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Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Fri Aug 17, 2012, 09:16 PM (2 replies)

The only plus I see for Romney in this Swiftboat attempt is this:

It attempts to stir up a food fight that doesn't involve Romney in any way.

Romney is a bad candidate, he makes a worse impression with increasing exposure.

He can't handle attacks on him or his record, he's been floundering and off balance.

The OBL killing doesn't involve him at all, there are no questions he has to answer, no tax records to hide, no Medicare or Ryan plan questions to dodge.

Of course there is the downside that pursuing this angle could lead to highlighting Obama's one accomplishment that even most right wingers have to concede is a good thing.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:10 AM (3 replies)

Is anyone even complaining about the "chains" thing aside from obvious Team Romney partisans?

And CNN media sycophants?

Serious question.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:01 AM (23 replies)

I thought I'd figured out what Mitt was doing prior to this Ryan pick. Basketball analogy within!

Here I thought I had Romney read like a book. Crappy candidate but persistently on Obama's heels due to the economy. As things developed, the basic gist of Romney's strategy seemed to be: do not deviate, ever, from right wing orthodoxy, do nothing to rock the base's boat.

It's like if you were 10 points behind in a basketball game. Not great, but within reach. Don't take any big chances to close the gap that could cause turnovers and widen the gap. Just make sure you stay within that 10 points. This would be picking Portman, which I assumed he was going to do.

Then, when you're in the last two or three minutes, you do the GOP equivalent of fouling Obama every time he touches the ball and hoping he bricks his free throw attempts: a billion dollars of SuperPAC negative ad blitz in swing states, making it difficult in every possible way for poor black people to vote in Cuyahoga County, OH, etc.

You're still probably going to lose, but depending on how poorly Obama shoots free throws and how well your team can score quick baskets, you might have a 25 percent chance of winning.

It actually seemed like a reasonable plan for victory for a longshot challenger, possibly the best odds Romney could get. Not winning odds, but possible/doable.

This Ryan pick feels like Romney saw the lead creep from 10 to 13, got panicky and instead of sticking with coach's plan, just started hoisting three pointer attempts from half court in the middle of the third quarter.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Aug 11, 2012, 12:29 PM (0 replies)
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