Posted by Ra Europe · September 19, 2012 4:52 AM
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Romney was right. Voters who see themselves as victims of circumstance and who want a life of dependency on government will vote for Obama. Voters who believe in shaping their own destiny and want greater opportunities to succeed in life should vote for Romney. There is a culture of victimization that Obama actively taps into and encourages, but the fact is that the vast majority of Americans don't want to see themselves as victims even if they get sucked into that defeatist mentality. When confronted with the question, voters will overwhelmingly choose the American way over Obama's way any day of the week. Romney should use the media hype over his comments to drive a wedge between himself and Obama and open up a real lead in this race. His remarks sparked a challenge to Obama's leftist philosophy. Now it is time to close the deal! Romney, needs to go ideological and for the knock out punch that can put this thing away.
Consider the record. His failed personal effort to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. His failed personal effort to negotiate a climate-change deal at Copenhagen in 2009. His failed efforts to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that year and this year. His failed effort to improve America's public standing in the Muslim world with the now-forgotten Cairo speech. His failed reset with Russia. His failed effort to strong-arm Israel into a permanent settlement freeze. His failed (if half-hearted) effort to maintain a residual U.S. military force in Iraq. His failed efforts to cut deals with the Taliban and reach out to North Korea. His failed effort to win over China and Russia for even a symbolic U.N. condemnation of Syria's Bashar Assad. His failed efforts to intercede in Europe's economic crisis. ("Herr Obama should above all deal with the reduction of the American deficit" was the free advice German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble offered this year.)
In June, the Pew Research Center released one of its periodic surveys of global opinion. It found that since 2009, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. had slipped nearly everywhere in the world except Russia and, go figure, Japan. George W. Bush was more popular in Egypt in the last year of his presidency than Mr. Obama is today.
Posted by Ra Europe · July 23, 2012 3:21 AM
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As widely reported in the press, Governor Mitt Romney will visit London this week for meetings with UK leaders and a Republican Fundraiser.
Romney will then visit U.S. allies Israel and Poland.
Romney's decision to visit the UK, Israel and Poland not only underlines his strong international credentials, but draws a stark contrast with Obama's foreign policy weakness and blatant disregard for US allies.
Polish freedom fighter Lech Walesa of Poland will also meet with Romney. In 2008, Walesa declined to meet with candidate Obama and later criticized the decision to grant him a Nobel Prize.
Elections are about numbers, and right now the president's are bad. To understand why, consider 2008 as a reference point. That year, Barack Obama received 69,456,897 votes to John McCain's 59,934,814.
But a big chunk of President Obama's 9.5 million-vote advantage is probably gone. Let's break this down. According to exit polls, 44.8 million Republicans showed up to vote in 2004 while only 41.4 million did in 2008. Almost all those 3.4 million Republicans who stayed home have been energized by Mr. Obama's agenda and are now eager to vote against him.
Gallup found in April that Republicans were five points more likely to vote than Democrats. More recent measures, including by the Pew Research Center in June, show Republican voters displaying more intense interest than Democrats. If 2008 stay-at-home Republicans vote, Mr. Obama's margin would shrink by more than one-third (to 6.1 million). Similarly, the 2.4 million veterans who voted in 2004 but did not in 2008 could turn out in 2012. Mr. McCain's winning margin among vets was 10 points.
Democrat Strategist Bob Shrum: If It’s A Referendum Election, Obama Loses
SHRUM: “So I think we ought to just face reality here. If you did what I think the Governor is suggesting, and maybe he's not, and you just let this be a referendum, I don't think the president could win because the truth of the matter is, he may have created over 4.3 million jobs [NOT REALLY!], he may have saved General Motors, but the country is still not back to where it needs to be.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 6/3/12)
Democrat Pollster Mark Penn: “Obama Needs More Than Just A New Message” http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/clintonites-hit-the-panic-button-for-obama
But pollster Mark Penn, Schoen's former partner and a member of Clinton's inner circle in the White House and later a force on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Obama needs more than just a new message — but also a new economic plan. "I think that the president needs a new economic plan that takes the country into the 21st century global economy, a plan with emphasis on education, infrastructure, innovation, and growing exports. A plan that creates new economy jobs for a country that wants to move forward," he told BuzzFeed, adding that "most of the messages [in the memo] are too much about raising taxes and raising spending in a public that has changed quite dramatically from 1992."
GOP.com: Wisconsin set for Republican Victory in November as Obama's machine politics breakdown
Wasserman Schultz: Wisconsin Recall Had “The Full Engagement And Activity Of The Obama For America Staff And Volunteers On The Ground.”
REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “Well actually there has been a significant amount of resources put in from the Democratic Party, and from our considerable ground operation through the full engagement and activity of the Obama for America staff and volunteers on the ground. We’ve, over the course of the cycle, Andrea, put in over $1.5 million into Wisconsin to try to A.) to make sure the recall actually got on the ballot, and we were involved with our folks on the ground helping the volunteers and the Wisconsinites who have been really standing up for the workers and the middle class families that Scott Walker essentially ran over when he was elected governor.” (MSNBC’s, “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 6/4/12)
Wasserman Schultz: The DNC Is “Putting All Of Our Effort Into This Fight.” “Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told 75 Democratic Party supporters Wednesday that the national party was ‘putting all of our effort into this fight’ to help Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett topple Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall election.” (Bill Glauber, Patrick Marley, “DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Said National Party Backs Recall,” Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, 5/30/12)