Line of the Day (Obama Campaign Strategy Edition)

“We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim.  We won’t even comment on them, we’ll just run those in a loop.”—Barack Obama on a potential media strategy for his 2012 re-election campaign.

At the moment, I must confess that that sounds like a reasonable approach.

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  1. All the better reason to nominate Gary Johnson, methinks. 🙂

  2. Eric says:

    I lol’d

  3. Anonne says:

    That won’t do anything to dissuade many ill-informed right-leaning voters. The Republicans speak to the id, not the superego. They say things that sound good and appeal to emotion, facts or logic be damned. That’s why the clown car of candidates all get some time in the sun as the frontrunner.

  4. Dazedandconfused says:

    The FP debate sure looked like this, didn’t it?!

    Newt was such a bright little boy…

  5. superdestroyer says:

    President Obama is going to be re-elected and would be even if he were caught showering with 10 y/o boys.

    The only question for 2012 is whether the Democrats win back control of the U.S. House. If Nancy Pelosi returns as speaker in 2013, then ever policy discussion between now and then is pointless.

  6. Hey Norm says:

    @ SD…
    I can’t believe it’s possible for the 2010 election to swing all the way back to Democratic control…but the Republican majority could be weakened…and farces like the Debt Cieling Kerfuffle will be less likely. Hopefully. For the good of the country.

  7. matt b says:


    The Republicans speak to the id, not the superego.

    Freudian Geek Moment:
    Slight correction, they speak to the ID (primal desire) and to the Superego (Super-societal control)… now whether they speak to the ego, which emerges in the mediation between the ID and Superego, that’s an entirely different question.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:


    That won’t do anything to dissuade many ill-informed right-leaning voters.

    Fortunately, elections are won and lost in the middle.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:


    General elections that is.