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Oh, the tax rate thing I think could make a difference. But the photos and the comments - the people that follow politics closely enough to be aware of that stuff on a day to day basis generally have pretty firm preferences that aren't going to be swayed by something as superficial as that.
So you really think if he eliminated the so-called "gaffes" that would have made a meaningful difference in the "who understands your problems" and "who can relate to you" questions? He's going to lose that question no matter what. I think the H2H numbers actually show that many people will vote for somebody even if they don't think they "understand their problems" or can "relate to them" - if it was a reliable proxy for how people vote Obama would be up by 20. Instead, the poll shows a dead heat (the margin of error is 3 points).
Perhaps you missed my point.
I agree with Paul's comment about the "narrative."
No, members of the universe of people who will or might vote but who are still undecided probably don't follow each incident in the news, but it becomes part of the general commentary and public perception of the candidates. And yes, these people are swayed by labels and gut instincts and casual comments from friends about their perceptions.
These people don't vote on the specifics of ideology and issues. They're the ones who hate "Obamacare" but like the individual provisions it contains. Or who want smaller government but don't want to give up their medicare or social security. They want a president who makes them feel optimistic and inspired and who magically fixes things without regard for the legislative process or the limitations of the power of one country's chief executive -- however powerful and wealthy that country -- to solve all domestic and international woes.
They vote for a brand. And these sorts of gaffes -- however irrelevant to anything about governance and however unnoticed individually by people going about their business and not heatedly following every news cycle -- are material elements of how the brand comes to be formed.
t in a 1994 letter to the pro-gay Republican group The Log Cabin Republican seeking their endorsement Romney said he would cosponsor Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, eventually support gays serving openly in the military, and said he would help achieve equality for gay and lesbians that his opponent Ted Kennedy could not
The Post ran a story a while ago saying the same thing about not only gay rights, but also, iirc, environmental issues. He cast himself as the sort of republican who could provide a sort of innoculation against the far right. Until he changed.
I encourage the left to make an issue of associations in this campaign. Romney's friends own NFL and Nascar teams. Our president's friends established the Weather Underground -- among other things.
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Pleased to meet you; hope you guess my name.
Couldn't agree with you more, especially since he didn't pal around with the crooked and known cheat LITTLE Danny Snyder or the Arkansas Hack owners of the Cowgirls
Hannity had some revelations the other day. Maybe it is that.
Santorum's minions are saying Newt gets out tonight.
I thought Romney wasn't even supposed to be competitive in these states tonight. (I haven't been following closely this past week)
Yeah, isn't this a HUGE deal if Romney is winning states in the deep south?? How is this not over?
Romney was actually leading in a handful of polls leading up to tonight.
HoopheadVII: "Guess you won't say, "Sorry I'm a little off today" anytime again soon; Eaglesception is a bitch"
he should be kissing newt's butt right now. he would be getting his ass handed to him right now. makes me wonder if sheldon adelson who gave more to newt is doing that for Mitt. He has said his money would go to Mitt without problem.
It's Romney's own fault. His surrogates elevated Alabama and Mississippi by saying if Romney won, the race was over.
Santorum wins Alabama.
2nd is impt for delegates, right now Newt by a few
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Romney going all out crazy....saying he is right of Santorum on abortion, and not only would he not fund planned parenthood he would get rid of it. how?
Who the #*%& is running Mitt's campaign?
Not sure, but they are really trying to screw his general election chances. one thing to say you have moved right in the last decade, but tough to go back in a few months.
Oh and Chuck Todd is my hero, just said the intertubes when referring to the internet.
Lastly, seems many told exit pollsters that they voted for Mitt...and prob didn't. Mormon?
Disastrous night for Romney, not that it will matter in the end. But if he kept expectations minimal tonight these losses wouldn't mean anything. Raise expectations and don't win is bad news.
Go away, KA!
saying today that Santorum was in the desperate end of his campaign might look stupid
Why is Santorum speaking in LA tonight? Did they have a primary we are not aware of?
Here comes Rick!
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