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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:25 PM

Amazingly, Before He Died Ted Kennedy Tutored Democrats on How to Beat Romney


Amazingly, Before He Died Ted Kennedy Tutored Democrats on How to Beat Romney

According to Paul Begala, before he passed away in 2008, Ted Kennedy gave him a tutorial on how to defeat Mitt Romney. Obama and the Dems followed Kennedy’s advice, and won.

On the second page of a story for Newsweek, Paul Begala wrote about a tutorial Ted Kennedy gave him on how to beat Romney before he died,

Our goal was to take Romney’s greatest strength—his business record—and make it a weakness. We were given a road map by none other than the late, great Ted Kennedy. As the 2008 election was approaching, I paid the senator a visit. I thought Romney might be the GOP nominee, and Kennedy gave me a tutorial on how to beat him. Don’t underestimate Romney, Kennedy said. He’s smart and resourceful and will say anything, take any position. Kennedy recounted how his campaign team tracked down employees of companies that had been shut down after being bought by Bain Capital. Shamelessly copying Kennedy’s plan, we interviewed dozens of laid-off ­middle-class working people. Their stories were emblematic of the collapse of the middle class: factories closed, health benefits canceled, lives ruined.

My old friend, former Georgia governor and senator Zell Miller, taught me that “a hit dog barks,” but Romney remained silent. I am still amazed that Romney did not respond. He allowed our little, underfunded super PAC to define him as Gordon Gekko. Without his business record, Romney was left with nothing but his charm.


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Full article here: http://www.politicususa.com/amazingly-died-ted-kennedy-tutored-democrats-beat-romney.html




Be sure to scroll way down the article to the last two paragraphs of the article, don't miss those two

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Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
Laurian Nov 2012 #1
Mme. Defarge Nov 2012 #2
MissMarple Nov 2012 #3
Kolesar Nov 2012 #4
skeewee08 Nov 2012 #5
rocktivity Nov 2012 #6
lunatica Nov 2012 #7
OKNancy Nov 2012 #8
allrevvedup Nov 2012 #9
ThoughtCriminal Nov 2012 #10
LukeFL Nov 2012 #11
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #12
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #13
chuckstevens Nov 2012 #14
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #15

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:30 PM

1. Ha! Left with nothing but his charm. n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:48 PM

2. Fascinating! nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:50 PM

3. Charm? More like a huge creep out factor.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:52 PM

4. Democrats defined him as a heartless job killer in swing state after swing state.

I soooo enjoyed reading this, Tx4obama
Happy holidays!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:56 PM

5. "But political genius lived on".......Amen!!!!!

That was the differences we have GENIUS & they have nut jobs.....

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:01 PM

6. Smart? Resourceful? Dangerous to underestimate?

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That may describe the Mitt Romney who Kennedy used to lock horns with. But the Romney I saw during this campaign came across as clueless when he should have been smart, reckless when he should have been resourceful, and as a result, embarrassingly predictable:



I'm not saying that Kennedy's advice didn't help -- just that Romney's behavior helped even more. Either he got a lot of really bad advice (divine or otherwise), or he got good advice that he didn't want to listen to.


rocktivity

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:06 PM

7. Democrats ran a damn near perfect campaign

One off day only during the first debate. That was it.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:07 PM

8. No doubt the ads were effective

but the article makes it seems like that was the only reason Mitt the Twit lost.
He lost because:
1. Obama and the Obama campaign
2. the Republican platform - ditch Medicare/Medicaid, immigration etc
3. The lies caught up with him
4. good ads that defined Mitt early - I put this in 4th place.
5. Mitt is just kind of creepy

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:25 PM

9. 3 of 5 items in your list ARE the ads.

 

Strange comment. Anyway what I find interesting is Teddy's remark that "He’s smart and resourceful and will say anything, take any position," because that's exactly what Romney did in the first debate, which gave the media license to declare the race a tie, even though it wasn't. All it took many good minds to slay this year's GOP dragon and Teddy's was one of them.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:56 PM

10. "Charm"

in this context should always have quotation marks.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:07 PM

11. Ted Kennedy was right

Romney will say anything and so he did. It was hard to keep with which Romney was going to appear so glad tge American ppl was able yo see thru..it's still sad yo see do many was drawn in to his Many personalities

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:53 PM

12. Thanks, Ted. For everything. n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:10 PM

13. Thank you senator Kennedy.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:24 PM

14. Teddy died in 2009

Not to be a jerk, but it was August of 2009. Man, I wish he had been around for the 2012 election.

Hey, if John Kerry steps down to become Secretary of State, would Duvall Patrick appoint a Kennedy as the new Senator for Massachusetts? It would be a great fuck you to Scott "I'm really a moderate" Brown and it would drive the GOP CRAZY!

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Response to chuckstevens (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:39 PM

15. I read the other day that Deval Patrick can legally appoint himself to the Senate seat :)


Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren is taking Brown's seat which was Teddy Kennedy's seat.

I think if Deval appointed a Kennedy to Kerry's seat it would NOT make the GOPers heads explode.

I do not think that there are any Kennedy's ready to be a U.S. Senator yet.

Robert F. Kennedy III just won a U.S. House seat the other night for the first time.

And Patrick Kennedy wants to be out of politics for a bit.

So, who else is there from the Kennedy family? Perhaps Joe P. Kennedy II ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Patrick_Kennedy_II




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