Sunday, July 8, 2012

What does a "not Obama" convention look like?

This morning I'm thinking ahead about a month and a half to the Republican convention in August. What sent me there was the news about what Speaker Boehner said recently at a Republican fundraiser.
The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons ... some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.
For all the hair-on-fire coming from the Republican establishment this week on their concerns about the Romney campaign, this strikes me as a fairly accurate and honest read of the situation. Poll after poll has shown that when voters are asked about their motivation, Democrats are voting FOR President Obama and Republicans are voting against him. That is essentially what Romney's message has come down to.

So that's when I start imagining what the Republican convention will look like. Think about those video bios that are the staple of any convention...where they tell a moving story about their nominee. You have to wonder whether the Republicans will even bother.

Sure, they can talk about Romney's family. But beyond that, do you think they can try to sell his experience as a vulture capitalist with Bain? Or how about his record as Governor of Massachusetts? They certainly can't talk about his religious faith.

The truth is, the more Romney talks and the more people talk about him, the less people like him. You have to wonder how much his name will actually come up.

I'm sure there will be a lot of Obama-bashing at the convention. Attendees and viewers will be fed a steady diet of red meat. But the question is whether or not that will surface as the theme. It is, after all, what Boehner is saying this election is all about.

One of the things liberals are always lamenting in their efforts to stay defeatist is the idea that Republicans are so good at messaging and the Democrats are so bad at it. Is anyone noticing how that one is working out these days?  


  1. Of course the GOP is good at messaging when you're allowed to say anything and you have a base that's willing to swallow it. They are paying for their commitments now. I've had a tea billy tell me that government shouldn't be involved in infrastructure. How do you respond to that?


    1. I've been thinking about that and I think we have to find a way to make it personal to them. Something like: ok, do you want to not have roads or bridges anymore? No police or fire department?

      I was reading that there are more people killed every year in accidents at work than American in the military that were killed in the whole Iraq war. OASHA's manpower has been cut and it would take them 130 years to go through the case load they have now just to catch up.

      These public services are given up so that the extremely wealthy can get more wealthy and that is the only reason. Somehow we have to make that link.

  2. The "Democrats are bad at messaging" thing has always seemed like a blame-the-victim issue to me. Nearly every time I've seen a Democratic press conference, or President Obama for that matter, speak unfiltered, they're saying all the things liberals want to hear, and they're saying it consistently and clearly. It's the media that filters it into gobbly-guck or simply keeps it from reaching the masses altogether.

    It's especially sad when I see liberals going on about how that and that Democrat NEEDS TO being going on all the TV shows and getting the message if they have any control over who appears on the media channels! Believe me, if they had control over who gets the megaphone after the bin Laden killing for instance, the following Sunday morning shows wouldn't have been over 80% Republican guests with most being Bush Admin retreads. They were starting the very next day on dampening the positive effect that would have for PBO, and they've basically succeeded at making that an almost nonissue for 50% of the electorate, with some even now making the killing of bin Laden as yet another thing to CRITICIZE President Obama about!

    The media is the problem, not the Democrats and their messaging. Simple as that. People need to stop blaming the victim in this case.

    1. 100% agree,Anonymous. Which is why when Dems get on the tee vee and stay on message for th Obama admin., I'm all ears & eyes, and will get out and stick with the message they deliver. Folks should plug in to OFA, and White Robert Gibbs was on Morning Joe today. He laid it out about Romney. If the Obama campaign are highlighting Romney's record at Bain and his offshore accounts, then so am I!