Another ad smartly attacks the president on Solyndra

posted at 1:55 pm on February 1, 2012 by Tina Korbe

While Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich savage each other and just as Rick Santorum releases his own hard-hitting ad against Gingrich, Karl Rove’s nonprofit Crossroads GPS keeps the focus on Barack Obama with a $500,000 weeklong ad buy on national cable.

As Ed wrote when the group released its first ad, anybody interested to defeat Obama needs to keep the attacks on his crony capitalism coming. It’s not just that it’s an easy target. His tendency to reward insiders is also revealing of his overall preference for government interference. This is a president who by his actions suggests he thinks government — especially in the energy sector — is a better way to coordinate supply and demand than the free market.

What’s more: He’s already proved that he’s willing to double down on that. His first campaign ad attempted to defend Solyndra — and, in his State of the Union address, he reiterated his commitment to fostering clean energy companies. (Note that his first concern is not affordability or even energy independence, the achievement of which could arguably be classified as a national security goal. While nobody wants “dirty” energy, most folks don’t have the luxury to prioritize environmental concerns over all other concerns when it comes to picking an energy source.)

Point is: The president is clearly concerned about how the attacks on his ties to Solyndra might affect him in the general election — yet he still won’t back off his idea that “companies like Solyndra” are the “true engine of economic growth” and that a government leg-up to these companies is somehow justified. That means he’ll seek to defend himself — but have no defense.


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O.K., that was good, now, how about one on Fast and Furious? Solyndra didn’t kill anyone.

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

It’s all about the O

Don’t worry about anybody else

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

They need a steady drumbeat of this for the Liar-in-Chief…daily STARTING NOW!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Hundreds of industrial salvage jobs were created.

RBMN on February 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Why is smartly a word now?

Nom de Boom on February 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

O.K., that was good, now, how about one on Fast and Furious? Solyndra didn’t kill anyone.

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

This. This, this, this.

Nom de Boom on February 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

+1

People are hungry to see this on the alphabets 24/7. On Hot Gas, not so much

kunegetikos on February 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

New Sheriff coming to Washington soon. One term for the illegal president and out the door.

Amazingoly on February 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

kunegetikos on February 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I know, I know. The long-term memory of the Americans is less than 6 months, tops, so nothing has happened yet.

kunegetikos on February 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

This would be much more effective if they could actually use the term “piece of s***” when describing him. Oh well.

BKeyser on February 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Yeah, hoping to see a lot more of these. :D

WolvenOne on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

O.K., that was good, now, how about one on Fast and Furious? Solyndra didn’t kill anyone.

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

For Operation Fast and Furious, I think a more “subtle” approach should be used. Like having a string of family members of those killed ask Obama why he let those guns cross the border.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

For Operation Fast and Furious, I think a more “subtle” approach should be used. Like having a string of family members of those killed ask Obama why he let those guns cross the border.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Meh. Having them do the heavy lifting might appear a little callous. Particularly since none of our candidates have been beating the drum so far…

Nom de Boom on February 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Thank you Karl Rove. Keep up the good work.

Roymunson on February 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

The green movement for dummies.

txag92 on February 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

90% of the population knows absolutely nothing about Fast & Furious. Way to go GOP! That “above the fray” approach is so effective. Whatever you do, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, etc, etc, don’t dare call any attention to a scandal that the MSM is ignoring, which should be bigger than Watergate and IranContra combined. Don’t dare use any of your Sunday morning face time to change the subject and mention this. Just answer whatever questions the talking heads ask you. Remember to always be on the defensive and never on the offensive. Show respect at all times to the people who hate you and want to turn the whole country against you. And be very, very afraid of Joy Behar and Jon Stewart.

ardenenoch on February 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

ardenenoch on February 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

ouch

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I like the message(s) but I thought the production was a little on the choppy and scattered side. A series of commercials focused on specific “Obama Crony” projects to really expose the dark slimy details with each one, would be cool too.

With Obama’s record, this election SHOULD BE such a walk-over it’s pathetic. But we have GOP squishes and crony capitalists of our own running the show who also must be overcome.

Harbingeing on February 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

O.K., that was good, now, how about one on Fast and Furious? Solyndra didn’t kill anyone.

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Didn’t you know that the National Democratic Party says that the National Democratic Party didn’t do anything wrong?

Does ‘fatally flawed’ minority report on gunwalking ‘absolve’ administration?
http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/does-fatally-flawed-minority-report-on-gunwalking-absolve-administration

It’s All good.

/

Chip on February 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Just love this line from the ad, ” Tell President Obama, we need jobs, not more insider deals.” You know because he is such a good listener and all. He might hear us come November. Otherwise, he doesn’t hear well or care for that matter.

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

skewer that Kenyan Marxist. If ya don’t like it, stop being from Kenya! Know what’s not as good as being American? Being Kenyan.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The one problem with that ad–we shouldn’t tell Obama what to do–he won’t listen. We need to show him the door in November, even if we have to vote for a RINO, as in Romney Is Not Obama.

Steve Z on February 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

For Operation Fast and Furious, I think a more “subtle” approach should be used. Like having a string of family members of those killed ask Obama why he let those guns cross the border.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Subtle, schmubtle my a$$!!! The ad should open with a shot fired from an AK-47, then cut to a reporter saying: “and now over to some commentary by Brian Terry”.

A few seconds of awkward silence and then cut to a picture of Odummy sitting at his desk with his head in his hands.

Follow it up with Napolitano saying it was just a mistake and then show the grave stone of Brian Terry.

NapaConservative on February 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Dream world – Super Bowl Ad
Asking too much I guess.

D-fusit on February 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Fast and Furious looks to have criminal implications however there is a degree of plausible deniability as far as the White House is concerned. A campaign ad that tries to link the White House to it runs the risk of losing credibility if, say Holder were to take responsibility (assuming it comes to that).

OTOH, the WH has been pushing green energy and the Solyndra deal shows some signs of WH interest (which people who know how organizations work might presume to influence analysts and lower level decision makers to some extent) so the connection is easier to make. It is also not criminal (as far as we know) so linking it will call into question judgement and the interests of the US as opposed to implying something distinctly criminal occurred. It is easier to say someone is not looking out for US interests as opposed to someone doing something actually criminal.

Keystone pipeline, pros and cons not withstanding, has the potential to do something similar — i.e. doing things that do not seem to be in the interests of the US — especially if the Middle East should blow up and oil prices skyrocket and/or for some reason the Cartel decides to embargo or limite sales to the US. What may be a not unreasonable decision may become a bigger political ticking bomb.

The ad tries to lay the foundation of doubt about the administration’s actions. If circumstances change, other things will be forth too.

Russ808 on February 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I agree with other posters: the breadth of the Solyndra scandal is borderline pathetic when compared with Fast & Furious, especially since hardly anyone knows about it.

The federal government facilitated straw buys in American gun shops near the Mexican border in a deliberate attempt to suborn the 2nd Amendment by allowing these weapons (sans any means of tracking them)–including Barrett .50 cal sniper rifles–to fall into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels, which then used these weapons to murder literally hundreds of people, including a Mexican DA and a US Border Agent. The carnage caused by these weapons was not the result of a well-intentioned gun tracking operation gone awry. Bloody, violent murder was the goal.

Republican leadership is worried people simply won’t believe the Obama DoJ willfully orchestrated the deaths of all those people in order to further its legislative and regulatory agenda.

Publicizing Solyndra is the coward’s way out.

troyriser_gopftw on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Much as I detest Turd Blossom, I am so glad somebody let that dog out.

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

But how much of the voting public really know about the lies & wasteful scandals of the Obama administration? I’m amazed at how many even educated people I run into who aren’t aware of them. I suspect this is the real re-election strategy of frauds like Obama. They count on the ignorance and dim mindedness of so much the public (outside of the sure-bet minority voting blocks) to put them over. These big scandals not given prime time by the protective MSM (except perhaps FOX) might not really matter.

No wonder Obama has that big $hit grin of his.

Chessplayer on February 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

NapaConservative on February 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Whoa that is some radioactive sh!t. Which S.O.B. superPAC do you work for?

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

D-fusit on February 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Probably asking too much, yes. But you know what would be a brilliant move by Team Romney. Run just one hard hitting anti-0 ad with some of that ad money he has. Of course that won’t happen either. It would be smart though.

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

How about adding a link in the ad to a website with a summary of all the crony deals, how much tax money was lost, and the connections (donations, bundlers, etc.) of the companies to 0?

And while they are at it, do the same thing with fast and furious. You couldn’t explain that mess in 30 seconds, but you could arouse some curiousity and get people reading the details.

iurockhead on February 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Russ808 on February 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Huh? How does that work? Are you seriously suggesting that if Weaselface falls on his sword, Jugears gets a pass?

Who the heck put that racist in DoJ? The stork? The tooth fairy? Any old generic fairy?

Jugears put him there and that makes him responsible for what comes out of Weaselface. It’s called the Administration for a reason.

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Run just one hard hitting anti-0 ad with some of that ad money he has. Of course that won’t happen either. It would be smart though.

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

It would seal Newt’s fate in resin. He couldn’t attack Mittens who was busy attacking the enemy without it looking like Newt was protecting Jugears.

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Karl Rove’s nonprofit Crossroads GPS keeps the focus on Barack Obama with a $500,000 weeklong ad buy on national cable.

But…but…the hyperpurist Limbaugh hate-everybody-who’s-not-perfect wing says Rove is a RINO!

itsnotaboutme on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Why is smartly a word now?

Nom de Boom on February 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It has been since at least the 12th century.

Trafalgar on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Rove’s just upset that Obama wasted taxpayer money on these green initiatives… he believes taxpayer money should be wasted on other stuff!

/I hate Rove

mankai on February 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Well Barry is investing in “Green”. Giving …. er …. Investing “Green” money in his pals, who in return will give him “Green” money for his campaign. See?

It’s just like having his pal Jeff Immelt advising on how to keep jobs in the US, while Immelt’s company ships those same jobs overseas.

It’s all in the “nuance”.

GarandFan on February 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

itsnotaboutme on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Even a RINO can find a blind nut once in awhile. Or something like that.

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

platypus on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Yep, that too.

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

90% of the population knows absolutely nothing about Fast & Furious. Way to go GOP! That “above the fray” approach is so effective. Whatever you do, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, etc, etc, don’t dare call any attention to a scandal that the MSM is ignoring, which should be bigger than Watergate and IranContra combined. Don’t dare use any of your Sunday morning face time to change the subject and mention this.

ardenenoch on February 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Funny thing is, if this were a Republican President, the RINO crew would be leading the lynch mob. They learned well from the Master of MSM face time, John McCain. He wrote the book. It was one sentence: Trash Republicans, ignore Democrat Scandals. At this point, any Republican President would have announced that he won’t be seeking reelection.

Alabama Infidel on February 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

And his Dem allies, like Jerry Brown and Michelle, are covering the food industry, loaning millions to corporations that I’m sure will return the favor later in the form of campaign money.

Because CA is not broke enough: CA to lend $20M to grocery chain.

PattyJ on February 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Kenyans are foreign, right? Let’s just impeach this guy.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Oh yeah, I would like a moderator in the presidential debates ask,
“Are companies like Solyndra the “true engine of economic growth” “?

jake49 on February 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Kudos to Crossroads for producing yet another effective ad.

ncconservative on February 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I taught high school Government and Economics.
In the late nineties I obtained the URL of the Communist Party USA and accessed their web site for current information to use in my government lessons. It was an eye opener to me and at the time I found it amusing that they thought they could achieve the goals laid out in their political platform.

One of the political platform planks was the destruction of the large capitalist corporations and replacing them with small local factories or production centers.

The strategy as laid out in the plank was to use anti-pollution laws to financially weaken the large corporations. Once they were weakened they wanted to enact punishing laws that would force the corporations to clean up the pollution of decades in hopes that they would collapse under the financial burden. Once that occurred, production would shift to soviet style local production and manufacture of goods.

Those anti-pollution goals and laws are now called Green Laws. We have the EPA regulating business and land use with Obama trying to extent their power into all aspects of population and business. We have global warming laws enacted based on what we now know was bogus statistics and data. Those laws further the goals of the socialist and communist by redistributing the capital of corporations to third world governments through use of carbon credits and ultimately to fund a world government based on socialist agendas.

I am not laughing at their goals any more nor underestimating their ability to do whatever it takes to dominate the world.
Obama was mentored as a child by Frank Davis, who was appointed to the Communist Party USA by soviet era communist party in Moscow. Obama was raised by a socialist mother, and communist grandparents. His friends, his associates, his employers, his supporters tend to be socialist or communist. Obama bills himself as a community organizer, which is just a deceptive way of saying communist organizer. We know very little about Obama and most of what we know is questionable as being true.

The key to understanding the politics of Obama and those that control him, is understanding the goals of the socialist and communist behind him.
Obama himself is patently incompetent and unable to perform more that the cerimonial duties of a president. He is reliant on others doing his work and of being told what his opionon should be, what he should think, what he should say and how he should act. When he does otherwise, he steps in it so to speak. He is their perfect front man in most respects.

The key to understanding Obama himself is understanding he is a psychotic naricisst who has a hard time dealing with failure. I though we would see this side of him last summer around mid Julyto mid September. He was not doing well and his handlers were doing their best to keep it underwraps. With nothing to campaign on they had to create the jobs bill and get him out on the campaign trail. It was a bogus bill but it did what it was designed to do. Today he seems more confident, clearly less fearful of failure as he is assured he is going to win the election. If he begins to feel threatened, that probably will change.

Franklyn on February 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM