Democrats’ new strategy for midterm success: More Barack Obama on the campaign trail

posted at 8:30 pm on September 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

You think I’m kidding.

Democratic congressional leaders used a White House strategy session Thursday to push President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before November’s elections, multiple senior Democratic sources familiar with the meeting tell CNN.

According to the sources, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the president that congressional Democrats want to see more of the kind of campaign rally and rhetoric he displayed this week in Wisconsin. They said they especially want him to continue to make the case – and the contrast with Republicans – on jobs and the economy…

A fourth source familiar with the meeting said Democratic leaders discussed with the president the need to focus on the party’s base and make sure it’s revved up. But, the source added, the lawmakers also told him that “we can’t forget about the independents.”

Although Obama’s popularity has dipped, Democrats say they still believe that when he is “on” – like they believe he was in Wisconsin this week – he is their best campaign advocate and spokesman against the Republicans.

Hey, kids? If your secret weapon is The One cracking Slurpee jokes in purple districts, trust me — you assuredly can forget about independents. Remember, this is a guy whose brand is so tainted that his endorsement is now a liability in his own home state, whose performance in Wisconsin that the Democrats seem so impressed with was part of a seven-minute goof yesterday about what a disappointment he is on the left’s most beloved nightly comedy show. If you’re eager to have a popular Democrat go to bat for struggling candidates, why not dial up the Man from Hope? His net favorables these days are +32 compared to +6 for the God Who Failed. It’s a no-brainer, which … explains why they’re not going to do it, I guess. If running ObamaCare ads when he’s 12 points down makes sense to Russ Feingold, I suppose having the man whose name will forever brand that legislation out on the trail “makes sense” too.

Maybe it’s time to start looking past the election, actually. We’ve got a lame-duck session coming up in December that could be quite treacherous indeed. If only there was a conservative demigod available to raise awareness about this very important issue… Exit question: The leading theory on the left lately about why the White House keeps whining about progressives is that they want an easy scapegoat available after the inevitable midterm meltdown. Doesn’t having Obama out on the trail undermine that, though? The more he campaigns, the more his fingerprints are on the result. They will be anyway, of course, but if he goes into hiding now, he can always try the lame “we would have done better if I had campaigned more” excuse afterwards.


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That is great we just don’t see enough of BHO.
Sure beats working and being President.

400lb Gorilla on September 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Awesome. Put that car in drive, Barry.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I just love this guy’s delivery. Agree or disagree, you can’t help but like him.

Rightwingguy on September 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Democrats’ new strategy for midterm success: More Barack Obama on the campaign trail

yeah, that’s the ticket

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

“How many golf courses are in your District?”

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

If all you have is a pair of “3″s, you have to play the “3″s.

They really don’t have anything else at this point.

SteveMG on September 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Air Force One: Fired up and ready to go!

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

“How many golf courses are in your District?”

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

+100

lolol

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Democratic congressional leaders used a White House strategy session Thursday to push President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in helping them campaign in the final weeks before November’s elections, multiple senior Democratic sources familiar with the meeting tell CNN.

Then Boehner and Ryan pulled off their Pelosi and Hoyer masks and gave each other a high five.

dirtseller on September 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

That ad was freaking awesome. I needed the chuckle, thanks.

Weight of Glory on September 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

whose performance in Wisconsin that the Democrats seem so impressed with

Dude, you didn’t see that huge crowd that was there to see Oblame-a!?!? I mean it wasn’t like there was a free concert before he arrived or anything!!!

SouthernGent on September 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

This is great news..:)

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Perfect plan. Full steam ahead.

Oink on September 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

The definition of insanity.

coyoterex on September 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

I would not want to have that Beer Keg Bill that the DNC is going to have to get crowds of college students..:)

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

PALIN / PETERSON 2012

PALIN / PALADINO 2012

PALIN / CHRISTIE 2012

SATAN / HITLER 2012

STALIN / MAO 2012

Anybody but the DOTUS 2012

PappyD61 on September 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The definition of insanity.

coyoterex on September 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Thread winner!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 8:46 PM

If all you have is a pair of “3″s, you have to play the “3″s
They really don’t have anything else at this point.
SteveMG on September 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Also known as “crabs”. Yep the dems have crabs.

Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Sure beats working and being President.

400lb Gorilla on September 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

That’s probably why he’s headed out-to try to recreate the ego buzz of 2008.

INC on September 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Mr. President let me introduce you to Mr. Teleprompter!

Rndguy on September 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Absolutely delusional!!!!

mobydutch on September 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

His net favorables these days are +32 compared to +6 for the god Who Failed

that’s the time that the small “g” oughta be used.

there’s got to be a Greek metaphor in there somewhere…

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

We’re gonna go to New York, and we’re gonna go to Delaware, and we’re gonna go to Maryland, and we’re gonna go to Connecticut, and we’re gonna go to Vermont, and we’re gonna go to Hawaii, and we’re gonna go to Oregon, and we’re gonna go to Washington, and we’re gonna go to California! YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHH~!

teke184 on September 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Kentucky beckons, Barack. Heed the call!!

JohnGalt23 on September 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM

If running ObamaCare ads when he’s 12 points down makes sense to Russ Feingold, I suppose having the man whose name will forever brand that legislation out on the trail “makes sense” too.

Oooh! Russ! How you like your *beeOTCH slap*??

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Maybe he could tour the country with the same audience so local organizers don’t have to beg and plead for college students to fill the empty seats at campaign venues. Just a thought…

joejm65 on September 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

LOL. Just when I thought that nobody hunts ducks with a Winchester he appears with his shotgun.

Mark1971 on September 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Feingold was down 7 before BO showed up and now he is down 12. Please BO please go out and campaign for all of them.

Jdripper on September 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

The leading theory on the left lately about why the White House keeps whining about progressives is that they want an easy scapegoat available after the inevitable midterm meltdown. Doesn’t having Obama out on the trail undermine that, though? The more he campaigns, the more his fingerprints are on the result.

Sure…they need a scapegoat. They’re DEMAGOGUES and they only have power when there is an external enemy, someone to point the long finger at and someone out front whose ass they can kick. Without that, then it’s just plain ol’ soggy Barack Obama trying to push some dopey car out of a ditch…

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Dale Petersen = Gunnery Seargent Hartman, without the X-rated words dialog. I would vote for Hartman, be he doesn’t seem to be available at the moment…so Dale is the next best thing.

Seriously, I’m having one of those weird, Ace-style bro-mance crushes on Dale.

AUINSC on September 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Heheheheh! I luvs me some Dale Petersen! BOOMstick!

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM

You know what this campaign needs? It needs more cowbell.

Lily on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Two of the sources familiar with Thursday’s White House meeting say the president pressed Democratic leaders to pass the stalled child nutrition bill, a priority for the first lady.

If Michelle ain’t happy, ain’t no one gonna be happy in that white house, let me tell you

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Good, double down, Barry. We’ll see you in November.

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

You know what this campaign needs? It needs more cowbell.

Lily on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Beat me to it.

Curmudgeon on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

heh :)

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

We know this already, but she really is that stupid:

They said they especially want him to continue to make the case – and the contrast with Republicans – on jobs and the economy…

They want to make THAT comparison? It’s like they have a death wish or something.

JeffWeimer on September 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Two of the sources familiar with Thursday’s White House meeting say the president pressed Democratic leaders to pass the stalled child nutrition bill, a priority for the first lady.

Democratic Message: “The children really do need to be more nutricious so these evil Republicans will need to eat less of them.”

Canadian Infidel on September 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I predicted this 18 months ago.

technopeasant on September 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

What could go wrong?

For us, nothing, bring that strategy on!

bluemarlin on September 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I can’t wait to hear the story about keeping the car in D some more.

Cicero43 on September 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Keep digging.

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Bring it.

dczombie on September 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

the more he campaigns, the more his fingerprints are on the result. They will be anyway, of course, but if he goes into hiding now, he can always try the lame “we would have done better if I had campaigned more” excuse afterwards.

Maybe. But he can’t not campaign – it’s all he likes doing (besides golfing) and all he knows how to do. So he’s doing it, end of discussion.

No wonder his people are deserting him.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Pedal to the metal Zero. The dems still don’t see the big picture, your dear leader doesn’t give a ratz azz about you guys. You’re all expendable according to his plan.

Kissmygrits on September 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Tough choice…

Do you accept Imam Obowma’s endorsement and have to suck on it in public…

… or do you run as a Democrat with a record of the Party that left Washington without a Federal Budget and Trillions in new spending?

Seven Percent Solution on September 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Maybe some ObamaKare Forms so he can debunk all the lies?

tarpon on September 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Hey, Barry, let’s go on a tour of the Heartland. Take Michelle with you, just in case any in the audience don’t know who you are. What could go wrong?

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I REALLY REALLY like that Dale Peterson and his commercials.

Sir Napsalot on September 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM

And then he should show just how ‘in touch’ he is with the commoners by going to McDonald’s…

Do that once or twice and that will be sure to help whoever he is campaigning for.

ajacksonian on September 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Come on up to West Point. They love you up here.

diogenes on September 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Bolton/Peterson 2012: Quit Pissing Your Pants and Vote!

ThePrez on September 30, 2010 at 9:36 PM

He’s going to have Jim Morrison of the Doors opening for him.

Shhhhhhhhhhhh. I need the gig.
Plz,no one tell him the real Jim Morrison is dead.
I told them my voice sounds difference because of the drinking and the drugs.
Plus since I’m over 60, my body isn’t as skinny as it was in the 70′s

BruceB on September 30, 2010 at 9:40 PM

I assume the Democrats strategy did not take into account how to pronounce the candidates name correctly.

F15Mech on September 30, 2010 at 9:46 PM

On Drudge right now, breaking tweet from Mark Knoller:

Obama says people are impatient but “now’s not the time to quit…it took time to free the slaves…ultimately we’ll make progress.”

19 minutes ago

Mark Knoller
White House Correspondent, Radio
CBS News

Fired up and ready to go, Barry is.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZOHY7Z5eaQ&NR=1

For those who need more cowbell. Here you go. To the Democrats “Don’t Fear the Reaper”!

Rndguy on September 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Sort of reminds me of the Bible story about Ahab when God sent lying spirits into the mouths of his prophets who convinced him he would be victorious. Guess what really happened?

Queen0fCups on September 30, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Fired up and ready to go, Barry is.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

That will be replaced soon and there will be no memory of this in a few minutes.

Rndguy on September 30, 2010 at 9:54 PM

now’s not the time to quit…it took time to free the slaves

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, BRILLIANT campaign strategy, comparing his party’s doom to the Civil War. What a hoser.

Mongerel on September 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM

SouthernGent on September 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Was there a concert?

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Good, double down, Barry. We’ll see you in November.

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

-
ROTFLMAO :-)

diogenes on September 30, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Fired up and ready to go, Barry is.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Indeed. Our Community-Organizer-in-Chief seems to have decided the Race Card is not enough.

So now he will play the Slavery Card.

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the president that congressional Democrats want to see more of the kind of campaign rally and rhetoric he displayed this week in Wisconsin.

Are they all going to travel to the People’s Republic of Madison for individual rallies, or will they do it all at once?

forest on September 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Obama says people are impatient but “now’s not the time to quit…it took time to free the slaves…ultimately we’ll make progress.”

From Muck Rack via Drudge
Pure class…

jerrytbg on September 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

oh my…I apologize for being redundant…NOT!

jerrytbg on September 30, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I’d pay to see Dale put a boot up John Kerry’s ass.

Alden Pyle on September 30, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I was on the front line of Dear Leader’s visit to Richmond yesterday to talk to us common people. Except that the common people were blocked from entry including by a dozen buses nosed to each other as a visual and physical barricade. Common people did not get an audience with Him. Who was selected to be in the inner circle is a mystery to the residents of that neighborhood…including libs. That Richmond visit cost us taxpayers a whole bunch of $$$ and I bet the DNC did not come close to picking up much of the tab. And this was just 1 stop in a couple of days. A troll will soon say that comes with any president and security and the troll would be right…so why didn’t Dear Leader just bring the dozen or so people to the White House and chat with them there since these dozen or so are all that He saw? Plus, why did Richmond and the Dims feel it necessary to beautify the area for a week in advance….nothing to do with security? And He never saw it because he blew past us common folk and disappeared behind the buses. Who paid for this beautification?

Dingbat63 on September 30, 2010 at 10:31 PM

What a classless display for a President.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

now’s not the time to quit…it took time to free the slaves

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

What’d I tell you?…Cowbell.

Lily on September 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM

When he is on? The question is what is he on?

Dhuka on September 30, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Great News. Yaaaay… My 200 bucks can go a long way..

antisocial on September 30, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Exit question: The leading theory on the left lately about why the White House keeps whining about progressives is that they want an easy scapegoat available after the inevitable midterm meltdown.

The Democrats in Congress want exactly the same thing Obama wants: someone to blame.

That’s why the craziest moonbats felt Obama was “on” in Wisconson. He behaved exactly the way neo-hippies want their “leader” to behave: relaxed and nonchalant; like a complete goofball.

Obama was intentionally screwing around. He’s trying to cultivate Clinton’s “I don’t give a crap about anybody but me” badboy image.

Of course Democrats are going to lose huge in November, no matter what anybody does. The difference is that Congressional Democrats are just going to lose, while Obama plans to lose IN STYLE. That is all that matters to Obama’s hardcore base; and they are all that matters to him.

logis on September 30, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Dear President Obama,

Please make one more trip to my home state of Connecticut. The last time you came, it had a very positive impact on the senate race here. I think one more visit from you would seal it for sure.

Sincerely,

Linda McMahon

SuperCool on October 1, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Dale Peterson is a treasure.

Mojave Mark on October 1, 2010 at 1:18 AM

When you’re down 14 points (in the polls) and it’s nearing the final buzzer (vote); bring in the special teams (Obama) and pray for a miracle on a trick play (people will like him again)…

This makes perfect sense. You don’t run out the clock with safe running plays; you try idiotic nonsense because nothing else is working.

Time for the status of liberty play… if it doesn’t work; we were gonna lose anyhow.

Sure it won’t work either; but at least you feel like you tried. And it’ll give Obama something to do besides whining about the Base not being excited enough… maybe he won’t keep offending the few votes they have if they keep him busy.

Can’t hurt.

gekkobear on October 1, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Why, who is this clean, articulate young man?

I know I’ve seen him before . . .

He sure can speak.

And that “car in the ditch” story, that had me chuckling!

Pardon me now, I must get back to the planet in the far-away galaxy I’m from.

And don’t take me to your leader, I’ve seen enough.

NoDonkey on October 1, 2010 at 2:32 AM

He’s not doing anything else, and it keeps him busy…I am all for it.

right2bright on October 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Oh please oh please…All Barack all the time!!!!!!

NoFanofLibs on October 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Obama Runs Afoul of Anti-Stalking Laws

Mervis Winter on October 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Take a look at the lyrics from BoB’s song in Madison and ask yourself if this is suitable for the prez and his own children.
BoB
I’m Dat Ni%$^er.
To raunchy to post but easy to find on search.bomma is a disgrace to the Office.

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 1, 2010 at 10:02 AM

His only appeal appears to be that he can still raise money for the Party. All those folks who want to be seen with the Prez and the right people are still willing to pay. I guess the Dems have weighed the odds and decided that they’re willing to risk it for the cash.

jeanie on October 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM