“Obama wants to cast Romney as a return to Bush. It’s nearly the only argument he knows how to make. Romney, in my opinion, should turn the tables on Obama and make Obama defend his continuation of Bush’s spending binge,” says syndicated columnist and National Review contributor Jonah Goldberg.
“If Romney wanted to be really cruel, he could make the case Obama has continued many of Bush’s counter-terror policies as well. Romney has the luxury of being the outsider. He can criticize both parties’ records over the last decade. The tea parties won’t complain. Neither will independents. And, so long as Romney is respectful in how he frames his criticisms of GOP spending under Bush, most rank and file Republicans and movement conservatives will probably applaud as well,” Mr. Goldberg counsels.
“Meanwhile, watching Obama try to deal with an ‘anti-Bush’ opponent would be hilarious,” he adds.
FOR THE LEXICON
“Hyperadvocacy,” “hyperadvocates.” They’re nouns identifying closely coordinated, Twitter-empowered “propagandists” who send out huge volumes of information via Tweets and re-Tweets in short periods of time, without little original content.
Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science researchers coined the terms after studying 100,000 old Tweets from the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada and the 2011 debate over raising the U.S. debt ceiling.
“The study provides solid preliminary evidence in social media for the kind of message influencing that has long been known to exist within traditional media,” the researchers point out, labeling Twitter an “extreme democracy,” among other things.
“As people use social media more as a source of information about the world, it’s important to know the provenance of that information — where it’s coming from and whether it can be trusted,” warns Nick Feamster, who directed the research.
“You might think the information you see is coming from lots of different sources, but in fact it can be part of an orchestrated campaign,” he adds.
POLL DU JOUR
• 51 percent of Americans say that from “what they have seen and heard,” gas prices have gone down.
• 59 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 47 percent of Democrats agree.
• 65 percent of East Coast residents, 51 percent of Midwesterners and 20 percent of West Coast residents agree.
• 56 percent of those with annual incomes of more than $75,000 and 41 percent of those earning less than $30,000 agree.
• 39 percent of Americans overall say that gas prices have gone up.