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Ear to the Ground

Obama Aims for Romney’s Weak Spots

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Posted on Jan 4, 2012
White House / Pete Souza

It’s expected that the people who brought you President Barack Obama, including the commander in chief himself, would be shifting into attack mode in preparation for the height of campaign season, and their main target is looking a lot like Mitt Romney. But Obama might look out for the log in his own eye, so to speak, when it comes to attacking Romney for his allegiances to Wall Street. —KA

The New York Times:

Do they go the flip-flopper route? Or do they go the out-of-touch, protector-of-Wall-Street route?

The two tactics are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and in fact, the president’s re-election proponents have in recent days been gleefully highlighting both aspects of Mr. Romney’s public persona.

In one portrayal, he is the one-percenter Wall Street type — witness the Democrats’ display in Iowa this past weekend of a worker who was laid off from a company that was restructured by Bain Capital on Mr. Romney’s watch. That portrait makes him out to be a conservative ideologue.

The other picture paints him as the weathervane-watcher who was for Roe versus Wade before he was against it; who said he believed that humans contributed to global warming before he said that actually he was not so sure about that; and who said he was glad Mr. Obama was “copying” parts of his Massachusetts health reform before he said he would seek repeal of the federal health-care overhaul.

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By Leefeller, February 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

Thanks Shirley, it is nice to read an article which deciphers what Romney probably wanted to say and probably does with his extra money compared to any other major politician?

“Of course Romney didn’t mean he doesn’t care about the very poor; in point of fact, he has probably given more in charity to the poor than any other major politician in America.”

Probably a lot of things Romney does with his money differently than 99 percent of anyone else in the world, like placing it in Swiss Bank accounts, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. We could preform a speculation on many different Romney probabilities but for some reason not being a GOPER/Tea bagger I much prefer facts!

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By Shirley, February 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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The key for Romney is to remember this: In politics, as in golf, the worst mistakes are self-inflicted. You lose focus and slice the ball into the woods. You get nervous on the last day and psych yourself out and overprepare and miss a six-foot putt you could make in your sleep. The first rule of politics is not to do yourself damage.

That’s especially true this year. It appears Obama is not going to reach his goal of a billion dollars, but $750 million will be enough.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/billion_dollar_target_BP0Xqiv6CXZzrJqfHm9XPJ#ixzz1lY8Rn2UJ

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By bpawk, January 5, 2012 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

Obama is the biggest betrayer - he promises hope and change on the other hand, but delivered Bush worthy policies on the other. He is just as wishy washy as Romney - in fact they would work well together.  More than ever, it is time to bring on a third party that speaks for the middle and working class (like the NDP in Canada). Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Don’t let the duopolies fool you again otherwise you have no right to criticize them.

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By Leefeller, January 5, 2012 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

Yes Cryer, the weak minded Dems will so much appreciate your finer points of feness and luminance in working its magic and wonders on changing peoples minds by spewing wisdom such as yours!

A third party vote For Stein is a vote for Repulcians, sometimes I wonder if your social ineptitude is intestinal?

If you are not a shrill for the Repulcians then maybe as a starter you should read the book; “How To Win Friends and Influence People”!

If a third party candidate came around who had some mojo and momentum I would consider voting for them and socially know not to insult and diss disagreement, unless it happens to be knuckle dragging Republican for then it deserves insult. 

By the way Cryer, convince me you are really not a troll Republican, you spend most of your time dissing Obama and very little time actually no time dissing Repulcians?

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By David J. Cyr, January 5, 2012 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

Actually, the “weak spots” that the corporate party’s Obama is targeting is the weak minds and weak wills of the corporate party conditioned American electorate.

Since the corporate (R) & (D) party’s Democrats didn’t do the good they could have, when they could have, it’s transparently obvious that Democrats have no intention to get good done.

Jill Stein for President:

http://www.jillstein.org

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By Leefeller, January 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

The old log in the eye redneckoilys metaphor has been used with myopic relish since Republicans and cave men rode on dinosaurs!

If Obama is going to attack Mittster on his weak points, Obama may want to start with Mitts pointy head and work on down to Mitts tiny Mojo and finally Mitts go after Mittins fictitious personality!

Sure Obama is not perfect, but at least he has a personality and never declared in public; ‘Yes my friend, corporations are people too!’

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By Blueokie, January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Excellent choice of graphic, Robamaney looking in the mirror to find the weak spot.

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