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Maddow Blog: American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

-By Steve Benen

April 9, 2012- Karl Rove's attack operation, American Crossroads, the powerhouse of the Republican family of super PACs, is planning to begin "its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year." It's unclear how big the initial round of attacks will be, but the operation has "an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million," most of which has come from undisclosed contributions.

But Crossroads is doing more than just crafting ads; it's also doing ample research as to which messages are resonating with the public. It led to this interesting tidbit.

[Steven J. Law, the group's leader, said] Crossroads research suggests that Mr. Obama's campaign has started to gain traction among critical swing voters by arguing that Republicans, including Mr. Romney, favor an "economic plutocracy" in which middle-class voters can no longer count on financial security, even though they work hard and play by the rules.

"His argument is: 'The reason you feel bad is not because I've been an inadequate president but because the rules of the game are stacked against you,' " Mr. Law said. Calling it a "dystopian vision," he added, "that narrative has some gravitational pull."

I'm not sure what's "dystopian" about this. As Obama's 2012 stump speech comes together, the president has begun telling audiences, "[F]or too long, for too many people, the basic American compact, the basic idea that if you work hard, if you're responsible, if you're looking after your family, that you should be able to find a job that pays a living wage, and you should be able to have health insurance so that you don't worry about going bankrupt if somebody in your family gets sick, that you should be able to send your kids to college and aspire to higher heights than you ever achieved, that you should be able to retire with some dignity and respect -- we understood that that basic compact for too many people felt like it was slipping away."




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