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Stop campaigning like Democrats

Stop campaigning like Democrats

I criticized Mitt Romney’s campaign on the night of the Reagan Library debate for having a spokesman claim that Perry wanted to kill social security, linking to this tweet by John McCormack:

The Romney campaign has been hitting similar themes for the past month.  It’s the type of scare tactic Democrats use against Republicans.

The Perry campaign is going down a similarly unjustified path in its use of the “rich guy” card against Romney, a tactic which has just started in this video just released by the Perry campaign:

Although it’s subtle, the “rich guy” card is played with the line “Even the richest man … can’t buy back his past”:

Do we really need to go there? Do we need to give people like “Blue Texan” at Firedoglake (where I first saw attention called to the ploy) the ability to deflect from Obama’s class warfare by sticking our own toes in that pool?

I really wish Romney and Perry would stop campaigning like Democrats.


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DINORightMarie | October 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

I agree. The best strategy for ALL Republicans is to focus on Obama and his policies: his failure to lead, his inability to work out solutions to issues he has a “laser focus” on, and doubling down on failed policies; then discuss how to attack these problems, revealing solutions.

Take it to the Obama policies, the administration – hey, maybe even talk up the Solyndra crony capitalism scandal and Fast & Furious scandal. Maybe then people will FINALLY find out that all this is going on……after all, the MSM is doing its best to NOT report on any of it, hoping it will all blow over before the election. Expose the fraud and corruption of this White House and administration!

Also, talk up your record, your positive solutions, then attack the Democrats; focus on the needs of the country, not taking out an opponent.

If the Republican candidates do that, they will emerge as contenders with integrity, like Herman Cain has done.

    Absolutely correct, right down to the last sentence. I said six months ago that this primary “campaign season” will be the best opportunity for Republicans to have for themselves access to a larger audience that would otherwise be uninterested in them. They’d be well advised to use this precious time highlighting the endless ineptitude, deceit, dishonesty, corruption, and colossal continuing failures of the Obama administration because when the Dems start and it becomes a two party event Republicans and conservatives will find themselves completely ignored by the media.

    The I’ve-got-to-win-here-before-I-can-beat-the-other-guy argument isn’t going to get it done this time because none of these guys is an outstanding persona, individually (with the possible and growing exception of Herman Cain IMHO). While any one would be better for the country than Obama, it’s Obama’s record that must be attacked – openly, constantly, and unapologetically (McCain’s biggest mistake). The RNC, NRCC, and NRSC, and candidates are constantly shilling for Republican and conservative causes; ads like these are a waste of money and precious time, they won’t get it done and are the reason they’re getting nothing from me yet.

    It’s this time or go home Republicans. WAKE UP.

    I didn’t know Obama was running in the GOP primaries.

    The whole point of primaries is to pick the person who will run against Obama. Now is not the time to do that. A nominee must be picked first.

      Owego in reply to retire05. | October 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Technically correct; as a practical matter, wrong. Obama, his policies, and administration ARE the GOP Republican primaries. Watch the ad again, absent the Paid For statement at the end in small print it could have been bought by any Republican or Democrat seeking the office. It tells no one anything they don’t already know about Romney, and nothing about anyone or anything else. Nothing. That’s one reason Cain suddenly stands out, he says what he’s for, what he’d do. Tell me, if elected, what would Romney do about Obamacare? Cain? “First, repeal Obamacare in its entirety.” That’s about Herman Cain and Obama. Romney’s best strategy in that discussion with Cain would be to keep quiet and hope the subject changed. Folks want to know what Perry will do with Obamacare, what Romney will do with the Federal Reserve, and so forth. Rick Perry supporters are probably thrilled their money was spent on this ad. Rick who?

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck . . . .

They are doing what they do naturally. If you listened to Romney back when he was governor of MA, he’s a progressive to the bone. All I needed to hear was Perry saying that parents are too stupid to understand “opt out” and that anyone who disagrees with him is heartless to know, absolutely know, that he, too, is a big government, nanny state progressive.

