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You've got 200 words.
What do you want to tell them?
Speak more directly and forcefully.
There is no war on women. Women are doing worse under Obama, as is everyone else.
Obama's Middle East policy has led to the current problems because it is weak. We're seeing a Carter redux.
Does anyone think Obama can reign in spending? He proposed a joke budget and the Dem Senate none at all.
Moody's is threatening downgrade again.
Obama's economy is a war on the young, as is the blue model in general. The only way to end this war is to elect Romney/Ryan and get government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs.
Obama is in fact waging all the wars, except the one he should be waging on terrorism. His war on religion threatens to devastate Catholic schools and healthcare, and anyone who is guided by their conscience unless it agrees with his.
Obama did not save GM--he devastated people who had invested in it by favoring unions in the settlement and then wasted taxpayer money without helping the company deal with its real problem--union overreach.
I could go on and on, but that is the idea. Plain spoken truth.
Read Kim Strassel in today's Wall St Journal (9/14). Please!
Prepare for the debates. The questions will be stacked with untrue assumptions. Gain facility in picking them out of the questions and restating the questions in a more honest way.
Also, channel Newt a bit, just a bit. Two tablespoons' full of Newt.
Work on that look you get at applause lines. It makes you seem pious and smug and a little dorky. Lower your chin and give the camera a level look. These are just cosmetics, but they're important too.
It would be great to fire these out beginning around October 15. A video for each topic under the sun. Both Romney and Ryan, laying out in exquisite detail what they intend to do when they take office.
Then end each video with "That's our plan, Mr. President. What's yours?"
Obama will either have to scramble to reply in a tight window or ignore and appear to have no plan. · 2 hours ago
Dear Mitt, There are a lot of us out here depending upon you. We are ALL IN. I'm donating money to you. As it gets closer to the election I'll be making phone calls. I will volunteer to drive people to the polls. If you fail, many lives will be the worse for it and America will enter a dark time from which it may never emerge. I am an old guy. I want to go to my grave with the knowledge that America has been restored, not destroyed.
Good Luck. May the Force Be With You.
Remind the voters about OBAMACARE. They seem to have forgotten that it was passed in the dead of night on Christmas Eve by a totally partisan vote and it's clear that most of those who voted for it STILL have not read it. The bill is 2200 pages long and the bureaucratic regulations will continue to be rolled out 'til the end of time without congressional approval or oversight unless it is repealed SOON. That window is getting smaller every day. Saying you will "repeal and replace" and then backtracking to say "there are parts I like" stinks. Stop saying that!!!
I strongly agree with the 5 minute "Prager University" type information/ education videos.
At every MSM event/interview --- teach, edify, lift, inspire, speak the pure truth.
Remember the early/absentee voters will be voting in mid-October. It's time to peak then (rather than the first week in November).
Per Cristie: " Respect comes first. "Likability" will follow.
Make Sarah Palin your press secretary.
This is your wild card. Play it confidently. Play it loudly. Play it now.
Because it's not possible to transplant backbones or core principles, good advice is wasted on Mitt.
Mitt can't stop being Mitt.
Mitt is milquetoast. Always will be.
(Notice the way he walks, or should I say, minces, across a stage?)
When he tries to be anything other than milquetoast, he flubs it, and only proves what a milquetoast he is.
"Wanna bet $10,000?"
Combine the worst of Poppy Bush, Dole, Dubya, and McCain, and you get Milquetoast Mitt, the sorry culmination of tweny-five years of "who's up next" GOP nominees.
If we're extraoridnarily "lucky," Mitt will win by half a point and fulfill his promise to "repeal and replace" Obamacare with Romneycare, thereby legitimizing socialized medicine for all time.
He'll manage the decline.
For this spendaholic nation, going from Obama to Romney is going from whiskey to beer. Maybe it's better to just go ahead and hit bottom.
We conservatives have been trying to keep ourselves motivated by repeating just how important this election is. It is important. It's just too bad we don't have a candidate who would make a real difference . . . even if he won.
1. For goodness sake, play offense man.
2. Treat Obama like the feckless crap weasel (borrowed shamelessly from Jonah Goldberg) that he is (with a friendly smile and perfect manners, of course).
3. Watch the Trevor Rees-Jones Uncommon Knowledge episode. With natural gas so cheap, we should be starting an economic boom with cheap energy, instead of blocking pipelines, placating environmentalists, subsidizing ethanol, and devaluing the currency. Remind voters the price per gallon of gasoline on Nov. 4, 2008 and how much it costs today.
4. Don't give the MSM the time of day or play their game (it's a waste of time). Send out your surrogates to slap the press around (e.g. John Sununu). Link to Mark Steyn columns. Hire Mark Steyn!!
5. Explain 16 Trillion.
6. Remind voters how well "resetting" diplomacy and leading from behind has worked. Link to an image of the Al Qaeda flag flying over the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. Suggest that we are not receiving 1 Billion dollars annually of good will from Egypt.
7. Bring up all the failed policies and scandals from the Obama administration (e.g. Fast and Furious).
When you get to the debates, remember: the moderator is not your obstacle. Obama/Biden is your obstacle. You are there to debate them, moderated by the press; not to jump through whatever hoops the moderator throws at you.
Take it to your opponent, and keep them on the defensive.
Make a copy of Truman's "The Buck Stops Here" sign he had on his desk, and physically hand it to Obama during the debates.
double post :(
This is very astute. This is what Obama does so well.
Casey: Rico-friends, tell me if you agree...
Reading through these 50+ comments I get the sense that we feel a disconnect between ourselves and the campaign. We feel more like fans watching our team on the TV rather than members of the team... or participants in a movement.
I think we the voters need to feel like we are part of this thing. We want to save our country through Mitt. Rather than hoping the guy we vote for saves the country. · 6 hours ago
Haven't had time to read all the other comments but suspect they've covered just about everything.
One thing that I don't think Americans really get yet: Four more years of Obama will not be more of the same. They will be worse.
I don't think people get that. Romney and Ryan are attacking Obamacare, but they need to talk about how bad it will be. They need to speculate about all the things Obama might try to do in his second term.
Obama's convincing Americans that they should be scared of what Romney might do. Romney needs to make his own positive case, yes, but he also needs to convince them of how big of a risk four more years of Obama is.
Trace Urdan: This is very astute. This is what Obama does so well.
Casey: . . . Reading through these 50+ comments I get the sense that we feel a disconnect between ourselves and the campaign. We feel more like fans watching our team on the TV rather than members of the team... or participants in a movement.
. . . we the voters need to feel like we are part of this thing. We want to save our country through Mitt. Rather than hoping the guy we vote for saves the country.
Sorry you're feeling sidelined, but Mitt's "small ball" strategy is entirely focused on 800,000 "persuadable" undecideds in a handful of swing states. His messaging is tailored to what he thinks they want to hear.
Mitt doesn't care about the loyal conservative base, because that vote is already in the bag. That's why he hasn't gone to all that much trouble to make sure they feel like they're part of the team. Maybe that's why so many of us feel like we are just "voting for the guy."
(Mitt does care about our campaign contributions, so please keep sending those in.)
I think we the voters need to feel like we are part of this thing. We want to save our country through Mitt. Rather than hoping the guy we vote for saves the country.
Obama does do it so well because there is no substance to his argument. It is a highly emotional, racially charged (however subtly), good ole fashioned class warfare attack. Geez, anybody can feel comfortable participating in that dog and pony show.
Romney addresses more complex issues and many people cannot relate to the depth and ramifications of the financial crises this country is facing. I don't worry about being a team member; in fact, I choose to place faith and trust in a man who has the proven ability to fix things I know nothing about.
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