How do you win when you know you’re going to lose? Well, if you’re Mitt Romney you take preemptive and evasive action, you concede the win. Concession as an defensive tactic? Concede and live to fight another day? I don’t know the reason why, and as nonsensical as this sounds, conceding the win to President Obama seems to be the Romney team’s pre-debate tactic of choice.
Beth Myers, a Romney Senior Adviser, sent a memo to interested parties on September 27, 2012. In this memo she made it very clear that not even team Romney believes he is up to the task of debating President Obama, who Myers says is ” a universally-acclaimed public speaker” and “widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history”.
Myers also admits that the public considers the debates a done deal. “Voters already believe – by a 25-point margin – that President Obama is likely to do a better job in these debates. Given President Obama’s natural gifts and extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the debate stage, this is unsurprising. President Obama is a uniquely gifted speaker, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. This will be the eighth one-on-one presidential debate of his political career. For Mitt Romney, it will be his first.”
Myers needs to fact check “the eighth one-on-one presidential debate:” of Obama’s political career. He debated McCain only 4 times. She’s right, this is Romney’s first one-on-one presidential debate, but it certainly is not his first debate. Mitt Romney debated Ted Kennedy back in the ’90s (see video on side) and just this morning on “Morning Joe,” Newt Gingrich, who debated him many, many times, said that he was clobbered by Romney. Let’s see, how many Republican debates were there the first 6 months of 2012? I’d say Romney has just as much, if not more, debate experience as President Obama, and because he is now unemployed, he definitely has had more time to practice.
Read full memo here
So why this strategy? Perhaps the writer quoted below is onto something.
Dan Hamel writing for the website Addicting Info says “.
..Political pundits will tell you this a good strategy: If you say your guy is going to lose big, if he does at all well, you can claim it as victory. Conspiracy fans might theorize the Romney people are trying to get the President’s guard down, and then sandbag him with some sort of surprise revelation. And in any other year, I’d say they might have a point. But really, as anyone who has been watching this campaign for any length of time can tell you, they are really just trying to cushion the blow, for when an erudite man of convictions and ideas makes their candidate look like a fool in comparison. Read more
As this election year’s political non-sense drags on participatory democracy and consensus decision making, as advocated by the Occupy Movement, becomes more and more appealing.
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