Obama's GOP strategy

Obama's GOP strategy

After reading the DMR poll, I realized that Obama is campaigning for the Republican vote. His constant attacks on Democratic Party uses the exact same language the GOP. As if Democrats are to blame for a make believe Social Security crisis, our health care crisis, and weak labor laws. This is not triangulation. He is tapping out the GOP code words to the Republican base.

The first two states, Iowa and New Hampshire, allow cross over voting. The GOP race is moribund. If Obama can win Iowa and New Hampshire with the help of Republicans, then he can build momentum for the other Democratic states.

The GOP Code Words:

Attack Ted Kennedy. Obama called him "a little old" and to "get some spine."

Blame Bill Clinton for the 90's partisanship. Obama on Clinton: "It can't be the same kind of partisan battling we had in the '90s,"

Blame Hillary. Michelle Obama: "Our view is that if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House." A clear reference to Monica Lewinsky.

Blame Al Gore and John Kerry for Roves' nasty 2000 and 2004 elections. Obama said, "I don't want to go into the next election starting off with half the country already not wanting to vote for Democrats -- we've done that in 2004, 2000," Notice the similarity with his comment about the partisan 90's.

Attack Paul Krugman. Check out Obama's own website for his Oppo research on Krugman.

Joe Wilson. Mr Wilson thoughts on Obama: "In fact, Barack Obama's supposed "intuitive sense" is no different from George W. Bush's "instincts" and "gut feeling" describing his own foreign policy decision-making. We have been down this road before."

Attack FDR's Social Security. See Paul Krugman's excellent NYT's article: "Played for a Sucker."

Attack Universal Health Care. Krugman says: "Obama goes Harry and Luise." Obama's add, using the GOP code words against Hillary's health care plan, says: health care mandates "force those who cannot afford health care insurance to buy it, punishing those who don't fall in line."

Attack Unions. (especially the teachers union): As the president of the American Federation of Teachers said: "I'm taken aback that somebody like Obama would think that Oprah Winfrey has a greater right to participate in the political process than the 4 million people I represent," Oprah runs her house without union writers.

Attack Trial Lawyers. Obama attacking Edwards career choice: "That's why I didn't become a trial lawyer,"

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If you combine these actions and words with - his refusal to support a woman's right to choose with his "present votes" as a Illinois state senator, and his opposition to universal health care - you get a picture of a Republican. If you add his recent comment that Edwards is not fit to be the Democratic nominee because he has taken public funds, you see the cynical joke behind his claim to reform the lobbying culture. At what point do we take Obama's words and actions at face value?

Bill Clinton once remarked, that Bush's conservatism was plainly evident in the 2000 election. Bush said all the conservative code words. But he hid these under empty rhetoric of change and ending partisan politics.  

Tags: clinton, Edwards, GOP, krugman, obama (all tags)



Re: Obama's GOP strategy

Uhh... Jackie, this has been written in 10 diaries. Try a new angle cause these diaries aren't working!

by crackityjones 2008-01-02 06:50PM | 0 recs
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oh my god, you cracked the case.

it is this diary that will seriously change the election, and is sure to turn the tide in Hillary Clinton's favor.

Thank you for saying what EVERYONE else on here is too afraid to say.

by Jim Engler 2008-01-02 06:53PM | 0 recs
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by mcdave 2008-01-02 07:58PM | 0 recs
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you're right. bill clinton had absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the scandals during the 90s. not only that but we also commend you on uncovering obamas secret plan to switch parties and carry on the bush legacy :)

by highgrade 2008-01-02 07:37PM | 0 recs
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you are soooo smart! why didn't I think of this!

by mattmfm 2008-01-02 07:47PM | 0 recs
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i see the obama trolls have invaded this thread.

by truthteller2007 2008-01-02 07:50PM | 0 recs
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prepared to be assimilated.

by misscee 2008-01-03 02:48AM | 0 recs
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oh please, my post was sarcastic because ALL of this has been said before, not once or twice, but multiple times.

by Jim Engler 2008-01-03 04:46AM | 0 recs
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Maybe you should rewatch the Ted Kennedy video. He's attacking Kennedy FROM THE LEFT. While this is a bit strange, and probably makes Obama an ultra-liberal, it does not make him a Republican. How often do you hear George W. Bush tell Ted kennedy that he needs to stand up to George W. Bush? Not too often.

How many times do I have to point this out to you people?

by mcdave 2008-01-02 07:58PM | 0 recs
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I think it's cute that all the Obama supporters show up to tell you that your diary is soooooooo silly and that no one will care.

That said, I don't think Obama's strategy depends on picking up any significant number of Republicans.  Independents, yes.  To the extent GOP frames have become persuasive with Independents over the years, I also find it unfortunate that he would reinforce them.

The Ted Kennedy thing seems like a particularly strange example to lead off with because that video was from like 2003 or something.  Do you really believe that back when he was running for whatever he was running for in 2003, he was hoping to win Republican votes for his eventual Presidential bid in Iowa by attacking Ted Kennedy?  I'm a bit skeptical.

by Steve M 2008-01-02 08:09PM | 0 recs
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Michele Obama was clearly not talking about the Clintons.  If you read the quote in its entirety this is quite apparent.

by Will Graham 2008-01-03 02:39AM | 0 recs

try again ;-)

by rapcetera 2008-01-03 03:18AM | 0 recs


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