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Cuts Like a Knife

Posted on | December 13, 2011 | 8 Comments

But it feels so right:

Romney’s role: The Hillary Clinton of 2012?

That kind of comparison slices Mitt like cold cuts and, while we’re at it, consider the case of an amateur online oppo-researcher:

The damage wreaked by Kaczynski’s work points to an irony of politics in the Internet age. Technological advances have made political campaigns increasingly sophisticated in their methods, with “microtargeted” online ads and text-messaged announcements of ­running-mate selections. But those same advances have made it possible for such sophisticated plans to be easily upended. That’s because, thanks to the Internet, opposition research—long considered a dark art practiced only by hardened political operatives—can now be done, and done effectively, by amateurs.

There are reasons that this year has been such an up-and-down cycle: As soon as someone emerges as a front-runner, that candidate becomes the focus of a million pairs of eyes and, so far at least, none has been able to withstand such scrutiny.


8 Responses to “Cuts Like a Knife”

  1. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    And there should be similar work being done about Barack Obama.  Seriously why aren’t people funding Ladd or others to go do that. 

    I know the flip flops on Mitt.  I used to remind Hugh Hewitt and Dean Barnett about them back in 2008 (Hewitt then made it impossible to post YouTube at his site).   Okay, you can pretend it does not exist, but it does. 

    So all you can do is fight fire with fire.  Mitt should admit he flip flopped on issues.  Newt has done so and frankly is (perhaps) a bigger flip flopper than Romney.   

  2. McGehee
    December 13th, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    Romney’s role: The Hillary Clinton of 2012?

    All is proceeding as I have ordained.

  3. Adjoran
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    People are going to start wearing devices that block images, like the new flash-monitoring devices that flash back, washing out a picture.

    The age of cheap and available cameras and video make your every step a permanent record, as George Allen found out in 2006 and that NC congressman in 2010.

  4. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    And that cuts both ways if people on the right step up to do the leg work. 

  5. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    We have Newt lambasting Romney for making money in the private sector. 

    And we have Mitt being a flip floppin pair of mittens. 

    I am not happy with my choices.  Not happy at all.

  6. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    Ouch.  Looks like Ron Paul is not a big fan of Newt. 

  7. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Newt Gingrich, Selling Access. 

    Ouch.  That will leave a mark. 

  8. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    But Ron Paul does not let Mitt off the hook…  An oldie.  If he was not such a nutter on some issues, I could support Ron Paul.  If only we could inject that fiscal conservative gene into all the GOP members of congress and candidates.