What portion—if any—of the Democratic convention should be devoted to attacking Mitt Romney and the Republican brand?
Democrats (143 VOTES)
About two-thirds 14%
About half 47%
About one-third 30%
Hardly any 9%
“The contrast is too great to pussyfoot around.”
“Obama needs to use the other half to remind Americans why they fell in love with him back in 2004.”
“Reality this year is carrot and stick, hope and fear.”
“Fire up the base and disqualify Romney—it’s a twofer.”
“Talk about the past, and we lose; talk about the future, and we win.”
“Trust the negative stuff to the outside groups.”
“The question that needs to be answered has less to do with Romney: It’s what would an Obama second term mean to the undecided voter?”
Republicans (146 VOTES)
About two-thirds 30%
About half 18%
About one-third 25%
Hardly any 27%
“Obama can’t run on his record, so attacks are all he has left.”
“Bombs away! The president can’t win unless he destroys Romney.”
“At some point, Obama has to sell a plan to move the country forward.”
“Now would be the time to clue the peasants in on what you will do the next four years.”
For a list of the Insiders, please visit nationaljournal.com/2012-conventions-insiders.
This article appears in the September 3, 2012, edition of NJ Convention Daily.