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Old 12th Apr 2012, 20:46
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Complacent I am not. One must choose the battle wisely when walking in enemy territory. There are times to strike and times to lurk. Being able to differentiate between the two is key.

You don't have to swing at every pitch is what I'm sayin.

They can adjust faster than your watch.
Indeed, but the can't seem to grasp the correct time zone of late.

At this stage, I'm beginning to think that Mitt can take it all with Alan Shepard's Prayer cause the opponents are taking up the slack.
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 21:24
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Never over estimate the public. Sleaze and spit are non partisan. The Democrats may be savaging Olsen as a PLOY. They would win at all costs, never mind the tactics. Whilst the Republicans rue the loss of fairness, they aren't even that committed to winning.

After Jimmy Stewart went home, the bastards skulked back in. The Republicans do two things well, condescend, and pat their own backsides.

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Old 12th Apr 2012, 21:35
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Lyman, as always, I respect your opinion, and although we have somewhat different philosophies (probably due to your proximity to U.C. Berkeley and me living in Orange County) we have much more in common than most would believe.

That said, I truly think that this time will be different.

There is an undercurrent that is about to rise and I think come this November, Surf's up baby.
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 21:49
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I can't wait for Romney to start asking why Meshell _had_ to work when the bamster was making $160k. Was it because they were greedy because she was making $360k? Which, of course, puts them into the >$250K bracket that they both vilify so readily...

I'm not going to hold my breath... The republicans are such useless wankers... They couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag.
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 22:12
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Ya'all better start looking up recipes for crow.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 01:03
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One wonders who Romney will be debating, POTUS or TOTUS.


POTUS

or


TOTUS
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 01:35
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The GOP are missing a huge opportunity by not jumping all over this
No they are not, this is a tiny blip on the screen, a mistake an aide made, it happens.

The real campaign has yet to start. What will be important is what each candidate says during the real campaign. What they have said leading up to the real thing is food for the PACs and media. So far, Romney is leading in the pre-campaign gaffs such as "I like firing people" or "Let them foreclose, the housing market needs to sink to the bottom", not real smart. Even when the campaign starts and the debates happen, the hot subjects are often silly. Does anybody remember Quemoy & Matsu, the major topic of two debates? (A little history test)

Then again, there is the power of the Presidency, Obama has it and Romney doesn't. If you got the power, you can say things like this:

''I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.''

—Ronald Reagan
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 01:51
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North Korean Threat



This is what happens when you use ACME as a Supplier.

North Korea's attempt Friday to launch a long-range rocket has failed, according to U.S. officials.

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Old 13th Apr 2012, 02:19
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So far, Romney is leading in the pre-campaign gaffs such as "I like firing people" or "Let them foreclose, the housing market needs to sink to the bottom", not real smart.
As opposed to the gaffe a day coming out of the DNC?
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 02:25
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Quemoy and Matsu, the iconic fulcrum for the five o'clock shadow, and the Pope's own footstool. The first televised debate. At the time I thought Kennedy killed. Looking back, it was a stone draw.

Romney's problem is his short fuse, and his inability to get comfortable with himself, in public. His gaffes are unbelievable. Being rich must mean born without a lip editor. Stop the false defense against being rich, become publicly proud of your convictions, and no one will be surprised if Obama has to run for mayor of Windy next year.

sayin,
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 03:34
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Yep. I just can't let people see me grin. Obama he done. But so what, as they say. The only thing a president MUST do is connect to the People. Obama did the opposite.

We get process, not leadership, in this case. Obama is just a really cocky Jimmy Carter. At least Carter was honest enough to look embarrassed about his epic fail. Obama blees his own ess. He may be the only one he is fooling.

Sayin' Ladies and germs, President Mitt Romney!
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 12:25
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I found this piece non-partisan and helpful when it comes to deciphering the competing claims about federal tax and expenditure. Both "sides" are making 10-year predictions based on a national budget that is renegotiated every year, which is silly. Of course, both "sides" are selectively talking about the numbers that make them look better.

If I have a point, it's this: promises about the budget and other financial considerations should not be a factor in your vote, because reality always intrudes. Bush Jr. didn't know about 9/11 and his foreign wars before taking office, and Obama didn't know how deep and long the Great Recession would be, or expect the Bush tax cuts to be renewed by Congress. If anything, I wish everyone would stop using the budget to try to score political points altogether. They claim to know the future. but they don't.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 12:42
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I say again, and again, and again, HE is going to get re-elected in November regardless of what y'all think, say, write, etc. (Not that this is what I personally wish to see but I like to think of myself as somewhat of a realist. I guess.)

