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09/27/2012 07:39:45 AM · #1
Mitt Romney says that President Obama is engaging in character assassination. I don't understand. Isn't this what happens every election. First Dems and Republicans debate each other (Your could substitute that with insult each other)and to try and get their parties nomination. Then you move onto explaining why you are better as President than the other nominee...and there's lots of misinformation and distortion of the facts on both sides...so why is Mitt all upset? If he can't stand up and say "Hey, that's not right. Here are the facts." Then how can he be president? Wasn't Sarah Paling talking about how Obama was "Palling around with a terrorist..." What did the Obama campaign do then? Did they whimper in the corner and say "Not fair!"

It'll be interesting to see these 2 debate. I think Romney made some big mistakes over the last couple of weeks that has cost him the election already...but you never know.
09/27/2012 08:13:35 AM · #2
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2eojFZ0c20
09/27/2012 08:44:24 AM · #3
They all do this sort of mud slinging. Seems like the pitch is "vote for me, not because I am a good choice, but because the other guy is worse".

I have much more respect for a candidate who doesn't play this kind of game. I suppose the people who run their campaigns are really the decision makers on this aspect and for them, this is just how it is done. You can take almost anything from a candidate's background or political history and spin it in a negative way. It kinda sucks.
09/27/2012 08:45:51 AM · #4
Yep. I think Romney blew it with the 47% gaff plus releasing his taxes so late in the game. Those two items gave the democrats more fodder for their negative campaign. The Bsin Capital attacks were not sticking but these two are.
09/27/2012 09:06:15 AM · #5
"This is a campaign, not about character assassination, even though that's what I think has come from the Obama camp by and large." High road indeed.

The 47% speech was character suicide, but he can blame it on his opponent if he doesn't want to take "personal responsibility."
09/27/2012 09:15:23 AM · #6
Some people's character's are easier to assassinate than others. But character suicide was a great way to put it. To scream "class warfare" and then the 47% speech is revealed- is just another hypocrisy in a fatally long line of hypocrisies.
09/27/2012 09:35:56 AM · #7
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I have much more respect for a candidate who doesn't play this kind of game. I suppose the people who run their campaigns are really the decision makers on this aspect and for them, this is just how it is done.
It's done this way because it works. The average voter reads only the headlines and moves on.

Churchill said it best: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."
09/27/2012 09:56:58 AM · #8
Originally posted by Venser:

The average voter reads only the headlines and moves on.

I tend to not read the details myself, so I suppose I am the average voter. I do have a well tuned BS detector, however, and mud slinging approach isn't exactly subtle.
09/27/2012 10:07:32 AM · #9
With the 47% comment, Romney committed "character suicide". What the other camp does is irrelevant to his own words.
09/27/2012 10:12:35 AM · #10
Originally posted by Venser:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I have much more respect for a candidate who doesn't play this kind of game. I suppose the people who run their campaigns are really the decision makers on this aspect and for them, this is just how it is done.
It's done this way because it works. The average voter reads only the headlines and moves on.

Churchill said it best: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

Wasn't it also Churchill who also said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others ...?
09/27/2012 11:11:44 AM · #11
I heard Romney's character has been nominated for a Darwin Award.
09/27/2012 11:13:14 AM · #12
They're both idiots.
09/27/2012 11:14:08 AM · #13
Yes, he's up for the Janus award as well!
09/27/2012 11:33:11 AM · #14
He won no friends this side of the pond with his Olympic are they ready blunder, I mean the only city to ever host the modern Olympics three times..... I like Obama doesn't effect me but think he tries to do good, the whole heslth care thing was a good move. I know much has been made about the nhs over there but when you need it's brilliant and free
09/27/2012 11:36:32 AM · #15
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Venser:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I have much more respect for a candidate who doesn't play this kind of game. I suppose the people who run their campaigns are really the decision makers on this aspect and for them, this is just how it is done.
It's done this way because it works. The average voter reads only the headlines and moves on.

Churchill said it best: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

Wasn't it also Churchill who also said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others ...?


I'll agree that a direct democracy is one of the worst. It's essentially mob rule.

Representative democracy is good, but it by itself is not the best either.

The US is neither. The US is a republic, which is a blend of sorts between a representative democracy and an oligarchy. Furthermore, it's a federation, which is supposed to further decentralize governmental powers. However, we've been slowly moving away from the federation as originally set up. The further from federation we get, the more central the government, and the closer we get to some sort of self perpetuating oligarchy.
09/27/2012 11:37:18 AM · #16
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

it's brilliant and free


Nothing is free...
09/27/2012 11:50:43 AM · #17
Romney's 47% didn't surprise me. It was stupid, but their spin control was even worse. The next thing they come up with is bringing up a 12 year old speech? He's just running scared now, and making bad choices because of it.
09/27/2012 12:03:38 PM · #18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tpAOwJvTOio

the 47% are real. we are doomed.

Message edited by author 2012-09-27 12:03:52.
09/27/2012 12:05:16 PM · #19
I was just getting ready to post that video Mike. You beat me to it.
09/27/2012 12:07:57 PM · #20
what the heck??!?
09/27/2012 12:08:39 PM · #21
Originally posted by vawendy:

what the heck??!?


You didn't get yours yet?
09/27/2012 12:08:50 PM · #22
Oh don't seem surprised now... lol.
09/27/2012 12:23:58 PM · #23
Originally posted by sempermarine:

Originally posted by vawendy:

what the heck??!?


You didn't get yours yet?


No!! I feel gypped! I wonder if it's like the other phone plans -- you only get a new phone if you're a first time Obama voter. I voted for him 4 years ago.

No phone for me... :(
09/27/2012 12:26:29 PM · #24
well having a cell phone is a right everyone is entitled to.

09/27/2012 12:42:59 PM · #25
More importantly -- are they going to find Hoffa this time?
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