Dem convention strategy: Find Republicans to talk about anything but the economy and jobs

posted at 12:01 pm on August 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Politico apparently got a leak from the DNC or the Obama campaign that may end up backfiring on the Democrats.  Three weeks out from their convention, Mike Allen reports that Barack Obama and the Democrats will feature regular-folks speakers to talk about how great Obama’s policies have been, which isn’t exactly a new phenomenon.  The twist?  They’ll be Republicans:

Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,” Democratic sources tell POLITICO. …

Each night of the convention will include a star turn for what planners call “real people” — for instance, an auto worker whose job was saved, a student who benefited from college loans and an entrepreneur fueled by federal research-and-development funds.

The most innovative — and harshest — element of the preliminary program is a nightly “social contrast” in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue — one person lauding the president’s actions, the other taking Romney to task. “Each paired-testimonial should have an ‘unexpected’ participant,” the documents say.

But the plans show organizers intent on steering clear of controversy as well. For the gay marriage social contrast, for instance, the documents state the participants should be “not a gay couple” — but a “parent and gay son or daughter.”

Other examples: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Gay soldier and fellow (straight) soldier who served together in Iraq or Afghanistan (ideally the straight soldier was helped by the gay soldier, i.e., medic, in fire fight) … Planned Parenthood: Husband who talks about how a PAP smear saved his wife’s life and his spouse … Immigration: Two young people from the same family, one who was born here, the other a few years older who was not … Choice: A couple who has children, but wants to make their own decisions, not have the government do it for them (or who has confronted a difficult medical situation).”

At first blush, that’s a pretty good strategy.  It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but it still would put the focus where Obama wants it — anywhere but the economy and jobs.  Using Republican voters for some of the speeches also is a pretty good strategy, if Obama wants to impress independents who have jobs and don’t know anyone who doesn’t.

That’s really the first problem with this strategy — it avoids the issue that is far and away the most important to voters in this cycle: jobs and the economy.  If all the convention discusses is gay marriage, DADT, contraception, and abortion, it will be a huge success … with the people who were going to vote for Obama no matter who ran against him. Everyone else will understand that Democrats don’t have an answer for the economic crisis.

The second problem? Leaking the strategy.  It’s not going to take long for the GOP and Romney campaign to start looking for disillusioned Democrats to talk about how Obamacare has driven up costs for their businesses and forced them to cut staffing, disillusioned Democrats who lost jobs and can’t find work in the era of 15% U-6 un/underemployment, and disillusioned Democrats who want a candidate who’s actually talking about the economy rather than Trojans and abortions at his national convention.  When they do, the contrast will be stark — and very damaging to Obama and Democrats.

So consider this a wake-up call to Team Romney.  Get your researchers to find people who will speak to the damage done by Obama in the worst recovery in US history.  It shouldn’t be difficult, because there are literally millions of potential candidates for these slots.

Note: I had back surgery yesterday, a microdiskectomy at L5/S1 to fix a rupture that was causing serious pain.  It was very successful, but the surgical pain is considerable the morning after the drugs wore off.  So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.


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Note: I had back surgery yesterday, a microdiskectomy at L5/S1 to fix a rupture that was causing serious pain. It was very successful, but the surgical pain is considerable the morning after the drugs wore off. So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Sorry to hear you are in pain.

Prayers and happy thoughts to you, and to the First mate who is I’m sure fretting over you.

portlandon on August 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

How many of those are posting on HotAir?
Get well soon, Ed. Enjoy your narc.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Well, you’re not going to like this then. Team Romney feels the need to move away from the economy in order to try to attack Obama.

In other words, bait taken.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Good luck with the back Ed. Happy healing.

VegasRick on August 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I agree with another poster from the headline thread. I think Meighy McCain might be speaking at the DNC convention.

Remember, Ronald Reagan’s kids are huge dem commies who loved to throw that in their dads face.

portlandon on August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Feel better, Ed!! (and enjoy the happy pills…..)

powerpickle on August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Hope you feel better Ed, you are a major trooper for getting all the posts out this AM after surgery. Now go take your happy pills and a couple days off.

msmveritas on August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Praying for quick healing Ed. Be well!

PrincipleStand on August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Feel better Ed!!

As for the topic, the Republicans have the ultimate trump card here, and I can’t believe they’re not going to use him: Artur Davis.

I’m sure we’ll also see a parade of small business owners saying “I Did Build It!” as well. Hopefully a few of those will be Democrats from Pennsylvania and Ohio and Virginia.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Note: I had back surgery yesterday, a microdiskectomy at L5/S1 to fix a rupture that was causing serious pain. It was very successful, but the surgical pain is considerable the morning after the drugs wore off. So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

You’re in our prayers, Ed. Rest. More Erika and MKH!

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Get better soon Ed. We miss the Ed Morrissey show!

red_herring on August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Note: I had back surgery yesterday, a microdiskectomy at L5/S1 to fix a rupture that was causing serious pain. It was very successful, but the surgical pain is considerable the morning after the drugs wore off. So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Get healthy Ed.

NotCoach on August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

First, be well and take care of yourself. We’re praying for you.
Second

So consider this a wake-up call to Team Romney.

Yes, please, this sounds like a great opportunity!

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Feel your pain Ed. Congrats on the successful surgery. Take care.

plutorocks on August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The second problem? Leaking the strategy. It’s not going to take long for the GOP and Romney campaign to start looking for disillusioned Democrats to talk about how Obamacare has driven up costs for their businesses and forced them to cut staffing, disillusioned Democrats who lost jobs and can’t find work in the era of 15% U-6 un/underemployment, and disillusioned Democrats who want a candidate who’s actually talking about the economy rather than Trojans and abortions at his national convention. When they do, the contrast will be stark — and very damaging to Obama and Democrats.

One would hope the Romney campaign already planned to do that. Please tell me they weren’t going to go the entire convention without letting a disgruntled Dem speak at the podium. Hell, the GOP gave the keynote address privileges to Democrats in both 2004 and 2008 if I recall correctly. And those were years where it was presumably far more difficult to find alienated Democrats(at least ones willing to go public).

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

So consider this a wake-up call to Team Romney. Get your researchers to find people who will speak to the damage done by Obama in the worst recovery in US history. It shouldn’t be difficult, because there are literally millions of potential candidates for these slots.

Shouldn’t be tough. Nine percent of Obama voters now support Romney while only five percent of McCain voters have switched to Obama. We’ve enjoyed double the number of defections that they have. Choke on it, libtards.

Kataklysmic on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Well, you’re not going to like this then. Team Romney feels the need to move away from the economy in order to try to attack Obama.

In other words, bait taken.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You poor thingumajig. HuffPo?? Really??

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Ed. That being said what “Republican” would actually do this?

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

That’s what you call a reverse Zell Miller people. How the worm has turned.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,”

How? Barry’s already done that.

GarandFan on August 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Enjoy the happy pills, Ed. Save a few, too, just in case this clown gets reelected.

EricW on August 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Ed!

Naturally Curly on August 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Will they have an aborted fetus and its feminist mother? Just so we can get both sides.

Trafalgar on August 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That’s what you call a reverse Zell Miller people. How the worm has turned.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Put that phone down and go chop some lettuce for the lunch rush.

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Better living through chemistry, that’s what I always say. Enjoy your rest.

mapstone55 on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

It’s the economy stupid.

29Victor on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What, they’re flying in Crist and Bloomberg?

Seriously, hope the pain goes away quickly. You don’t want to be taking the “happy pills” for too long.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So consider this a wake-up call to Team Romney. Get your researchers to find people who will speak to the damage done by Obama in the worst recovery in US history.

Who says they are not already doing that? I mean, they aren’t dumb people over there…

Oh wait…

BigGator5 on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Thoughts and prayers, Ed.

SailorMark on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Why take the trouble to have a couple in the last example? It’s not like the husband gets any say in what is done with the life of his own child (or even NOTIFICATION if the “patient” is his teenage daughter), so it’s a farce even having him on the stage (and RIGHTLY SO, say all the militant pro-abortionists).

The Schaef on August 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Speedy recovery Ed!

I was wondering what happened to the Ed Morrissey show.

gwelf on August 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

In other words, bait taken.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You poor thingumajig. HuffPo?? Really??

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

If she continues to post things like that, let her roll.

The stupid liar cannot even comprehend stories on that site

Now, the Republican presidential candidate has started poking at Obama from all sides as he looks to gain ground

Carry on team Romney.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You’re in our prayers, Ed. Rest. More Erika and MKH!

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

..same wishes here, Ed. You are my morning resource! A wise coach recruits a strong bench!

The War Planner on August 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

That’s what you call a reverse Zell Miller people. How the worm has turned.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Heh. Okay, that was pretty good.

SailorMark on August 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Ed, you better start taking Maalox now to counter those happy pills, else you won’t be so happy in a day or two. Experience speaks here…..

Wolfmoon on August 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Get well soon Ed!! God Bless for a speedy recovery!!

We all knew this election would be messy to say the least… IMHO, Romney et al need to get off their collective butts and get the ball rolling for petes sake!

The lying liar will continue to pull ahead pulling stunts like this.

Romney is gonna have to get dirty, and play dirty just like 0…

Sorry to say, but I see the writing on the wall, and only a miracle will get Romney the presidency…

As hard as people are working this from the ground up… Romney needs to get some balls and get cracking!

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Well, you’re not going to like this then. Team Romney feels the need to move away from the economy in order to try to attack Obama.

In other words, bait taken.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

You poor thingumajig. HuffPo?? Really??

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that they used a HuffPo story or the fact that they seem to be admitting in their post that the economy is a losing issue for Obama and they are okay with Obama putting out bait to get the narrative changed.

Wow, idiot lib, you better hope people are as stupid as libs think if their only hope is for the economy to not be mentioned at all.

MobileVideoEngineer on August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Good day cozmo :-) confusion over?

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

You’re in our prayers, Ed. Rest. More Erika and MKH!

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

It was good timing to bring them on board. I’m game for some daughter-of-HamNation videos.

Steve Eggleston on August 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Umm…very easy counter-strategy.

Find a person unemployed by the Obama-Economy. Sadly, not hard to find. Have them ask where the jobs are?

Find a business destroyed by the Obama-Economy. Again, sadly not hard to find.

Find a business that will be destroyed or forced to drop healthcare coverage due to Obamacare.

Have the family of Brian Terry appear. Brian was of course killed as a result of Obama’s AG’s FAF operation.

Find someone who has a FOIA request outstanding. The most open and honest administration eva. lol.

Find some coal miners, oil workers and energy plant workers that have lost their jobs due to the Obama EPA policies.

Find some non-union auto workers that lost 70% of their pensions in the “saving” of GM. Ask where the $42 billion we are still owed is and why we continue to subsidize GM vehicles.

There is not enough space for me to keep going…

Marcus Traianus on August 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

There is a fight that is going to go on about who is better to handle the [short-term] economy. We may win or lose that battle; well, we will win it for some, lose it among others. So, track on multiple issues. Truly we know that this election is not so much about the economy per se, but about whether we return to conservative principles even in moderation, or head headlong into a leftist abyss of disaster. Even if the economy seems to be roaring back to life, we win on the larger issue of conservative principle, where, surprise, especially after the O debacle, the voters agree with us.
Funny, predictable in a fatalistic sort of way, the news [yesterday] is all upbeat about the economy, oil rises in response to good news, and http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-campaign-cheers-as-trade-gap-narrows-and-jobless-claims-drop-to-357-000
Some sluggish recovery is bound to happen after over 3 bad years. If we knew that the economy would start to work in O’s favor, we would troll for voters based on other issues. I got an idea what those issues are (surprise, gay marriage and immigration is two), but chiefly we would have to venture off the ledge of “safety” of the election being just about the economy. Get to it before it’s too late.

anotherJoe on August 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Ed as an old Army medic here is my advice for any pains you have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqnoULgD30

docflash on August 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Team Romney had best have a stellar plan for the convention and every day following Labor Day. The time when people start actually paying attention to this race starts as soon as kids go back to school! Here in NC, that’s next week!

Book on August 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Republicans in North Carolina? Who hate Obama’s guts?

The DNC wants to talk to them during their non-union, poorly attended convention?

To quote Jon Levitz: “Yeahhhh. That’s the ticket!”

Jack Deth on August 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It could have been a pain in the neck, oh, well we do Obama.

Speakup on August 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

anotherJoe on August 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I agree that a multi-pronged offense is best, as long as it’s hammering Obama over and over, relentlessly. That WaPo article, though, was written by an Obama admin. gofer and highly suspect.

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

So much for the “lazer” focus on the economy.

Jabberwock on August 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Recover swiftly, Ed, we need you healthy. The next three plus months are going to be interesting and intense!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

By the way, rest and get better. Back palin is just horrible.

Voter from WA State on August 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

LOL. Freudian slip?

Gelsomina on August 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Rest well Ed, a speedy recovery and no more back pain!

I know tons of dems who learned the hard way. Should not be too hard to find some to testify.

pabo on August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dear Employees:

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama
is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%.
But, since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the
economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead.

This has really been bothering me since I believe we are family here and I didn’t
know how to choose who would have to go. So, this is what I did. I walked through
our parking lots and found sixty ‘Obama’ bumper stickers on our employees’ cars
and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go.

I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem.
They voted for change……I gave it to them.
I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Get well soon, Ed.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Get well soon Ed

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Barack Obama and the Democrats will feature regular-folks speakers to talk about how great Obama’s policies have been, which isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. The twist? They’ll be Republicans:

No, they’ll be idiots.

Obama now avidly seeks the votes of the welfare kings and queens too.

He has made the land a latrine, with not a smidgeon of decency left.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Goody, maybe Joe Soptic will show up to further desecrate the memory of his dead wife in the name of re-electing TehOnce.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hope you’re well on the mend. Your presence is urgently required over the next three months in particular.

Drained Brain on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Good day cozmo :-) confusion over?

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Confusion, hangover, I don’t know.

Maybe after I chew on a nutball, or two.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Get well soon, Ed.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Hope you have a speedy recovery, Ed.

That Motel 6 conference room is going to get crowded.

Night Owl on August 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Get well quick, Ed. I’m very thankful to hear your surgery went well.

J.E. Dyer on August 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Well where’s the fun in that? I’d like to see what you post all jacked up on pain killers.

jnelchef on August 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

As I said on Twitter, take the meds…that’s what they’re for.

I could easily register dem and offer my services as a shill, the poor CA schoolteacher, blah blah, blah, blah.

Just let me know. :)

Bob's Kid on August 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Ed: The most important thing you will have to do next are the right exercises in rehab to get and stay strong. Also don’t gain weight.

When you get back please start harping on the fact that yesterday Obama said in Colorado that he wants to nationalize all manufacturing. Drudge had it headlining yesterday. Rush is talking about it now. Levin talked about it last nite. The Dems will poo-poo it like BO didn’t mean it or it’s not gonna happen. Rush says BO will take over private sector insurance industry and then the coal industry. GET ON IT MITT!!

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I don’t understand why the Romney campaign has not been effective at countering the Obama attack ads. I live in a battleground state and my airwaves are FLOODED with Bain Capital ads and closed factories and Romney waving at Donald Trump. There’s virtually no response. Romney is just taking punch after punch after punch.

Inexcusable. He’s allowing himself to be defined by his enemy and for everyone’s focus to go off the economy and jobs. He’s also allowing Obama to turn Romney’s strength (turnaround and business acumen) into a weakness.

What is wrong with these people??

Outlander on August 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Ed.

AZfederalist on August 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Bald people are a drain on the healthcare system.

swinia sutki on August 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Find Republicans to talk about anything but the economy and jobs

So Oromney opens the gap further by foolishly going for the gay issue (on the wrong side of course) and then he has to quickly retract with his Obama’s doing “a war on religion” ad in order to back track because his base recoiled at his sell out.

Mitt, mea culpa only works for people who chromosomes aren’t permanently infiltrated with your professional level flip-flop genes

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

“Jobs and the economy” are irrelevant to the simpletons who voted for Obamuh, the first time.

It was the shit hitting the fan, during the Great Depression, that got us in this Commie mess in the first place.

Another economic disaster, which we are headed for, will only give the cattle another excuse to vote for a Commie.

They need the State. They want the State. And nothing … nothing … will keep them from voting for a Commie.

I’m afraid that, in nominating Romney, the GOP has handed us another disaster, and one which we won’t recover from.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Best of luck with back issue.
————————————————————————————-

As to a response to the ‘rats trotting out ‘alleged’ Republicans*… I wonder if Zell is available that week.

*If ANY of them are office-holders… TP their sorry asses and burn them at the electoral stake.

No more winking at treason.

CPT. Charles on August 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Prayers for your speedy recovery, Ed. Get plenty of rest ’cause you’re going to need it over the next months.

Cody1991 on August 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Find Republicans to talk about anything but the economy and jobs

Why do I fear that they’ll be the voices of John McCain and his lap dog companion, little Lindsey Metoo, speechifying for Obama?

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That’s what you call a reverse Zell Miller people. How the worm has turned.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

No, I’d prefer to call them the anti-Zell Millers.

Zell said his party had left him in a dishonorable way, because he is a retired Marine and an honorable man.

Any Rs who speak at Barry’s convention will not be honorable. They will be persons who were bought through favors, loans, guarantees, debt forgiveness, medical coverage or some other wealth redistribution. Many semi-honorable members of the public tend to feel obligated to support the hand that feeds them, and they are all torn up about accepting the handout and possibly continuing their gravy train that they know is destructive in the long run. But when they are coerced into doing speaking favors for the one giving them the handout, it has just become a bribe, and there is no honor in a bribe.

rwenger43 on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Marcus Traianus on August 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Find dozens of CEOs who refuse to hire any new employees due to the massive uncertainty of Obamacare, regulations and tax policy and have them say that as long as ObeyMe is in office, they just can’t hire.
Find the secured bondholders of Chrysler who were screwed out of their debentures to feed the UAW scum… Find some young ignorant idealistic fools that voted for him in 08 and now live in mom’s basement…find lots of reagan democrats who never expected their party to go off the rails leftist
find gas workers in north dakota bakken fields making good salaries in a state with 3% unemployment

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Let us know if you take enough pills that you feel the ghost of Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman and Barry Goldwater crowding you in your easy chair.

Mark Belling thinks the Republican VP announcement will be on Monday and that would make your return to work very timely. In the meantime, get some well-deserved rest!

Deano1952 on August 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

how about Artur Davis prime time speech…say about 20 minutes. Subject Democrats: Fraud, Thuggery and the Chicago Way..How I got off the Plantation

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Welcome to the DNC Zoo. There will be donkeys and Rinos.

djaymick on August 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

don’t be so resigned. how can you look at every election since 08: christie in deep blue nj, mcdonnel 18 pt win, scott brown taking “kennedys” seat, a 63 seat wipeout in the house, historic statehouse wins, all the elections in wisconsin… and not be very encouraged. it is the palace guard progressive statist media’s job to discourage the patriots like you. stop falling prey to their tactics and fight. we will win and win big. this center right country with twice as many conservatives than liberals does not want socialism and will defeat it nov 6.

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Gold.

SailorMark on August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Note: I had back surgery yesterday, a microdiskectomy at L5/S1 to fix a rupture that was causing serious pain. It was very successful, but the surgical pain is considerable the morning after the drugs wore off. So, I am going to be taking happy pills and giving myself a break from the blog until Monday.

Ed, by all means, take a few days off and don’t even turn on the news, you’ll get well a lot faster, believe me. Oh, and if you have any of the happy pills left over, send ‘em to me; I’m planning on completely zoning out if Obama some how gets re-elected. ;-)

TXUS on August 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Good luck in your post-op recuperation, Ed.

On the subject of this strategery, who’s going to vouch for whether these Republican plants the DNC used are really Republicans at all?

I mean, Democrats wouldn’t lie for the sake of a campaign, would they?

Right Mover on August 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

There goes your golf game, Ed. Looks like you aren’t qualified to run for congress anymore.

KenInIL on August 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Relying on RINO commoners to deliver for the Obama campaign? What could go wrong?

Next thing you know, they will be hanging their hat on Bill Clinton coming through for them.

Desperate.

forest on August 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Barack Obama and the Democrats will feature regular-folks speakers to talk about how great Obama’s policies have been, which isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. The twist? They’ll be Republicans:

Or, just maybe, well-paid and trained actors?

Nah, the DNC isn’t capable of that, are they?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

How the worm has turned.

libfreeordie on August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Axelrod’s here? Where’s he hiding?

eyedoc on August 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Get well soon, Ed !!

pambi on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Sidebar: I like your recommendations @ 12:50.

It isn’t the media that have made me so discouraged. I’ve removed both CNN and MSNBC from my cable channels and, of course, I do not watch NBC, CBS or ABC news.

I’m discouraged with the American people. That this country could elect an open and avowed Communist – you have but to listen to his class warfare diatribe, and his pathological comments about what the State has done for this country – to know that he’s nothing but a Communist. And, for this reason, I’m sickened that a people could be so inept, illiterate and ignorant, as to put him and his Communist malignancy in the Oval Office, along with his Commie enablers in Congress.

This country is hell-bent on Socialism – and her People make me want to vomit.

As for Romney – the only way that he can get elected is for the “Independents” to vote for him. But, in my book, an “Independent” is nothing but a Democrat who is too embarrassed to admit it, but who still believes in the good nature, compassion and well-meaning of the power of the State.

I have lost hope for America – but it isn’t because of the media.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

At least you’re leaving the operation in very good hands in the interim. Wishing you a very speedy recovery.

wolfsDad on August 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Just imagine if Obamacare had already kicked in. Ed would need to continue to blog while the 15 member panel decided if he should have his back repaired. Of course, all of the best doctors will have already quit the practice to become plumbers where they wouldn’t be so heavily regulated. Ed, this was your lucky day!!

Deano1952 on August 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Despite all the recent dirty attacks from Barry/Axelrod/Reid

Gallup today
Barry 46 Romney 46.

Rasmussen
Barry 43 Romney 47

Don’t let faux polls like CNN, Fox polls with ridiculous methodology and sloppy interpretation get you down.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Gay soldier and fellow (straight) soldier who served together in Iraq or Afghanistan (ideally the straight soldier was helped by the gay soldier, i.e., medic, in fire fight)

So…., What would be the point excatly? Saying that if the gay soldier hadn’t been able to come out openly as gay in the military he wouldn’t have saved the straight soldier?

Not much of a message.

On second thought, maybe the message is that that soldier didn’t achieve the save. Somebody else did (Obama by eliminating DADT).

ptcamn on August 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Get better soon, Captain!

I echo what Steve Eggleston said yesterday. Romney wants this just as badly as McCain did.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Colin Powell?

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Hey, I know 2 “regular” people who are Dems who are working for Romney. Better yet, they are hispanic. These are people who voted for Obama.

Voter from WA State on August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Not only, have any prominent person of Hispanic background (Gov Martinez, Gov Sandoval, Rubio) who can speak Spanish fluently be given 5-10 mins on stage at RNC and go ballistic on the destruction Obama has caused, SSM issues, forcing contraceptives on Cath Church, etc,–AND HAVE THEM RIP IT ALL IN SPANISH!

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Oh, and Ed, go to bed, we have it from here–reporting for weekend duty. Blessings for speedy recovery.

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Maybe they can find some Republicans to talk about Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

curved space on August 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I look forward to this. With the way that the left vets these types of people, we will have a field day all the way up to the election.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Good luck in your post-op recuperation, Ed.

On the subject of this strategery, who’s going to vouch for whether these Republican plants the DNC used are really Republicans at all?

I mean, Democrats wouldn’t lie for the sake of a campaign, would they?

Right Mover on August 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Watch the Rasmussen Registered Voter affiliation. We will probably see a significant drop in D registration and corresponding increase in R registration as these “Republicans” line up for their speaking slots.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

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