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Romney appealing to base voters

Timothy Kincaid

September 17th, 2012

According to BuzzFeed, Mitt Romney’s campaign has adopted a new strategy: cease appealing to undecided voters about economic issues, focus on firing up “the base”, and pray that President Obama’s supporters don’t show up at the polls.

Three Romney advisers told BuzzFeed the campaign’s top priority now is to rally conservative Republicans, in hopes that they’ll show up on Election Day, and drag their less politically-engaged friends with them. The earliest, ambiguous signal of this turn toward the party’s right was the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate, a top Romney aide said.

“This is going to be a base election, and we need them to come out to vote,” the aide said, explaining the pick.

And as the issues “the base” cares about, social issues, can be best sold in hyperbolic claims about “them” (liberals, homosexualists, Muslim, anyone that “the base” may not have much familiarity with), it’s going to get ugly. Mitt will be out there promising to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of marriage, and the life of the unborn.

Of course it ain’t gunna happen; he doesn’t have the political capital. But much of the base is too stupid to realize that they’ve heard this over and over since Reagan without accomplishing any of their goals, so they’ll be there to support the guy who’s talking the talk. If they can get over the fact that he’s a “cult member” and not a real Christian. And they forget everything he’s been saying since he started his political career.

But as a political move, this may be his only hope. He’s behind in electoral vote counting and there are really only a couple of choices: state his case, hope for a miracle, and lose with whatever is left of his personal integrity; or adopt the absurd, hope for a stroke of really good luck, and hope no one notices that he hasn’t any integrity at all.

I don’t think anyone’s surprised at his choice.

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Matt
September 17th, 2012 | LINK

Hey why not. It worked well enough for McCain, after all… :P

Snowman
September 18th, 2012 | LINK

I’m not surprised, what a jackass.

TampaZeke
September 18th, 2012 | LINK

There have been more anti-abortion laws past in 2011 and 2012 than in all the preceding years combined. They’ve also passed over forty anti-gay state laws, including over 30 anti-gay constitutional amendments since 2004. I’d say that they ARE starting to do the things that they’ve been promising for years.

More of the, “don’t worry about voting Republican over gay rights and abortion. They’ll NEVER do what they say on those issues. You can feel comfortable voting for them in spite of what they say” GOProud, Log Cabin bullshit!

The fact is they DO legislate on these issues and they’ll do even more if they retake the Senate and keep the House. They’ll also add more Scalia and Thomases to the Supreme Court.

Robert
September 18th, 2012 | LINK

yeah, they’d never think of, or have a chance to enact those social changes again, right. That’s why the chair of the Republican Study Group, a fairly powerful Republican Organization, Rep Jim Jordan is now saying they want to reinstate DADT and that even those who came out under current policy would be subject to dismissal. Yeah, they will never try it, and they will never succeed. But then we are supposed to trust them, right….

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/09/18/858141/jim-jordan-dadt/

TomTallis
September 18th, 2012 | LINK

If rMoney is really trying for the “base,” then perhaps he shouldn’t throw fundraisers in a mansion noted particularly for it’s occupant’s million dollar sex parties.

TomTallis
September 18th, 2012 | LINK

…and I DO like the double entendre in your headline!

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