#1 The most important lessons from last night for Republicans11-08-2012, 12:37 AM
I know a lot of you won't agree with me, but here it goes;
1. No candidate is perfect. When you have a big, heaping plate of shit in front of you to eat, but are then offered a skirt steak, don't complain and cry because it isn't a filet mignon. Eat the skirt steak. Because if not, you'll be eating shit. Republicans need to learn if they piss and moan because their exact guy wasn't nominated, or a candidate isn't Ronald Reagan Incarnate, they will keep losing. Same thing for right-leaning Indies. The Democrats have no problem voting for a lesser-candidate; all the Hillary supporters who hated Barack got out and voted for him to keep a Republican out, both times.
2. Early voting is an instrumental necessity now. Democrats know that a large portion of their electorate can't be trusted to get out and vote on election day, so they spend the month prior stuffing absentee ballots in the faces of whomever they can the month before election day. Republicans MUST adopt a similar tactic with early voting, or they will keep being overwhelmed whenever their turnout falls short of perfect.
3. When it comes to the fundamentals of campaigning, the dickhead always wins. When Obama said McCain was out of touch because he couldn't type due to war injuries, people didn't think Obama was being an insensitive asshole, they though "hey, McCain can't even write an e-mail". Same thing with Romney and Obama; playing the nice guy doesn't work.
If anyone has anything to add, feel free.
11-08-2012, 01:27 AM
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1. Nominate a candidate that actually appeals to people. Romney didn't appeal to anyone, not the base, not independents. I think he had the best chance out of a crappy Republican field this time around, but it's what it is. There are some attractive Republican candidates out there that will likely run in 2016.
2. Dead on. Early voting is very important now that you can vote so early. I'm surprised they haven't opened up early voting for 2016 yet. Getting people to vote early is going to be key.
3. Stop being afraid of being called names and go on the attack. Both McCain and Romney were passive in attacking Obama. The Democrats have absolutely no shame in running a dirty campaign. Fight back.
4. If someone runs a dirty campaign against you, address the issues they are raising. Hold a press conference explaining why it is BS. Run counter attack ads. Do something. Call the other guy out on it. Otherwise, it just festers in the minds of people that don't really pay attention.
Bottom line. There are enough people that don't really pay attention and make up their minds in the last minute to sway an election. Before Hurricane Sandy Romney was up 5-7 points in Gallup. After the Hurricane, that closed to 1 point with Obama having momentum. That's a 4-6 point swing from a photo op and a natural disaster. If even half of that swing didn't happen, Romney won the election despite his flaws.
11-08-2012, 06:23 AM
The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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