Romney: Obama’s the real Etch-a-Sketch candidate, you know

posted at 5:07 pm on April 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

In which a man possessed of legendary flip-flop kung fu, whom some in the green lobby are backing precisely because they don’t believe a word he says about skepticism towards man-made climate change, beats up on an opponent for not being true to his word. Stuart Rothenberg wrote a column just yesterday arguing that Mitt’s vacillations are actually one of his great strengths in the primary because, no matter how far right his rhetoric may stray, centrists discount it on the surefire assumption that he’s lying for electoral advantage. It’s the Republican version of liberals shrugging at Obama’s ultra-cynical, decades-long “evolution” on gay marriage. And yet, here’s Mitt’s take today on The One: “He doesn’t want to share his real plans before the election.” Er, yeah. Don’t you hate candidates like that?

All right, deep breath. I had to get that off my chest before we shift to blind circle-the-wagons mode for the new nominee. In fact, as Guy Benson argues, Romney’s attack on O today was pretty sharp. And while he didn’t use the words “Etch-a-Sketch,” there may be a method to the madness of trying to paint Obama as the flip-flopper in the race. It’s not Romney being oblivious to his own record, it’s simple strategy:

Mitt Romney has decided the best defense is a good offense. Derided as a “flip-flopper” by President Obama? Throw the charge back in the president’s face. Attacked for his plan to revamp Medicare? Fire back that Obama has already crippled the popular entitlement program.

That was the central theme of the all-but-inevitable Republican presidential nominee’s speech Wednesday to the Newspaper Association of America: Try to take evident vulnerabilities of his own candidacy and turn them against the current White House occupant. As Romney pivots toward the general election – and after Tuesday’s victories, this week seems to mark a line of demarcation between the primary and general elections – it hints at a major part of his strategy to unseat Obama.

Romney has been knocked repeatedly – by Republican and Democratic critics alike – for changing position on issues like abortion-rights and gay marriage. But during his speech, he listed a series of Obama’s own flip-flops he deemed “election-year conversions.” The list included corporate tax rates, regulation, and energy policy.

That’s an interesting twist on the Rovean game plan of reframing your opponent’s greatest strength as a weakness, but maybe Mitt had no choice. What’s Obama’s “great strength” at this point? His landmark domestic “achievement” is on life support at the Supreme Court and the long-hoped-for economic recovery hasn’t yet picked up serious momentum. He’s the rare president who’s going to try to win a second term by making the election a referendum on his challenger, so here’s Romney trying to head him off at the pass by neutralizing one of the Democrats’ strongest attack lines.

And of course he’s right in what he says about Obama’s habit of torching Republican straw men. O might have gotten a standing ovation from the reporters in the room after yesterday’s speech (whereas Romney did not after today’s), but that didn’t stop the AP from dropping this fact check on him for treating opposition to the mandate and cap and trade, among other things, as uniquely GOP phenomena. Take two minutes to read, especially if you’ve forgotten which Democratic presidential candidate was pro-mandate in 2008 and which was anti.


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Mitten’s is crafting a better stump speech against Obama. He seems to be finding his rhythm lately.

ourulz2000 on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

hahaha

Watch the 1994 debate video with Ted Kennedy to find out who the real
etch-a-sketch is

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Metaphor

kjl291 on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

In which a man possessed of legendary flip-flop kung fu, whom some in the green lobby are backing precisely because they don’t believe a word he says about skepticism towards man-made climate change, beats up on an opponent for not being true to his word. Stuart Rothenberg wrote a column just yesterday arguing that Mitt’s vacillations are actually one of his great strengths in the primary because, no matter how far right his rhetoric may stray, centrists discount it on the surefire assumption that he’s lying for electoral advantage. It’s the Republican version of liberals shrugging at Obama’s ultra-cynical, decades-long “evolution” on gay marriage. And yet, here’s Mitt’s take today on The One: “He doesn’t want to share his real plans before the election.” Er, yeah. Don’t you hate candidates like that?

Summary: Why Romney Will Lose.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

All right, deep breath. I had to get that off my chest before we shift to blind circle-the-wagons mode for the new nominee.

Ouch.

Why don’t these idiots just focus on what Obama has done, like, you know, his record, rather than trying to predict the future or having Obama come up with some meaningless babble that no one cares about or will remember in a year?

There’s so much to work with NOW yet these idiots just don’t get it.

kim roy on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So instead of presenting strong contrasts and ideas, we’re talking about toys? 2012 will be epic for all of its foolery.

Midwestprincesse on April 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Summary: Why Romney Will Lose.

MadisonConservative on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I never in my life time though anyone could out liberal Ted Kennedy in a debate.

The same person wants me to believe he is a conservative in 2012.
What a phony!

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I was going to say this is a dumb move because Romney is going to lose when the discussion is about flip flopping or etch-a-sketches, but everyone knows Obama will make this a topic of conversation in the campaign so… the best defense is a good offense… muddy the water… a draw means a win, etc…

Tom_Shipley on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Go get ‘em Mittens !!!!

Take no prisoners – Be indoMITTable !!!

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Once getting nominated, if Romney moderates his campaign towards Obama and calls him his friend, says stuff like he’s a great President, stuff like how much he wants to work with Democrats and how many wonderful ideas they all have…. it ain’t going to go well here in smallville, that’s for sure.

JellyToast on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Mitt Romney: “You can’t vote for Obama! He’s just like Romney!”

Stoic Patriot on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Obama’s not Etch-a-Sketch…he’s the Simon game.

Weight of Glory on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Romney is at least putting something out there in his run for the Presidency. He’s backed the Paul Ryan budget. Obama’s proposal was shot down 414-0 and he has no alternative in the works. Romney’s on record supporting domestic drilling, Keystone, natural gas, nuclear, coal, etc. Obama wants to double down on Solyndra-type investments and has no comprehensive energy plan to speak of. Romney wants to secure the border and advocates making life so miserable for illegals that they self-deport. Obama won’t even come out in favor of amnesty and has no detailed immigration plan he’s proposed. Romney has a tax plan he’s put forth. Obama just harps on millionaires and billionaires.

Say what you will about Mittens, and it’s certainly debatable how much of what he says has an expiration date, but he’s at least put some concrete plans on the table. Obama offers nothing but platitudes and demagoguery.

Doughboy on April 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Sorry, but this line of attack coming from Romney is laughable on its face.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Just like when the ladies find out “body type: fit” on your dating profile isn’t quite accurate?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

President Simon. I like the sound of that.

Weight of Glory on April 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I never in my life time though anyone could out liberal Ted Kennedy in a debate.

The same person wants me to believe he is a conservative in 2012.
What a phony!

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

So then you’re saying Romney is more liberal than Obama, correct?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

hahaha

Watch the 1994 debate video with Ted Kennedy to find out who the real
etch-a-sketch is

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

Etch-A-Sketch.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Doughboy on April 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney has taken both sides at one point in his career of every defining issue in American politics.

Go to YouTube and watch the debate with Ted Kennedy!

The 1994 Willard is not the 2012 Willard

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Mitt Romney: “You can’t vote for Obama! He’s just like Romney!”

Stoic Patriot on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

ROFL, exactly.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Mitten’s is crafting a better stump speech against Obama. He seems to be finding his rhythm lately.

ourulz2000 on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I have to admit, I thought his acceptance speech after his win in Wisconsin was pretty good.

He’s still a little stiff when he talks though. He is certainly no Reagan. But he’s a lot less stiff than, say, Al Gore.

UltimateBob on April 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

Etch-A-Sketch.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

You would like an etch-a-sketch since the one most honest person in the Romney camp admitted his whole campaign is a one big giant etch-a-sketch

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So then you’re saying Romney is more liberal than Obama, correct?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I go for real liberals not the fake ones.

Thank you.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Zzzz

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Just like when the ladies find out “body type: fit” on your dating profile isn’t quite accurate?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

HAH!!!!! Excellent!

UltimateBob on April 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

mitt “my views are progressive” romney’s only defense against “you’re a flip-flopper” is pointing at obama and saying “oh yeah? that guy did it too!!” pathetic.

Sachiko on April 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I go for real liberals not the fake ones.

Thank you.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

You mean liberals who embrace Super PACs, keep Gitmo open, extend Bush’s tax cuts, triples down on Bush’s policies, invokes Jesus, etc.

Those kinds of liberals?

LOL

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Obama proudly ran as a blank slate for his supporters. 200 million can play that game.

