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ÄN FINNS DET liv i Jon Huntsman. I kampanjvideon jämförs Mitt Romney med Barack Obama. Romney vars ”record is sadly similar to that of Obamas”.

I anslutning till videon på YouTube skriver man:

If Governor Mitt Romney’s record is any indication, his economic plan will markedly raise fees and corporate taxes, block the adoption of a flat tax, let the Bush tax cuts expire and strangle small businesses with new, onerous health care regulations. It was precisely those anti-growth policies that gave Gov. Romney the distinction of leading a state that was 47-of-50 in job creation and suffered a mass population exodus to greener and economically freer pastures — New Hampshire among them.

The Daily Caller reported that despite Gov. Romney’s confident rhetoric, his job-creation record was worse than one of his predecessors: Michael Dukakis.

In stark contrast to Gov. Romney, Gov. Huntsman offered a jobs plan that the Wall Street Journal called ”as impressive as any to date in the GOP presidential field.” But more importantly, Gov. Huntsman’s plan reflects what he did in Utah. His record of tax cuts, free-market health care, and pro-growth policies created an environment that made Utah #1 in the nation in job growth.

When it comes to job creation, the records of Governors Huntsman and Romney offer voters a clear choice: #1 vs. #47

Videon poängterar också att Hunstmans ”character” är en tillgång. Förhoppningen är att hans softare, mer nertonade och mindre konfrontatoriska stil, skapar bättre förutsättningar att besegra Obama. Signalen är att han kommer att ha lättare att locka till sig  demokrater och independents än övriga republikanska presidentkandidater.

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MITT ROMNEYS kampanjstrategi går ut på att vara presidentkandidaten som kan accepteras av det republikanska partiets etablissemang.

Partiets sätt att välja ut sina presidentkandidater brukar ibland liknas vid ett arvkungadöme. Det handlar inte så mycket om att vinna ett val utan om vem som står på tur. Och denna gång är det Mitt Romney som är tänkt att ”ärva” tronen.

Det skulle t.ex. kunna förklara varför inte bara demokrater reagerade så starkt när en av de övriga kandidaterna – Rick Perry – kallade ordföranden för Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, för ”förrädare”.  

Steve Kornacki på bloggen War Room har analyserat Romneys ”sanity” strategi. Han vill att det skall framgå att han är republikanen som är ”normal”. Och därmed också kan utgöra ett alternativ för missnöjda demokrater och independents.

When he ran for president four years ago, there was no such thing as too far to the right for Mitt Romney […]

This time around, as you may have noticed, things are a bit different. […] And when a top social conservative leader in that state, Bob Vander Plaats, demanded that the GOP field sign on to his ”marriage vow,” Romney didn’t just refuse — he branded the document ”undignified and inappropriate.” He also declined to sign a pledge from a different conservative group on abortion, and stayed as far away from the recent debt ceiling debate as possible [….]

So he’s doing what establishment candidates do, trying to limit his early exposure and create an air of inevitability, and seeking to win over enough of the base to win the nomination — but not in a way that gives his establishment backers pause about his electability. Historically, this has been a pretty sound strategy for the ”next in line” Republican candidate.

[…]

What’s happening is that the sanity strategy has actually worked well for Romney, at least so far. Part of this is because his competition has been so weak. Conservative leaders and activists may genuinely have doubts about Romney, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to sign up with someone like Bachmann.

[…]

But Mitt’s healthcare cover story — which amounts to, ”I hate that thing called ‘ObamaCare’ just as much as you and will repeal it, now just please forget about what I did in Massachusetts” — has also mostly held up. […] Which makes sense, since the right’s opposition to ObamaCare is fundamentally emotional and irrational in nature. Support for an individual mandate only became a crime against conservatism when Obama embraced the concept in 2009.

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REPUBLIKANERNA och demokraterna var båda snabba att skylla på varandra när Standard & Poor nedvärderade USA:s kreditvärdighet för första gången någonsin.

Invånarna i tio kongressdistrikt från Kalifornien till New York kommer nu att få automatiska telefonsamtal s.k. ”robocalls” från National Republican Congressional Committee.

Här är ett exempel på hur det kan låta:

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee, 320 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202.479.7000, with an important recorded message about your Congressman Jason Altmire. Jason Altmire continues to oppose a Balanced Budget Amendment that would force Washington to live within its means. Jason Altmire and his fellow Democrats’ addiction to big government spending has led to a downgrade of America’s credit rating and a dramatic loss in the global markets that could force you to pay more for everyday expenses. While Jason Altmire keeps standing in the way of real fiscal reform, middle-class families in Pennsylvania could now see a loss in retirement savings while mortgage rates, car payments and student loans could become even more expensive. Call Congressman Jason Altmire at 202-225-2565 and tell him to stop his reckless borrowing spree. Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Se mer: Jämför med de automatiserade telefonsamtal som Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee godkände med anledning av avtalet mellan partierna om skuldtaket.

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MED HJÄLP AV negativa kampanjmetoder tänker Barack Obama krossa Mitt Romney. Hans karraktär och bakgrund inom näringslivet skall smutskastas.

Romney är idag den republikanska presidentkandidat som ser ut att ha strörst chans gentemot Obama.

Han är den republikan som troligtvis får lättast att locka över independents d.v.s. väljare som inte ser sig som primärt demokrater eller republikaner. Denna väljargrupp kan ofta avgöra ett val i USA.

Enligt Ben Smith och Jonathan Martin på Politico har högsta ledningen inom Obamas kampanjorganisation studerat strategin som president George W. Bush använde sig av 2004. Det året lyckades Bush – trots låga opinionssiffror – besegra John Kerry genom att tidigt definiera honom i negativa termer.

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic srategist aligned with the White House.

The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s reelection campaign will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”

[…]

The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm that was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs. Obama officials intend to frame Romney as the very picture of greed in the great recession — a sort of political Gordon Gekko.

“He was very, very good at making a profit for himself and his partners but not nearly as good [at] saving jobs for communities,” said David Axelrod, the president’s chief strategist.

[….]

“People already knew that he’s a political opportunist of the highest order — changing his positions to suit the day’s polling,” said Bill Burton, Obama’s former White House deputy press secretary who now heads Priorities USA, an independent group expected to lead Democratic attacks on the Republican nominee. “But the last couple weeks, this lack of principles has translated into a total lack of leadership on issues like the debt ceiling.”

Svaret från Mitt Romneys kampanjstab kom snabbt. ABC News rapporterade följande:

 “It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a written statement.

“President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor
President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change,” Rhoades said.

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VALRÖRELSEN 2012 kommer troligtvis inte att bli lika enkel för president Barack Obama som många trodde för bara ett år sedan.

Läget i landet har tvingat Barack Obama att förändra alltifrån politisk strategi, mediestrategi och sättet han kommunicerar med de amerikanska väljarna.

John Heilemann skrev om förändringarna redan i januari och med tanke på att ingen – vare sig demokrater, republikaner eller vanlige väljare – har imponerats av uppgörelsen kring skuldtaket är Obama nu i än större behov av en omstart.

Since the midterm elections, Obama and his lieutenants have been grappling with the implications of the self-described “shellacking” inflicted by republicans on the president and his party, and laboring to devise a recovery strategy for the next two years. One of their chief conclusions is that Obama must occupy a higher plane than he did in the last two, elevating himself above the posturing, petulance, and incessant bile-spewing that have come to bedevil Washington in this age of incessant acrimony and polarization.

[…]

But positioning and rhetoric are only part of the broader project under way inside the White House, which amounts to a full-scale reboot of the Obama presidency. The most visible manifestations of this involve personnel […] Beneath the surface, however, substantial changes are afoot in every realm, from management structure and political strategy to communications, policy, and even the president’s conception of his own role—as he and his people try to navigate the newly Republicanized legislative landscape and gear up for what they now fretfully assume (after months of airily believing otherwise) will be a difficult reelection campaign.

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[T]he White House’s troubles fell into three baskets—the first of them labeled “insularity.” […] “I think they felt like if they had listened to conventional wisdom in 2007, they never would have run. When they hear criticism, they say, ‘Been there, done that, we’re gonna stay the course.’ There’s almost a Zen-like quality about how they’ve been in their own universe and their own bubble.”

