Only the Republican party could blow this one: [emphasis added]
On Libya, 54% of the country is dissatisfied with the administration's response to the Benghazi attack, with only four in ten saying they're satisfied with the way the White House handled the matter.
"But that dissatisfaction is not because Americans see a cover-up," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Only 40% believe that the inaccurate statements that administration officials initially made about the Benghazi attack were an attempt to deliberately mislead the public. Fifty-four percent think those inaccurate statements reflected what the White House believed to be true at the time."
This failure to adequately communicate to the public a little something I like to call The Obvious is all about a lack of discipline and organization.
And as someone who monitors the media 18 hours a day, I've seen this failure first hand. Time and again, Republicans unprepared for the media's pro-Obama talking points show up on CNN or MSNBC or the "Today Show" and are constantly caught off guard. As a result, they look foolish and as though they are driven by partisan politics.
This never happens to Democrats. Not only are Democrats prepared for almost anything a Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly throws their way; they have also, obviously, gotten together to make sure their message is sharp and unified, so that it penetrates.
We're awful at this. Simply awful. Not being able to convince even the 48% of those who voted for Romney that the White House engaged in a cover up is like not being able to convince people that water is wet. And until we get better, the Obama Administration and its media allies are going to continue to run circles around us. Even on what should be a slam-dunk like the Libya cover up.
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