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Obama Debate Notes

Notes for Next Time

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's OK to attack. There is a sweet spot between nasty and feeble. Your handlers who advised you to stick to the high road and the scripted talking points are idiots. They had front-runner disease -- which then mixed with your own excessive tendency to caution and diffidence. The TV spots, campaign surrogates, and media fact-checks can rebut Romney's serial lies until the cows come home -- but it's no substitute for you finding a voice that calls him on the lies yourself, to his face. If you can't find that voice, you are toast and so are we. But I suspect that you can. Yes we can.