Electability should be THE focus for SC and beyondSubmitted by ccwatson on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:24
With the first two tests behind us, the most important lies just ahead...South Carolina.
My advice to the campaign (I hope they are listening):
1. From what I read and hear, a large (and I mean LARGE) percentage of Romey's support is based entirely on his perceived electability. Nothing else. The campaign needs to figure a strategy to not so much call Romney's electability into question, but to emphasize Paul's true electability. I would particularly emphasize the issues of civil/privacy rights, war, and domestic fiscal policy. Paul can make stark contrast between himself and Romney with these three issues. In the third, in particular, it needs to be hammered home that Romney does not put forth any specifics to balance the budget...EVER. Just nice talking points...what politicians have been saying for years.
2. Stop talking about the Fed and monetary policy, except in the broadest terms. Talking about wanting a sound currency is fine, but he starts losing people when he gets more detailed than that. It's not his fault, but we need to realize that those who are interested in monetary policy are already supporters. We are now trying to reach into the "general electorate", and they don't think about such things except in the broadest terms. Explaining in general terms why monetary policy is important to the average joe should be a focus.
3. South Carolina has a lot of retired military, and the campaign should focus on that. The whole "chickenhawk" topic in the last debate was great, but needs to be expanded. I think that Paul needs to stress that there is nothing wrong morally or legally with taking the deferment, both for Gingrich AND Romney. Where the moral component comes into it is when those who CHOSE not to fight WHEN ASKED BY THEIR COUNTRY decide they can require others to fight, especially in wars NOT DECLARED by Congress.
There is some great footage going around right now of Romney demonstrating SUPPORT FOR THE DRAFT in Vietnam while he himself got a deferment for being a missionary. That could be a huge issue...supporting FORCING others to fight and die while at the same time finding an excuse not to fight himself.
These are just three things I think the campaign should focus on. There are surely others, but there is not a lot of time.