The Obama strategy is obvious to all: Attack Mitt Romney at what is perceived to be his strength – his successful business record. That is what all this Bain gorilla dust is about.
The Mitt Romney response should be an campaign attack on Barack Obama’s perceived strength – “likeability”. But Mitt Romney is acting like John Kerry when he was challenged with attacks on his perceived strength – his military record.
For weeks John Kerry tried to ignore the attacks on his record. The plan was to pretend the attacks were so ridiculous that they did not deserve a response. The Kerry campaign also did not want to fan the flames licking at his campaign. What John Kerry’s campaign did not understand was that the “swift boat” attacks went to the question not of John Kerry’s Vietnam history but to weakness in national security.
The reason why the “swift boat” attacks mattered was that Americans saw John Kerry unwilling or unable to defend himself on a rather simple matter. If John Kerry could not defend himself then how could John Kerry defend the nation? The reason why the “swift boat” attacks on John Kerry worked was because they showed John Kerry to be too weak to be president.
Mitt Romney better take note of the Kerry “swift boating” and assess his own willingness to fight.
People seem to think this is a winning strategy. "Experts." I don't know. I try to ride the bus to and from work as often as possible to do my small part for the environment. I'm on vacation so I'm not home. Today, I was walking around downtown San Francisco and sight seeing. I grabbed a trolley (my first!) and there was a very vocal conversation among Blacks about these ads and how Barack was "losing his way." I can't claim that's how it's playing out elsewhere. But I did talk to several of the eight or so people who were saying this. (And, being Black, I would assume they were honest with me in the way they might not be with a White pollster.)
Those who have stuck with Barack all this time are of the belief that he's not really a politician and that he's somehow better than all that is around him. So when he starts this 'attack attack attack' method, it turns them off. It makes their hero seem normal. Half of the nine were of the opinion that they wouldn't vote for him. Two more said right out that they wouldn't. He has lost his way, I was told over and over.
You can't built Barack up to all that the first campaign did and then think you can let Barack do a 180 and no one's going to feel disenchanted.
You realize, right, that if 10% of the expected Black turnout instead stays home election day, it's very likely Barack loses.
So you have to wonder why he's running the campaign the way he is?
"Comic-Con 2012: The Comics Vanish" is about the Comic-Con and those and that's first hand reporting on the convention: written by Jim, Jess, Ty, Betty, Marcia, Stan, Isaiah and Mike.
That really was a lot of fun. I had never been to any comic convention let alone one so huge. I think the best thing really was just seeing all the people dressed up. Not everyone dresses up but probably over half did. We noted Wonder Woman was the most popular female (in our article we noted that) and an e-mail went into Third asking who the most popular Star Trek character was? The one I saw the most of was Spock. Not Captain Kirk or Picaard or Scotty or anyone like that.
I also saw a ton of Vulcans that weren't supposed to be Spocks.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"