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Pro-abortion Democratic Pollster has advice for Obama

by | Oct 9, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg

As we talked about yesterday, the polling data is flying fast and furious. As the last NRL News Today post for Tuesday, a quick update from this morning.

Granted, everything remains in flux, but it was delightful to see for the first time in ages pro-life Mitt Romney ahead (if even only by a hair) in Real Clear Politics aggregate total of major polls. Clearly, Mr. Romney has all the momentum, including leads in Gallup and Pew and Public Policy Polling surveys. Likewise, the advantage Obama enjoyed in various “swing states” is rapidly vanishing.

After hearing just about every excuse imaginable for President Obama’s dismal debate performance, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg told the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent that it was a combination of improper framing and insufficient “us” versus “them,” ordinarily a stock in trade for a President who specializes in divisiveness. Both will address a key constituency which Obama supposedly did not address in last week’s debate: unmarried women.

Framing? “Unmarried women — a critical piece of Obama’s coalition — did not hear Obama telling him how they would make their lives better,” Sargent writes, describing Greenberg’s argument. “By contrast, they did hear Romney telling them he’d improve their lives.” The President “had a lot of detail but didn’t have the set up in values,” Greenberg said. Put another way, put it all in context.

But the real key to re-election, according to Greenberg, is to demonize Romney (obviously my characterization). How can he win a whopping 72% of unmarried women? Just adopt Greenberg’s line of attack which is to contrast “Obama’s ‘we’re all in this together’ values with Romney’s ‘you’re on your own’ approach.”

This, of course, is nothing new or nothing true. But it is also a back-handed admission that Mr. Romney made a passionately eloquent case in the Denver debate that, in fact, his approach DOES include everyone.

It’ll be interesting to see how the President responds. It is one thing to trash Romney in paid political ads, where he is not allowed to respond and there is no audience to squirm. It is quite another to insult (politely or bluntly) Mr. Romney when he is ten feet away and able to rebut the President. Greenberg’s advice is actually a tonier version of much counsel offered to the President: go dirty.

Meanwhile, don’t forget Thursday’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Categories: Polling