We now know when the Congressional Republicans decided to oppose and obstruct every single thing that President Obama has tried to do. It was in a secret meeting that occurred the day President Obama was inaugurated.
Robert Draper’s new book,Do Not Ask What Good We Do — Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, details a meeting that took place on inauguration day, among leaders of the Republican Party — including Eric Cantor,and Paul Ryan, and the disgraced former Republican speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Along with Republican communications adviser Frank Luntz, who organized the event.
According to Robert Draper’s book, after 4 hourseveryone agreedon the path forward for the Republican Party:
Show united and unyielding opposition to the President’s economic policies.
Win the spear point of the House in 2010.
Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011.
Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.
“You will remember this day,” Newt Gingrich proclaimed to the others as they said goodbye. “You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”
They won the House and lost everything else, and damaged the country in the process.
Three days until the election, and still no Anti Mormon stuff.
Nothing from surrogates. Nothing from supposedly sympathetic media outlets. No commercials with anti-Mormon dog whistles. No “jokes” from the president that he needs to claim were taken the wrong way. Not even anything from the uncoordinated and independent super pacs.
Huh. One might infer that Mitt Romney’s opposition decided that it would be beneath them to exploit some people’s prejudices and ignorance just to get a few votes.
So the next time someone comes at you with the false equivalence bullshit that “Democrats do it too!” Feel free to take a Hawaiian long form birth certificate, a college transcript, a pack of food stamps, a Reverend Wright sermon, and a jobs report and shove it all up their ass.
It appears to me that after a debate lacking memorable “zingers” or gaffes, unsurprisingly the cable media pundits are missing the point.
Consensus will be that Mitt Romney won. Romney was energetic and focused while the President was less than aggressive. But guess what? This isn’t the high school debate team and the prize isn’t a trophy.
These debates are about winning over undecideds and “low information voters.” Sometimes “low information voter” means “dumb ass,” but it also means people who hate politics and refuse to follow the horse race. They’re just getting on board now. They may have watched some of the two nominees’ convention speeches but a lot of them are turning in now for the first time. These are often people who think all politicians are the same and make gut level decisions about who they trust when it comes time to vote. For those people, who looked more presidential tonight? Some may disagree, but if tonight was my introduction to Mitt Romney, he would have made me tense.
That “Ed Show” guy on MSNBC was having a fit tonight. “HOW COULD HE NOT ATTACK HARDER?!?! THE LIBERALS ARE CRYING OUT FOR HIM TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE!!” Guess what, Ed? The liberals are already locked in. And any concerns that they would sit on their hands and just not vote flew away with the pick of Paul Ryan and his talk of the 47%. You all bought the ticket already. You aren’t voting for Romney no matter what.
So how do you get undecideds? Well you don’t get them by getting in the mud and arguing with a pathological liar. As Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out tonight, there was no way to prepare for Mitt Romney because he will say ANYTHING. Tonight he said he is not in favor of a 5 trillion dollar tax cut…the ONLY specific thing he has advocated for months. What more than what he did should the president have done. Argued? Called him a liar? Add fuel to the RIDICULOUS “most divisive president in history” spin that is the newest attack? Nope. Stick to the facts and know that there is tape of Mitt Romney saying the exact opposite of everything he claimed tonight. Mitt Romney recorded a Democratic campaign commercial tonight, and undecideds and low information voters will see it on heavy rotation during NFL games and “The Voice” for the next six weeks.
Joe Biden will attack hard at the Vice Presidential debate and reenergize the left. And the President will up his game in the next two debates, the second of which is the town hall style. Any wagers on who will appear more relatable to the common people during that debate?
But for now the same people who were ripping Barack Obama for not being more vicious during debates almost five years ago with Hillary Clinton will wring their hands and speak of impending doom.
But for a lot of undecideds, the first debate is the only one they’ll watch. And one by one more and more of then will go, “Meh. Obama seems fine. Something about that Romney guy just feels off.”