come his way based upon his performance last night. Another example of his leading from behind strategery.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 2:24:50 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitt Happens IS a liberal Republican.

They can scour his Massachusetts record. Good luck on the Democrats finding anything conservative there.

They’re flailing around and all the usual attack memes don’t work for them.

This is a campaign that seemed to be cruising towards re-election and now the political winds are turning against them.

I don’t envy their position right now.


10 posted on 10/04/2012 2:27:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeekAndFind

Restrategizing??!! I imagine is is sounding like this behind closed doors:

“Ooohh ooohhh.. is it too late to get someone else?”


11 posted on 10/04/2012 2:29:33 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SeekAndFind
Because Obama is narcissistic and his ego is exploding today. I suspect his rage will come across in the next debate which again will not bode well for him.

The perfect storm!

12 posted on 10/04/2012 2:30:17 PM PDT by Keen-Minded
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To: sirchtruth
I do Brazilian Jui Jitsu. What I liked about it is that its a the thinking man's martial art. In all the other arts, such a Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do, you have a strike and counter strike , just one move at a time, action and reaction. Jui Jitsu, you think 4 moves ahead, you entice your opponent into make a tactical mistake by thinking he is getting the best of you. Its why to this day the Gracies(The founding family of BJJ) have yet to be beaten by any rank of any other art period, from black belts up to grand masters. The Obama team is a Tae Kwon Do white belt while Romney is a BJJ blackbelt. What ever Obama does, the Obama team can't be sure if they are being suckered into a bad move. It makes them react instead of thinking. Obama got a kimora locked on him and he tapped out last night.

Look at how Obama's team did not use the 47%, they were so unsure what Romney would do with it, they had no counterpunch if Romney hit that one out of the ballpark. See liberal one step reactive logic and thinking. Obama knew he was going o get pummeled. The Rachel Madcows and all the other Ivy league geniuses on MSNBC have been bitten by the their stupidiity of their own movement, their followers. They can scream at the camera about nuances in Romney's tax plan, that it really is 5 trillion..but liberals are a dumb bunch who all they know is their guy got KO'd. Easilly dispirited and disheartened. RR and need to run with that SUPRESS THEIR VOTES, DISCORUAGE THEM. If Obama wants to go all wonky, he will lose even worse. Scream at Romeny he will lose. Do nothing he will lose. One thing about the big lie, its a unfaithful mistress

13 posted on 10/04/2012 2:32:51 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: SeekAndFind

They will do what DemoncRATS always do:

double down on character assassination by just making up a bunch of ridiculous $h1+ about Romney.

It is what they ALWAYS do because they cannot win policy arguments by telling the truth.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 2:41:42 PM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: shotgun
Does anyone out there on his team really think he will do better at the Foreign Policy debate

When there could be at least two countries literally on fire as he takes the stage?


15 posted on 10/04/2012 2:42:33 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
For another, he says that lowering marginal rates would increase economic activity, and hence tax revenue. These changes would counterbalance any revenue lost from rate reductions, according to Romney.

EVERY president who's done this has seen just that happen.

--Kennedy
--Reagan
--Dubya Bush

But the democrats still want you to believe that other people's money--YOUR money--is the government's.

16 posted on 10/04/2012 2:42:54 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: edwinland
Obama supporters are very bitter today.

From DU:

 LittlestStar (73 posts)
37. Mitt looked like an angry, condescending old white man. He made my skin crawl.


I mean he really made me feel sick. Every expression of his was of some self-righteous, angry, belittling, piece of shit. I think the reason it worked is that he was like so many of our fathers. 

Your typical liberal thinks his/her father is a "self-righteous, angry, belittling, piece of shit".

17 posted on 10/04/2012 2:44:15 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Where’s Yo Dollar?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I feel that there are backdoor negotiations going on right now with Clint Eastwood to use his chair on the 16th.


18 posted on 10/04/2012 2:44:30 PM PDT by kempster
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19 posted on 10/04/2012 2:46:16 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Alas Babylon!

re: EVERY president who’s done this has seen just that happen.

—Kennedy
—Reagan
—Dubya Bush

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Many people don’t know or remember this, but we also had a financial panic in 1920. It was called the great depression of 1920-21.

Instead of “fiscal stimulus,” Harding cut the government’s budget nearly in half between 1920 and 1922. The rest of Harding’s approach was equally laissez-faire.

Tax rates were slashed for all income groups. The national debt was reduced by one-third. The Federal Reserve’s activity, moreover, was hardly noticeable. As one economic historian puts it, “Despite the severity of the contraction, the Fed did not move to use its powers to turn the money supply around and fight the contraction.” 2 By the late summer of 1921, signs of recovery were already visible. The following year, unemployment was back down to 6.7 percent and was only 2.4 percent by 1923.

After Harding died and Calvin Coolidge took over, Coolidge cut federal income tax rates further in 1924 and 1926. At the same time he cut spending by Congress and was able to pay off one-fourth of the national debt.

Everyone should remember those good old days.... It was called the ROARING TWENTIES.


20 posted on 10/04/2012 3:22:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

One thing they may try to do:Figure out how to twist a clip of the debate it self (Mitt speaking) to air in an ad for Obozo. Not hard as they can lie through their teeth in doing it.


21 posted on 10/04/2012 3:26:29 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“What the president hoped to avoid was a situation where you had two politicians standing there insulting each other instead of offering ideas for the future of the country,”

Omg. Lol.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 3:28:56 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: Keen-Minded

The way I see it, the first wave of that storm hit them last night and just like with hurricane Katrina, they don’t have enough time to evacuate.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 3:36:38 PM PDT by CityCenter (It's too late, Obama yeah, it's too late.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So Obama's brain, Axelrod, claims he can make a few "adjustments" -- and then his dummy Obama will perform well next time?

That might work ... if Obama were willing to work. Clearly, he's not.

24 posted on 10/04/2012 3:43:29 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: SeekAndFind; Chode
"It was sad it was sad it was sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the sea..." titanic.. the sinking ship Pictures, Images and Photos The "SS Obama"
25 posted on 10/04/2012 3:44:59 PM PDT by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who allowed Obama to go into this debate so unprepared? Didn’t any of his advisors see his low energy and ashen look and try to get in front of it? I understand that 0bama is lazy and a slacker but I would think his handlers would have a better, well, handle on things. Or are they all that insulated from reality?


26 posted on 10/04/2012 3:50:47 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: pburgh01

Great post! It was fun reading that.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 3:53:16 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Morgana

28 posted on 10/04/2012 4:04:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

HA HA


29 posted on 10/04/2012 4:14:06 PM PDT by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: pburgh01
If Obama wants to go all wonky, he will lose even worse. Scream at Romeny he will lose. Do nothing he will lose. One thing about the big lie, its a unfaithful mistress

It wouldn't surprise me one bit to find out Obama is tanking this because his work is, "done here." No matter what happens some part of Obamacare most likely will remain. Obama and his ilk are thinking they hit the mother load with that destructive monstrosity. They are such terribly incompetent destroyers who just happened to get lucky. What's so sad to see is how the irrelevant and bankrupt MSM are trying to save this loser!

Never heard of a lie as an unfaithful mistress. That's very descriptive!

30 posted on 10/04/2012 4:43:35 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Team Kenya can run his mouth now but he will get a another beat down from Team USA at the town hall debate. R&R have plenty of time to tear apart the $5 trillion lie.

Barry totally froze when Romney carpet bombed him with numbers last night. He was literally stuck to one talking point at a time from his note cards.


31 posted on 10/04/2012 5:17:15 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: riri
Who allowed Obama to go into this debate so unprepared?

Who wants to be the one to tell the smartest man in the world that he isn't ready when he knows he is?

32 posted on 10/04/2012 7:23:11 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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