NRSC web video: “Never Again”

posted at 12:15 pm on May 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If the NRSC didn’t quite hit the target against Richard Blumenthal this week, it scores a bullseye on Barack Obama in its latest ad. It starts off with Barack Obama himself in New Orleans during the campaign, blasting George Bush for a slow response to Hurricane Katrina and vowing “never again” repeatedly in his promise to be more responsive. It then quotes a number of media analysts and prominently features Democratic strategist James Carville offering strong criticisms of Obama’s response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf — which will hit New Orleans hard, economically if not physically:

This may be one of the most effective web ads I’ve seen in a while. By fronting it with Obama’s criticism of Bush, the NRSC makes the argument that the issue is legitimate and open for criticism, and at the same time paints Obama as hypocritical. It also feeds into a very dangerous meme for Obama that is growing at the same pace as the spill: executive incompetence. And this time, the national media isn’t ignoring it as they did with the issue of executive inexperience when Obama ran for the presidency.


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Barry is a loser. He has no technical experience nor management and it shows. He is surrounded by incompetent czars.

seven on May 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Jimmah Carter 2.0

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Another Mulligan for the One at the GOLF coast.

seven on May 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Great, where is this going to be seen?

My guess is pretty much nowhere, I hope I’m wrong, but this needs to be on TV during prime time, otherwise, why bother?

NoDonkey on May 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Never say never. This as he heads off for vacation.

scalleywag on May 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Carville “It seems like he is inconvenienced by this.”

Spot on Carville, spot on! Obama seems inconvenienced by actually have to lead rather than just campaign.

truetexan on May 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

There is not much else he could have done, but I don’t give a $hit. Bush was held responsible for the weather, decades old dikes, and incompetent Democrat local politicians. So I say what is good for the goose…

tommylotto on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

THAT’S going to leave a mark…

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

My 11 yo nephew has a better golf swing than the won.

Inanemergencydial on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

But the important thing is what he shot on the golf course….90? 100?

search4truth on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

So, maybe the 4th estate finally takes its responsibilities seriously?
Or will they only do half a job?
My wager is half a job.

Amendment X on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Carville “It seems like he is inconvenienced by this.”

Spot on Carville, spot on! Obama seems inconvenienced by actually have to lead rather than just campaign.

truetexan on May 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

“An Inconvenient Doof”.

VegasRick on May 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Team Obama was meddling with BP,miro-managing,much like the
Democrats were doing in VietNam at target selection and ROE,

and was worried about shoring up their Environmental voting
base!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Make it viral!

BrianA on May 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

That’s a damn good ad, and if it were played on prime time tv it would turn many a decent person to wonder (if they already don’t) what sort of fool is sitting in the White House.

Bishop on May 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I’m not actually in the mood for high-fives after that ad. It reminds me of how sad the situation is, when I’m feeling sympathy for James Carville and agreeing with Chris Matthews.

amerpundit on May 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Nice Ad.

Now play it on Television.

portlandon on May 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Bravely, the President is willing to eat much less Louisiana shellfish in the future, so really, he is sacrificing quite a lot, just like the locals. No?

RBMN on May 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

If you think this is bad…

… Imagine yourself in Afghanistan fighting a war with the Obowma “Rules of Engagement” that forces you to go out on patrol, without a round in the chamber.

You only comfort…

… is that you have a better golf swing than the Commander in Chief.

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Carville makes the whole video. Without his passion, the rest of the video would fall flat as rank partisanship.

ButterflyDragon on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

And this time, the national media isn’t ignoring it as they did with the issue of executive inexperience when Obama ran for the presidency.

FINALLY. Because if the national media hadn’t been so grossly incompetent for the last 2 years and more maybe we wouldn’t be in this predicament. They’re just as responsible for the mess we’re in now as the administration because they were negligent in their reporting. They glossed over every one of his inadequacies and called anyone who dared to criticize racists and anti-American. There needs to be another ad…one with them fawning all over and getting all tingly about Mr. President…with the oil backdrop and the little Iranian tyrant and the Wall Street CEOs and the 13 trillion dollar debt clock and asking the question…so how is all that hope and change and transparency going for you now?

scalleywag on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Hey, the President has lots of important stuff to do besides this –

- Four trips to California to campaign for Barbara Boxer
- Golf
- Pal around with the Duke basketball team
- Attend fund raisers

Whaddya expect? This guy was hired because of the color of his skin, not his competence.

He’s living up to expectations, last I checked, he’s still have black and that’s all we’re going to get from him.

NoDonkey on May 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Nice, me likey. Whoever made this needs a pay raise. And agree with poster above, this all good and well, but until these start airing on TV the RNC is firing blanks.

Well, i guiess that makes some sense, the RNC has been impetent for years.

Archimedes on May 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

That ad is racist.

/troll

rockmom on May 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Obama:

Man, all this “president” stuff they want me to do is harshin’ my par-tay cool. That stuff ain’t for me. Don’t they know I’m the king?

Daggett on May 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

If you think this is bad…

… Imagine yourself in Afghanistan fighting a war with the Obowma “Rules of Engagement” that forces you to go out on patrol, without a round in the chamber.

You only comfort…

… is that you have a better golf swing than the Commander in Chief.

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution: A-FreagginMen SPS:)

canopfor on May 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Good ad.

An updated version would note that in yesterday’s presser, BHO misrepresented the progress of “top kill”. He represented it was progressing well, when in fact it had been suspended for problems the night before. HT: Rush

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

If you think this is bad…

… Imagine yourself in Afghanistan fighting a war with the Obowma “Rules of Engagement” that forces you to go out on patrol, without a round in the chamber.

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

That can’t possibly be true, can it? Does FNC know?

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Reality come’s home.

heshtesh on May 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Chains you can believe in, as long as the One can use this as an excuse to nationalize the oil industry he doesn’t really care. Remember he said that he wanted gas prices to rise to 4 to 5 dollars a gallon, albeit slowly. Thanks Libtards and misplaced white guilt morons for this natural disaster of a an Idiot-in-Chief. BTW, that golf swing is freakin’ pathetic!

skanter on May 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Devastating ad even though, personally, I think trashing Obama for this (and Sestak, too) is a bit like busting Al Capone for tax evasion. But, ya know, whatever it takes.

His real crimes and real damages are far worse.

Purple Fury on May 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Carville “It seems like he is inconvenienced by this.”

Spot on Carville, spot on! Obama seems inconvenienced by actually have to lead rather than just campaign.

truetexan on May 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Nah, he’s just exercising Courageous Restraint(tm).

Purple Fury on May 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM

When Barry says NEVER, you presuppose that it means NEVER.

EVERYTHING Barry says has an ‘expiration date’.

GarandFan on May 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

..wa-a-a-a-a-y cool ad! But now I know what happened to Hot Air’s Dymo label maker.

The War Planner on May 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Great ad. Just a taste of the target rich environment that will be available in 2012.

aquaviva on May 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Very powerful ad.

Repubtallygirl on May 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM

That’s a damn good ad, and if it were played on prime time tv it would turn many a decent person to wonder (if they already don’t) what sort of fool is sitting in the White House.

Bishop on May 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Oh you say fool..I thought for minute you said tool. Sorry my eyes are playing tricks on me.

Dire Straits on May 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Brilliant. Spot on presentation of our Feckless Leader. I have to ask myself once again…WTH is Mary Matalin doing with James Carville? That guy looks more and more like Gollum as the years pass!!

ihasurnominashun on May 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Awesome ad, yet so sad. 90% of it spoken by liberals and Obama himself. I like the “Is this the kind of change you had in mind?” statement with the oil spout. I also like reversing the negative image that is typically associated with Republicans onto Obama.

I know the purpose of this ad is to focus on failed leadership and make people think about it at the polls in November but do we really want OBAMA rushing to fix the problem? Any other president I might say yes. His method of fixing the problem will involve finger pointing, passing the buck and getting in the way.

shick on May 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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That can’t possibly be true, can it? Does FNC know?

petefrt on May 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

petefrt:YES!:)
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So freaking sorry that we’re competetive with the private sector for once in our careers.

hawkdriver on May 9, 2010 at 12:05 AM

hawkdriver: I heard a scuttlebutt,rumour that is,that out
of the 30,000 that were to be deployed in Afgh
istan,so far,only half have been sent,while the
rest are pulling double-duty!:)

canopfor on May 9, 2010 at 12:22 AM
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canopfor on May 9, 2010 at 12:22 AM
True!

Gates himself admitted in an article last month there are only 6000 sent since the president agreed to send “half” of what McChystal asked for. And my personal observation is that with the increase of civilians and Kandahar Fobbits, that part of those numbers are the 7000 agreed to at least three years ago for the RC South bridging force.

http://blogs.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/gates-repeat-dont-get-too-excited-much-left-do-in-afghanistan

hawkdriver on May 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM
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The media wanted this to be called the forgotten war! Well, it is now!

Bala Murghab

How do you think these guys will take the news that they’re being paid too much?

hawkdriver on May 9, 2010 at 12:38 AM
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The media wanted this to be called the forgotten war! Well, it is now!

Bala Murghab

How do you think these guys will take the news that they’re being paid too much?

hawkdriver on May 9, 2010 at 12:38 AM

hawkdriver:
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But the mission here is hamstrung by a shortage of forces. And except for these show-of-presence patrols, that security bubble is as far as they can go until Afghan reinforcements arrive.

Insurgents sit to their north and to their south, ready at the trigger.
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I also am gonna bet,that air cover has been denied!

And,Obama wants the Afghanistan Mission to collapse on
its own,by him doing nothing!:)

canopfor on May 9, 2010 at 12:57 AM
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http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/08/pentagon-to-congress-stop-giving-troops-pay-increases/

canopfor on May 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Awesome ad, yet so sad. 90% of it spoken by liberals and Obama himself. I like the “Is this the kind of change you had in mind?” statement with the oil spout. I also like reversing the negative image of oil that is typically associated with Republicans onto Obama.

I know the purpose of this ad is to focus on failed leadership and make people think about it at the polls in November but do we really want OBAMA rushing to fix the problem? Any other president I might say yes. His method of fixing the problem will involve finger pointing, passing the buck and getting in the way.

shick on May 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

fixed it.

shick on May 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Worthless if it’s not on TV. THAT would be NRSC money well spent.

tree hugging sister on May 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Love it but it needs an edit with him saying that “he” wouldn’t let anything be done without “his” approval. And highlight the 6 week delays, zoom in on the schmantzy hotels he went to for Boxer….

Key West Reader on May 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Those who think there is not much more Barry could have done in the Gulf are mistaken.

Foremost, he took a divisive rather than a uniting stance right from the start, never relenting on that “us vs them” tone, desperate to shift blame rather than unite all hands and create an cohesive all-star team which should have been Barry’s primary job in this crisis.

Obama never missed a chance to remind us that BP was in big trouble, which is the most obvious thing in the world to say — as well as the most obviously unhelpful thing to say in the middle of a damn emergency. Attack BP later, boost them and provide full and visible backing for them to stop the spill now, for Gods sakes.

The Ken Salazar “Boot on the Neck” comment showed that Salazar was perfect for this “Administration.” Even though Obama tried to walk back that comment we all know it’s Barry’s attitude, as he never failed to show that approach to the crisis.

Barry never took full advantage of the vast global resources he could have marshalled, as if he had no clue how many of dimensions of power he could have urgently brought to bear on the situation.

Barry clearly relied on his know-nothing cabinet secretaries rather than immediately summoning the world’s greatest experts on the issue for an urgent meeting. Janet Naplitano? Steven Chu “the Nobel Prize Winner in Physics”? Ken Salazar? These were the Obama brain trust? Good grief.

The foot-dragging and lack of urgent cooperation with Jindal and Louisiana was almost like he bore some kind of resentment toward the state.

Did he ever make an effort to console the families of the 11 dead? EVER?

Don’t tell me there’s not much more he could have done. LEADING THE NATIONAL RESPONSE is what he could have done and failed to do.

From DAY ONE he was weak and in the way, rather than the strong Hall of Fame executive this country needed for this disaster.

Edouard on May 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Ouuuuuuch. !

“Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?”

(GREAT AD – should have thrown all the WH parties from the day of the oil spill)

… love the golfing … there should have been a line about “we need you in the GULF -not GOLF !

stenwin77 on May 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I hope he enjoys the Paul McCartney concert. They are now analyzing the huge plume that will threaten all sea life for the entire west coast of FL all the way down to Key West.

Who knows, maybe Paul will give Zero a shout out! Yay! Obama!~ Farktard.

Key West Reader on May 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM

He’s not incompetant at all.

Like Peggy Noonan said today, he just has different things in mind than the country has.

We want to be safe from foreign terror, to spend government money wisely, to have disasters like Katrina, Memphis, and Horizon managed smartly, to encourage job creation.

Obama wants to jam socialism down our throats.

He’s really good at stuff that he wants to do.

notagool on May 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Hannity also had a dynamite montage on his radio show yesterday of the Dems outrageous outrage to Katrina – 2 days after the hurricane hit. It’s even more striking than this and includes a shrieking Hilary Clinton (in addition to a slew of people charging raaaaacism).

Buy Danish on May 28, 2010 at 1:53 PM

I see in the past couple of days a lot of people praising Carville and the other Liberals who are railing about Bambi’s inaction,hypocracy and/or incompetence.Yet it was the same Liberal idiots who refused to acknowledge what was apparent from the beginning to any one who was paying attention-the fact that Bambi is, was,and always will be an incompetent lying buffoon.Just like the Liberal talking heads who supported him.
So as far as I’m concerned Carville,Matthews and the rest have nothing to complain about and should STFU,because their incompetence and lies put the POS in office.
Pot meet Kettle.

DDT on May 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM

It’s a good ad, but too long, and it should be cut down to a minute and made for TV.

They should also mention that the Obama Administration waived the safety regulations and gave this well a safety award!

One other question: The purpose of the NRSC is to get Republicans elected to the Senate. How does bashing Obama, who isn’t on the ballot until 2012, help Republicans get elected to the Senate in 2010? Isn’t an ad like this more appropriate from the RNC?

Steve Z on May 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Wow! Excellent ad!

Can you imagine how GWB would have been crucified if this happened on his watch. Of course you can. There would be some ignorant loud-mouth POS who says stuff like “Never Again!” and “Half-hearted leadership” who thinks this is like a game where you can yell “Time-out!” and have unlimited re-do’s. Well, Barrack, you are in the driver’s seat now.

November can’t come too soon — and then, only two more years to clean up.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 28, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I agree with Edouard – Obama had many options.
That old movie Hellfighters was based on reality. There are companies who specialize in oil emergencies. They were put to the test in Iraq when all the oil wells were set ablaze. Even though this is a much different challenge the expertise and science in the oil field is vast. Oil drilling remains very environmentally safe even though this incident will forever mar an otherwise good safety record for drilling.
Obama could have called together the greatest minds in the industry but cares only about shifting any blame from himself.

AusTex girl on May 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

the gop will demolish the dems this november.

obama beat mccain only on the strength of the higher than ever black turnout.

without obama on the ticket blacks will stay home.

dems know this and that’s why they’re playing the racism card.

it won’t work.

lib dem jews will stay home too.

the tea party/limited govt anti-obamacare enthusiasm measn pour turnout will be higher this go rund than w/mccain on the ticket.

we should pick up 75 seats in the house and 11 in the senate.

reliapundit on May 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Probably the best Pub ad I’ve ever seen. Why should it be so hard to put together something of this quality on a regular basis? About dang time they stopped pulling punches, and at the same time treated the electorate as if it had half a brain.

paul1149 on May 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Great ad. But will it reach the masses? They need a short version to run on TV, pushing people to the long version on the web.

hawksruleva on May 28, 2010 at 2:47 PM

If asked to describe the presidency of Obama in one word …

“Dither”

PoliTech on May 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I’ll be posting this add on facebook.

MCGIRV on May 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Good one. That can be edited down to 45 seconds, easily, and then PUT ON FRACKIN TELEVISION!
But then, that’s too obvious for race card Steele.

Western_Civ on May 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Once again, Rush is right. Obama is the most incompetent man in any room he walks into.

Extrafishy on May 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Devastating.

The Ugly American on May 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I’ll bet that for the first time since his election.. The One is actually losing sleep over something, but for the wrong reasons… He’s twisted up because the MSM is turning. Also because he knows that this stain on his presidency will not just ‘come out in the wash’.
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His anger and frustration have nothing to do with the people who will suffer because of this, other than for himself he cares little.
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So now is the time to smack some sense into those who just wanted to give this A**hole a chance. Use lots of descriptive when you get in their facesincompetence, unresponsive, lackadaisical, uncaring, completely detached…
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Or, go the humorous route… just a boob in need of a clue, lost in the big boy’s chair, a true loser amongst the lost, still looking at the teleprompter for an answer…
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And the direct style should work too… Too obsessed with taking control of everything else to notice a catastrophe in the making. Desperate enough to have to claim credit for the Coast Guard’s response on “day one”. Uncertain which is more important… the Gulf… or golf. (okay, that one belongs in the humorous column ; )
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Mix them up to keep it interesting… I had a lib at work about to cry the other day. I told the guy I only pressed the point because I care about him and the country’s future (true that)… He may be awakening… This was the first time he didn’t retort. ‘but Bush’
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And while we’re at it, let’s not forget to pray for the gulf states and the east coast… We are only seeing the first of the oil and there will be many people’s lives crushed by this.
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New bumper sticker for 2012… Obama? Never Again.

RalphyBoy on May 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

…will protect us.

And then the nose touch. Isn’t that some sort of tell?

mtb on May 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM

But the important thing is what he shot on the golf course….90? 100?

search4truth on May 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Only If Rahm is keeping score.

JerseyJeff on May 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Pick and Choose is the name of Obama’s game. Hit as many shots he wants to and only count those that are great.

Keep trying one thing after another and take credit for the the solution or idea that works, and take credit for it – that’s leadership you have to live with until 2012, Remember in November to win in 10 and prevail in 12.

MSGTAS on May 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM