Presidential election: Winning by not losing

  • Article by: JOHN DICKERSON , Slate
  • Updated: October 23, 2012 - 7:23 PM

At the foreign-policy debate, Obama was credible and Romney was plausible enough.

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noggnbloggnOct. 23, 12 9:01 PM

Dickerson only sees what he wants to see. Romney will be our next President. Voters are not as enamoured with the Obama agenda, nor his performance, as the media supposes.

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crystalbayOct. 23, 1210:10 PM

I have to believe that the majority of people in this country will not elect a man who is a serial liar, has no core convictions, and no foreign relations experience whatsoever. Our president should be a model of integrity, honor, character and decency, none of which Mitt Romney possesses. He's the greatest panderer even to run for high office and cannot be trusted on any level. Romney's nothing more than a very blank check to be filled in later in God knows what ways.

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arielbenderOct. 23, 1211:03 PM

noggnbloggnOct. 23, 12 9:01 PM Dickerson only sees what he wants to see. Romney will be our next President. _____________Look who's talking. Read an electoral college map. Romney has a much tougher road to victory than the president. If Obama takes Nevada, all he needs is either Ohio or Virginia and one of New Hampshire, Iowa or Colorado and Mitt's back in La Jolla playing with his brand new car elevator.

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owatonnabillOct. 24, 12 2:39 AM

It's not rocket science. Romney is in safe mode. He knows that all he needs to do from here on in is to keep from shooting himself in the foot and he'll win handily. Not that that will make any real difference...

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arielbenderOct. 24, 12 6:53 AM

owatonnabillOct. 24, 12 2:39 AM It's not rocket science. Romney is in safe mode. He knows that all he needs to do from here on in is to keep from shooting himself in the foot and he'll win handily. _____________It's nor rocket science, nor is it fact...it's desperate republican spin.

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cyberhaze9Oct. 24, 12 7:33 AM

The debates have demonstrated one definite thing about Mr. Romney, the same thing that likely helped him be successful in business; being willing to state with conviction whatever he thinks the listener wants to hear. Only a few weeks before the election, he is willing to change his stated position on anything. Because, to men like this, the ends justify any means necessary and principles are an inconvenience in the pursuit of power.

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my4centsOct. 24, 12 8:22 AM

crystalbay "I have to believe that the majority of people in this country will not elect a man who is a serial liar" ---- We already did this four years ago crystal. The promises of not raising taxes (tobacco and gasoline taxes raised), the promise of lower unemployment numbers, and most recently lying about the facts in the attack in Lybia. He and his cabinet lied for two weeks, then he lied about lying in the second debate. Obama claimed that he called the attack an act of terrorism, while the transcript that he called for shows his claim to be untrue. He blamed everything on an internet video and repeated that claim for two weeks.

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cstoney48Oct. 24, 12 8:28 AM

Once again Willard shape shifted to fit his listening audience. He morphed into Obama on foreign policy. He has oscillated from pro-choice to pro-life twice--depending on what office and in what state he was campaigning. His tax plan(s) have been all over the map with none of them premised in fiscal reality. He will cut taxes--again--increase military spending and preserve SS, Medicare and virtually everything else. He will slash Big Bird and ???. So much for deficit concerns. He loves all Americans except maybe the 47% who are hopeless dependents--maybe. He initiated RomneyCare which is the precursor of ObamaCare both of which were based on the concept conceived in the conservative Heritage Foundation. He will replace what he previously advocated with--what? He is a “severe conservative” except when he is not. He will say anything, be anything and do anything to be president for no apparent reason other than the thrill of being president. What does this guy really believe and what is his actual vision for America? Tell us--please. Obama haters, you may get your wish. As my grandmother used to counsel, be careful for what you want, you may get it. If Willard wins, who will you and all the other reactionary banshees blame for America’s challenges? Fantasy News and talk radio will have to invent a whole new set of sinister forces and conspiracies. I suspect the anger and vitriol will never cease.

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fooledmeonceOct. 24, 12 8:30 AM

the currant occupant should really be known as the "uncola" never had it never will, an empty suit laying across an empty chair, see you on voting day Barry

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BVMannOct. 24, 12 8:52 AM

cyberhaze9 - I think you're spot-on. I watched a history channel special last night on "the men who built america", highlighting the robber barons (Rockefeller, Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, etc.). Romney fits exactly in their mold - unsuitable for President of the United States who is to represent all people for the best general interest - not only their own ambitions & bank accounts.

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