DanMan on April 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

You would like an etch-a-sketch since the one most honest person in the Romney camp admitted his whole campaign is a one big giant etch-a-sketch

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Etch-A-Sketch:

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

Facts.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

Etch-A-Sketch.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Right. Obama’s a prog. Progs lie. What’s Romney’s excuse?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

etch A. Sketch vs. etch A. skecth. Yay, this is so gonna be fun. WooHoo!

HerneTheHunter on April 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Romney has taken both sides at one point in his career of every defining issue in American politics.

Go to YouTube and watch the debate with Ted Kennedy!

The 1994 Willard is not the 2012 Willard

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

So have lots of politicians. God’s sake, Reagan was a Democrat for years before he switched to the GOP. But Romney’s taking a defined stance on numerous issues in this campaign, whereas Obama is putting nothing down on paper. It’s Hopenchange all over again, only this time Gloomndoom is a more accurate description.

Can anyone, liberal or conservative, honestly tell me with any kind of certainty what Obama would do in a 2nd term, especially given the huge budgetary crisis he’s going to face? Because I don’t have a clue.

Doughboy on April 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

hahaha

Watch the 1994 debate video with Ted Kennedy to find out who the real
etch-a-sketch is

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

….were you born already?…or a glint in some goats eye?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Etch-A-Sketch.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Obama’s etch a sketches, just in 60 seconds off the top of my head:

Waivers for lobbyists to work in Obama staff
Gay marriage
Guantanamo
Rendition
Assassination
Military action without Congressional approval
Missile defense
Darfur
Mubarek’s “a stalwart ally”
Prosecuting CIA agents from Bush era
Indefinite detention
Military tribunals
Trials of Al Qaeda in NYC
Warrantless wiretapping
Mandates
Mandates are taxes
Extending Bush tax cuts
Deficts, debt and not paying for spending
Signing statements
Air raiding civilians
Shovel ready projects
Keystone
Iran’s no threat
President can’t control gas prices
Super PACs
Space exploration

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Obama’s not Etch-a-Sketch. He’s Russian Roulette.

EMD on April 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I go for real liberals not the fake ones.

Thank you.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So then Romney’s a conservative?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama’s etch a sketches, just in 60 seconds off the top of my head:

Waivers for lobbyists to work in Obama staff
Gay marriage
Guantanamo
Rendition
Assassination
Military action without Congressional approval
Missile defense
Darfur
Mubarek’s “a stalwart ally”
Prosecuting CIA agents from Bush era
Indefinite detention
Military tribunals
Trials of Al Qaeda in NYC
Warrantless wiretapping
Mandates
Mandates are taxes
Extending Bush tax cuts
Deficts, debt and not paying for spending
Signing statements
Air raiding civilians
Shovel ready projects
Keystone
Iran’s no threat
President can’t control gas prices
Super PACs
Space exploration

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

LOL

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Sorry, but this line of attack coming from Romney is laughable on its face.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

So you don’t think President Flexibility is a flip flop liar ? You disagree with what Rombo says – or his past history to say it?
But its OK for Ocommie to accuse Mittens of flippin?

So your moronic contention would be that Romney is bad because he flip flops and shouldn’t accuse Omarxist of flipping and Obummer can’t be challenged on HIS flip flopping by Romney because of Romney’s past. But it would be equally OK for you that Obama is correct to accuse Romney of being a flip flopper but you disregard the Oval Office Fraud – OOF- and his past deceptions. That’s unfair. Obummer is not beyond reproach.

Shame on you bunker boy.

You have been liberalized-Obamatized.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

F**** another John McCain type GOP candidate. Watch for more boobmeister flub-ups. By the way can the etch-a-sketch analogy altogether will ya?

jake49 on April 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

Etch-A-Sketch.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

And that’s just one example.

In general, the left are all Etch-a-Sketches. Case in point:

1973: SCOTUS upholds Roe V Wade… They are TEH AWESOME!!!!
2012: SCOTUS questions 0bamacare…. JUDICIAL ACTIVISM!!! PARTISANS!!!! RACISTS!!!!! IMPEACH THEM!!!!11!111!!

UltimateBob on April 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Right. Obama’s a prog. Progs lie. What’s Romney’s excuse?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You can campaign against Romney all you want.

The rest of us will focus on getting Obama out of power.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Romney needs to start documenting the Oflips-Oflops that have alienated Obama’s own voters.

To make them stay home rather than come out and pull the lever for a betrayer of his serious campaign promises.

OFLIP- Gitmo must close!

OFLOP- GItmo is still open.

OFLIP- I will end the influence of partisan lobbyists!

OFLOP- Uses partisan lobbyists, giving them special waivers.

OFLIP- I will end military commissions and give terrorists civil trials!

OFLOP- KSM and his fellow jihadists will have military trials.

Obama’s flip-flops are recent, egregious, and a great disappointment to his base.

Rub them in, Romney. With rhetorical sandpaper.

profitsbeard on April 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The 1994 Willard is not the 2012 Willard

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

….don’t poop yourself again but you might be making sense! In 18 years (2030) you may be out of diapers and into pull-ups!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

LOL

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Raising taxes on the middle class “not one cent”
“If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance”
Cutting Medicare

I can do this all day

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

EMD on April 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM
Indeed

Rusty Allen on April 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I never in my life time though anyone could out liberal Ted Kennedy in a debate.

The same person wants me to believe he is a conservative in 2012.
What a phony!

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

But if Romney’s a liberal, and you’re a liberal, why not vote for the liberal who isn’t also a complete idiot? I mean, really, you’ve got two liberals, as you say, right? Romney and Obama. And as we now know without a scintilla of doubt, Obama is a liberal with the brainpower of a small rodent. Why not vote for the smart liberal? Huh?

Rational Thought on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

….were you born already?…or a glint in some goats eye?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

New keyboard please.
ROTFLMBO!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I’m at a Romney event as we speak…

Suburban Philly….great turnout

corujodp on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Gotta give lib4life credit …he takes a beating here every day and comes back every day.

terryannonline on April 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I go for real liberals not the fake ones.

Thank you.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

..homo?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

But if Romney’s a liberal, and you’re a liberal, why not vote for the liberal who isn’t also a complete idiot? I mean, really, you’ve got two liberals, as you say, right? Romney and Obama. And as we now know without a scintilla of doubt, Obama is a liberal with the brainpower of a small rodent. Why not vote for the smart liberal? Huh?

Rational Thought on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Romney flip-flops shows a character flaw. He can’t be trusted.

I will stay with the consistent liberal

Ann Coulter on 2012 GOP Field: “If Christie Doesn’t Run, Romney Will be Nominated and Lose to Obama”

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Romney is taking it to Obama and has been for months. Rick Santorum has been talking about contraception and internet porn and bringing dollar store toys to his campaign speeches. Could somebody please clue that guy in that his 15 minutes was up 2 months ago?

Swerve22 on April 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

What’s Obama’s “great strength” at this point? His landmark domestic “achievement” is on life support at the Supreme Court and the long-hoped-for economic recovery hasn’t yet picked up serious momentum.

Nothing besides Letting others get Bin laden…..
Pretty pitiful.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Romney flip-flops shows a character flaw. He can’t be trusted.

I will stay with the consistent liberal

Ann Coulter on 2012 GOP Field: “If Christie Doesn’t Run, Romney Will be Nominated and Lose to Obama”

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Obama’s a liar and a flip flopper. He sells you dolts out over and over again and you’re too stupid to ever realize it.

See my short list above. You cannot dispute it.

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Etch

“America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

– Sen. Barack Obama, March 16, 2006

Sketch

“Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, you know what, we can’t play around with this stuff. . . . (Raising the limit is) important for the country.”

– President Barack Obama, April 15, 2011

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Etch

Obama said, “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

–Sen. Barack Obama, 2007

Sketch

Unilaterally authorizes a military attack on Libya that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

–President Barack Obama, March 11, 2011

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Doughboy on April 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Romney has to go on his record, rather than trying to justify his misdeeds by trying to hang on to Reagan’s coattails—a man whom he didn’t want to be associated with while Reagan was still alive.

INC on April 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Etch

“John McCain’s big solution to the crisis we’re facing is — get ready for this — a commission,” Obama told the crowd. “A commission. That’s Washington-speak for we’ll get — we’ll get back to you later.”

– Sen. Barack Obama, September 17, 2008

Sketch

On May 22, 2010, Obama signed an order establishing the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

On Feb. 18, 2010, Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

On Jan. 29, 2010, Obama asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu to form a “Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.”

On Nov. 24, 2009, Obama established a new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and vice-chaired by Emory University president James W. Wagner.

–President Barack Obama

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

And President Downgrade is a pretty consistent Socialist.

Why can’t he admit that?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

We’ll head ‘em off at the pass!!!

SirGawain on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Right. Obama’s a prog. Progs lie. What’s Romney’s excuse?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You can campaign against Romney all you want.

The rest of us will focus on getting Obama out of power.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Answer the question. Am I supposed to deny reality and say that Romney’s always been a true-blue, rock-ribbed consistent, reliable….whatever it is he is?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Etch

“But that’s very different from this sort of slash-and-burn politics that I think we’ve become accustomed to. Look, part of the reason I’m running is not just to be president, it’s to get things done. And what I believe that means is we’ve got to break out of what I call, sort of, the 50-plus-one pattern of presidential politics. Which is, you have nasty primaries where everybody’s disheartened. Then you divide the country 45 percent on one side, 45 percent on the other, 10 percent in the middle — all of them apparently live in Florida and Ohio — and battle it out. And maybe you eke out a victory of 50-plus-one, but you can’t govern. I mean, you get Air Force One, there are a lot of nice perks to being president, but you can’t deliver on health care. We’re not going to pass universal health care with a 50-plus-one strategy. We’re not going to have a serious bold energy policy of the sort I proposed yesterday unless you build a working majority. And part of the task of building that working majority is to get people to believe in our government, that it can work, that it’s based on common sense, that it’s not just sort of scoring political points.”

–Sen. Barack Obama, October 9, 2007

Sketch

“I won”

–President Barack Obama, January 2009

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Etch

“I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point,” Obama said in a news conference in St. Louis on July 7. “The strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency. You have a situation, let’s say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market. We wouldn’t just be seeing $4-a-gallon oil. We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all. And that’s what the strategic oil reserve has to be for.”

–Sen. Barack Obama, July 7, 2008

Sketch

In his “New Energy for America” speech at Michigan State University on Aug. 4, Obama talked at length about his long-term plan to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, but as one of his short-term solutions, he said, “We should sell 70-million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve for less expensive crude, which in the past has lowered gas prices within two weeks.”

–Sen. Barack Obama, August 4, 2008

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Watch the 1994 debate video with Ted Kennedy to find out who the real
etch-a-sketch is

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

..what were your values , beliefs, and opinions back in 1994 turd-breath? Exactly the same person you are today?

The War Planner on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Somehow I think you would never say that about Harry Reid.

You’re disgusting.

JeffWeimer on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Etch

“If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

- Barack Obama, fall 2007

Sketch

“We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election.”

- Barack Obama, June 19, 2008

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Gotta give lib4life credit …he takes a beating here every day and comes back every day.

terryannonline on April 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

…has to be one of the staff at Hot Air…none of us with all our diverseness in age, ethnicity, economic backgrounds, geography etc.even know ANYBODY this mental…it has to be someone on the staff pulling our chain!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The rest of us will focus on getting Obama out of power.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Answer the question. Am I supposed to deny reality and say that Romney’s always been a true-blue, rock-ribbed consistent, reliable….whatever it is he is?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Does that really matter now?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Those were for you idiot4life

..what were your values , beliefs, and opinions back in 1994 turd-breath? Exactly the same person you are today?

The War Planner on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Yes, why do you think it is a idiot4life?

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That talk may play at the tabernacle, but not on the campaign trail.

KeninCT on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Starting to hit on nuns, now, eh?

..what’s the frequency, Kenneth?

The War Planner on April 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Does that really matter now?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

ddrintn seems to want a talk radio host as President.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Answer the question. Am I supposed to deny reality and say that Romney’s always been a true-blue, rock-ribbed consistent, reliable….whatever it is he is?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

No. That’s too much to ask.

Sad to say, he’s better than the status-quo. He can be reasoned with.

JeffWeimer on April 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

So your moronic contention would be that Romney is bad because he flip flops and shouldn’t accuse Omarxist of flipping and Obummer can’t be challenged on HIS flip flopping by Romney because of Romney’s past.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

LOL, yeah, that’s about it. It’s sort of like Romney making fun of Obama because he’s got some money.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Gotta give lib4life credit …he takes a beating here every day and comes back every day.

terryannonline on April 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Answer the question. Am I supposed to deny reality and say that Romney’s always been a true-blue, rock-ribbed consistent, reliable….whatever it is he is?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

He’s not Sean Hannity, which is what you’re (apparently) after. You want an ideologue.

We don’t need an ideologue.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Romney flip-flops shows a character flaw. He can’t be trusted.

I will stay with the consistent liberal

Ann Coulter on 2012 GOP Field: “If Christie Doesn’t Run, Romney Will be Nominated and Lose to Obama”

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

But Obama campaigned in 2008 on being a uniter, yet he has torn the country apart worse than any president in US history. People from both ends of the political spectrum have taken to the streets under his tenure. I think he lied to you about that “uniter” stuff. Pretty big lie, when “I will unite” really means “I will destroy.”

Rational Thought on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

….were you born already?…or a glint in some goats eye?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Ouch. Hahahaha. Oh that will leave a mark.

Soon Mitt and Obama will be trading barbs as to whose Etch-A-Sketch has bigger knobs. Sheesh.

SparkPlug on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Etch

“If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

- Barack Obama, fall 2007

Sketch

“We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election.”

- Barack Obama, June 19, 2008

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Are you saying Obama doesn’t tell the truth so it is OK if Romney also flips and flops and invade issues?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Etch-A-Sketch:

Obama 2008-2011: Super PACS are destroying democracy and are immoral.

Obama 2012: Super PACs are awesome and I’m going to use them with no reservations!

President Consistency.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Does that really matter now?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Uh, yeah…….only I didn’t say anything about “concentrated power”, so don’t know what the point of your quote is.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Exhibit A:

Majority of the voters are in the 99%

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Oh Please.

I needed a good laugh today. Thanks.

JeffWeimer on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Does that really matter now?

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

ddrintn seems to want a talk radio host as President.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It was fine to argue these points earlier on in the year, but at this point in time we need to focus on the main goal:
And that’s ending the Downgrade Era.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

President Consistency.

Good Lt on April 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

As opposed to Governor Consistency?

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Are you saying Obama doesn’t tell the truth so it is OK if Romney also flips and flops and invade issues?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

How cute..idiot4life logs on with it’s other sockpuppet.

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So what is Romney saying here?

Just because Obama is dishonest, we should allow him to be dishonest as well?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Are you saying Obama doesn’t tell the truth so it is OK if Romney also flips and flops and invade issues?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Glittering jewel of colossal ignorance.

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

It was fine to argue these points earlier on in the year,

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well, no it wasn’t, actually. Romney’s always been somewhat in a cocoon: criticizing him has always been equated with working for the Democrats. Or being a “purist” (whatever that is). Or a socialist.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Romney flip-flops shows a character flaw. He can’t be trusted.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

…so!…you would rather have an outright liar…than someone who flip-flops? You’re a crawling character flaw!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So what is Romney saying here?

Just because Obama is dishonest, we should allow him to be dishonest as well?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

What are you saying? Two politicians have lied so now it is ok for everyone to lie?

Got that job secured stuffing your comrades into boxcars?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I think the phrase is “making a virtue out of necessity.”

JeffWeimer on April 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What are you saying? Two politicians have lied so now it is ok for everyone to lie?

tom daschle concerned on April 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

No, it’s the fact that Romney accusing anyone of flip-flopping is laughable.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So what is Romney saying here?

social-justice on April 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

“I suck, but Obama sucks more!!!! Vote for meeeeeeeee!!!!!”

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I’m too smart for you guys.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Exhibit A:

Majority of the voters are in the 99%

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

….99% of the rodent population polled, agreed with lobotomy4life

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

It was fine to argue these points earlier on in the year,

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well, no it wasn’t, actually. Romney’s always been somewhat in a cocoon: criticizing him has always been equated with working for the Democrats. Or being a “purist” (whatever that is). Or a socialist.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

What does that have to do with the task before US?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

No, it’s the fact that Romney accusing anyone of flip-flopping is laughable.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Obama’s flip flops are doozies, especially if you’re a liberal. I think someone’s who’s bad can still call out someone who’s worse.

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

HumpBot Salvation

Dude, those quotes are awesome! You’re my hero!

JAM on April 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Obama’s flip flops are doozies, especially if you’re a liberal. I think someone’s who’s bad can still call out someone who’s worse.

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Yeah, but Obama is probably going to have his base pretty well nailed down come November. Romney meanwhile doesn’t have a base.

ddrintn on April 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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