Video: Economic turnaround?

posted at 10:05 am on June 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As the saying goes, when your neighbor loses his job, it’s a recession, but when you lose yours, it’s a depression. When Debbie Wasserman-Schultz got a new job as chair of the Democratic National Committee, it became an “economic turnaround.” And when the RNC saw how Wasserman-Schultz handled herself in the media, it became boom times indeed for the GOP. Yesterday the Republican Party issued another in its series of ads featuring the ridiculous claims of economic turnaround while unemployment has gone up rather than down the last two months, economic indicators are all declining, and Wall Street has its arms wrapped firmly around its capital waiting for the regulatory storm to abate. Heck, not even David Gregory bought this line:

Obviously, Wasserman-Schultz has credibility issues, so Barack Obama rode to her rescue yesterday. Why should we believe the Florida Congresswoman when she says that Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow days,” with which fact-checkers had a field day, and claims that prosperity has once again arrived in America? Because she’s, er, cute, or something:

“To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, thank you for letting me in your district,” the president said at a fundraiser held at a private home. “If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you, because not only is she charming and has that dazzling smile, but she’s tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.”

At another fundraiser at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Obama also praised the DNC chairwoman.

“What do you guys think of our new DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz?” the president asked the audience. “We are so thrilled to have her. You want Debbie on your side. She’s a mom, she’s got that cute smile and all that, but she is tough. Don’t mess with Debbie. We are so glad of her leadership.”

Cute and tough? Maybe. But she couldn’t tell the truth if it came with a pork-barrel bonus, and the RNC has a new, seemingly unlimited source of material to use in the next electoral cycle.

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She learned at the feet of Pelosi.

csdeven on June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Can HA get a different screen cap for posts about DWS?

I can’t help thinking it’s a clip from Subway’s “five-dollar footlong” ad campaign or DWS is explaining to Obama the photographs that Weiner has been Tweeting to her.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Is the crappy quality of the MTP footage on purpose? I can’t tell.

KingGold on June 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Debbie Waterboard-Mouth. I believe that having to listen to her was forbidden by the Geneva Convention (excessive torture) and the U.S. Constitution (cruel and unusual punishment).

either orr on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

“Why should we believe the Florida Congresswoman when she says that Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow days,” with which fact-checkers had a field day, and claims that prosperity has once again arrived in America?”

Excuse me, isn’t that FORMER Congresswoman. She was defeated in the last election cycle was she not?

Dr. Dog on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Last year was my worst income in 35 years of self employment.

So far this year I’m making half of last year.

Turn around??????

Cinematicfilm on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Ouch.

The Truth Shall Set You Free.

(Or get you kicked out of office in the next election if you’re a Dem)

Mr. Bingley on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Debbie Wasserman Steele?

KingGold on June 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Cute and tough? Maybe.

No need to lie, Ed. She’s about as far removed from cute as a woman can be.

Doughboy on June 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

With Grayscum gone and Weiner MIA, she’s the top wackadoodle…

ladyingray on June 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

On F&F the other day, a viewer sent in a tweet that her statement about the econcomic turnaround was “bull-shultz”. I LOLd

ladyingray on June 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Yay, another web ad.

artist on June 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

She learned at the feet of Pelosi.
csdeven on June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Yeah, but most saw Pelosi as the ditsy grandmother. DWS comes off as the vicious, lying ex-wife. And this gives nobody, male or female, the warm fuzzies.

tommyboy on June 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Debbie Does Demagoguery.

Cute/

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

But she has such a cute smile.

mizflame98 on June 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Maybe somebody should focus on the real Unemployment Numbers?
This number is close to double of the 9.1% that are being used!

gullxn on June 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Bow wow

petefrt on June 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

it became an “economic turnaround.”

we were heading in the ditch, we turned completely around, and continued to plow ahead. This Jeep Wrangler can’t get over bumps, but it can sure do donuts.

Debbie Does Donuts.

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Debbie knows that her cultish cyborg Obamites, will believe anything she says and they’re her only contact with the material world.

rplat on June 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

“If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you, because not only is she charming and has that dazzling smile, but she’s tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.”

Does this idiot even know what a foxhole is?

And I’m refering to Obama, not the other idiot.

pilamaye on June 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

They need to open up the purse strings and run this on TV.

gophergirl on June 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM

And this gives nobody, male or female, the warm fuzzies.

tommyboy on June 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Every time I see her face my body wants to immediately evacuate my alimentary canal from both ends.

csdeven on June 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Debbie Wasserman Steele?

KingGold on June 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

How do you say “Fo shizzle” in Yiddish?

“To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, thank you for letting me in your district,” the president said at a fundraiser held at a private home.

My guess is that the fundraiser was held at a home in a gated community, and other liberal neighbors got a little nervous about a clean and shiny person in the neighborhood.

“If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you, because not only is she charming and has that dazzling smile, but she’s tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.”

Don’t tell us Obama began singing the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show? Sing along:

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Can HA get a different screen cap for posts about DWS?

I can’t help thinking it’s a clip from Subway’s “five-dollar footlong” ad campaign or DWS is explaining to Obama the photographs that Weiner has been Tweeting to her.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Yeup, it just screams for a caption contest, doesn’t it. btw, if she’s describing a Weinertweet, it’s just another example of her delusion.

itsacookbook on June 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

This ad would have been much more effective without all that zooming and fake camera movement. I’m surprised they didn’t B&W the footage and add grain as well.

Grow up guys. Those tactics are so 90′s.

Don_Tanna on June 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

She’s about as cute as a Florida Grouper fish..

Installing her as a mouthpiece has to be grounds for questioned sanity.

golfmann on June 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

She’s like a Stepford Wife, robotic, cult-like and delusional. It’s the same BS everyday and she really believes this stuff. They know they are going to fall hard so the BS will only get deeper, maybe it’ll cushion the fall a little bit.

MJZZZ on June 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Cute and tough? Maybe.

Yeah, Ed, no. Just no. She’s neither.

Vyce on June 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

This ad would have been much more effective without all that zooming and fake camera movement. I’m surprised they didn’t B&W the footage and add grain as well.
Don_Tanna on June 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I thought they should have been running images of unemployment lines, boarded up bankrupt business and mortgage foreclosure auctions in the background.

tommyboy on June 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Last year was my worst income in 35 years of self employment.

So far this year I’m making half of last year.

Turn around??????

Cinematicfilm on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

It’s rough out there, man, with all of those ATMs taking over American jobs.

Vyce on June 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Michael Steele is LOVING this.

She makes him look GOOD!

iurockhead on June 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Wha Wha

Oil Can on June 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

-Vladimir Lenin

It is nice to see the Democrats learning from their ideological forebears.

Kafir on June 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM

So when he was DNC Chairman, would Obama have wanted Howard Dean in the same foxhole because of his charm and dazzling smile?

pilamaye on June 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM

She learned at the feet of Pelosi.

csdeven on June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

..oh, she’s into that kinda stuff, is she?

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

and remember, Sarah Palin is DUMB!

SDarchitect on June 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Debbie Does Donuts.

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

..stolen with attribution. Thanks!

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I can’t help but get the idea that the Democrats entire strategy is noting more than bluff.

They know running on their record is suicide, BS is all they got.

Speakup on June 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Cute? Well, our junior president always has liked those “double wides.”

MNHawk on June 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it! -Al Czervik

search4truth on June 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Ut oh. More bad news for the Dems. New Weiner photos show him cross dressed and oiled up

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Key West Reader on June 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

she’s got that cute smile and all that,

Well, if anybody considers that smile as “cute” I would personally be terrified at discovering what “…all that…” actually encompasses.
Years ago, children that could be best described as “aesthetically challenged” would be referred to as having a face only a mother could love. Sadly, that appears to be Miss Wasserman-Schultz.

Sorry, Little Debbie.

oldleprechaun on June 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

My ‘cute’ little commie represetative … needs some dental work.

ex Dem from Miami on June 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

As the saying goes, when your neighbor loses his job, it’s a recession, but when you lose yours, it’s a depression.

The saying continues…

And when Obama loses his . . . it’s a recovery.

hit and run on June 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

The Right-Wing Conspiracy Machine (RWCM) is responsible for Wasserman Schultz getting the DNC job and the Democrats don’t even know it! The RWCM brought Weiner down and is now working on the entire Democrat cabal.

cartooner on June 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

They’ll say anything to save their own jobs.

But what have they done to save yours?

Now THAT is a line that needs more play. I hope that one’s on every Republican ad from hell to breakfast.

Caiwyn on June 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM

She makes Meggie Mac look intelligent by comparison.

Cicero43 on June 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Wasserman-Shultz = Hillary slightly underaged with a perm and a really bad part….

Psycotte on June 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Obama said it best, she’s not there at her current job to provide solutions. She has a cute smile and she can draw money in. That is all she has to do.

If she is dumb but it appeal to their base, then she can be as dumb as she needs to be.

Sir Napsalot on June 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM

She’s a liar, and not a good one. That’s the extent of her talents as far as I can see.

I shutter that the woman is raising children, and teaching them such abhorrent values. Yeeeeeeesh!!!

As for dems as a whole….when they want you to believe the opposite of what is, they prop each other up using such phrases as cute, and the smartest person in the room. It’s the only transparency we see coming from these morons.

capejasmine on June 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Obama on Shultz, “She is a cute..”

Reid on Gillibrand, “Senate’s hottest member..”

Weiner on Twitter, “Wanna see my member?”

Psycotte on June 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

“If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you,”

Have you ever heard the term FRAGGING.

docflash on June 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

CAPTION:

“I saw Weiner’s picture on the internet!”

fossten on June 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Can HA get a different screen cap for posts about DWS?

I can’t help thinking it’s a clip from Subway’s “five-dollar footlong” ad campaign or DWS is explaining to Obama the photographs that Weiner has been Tweeting to her.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Even worse for me is that her initials, DWS, are the same as my company initials. So when people say things like you said above, or

DWS comes off as the vicious, lying ex-wife. And this gives nobody, male or female, the warm fuzzies.

…I wince and throw up in my mouth a little bit.

ornery_independent on June 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Excuse me, isn’t that FORMER Congresswoman. She was defeated in the last election cycle was she not?

Dr. Dog on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

No, she was not. Her constituents in FL-20 are as dumb as a box of rocks, so they send back that hose beast every time.

crushliberalism on June 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Put her on a lie detector. She really can’t believe that and if she does she belongs back in the barn not in the HOR.

rjoco1 on June 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Love It!!!!

(cue jazz hands)

Tim_CA on June 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I actually think that DWS would pass a polygraph test. No, she doesn’t have the capacity for self-control required to “beat” the machine, she just isn’t bright enough to know that the talking points are lies. Look at her. Can you honestly say that there is any significant activity going on behind those vacant eyes?

It’s a semi-shrewd move by the donks. After Dean made a cartoon of himself as DNC chair, it became clear that the better choice was someone who just panted at Teh Won’s heels and said what she was told to say, who can then be discarded as the source of all the “mistaken” information come election time.

“Go out there and tell them, Debbie. We’re right behind you…”

Freelancer on June 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM

“No! I said the suitcase full of cash HAS to be THIS wide.”

orbitalair on June 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

…she’s got that cute smile and all that…

Sooooo….lying Democrat Harpys are now cute???

landlines on June 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Last year was my worst income in 35 years of self employment.

So far this year I’m making half of last year.

Turn around??????

Cinematicfilm on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Nowhere does the DNC actually define what “turned this economy around” means.

If they mean what we think it means, then they’re liars. But…what if what they think it means is “reducing the US economy to the point of total and inevitable collapse”…then she’s right.

Under Obama’s leadership (yet undefined, but thats another post) they’ve turned the economy around.

BobMbx on June 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Excuse me, isn’t that FORMER Congresswoman. She was defeated in the last election cycle was she not?

Dr. Dog on June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

No, you are thinking of Ron Klein who was beaten like a dawg by Allen West.

Lanceman on June 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

If by “tough as nails” he means “dumb as a box of rocks and willing to aggressively argue talking points that are completely at odds with objective reality” then I’d be inclined to agree.

Hesiodos on June 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

“If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you,”

Have you ever heard the term FRAGGING.

docflash on June 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

..if she were in the fox hole with me, I’d frag myself!

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Cute? So not only is Obama an ignorant, arrogant lying Marxist, he’s also sexist. Has he ever referred to a male politician as ‘cute’? Has he listed being a dad as a qualification for the DNC head?

If any employer had made these comments, they would be up on charges.

Common Sense on June 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Debbie Waterfall-Schultz is the gift that keeps on giving.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2011 at 8:26 PM