The following article is from Mondays Yahoo News titled:
(My editorial comments are represented by ‘EC’)
Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
EC: Here we go again. It’s the McCain campaign round 2.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of polling firm the Tarrance Group, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
EC: Who is talking about attacking the President personally? I don’t care about him as a man. I care about how his policies are killing America, on purpose. It doesn’t matter what is said. If it casts Obama at all in a negative light, the major media will consider it a personal attack.
Recent polling data indicates that while the president suffers from significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
On the call–which Yahoo News was invited to attend because of a mistake by someone on the staff of the Republican National Committee–Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for George W. Bush, encouraged Republicans to turn around Democratic attacks lobbed at the GOP presidential candidates (Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, for starters) for “flip-flopping.”
“I don’t like playing defense,” Fleischer said. He suggested the listeners to Tuesday’s call label the president as a flip-flopper on the following issues: opposing tax increases for those making under $250,000, opposing the Bush tax cuts, opposing raising the debt limit, and opposing a health care mandate.
“When it comes to flip flopping, Barack Obama is the king of flip flopping,” Fleischer said. “You can offer that to anybody,” he suggested.
EC: Fleischer is correct about that. Obama is a major flip-flopper, but then so are Romney & Gingrich. I wouldn’t fully trust Fleischer knowing he was attached to the Bush Administration.
Thompson noted that Obama may be boxed in by similarly strong personal approval numbers for Republican lawmakers as he ponders attacking the GOP House majority during the 2012 campaign.
“Obama running against Congress is not going to work,” Thompson said.
EC: Really, Mr. Thompson? The drive bys will print & air anything Obama wants put out.
In a poll conducted in early November by the Tarrance Group and the Democratic group Lake Research for Politico and George Washington University, voters gave their personal member of Congress a 46 percent approval rating–even higher than the 44 percent personal approval numbers for Obama in the survey, Thompson said. (The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.)
Fifty-eight percent of the voters surveyed disapproved of how Obama is handling relations with Congress, according to Tarrance’s November poll.
“It’s a tough road for him when you look at those numbers,” Thompson said of the president.
Thompson said that his group’s research suggests that voters are giving Obama higher approval on foreign policy than on the issue of jobs and the economy.
Voters aren’t simply looking at the president as the symbol for a “broken Washington,” Thompson said.
Update 3:40 p.m.: Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer followed up with Yahoo News to say the story “misses the point” and that Tuesday’s call wasn’t about ways to avoid attacking the president, it was about sharing the best strategies for attacks. “It makes more sense to focus on his failed policies than on personal attacks,” Spicer told Yahoo News of their data regarding the president.
Ari Fleischer also emailed Yahoo News to share his complete list of Obama flip-flops, which, in addition to the points above, includes: promising to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term; vowing to lower unemployment below 8 percent following the stimulus; falling short on shovel-ready jobs; contradicting himself on constitutional rights– condemning Bush but then supporting “warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions and kept [Guantanamo] open; giving lobbyists waivers to work at the White House after saying they wouldn’t work there; and refusing public financing in 2008 after vowing to accept it.
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EC: The bottom line is, in recent history, moderates always lose national elections. Real conservatives always win. Those who pretend to be conservative (Bush 43) also win. I was fooled by Bush the first time & held my nose the second. Evidently, the smarter than us crowd, don’t get that. Or maybe they do, but because they are moderates or liberals also, they cannot subscribe to that fact. I suspect it is the latter.
Look at the results of the 2010 elections. The true conservatives won, even being out spent exponentially. Their own party bushwhacked those who didn’t prevail. Thanks Karl Rove, et al.
This election is the most important in recent history, maybe going back 60 to 70 years. Enough with the dopey polls. All the polls do is sway public opinion & make the pollsters wealthy.
The public must be educated. Most people don’t have the first clue how or why America was set up the way it was. Most have never read the Constitution or know the difference between a democracy & a republic or which one we are.
We need to be positive & demonstrate why conservatives have the recipe for success. No one wants to hear their president is a bad guy, even if he is.
This is why Newt has taken off. He is a smart confident guy & a great speaker. He is positive & gives historical context to his statements. Like Trump & Christie, he also doesn’t take any crap & gives it right back when someone tries. He is educating the public. Unfortunately, he is not a conservative. He just sounds like one.
I am disappointed, although not at all surprised; the RNC would think this way. This is the same strategy they employed 3 years ago. They have been spineless worms for as long as I can recall.
Speaking of recall, that’s what should happen to everyone at the RNC. They should all be recalled & replaced with real conservatives.