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RNC Video Shows the GOP Learned Lessons from Democrats

Republicans have lost the past two presidential elections in part because they have allowed their opponents to define themselves – and to define the Republican nominee too.

This ad out today from the Republican National Committee shows that the GOP has learned its lesson. With Hillary’s announcement expected Sunday, this relentlessly negative ad holds nothing back, seeking to undermine Clinton’s expected effort to revamp her image into something kinder and gentler.

Democrats have long been better at going negative. Nobody likes to say they support the tactic, or even that they’re doing it. But, combined with a positive message for your candidate, it works.

Are You Hypnotized Yet?

You are being hypnotized. Hypnotized by White House communications specialists into thinking the debate over the Affordable Care Act is finished.

Of course, with the rationing just beginning, the employer mandate not even started yet, and costs and prices just starting to escalate, the conversation is just getting underway. But if your President Obama or a Democrat trying to get reelected, such conversation is bad for business.

Using a classic propaganda technique, the White House is trying to convince you through repetition that it’s “time to move on,” hoping to make the continuing criticism seem like superfluous nitpicking by extremist opponents.

Look at how many times the president made the point in the course of a half hour press conference Thursday. Watch the watch as it swings back and forth:

This thing is working

They still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working.

I think we can agree that it’s well past time to move on as a country.

The point is the repeal debate is and should be over.

The Affordable Care Act is working.

The American people don’t want us spending the next two and a half years refighting the settled political battles of the last five years.

This is working for a lot of people

And my hope is, is that we start moving beyond that.

The American people would much rather see us talk about jobs

We need to move on to something else.

What I intend to talk about is what the American people are interested in hearing.

If Republicans want to spend all their time talking about repealing a law that’s working, that’s their business.

The larger issue about whether we can move past the polarization and sort of the bitter political debates between Democrats and Republicans

It’s working for a lot of folks

How about us focusing on some things that the American people really care about?

We need to move on and focus on other things that are really important to the American people right now

The Republican National Committee has its own good propagandists and they understand what the White House is up to. That’s why they produced this after Obama had finished speaking. Smart move.

RNC Bars CNN, NBC News from Holding GOP Debates

RNC leaders voted unanimously today not to sanction 2016 Republican primary debates held by either CNN or NBC News unless the networks change plans to air  biographies of Hillary Clinton.

The ban extends to CNBC and MSNBC, as well as affiliated Spanish language stations, according to the Washington Post:

The ban on CNN and NBC extends to their Spanish-language sibling networks, CNN en Espanol and Telemundo, according to RNC aides. That leaves the RNC with only one major Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, to partner with on officially-sanctioned debates.

The RNC resolution says the documentaries  “are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.” The resolution notes:

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee, contributed $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund, and this year contributed $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

The RNC added a clause suggesting it will try to limit the number of debates, so axing CNN and NBC gets them partway there while eliminating networks most likely to provide an unfavorable forum for Republican candidates.

RNC Ad Points to Obama Campaign Dishonesty

This is a pretty effective video released today by the Republican National Committee, demonstrating that Newark Mayor Cory Booker himself contradicted the Obama campaign’s denial that it had spoken with him to get him to revise his Meet the Press criticism of the Obama camp’s focus on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain.

The ad gets at the issue of trust and honesty on the part of the Obama campaign and, by extension, President Obama.

I’m wondering if honesty is an angle the RNC intends to dig into – broken promises, “evolving” positions, and so forth.

I’m also wondering if before accusing the Obama campaign of shading the truth, the RNC is going to somehow ensure its own spokespeople refrain from such tactics which, I’ve found, are practiced avidly across the political spectrum.

I can still remember being informed by the Bush White House that the war in Iraq wasn’t having the least bit effect on our ability to fight in Afghanistan. Sure.

But there are different gradations and degrees of this, and having looked at the original appearances by both Obama 2012 spokesman Ben Labolt and Newark Mayor Cory Booker – away from this ad, which splices things up – it looks pretty clear that Labolt is being dishonest or is not informed by his own people. Or Booker didn’t know who he was talking to when he got feedback about his Meet the Press appearance.

Spokesmen can be misleading. But they can’t be dishonest.

RNC: From Hope and Change to Hype and Blame

The Republican National Committee is about to roll out a multi-day campaign charging that President Obama is bereft of achievements and rich in broken promises, and so the only thing he has left to run on is “hype and blame.”

The effort looks like an extended full court press of the type the Obama campaign/White House has been making with respect to its own campaign themes, like the Buffett Rule and the killing of Bin Laden, which each went on for about a week.

From an RNC official:

Over the next few days we’ll be laying out the messaging with several tactics going out tomorrow including a messaging conference call with the RNC, OH and VA state parties tomorrow, selling bumper stickers with a Hype and Blame landing page, digital advertising and fundraising strategy, research pieces, full court press on TV and radio, op-eds, state party engagement, etc.

The campaign will even have its very own bumper sticker, which the RNC is using as a fundraising tool at $10 apiece.

Hope and change bumper sticker

The new messaging drive suggests the Republicans are going to try to go beyond reacting to various Obama salvos and attempt to drive the conversation while putting the White House on the defensive.