Obama on offense: Romney, Perry have “embraced policies the American people oppose”

posted at 10:05 am on October 3, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A new memo from the Obama reelection campaign attacks GOP frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry with an unprecedented directness, clearly revealing the incumbent’s refined strategy.

The letter from Obama’s reelection press secretary Ben LaBolt accuses Romney and Perry of embracing “policies that the American people oppose” — specifically on Social Security and immigration. LaBolt plays up Perry’s “Ponzi scheme” characterization of Social Security, for example, noting that the Texas governor has repeatedly questioned the constitutionality of the program. And he dismisses GOP immigration policy as out of step with the American people, 64 percent of whom support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to a recent Gallup poll.

As Chris Cillizza writes, the strategy is clearly to “[p]aint both Romney and Perry as extremists.”

But LaBolt misreads popular opinion of the issues he highlights. Sure, the majority of Americans believe Social Security is constitutional, but a majority also think it’s a program “in crisis” or “with major problems.” And, from what the GOP candidates have said at the debates, opposition to eventual citizenship for immigrants who have entered the country illegally isn’t the hallmark of their immigration platforms. A commitment to lessening the problem for the future — by making it more difficult for immigrants to enter the country illegally in the first place — is. It just so happens polls repeatedly show the very same Americans who favor a path to citizenship also think securing the borders is vital to an effective immigration policy. So, on immigration, Obama — who has opposed state laws that aim to increase security and under whose watch the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry occurred — is out of step with the American people.

But to offer those defenses is to play into Obama’s strategy. Every ounce of energy dedicated to defending the Republican candidates is energy not dedicated to discussing the economy, which is precisely what the Obama campaign wants.

Cillizza again:

With a still-struggling economy and a base that remains less than enthused about the 2012 election, Obama must turn the race into a choice between two candidates, as opposed to a referendum on his first four years in office.

But no amount of Obama spin changes the unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. No amount of spin changes falling new-home sales (-2.3 percent), falling income levels (-0.1 percent) and mounting debt ($14,695,102,108,238!). Even if those numbers do turn around in the next 400 or so days (which I hope they do!), for the majority of voters, the memory of the down economy during Obama’s first term won’t have faded by Nov. 2012.


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Like Obamacare?

steebo77 on October 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM

The American people oppose you, you narcissist…

PatriotRider on October 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

If the GOP candidates were smart (*gulp*) they’d focuse most of their barbs at Barack during the next debate.

SouthernGent on October 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Like Obamacare?

Exactly… if I were Obama I’d drop this line from his stump speech.

ninjapirate on October 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

‘Cuz Obama has NEVER signed a law (let alone supported a policy) that opposed by a majority of the American people!

CJ on October 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Even if those numbers do turn around in the next 400 or so days (which I hope they do!),

Why do you hope they do? Serious question. An improving economy = 4 more years of Obama.

angryed on October 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM

If the GOP candidates were smart (*gulp*) they’d focuse most of their barbs at Barack during the next debate.

SouthernGent on October 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

So in other words the next debate will be 100% attack each other.

angryed on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

“embraced policies the American people oppose”

Well Scooter, we’ll just see about that November 2012, now won’t we.

petefrt on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

“I suck like 100 daisy-chained industrial strength vacuums, but my opponents are worse!”

Yah, that should work well in 2012.

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Obama . . . you and I must know two different “American People”.

rplat on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

The liberal pendulum swings between “I’m standing up for what the people want” and “The people oppose me because they are too dumb to see my brilliance”. I guess we know which way we’re going next.

gwelf on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

At least he didn’t mention the Perry rock or the booing at the Repub debate or other manufactured issues that he’s been hammering the last couple of weeks. He’s sunk so low it’s disgusting.

Paul-Cincy on October 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM

For those who are not whippersnappers here, you might remember Gillette had Dry Idea antiperspirant with the tag line, Never Let Them See You Sweat.

He ain’t using it.

keep the change on October 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Romney, Perry and Cain should start talking about F&F. This president wants to commit murder, from unborns to the just born, to American terrorists, to Border Patrol Agents and Mexican citizens. The unemployed, and those losing businesses and homes every day are dying inside. Where is someone who will stand up for the American people? Hint, she doesn’t live in NJ.

Kissmygrits on October 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM

This is pretty rich coming from the guy whose last 2 “bills” are so toxic that even his own party won’t vote for it.

gwelf on October 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Like Obamacare?

steebo77 on October 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Really.

Possible choice for OOTW this Sunday?

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

More President Zero ads please Team Perry.

gophergirl on October 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

And Houston is still leading the nation in construction. There’s a number for Obama to ponder.

juliesa on October 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Romney, Perry Odumbo has and continues to “embrace policies the American people oppose. Psychological projection from a narcissist. What a SCFOAMF

skanter on October 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

As you point out, the candidates should not respond to any of Barry’s “charges”. They should continue to hit him with:

Failed Porkulus
Failed Cash for Clunkers
Failed Mortgage Modification
Fast and Furious
Politicization of the DOJ
ObamaCare
Solyndra
“NEW” Jobs Bill

The list goes on and on…………..

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Paint Romney as an extremist?

Good luck with that.

forest on October 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Scare tactics (check)
Lots of emotional appeals (check)
Class Warfare (check)
Specific solutions ( )

mankai on October 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Go home and get in line.

John Deaux on October 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

The list goes on and on…………..

GarandFan on October 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Add one more reason for an impeachment resolution should be introduced in the House today:

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/10/03/shock-photos-barack-obama-with-new-black-panther-party-on-campaign-trail-in-2007/

No surprise, really, but I guess it’s “bad optics” or something to unmask the SCoaMF for what/who he is.

MrScribbler on October 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Obama on offense: Romney, Perry have “embraced policies the American people I know oppose”

FTFY

roy_batty on October 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

juliesa on October 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

%

I’m involved with a startup chemical plant in TX. We cannot find common labor for under $20/hr.

Additionally, finding investors for a mere 183% over the first year has been difficult as it is not profitable enough compared to other business investment opportunities there.

Kermit on October 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

As Chris Cillizza writes, the strategy is clearly to “[p]aint both Romney and Perry as extremists.”

Ha! According to whom? Bundlers like Jodi Evans of Code Pink?

Buy Danish on October 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Pretty easy to shut PBHO down, and I pray to Gaia Earth Mother that the GOP rep does just that at the first debate:

“Mr. President. The Fast and Furious scheme, which has so far accomplished nothing but causing the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, was funded with ten million dollars of stimulus money. Can you tell me sir, how exactly was that supposed to create jobs?”

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I find it impossible to believe that anyone who is going to vote in Nov 2012 hasn’t already decided who they’re going to vote for.

For conservatives, all that remains is to determine who will represent the GOP and by default, become the next POTUS.

Instead of skipping the election, why don’t we accelerate them?

BobMbx on October 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

The GOP embracing policies the American people oppose…like more jobs and a better economy? Is today opposite day and someone forgot to tell me???

txmomof6 on October 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM

After it’s done so much harm to the nation, the silver lining is now to see obama’s incompetence extend to the political side. This brilliant tactic plainly comes off as what it is – more trash politics, when the REAL American people are fed up and looking for solutions to their problems.

Please, communists, keep up this tact for a long, long time.

paul1149 on October 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM

“policies the American people oppose” is the new standard now?

So when will President Downgrade announce the repeal of 0bamAA+ Care?

shanimal on October 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

No matter the subject, what our candidates say…we must never allow the conversation to veer away from the economy…never…we must always come back to the economy and let Obama know, whomever we choose, they will kick his @ss on the economy…

right2bright on October 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Obama isn’t saying anything that hasn’t been said by countless communists before him.

darwin on October 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Obama must turn the race into a choice between two candidates, as opposed to a referendum on his first four years in office.

Which means he’s going from bad to nothing. Good luck with that, junior.

RadClown on October 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Obama wouldn’t have to campaign if he stayed in the White House and governed people would see how good he was doing. By campaign this early and this hard it shows thats all he know, about the Presidence. You campaign, live the good life and then campaign again, without doing anything you campaigned for. What a very sad and small man this is.

Release on October 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Can you tell me sir, how exactly was that [F&F] supposed to create jobs?”

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

You don’t accept that gun control lobbyists are gainfully employed? What about the additional police hired under the “jobs” bill? AK-47 crime scenes don’t just investigate themselves. I would have expected more imaginative thinking.

Barnestormer on October 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

and Obama embraced the Black Panthers in 2007

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/10/03/shock-photos-barack-obama-with-new-black-panther-party-on-campaign-trail-in-2007/

if Bush had marched with the KKK….

jp on October 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM

If the GOP candidates were smart (*gulp*) they’d focuse most of their barbs at Barack during the next debate.

SouthernGent on October 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Yep. Only problem is the moderators, aka LSM, will avoid those questions like the plague, as they did before. The other candidates have to stand up to the moderators like Newt does and bring up the economy, Fast and Furious, etc.

Deanna on October 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Go home and get in line.

John Deaux on October 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Exactly. The “path” is back across the border, into your own country, where you will fill out the required paperwork, pay the required fees, get the required medical examination, have the required criminal background check, and wait the required time for your visa to come here, just like every other legal immigrant has to do. (And p.s., illegals and their enablers need to stop whining that the U.S. immigration system is “broken” just because it doesn’t provide free and quick visas to every foreigner who wants to come and live here. Living in the U.S. is a privilege for foreigners, not a right, and the U.S. — not Mexico or any other country, nor millions of illegal aliens with a distorted sense of entitlement — gets to decide who receives that privilege).

AZCoyote on October 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Obama wouldn’t have to campaign if he stayed in the White House and governed people would see how good he was doing.

Release on October 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM

This!! 100+
A great ad for the GOP, show us don’t tell us.

Deanna on October 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The left has not yet learned that there are too many progressive groups lurking under acronyms. Just as familiarity breeds contempt, an excess breeds boredom. I’m all for more.

a capella on October 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Failed Porkulus
Failed Cash for Clunkers
Failed Mortgage Modification
Fast and Furious
Politicization of the DOJ
ObamaCare
Solyndra
“NEW” Jobs Bill

The list goes on and on…………..

Yep

Business killing regulations
Failed Weatherization program
Failed stimulus……..

katablog.com on October 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

PBHO is talking to the 51% who don’t pay any Federal income tax, the record number on food stamps, etc.

That’s “his” American people… His only hope for reelection…

He has two, “slim” and “none”… and slim is on the “critical” list…

Khun Joe on October 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

So wanting to fix entitlements is extreme….and throwing more money at the problem, and paying out bribes is the answer?

The murderer & thief seems to be sweating a bit more these days, does he not?

capejasmine on October 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

What a demagogue.

zoyclem on October 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Barnestormer on October 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

By jove, you’re right! I also failed to consider the new hires necessary in the mortuary industry, as well as pathologists, toe-taggers, and grave diggers. My deepest and most sincere apologies.

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

No apology required. An enlightened outlook is sufficient reward.

Barnestormer on October 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

The most negative campaign
Desperate

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Agree, gop candles need to focus ok dear leader…screw the moderators Gotcha questions..they are only helping obama

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Obama on offense: Romney, Perry have “embraced policies the American people oppose”

Well, Barry, if you’re talking about mandated health care and tuition for illegals, then you’re right! Way to go, Barry!

Oh wait! You’re in favor of those things Americans oppose, too! Your point, Barry?

JannyMae on October 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

With a still-struggling economy and a base that remains less than enthused about the 2012 election, Obama must turn the race into a choice between two candidates, as opposed to a referendum on his first four years in office.

This election isn’t a choice, its a referendum, on failure.

Putting Conservatism in charge is the start of recovery from the bad dream.

Speakup on October 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

There is no one whose policies have been more thoroughly rejected by the American people than the clown in the White House.

The only thing he’s shown himself halfway competent at, oddly enough, is the war-thing.

Everything else, down the toilet.

JEM on October 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Even if those numbers do turn around in the next 400 or so days (which I hope they do!), for the majority of voters, the memory of the down economy during Obama’s first term won’t have faded by Nov. 2012.

This strikes me as a nitty-witty thing to say. Maybe the exclamation point should have been a smiley face. If you’re a conservative with half a brain, you’ll already understand that nothing that the Dems and Obama are prescribing is going to turn things around. Of course, if you believe that the health of our economy is nothing but a function of randomness in the universe, keep expressing that hope with exclamation points.

BuckeyeSam on October 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

And then there’s this from Kaiser, from a speech he gave in July 2009 in Tulsa:

“There’s never been more money shoved out of the government’s door in world history and probably never will be again than in the last few months and the next 18 months, and our selfish, parochial goal is to get as much of it for Tulsa and Oklahoma as we possibly can.”

Nice. I think I might just change my mind about Obama’s attitude toward billionaires. Or at least the rapacious ones who support him.

J_Crater on October 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Yes, there is nothing Americans love more than Obama’s policies of driving steadily toward $5 gasoline and electric rates necessarily skyrocketing, to name just two of the hundreds of Obama policies that America opposes.

RJL on October 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM