Sunday, October 14, 2012

Obama Campaign Previews Their Next Debate Strategy


Count on seeing a more aggressive, much less civil President Obama, and a lot of beating of the class warfare drum.And oh yes, a lot of effort by the president to demonize his opponent and recast him as a heartless plutocrat:

As President Obama began to hunker down at a plush resort here for three full days of debate prep, his campaign team signaled the incumbent may steal a page from Vice President Joe Biden and show a more aggressive tone in Tuesday's second face-to-face showdown with Republican Mitt Romney.

"Gov. Romney has been making pitches all of his life and he knows how to say what people want to hear whether that was during his time at Bain or during the dozens of town halls he did during the primary," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.{...}

"The American people should expect to see a much more energized President Obama making a passionate case for why he is a better choice for the middle class," she told Fox News. "He will continue to hold Mitt Romney's feet to the fire on the facts about his policies, whether that is his 5 trillion tax cut plan that will leave the burden on the middle class, his plans to voucherize Medicare or his belief that women should not be able to make choices about their own healthcare."

Same old talking points...Bain Capital, War on Women, Taxing The Rich, Romney's going To Eliminate Medicare and force Old People to Eat Dog Food. Likely aided and abetted, of course, by CNN's Candy Crowley, who will handpick who gets to ask questions in Tuesday's town hall format.

Will it work? Yes, it will give President Obama the chance to trot out the shopworn talking points, but it also gives Mitt Romney the chance to respond to this horse manure free of the usual media filter. He can starkly outline the differences between American free enterprise and Barack Obama's crony socialism. As Romney said in the last debate, the president not only wants to pick winners, but losers.And a few mentions of fiascoes like Solyndra should emphasize that what this president has picked are almost entirely least for the American taxpayer if not for the president's well connected donors and bundlers who owned these companies.

The president will undoubtedly try to borrow a few tricks from VP Biden's Joker act, but there's a limit to how far he can go and still look presidential. Gi8ven how thin skinned this president is, he may very well cross that line, as he did in the last debate when Jim Lehrer politely reminded him his time was up. And in Mitt Romney, he's facing a seasoned debator, not a rookie.

Bain Capital? Again, let's hope the president goes there. Again, Mitt Romney will have the chance to explain Bain to the country without the media filter and emphasize the meme of “trickle down government” President Obama specializes in.

Mitt Romney can patiently explain to the president and the nation what growing the economy means, that President Obama's tax plan victimizes the 'middle class', every family with a gross income of $200,000 ($150,00 for individuals), that even confiscating every penny owned by the 'millionaires' isn't enough to run the bloated Obama government for more than a few months.

He can explain to the American people that Obama's raiding Medicare, Medicare Advantage and the TriCare program 12 million veterans depend on to pay for ObamaCare ensures the failure of these programs and the herding of the elderly into one size fits all ObamaCare, where 15 unelected bureaucrats get to decide whether granny gets that badly needed operation or not. And that simply reducing what Medicare pays simply ensures that less doctors and hospitals will accept it.

Most importantly, no matter what the moderator does, Governor Romney needs to take control and see to it that the debate follows his agenda, not the president's.

I think Governor Romney's up to the challenge, but we'll see.

Tuesday will be an interesting night. No matter what this president does, look for the compliant Obama Media to call it a draw at worst.

It will also be interesting to see how many Americans tune in.

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