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SuperPACs and "Wasted Money"

coveyrise Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 7:05 AM
Boy this is one of those cases where I really hate to say, "I told you so" but I sent several emails to both the Romney Campaign and to American Crossroads starting back in June warning them that if they didn't mount an All-Out Counter Attack against Obama's personal attacks on Romney they couldn't win. The Romney Team strategy of "playing it safe" and taking on the role of "The Nice Guy" won't work when you're up against a "Kill Romney" campaign like Obama waged. Too many American Voters are influenced by sound bites and don't do their homework to learn the truth. Team Obama knew this and it worked.
coveyrise Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 7:12 AM
When Team Obama painted Romney as an "Evil Rich Guy" who doesn't understand or care about the average American, Romney needed to unleash the facts about his lifetime of helping those who are less fortunate. However, because of his religious beliefs as well as his personal beliefs he chose not to capitalize on the fact that for most of his adult life he has given away one third or more of his income to charities, including his entire inheritance. Romney could have run any number of ads with personal stories from the people and groups he's help over the years but he chose not to. All the while Obama was running false ads about people who they claimed died because of Romney policies as Greedy Capitalist.
coveyrise Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 7:14 AM
Apparently they forgot about Obama's comment in 2008 that, "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun."
americathebeautiful Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 7:31 AM
You were right then coveyrise and you are right now. The GOP has that recurring problem.....WE ARE THE NICE GUYS and it is not in our make up to attack and malign and demean and slander the other guy in a smarmy and vile and satanic way. That smarmy, vile, satanic way IS the way of the democrats.

But you are right.....we lose elections by being NICE. Now the thing is covey, I really like being nice and I really like to be around other people who are nice and I cannot tolerate being around smarmy and vile and satanic people.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 11:37 AM
That's so amazing to me that you think the GOP loses elections by being too nice.

Is that a joke?!? For FOUR YEARS the right has called Obama everything from the second coming of Stalin to a Muslim terrorist. The right will chastise Obama for sitting in Rev. Wright's church or 20 years out of one side of their mouths, and out of the other side claim he really is a Muslim who studies the Koran every night before he goes to bed. All in an effort to undermine his message to the voters. GOP candidates in this cycle have made statements that women get raped and become pregnant because God intends it to be so, and that a woman who was "legitimately" raped can't get pregnant (insinuating that women who claim they became pregnant after a rape...
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 11:41 AM
...were lying about being raped). Couple that rhetoric with telling gay couples they are sexual deviants and an abomination, telling African-Americans that Democrats are trying to keep them on the "welfare plantation," calling those who would DARE to utilize social programs designed for the needy freeloaders who play the victim and prey on "entitlement" programs, and generally describing every other liberal or Democrat as a godless, communist who wants to bring the country down on our heads so we can all live in a commune with no shoes on.

And that sort of sweet talk is only scratching the surface... Yeah, the GOP has a "niceness" problem...
Much digital ink and wind is being expended today on the interwebs and cable TV lamenting the ineffectiveness of outside spending from conservative-aligned groups in electing Republican candidates. Indeed, some of the largest groups spent incredible amounts of money to what looks to be little effect. Many Republican candidates who had large SuperPACs behind them lost, and in what looked to be winnable races. This wasn't just Mitt Romney - it was down the ballot with candidates like Josh Mandel, Scott Brown, Tommy Thompson and George Allen.

The Washington Post's headline is "Spending by independent groups had little...