How Reagan Won – 14 Words

There are many parallels between this year’s election and the election of 1980. A bad economy, an unpopular Democratic incumbent and serious talk about a war with Iran are just three similarities between the two elections.

Jimmy Carter based his reelection strategy on painting Ronald Reagan as a dangerous radical. Reagan blew that strategy away and won the election with 14 words:

“There you go again”

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

The debate was held a week before the election. Prior to the debate Carter held a narrow lead over Reagan. On election day Reagan won in a landslide.


Even Mondale had to laugh at this one:

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138 Responses to How Reagan Won – 14 Words

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I watched the debate on AFTV in Germany. It came on really late but they rebroadcast it the next day.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    If I was advising Romney I would tell him to stay relaxed, keep his answers simple and don’t try for a knock-out. His goal should be to look presidential.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I agree. All he has to do is look reasonable. Everyone needs to keep in mind, the Obama campaign has painted him as an evil murder who will put black people in chains. All he has to do is look like he isn’t that. Look like a grown up. Sound like a grown up. And lots of people that haven’t been paying attention will think, oh look, a grown up. I’ll have that please.

      • myiq2xu says:

        The media will comb through his answers looking for something they can twist into a “lie” or “gaffe.” He needs to avoid detail and talk about general policy. If (when) the questioning is unfair he needs to ignore it and do his best.

        He needs to avoid direct attacks on Obama, at least for this round.

    • bluestate says:

      yeah i’m a little afraid he’ll have too much nervous energy. he does need to relax. of course, this is a guy who doesn’t even drink coffee, so maybe it’s just me.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Somebody should tell Ann to “relax” him just before the debate.


      • angienc says:

        My therapist (PhD in psychology) sent him an email telling him to stop walking & talking so quickly & to try to not blink so much –LOL! Poor man, he really *is* getting advice from everyone.
        Meanwhile, Obama just needs to not piss his pants up there & the MSM will do the rest.

        • myiq2xu says:

          The mistake a lot of debaters (and attorneys) often make is trying to say too much too fast.

          Sometimes less is more. If you talk too fast people can’t keep up.

    • DM says:

      I think you’ll see a mellow Mitt

  3. DandyTiger says:

    I think some leaked reports that he’s honing his skills on one liner zingers is a head fake (as someone mentioned earlier). Of course it could also be just a lie by the Obama campaign so that when he doesn’t do that, some will say he failed at doing it, so they had to back off.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    Have I mentioned lately that Obama eats dogs? He does. You know, eat dogs.

    • angienc says:

      I actually think Brown is kind of a dick, but fortunately for him Warren is turning out to be super-annoying.

      • DandyTiger says:

        I seriously can’t stand her. And I should be on her side with a lot of policies. Quite an accomplishment I must say.

        • angienc says:

          Oh, before I heard her talking — especially re: the whole “the system is rigged against you” bullshit meme — I liked her a lot via her writings on consumer bankruptcy protection. But she had to open her mouth & ruin it.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Actually that’s not a bad attitude for a consumer advocate or watchdog. But she’s running for the Senate.

        • angienc says:

          Well, yes — it is a good attitude when talking about consumers vis-a-vis credit card companies & banks. However, the attitude that the entire governmental “system” (which includes the legal system etc) and private industry sector is “rigged” against you is bullshit not only because it feeds into the entitlement meme but because the ENTIRE BANKRUPTCY CODE is designed to help the honest but unfortunate debtor — so *that* government system is *not* rigged against you (and that is just to name one).
          I guess I should have written when she expanded that “rigged against you” meme beyond consumer advocacy she ruined it for me.

  5. angienc says:

    Hey don’t forget DWTS tonight!

    Spoiler alert
    Bristol will need your votes.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Holy SH*T, Romney Dems just hit 1024 fans on Facebook. Well, not all nice ones, but I think it was posting the link to the Austrailan Tea Party ? My last spam to a group that went from 970 to 1024 in ten minutes. The Aussies do love us, hate, hate Obama 😀

    • angienc says:

      My God, O’Reilly is such a pompous ass — (1) WTF with the “people don’t care about Libya” — I guarantee they would care as much if not more about a terrorist attack that led to the death of our ambassador & 3 others as they do about some penny-ante break-in at the Watergate apartments if the press actually REPORTED on it and (2) How about giving your guest the chance to speak?

      • angienc says:

        PS — Caddell has been all over FOX calling out the MSM for carrying Obama’s water — he better watch his back.

      • myiq2xu says:

        How about giving your guest the chance to speak?

        It’s the O’Reilly Show, missy!

        • angienc says:

          Highest rated cable news program — the problem is he thinks it’s a testament to his own “greatness” when in fact it is more an indictment on how much the competition sucks.

        • angienc says:

          Johnny Carson too (legend & mostly just asked questions & let the guest talk) — remember those days? Now the interviewer is the STAR (and I blame Oprah for starting that trend of making it all about the interviewer, not the guest).

  7. yttik says:

    Mitt Romney could crap his pants on stage and I’d still vote for him. See, even that would be an improvement, because President Obama has been crapping ON me and mine for four years now.

    • angienc says:

      LMAO — me too! Nothing will make me vote for the SCoaMF.

      Nonetheless, Obama could come out & eat live puppies & the MSM will swoon at how “exotic” he is.

      Doesn’t matter — on 11/6/12, Obama’s going to lose anyway.

  8. gram cracker says:

    Heads up for Dandy, this one might be near you. But no sharp objects allowed – so no swords.

    You’re invited to a Victory Rally with

    Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and
    the Republican Team
    Special Guest
    Country Music Star Trace Adkins

    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Doors Open 4:00 PM | Event Begins 6:00 PM
    Augusta Expoland, 277 Expo Road in Fishersville, VA 22939

  9. myiq2xu says:

    The Giants are playing the Dodgers in LA tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. StLouis beat the Reds tonight so there magic number to win the 2nd NL wildcard is 1

    If the Giants win tonight the Dodgers don’t make the playoffs!!!

    Giants lead 1-0 after 3 innings.

    I always say that any year the Giants knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs is a winning season, even if that’s the only game they win all year.

  10. DM says:

    This Lockheed-Martin not the only employer who’s been told not announce layoffs. Lockheed-Martin depends on government contracts and will crawl and kiss Obama’s boots if necessary to get its contracts.

    Defense contractor Lockheed Martin heeded a request from the White House today – one with political overtones – and announced it will not issue layoff notices to thousands of employees just days before the November presidential election.
    Lockheed, one of the biggest employers in the key battleground state of Virginia, previously warned it would have to issue notices to employees, required by law, due to looming defense cuts set to begin to take effect after Jan. 2 because of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – the so-called Super-committee, which was created to find a way to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade.

    • DM says:

      The paragraph above should have been in quote: “Defense contractor Lockheed Martin heeded….”

    • DM says:

      I understand that notices of layoffs will not materialize once congress deals with the fiscal cliff, but most who work for companies with government contracts understand that when there are budget problems their jobs are impacted. Obama is above the law. He can break the law any time he wants to.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Yep. If that makes enough news, it will have the same effect. I’m sure the MSM will be fair and let everyone know. /snark

    • yttik says:

      What’s really outrageous is that the Obama administration not only asked these companies to break the law…..they promised to cover their legal fees if there were any repercussions.

      • DM says:

        One of the consequences of Newt and the rest of Republicans impeaching Bill Clinton, is that Americans will not look at impeachments in the same way my generation saw the Nixon impeachment. Bush should have been impeached and Obama should be impeached. It won’t happen.

      • angienc says:

        HE isn’t going to cover their legal fees — WE the taxpayers are going to cover their legal fees.

        And that is why if we had a fair press, this would be a huge scandal that Obama couldn’t get away with — of course, if we had a fair press, Obama would be polling in the 30s.

  11. DM says:

    “Now you know that you’re going to get some visitors this week,” Romney said. “The president will be here. I’ll be here. We’re going to have a debate, and there’s a lot of interest surrounding the debate. And people want to know who’s going to win, who’s going to score the punches and who’s going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make.
    “And there’s going to be all the scoring of winning and losing, and you know, in my view, it’s not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves – the president and myself – it’s about something bigger than that,” Romney said.
    The debates will be a chance for the two politicians to “describe the pathway forward,” laying out a choice for voters, he told the crowd, estimated by campaign staffers at nearly 6,000 people.
    “The American people are going to have to make the choice as to what kind of America they want,” he said. “And so, I look forward to these debates. I’m delighted that we’re going to have three debates. It’ll be conversation with the American people that will span almost an entire month. We’ll get to describe our respective views, and I believe the people of Colorado will choose a better way forward for our country. We can’t afford four more years like the last four years.”

    • votermom says:

      That’s what I’ve been saying – the debates are Mitt’s chance to bypass the media censors and talk directly to the American people. Hm. I should tweet that.

    • angienc says:

      I read on the Daily Caller (yes, fucking Obama has me going to the Daily Caller to try to get the “other side of the story” so I can have some semblance of balanced coverage) that ad is working really well on female swing voters:

      Mitt Romney’s newest television ad has been effective in appealing to undecided female voters who supported President Obama in 2008, focus groups are indicating.

      In his “Too Many Americans” ad, which has began airing last week, Romney speaks directly to the camera and says, “President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them.”

      The Republican-aligned group Resurgent Republic conducted focus groups and released its findings Monday. The results indicated that female swing voters are more likely to view Romney favorably after seeing the video.

      “He seemed more real, more laid back, more compassionate,” one woman in the focus group said, according to the report.

      “He cares about the poor and middle class families,” said another.