Once the campaign season kicks in, in earnest, the DNC, at al, including the media are going to paint Romney as an out of touch buffoon who is uncomfortable around the average joe, has no real connection to Mr and Mrs John Q Public, a rich man who championed a health care law in Taxachussetts similar in many respects to ObamaCare. The DNC and media are going to have a field day with this guy, mark my words. And it will be to his unfortunate undoing come November.

Get used to it ladies and gents: we're stuck with Him for another 4 years.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 14:28
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Some food for thought....


Liberals tend to have more activity in parts of the brain known as the insula and anterior cingulate cortex. Among other functions, the two regions overlap to an extent by dealing with cognitive conflict, in the insula's case, while the anterior cingulate cortex helps in processing conflicting information.

Conservatives, on the other hand, have demonstrated more activity in the amygdala, known as the brain's "fear center." "If you see a snake or a picture of a snake, the amygdala will light up — it's a threat detector." Conservatives, meanwhile, have a more binary view of threats versus non-threats. Again, such a predisposition could be extended to policy positions, such as being pro-life and stricter on the immigration issue. There is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 16:06
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@ lyman

I don't think the current election bears much resemblance to the 1980 election battle between Carter vs Reagan at all except for one commonality compared to Obama vs Romney. Both Carter and Reagan were perceived negatively by a majority of the electorate as is the case today with Obama and Romney.

Carter lost because he ran a campaign based on "despair and pessimism" which cost him the election. On the other hand, Reagan ran a campaign of "upbeat optimism". Reagan also emphasized the importance of peace as well as a prepared self-defense. Both made gaffs throughout the election campaign that had little impact to the election outcome. Another item that greatly influenced Reagan's win was the Iranian hostage situation that had gone on for 444 days and included a botched rescue attempt. Iran became, to many, a symbol of American impotence during the Carter years. Other factors included slow economic growth (also common today) but this was coupled with high inflation (13%) and high interest rates (14%) at that time.

So if you're hanging your hat on major similarities between the 1980 election and the current 2012 election, your hat just fell on the floor.

The winning of this election is going to depend on two items, Economic Growth and Job Creation. The candidate that develops the best and believable plan to achieve these will win. So far, Romney has, for the most part, skirted this issue and when he has touched on it, it has been "despair and pessimism". Perhaps a plan will emerge somewhere down the line. And by the way, the history of job creation during Republican Presidencies is not good compared to Democratic Presidencies going back to the days of Harry Truman.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 17:51
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TD I hadn't thought to compare the 1980 campaign to the one upcoming. As you say, and this will not be lost on Obama, Carter ran hangdog, Reagan as white hat, smilin' Ronnie.

Do you know the crisis of 80 well? It went back to the 19teens. A treaty that lasts to this day, and is present in all the boardrooms, if not the State rooms.

The hostages were released right smart upon Reagan's win. Eh? Coincidence?
No such thing. There is Public domain, and private, and then there is the pure hypnotic. Politics occupies the hypnotic. Because it appears real, it garners sufficient interest to screen the reality from the franchisees.

One can predict a sure win for either "side" and be equally confident. The genesis of the victory will be off limits to the man in the street. Hiding in plain sight? For instance, as the World's largest Industry, does one consider the political power of the Drug industry? OIL?

Make no mistake, The cart always precedes the Horse in Politics. Two men may be pleased at the outcome, and one will know why, the other, not so much. Everything in Public domain revolves around INFLUENCE, hegemony is a tattered stand in.

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Old 13th Apr 2012, 18:13
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So far, Romney has, for the most part, skirted this issue and when he has touched on it, it has been "despair and pessimism".
You could be on to something there because President Obama is certainly an optimist.

Obama 2012: It Could Be Worse! « Hot Air
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 18:34
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Hot air, 11Fan? Like this too?



Or this?

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Old 13th Apr 2012, 18:43
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Hot Air

Actually, I believe that is a requirement for all persons running for office.
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Old 13th Apr 2012, 19:06
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And Romney, to win, will have to open his jets to let some escape, instead of stammering with his "proper".

Do not be disillusioned, or misled. We are well into silly Hat Season.

Something so important to be decided by foolishness, and "Me Too".

Disgraceful.

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