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The Biggest Mistake of Campaign 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 17th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

The Biggest Mistake of Campaign 2012
John Podhoretz, Commentary
The biggest mistake of campaign 2012 is not Mitt Romney's handling of Bain Capital, or anything Mitt Romney has done. The biggest mistake was the one made by Barack Obama on Friday, when what you might call his now-familiar "Declaration of Interdependence" went completely off the rails. Obama's "we're all in this together" bit has been a feature of his speeches during the past year, as he cites the government-led activities that have made this country better"”land-grant colleges and infrastructure and the social safety…

Obama Stresses Story Over Policy in Re-Election
Alexis Simendinger, RCP
Michelle Obama put out the word Monday that President Obama will celebrate his 51st birthday next month with donor friends at their house in Chicago, including a few small-dollar contributors who will be flown in as winners of yet another campaign raffle.Last year at a dazzling Chicago extravaganza to celebrate his mid-century mark, the president raised funds from well-wishers at events small and large held in the sweltering Aragon Entertainment Center. Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock supplied the music for an energized evening organized around a re-election race that still seemed…

Romney’s Veep Trap
Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast
Not that Mitt Romney doesn't have other problems right now, but think about this one. He's on the verge, they say, of picking a running mate. He needs a person who will reassure the right wing in a big way, arguably even more so now that he's having to apologize for capitalism. And yet at the same he needs to orchestrate a convention that will send the signal to middle America that they shouldn't worry, the right wing hasn't taken this party over just yet. It's a pickle, and it's one he put himself in. Why? Most nominees put their stamp on their party, but…

Storytelling the Secret Weapon of ’12
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
If we can all take a break from the breathless back-and-forth about Bain-gate for a moment — and if you can't, maybe later you can retroactively take a break — there was a more meaningful exchange that came out of President Obama's interview with Charlie Rose that aired on CBS Sunday and Monday morning.The president used many of his oft-repeated lines, saying that “this campaign is still about hope… it's still about change,” and that he “underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving.” But it got really interesting when…

Obama Throws Economic Recovery Under the Bus
Liz Peek, Fiscal Times
President Obama will stop at nothing to win four more years in the White House "“ including cracking this fragile egg shell of a recovery and sending the U.S. into recession. With every sign that the economy is slowing, our Campaigner in Chief is creating even more anxiety by taking an unwavering stand — he will not, he affirms proudly, extend current tax rates on all Americans. Instead, he demands the wealthy pay more. That's it. That's his grand plan for getting the country moving again. A more harmful and negative campaign has surely never been waged.Nearly…

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