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JRP1994
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« on: June 27, 2013, 08:56:20 pm »
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Let's say that Benghazi happens as it did IRL, but instead of the real-life response, Obama makes a more Machiavellian play:

1) Immediately declare the act a terrorist act.
2) Strongly emphasize the Al Qaeda ties.
3) Start bombing stuff in a highly publicized manner

How would this play have affected the 2012 election? It would have taken away Romney's entire narrative of Obama's response being weak.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 09:05:53 pm »
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There was no narrative that Obama was weak. Large majorities approved of Obama's handling of Foreign Policy and still did after Benghazi.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2013, 10:23:58 pm »
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Basically what Caveman said above, but in response to the original question it would probably either a.) boost Obama, or b.) no net effect, as Romney would probably not politicize it and come off as an opportunist.

But in 2013, it would probably not lead to the investigations which(when combined with other "scandals") are dragging down Obama's poll numbers.

So either a small boost to Obama or no net effect on the election, but the last 6 months would've been easier on him too.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2013, 10:43:53 pm »
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The GOP would have still found reasons to bitch and investigate. And there still would have been legitimate things to assess.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013, 10:06:25 pm »
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Pretty much everything said in here. Or the Republicans would find a way to complain that Obama "overcompensated" for being weak on National Defense and acted inappropriately. Basically, anyone who wins reelection since Nixon can pretty much expect the MSM to turn on them in six months. With Bush, it was the Schiavo thing, the Katrina thing and then the Scooter thing and the Social Security thing being unpopular.
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