Update: Thunder in Denver tonight and we don’t just mean rain. It’s debate night.
Big Media will spin Obama as the winner or having done well even if Obama drools, pulls down his pants and moons the nation with his scrawny wrinkled buttocks. Don’t let Big Media win the spin war during, but especially after, the debate. There will be plenty of discussions all over the internet and you should participate on your favorite open thread: The first debate to fight back against Big Media and stooge Barack Obama.
Write letters to the editor tonight and tomorrow as well as comment on Big Media outlets to block the attempts to spin whatever happens as an Obama victory. Big Media wants Obama to win and will do everything to preserve and protect the Chicago gang in the White House. Don’t you let Big Media win. Fight back in the same way you want Romney to fight back.
How to know when Romney scores big tonight? When Barack Obama pulls out some regurgitated witticism written by one of his writers about how that smart line from Romney was written by someone else for Romney. Sure enough Barack will say something about Romney’s “zingers” when Obama gets zinged.
We already gave our best advice to Mitt Romney for tonight’s debate. Now before the debate a short wishlist and advice from others.
We wish/hope that Mitt Romney makes it clear tonight that as President he will not violate the law – specifically the WARN Act. We wish/hope Mitt Romney tells federal contractors that they must stand by the WARN Act’s requirements that they warn workers that likely will be fired within 60 days – and that as President he will not protect them from violations of the WARN Act nor pay for lawyers with taxpayer dollars to protect them as Obama in violation of his oath of office has promised to do.
We’re certain Romney will rebuke Obama for his broken promises to reduce the deficit by half, and to get this economy on track by 2012 or “this is a one term proposition”. We’re sure Romney will note Obama’s 2009 promises as president that if Congress passed what Congress did pass – unemployment would be near 5% at this point. We’re sure Romney will note that Obama’s economic projections and forecasts not only did not do what Obama said they would do but that they made the American economy worse by spending trillions.
We wish/hope that the moderator of the debate, who has the authority to do so, will introduce the Benghazi disasters to this domestic policy debate.
We certainly wish/hope that Mitt Romney prepares the ground for future attacks even closer to election day by noting the above and telling Americans that on the economy they should watch what happens on Friday when the economic numbers come out and that Americans should watch the last debate on foreign policy when Barack Obama will still be stonewalling efforts to find out why an American ambassador and other Americans were killed by terrorists on September 11, 2012.
“1. Romney has to transcend the debate agenda. Successful candidates use questions as mere suggestions, while answering their own questions to drive a debate narrative. Both Obama and Romney will do this, but Republicans assume that media moderators will drive the debate into territory friendlier for Obama than Romney. Romney has to take control and drive the debate, not let the moderator keep him pinned on defense — and that’s an entirely legitimate strategy for voters, too. As Romney is running against an incumbent president, the focus should be on Obama’s performance and his plans for a second-term agenda.
2. Romney has to assert himself without looking overly aggressive. [snip]
3. Romney has to construct an overarching narrative of executive incompetence in the Obama White House. This first debate will focus on the economy, but Romney needs to draw on more issues than that to make his case. Obama will respond on the economic issues by claiming that the grave nature of the recession handicapped the recovery, and that his policies will eventually work to create jobs faster than population growth, a pace with which the Obama recovery has failed to keep up. Romney needs to use the economy to discuss the inept handling of consular security in Benghazi and the Arab Spring in general, as well as Operation Fast and Furious, to show that the entire administration has run off the rails. That will negate Obama’s blame-Bush-and-Republicans defense for the economy, and strengthen Romney’s case that Obama simply doesn’t have the executive talent for his current position.”
“10 Attack Lines Romney Should Use in the Debates
This is the chance to bypass the Obama-friendly media. [snip]
1. Obama could not remember the size of the debt [snip]
3. Energy policy
Romney should confront Obama with two soundbites on this subject that most Americans are unlikely to have heard, both from an interview he gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008. Obama said that under his cap-and-trade plans, energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket,” and warned that if somebody wanted to build a coal power plant, “it will bankrupt them.” With gas prices rising, Romney might also mention that shortly before being appointed energy secretary, Steven Chu told the New York Times: “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
Romney should point to the efforts of the Obama administration and its supporters in the environmental lobby to thwart efforts to create jobs and to make America energy independent: opposition to the Keystone pipeline and fracking; the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He should point to the wasting of billions of dollars on failed green energy projects. Foremost of these is Solyndra, and Romney should seize any opportunity to remind voters of that scandal, including the fact that the Solyndra investors who benefitted from Obama’s largesse included donors to his campaign.
Killer line: “You don’t make America energy-independent by wrecking the coal and gas industries, destroying thousands of jobs, and blowing billions of dollars on the pipe dreams of your Democrat cronies.”
4. Millionaires and billionaires
When the subject of taxing the rich comes up, Romney should point out that while Obama routinely demagogues “millionaires and billionaires,” Obama has raised tens of millions of dollars from some of the wealthiest Americans on Wall Street and in Hollywood.
Killer line: “Just once, Mr. President, I’d like to hear you tell an audience of your multi-millionaire admirers in Hollywood that they’ve ‘made enough money’.”
5. The embassy attacks [snip]
6. Free speech [snip]
7. The real unemployment rate [snip]
8. “Flexibility” for Russia [snip]
9. Fast and Furious [snip]
10. The “47 percent” remark [snip]
Romney needs to move the needle further, and playing safe in the debates won’t do it. It’s long past time for him to introduce voters to the issues and to the Obama soundbites that the media would rather they didn’t know about.”
“First, October is the month of voter decision making. A lot of the polls that show a narrow Obama lead are actually “pushing” undecided voters to make a decision. This will make for interesting swing in the polls as these people move back and forth, but it nevertheless misrepresents the level of uncertainty that remains in the electorate. [snip]
Second, Team Romney has been raising money hand over fist – as we all know – but have largely held off in spending it. So has the broader GOP constellation – the Romney campaign, the RNC, and the super PACs. [snip]
It’s worth keeping in mind that, as of August 31, that Romney, the RNC, and Restore Our Future had about $191 million dollars on hand to spend. Clearly, very little of it was spent on television ads in September.
Why? The answer gets back to the first chart: The core swing voters are just now starting to make up their minds. Recall Romney’s basic theory of the race: he has 47 percent of the vote locked in, and so does Obama; that means it is a battle for that final 6 percent. These people are not won via a marathon, but by a sprint through this month; via television advertising as well as the debates, they come to make up their minds. [snip]
Or, as was supposedly said during the Battle of Bunker Hill: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”
Third, polls can move quite a bit from October 1 through Election Day. Right now, the Gallup poll of registered voters shows Obama up 6 points on Romney, but 6 points worth of movement is virtually nothing in the month of October. [snip]
In other words, Obama’s lead of 6 points among Gallup’s registered voters (or his lead of 2.5 points in the recent, reliable likely voter polls) is great to have, but at this point is by no means determinative.
Put simply: This race has just begun.“
Romney has just begun to fight. Tonight the first presidential debate at 9:00 p.m. (ET). We’ll be watching and commenting.