Video: New Crossroads GPS ad on Obama’s shovel-ready jobs

posted at 7:08 pm on June 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

From essentially the same people who brought you the cheerful and chipper Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz-as-Debbie-Downer commercial, a new ad that’s not so funny, but right on the mark:

The ad is the first in a two-month and $20 million campaign that suggests Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4) arm of American Crossroads, the non-profit political organization founded by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, aims to be a major player in the 2012 elections.

More information, from Jonathan Martin at Politico:

The third-party GOP group is spending $5 million on the first ads of the blitz and they’ll air starting Monday on national cable and in 10 states that will be presidential battlegrounds or that feature Senate contests. …

The first ad will air in: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia.

The ad is anything but fluff — and President Barack Obama already knows he’ll have to grapple with the negative implications of countless dejecting economic indicators. But nobody who wants to beat the incumbent can afford to forget: In President Obama’s time in office, unemployment has gone up 25 percent (that means more than 14 million Americans are out of work!), the national debt has gone up by 35 percent and gas prices have skyrocketed 104 percent.

Update: This article originally made it sound as though American Crossroads created the ad. In fact, Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4) arm of American Crossroads, did.


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Yeah, but its all Bush’s fault.

catmman on June 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

This ad makes me want to go over to Walmart and key every car with an Obama bumper sticker.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Rove you magnificent bastard!

mizflame98 on June 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

The ad is the first in a two-month and $20 million campaign

Holy…

amerpundit on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Good stuff. And on message.

That clip about him laughing about shovel-ready jobs is GOLD.

nickj116 on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I saw an Obama 2012 bumpersticker and had to restrain myself from keying their car. I realized there might be cameras and the act would attract all kinds of press.

andy85719 on June 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

This ad makes me want to go over to Walmart and key every car with an Obama bumper sticker.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Over here, those stickers are too faded to read.
The only stickers that I see that are readable are the “Blue Girl in a Red State”. Makes me proud that my state is red and she knows it.

Electrongod on June 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Glad to see this but I still think Rove is an elitist DC pr_ck who will continue to trash any conservative that rises to the surface.

katy on June 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM

We can do better than this.

I want to see ads about rising authoritarianism and abuse of power effecting our freedoms. E.g., FCC, ATF, EPA, TSA, Homeland Security, all the executive orders and signing statements circumventing congress and courts. Why does this always seem off limits or unimportant to people like Rove?

rrpjr on June 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM

There is a monster hole in the understanding of the voting public. Just like Greece, there are a huge number of voters that vote to get a raise or increase in their benes (ObamaStash)

It’s easy to get caught up in the details of the political battle of the day over the nation’s economic and fiscal health—after all, that’s what we do in Washington. Unfortunately, many of our decision-makers and opinion leaders possess the skills required for political infighting in greater abundance than the capacity for thoughtful analysis. Their focus on the fight and on winning the 24-hour news cycle has produced a country that designs policy for tactical political advantage and not for the efficient use of scarce resources. As a consequence we have dug a deep hole that will be difficult to escape from. As bad as things may seem, our country’s actual long-term economic and fiscal situation is even worse than Washington’s political class recognizes.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/sharp-pencil-test_573253.html

r keller on June 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Rove, our Dark Lord, is BACK with a vengeance. :)

This is an excellent, devastating ad–please make one for Paul Ryan and his budget plan.

PattyJ on June 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

LOL, MSNBC had Jonathan Alter outside in the wind making him look like even more of an escaped mental patient: “The Republicans are responsible for not raising taxes!!!”

Marcus on June 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM

good one…and they use the lsm facts on dear leader…

keep them coming

cmsinaz on June 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

i still see quite a few myself

cmsinaz on June 24, 2011 at 7:48 PM

How about commercials themed:

“Government Out of our Homes”

“Government out of our Schools”

“Government Out of our Pants”

landlines on June 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Made a donation. The Obama Debacle must be stopped.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Very effective ad, but I’d add this after “Tell Congress NO MORE BLANK CHECKS”:

…Unless you want more of the same.

TXUS on June 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

In President Obama’s time in office, unemployment has gone up 25 percent (that means more than 14 million Americans are out of work!), the national debt has gone up by 35 percent and gas prices have skyrocketed 104 percent.

Another thing that has gone up considerably during Obama’s term: the number of Americans using food stamps (28 million under Bush, 44 million under Obama).

Change You Can Believe In!

AZCoyote on June 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

What I want to know is, why is no-one asking the really pertinent questions!

Like, if the “shovel ready projects” did’nt exist, where the f%$#k did the $837,000,000,000 go?

Oh, thats right. It went to places like the AZ 99th district where it saved or created a White House specified “X” number of jobs. Only AZ does’nt have a 99th district. Remember?

So somebody signed for these funds, and somebody cashed those checks because, as the White House specified in the past tense, those jobs were saved or created! Indicating the money was indeed spent!

As “deep throat” famouisly stated, “follow the money”. I’ll bet my nads you’ll find ACORN, SEIU, AFSCME or some such other SDS/Weatherman infiltrated or created org at the end of that trail.

BET YA!

Archimedes on June 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM

That clip about him laughing about shovel-ready jobs is GOLD.

nickj116 on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I hope I see it so much next year I get sick of it! One more example of speaking off TOTUS and revealing what a moron he is. I hope in the after-election analyses, pundits point to that sound-bite as the critical moment where he lost the election, tormenting him for the remainder of his life.

PatMac on June 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Obama knows what his record is, the Democrats know what their record is. The point isn’t what their record is it’s how they can blame it on republicans (The Republicans are trying to sabotage the economy, per Chuck Schumer and company) and tell the world that you would have passed a budget with all of this beautiful spending that would have solved the problem, had the Republicans not stopped you.

Just look around, that seems to be the plan and, let’s face it, the LSM is going to do all they can to help.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on June 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Shovel ready jobs brought to you by a fork ready President.

ajacksonian on June 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

In President Obama’s time in office, unemployment has gone up 25 percent (that means more than 14 million Americans are out of work!), the national debt has gone up by 35 percent and gas prices have skyrocketed 104 percent.

Of all the economic stats, this is the one that has the most impact on voters, simply because it touches everyone personally, everyday. You could probably get O’bama to resign if you pushed it hard enough.

And there is no shortage of “Obama owns it all” stories to tell about why the price doubled. In 2 years.

Rock on, Karl. I hope you enjoy the campaign. Payback is a botch, idn’t?

BobMbx on June 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

That clip about him laughing about shovel-ready jobs is GOLD.

nickj116 on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Let me fix this for you,it’s F’n GOLD.

docflash on June 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

That clip about him laughing about shovel-ready jobs is GOLD.

nickj116 on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I hope I see it so much next year I get sick of it! One more example of speaking off TOTUS and revealing what a moron he is. I hope in the after-election analyses, pundits point to that sound-bite as the critical moment where he lost the election, tormenting him for the remainder of his life.

PatMac on June 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

But to emphasize it for the slow-learners/dimmies, the narrator has to point it out by saying something like:

$837 Billion wasted with hardly any jobs created, and Obama thinks it’s a joke! FAIL!!!

Ogabe on June 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

This video is soooo misleading. The nation has plenty of money. Why, Michelle Obama used some of it to take a vacation to Africa, and we released 30 million barrels of oil onto the world market.

Get your facts straight.

madmonkphotog on June 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Too bad Barry is going to have to run on his record of accomplishments for the first time.

Unless he plays the race card. Again.

GarandFan on June 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Too bad Barry is going to have to run on his record of accomplishments for the first time.

Unless he plays the race card. Again.

GarandFan on June 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Gee, ya think?

GrannyDee on June 24, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I saw an Obama 2012 bumpersticker and had to restrain myself from keying their car. I realized there might be cameras and the act would attract all kinds of press.

andy85719 on June 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

I’m not that vindictive. I just don’t have any qualms not allowing them into my lane or failing to allow them to cut in front of me. Not aggressive or dangerous mind you, just not going to go out of my way to be courteous. My goodness people! It’s been almost 3 years and you still think enough of him to have the bumper sticker on your car? Yeah, you are what stupid people look like, don’t expect the rest of us to be really courteous or approving of your expression of support.

Sad thing is, these are the same people who were so dismissive and downright nasty toward GWB. At least nobody could ever question that W loved his country.

AZfederalist on June 24, 2011 at 10:20 PM

The ad is the first in a two-month and $20 million campaign that suggests American Crossroads, the non-profit political organization founded by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, aims to be a major player in the 2012 elections.

Good ad with lots of money behind it. Rove’s sure to be coming attack ads against Sarah Palin will no doubt be truly ugly.

RJL on June 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

In President Obama’s time in office, unemployment has gone up 25 percent (that means more than 14 million Americans are out of work!), the national debt has gone up by 35 percent and gas prices have skyrocketed 104 percent.

And I heard on Cavuto that food prices are up 40% in last year…

Buy Danish on June 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Don’t confuse Karl Rove the Fox commentator with Karl Rove the political strategist. Two different skill sets, two different approaches, two different messages.

As commentator he gets paid to step back and critique the Republican candidates. But as a political strategist, turn him on a democrat and you’ll see a different animal — one that knows how to attack the dems and a fighter we’ll want on our side. This ad shows that.

If someone is willing to fight next to us why do we keep knocking them? If you want a totally pure, conservative Republican party that meets your personal standards you can have that convention in a pup tent. Just make sure you keep an eye on the other guy though, he might not be as perfect as you are.

rlyle on June 24, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Hell… Millions of jobs were shovel ready… or jackhammer ready, or bulldozer ready… And many of those have now been past that point for a year or more.
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They are now holes money pits waiting to be filled… That’s what the next stim $ will be used for… filling all those holes in the road to recovery.
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And by then using dollars will be cheaper that using actual oil based tar.
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RalphyBoy on June 25, 2011 at 12:22 AM