Video: RNC hits Obama on Solyndra

posted at 12:05 pm on October 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

How can a President watch $535 million in taxpayer funds get destroyed in a vain attempt to prop up an investment for a campaign donor, and then claim to have no regrets over the failure? The RNC would like Americans to ask themselves that question, and they produced a new 45-second spot focusing on the collapse of Solyndra. The ad actually picks its attack carefully, avoiding references to George Kaiser at all. Instead it just hammers Obama on having bad business sense in putting so much cash on a “bad bet”:

Perhaps the RNC wants people to connect the dots themselves on the connection between Solyndra and big-bundler Kaiser, but one has to provide the dots to connect.  For the record, here they are:

Three weeks ago, I wrote that the RNC would find gold in Solyndra.  This is a good start, but the RNC needs to keep digging.

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This is more like it GOP. Time to roll up your sleeves and get in the mud with these folks.

Great post Ed.

hawkdriver on October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM

OPM. Oh, and campaign donations. No regrets.

VegasRick on October 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

And I will not regret voting you out next election either!

PrettyD_Vicious on October 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Maybe Univision will run RNC ads about the victims of Fast and Furious.

Christien on October 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Good ad, using abc and msdnc spots

Heh

Keep digging

cmsinaz on October 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Chu in the Dept
of Energy is not a banker.
The Energy secretary and Carbon dynasty have to go.

Horrible loans are given to friends..If a bank tried this stunt, the Feds would interfere.
The Chu carbon Dynasty is nasty.

seven on October 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Perhaps the RNC wants people to connect the dots themselves on the connection between Solyndra and big-bundler Kaiser, but one has to provide the dots to connect.

Nah, I think they want people to focus on Obama = corrupt screwup. Everybody knows who Obama is, trotting out a rogue’s gallery parade of unknown names detracts from that central message of “SCOAMF”. Besides, that will come out as it plays out anyway.

whatcat on October 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Eeeeeeeexcellent (in a Mr Burns voice). Balls to the wall RNC. No more playing nice.

Renwaa on October 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM

“hindsight is always 20-20″
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ha…
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RalphyBoy on October 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Instead it just hammers Obama on having bad business sense in putting so much cash on a “bad bet”:

“Yeah, but look at the payoff if I put everything on “00″. Plus, its not like its my money or anything.”

BobMbx on October 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM

America is experiencing a bit of 20/20 hindsight about now, Mr. Obama.

mankai on October 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Maybe Univision will run RNC ads about the victims of Fast and Furious.

Christien on October 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Throw in LightSquared, and you’ve got the Trifecta.

iurockhead on October 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Hindsight is 20/20, or in PBHO’s case it’s having your eyes wrapped in solid sheets of lead.

Bishop on October 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM

“Do you regret that?”

“No, I don’t.”

Spoken like someone who has absolutely no concept of being financially responsible for a bad investment using his own money…

… If the bills for Michelle’s lobster, the vacations, and the gas for the plane and cars were actually coming out of his hide, I think the regrets would be piling up rapidly.

Fuc%ing as% clown…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Who makes a “loan” without collateral?

Can we call Lizard Lick Towing?

faraway on October 4, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Obama has a plan. Keep the scandals too complicated to be explained in TV spots. The media won’t do it and the only people who will know what’s going on will be people who already don’t like him.

I guess the flaw is that over half of the voters already don’t like him.

forest on October 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Perhaps the RNC wants people to connect the dots themselves…

Or perhaps the RNC is comprised of gutless ninnies stricken by their own party’s compromised crony captalism. This ad makes Solyndra look like a routinely stupid investment by an oafish and clueless government not the massive and politically interconnected criminal fraud that it is, a fraud with far greater and ongoing implications vis a vis the green energy scam.

rrpjr on October 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Can they make one about the Stimulus and then use the numbers Ace put up yesterday?

I can hear it now… “With the stimulus, unemployment will stay under 8%.”

Then one about Obamacare…

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

With a montage of how many employers are dumping employees into “the system” that isn’t even set up yet.

“Your premiums will not increase. In fact, they will go down…”

With a montage of cost increases across the board.

The only thing they really lack is the one word that ties all of this together:

LIAR!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM

This is exactly what the GOP needs to do and keep doing. Put a boot to his throat and don’t let up.

rjoco1 on October 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM

obama is the smoothest liar you will ever see. if you don’t know the facts, you will swear he is telling the truth. what a curse upon America.

paul1149 on October 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Obama is a con man.

faraway on October 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Yes, yes, yes, Solyndra is nice and all that, but when do the Fast and Furious goodies hit the campaign trail?

a capella on October 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

“Friends of Anthony.I mean Barry”

tim c on October 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM

…and then claim to have no regrets over the failure?

It’s not your money to gamble, Scooter, or to apply to your pet unicorn projects or to crony socialism.

Then, in the next breath, he demands Congress raise taxes.

*spit*

petefrt on October 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

rrpjr on October 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM

i agree with you here. kaiser is a bad guy and needs to be identified as such. when the left continues to vilify the Koch bros. it cause the public to think “Koch=corrupt” so that when a R pol is linked to them the corrupt association just follows naturally. people will forgive stupidity but not corrupt evil. the RNC needs to help them come to that conclusion about this deal

chasdal on October 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Yes, yes, yes, Solyndra is nice and all that, but when do the Fast and Furious goodies hit the campaign trail?

a capella on October 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Right, and the LightSquared goodies too. But Solyndra is a good starting point, as it’s the least serious of the three. It’s good for softening up the crowd, so to speak.

petefrt on October 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

“Hindsight is 20/20″

That ought to be an Obamateurism? It seems to me that most if not all the judgments of the wisdom of this deal, outside of Obama’s crony circle, was foresight, not hindsight. Is Obama suggesting the hindsight of the 20/20 foresight, was 20/20? Heck, one “foresight” even got the month of Solyndra’s bankruptcy right.

And what about the fact that, even in hindsight, Obama doesn’t regret his decision having flushed $535M down the toilet? Does that mean Obama’s hindsight is 200/240 or something?

Dusty on October 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

petefrt on October 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

no, solyndra is a diversion. the media will spend its time on a financial scandal instead of covering a scandal involving govt trying to manipulate people to infringe on the 2nd amendment, getting a US agent killed in the process along w/ untold number of mexican nationals.

chasdal on October 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

From the man that brought us the civil rights super secret probation; The double double down!
Go Barry! Go Barry! Keep xxxxing that cat!
Hey…Chris Muir said it first :/

onomo on October 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Yep, this stuff is criminal… and negligent…

Khun Joe on October 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Jeez, took them long enough. To date not one candidate has brought the subject up in debate, nor have I heard any of them mention it on the stump, though it must have come up.

Western_Civ on October 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

moderators better bring this up…but i doubt it, they will focus on that dang rock instead

cmsinaz on October 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Would someone please send the RNC a copy of Cage fighting for Dummies?
These folks really need a Sarah Palin to show them how momma grizzlies attack. If you’re going to attack the man -attack the man, don’t pay money for a mystery story type ad.

Don L on October 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

When Stephanie Opolus dropped Obama off after their Solyndra interview was it as awkward as this with Brian?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLYtHHxTTmc

PappyD61 on October 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM

here’s what the latent message is on the leftists approach. Barry is a venture socialist making forays into new technologies. Romney was a venture capitalist turning around distressed companies.

Not everything is Romney’s portfolio was a success, and some people got hurt in the process. Same with barry. He runs a big outfit and sometimes the bets turn out bad

Your average low watt lib will accept that logic, failing to understand that barry is using OPM…taxpayers have not agreed to take on capital risks with their money. Whereas in capitalism the shareholders take the risks…and reap whatever rewards there are.

r keller on October 4, 2011 at 1:50 PM

The ABC host asked

“You held it (Solyndra) up as a model for jobs and clean energy. Do you regret that?”

Obama said

“No I don’t.”

Nice to know that the President has no regrets about losing the taxpayers $535,000,000 on a business loan. Most loan officers would get a pink slip for a loss like that and I think you could say that regret would be a mild description for what most folks would feel.

The President also said

“It went through the regular review process and people felt like this was a good bet.”

Well, not everyone thought it was a “good bet” and is it the job of the President and his cabinet secretary, Mr. Chu to make massive bets on risky businesses? And really, did it really go through the “regular review process”? Was George Kaiser, the Obama campaign bundler a part of the regular review process?

The ABC host said

“You were given warnings not to back that company up”.

Obama countered,

“Ya know, hindsight is always 20/20.”

Sorry Mr. President. A warning isn’t hindsight. It’s foresight and from experts far wiser than you in capital investment. How many of you folks out there want to hire President Obama and his team to manage your finances? Oh, sorry, …he already is.

stefano1 on October 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

“hindsight is always 20-20″

Yes it is, PeeBO, and millions of Americans, living and otherwise, can now “see” what a COLOSSAL mistake they made in voting for your marxist azz.

ornery_independent on October 4, 2011 at 2:51 PM