Almost all of my friends are Democrats; all of them voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
Ask them these days, as I have, if they plan to vote for Obama this November, and they’ll give you an “Oh shucks” sad smile, look down, look back up with guilty eyes and say “I’m disappointed.”
Then they play the party line and say. “But Romney? But Ryan?”
I’m not talking about those African Americans, Latinos and lockstep Democrats who’ll blindly vote for Obama no matter how high unemployment may be or what shape this country may be in. ( Like Davey )
I’m talking about a good number of intelligent, caring, middle-class Democrats/ Independents who are a soft nudge away from casting their vote for Romney.
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All they need to know is that they’re not alone.
Democrats were disappointed in 1980. They’d had, under President Jimmy Carter, four years of inflation, unemployment and gas rationing. Yet, when asked, they said, “But Reagan?”
At this point in 1980, Carter was nine points ahead of Ronald Reagan in the polls. Reagan had been slimed by the press and pro-Jimmy Carter forces as being dumb and bumbling. Sound familiar?
Carter treated Reagan as a ridiculous figure who, among other things, was ignorant of details of nuclear-weapons policy. Reagan cheerfully promised economic growth and asked Democrats, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
In the end, Reagan proved that good-natured conservatism could win by huge margins. But a lot of credit for the win must go to “Democrats for Reagan.”
Who were they? Well, Wikipedia says:
“They were mostly white, socially conservative blue-collar workers, who lived in the Northeast, and were attracted to Reagan’s social conservatism.
“Stan Greenberg, a respected Democratic pollster, analyzed white, largely unionized auto workers in suburban Macomb County, Mich., just north of Detroit. The county voted 63 percent for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and 66 percent for Reagan in 1984. He concluded that Reagan Democrats no longer saw Democrats as champions of their middle-class aspirations, but instead saw the party as working primarily for the benefit of others, especially African Americans and the very poor.
“Democrat Bill Clinton targeted the Reagan Democrats with considerable success in 1992 and 1996.”
Here’s an example of a commercial that would win Democratic votes for Mitt Romney and maybe turn the election his way:
It would use Democrats who’ve actually decided to vote for Romney. It would be word-for-word true, though soft in tone. It would come as a welcome relief for voters of both parties who’ve had it up to here with negative false commercials. (The “Mitt Romney killed my cancer-stricken wife when he was at Bain Capital” is the best example.)
The ad would open with a man, about 40, sitting in his living room with his wife and kids seated next to him. He looks into the camera and says:
“I’ve voted Democratic all my life. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama. It was a vote I am proud of. I wanted to be part of the generation that voted a black man into the presidency of the United States. It was the right vote for the right reason. But, sadly, it was for the wrong man. “I don’t think this country can survive four more years of Barack Obama as president. I know my family can’t. I lost my job two years ago, and I fear I’m going to lose my house.
“Mitt Romney has the business experience to bring back our economy fast. He has my vote.”
Other Democrats for Romney commercials would feature:
* A woman who wanted Hillary Clinton in 2008 but voted for Obama in the general election.
* A middle-class African-American owner of a declining small business.
* A student who enthusiastically cast his first vote in 2008 for Obama but hasn’t been able to find a job since then.
Etc., etc., etc.
Again, these commercials wouldn’t slam you in the head but deliver a soft nudge to Democrats who, in their heart of hearts, know that four more years of Barack Obama’s anti-business, share-the-wealth policies will cripple this great country we all love.
On almost every front, on almost every issue, in this crisis, Obama is more conservative than Romney. Like Romney, he seeks a long-term debt solution. But unlike Romney, he seeks to do so using all traditional means available without drastically altering the American system. He'll cut spending and raise taxes, while Romney will only do the former, even as tax revenues are at 60 year lows. Obama will first attempt to bend the curve on healthcare costs before turning Medicare into a premium support system. Romney would reverse those priorities and end Medicare as it has been known for decades. The first is a more conservative option, the latter - doubling down on what has gone wrong these past thirty years and gutting one of the most popular entitlements around - is far more radical.
Yep...Romney/Ryan hate the poor, the elderly and handicapped. They want to be in office to screw all of them so all their rich pals and themselves can heap up more money. I mean theres never enough money for oneself! I better get to a Dr and get my head examined! Why the hell am I supporting them when they're gonna screw me, my wife, my kids futures! Obama and the Democrats are the ones who really care and will take care of me and mine!
What? Whats this? Ah....forget that, he's just using his mother and that old lady would say anything for her evil son! I'll post it anyway for the hell of it. All those old people in that picture are either idiots or they got paid to be in it.
CBS News) THE VILLAGES, Fla. - In front of thousands of Florida seniors, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan made a highly emotional appeal for his Medicare reforms and slammed a 15-member board charged with slowing the cost growth of the popular entitlement program.
Ryan had some help from his mother, 78-year-old Betty Douglas, a part-time Florida resident who appeared on stage with him as he began his speech and was the center of the argument he made that Republicans are trying to keep Medicare solvent for future generations.
"Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it's not just a program, it's not just a bunch of numbers, it's what my mom relies on, it's what my grandma had," Ryan said.
He told the story of his grandmother relying on Medicare after she developed advanced Alzheimer's and moved in with Ryan and his mother. "Medicare was there for our family," he said, stressing the importance of preserving the "guarantee" of Medicare for people close to retirement or already retired.
Under proposals backed by Mitt Romney and Ryan, any changes to the program would not affect Americans 55 or older--a big part of Ryan's audience Saturday as demonstrated by the number of hands that went up when he asked about the crowd's age.
(Watch a clip of Ryan's remarks in the video to the left.)
Ryan singled out two villains in his address: President Obama, who he and Romneyrepeatedly have said "raided" $716 billion from Medicare to pay for the 2010 health care law; and the Independent Payment Advisory Board, an unelected panel tasked with slowing the cost growth of Medicare. Ryan has said the latter will puthealth care providers out of business and lead to seniors being denied care. Under the health care law, IPAB will have the authority to implement changes to Medicare unless Congress explicitly rejects them.
"We will restore the promise of this program, and we will make sure that this board of bureaucrats will not mess with my mom's healthcare or your mom's healthcare," he pledged of the plan he and Romney are offering.
Democrats have suggested that Romney and Ryan's program - which would give seniors vouchers to purchase either traditional Medicare or private insurance - would drive up costs that fall on those in the program by thousands of dollars, a claim based on an older Medicare reform proposal by Ryan that has since been modified. Ryan contends his plan will lead to guaranteed options and affordability.
"Mitt Romney and I will protect and strengthen Medicare so that the promises that were made, that people organized their retirements around like my mom, will be promises that are kept," he said.
Up until now, Ryan has only made brief references to Medicare in his speeches, choosing to focus on the cuts in Medicare's growth made by Obama. The Saturday speech in Florida, a week after his candidacy was announced, marks the first time he has spent the bulk of an address not only criticizing the president but also outlining his own proposals.
For all of the attacks on Ryan's plan, people in the crowd seemed unconcerned about his proposals.
"I believe Ryan's telling the truth when he says he's not going to change it for those that are currently on it and that solidifies my vote," said Tom Able, a resident of the Villages who came to see Ryan with his wife, Sharon.
"There is a plan. That's what impresses us," he said.
Yea you're right Max. I should've known better. Hell those Ryans got it made in the shade and she'll say anything so her evil kid can be VP. I gotta get it through my thick skull that Obama and the Democrats are gonna make sure I'm taken care of in a very short few yrs and my kids too.