I’m all-in for Herman Cain.

    retire05 in reply to Fuzzy. | October 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Perhaps you “heard” what you wanted to hear. Perry assumed that Texas parents were smart enough to know that they could “opt-out” of the Gardasil vaccination since they would not only be notified of that option by their school their children attended, but because the form would be available on line. Unlike Bachmann’s Minnesota where the vaccination for Hep B is mandatory with no opt-out.

    So while the good professor seems to object to any reference to class warfare, I have to wonder what he thinks about the WaPo and the NYSlimes printing articles that makes the reader think that Perry surely is a racist because of the name given to sling shots 100 YEARS AGO.

    Or what he thinks about Romney, refusing to comment on Cain’s vunerablilities, saying he is not interested in attacking the other candidates but on the issues, the same day that the Romney campaign put on its website a picture of Rick Perry with a pistol in his hand calling it the “Perry Jobs Plan” with nothing but comments from establishment GOP/liberal talking heads and almost 110 blank pages.

    Cain? How do you excuse him throwing down the race card on Perry on the Chris Wallace and Christiane Amanpour shows when it was clear that Cain did not have all the facts and accepted what was written in a hit job on Perry by the Washington Compost? Or does that not count in your book?

    Cain is not a serious candidate. He is positioning himself to be Romney’s running mate. Everything Cain has said points to that fact. (he would support any of the GOP candidate, but Perry. Does that mean if Perry is the nominee, Cain will vote for Obama?)

    Cain needs to get some government training before he decides that he is qualified to run the most important nation in the world. I can give you a whole list of black CEOs. None of which I would want for president. How do you know how Cain will govern? Do you know how he managed as a CEO? Do you think if he doesn’t get along with Pelosi or Reid he can just fire them?

    But I guess, electing an inexperienced politician doesn’t matter to you.

      SmokeVanThorn in reply to retire05. | October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      You don’t have to wonder what the good professor thinks about the attempt to slime Perry over the painted rock non-issue – he made it quite clear on this site.

      Is this swipe at Professor Jacobson made in ignorance or bad faith?

        retire05 in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | October 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        Is pointing out that those of you who seemingly supported Palin are now jumping on the Cain Train a swipe?

        Have you not had enough of the inexperienced residing in the White House?

        Sorry, I don’t agree with Professor Jacobson that the Perry ad was an attempt at class warfare. But he sees what he wants to see.

          SmokeVanThorn in reply to retire05. | October 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

          You implied that Professor Jacobson was hypocritical because he denounced Perry’s tactics but had not denounced the painted rock story. No honest person who reads this site regularly could make this implication in good faith.

          Your comments regarding Palin supporters and Obama’s inexperience do not change the fact that you made a snide, ill founded crack about Jacobson. If you have a case to make that the Perry ad is not “class warfare,” then by all means make it – but whether Jacobson denounced the racist rock story (he did) proves absolutely nothing on that point.

DINORightMarie | October 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

You know, when I look at that ad, I don’t see the “rich man card” being thrown down. I see the “flip-flop” can’t-run-from-your-record card.

It is true he is uber-rich, and has the deep pocket donors. However, the point is that Romney has a record he is trying to hide, or at least walk back, knowing that this election has a rising Conservative tide. So Romney and his people are trying to paint him as a Conservative.

Rich – but not rich enough to change his past RINO, flip-flopper record.

Just my $.02 on the video.

    I didn’t even notice the “rich man” thing until you pointed it out. I saw “flip-flopper” on RomneyCare. I guess the rich thing was too subtle for my poor brain. Those wascally wepublicans.

All the more reason to vote for Cain. At least he’s not working to re-elect Obama.

“I really wish Romney and Perry would stop campaigning like Democrats.”

I couldn’t agree with you more Mr. J and, IF you are going to live blog the Press Conference (aka – A Debate) tonight, I look forward to reading your take. I just can’t stomach such staged events any longer.

I’ve been longing for the RNC to turn its back on candidates who go negative on their own side. We won’t see it happen, but I’ve been longing for it.