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“The people we’ve got to win in this election, by and large, voted for Barack Obama,” Rove said, in a soothing, professorial tone, explaining why the campaign hadn’t launched more pointed attacks on the president’s character.

Rove explained that Crossroads had conducted extensive focus groups and shared polling and focus group data with “all the major groups that are playing” in the election. “As many of you know, one of the most important things about Crossroads is: We don’t try and do this alone. We have partners,” he said. “The Kochs—you name it.”

What had emerged from that data is an “acute understanding of the nature of those undecided, persuadable” voters. “If you say he’s a socialist, they’ll go to defend him. If you call him a ‘far out left-winger,’ they’ll say, ‘no, no, he’s not.’” The proper strategy, Rove declared, was criticizing Obama without really criticizing him—by reminding voters of what the president said that he was going to do and comparing it to what he’s actually done. “If you keep it focused on the facts and adopt a respectful tone, then they’re gonna agree with you.”

The thing to remember is that summer belongs to Democrats. But when the weather turns cold, voters turn serious and somehow that translates into support for Republicans. In 2008 the great financial melt down came and that saved Obama. Obviously any breaking news in autumn is more likely to go against an incumbent President then otherwise. And I think a war would make things worse.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

The thing to remember is that summer belongs to Democrats. But when the weather turns cold, voters turn serious and somehow that translates into support for Republicans.

I don't see this. If they really turned serious; they'd vote for Jill. As it is, I think that if Obama unveils a few new wrinkles they haven't heard from him before. he'll open up a big enough lead to win. Romney's only even now. O doesn't even have to climb a hill; to open up a lead. All he has to do is promise some things he hasn't been willing to promise so far.

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does not always mean wise