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  •  Actually, I think their strategy is mostly right (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, makaio

    Sure, one can easily mock the Romney campaign, but I think they are doing exactly what they have to do.

    The two campaign factors that Romney has to try and change in the debate are: (1) his high unfavorables, driven, in large part, by the feeling that he has no understanding or empathy for the struggling middle class; and (2) that President Obama is now tied with him on who best can handle the economy.  To win in November, Romney has to lessen the favorability gap and re-establish a lead in the number of people who believe he is better to handle the economy.

    Now, whether Romney CAN do this is a different story.  He obviously has trouble showing empathy, in no small part because he there is not much there.  Yet, he is not a monster.  He wishes people well.  He needs to try to call on that small spot of sincerity and empathy that he possesses and show that, admittedly small, side of him.  Again, it is easy to make fun of this stuff, and for the life of me  I dont see how it helps to broadcast your strategy before the debate, but I think the advice is exactly right.

    As for the economy, I think in some ways that is both an easier and harder task then the sincerity part.  The easy thing on the economy is the obvious: the numbers suck.  The hard part is to somehow distinguish his policies from Bush.  I think he may say something about Bush running up large deficits.  The problem with that is that  Romney's policies will increase the deficit, but I dont know of any other way he can distinguish his policies from Bush.

    The only part I disagreed with is the "zingers."  Romney isnt going to prove his sincerity, or that he can fix the economy, with zingers.  In fact, the advice not to give kind of snippy answers is much better then trying to load Romney up with some catch phrase.

    In summary, I dont know if Romney will be able to follow the advice of his handlers and, again, I dont know why they thought it was a good idea to telegraph their strategy, which puts Romney in such a bad light, but I think the advice itself is mostly sound.

    •  Something Romney's handlers also don't want (3+ / 0-)

      to see:

      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.
      zinger, smirk.

      When he smirks, he channels Montgomery Burns and Gargamel.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:44:43 AM PDT

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