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Also, to the point you made very well earlier, if you are in a minority position, you will not move to the majority by saying that those people who disagree with you do so because they are stupid/crazy/lazy/slutty. That might work to stay a majority, but it will not win you any new friends. Not just because it's insulting, but also because you are just wrong. And if people see you being wrong about one thing, they will assume you are wrong about other things.

And now Romney is making things even worse by claiming that Obama gave 'gifts' to various groups to get them to vote for him. Um, ex-gov? Does it occur to you that maybe they perceive Obama as being aware of the problems they face and are therefore willing to vote for him? That when people look at the two candidates they say, "well, Obama understands the pressures and problems I deal with, and I think he will continue to make sure that government continues to work to help me and other people who are in the same boat, and Romney just spouts a lot of talk about making sure rich people don't get taxed and stuff." (NOTE: that is how people perceived Romney, not necessarily what he said).

I wasn't thrilled with Obama's performance over the past four years. I was really willing to look at a Republican candidate who would be more centered. And I got a former governor who, during a time of relatively high unemployment (5.5%), said he wanted to cut unemployment benefits because they were unfair to businesses.

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