Video: Rated F for Failure

posted at 10:04 am on July 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The National Republican Congressional Committee has been pretty quiet this electoral cycle, but it looks like they’re about ready to get into the game.  The NRCC has a new video out, which we have as a very temporary exclusive, highlighting the one big issue that could change the game for Republicans in 2008.  They titled it “Democrats: An Agenda Americans Just Can’t Afford”, but I like their tag line better — “the not-quite-in-motion picture”:

This is the message that the Republicans have to hammer home, especially in August when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid send Congress home without doing anything to increase domestic production. Rarely has a major issue produced such bipartisan consensus among the electorate, and even more rarely has it produced such obstinacy in the majority party in Congress. Gas price increases hit everyone across the board and make energy policy extremely personal — and the Democrats want to do nothing to increase domestic supply to correct for it.

The NRCC and the NRSC both go into the home stretch for 2008 at a significant funding disadvantage. This issue could negate that entirely. They need to have a laser focus on energy policy and explain not just the impact at the pumps, but also the impact on food prices, the damage these moratoriums do to the creation of American jobs, and the travesty of our massive wealth transfers abroad on foreign oil. This is a good start.


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“Who do you think you are? A Carter?!?!?!?!”

Shy Guy on July 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM

’bout time.

subbottomfeeder on July 31, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Yeah, that’s what we’re talkin about…failed congress

right2bright on July 31, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Excellent……. Love the gas pump

luckybogey on July 31, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Finally, a marketing move that doesn’t embarrass me. Almost makes me want to remain with the GOP.

Almost.

Ludwig on July 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Next one…Congress running on empty.

right2bright on July 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

How ’bout showin’ ol’ Harry sayin’ the war is lost?

jgapinoy on July 31, 2008 at 10:15 AM

What? Someone grew a pair?

Finally a real ad.

Vigilante on July 31, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Good timing.

Much earlier and people would get burned out by November.

By October, everyone will have made up their mind and turned their TV’s off in disgust(I already have).

cntrlfrk on July 31, 2008 at 10:16 AM

hammer it and them have our candidates mentioned what this do nothing congress has done and then hammer it some more

ConservativePartyNow on July 31, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Completely and unapologetically off-topic:

Tide of illegal immigrants now being reversed .

Who knew enforcing the law would work?

misterpeasea on July 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM

More.

misterpeasea on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Good Lord, it’s about fricken time. Hammer this home, boys. It’s the best opportunity we have to maintain seats in November.

amerpundit on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

They should’ve had the talking cadaver, Harry Reid, in it somewhere. That would probably bring a sympathy vote to challenge someone so totally inept though. By the way Peloser’s book debuts at #869 on Amazon.

volsense on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Nice.

The stooopid Dems honestly think they can get away with blabbering on about how nothing the Republicans propose has any chance of working. Their party says drilling won’t pay dividends and their party’s presidential candidate says the surge didn’t pay dividends.

Only a six-year-old would believe that and only a four-year-old would suggest it.

We have children running this country. The next ad needs to superimpose the heads of Reid, Pelosi & gang on the heads of toddlers.

fogw on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

WOW! John McNumbnuts will obviously issue orders that this ad be pulled immediately! We cannot have the Politics of Personal Destruction and all and Pelosi is his hero don’t ya know…

sabbott on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

And no one will be begging for the sequel!

pilamaye on July 31, 2008 at 10:22 AM

HArry Reid saying oil makes us sick would’ve been a nice touch. Otherwise..Great ad!

becki51758 on July 31, 2008 at 10:22 AM

SCORE!

Please oh please, NRCC, run this ad in Philadelphia. This is NOT the “change” we voted for with Joe Sestak and Patrick Murphy. Those two dufuses have done nothing but parrot Pelosi and moveon.org since they arrived in Washington. There are a lot of commuters in these two districts (myself included) who are being killed by high gas prices while these clowns do nothing. Philadelphia also has three oil refineries and the HQ of Sunoco, a lot of jobs that depend on oil.

rockmom on July 31, 2008 at 10:23 AM

They’ve got 5 weeks where Nancy and her boys don’t have a mic or gavel (thanks to her incompetence) to get this message out.

Get ‘er done.

phreshone on July 31, 2008 at 10:23 AM

The NRCC and the NRSC both go into the home stretch for 2008 at a significant funding disadvantage. This issue could negate that entirely. They need to have a laser focus on energy policy and explain not just the impact at the pumps, but also the impact on food prices, the damage these moratoriums do to the creation of American jobs, and the travesty of our massive wealth transfers abroad on foreign oil. This is a good start.

Just thought it was worth repeating.

tgillian on July 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

In 1996, Bill Clinton effectively made Newt Gingrich into Bob Dole’s running mate. The RNC should do the same thing with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. And they need to do it now while the RNC has piles of cash to spend and the DNC is still struggling to come up with the dough to run its own convention in Denver.

In fact, I’d like to see the GOP run a new ad every day that Congress stays out on this recess and does nothing on energy.

rockmom on July 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM

The Pubbies need to beat the Donks like a drum over this between now and November. We have a slight advantage on National Security, but that is less pronounced in the Congress. But on energy, the Donks are caught off base and there is nothing they can do about it. It is time to tag them out.

gridlock2 on July 31, 2008 at 10:29 AM

A+!

“You’re among the 27%.” hahaha

Tony737 on July 31, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Finally!

loganthompson on July 31, 2008 at 10:30 AM

:claps:

trailortrash on July 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

A+++ And extra credit to the RNC.

Powerful, powerful ad.

stenwin77 on July 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM

NICE! It’s about time. More please!

CP on July 31, 2008 at 10:35 AM

…terribly scripted actors…

Frakking awesome! Well done, a gajilion times better than the Moron.org video from the other day.

Please, sir, can I have some more?

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Nancy Pelosi barely got the House adjourned yesterday. The vote was 213 to 212 with a few Republicans not voting. The plan was to keep the House in session until energy could be debated. Nancy refused and Republicans were supposed to peel of Blue Dogs and keep the House in session. Well they peeled 17 Democrats off to vote to stay in session. But Repoublicans did not vote and allowed the House to adjourn. I think They wanted to give Pelosi enough rope to hang herself. She got her adjournment but backed herself into a corner and now she knows she lost 17 Democrats along the way. This ad came out the day after Pelosi adjourned the House and the Democrats have no way to defend/reverse themselves via legislation. Not a coincidence…

Roy Blunt you marvelous bastard.

Rarely has a major issue produced such bipartisan consensus among the electorate, and even more rarely has it produced such obstinacy in the majority party in Congress.

Not unexpected Ed. Human nature causes the emotional response to cling even harder to unrational position in the face of opposition/criticism. Ever seen a coworker defend an obviously bad idea, then even more so when critiqued? “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

Theworldisnotenough on July 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM

So why isn’t Dubya making a prime-time speech to the American people, announcing that he is “ordering” the dems to enact some legislation immediately? He’d gain some popularity points, and show the dems up as the pompous a-holes they are, plus possibly get some legislation done.

stonemeister on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 AM

good, but they need to make it a National Security issue as well…use some populist rhetoric about the amount of $$$’s we send out of the country for Oil and how drilling domestically creates American Jobs…which the Dems are against.

and maybe adopt some childish rhetoric like the Dems did in 2006: “Worst Congress EVER….as in Ever Ever…”

jp on July 31, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Wonderful ad! And great on topic responses!

wise_man on July 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Run it! This is the best Republican ad so far.

forest on July 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

So why isn’t Dubya making a prime-time speech to the American people, announcing that he is “ordering” the dems to enact some legislation immediately? He’d gain some popularity points, and show the dems up as the pompous a-holes they are, plus possibly get some legislation done.

stonemeister on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Politically, at the moment, do the Reps. really want to push with all their guns for drilling or let it drag on till election day? If dems give in now, its not an issue in November.

it sucks, but a politically reality…now even if Bush and GOP in Washington go hard for drilling, an all out assault and it works. The question is would the Dems for political reasons give in? Or do they hold the line and piss off Voters but appease their Enviro-Nazi base

jp on July 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Good stuff. ’bout time! Still not getting any $ from me though until they enforce the borders.

sbvft contributor on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Good ad (except for the music).

Now they need another one where Barry, Lord Possumus, says we can solve the oil crisis with proper tire inflation.

Buy Danish on July 31, 2008 at 10:53 AM

HArry Reid saying oil makes us sick would’ve been a nice touch. Otherwise..Great ad!

becki51758 on July 31, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Agreed. I’d also put in some video of Pelosi from the 2006 elections boasting that the Dims had a “plan” to bring down gas prices, along with that recent interview of Obama saying that he wants gas prices to go up (just not as quickly as they have). Then remind the voters that it’s been Dims like these who’ve been controlling the legislature for years. (Recent polling showed that a large percentage of voters believe that Republicans are still in charge of Congress!).

AZCoyote on July 31, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Encourage the people in New England and the Midwest to bring their most recent home heating bill to the polls in November. To borrow a portion of the the Patton speech, “well, you’ll know what to do”.

Just A Grunt on July 31, 2008 at 10:55 AM

jp on July 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

jp What you are suggesting is the exact same thing we are accusing the Dems of, albeit in the other direction. This should not be a political football to be played with. It isn’t about politics but rather what is best for the American people, and by going political that is exactly what has led congress to have a 9% rating.

Just A Grunt on July 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Great Add…

Too bad just yesterday your “Repbuclican” Presidential nominee said he Respeced Nancy, and she should be held up as a American “sucess story”….

Yep, the Reps Fearless Leader really helped the House Repubs with those remarks…

Romeo13 on July 31, 2008 at 10:59 AM

I’m praying for a cold early winter. Nothing like a stiff heating bill in your pocket while headed to the polls.

GarandFan on July 31, 2008 at 11:01 AM

The Problem However: Our GOP is too damn stupid to take advantage.

jake-the-goose on July 31, 2008 at 11:05 AM

I love it!! Very creative too!

Harry Reid kind of insulated himself by working with the bipartisan committee on a deal, then Pelosi pulled the plug. How very embarrassing it must be to be him and have the Speaker of the House clobber the Senate Majority Leader over the head for trying to actually do something for the American People!

I agree this is perfectly timed too with the House in recess.

Texas Gal on July 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

How very embarrassing it must be to be him and have the Speaker of the House clobber the Senate Majority Leader over the head for trying to actually do something for the American People!

I agree this is perfectly timed too with the House in recess.

Texas Gal on July 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

You have to remember that Pelosi’s on a mission to save the planet—-one empty tank at a time.

Rovin on July 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Rated 5 and faved.

RushBaby on July 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Subscribed to their channel, too.

RushBaby on July 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

it sucks, but a politically reality…now even if Bush and GOP in Washington go hard for drilling, an all out assault and it works. The question is would the Dems for political reasons give in? Or do they hold the line and piss off Voters but appease their Enviro-Nazi base

jp on July 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

You can bet the house Cindy Sheehan’s hoping Pelosi caves on this issue.

Rovin on July 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Rarely has a major issue produced such bipartisan consensus among the electorate,

Wasn’t Barry going to unite the country? Here is an opportunity fallen into his lap and all he has to do is get in front of the issue. But, I guess those partisan ties run too deep. Truth is, Barry wants to be leader of 1/2 the country. He’ll lead the other half if we are willing to come over to his side.

Mallard T. Drake on July 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Can’t wait to hear the Democrats squeal like stuck pigs……..

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

and yet we hear that there are dozens of seats to be lost to more Dems in the house and senate.

Why?

Hening on July 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

“Who do you think you are? A Carter?!?!?!?!”

Shy Guy on July 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM

hahahaha. nice.

Mallard T. Drake on July 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

You have to remember that Pelosi’s on a mission to save the planet—-one empty tank at a time.

Rovin on July 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

There’s an RNC ad in there with Pelosi’s mission to save the planet at the expense of the American economy and Obama’s campaign for the hearts and minds of Europeans instead of Americans.

Texas Gal on July 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

and yet we hear that there are dozens of seats to be lost to more Dems in the house and senate.

Why?

Hening on July 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Could it be because so many people think that Congress is still under the control of the Republicans?

OldEnglish on July 31, 2008 at 11:33 AM

They should be doing this every day. And every ‘local or state’ Repub candidate should be handing out similar literature at gas stations in their areas. Hammer this home! The Dems have no defense and since they insist on stepping in shit, have a video camera ready to film it and let everyone watch!

dustoffmom on July 31, 2008 at 11:37 AM

rotflmao when old wolf blitzer told nancy she was in the 27% that appose drilling off shore she looked like a deer caught in the head lights.

good ad now keep hitting them on it .

Mojack420 on July 31, 2008 at 11:37 AM

In a more conservative time, this ad would be fair-to-middlin’ at best.

Yes, it’s a decent ad. It’s not quite “too little, too late” but it’s a good start really not much more than a barely decent start.

urbancenturion on July 31, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Great Trailer!!! They need to make some more of these. I’d love to see Pelosi’s “I want to save the planet!” in one.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

My name is John McCain, and I reject this negative add.

TimothyJ on July 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Republicans need to show that that gas is not the only issue where Democrats have caused us problems.

moughon on July 31, 2008 at 12:23 PM

jp on July 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

jp What you are suggesting is the exact same thing we are accusing the Dems of, albeit in the other direction. This should not be a political football to be played with. It isn’t about politics but rather what is best for the American people, and by going political that is exactly what has led congress to have a 9% rating.

Just A Grunt on July 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

sure, but this is a political reality 100 days out from a key election.

If the Dems cave and drilling is allowed before the election. Will this help or hurt the GOP’s chances? I say hurt, issue is off table and the dems saved the day unless the hard left all boycott election day over it??? If the GOP is advocating drilling and the Dems are opposing, without it ever passing…does this help GOP or Dems on election day?

jp on July 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

My name is John McCain, and I reject this negative add.
TimothyJ on July 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

My name is TimothyJ, and I like to make crap up that isn’t true.

wise_man on July 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Woot!

davidk on July 31, 2008 at 1:46 PM

My name is John McCain, and I reject this negative add.
TimothyJ on July 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM
My name is TimothyJ, and I like to make crap up that isn’t true.

wise_man on July 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Wise_man, you are so in the tank for McCain you have lost your sense of humor. That was funny because McCain has rejected almost every hard hitting effort made by Republicans not associated with his campaign and even some that are with his campaign (Phil Graham). Lighten up…

brtex on July 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM

It’s time to stop taking the high road and start “Tonya Harding-ing” some Dumbocrats.

madmonkphotog on July 31, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Democrats got Pwned! >:D

keep hitin’ um! :}

Chakra Hammer on July 31, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Gas price increases hit everyone across the board and make energy policy extremely personal — and the Democrats want to do nothing to increase domestic supply to correct for it.

Not only that,

It hits those that can least afford it the worst.

franksalterego on July 31, 2008 at 5:16 PM

fogw on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Done

franksalterego on July 31, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Nice!

Where has this been and why are they not shouting this from the roof tops?

jdsmith0021 on August 1, 2008 at 8:00 AM

… Host of terribly scripted actors

funny right there, I don’t care who you are..

DaveC on August 1, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Wise Man sense of humor is devolving to that of an Obama supporter..

sheeesh..

DaveC on August 1, 2008 at 9:42 AM