Video: Crossroads hits Obama on Solyndra

posted at 9:25 am on December 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t worry — this will be the first of many political ads pointing out the crony capitalism of the Obama administration. The eventual Republican nominee will have a wide selection of targets on this point, from Solyndra to LightSquared to Jon Corzine, and so on.  For now, though, outside groups like Crossroads GPS are the most focused on the general election, and this ad leads off the attack well:

That’s a delicious quote from Obama about the “true engine of economic growth” being “companies like Solyndra.”  The true engine of economic growth does not depend on government subsidies and the elites picking winners and losers — a process that by its nature leads to the selection of losers, as winners don’t need subsidies and interventions to succeed.  Solyndra is a perfect example of this.  It was already failing when Obama approved over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies to keep it afloat, followed by the illegal subordination of taxpayer funds that benefited his political supporter George Kaiser in an attempt to keep the company from drowning in its own red ink.  Repeated warnings by auditors got overruled so that Obama could deliver lines like the one above to score political points.

Keep these coming.


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Solyndra, Lightsquared, and the other Obamacrony capitalist ventures prove that the only difference between Bernie Madoff and an Obamacrony “investor” is that Madoff made the mistake of not funneling money to our Boy King. Had he done so, Madoff could have absconded with taxpayer funds and got off scott free.

wildcat72 on December 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Good, but not great…

JohnGalt23 on December 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

but, but, but, but, Haliburton…

Every Lib…

hillsoftx on December 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Will they have to the guts to go after Moochelle and Valerie Jarrett?

SouthernGent on December 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Good concept. Execution was poor. Maybe it’s just too early here in AZ, but the information flashes by too quickly to assimilate what is being said. They need to lose about 5 seconds of narration so that the narrator can slow down and enunciate more clearly. They also need to leave the banners up a second or so longer so people can read what’s there.

Otherwise, this is exactly what we need — take the fight to Obama, make his policies, him and his cronies the focus of the election.

AZfederalist on December 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

So we have a group of veteran lawyers, lobbyists and Washington insiders complaining about crony capitalism – why does it ring hollow, somehow?

notropis on December 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Me likey

More please

I can hear dippity do now
Those evil kochbrothers, yada yada yada

cmsinaz on December 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM


Will they have to the guts to go after Moochelle and Valerie Jarrett?

SouthernGent on December 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

No sir….they won’t. We have sooo many things to throw at the Bamster during the upcoming election, but we won’t do it. Why?

Long haired country boy on December 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Good. Could use a better tag-line.

Government must prosecute wasteful insider deals, not participate in them.
Put an end to wolves guarding the hen-house

tomg51 on December 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

or
Leave the Chicago way where it belongs – in prison

tomg51 on December 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Keep ‘em coming. Hit him hard, fast, and keep him on the ropes.

The eventual Republican nominee will have a wide selection of targets on this point, from Solyndra to LightSquared to Jon Corzine, and so on.

I would like to know why, the pre-eminent conservative talk radio station in DC, WMAL, is still running ads for (at least “this portion of the news is paid for . . .”) LightSquared.

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

wildcat72 on December 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

That would be a great ad – they could do it to the theme of “one of these things is not like the other” but conclude that they are actually the same.

batterup on December 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Sorry,SouthernGent,remember the establishment r’s told the candidates not to get personal. Nope,can’t have that,just take whatever the dems dish out and like it,I might add. My coffee is curdling thinking about Mccains campaign.

ohiobabe on December 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Not a very strong ad. I was kind of disappointed, actually.

FAR52 on December 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Did the FBI raid Solyndra to build a case against this failed company OR did they raid them to collect all the damaging paperwork that would find the Obama regime complicit in a money-laundering/campaign funding scheme? Sure would like to see Issa pry this info from Holder’s safe at the DOJ.

Rovin on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Howdy HotAir:

I’m a longtime reader since the early days of this site. Mainly
because of Michelle Malkin. So when I saw the open registration
I figured what the hey. So I now qualify as a newbie.

I clicked on this after reading “Crossroads”
Sorry, I had an Eric Clapton moment there!

Greetings from Todd in Lancaster County PA.

ToddPA on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Will they have to the guts to go after Moochelle and Valerie Jarrett?

SouthernGent on December 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I’m dying for some reporter to ask Moochelle if she’s still proud of her country soon as the election is called for the Republican.

wildcat72 on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I would like to know why, the pre-eminent conservative talk radio station in DC, WMAL, is still running ads for (at least “this portion of the news is paid for . . .”) LightSquared.

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

My best guess–they paid them to.

BetseyRoss on December 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM

It’s about time!!

daddysgirl on December 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I think it was a great ad. It was meant to go after at all the people who generally don’t care about politics, and just don’t pay attention. It made simple links that the political-ignorant could follow.

melle1228 on December 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Welcome Todd!

Have friends in litiz (sp)

cmsinaz on December 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM

who need’s a pipeline project that creates thousands and thousands of high paying jobs when we’ve got solyndra?

don’t worry, the union sheep will vote straight democratic and ensure that more great paying jobs like solyndra are created by the thousands.

we can just import that oil from our buds in the middle east and south america

acyl72 on December 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Where will the ad be shown?

GaltBlvnAtty on December 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

And this is the one I’m watching:

Abound Solar, another thin film manufacturer much like Solyndra.

$400 million or more from the DOE and the purchase of a very large former Chrysler facility in Indiana that currently sits empty in a corn field. The start-up facility in CO is open and operating but they still need to compete against product that sells for .26/watt and their hope is to start manufacturing product for 1.05/watt in 2013. And then reduce their price to .80-.90/watt.

Sounds like a good business plan to me.

LynnB74 on December 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM

It made simple links that the political-ignorant could follow.

melle1228 on December 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

That’s why I think the banners and references flashed by too fast. For those who don’t follow politics as closely as people who frequent political blogs and other information sources, too much happened too quickly in that 30 seconds for it to be well-assimilated.

AZfederalist on December 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I like that it is TV length. We need more of them.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

That’s why I think the banners and references flashed by too fast. For those who don’t follow politics as closely as people who frequent political blogs and other information sources, too much happened too quickly in that 30 seconds for it to be well-assimilated.

AZfederalist on December 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Agreed. Too fast to teach the uninitiated. Fast enough for us to cheer, but that’s not the point.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Wish WE had some of the money from Solyndra to run more ads…
Oh! Wait!

KOOLAID2 on December 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Good ad, more please.

tinkerthinker on December 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

For now, though, outside groups like Crossroads GPS are the most focused on the general election, and this ad leads off the attack well …

Wow, that’s a bad misread. The ad is overly complicated and never really lands a solid punch. I think it’s fairly ineffective apart from rallying the base, perhaps.

bifidis on December 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I just wonder if ads like this will really convince anyone who isn’t already convinced…

climbnjump on December 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Greetings from Todd in Lancaster County PA.
ToddPA on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Welcome ToddPA.
Lots of conservatives here in Lanco, PA.
But we do have our liberals, what with two colleges, small inner city population of Welfare recipients, local newspaper OpEd writers (ain’t that right, GIL?) . . .

listens2glenn on December 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Speaking of picking winners and losers, I thought the Volt could use a new tag line: “Chevy Volt: at least it doesn’t explode like the Pinto.”

VibrioCocci on December 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Greetings from Todd in Lancaster County PA.
ToddPA on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Welcome ToddPA.
Lots of conservatives here in Lanco, PA.
But we do have our liberals, what with two colleges, small inner city population of Welfare recipients, local newspaper OpEd writers (ain’t that right, GIL?) . . .

listens2glenn on December 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hi! I’m from PA too, in Butler County. That’s directly north of Pittsburgh. It’s conservative now, but we are getting all the people trying to escape Allegheny County property taxes and sales tax.

Night Owl on December 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Like kids in a candy store, there should be plenty of *goodies* for the RNC and Crossroads, etc. to choose from. But these type of ads seem way too soft against O’s flame-throwing, class rhetoric. Yawn. Looping “What’re we paying you for?” over and over again with golf pics works for me.

Mekei on December 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Obama helps the Koch bros.

In Obama’s green ideology and green dragon, all things green express virtue.

The Koch bros just bought a bankrupt ethanol plant for under 10 cents on the dollar in Nebraska. Maybe they could buy Solyndra for a million cash.

seven on December 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Not a very strong ad. I was kind of disappointed, actually.

FAR52 on December 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

“We need more jobs, not more insider deals.” Seriously? That’s the Sunday punch?

This ad is critical of Washington, not Obama.

How about a punchline of “Mr President, if you can’t tell when a company is failing, just let us taxpayers invest our money ourselves.” OR “Mr President, STOP funneling taxpayer money to failing corporations in order to reimburse your donors.” Of course, it needs to be legal, but it needs to be clear that WE ARE TIRED OF TAKING HIS CRAP while being told to “eat your peas.”

rwenger43 on December 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Greetings from Todd in Lancaster County PA.
ToddPA on December 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Welcome ToddPA.
Lots of conservatives here in Lanco, PA.
But we do have our liberals, what with two colleges, small inner city population of Welfare recipients, local newspaper OpEd writers (ain’t that right, GIL?) . . .

listens2glenn on December 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Greetings from a former Solancan who moved South. My surname is in my tag–not very smart–but it’s easy to remember–there’s lots of Wengers down around Buck and Quarryville.

I was talking Saturday night to a soldier from Lanco who is really looking forward to getting home next week for the holidays. I hope your neighbors greet him warmly! He deserves it.

rwenger43 on December 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Quick, concise and directly to the point.

More of these please!

Tim_CA on December 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

There will always be companies like solyndra even if there is no government non recourse loans or tax breaks. most will be small scale failures and the investors will lose some of their money. A few will succeed and those investors will probably make big bucks. The government has no business being in business. If the govt. does get in business and succeeds at all, it does so at the expense of private enterprise and that industry will stagnate for lack of private investment and reward for innovation and efficiency.

dunce on December 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Good type ad, however if the candidate wants support from the RNC, the weasley entity, the candidate should not attack Obama.

democratsarefools on December 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

wildcat72:I’m dying for some reporter to ask Moochelle if she’s still proud of her country soon as the election is called for the Republican.

I’m dying for some reporter to ask Mama Obama if she felt proud of her country when she asked Obama “all this for a damn flag”?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on December 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Irony of ironies. I just saw this ad this morning. In the San Francisco airport.

azkag on December 12, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Yeah, that commercial is a great way to dirty Obama up and totally destroy his “new kind of politics” meme.

That commercial says “Obama is a fraud. He’s no different than all the other sleazy politicians”.

OxyCon on December 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

It’s a good start… But more color with a stack of cash being grabbed by all Barry’s ‘green’ contributors with the list of wasted ‘green’ cash.. and keep repeating the amounts lost in text while Barry says things like he does in this one; praises Solyndra… while the text runs…
$500,000,000 million lost. Zero jobs created...
-

RalphyBoy on December 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Lame, lame, lame. The pace of the ad is way too quick for a person unaware of what Solyndra is to make the desired conclusion. Even worse, the ad attempts to show Obama as merely incompetent, as opposed to an accomplice to corruption. Most independents already know Obama that is incompetent; ads like that must aim to destroy his personal “above the scandals” profile.

Archivarix on December 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I’m dying for some reporter to ask Mama Obama if she felt proud of her country when she asked Obama “all this for a damn flag”?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on December 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I believe you got the [lip-read] quote wrong. It’s more like “all this for a f***ing flag?”

rwenger43 on December 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

As others observed, good concept, poor execution.

Take II, please.

GuitarMark on December 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

If you still need convincing on the true Obama, please read this…

http://thenewamerican.com/opinion/selwyn-duke/10133-college-mate-obama-was-an-ardent-marxist-leninist

Jacamina on December 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Obama as a puppet of special interests should go. So should all the republican candidates which have bad records (especially Newt).

We should get serious in proving that we are not corrupt cronies for another form of big government.

Here is how we can win votes back:
1. Bring back the Fed under control. Get the Money Mafia in jail!
2. Attack the cronyism in the Military industrial complex
3. Abolish all corporate welfare
4. Stop sponsoring corrupt dictators, drugdealers and warlords like musharraf and karzai

ProtectDefend on December 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM