DNC ad makes obvious presidential politicization of jobs crisis, violates House ethics rules

posted at 8:25 pm on September 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It should have been obvious to anyone who watched the president’s jobs speech Thursday that it was as much a stump speech as it was a policy proposal — but just in case it wasn’t, the Democratic National Committee today released a 30-second ad that made it abundantly clear.

As Townhall.com’s Erika Johnsen put it:

The “the next election is fourteen months away” meme in these ads is a thinly veiled attempt to make our economic problems look like political fails, instead of policy fails. The President is accusing the GOP of spitefully standing in the way of economic progress in order to keep the President unpopular until November 2012. So, in a nutshell, he’s reproaching everyone else for playing politics, while unabashedly playing politics.

But if the members of the House Ethics Committee wanted to, they could call the DNC out for a technical rules violation. Amanda Carey reports:

Despite the ad’s simplicity, it appears to violate House ethics rules that prohibit members of Congress from using footage of floor or committee proceedings for political purposes.

House Rule 5, clause 2(c)(1) says that “Broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose…” Additionally, House Rule 11, clause 4(b) says that “radio and television tapes and film of any coverage of House committee proceedings may not be use, or made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of any person for public office.”

Normally House ethics rules aren’t a problem for the DNC. But since April of this year, a member of Congress, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, has chaired the national committee. Some say that the House ethics rule applies to the DNC ad for the simple reason that Wasserman-Schultz is chair.

“At the end of the day, it’s up to the Ethics Committee to decide,” Sean Spicer, Communications Director of the Republican National Committee (RNC), told The Daily Caller. “But Congresswoman Schultz appears to have violated House rules by using a political speech for political purposes.”

Either way, the ad was ill-advised, handily making the point that Democrats and the president want to politicize the jobs crisis.

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Thanks, Debbie! You’re almost as stupid as Sarah Palin.

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Del Dolemonte on September 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Since when has the DNC ever considered being ethical?

Rovin on September 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Again people, ethics and rules do not apply to Democrats. What are you thinking?

Tim Zank on September 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM

For the DNC, ‘rules’ are for other people. Sort of like paying taxes.

GarandFan on September 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM

If only Wasserman had half the intelligence Sarah Palin has.

texanpride on September 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM

C’mon people Rulz are for Radicals…NOT the DNC or Wasserman.

Koa on September 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Too clever by…about a tenth. Like Microsoft putting the year on its products, and the calendar putting them in the past. In a few short weeks the election will be 13 months away and this ad will have self-obsoleted.

curved space on September 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Technically a rules violation? Like shoplifting is technically theft?

Skandia Recluse on September 12, 2011 at 8:48 PM

The word “ethics” rarely fits well with the word “politicians” much less with “demorats”.

As if the $300 $400 $470 billion of PBHO’s new stimucrap isn’t meant precisely to try and alter the 2012 election.

Bishop on September 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM

“the next election is fourteen months away”

There can only be one response to that: Faster Please!

NTropy on September 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

No ethics problems for DemoRats, ever since Piglosi drained their swamp.

honsy on September 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

It is sad watching an addict not recognize the problem he has.

Obama is addicted to other people’s money.

pedestrian on September 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

The people who hired us to work for them, they don’t have the luxury …

Damn straight. How the blank did I ever hire someone who takes 10 day luxury vacations in Martha’s Vineyards. I can’t afford 10 day luxury vacations in Martha’s Vineyards.

parke on September 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Wow, there are rules against this? Has anyone told the DNC? I mean really? Who knew?

/sarc

Vntnrse on September 12, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Pretty sure this isn’t the first time they have violated rules to further their “cause.”

RDE2010 on September 12, 2011 at 9:13 PM

It is sad watching an addict not recognize the problem he has.

Obama is addicted to other people’s money.

pedestrian on September 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And analogies.

RDE2010 on September 12, 2011 at 9:14 PM

The gaggle of gagglers on the View will play that itensive care bit over and over tomorrow, with lemon sucking behar saying they didnt answer the question

malkinmania on September 12, 2011 at 9:23 PM

But if the members of the House Ethics Committee wanted to

Therein is the key phrase. If the house wanted to they could bring Obama up on impeachment charges for any number of constitutional offenses as well. If the house wanted to they could just tell Obama that his “plan” or “bill” or “fantasy tax increase” is unacceptable and proceed to pass Cap, Cut and Balance again.

It does not appear the house, much less the ethics committee, wants to do any of that.

JohnTheBuilder on September 12, 2011 at 9:38 PM

As long as we moronically continue to hide behind the “fair fight……the higher ground” and condemn those that fear not…we will continue to lose. Pacifist are always dead right and that’s just the way it is. Keep listening to the fools (better yet, the shills) that say “we can’t stoop to their level”…forget stoop, best we get bloody! I’ve realized most whom advocate blinding tolerance and anti-violence are gutless victims who would rather exist on bent knee and bowed head than risk standing up for their convictions and principles………….

Remember; followers risk nothing, believers have nothing to risk!

All Hail!

dmann on September 12, 2011 at 9:47 PM

It should be pretty obvious, from the tone of the speech, that the whole thing was political. If there were any adults in the White House, they wouldn’t have tried this stunt, but they did and, because they get a free ride from the press, they’ll get away with it.

I believe Wasserman-Schultz has a big problem, if the Republicans want to exploit it. I’m not sure how you can properly represent your district and be head of the DNC because there are obvious conflicts there. How many Republicans live in her district? How many members of the tea party live in her district?

When she’s attacking Allen West, as the DNC Chair, she’s not representing the State of FLorida properly. Palm Beach County had a representative who thought just like DWS named Ron Klein, he was voted out of office because he voted for every bad policy Obama sent up to Congress, just like Debbie.

Is the ad ethical? Of course not. WIll the Repubicans deal with it? Knowing them, probably not.

bflat879 on September 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Rules and laws will mean nothing in this election.

May God protect us all.

golfmann on September 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

golfmann on September 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Its all about pigment…..

dmann on September 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM

These scummycrats have the whoopin of the century coming. Let them have their fun now. We will roll them up like the fleabags they are and put them out with the trash.

Western_Civ on September 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Obama is unethical. We know.

Ronnie on September 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM

The rules only count if you don’t need to break them to get what you want.

Jim Treacher on September 13, 2011 at 3:26 AM

The lie has been given to the joke that Ojesus is above politics and bestriding the world and all of the other drooling nonsense that emanated from the slavish punditry in 2008.

Jugeared Jesus can’t brush his articulate teeth without consulting his pollsters and his political advisors. Nothing is apolitical anymore, period.

This Joint Session of Congress called by our CINC in order to start Campaign 2012 is just the latest obscenity coming from the post-partisan President. Remember that one?

Heh.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. He’s all post-racial and stuff too!!

Organizer of putrid class-warfare based hate is the only thing for which President Teleprompter deserves blame and shame credit.

hillbillyjim on September 13, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Sarah is “dumb” in comparison to whom? Certainly not
to ODUMBO…..Mr. 57 states. He makes Bush look
like an eloquent genius.

lilium on September 13, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Its all about pigment…..

dmann on September 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM

When any opposition to Obama for any reason is pounced upon as “racism”, what else can one conclude? Take heart, dmann. When they are reduced to this level, you know they have nothing of substance on which to base a campaign. I still believe the white-guilt voters have already done their penance and won’t be there for Obama this election.

Extrafishy on September 13, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Ethics? Democrats don’t need no stinkin’ ethics!!

JayVee on September 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM

We knew before he went to the House floor to give the speech it was for political purposes and would be used for a campaign ad. No big surprise here.

Kissmygrits on September 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

So, in a nutshell, he’s reproaching everyone else for playing politics, while unabashedly playing politics.

That’s been the hallmark of his whole presidency. You’d think we’d elected St. Theresa of Calcutta until you end up on the wrong end of his policies.

Herb on September 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Rules to democrats are just another form of “a living, breathing document”.

dthorny on September 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM

All of this… bending the rules, making sh*t up, pushing for civility while ramping up their own vile rhetoric… it’s all part of a game of ‘what are you gonna do about it?’
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They know what they’re doing, and they also know that the msm will protect them from full exposure as being the spoiled brats that they have become under Obama’s Destructive Anti-America Class Warfare Doctrine©…
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RalphyBoy on September 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM