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Taking the Fight to the Democrats
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley Strassel

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 9/19/2013 7:32:33 PM

Democrats used the 2012 election to fine-tune a strategy for beating conservatives in conservative-friendly states. A handful of GOP players are now using Virginia´s off-year gubernatorial race to trial-run a strategy for defeating that Democratic tactic. Virginia so far has been a carbon copy of what Democrats did so successfully in last year´s Senate and House races. The approach runs thus: A Democratic candidate, assisted by unions and outside partisan groups, floods the zone with attack ads, painting the GOP opponent as a tea-party nut who is too "extreme" for the state. The left focuses on divisive wedge issues—like abortion—that resonate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MarinMike, 9/19/2013 7:42:04 PM     (No. 9528219)

I have wondered why it has taken so long to go on the offensive, I do hope it works

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 9/19/2013 7:42:29 PM     (No. 9528224)

Let me boil this article down to the basic message for all Conservatives: FIGHT BACK! Note, by the way, that I didn´t say Republicans.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/19/2013 7:42:46 PM     (No. 9528225)

Presidential years are different than nonpresidential years ~ even in Virginia.

You can count on twice as many Democrats to not vote as there wil be non voting Republicans.

Doesn´t matter what the polls say or what kind of campaign propaganda the Democrats run on TV and radio.

The winner will be the guy whose party gets out the most of their own voters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 9/19/2013 7:44:32 PM     (No. 9528227)

Thanks for posting. I have wondered for a long time why the right does not run good ads. If Mr. Cuccinelli wins this should be a blue print.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ocjim, 9/19/2013 7:49:08 PM     (No. 9528235)

Strassel is correct. The way to counter the duplicitous Dems´ dark strategy is to expose it to the disinfecting sunlight of truth. Create aha voters. And not enough to fight on principle, Pubbies. You´ve got to fight smart!

Bravo Fight For Tomorrow (FFT)!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chance_232, 9/19/2013 8:10:17 PM     (No. 9528262)

When you don´t have a record to run on, or you have a record to run away from, the only strategy one has is to discredit your opponent.

This is what liberals do, and its a shame that people haven´t figured that out by now. People should have figured out that tactic before they graduated from high school.

For the "LOWFO´s" Its called "making yourself look good by making the other guy look bad". And everyone of us has known at least one person like this where we work.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: brianod1, 9/19/2013 8:14:40 PM     (No. 9528266)

Ads like those run by or on behalf of McAuliffe are how Rod Blagojevich was elected and re-elected in Illinois. Such ads work best when is compliant.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: brianod1, 9/19/2013 8:15:35 PM     (No. 9528268)

....when media is compliant.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 9/19/2013 8:56:42 PM     (No. 9528305)

Makes me cheer up and cheer!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 9/19/2013 9:21:31 PM     (No. 9528333)

FTA: "One merit of the ad is that, while it directly addresses the left´s scorched-earth campaign, it doesn´t stoop to responding to the accusations against Mr. Cuccinelli. (The ad doesn´t even mention the candidate.) Another attribute is that it switches voter attention away from the wild Cuccinelli caricature and onto all the failed Democratic policies—like the ones that produced soaring energy prices, health-care rationing and huge deficits—that Mr. McAuliffe seems desperate to avoid discussing."

Excellent! This is what has been needed for a long time.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: smcchk, 9/19/2013 10:30:57 PM     (No. 9528383)

Offense, GOP, offense. No. More. Defense!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bluefindad, 9/19/2013 10:50:17 PM     (No. 9528394)

For years I heard the never-ending words of campaign wisdom - "Negative campaigning doesn´t work, it turns people off". Then, Obama ran the most negative presidential campaign I´ve ever seen - and it worked!

Residing in California, I was never exposed to any statewide, or even local campaigning - everything was already in the bag, so until I read this article, it was never apparent that negative campaigning was the Dem´s national playbook.

I feel like we were sucker-punched!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Raristotle, 9/19/2013 11:45:58 PM     (No. 9528430)

Why is it taking the Republicans so long to attack the Left? The Left will sell their own mothers to win--why can´t we simply point that out? The Left will lie about their opponents without remorse--why can´t we just document those lies? The Left will use the media to get their message out--we have to do it ourselves, and this is our major mechanism for that. What will it take for conservatives to speak the truth about the other side?

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