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Two Words: Wrong and Republican

I am dissabpointed in Obama's performance. I somewhat understand the desire to appear presidential and not directly attack Romney with the 47% lines and attacks on Bain. They are personal attacks. Deserved but personal.

However, it is somewhat amazing that the debate preparation didnt tell Obama to wrap Romney in the cloak of being a Republican. The most unpopular political group in America right now is the Republican congress. He can attack Republican ideas and policies and tell the American people that Romney is a Republican without looking like he is personally attacking. It is clear that the Republican Brand is not a great identifier coming off the Conventions. Romney can not score similar points by labeling Obama as a democrat.

Second, he has to use the word "wrong" in referring to the differences between Romney and his policies. He cant say "he believe that such policies are not the best way to give us jobs. He has to say Republican policies are "wrong" and use that word often. No matter how much Romney lies and switchs, Obama can say we have used Republican ideas before and they have been proved through history to be "wrong".

My own staged line for this debate would be to connect historically each time through American history we have tried Republican Ideas they have led to great or lesser depressions and economic crises and I would have those debates. The punch line could easily be that old great chesnut: "Insanity is trying something 20 times and expecting a different result the 21st."

Anyhow, I blame Obama's prep team for not coaching Obama to use the word republican and identify Romney as a Republican and not to call Romney's policies directly "wrong". Neither of these would stop Obama from looking presidential.

I hope that the preparation for the rest of the debates goes better.

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