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Thread: Is Karl Rove Correct?

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    Is Karl Rove Correct?

    We are on the cusp of the most negative reelection campaign ever


    Now.... removing the bit never; are we about to see an extremely negative campaign? Obama is claiming he is going to collect $1 Billion, and he's not going to have to spend it in a primary. I would say he's unlikely to want to run on his record over the last 4 years, will he spend all that attacking the Republican and demagogueing the Ryan Plan? Or will we see a replay of 2008, when there was actually a fairly positive campaign as both candidates focused on what they wanted to bring to the country?

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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Wasn't the last one supposed to be the most negative? What argument is left? Are we going to blame Bush for the republican candidate?
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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Wasn't the last one supposed to be the most negative? What argument is left? Are we going to blame Bush for the republican candidate?
    I would say that 2004 was probably the most negative - that was the year that Democrats all but endorsed Farenheight 9/11, after all, and Republicans didn't endorse but certainly didn't criticize the SwiftBoaters for Truth. 2008 was actually a relatively nice break - both McCain and Obama had a few items go overboard, but generally kept things respectable.

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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    It depends on what Obama's approval rating looks like next year, and on who the Republicans nominate. If Obama is at least as popular as he is now, both sides are more likely to run a positive campaign. If his approval rating drops into the mid-40s or lower, I think there will be a lot more mudslinging across the board, as both candidates try to paint the other as unacceptable.

    Certain nominees will also lend themselves to nastier campaigns than others. If Obama is running against Mitt Romney, you can bet on a pretty nasty campaign. If he's running against Jon Huntsman, probably not so much.
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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Of course Ryans plan is going to be fodder, he gave the democrats a treasure trove of talking points. The NY election shows that.

    I dont think this will be the most negative...just the most expensive ever

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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Wasn't the last one supposed to be the most negative? What argument is left? Are we going to blame Bush for the republican candidate?
    Every one seems more negative than the last one.

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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    I personally don't believe any Republican candidates have a chance this election period. The Republicans have shown they are increasingly being influenced by the Tea Party, which by all means is a far right conservative group. This IMO will push Independents away from voting for them.

    I foresee more negative comments coming from the Republican candidate than from Obama, though Obama's campaign will be sure to use the same tactic.
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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    No. I don't think we can yet beat the atmospheres of many elections in the 19th century. Rove is playing it up, just like everyone else in the short-sighted media. Wake me up when Obama is openly called an atheist, when Congressmen are beaten with cains in the halls of Congress, when some of our most important leaders are about ready to step outside and have a shooting match to the death, when our nation is going to separate with threats of war. Until then, stop watching television and read some history books.

    Now, will it be negative? You bet your butt it will be. Will it be more so than other times? You bet your butt it will be. Does that make it special? No.
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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Yeah, I agree with you 100% on the "ever". You're not going to beat the Jackson story for personal attacks. I was trying to ask the question more in reference to the last few cycles.

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    Re: Is Karl Rove Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    We are on the cusp of the most negative reelection campaign ever


    Now.... removing the bit never; are we about to see an extremely negative campaign? Obama is claiming he is going to collect $1 Billion, and he's not going to have to spend it in a primary. I would say he's unlikely to want to run on his record over the last 4 years, will he spend all that attacking the Republican and demagogueing the Ryan Plan? Or will we see a replay of 2008, when there was actually a fairly positive campaign as both candidates focused on what they wanted to bring to the country?
    I picked Gentlemans' Campaign, I reject the word 'smear' and replace it with the words 'tell the truth.' It's Republicans that use smear tactics.


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