      Other responses included: “[He’s] more relatable,” “He has a plan,” “I actually believed what he said and want to know how he’s going to do it” and “[He] seemed caring.”

      • DandyTiger says:

        That is how he should come across in the debates. Not with zingers. Not aggressive. And not really touchy feely to connect, just reasonable, direct, look in the camera, and say I can make this place better.

        • angienc says:

          I 100% agree.
          I do think he needs to be assertive (which is different from aggressive, as you know, I’m sure, but most people don’t) in pointing out how Obama’s policies have directly impacted this economy & stalled a “recovery” (which I truly believe the numbers support — 2010 GDP was 2.5; now it’s 1.3 for the love of God — that’s the opposite of a “recovery”).

      • myiq2xu says:

        Obama has me going to the Daily Caller

        I had to quit reading Think Progress, Crooks and Liars and Salon. You can’t trust anything they say anymore.

  12. swanspirit says:

    Sol W. Sanders The great American newspaper is dying, done in by incompetent journalists and management unable to deal with asphyxiation brought on by the digital revolution. It is going out not with a bang, but a whimper. That simpering you see is subservience to the Obama administration, sometimes with such intellectual corruption that it takes this old newsman’s breath away.

    • DM says:

      Why buy a useless newspaper? There are a few good articles in the NYT, WP, LAT, etc., but is it worth it to subscribe? If it were I would. I was thinking of subscribing to the WSJ; it’s better than most, but that’s not to say that it is good. Many of the newspapers depend on AP and Reuters for their news, and frankly, those two newswire services are useless.

      The industry is not dying because of the internet. The industry is dying because it ceased to give the news. Let’s look at what happened in Libya. Have the newspapers gone out of their way to bring us the truth? No. All we know is that it was a calculated planned attack. That’s it. One of the biggest events in the past month and we’re still in the dark.

  13. tommy says:

    This is funny. According to Politico, Hoyer is waiting and waiting for Pelosi to finally relinquish power. As expected, with the dems unlikely to take over the House this election cycle, she may have to cede way to Hoyer. But some wingnuts in the progressive caucus ain’t too happy about that cos they perceive Hoyer to be a centrist and close to the repubs. Hoyers present position could be filled in by either Whatshername Schultz or Van Halen. Pick your poison.

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Oakland A’s are trying to clinch a wildcard against the Rangers. 4-2 in the 6th.

    The A’s were written off at the All-Star break.

  15. DM says:

    Three new polls came out today. Two of those polls have Obama at 49% and one at 50%, but all three have Mitt at 47%


    • DandyTiger says:

      IOW, within the margin of error. Saw a typical ObamaJournalist say today on MSNBC of all places that the race is neck in neck despite what all the polls say. Probably will get an early retirement for that remark.

      • DM says:

        The race is either tied or one or two points for Romney. I only look at the trend, not the actual numbers. Of course I like to see that the race is close, but Romney had sank into the polls when he made the comment regarding Libya. The media took him to the woodshed. Most Americans want to close rank in situations like that, and the criticism by the media didn’t help Obama, but sent about 4% of Romney voters to the undecided column. That’s fading.

    • DM says:

      We should put our best guess what the final percent will go to Obama and Romney on election day. I think it’s gonna be 53% Romney, 47% Obama, with a chance that it might be 54% Romney, 46% Obama

      Both houses of congress go GOP and the senate will be 51 Republicans 49 Democrats. It’s possible that the senate is 50:50. My only wish is for McCaskill to lose, even if it’s to that stupid Akin.

      • angienc says:

        Poetic justice will be 53% Romney, 47% Obama so I’ll go with that but I would *love* to have Obama get lower than that (i.e., around 42%) because I really don’t think he deserves to get any higher.

        McCaskill does not deserve to win re-election but Akin doesn’t deserve to win either — maybe some miracle 3rd party upset will happen there.

  16. angienc says:

    Move Colorado out of the “toss up” column & into the “locked” Romney position on your EC maps:

  17. myiq2xu says:

    If you laugh at this you are a racist:

  18. angienc says:

    This should surprise no one:

    On Wednesday Hudson also revealed that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had been making push poll phone calls in support of the president’s re-election bid. Among the questions being asked, he said, was “How can you support a ‘Mormon’ who does not believe in Jesus Christ?”

    They’re also lying about Obama’s position on abortion (i.e., “he’s a against it.”)

  19. myiq2xu says:

    This is why baseball is America’s second-favorite pastime:

    Well past first base

    Two fans scored in a Yankee Stadium men’s room — prompting others to turn away from the tamer action going down on the field.

    The bathroom boinking was filmed by a passer-by during Saturday’s Tampa Bay-Yankee game, reports.

    The woman sat on the toilet as the man — in a CC Sabathia T-shirt and no pants — climbed on. They went at it for three innings, then strolled out to applause.

    Oh, the Yanks won.

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