I apologize first off that I’ll probably be dropping this thread in and then only periodically checking on it and reading the (hopefully several) responses. Basically, the question is, will this meme maintain traction and, ultimately, is this going to be the issue that kills Romney’s bid for president? The fact that it’s mostly a BS claim (exaggeration through outright distortion and into the realm of a bald face lie, at least according to FactCheck ) is beside the point, so I’d rather not get into that discussion unless no one wants to talk about the meat of the question as to what real world effect this is going to have on the campaign.
Personally, I think Obama and the Dems have hit on a sliver bullet here…it’s a meme that resonates and has resonated with the American people for years now, if not longer. The fear of outsourcing and offshoring, the anger over it, the lack of general understanding of the public of why it happens or what the actual real world effects are, all culminating in this effort to paint Mitt as one of these vile folks who do this sort of dastardly deed to good, hard working Americans, blah blah blah. I think that Obama et al are going to be successful in painting Mitt with this label (I think they are already successful at doing so in fact), and that it’s going to resonate with voters. It’s a brilliant, if slimy tactic that I think is going to win Obama another 4 years in office…IMHO anyway. What think you, 'dopers?