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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OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 1:13 P


Your sentiments are understood but you are underestimating the number of solid traditional capitalist citizens that still maintain the majority. Granted, if Obeyme wins, it is all over.

But he got elected due to the economy collapsing in sept. no repub was going to win. it was just like 76 after nixon. . my theory is that the american voting public can be easily fooled in the short term, but they eventually get it right. since 08, EVERY election has gone our way including weiner’s district in a 75% dem stronghold. Don’t underestimate the awakened core of this country, led by the Tea Party patriots. The liberals are outnumbered, but they control a vast media empire that blares propaganda year round.

if socialism was so popular, the dems would embrace it. instead they deny it and run campaigns promising the opposite. if they ran on their true agenda, they’d get 30% of the vote tops. now they’ve been exposed and will be dispensed with. you’ll see.

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Feel better Ed.

Rufus on August 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

If the malignant Communist loses – I’ll get on my knees and thank God almighty, for His patience and intervention.

I think that the America of today is fast approaching His repudiation.

Oh, re: the ’76 election. The Communists in our public schools and Universities have [along with the geometric expansion of
parent(s) who simply don’t give a shit about educating their children about individualism, hard work, sacrifice and the rejection of class warfare and envy and State dependence] had another 3+ decades to indoctrinate the calves of America.

Over half of the American voters will simply go “moo,” again.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

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

Team Romney: where’s the snooze button?

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Thank God and the Tea Party. the silent right wing majority went to the streets and town halls and ultimately the ballot box.

our schools will continue to pump out statist drones, but reality will mug them in their 20s and many will become conservatives.

Think of the 50 million that voted for mccain. you think any ONE of them is voting for obama? now think of the millions that voted for obama, projecting him to be something he’s not. millions of those voters have had a change of heart and mind. fear not, we are out of money and liberalism is doomed to failure because of it, just like you are seeing across the pond.

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Aloha Ed!
Glad to hear that your surgery turned out well.
Use this weekend to relax and recover. Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest…sort of like I do at work everyday./
But seriously, even with the excellent musings and snark of Erica and The Hammer, hurry back, we’re going to need you for the big push.
Good thoughts and prayers to you and the First Mate.

kekelaward on August 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Take care Ed. Glad the surgery was a success. :)

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 2:42 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

If that’s the best they’re going to get…. best of luck to them. LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

I might watch just to see how bad it will get. This could be good! Better stock up on popcorn.

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Take care, Ed – I had back surgery last year and the happy pills really are a blessing.

GOOD IDEA taking some time away – I never once wrote anything to anyone anywhere because that’s really not a good idea under the influence!

tru2tx on August 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

C’mon! The democrats, at their convention…BJ Clinton, to give the keynote. The convention aimed at putting a man into the WH who beat his wife out of the WH and gutted the only legislation that was worth anything of value out of his entire CAREER in politics. His crowning achievement wiped out by the stroke of a PEN! By the very man he will be asking liberals to vote for!

You can’t make this stuff up.

He will deserve an Oscar if he pulls that off.

ndanielson on August 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I wish you a speedy recovery Capt. Ed..Take care..:):)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I had back surgery yesterday…

Happy pills plus alternating moist heat and cold compresses, and oodles of rest are in order for sure! Lurking to keep up with the issues will only cause pressure, tho, so if you have a good book to offer a diversion it might help. ;)

Prayers for your complete recovery!

KendraWilder on August 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Get well soon, Ed. I’ll recite the Misha beirach (Jewish prayer for healing) on your behalf.

aunursa on August 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The liberals are outnumbered, but they control a vast media empire that blares propaganda year round.

if socialism was so popular, the dems would embrace it. instead they deny it and run campaigns promising the opposite. if they ran on their true agenda, they’d get 30% of the vote tops. now they’ve been exposed and will be dispensed with. you’ll see.

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

This is exactly correct…the Commies can’t be truthful about who they really are and what they REALLY want to turn the USA into…they even have to keep changing the name of who they are:
Democrats, Liberals, Progressives…
They lie…all the time they have to lie about who they are and what they want…

Strike Hornet on August 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Take care of yourself and your lovely lady, Ed. The blogosphere can wait for a while. Prayers and best wishes.

Aside that, sure wish someone like you was working in the Romney camp. If they are all of his own mindset, it’s an uphill battle.

Freelancer on August 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I wish Ed the speediest of recoveries, although if he is taking proper care of himself he won’t be reading the comments at all!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Strike Hornet on August 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Well stated. the difference now is that only a few of us knew what obama really was in 08. if we called obeyme a socialist, we were scoffed at and told he is much too centrist, moderate. now the mask is off…”you didn’t build that” “spread the wealth” will haunt him as much as his bolshevik healthcare scam. He couldn’t hide who he was forever, and millions now know and will bring down his dictatorial regime.

phillysfinest on August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

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

Not Michael Reagan — he writes for Townhall.

The description applies to the other three kids, though. :-(

Mary in LA on August 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

And on the last night of the convention, Nancy Pelosi will be channeling the spirits of all the women Mitt Romney killed.

BRunner on August 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Recover quickly, Ed.

BRunner on August 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Hope you heal well and quickly, Ed. Just saw on Breitbart, Jon Huntsman is speaking at DNC….ugh…and his Dad has come out saying Romney should release his extra 10 yrs. how asinine.

Minorcan Maven on August 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Get plenty of rest and recover. God bless.

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

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koaiko on August 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

ust 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

You’re assuming that the Obamacare panels wont be stocked with plumbers in the first place–union ones of course–from Chicago, with portraits of Che tattooed on their foreheads.

Hey, Ed, Take care, and forget the world if you can. Don’t rush back too early, the issues will be plenty when you get here.

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 5:41 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 didn’t even read your own article link, did you? You just read the headline.

HuffPo lies in its headline. If you read your own article, you’ll find that even they can’t back up their headline that Mitt is “moving away” from the economy…

“I understand the economy is the top issue, but you don’t want to be so maniacally focused that you ignore everything else,” said Keith Appell, a Republican consultant who advises conservative groups. “There’s always a risk of becoming too focused – a horse with blinders – and not seeing some of the other things around you. Campaigns need focus. But there’s something to be said for peripheral vision when you’re trying to hold a coalition together.”

Now liberals like you may have problems walking and chewing gum, but for those of us on the “other side”, it’s pretty darn easy. The article just seems to highlight that there’s just so many targets, its pretty darn easy to plink those out while STILL nailing the economy as the main issue.

Oh… and thank you again for getting my wife involved in politics! The chicken was delicious. Had it again for lunch today with my friend back from vacation. Spent just over $8, but the peach shake was well worth it!

dominigan on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

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