Video: NRSC hits Dems over “Recovery Summer”

posted at 2:55 pm on September 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Anyone with enough business experience knows that the key to keeping customers is to set expectations properly and realistically — and the same holds true for politics. Don’t promise success when you can’t deliver it, and don’t advertise those promises on a wide scale until certainty exists. The NRSC shows how the competition can take advantage when the product doesn’t live up to the hype:

At some point in time, “Recovery Summer” will get its well-earned place among the worst political public-relations drives ever.  We usually link it to Gerald Ford’s Whip Inflation Now (WIN) buttons, but this is worse.  Ford didn’t promise 500,000 new jobs a month if people wore buttons on their shirts, after all.  The only saving grace for the White House is the fact that they made Joe Biden tapdance his way across the country to sell “Recovery Summer” while Barack Obama mainly sat out the summer on vacation.

Every Republican in every district should be asking the voters this question: How WAS your Recovery Summer?  Note well the last line of the ad, too.


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TThis has been the worst financial period of my adult life. I never gave anything much thought until the days of Jimmy Carter, but I believe this is worse than the Carter years. At least for a person in their 50s and 60s.
Maybe Republicans drove the car into the ditch, but Obama has driven it off the cliff!

bopbottle on September 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Great Ad. Cut it down to 30 seconds and show it one TV!

Cookies Mom on September 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I came of age during the 70s. Admittedly, Ford’s WIN was lame, but Carter’s MEOW for his energy policy — Moral Equivalent Of War — was much lamer.

jwolf on September 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

You know the world has turned upside down when the politically incompetent NRSC can throw “body slams” on the Democrats like they were Andre the Giant.

HondaV65 on September 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

An unexpectedly good ad from the GOP.

hawksruleva on September 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Recovery summer, eh? I’m still unemployed! I maybe could get a job from one of the local farmers, but those are all jobs filled by illegal aliens. Sure would be nice about now…..

Vanceone on September 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Where will this be shown?

Excellent ad, tying Democrats to their anchor of a president.

You sold him to us, but you’re going to but it because of him.

NoDonkey on September 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Maybe Republicans drove the car into the ditch, but Obama has driven it off the cliff!

bopbottle on September 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

To continue the analogy, Obama is wasting the gas, spinning the wheels, and digging us in deeper.

When you get stuck, most of the time what you need to do is back out of the path that got you stuck, and chart a new course. Obama is full steam ahead with government spending and social engineering.

hawksruleva on September 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

hard to believe anyone could make you miss “the good old days” of Jimmy Carter

mctowler on September 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

I’d like to know how the human trash such as Boxer and Reid are even still in the running? How badly do the people of their states need to be served and lied to before they get a clue?

Bishop on September 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Zombie Reagan, where be ye when we need you the most?

Vanceone on September 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

And Moochelle’s having a dance party tonight.

WASHINGTON – The stately White House East Room, home to many a bill signing and ceremonial gathering, becomes a stage Tuesday for pirouettes, jetes, gravity-defying leaps and maybe even some bumps and grinds as Michelle Obama inaugurates a new dance series.

Brat on September 7, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Good ad….

cmsinaz on September 7, 2010 at 3:10 PM

“Mission Accomplished” “Recovery Summer”

Suck on it Barry…

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

good ad. The democrats are now hoisted by their own petard.

pwned.

ted c on September 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

those are all jobs filled by illegal aliens. Sure would be nice about now…..

Vanceone on September 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I’d like to see Harry Reid asked this question:

“Is the unemployment rate for illegal aliens higher or lower than the national average?”

Saltysam on September 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I truly hope there isn’t a double dip! One dip named Obama was quite enough.

petunia on September 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Bishop,it boggles the mind…the CA elite need to go broke or something before they get a clue

cmsinaz on September 7, 2010 at 3:13 PM

The Right needs to make

“Recovery Summer”

this year’s

“Mission Accomplished”

and wipe the deck with Obama’s face (…and words).

Lockstein13 on September 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Bishop,it boggles the mind…the CA elite need to go broke or something before they get a clue
cmsinaz on September 7, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Where is the great mass of citizens to drag these scum from office? How badly has America sunk that Boxer hasn’t had to quietly slink off in disgrace with 2% approval and a snowball’s chance in hell of getting reelected? Man, it’s really disheartening to see these criminals hang on year after year.

Bishop on September 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Bishop, I hear ya bud

cmsinaz on September 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Obama/Biden: The Double Dip.

Bruce MacMahon on September 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Like all liberals think…….tell the lies long enough, they will become truth. Obama and the demorats all sing the same song, just different verses. Those idiot conservatives don’t realize what we have done for them, but some of them are starting to figure out what we have done to them.

volsense on September 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Maybe Republicans drove the car into the ditch

By being cowardly enough to let Dems dictate where to go.

This ends soon.

Hammerfall November 2

Bat Chain Puller on September 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Recovery Summer=Endless Summer Bummer

November 2=Big Wednesday Tuesday

Christien on September 7, 2010 at 3:38 PM

How did I spend my summer??????

Feeling something like this….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KGlBHyVeYU&feature=player_embedded

tencole on September 7, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,
Here I am at Camp Obama
Camp is never ending
and they say we’ll have some fun if he stops spending.

Chip on September 7, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I truly hope there isn’t a double dip! One dip named Obama was quite enough.

petunia on September 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Obama/Biden: The Double Dip.

Bruce MacMahon on September 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I know you guys are joking (and yes, these are funny). But on a serious note, it bugs me to hear pundits talk of a “double dip recession.”

By definition, double dip would mean that there was some sort of recovery before a second “dip.” There has not been a recovery, not since 0bama took office.

Unless you’re talking about this kind of double dip.

UltimateBob on September 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM

It’s a long time till November, people.

Stop with the daydreaming.

Squiggy on September 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM

That is terrible. Why the grainy film treatment? It makes it look way overdone and the facts speak for themselves already. It’s also way too long. Cut it down to 30 seconds. Thats more than enough time to get the point across.

Don_Tanna on September 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I like it.

N. O'Brain on September 7, 2010 at 4:32 PM

What’s with the dirty old scratched film look? Kinda weird…

Pilgrimsarbour on September 7, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Republicans need to remind voters that the economy was doing just fine until the Democrats took over the House and the Senate in 2006. They want to blame Bush but while the Republicans were in control, the economy was soaring. It IS a congressional election after all.

So, “How was your last 4 years, eh?”

Pythagoras on September 7, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Every Republican SHOULD be asking that Ed. However, many are getting tangled in non- Federal Government issues like the NY mosque. Whether you agree or disagree with the mosque the fact of the matter is that it is not a campaign issue. We can win this if candidates stay on topic about issues that are not ambiguous in nature: the failure of Obamacare, the economy, wasteful spending, and pretty much every Democratic policy since 2006. Stay on topic GOP. Don’t get tangled in name calling arguments that the Dems resort to when they can’t argue anything else.

ptcamn on September 7, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Great ad.

Wills on September 8, 2010 at 8:42 AM