[…]

The second basket […] had to do with a trap the White House had fallen into of being too tactical and reactive. To some extent, this was the result of the fusillade of crises and imperatives […] that hit the administration in rat-a-tat succession right from the get-go.

[T]hird […] was the failure to use Obama’s gifts as a communicator to full effect. He was overexposed. He was in the weeds. The thread got lost. “With these big legislative fights, he was almost like a prime minister or negotiator-in-chief,” says the same official. “The price for that was, we lost the vision, the inspiration.”

Övrigt: Både citatet och tidskriftsomslaget ovan är från tidskriften New York den 31 januari.

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BARACK OBAMA har försökt vara presidentaktig och inta positionen som ”the grown up” i förhandlingarna om budgetunderskottet.

Nu ser det ut som om demokrater och republikaner är överrens och kan rösta på ett gemensamt förslag under måndagen.

(Pat Oliphant den 13 juli 2011. Fler editorial cartoons på GoComics.com.)

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PENGAR: Meg Whitman har spenderat mer på att bli guvernör i Kalifornien än vad Al Gore gjorde för att bli president.

Så här långt har republikanen Whitman pumpat in cirka 120 miljoner dollar av sina egna pengar i sin valkampanj. Till denna summa kan läggas 25 miljoner i donationer.

Men detta har än så länge inte gett någon tydlig effekt i opinionsundersökningarna. Än så länge är det jämt mellan henne och demokraternas Jerry Brown.

Brown har spenderat 4 miljoner dollar (cirka 3 % av Whitmans totala summa) och har fått in ytterligare 30 miljoner.

Vad Whitman dock har lyckats med är att göra sitt namn känt genom att driva en mycket professionell och innovativ valkampanj.

Michael Crowley, Time Magazine, skriver;

Message is important, but a checkbook sure helps — especially in a state as large and expensive as California. […]

A prime example is her effort to reach out to California’s Latino population, estimated at 15% to 20% of the electorate. Faced with long-standing Latino suspicion of California Republicans, Whitman began advertising on Latino television and radio stations months ago. More recently, she has taken the unprecedented step of buying billboards and bus-stop advertisements in Latino communities.

The targeting gets even more specific than ethnicity. The Whitman campaign uses ”microtargeting” software that helps tailor mailings and phone calls to voters on the basis of not just traditional factors like party registration but also polling and purchasable consumer data like magazine subscriptions and car ownership.

Also groundbreaking is a series of interactive television ads Whitman has been airing across the state. During the traditional pitch, a pop-up message appears on viewers’ screens urging them to press a button on their remote control if they want a free Whitman bumper sticker. The cable provider passes along the addresses of viewers who play along — which not only gets them a bumper sticker but also adds valuable new entries into the Whitman campaign’s voter-turnout database.

Läs mer: Time den 11 oktober 2010.

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HISTORIA: I senaste numret av tidskriften True West beskrivs en lite annorlunda valkampanj från USA:s historia.

Den 27 augusti 1871 urartade valfestligheterna i New Mexico till rena rama gänguppgörelsen mellan anhängare till demokraterna och republikanerna.

”On the typically quiet, quaint plaza in La Mesilla, New Mexico, chaos was contagious; gunfire was ubiquitous. Democrats and Republicans were at war! (…)

Republicans and Democrats were vying for political dominance with fervor—each salting campaign rhetoric with fiery words, free whiskey and earsplitting refrains from competing brass bands. 

The afternoon sun, scorching, beat down. The blood-alcohol content, numbing, went up. Wooziness claimed its share. Rival musicians marched to loudly hammered melodies around La Mesilla’s plaza—Republicans clockwise, Democrats counterclockwise. With a purposeful in-your-face attitude, the Democratic band piped out a rendition of “Marching Through Georgia,” barefaced skullduggery to dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, many who were former Unionists during a not-too-distant Civil War.

Some 1,000 sweltering participants, wannabe officeholders and curious onlookers filled the town square. Trumpets blasted. Tambourines clanged. Ceaseless drumbeats scored the cadence. Inflammatory taunting and boasting escalated—to a fervently dangerous pitch. Raw nerves frayed (…)

Republicans were indiscriminately shooting at Democrats; Democrats were haphazardly shooting at Republicans. Bleary-eyed drunks were just shooting—wildly (…)

Days later, the election was held—absent an ounce of spilt blood. Democrats carried the day.”

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VAL: En okänd republikan tog hem segern i det liberala Massachusetts. Med klar marginal vann Scott Brown (52 %) över den segertippade Martha Coakley (47 %).

För demokraterna var det speciellt pinsamt eftersom valet gällde vakansen i Senaten efter demokraten Edward M. Kennedy. För många amerikanare var Kennedy den okrönta ledaren för den liberala falangen inom det demokratiska partiet.

Valet får stora konsekvenser för president Barack Obama eftersom demokraterna nu har tappat den marginal på 60 röster som krävs i Senaten för att kunna hindra att republikanerna stoppar deras förslag genom att filibustra.

The New York Times skriver idag;

The election left Democrats in Congress scrambling to salvage a bill overhauling the nation’s health care system, which the late Mr. Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.” Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill (…)

Beyond the bill, the election of a man supported by the Tea Party movement also represented an unexpected reproach by many voters to President Obama after his first year in office, and struck fear into the hearts of Democratic lawmakers, who are already worried about their prospects in the midterm elections later this year. (…)

Mr. Brown ran strongest in the suburbs of Boston, where the independent voters who make up a majority in Massachusetts turned out in large numbers. Ms. Coakley did best in urban areas, winning overwhelmingly in Boston and running ahead in Springfield, Worcester, Fall River and New Bedford, but her margins were not large enough to carry her to victory.

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KAMPANJ: Nu när det är valår skall Gudrun Schyman, talesperson för Feministiskt initiativ, få gratis reklam i tv genom att vara med i programmet Let’s dance.

Trots detta verkar inte ens partierna på vänsterkanten – som är de som riskerar att förlora värdefulla röster till FI – bry sig. De borgerliga partierna borde gnugga händerna av förtjusning.

I USA är det inte ovanligt att företrädare för ett parti eller kandidat (ofta via ombud) ger stöd till en s.k. spoiler som därmed kan stjäla röster från politiska motståndare. Republikaner har tidigare gett finansiellt stöd till exempelvis Ralph Nader som därmed kunde stjäla röster från demokraterna.

I sin krönika i Aftonbladet – Gudrun, hon är som en småtokig gammal vän – skriver Johan Hakelius;

[J]ag undrar om det suttit en krisgrupp på TV 4, redo att försvara att en partiledare ska delta i deras dansprogram. Antagligen inte. (…)

Det är förstås märkligt. Vi har ändå att göra med ett politiskt fenomen. En partiledare som tog sitt förra parti från fyra–fem procent till tolv procent, bara genom att vara Gudrun. Och hon har egentligen inte ändrats ett skvatt. Hon är fortfarande vass, strängt politisk, fullt medveten om vilka knappar som trycker fram rubrikerna. Och nu har hon fixat gratis egenreklam i Sveriges största tv-kanal under bästa sändningstid ett valår.

 [G]udrun är en alldeles egen kategori. Hon har en evig plats i ljuset, men har förlorat all politisk kraft. En politikens Anna Book eller Kikki Danielsson. En gång sjöng de, nu bara är de.

Folkkär? Kanske det. Förlorat all politisk kraft? Knappast. Speciellt inte om man ser till möjligheten för Feministiskt initiativ att ta röster från de rödgröna i ett val som kommer att bli mycket jämt.

Gudrun Schyman och Feministiskt initiativ skulle mycket väl kunna bli den faktor som garanterar att Alliansregeringen sitter kvar efter valet i september. 

Att Schyman trots allt fortfarande syns och hörs mer än vad hennes partis storlek förtjänar beror inte minst på att hennes åsikter ligger i linje med vad många inom kultur- och mediebranschen sympatiserar med. Här älskar man alltid en underdog med de rätta politiska åsikterna.

Lägg sedan till hennes enastående förmåga att alltid lyckas få alla i media att springa hennes ärenden så har vi ett politiskt och massmedialt fenomen.

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