Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Elsewhere: Romney, Veepstakes, Budgets

One thing about twitter: it's really the best yet for getting election results. I'll be watching, or reading or whatever we call it, for the Wisconsin Senate race. Yes, mainly because I made a more specific prediction than usual. Meanwhile, I was busy again today.

For PP today, it was whether and how parties choose the Veep.

At Greg's place, a post about issue ownership, Medicare, and Romney/Ryan. Actually, both this one and the previous one really just go back to the whole information feedback loop idea. The problem: it's hard, probably impossible, to prove much of anything about this. Do Republicans (for example) say that they think debating Medicare is good for them because they mistakenly believe it and don't realize that the Republican reputation on Medicare stinks -- or because they have to say something to defend the Paul Ryan choice, and go with that? (I mean, Ryan as far as Medicare is concerned; overall, I'm still taking the position that the Medicare and budget stuff aren't a big deal, November-wise, but that he's risky for other reasons).

And also at Plum Line, one about specifics and Mitt Romney's platform.

4 comments:

  1. I guess this would fall under the "they believe it" category, but I think they are motivated by the sense that they can move public opinion on certain issues. For me, it goes back to the famous quote about the Iraq War that came out of the Bush Admin (mangled and paraphrased): "Dems are reality-based. Repubs create the new reality." They see themselves as radical agents of change, game changers, etc etc.

    Possibly the best example is transforming the Estate Tax into the Death Tax. Maybe the GOP has forgotten the worst example: Bush Admin's attempt to privatize social security in 2005. Mixed bag: climate change.

    I guess the playbook goes like this: 1) develop talking points, 2) entire GOP united behind talking points, 3) repeat talking points continuously, 4) muddy waters by confusing elite media and other interests ... and 10) GOP is the party of saving Medicare!

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  2. WRONG MESSAGE THINK ABOUT IT I BELIEVE AND WILL VOTE FOR ENERGY CANIDATE THE KEY IS ENERGY THE PARTY THAT RUNS ON ENERGY WILL WIN THE ELECTION. MEDICARE IS ONLY A DISTRACTION TO THE REAL ISSUE ENERGY IS THE KEY TO BRING US OUT OF THIS SLUMP STOP THROWING DISTRACTIONS AND GET TO THE KEY POINT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE!!!!!!!!!! FIX THIS AND THE WHOLE CIRCLE ON THE TURNDOWN COMES FULL CIRCLE

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  3. I agree with Jason," Repubs create the new reality "

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  4. All I can say about Romney's not-mathematically-sound-budget and taxes is to compare him to another billionaire who failed to get office: Meg Whitman. She did the same thing - but with more details - that wouldn't add up She outspent her opponent. And in November - November in 2010 - she lost.

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