Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Obama Campaign Strategy: "Base-Only" or Independent-Oriented?

  • Now They're Blaming Bush for Obama's Campaign Strategy (By Karl Rove, Mr. Cook concedes that a “base-only” strategy has its weaknesses and risks, requiring a candidate to place all his political eggs in one political basket. That’s why Mr. Bush’s re-election would have rejected a “base-only” strategy in a nanosecond as politically insane.
  • Obama's Strategy at Odds with His Message - By trying to become a bold populist, the president is at risk of chasing away independent voters he badly needs in 2012. (by Josh Kraushaar, National Journal/ Against the Grain)
  • Poll: Majority of voters say Obama won’t win reelection campaign (By Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill) Of those surveyed, 54 percent of independent voters indicated they believe the eventual GOP nominee will beat Obama. That number won’t necessarily translate into votes by the crucial independent demographic; however, it does signal an early lack of confidence as Obama begins to ramp up his reelection efforts.
  • Majority Expects Obama to Lose Re-Election (ABC News/ Polls) And independents – the linchpin of national politics – by 54-36 percent expect the Republican candidate to beat Obama.

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