Obama’s campaign strategy: Mitt Romney is “severely conservative” or something

posted at 7:11 pm on April 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

As unconvincing as it is, he has to make this attack the cornerstone of his anti-Romney strategy, no? If he goes the other way and attacks Romney for being a squish without any principles, some centrists and independents may read that as “moderate pragmatist” and come to appreciate Mitt for it. The One’s best bet, ludicrous though it may be, is to roll out the tried and true “wingnut extremist” meme and hope that sheer repetition blunts perceptions of Romney as a sensible middle-grounder. The two parties tend to rely on these evergreen narratives about each other for a reason, after all. Obama was always going to take heat for being a cocooned liberal elitist because that message is helpful to the GOP in attracting working-class voters. John Kerry got it too, as did fellow Massachusetts liberal Mike Dukakis. Clinton was immune to it despite his Ivy League pedigree because of his folksy southern charm, but then there were enough other lines of attack on him that elitism wasn’t really required. (Hillary bore the elitist label for years but finally shed it — to some extent — by running as the blue-collar alternative to O in 2008). Point being, these labels are baked in the electoral cake. If Huntsman had been the nominee, he too would have been a radical-right Rethuglican eager to take the country back to the 14th century.

Here’s Michael Hirsh springboarding off of Obama’s own reference yesterday to LBJ and Goldwater to frame the election as “Barack versus Barry”:

Based on his three speeches yesterday as well as others he has recently made–particularly the one last week before the American Society of News Editors–Obama’s strategy seems to be this: I’m going to persuade the American people to think that you, Gov. Romney, are the reincarnation of Barry Goldwater, an extremist extraordinaire both on the economy and foreign policy. One who lost in the biggest landslide in American history in 1964…

To drive home the point, Obama again resorted to a meme that has already become familiar: he invoked other GOP presidents going all the way back to Lincoln in arguing that today’s Republicans are ideological extremists caught up in failed ideas. Pushing for social equity and investing in the nation’s future “is not historically a Democratic or Republican idea,” Obama said at another event in Hollywood. “It was Republican Teddy Roosevelt who called for a progressive income tax. Dwight Eisenhower, Republican, built the Interstate Highway System. It was, with the help of Republicans in Congress, FDR who gave millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, a chance to get ahead through the GI Bill. Abraham Lincoln, first Republican President, helped to bind this country together through the Transcontinental Railroad, started the land-grant colleges, National Academy of Sciences. This is not just a Democratic idea.”

Obvious question, then: Aren’t we also going to see some Democratic messaging this year about Romney being a “perfectly lubricated weathervane” who’ll tell voters anything they want to hear? And if so, isn’t that … hopelessly contradicted by the “Romney is the secret love child of Barry Goldwater and Hitler” attack? The answer to the first question is surely yes, but I’m not so sure about the second. Lefty Michael Tomasky:

Why assume that [Romney's] old moderate positions were the real ones and the new conservative ones are fake? Because he took the others first? So what? He simply said what he needed to say to win then, and he’s saying what he thinks he needs to say to win now. And here and there, we learn new things about those bygone days. Over the weekend, the Times reported that Romney and Bibi Netanyahu have been close buddies, almost soulmates, for 35 years. I don’t think he paraded that one around much while running against Ted Kennedy. So maybe he was lying then.

I always ask people this question: There was talk, after the Salt Lake Olympics from which he emerged a local hero, that he might run for office in Utah. He decided against it because he had lived in Massachusetts for a quarter-century and saw a clearer path there. So suppose he had run in Utah. Think he’d have been proabortion rights there, or passed a big health-care law? Obviously not. He’d have been whatever he had to be.

And this is my theory of Romney: He’s not conservative, but he’s not moderate either. Why people assume he must be one or the other is another puzzle, because there is a third choice, which is the correct one: none of the above. He’s everything, he’s nothing; he’s whatever he needs to be.

The conservative fear is that, because Romney’s true beliefs are inscrutable, he’ll prove to be much more moderate in office than advertised. Democrats will turn that logic on its head for centrists: It’s because he’s inscrutable that he might end up governing further to the right than anyone expects. In fact, you don’t even need to believe that Mitt’s secretly conservative to believe that. If you think he’s apt to govern in whichever way maximizes his chances at reelection, then arguably he’ll be more conservative in office than he’d like to be simply for fear of a revolt among the base and subsequent primary challenge.

But maybe that’s overthinking it. If you’re a campaign strategist eager to attract a low-information swing voter, you’re not expecting them to pay close attention and notice that your “Romney’s a radical” and “Romney’s an opportunist squish” messages are mutually exclusive. All you want to do is create a sense for them that Romney’s kind of sinister and not to be trusted. Both of those messages further that goal, contradictory though they are. Do what you’ve got to do to drive his favorables down — and they’re already further down than most recent GOP nominees’ numbers were at the start of the general election campaign — and hope for the best. It’s kitchen sink time.


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Good luck trying to sell that message.

aunursa on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Mitt gave them a perfect gift, on a platinum platter.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Failed record of the current potus wins for Republicans.

ted c on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

So says the “severely socialist” Obama…

albill on April 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

My new Campaign idea is…..

Heh.

Key West Reader on April 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

and they’re already further down than most recent GOP nominees’ numbers were at the start of the general election campaign

Thanks a ton, ABRs.

…is what I’d like to say, but this should be water under the bridge. Obama’s the problem now.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Obama campaign slogan 2012:

Uhhh….

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

He’s everything, he’s nothing; he’s whatever he needs to be.

If that’s the case, and I believe it most certainly is, then the way to get what we need from him is to surround him with conservatives. After all, if you want to determine the color of a chameleon all you have to do is control the color of the wallpaper. He’ll turn whatever color he has to in order to fit in.

Lew on April 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Well, obama might be able to convince his dunderheaded followers of this, but any informed, thinking person knows that Romney is a raging progressive who only dabbles in conservatism.

Pork-Chop on April 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Must be running in the wrong crowd. Don’t know anyone that buys into either one of these tools shtick.

Mitt gets my vote just because of the potential SCOTUS nominations, but that’s the only reason why. God help us all.

CTSherman on April 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Team Obama: Still looking for a message and a clue.

Losers!

WhatNot on April 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Team Obama: Still looking for a message and a clue.

Losers!

WhatNot on April 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

We just don’t get it like we used to!

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Dear Liar is severely marxist.

rbj on April 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

But maybe that’s overthinking it.

Better check with BuzzFeed to get the latest meaningful analysis…

cicerone on April 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I hope Romney sticks to everything he said in this ad.

Vote carefully – the country you save might just be your own. ABO!

gophergirl on April 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Obama’s campaign strategy: Mitt Romney is “severely conservative” or something
=============

Hopey/Changeys Strategy:

Demonization of the Right,while Socialists like Obama are
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar to the Left,

that it keeps on going…going…never/ever to make the circle back to the middle again,like a planet in orbit trajectory thingy
that just flies off into another galaxy!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Wait that actually makes me want to vote for Mitt I agree with everything he said ;0

ldbgcoleman on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Mitt gave them a perfect gift, on a platinum platter.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

And the clueless paranoia lives on…

cicerone on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Have you noticed how shrill Obama is sounding these days? He knows that the welfare-swilling couchies need to be prodded out of their stupor to vote for him. Thus the shrill.
This gives Romney an opening. Four years of a failed presidency have introduced some instability and unpredictability to this president. What will Obama do in a second term? Well. If past is prologue. . . .

EMD on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

and they’re already further down than most recent GOP nominees’ numbers were at the start of the general election campaign

Romney is unelectable.

Norwegian on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Here’s the Romney slogan for 2012.

GET REAL!

Romney … 2012

It will work.

Key West Reader on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Looks like a pretty good commercial for Mitt. Especially the killing of ObamaCare remark, since most Americans would love that. Free advertising for Mitt.

This will be a good test though. Will Romney now run and try to change positions or will he stand firm?

JellyToast on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Is this supposed to hurt Romney?

Because it looks like a great way to unite conservatives around him.

BradTank on April 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Yes We Can Demonize

Together We Thrive at Labels!!

We are the Ones We have been Waiting For
to Spout UnCivil Rhetric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Here’s the Romney slogan for 2012.

GET REAL!

Romney … 2012

It will work.

Key West Reader on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Key West Reader:Very nice,a small tweaky tho!:)

GET REAL WITH GOOD OLE’ FASHIONED AMERICAN COMMON SENSE!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Obama 2012: THRIVE TO DEMONIZE!

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I didn’t watch the video but I have to ask:

Was there a gold watch swinging east to west on a chain?

/

CW on April 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

[...] are ideological extremists caught up in failed ideas.

If the word “Republican” didn’t precede that sentence, you’d think he was talking about his own administration. In fact, I think he is and switched the sentence subject.

MrX on April 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

So the grandfather of Obamacare was severely conservative when he made his plan? Thats seriously the argument they’re going to use?

Zaggs on April 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Romney is unelectable.

Norwegian on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Oh friggin please. We just went through the bloodiest GOP primary in my lifetime. Things will change once it is 2 on one. Biden don’t count.

CW on April 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Gas prices.

Unemployment.

Solyndra.

The “Stimulus Bill”.

The national debt.

There’s more, but this is all Romney needs to run on.

MidniteRambler on April 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

So the grandfather of Obamacare was severely conservative when he made his plan? Thats seriously the argument they’re going to use?

Zaggs on April 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Do they define conservative and severly conservative? I am

CW on April 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Mitt gave them a perfect gift, on a platinum platter.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Instead of mocking him, why don’t you join us in hoping and praying that he is indeed severe?

John the Libertarian on April 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

too lazy to look.

CW on April 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

We are the Ones We have been Waiting For
to Spout UnCivil Rhetric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

So true.

John the Libertarian on April 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Holy Cow, I think Carl Cameron and Shep said that Newt bounced a check trying to get on Utah’s ballot. That’s ugly.

Cindy Munford on April 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Is there anything that Romney can’t be?

What’s next, Romney morphed into Dick Cheney?

Curtiss on April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Willard is NOT a Conservative.

But that’s the problem – when his big government fails (if he ever becomes President which is highly unlikely) – but when he fails as President Conservatives will get the blame for that.

HondaV65 on April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Gas prices.

Unemployment.

Solyndra.

The “Stimulus Bill”.

The national debt.

There’s more, but this is all Romney needs to run on.

MidniteRambler on April 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Obamacare ruled unconstitutional illegal…

Eric Holder indicted for Fast and Furious…

Life is GOOD today!!!

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

The Sound-Bite GoldMine is about to pay off,for Team Blue,and all the Friendly-Fire induced by the MSM Debate Formatting of the GOP
Debates,has yeielded a treasure-trouve as well!!!

H*ll,the MSM alone,daily/weekly leading up to the General Election
can sound-bite American voters to,ahem,death,in gaining the momem
tum,and Narrative Control!!

ITS POLITICAL WAR!!

SADDLE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Thanks a ton, ABRs.

…is what I’d like to say, but this should be water under the bridge. Obama’s the problem now.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Why play the blame game 6+ months before the election?

Bluray on April 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Curtiss on April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Wake me for that one.

Cindy Munford on April 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

If Huntsman had been the nominee, he too would have been a radical-right Rethuglican eager to take the country back to the 14th century.

The 14th century was before the evil white man defiled the Native American utopia that existed on this continent. It was also a time of no SUVs, no blood for oil, and all-organic foods. You would think some of the libs would be absolutely thrilled to vote for a candidate they think would take them back to the 14th century.

/sarc

JimLennon on April 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

AP… Have you been reading my comments ? ;) I’m glad you point this out, but seriously this was so obvious! That’s why Romney won’t win… Not in the age of YouTube.

Question for you AP: How should Romney handle his flip flops at a debate one on one? Given he will be flip flopping from the “severely conservative” stands he took during the primary…. Flip flops of flip flops

Let’s say it goes like this:
The One: What did you mean when you said to have governed in a, and I quote “severely conservative” way? Not only did You pass a healthcare that I used as a model, when campaigning for the job you said to be a progressive? Who are you Mitt?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Obvious question, then: Aren’t we also going to see some Democratic messaging this year about Romney being a “perfectly lubricated weathervane”

Probably. But whenever I see/hear that phrase, I think of Thurston Cornelius Huntsman wearing an ascot, swirling a snifter of brandy while baring his bottom teeth like a patrician barracuda.
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Holy Cow, I think Carl Cameron and Shep said that Newt bounced a check trying to get on Utah’s ballot. That’s ugly.

Cindy Munford on April 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Cindy Munford:True,fourth item down!:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2012-elections

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Thanks a ton, ABRs.

…is what I’d like to say, but this should be water under the bridge. Obama’s the problem now.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

You cant say it but say you aren’t saying it. Maybe if you’d stfu about it, quit blaming everyone but Romney for Romney’s existence, and just worry about Obama instead of people that aren’t high on Romney, you’d be much more beneficial to his campaign.

Spliff Menendez on April 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Romney is too conservative guys, don’t vote for him!

Swerve22 on April 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I said it before and I’ll say it again. Yeah right. Leave it to the Liberals to give conservatism a bad name by associating it with a severely liberal RINO. LMAO!

Other liberal lies:

Romneycare is severely conservative.
The Individual Mandate is severely conservative.
Planned Parenthood is severely conservative.
The American Constitution is severely conservative.

Only a Mittbot could believe any of these lies.

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Instead of mocking him, why don’t you join us in hoping and praying that he is indeed severe?

John the Libertarian on April 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

There are a lot of people on this site who have problems with mixing prayer and politics.

de rigueur on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM
So true.

John the Libertarian on April 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

John the Libertarian:MMM MMM MMM!(sarc):)

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Well, obama might be able to convince his dunderheaded followers of this, but any informed, thinking person knows that Romney is a raging progressive who only dabbles in conservatism.
Pork-Chop on April 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Then why is he the republican nominee?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

All you want to do is create a sense for them that Romney’s kind of sinister and not to be trusted. Both of those messages further that goal, contradictory though they are. Do what you’ve got to do to drive his favorables down — and they’re already further down than most recent GOP nominees’ numbers were at the start of the general election campaign — and hope for the best.

nailed it. i think the inevitable flip-flop videos will damn Mitt even further. between those and the Bain Capital attacks coming Romney’s unfavorable numbers will be in the 60′s by the convention

DBear on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Obama’s campaign strategy: Mitt Romney is “severely conservative” or something

Thank God! I wasn’t sure about it before. That puts my mind a little more at ease.

jaime on April 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hopey/Changeys Strategy:

Demonization of the Right,while Socialists like Obama are
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar to the Left,

that it keeps on going…going…never/ever to make the circle back to the middle again,like a planet in orbit trajectory thingy
that just flies off into another galaxy!!

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

flat earther?

screwauger on April 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The Truth Team?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?1?11/!?!?1?1?!!?!

mjbrooks3 on April 11, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Please. Romney’s negatives are not that bad. In head to head with the Marxist he does no worse than 45-45 in Rasmussen’s poll. He is actually sitting in pretty good position right now.

Ta111 on April 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Isn’t this a snob at the conservatives too?? He knows danm well that he not considered a
Conservative by any standard on his track record as a gov. I see this as ” you dumbasses are about to nominate this guy?!? We are about to make you look stupid defend him! LMAO!”

#udzervit

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Defending *

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Allah, your post reads like a condensed version of everything I’ve written here for the past month.

This isn’t hard to deduce. Team. Barry. Is. Panicked.

Think back to the “Summer of Recovery” and how the trendlines bottomed out for 0 by mid-summer. Everyone on the right was expecting a surprise poll/report/whatever to save the guy – and it never manifested.

He’s entering that same trajectory, and Barry’s crew knows it better than we do because they’ve got the hard data.

Look at what he’s talked about this week. Buffett. What about all the “I’ve lowered our dependency on foreign oil” talk? The issue is far from dead, it’s kicking his ass in the polls, and he’s already walked away from. Why? Because they’ve forecasted the summer prices and crapped their pants – with and without anything going down in the mid-east. This is why he sounds OCD about biofuels. He has no answer.

They also have a read on unemployment and inflation trends we don’t. If unemployment was trending positive, they wouldn’t have ran from this last report.

As for inflation, Barry knows he’s on a stagnation tightrope, with stagflation on one side and deflation on the other.

So, what’s the answer? Hope and Change Fear and Loathing.

When you see Romney, Barry wants people to think Gordon Gecko, but he acts and sounds like the Professor from Gilligan’s Island.

…and no one is afraid of Russell Johnson!

budfox on April 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM
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flat earther?

screwauger on April 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

screwauger:Oh gawd,too funny:)

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

No no no- HE’S A LIBERAL! WHY WON’T THEY LISTEN TO HOT AIR!!!

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

The best strategy for Romney is to unhorse Obama early and force him to fight the rest of the battle on foot.

If Romney attacks Obama’s incompetence and Obama’s ideology while at the same time presenting his own plans in a way that people can understand, I think he could accomplish it.

With a lot of money and the media behind Obama, it’s going to be difficult for Romney. He’ll need even more money than Obama has, and a coherent, high-level plan. The one BIG thing Romney has going for him is Obama’s record.

jaime on April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

There’s a ton of tape out there showing Obama flip flopping on all kinds of issues. If they’re both guilty, doesn’t that kind of nullify the issue?

Dee2008 on April 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

perceptions of Romney as a sensible middle-grounder

That’s certainly a nicer way of putting it than I usually read…

cynccook on April 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Comparing Romney to Goldwater is stupid.

Johnson won in a landslide because the 1964 election was just 1 year after the Kennedy assassination and Johnson was going to serve Kennedy’s second term. That was the exact same thing that happened in 1988 (for different reasons) when H.W. Bush was elected to serve Reagan’s third term.

Johnson was elected because of goodwill toward Kennedy, not because of fear of Goldwater.

So, I hope Obama tries it. It will backfire.

jaime on April 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Compared to Obama – Ralph Nader is a conservative.

mouell on April 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Compared to Obama – Ralph Nader is a conservative.

mouell on April 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

–and a patriot.

cynccook on April 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I know of a couple of pictures that they use on threads at Hot Air of JugEars…just blow them up and show them for 30 seconds without any sound bite!

KOOLAID2 on April 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Huh? What was that?

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Romney but that ad was just bizarre. It was severely ADD.

Fallon on April 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I severely hope they run with this narrative. It will marginally help Rmoney™. It will not harm his standing with Independents one bit. Run with it team 0. Otherwise it is a very weak ad.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

President Barack Obama’s Complete List of Historic Firsts [Updated]

Yes, he’s historic, alright.

• First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government

• First President to Violate the War Powers Act

• First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

• First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).

• First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

• First President to Defy a Federal Judge’s Court Order to Cease Implementing the ‘Health Care Reform’ Law

• First President to halt deportations of illegal aliens and grant them work permits, a form of stealth amnesty roughly equivalent to “The DREAM Act”, which could not pass Congress

• First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

• First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on ‘Shovel-Ready’ Jobs — and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

• First President to sue states for requiring valid IDs to vote, even though the same administration requires valid IDs to travel by air

• First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

• First President to sign into law a bill that permits the government to “hold anyone suspected of being associated with terrorism indefinitely, without any form of due process. No indictment. No judge or jury. No evidence. No trial. Just an indefinite jail sentence.”

• First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat

• First President to Threaten Insurance Companies After They Publicly Spoke out on How Obamacare Helped Cause their Rate Increases

• First President to Threaten an Auto Company (Ford) After It Publicly Mocked Bailouts of GM and Chrysler

• First President to “Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the U.S., Including Those With Criminal Convictions”

• First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

• First President to Terminate America’s Ability to Put a Man into Space.

• First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

• First President to Have a Law Signed By an ‘Auto-pen’ Without Being “Present”

• First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

• First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

• First President to refuse to comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena.

• First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc.)

• First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

• First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

• First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts

• First President to allow Mexican police to conduct law enforcement activities on American soil

• First President to Golf 90 or More Times in His First Three Years in Office

But remember: he will not rest until all Americans have jobs, affordable homes, green-energy vehicles, and the environment is repaired, etc., etc., etc.

Mmmmm…. Mmmmm….. Mmmmmmmmmmmm…….

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

too lazy to look.

CW on April 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You didn’t miss much. It was a fail.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I said it before and I’ll say it again. Yeah right. Leave it to the Liberals to give conservatism a bad name by associating it with a severely liberal RINO. LMAO!

Other liberal lies:

Romneycare is severely conservative.
The Individual Mandate is severely conservative.
Planned Parenthood is severely conservative.
The American Constitution is severely conservative.

Only a Mittbot could believe any of these lies.

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Copying and pasting your lies is not going to make them turn true.

Red Cloud on April 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Thanks a ton, ABRs.
KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Any blame attached to Rmoney™’s poor closing skills is his and his alone. It ain’t bean bag and he has a bad problem with optics and foot in mouth.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Romney is unelectable.

Norwegian on April 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I do think Rmoney™ can eek out a win. He has to go about it much better than he has so far. For starters he must start reaching out to the Tea Party types and Social Conservatives more. I f he can get the base to begrudgingly support him, he should attract just enough Indies to be dragged across the finish line. If he continues to be derelict in appealing to the base he will do so at his own peril. Any one who does not understand this does not remember their recent election history. HA is full of folks who don’t.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

The problem with H.W. Bush is that he wanted to avoid the vicious attacks from the press and the democrats that Reagan had to endure, and tried to be a “compassionate conservative”. We see where that got him.

People like conservatives who have a good plan and get results.

Romney should not concentrate at all on trying to convince people that he’s a moderate. Those kinds of labels just play into the hands of the left. Instead he should concentrate on presenting a workable plan that people can understand and believe in. Most people don’t have anything by way of government to believe in now except government handouts.

In the past, most people looked to the government to protect them from foreign aggression, improving their daily lives with infrastructure, work on some of the bigger project that needed to be done (Jet Propulsion Labs, etc), and the people contributed their sons to the military and money to the government to accomplish what needed to be done.

Now, a huge chunk of society has been convinced that they are entitled. Romney will never win that game.

Of course, everyone is self-interested, but I don’t think the majority of people feel entitled. Yet.

jaime on April 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Obama is a seriously socialist nominee.

Steve Z on April 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Mitt gave them a perfect gift, on a platinum platter.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

How so? If all of the ABR folks have been pushing the meme that Romney is liberal/moderate/a rino/socialist/marxist/mccain/whatever…if that is true then how is that a gift to Obama that he can portray Romney as “Severely Conservative?”

kjl291 on April 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I do think Rmoney™ can eek out a win. He has to go about it much better than he has so far. For starters he must start reaching out to the Tea Party types and Social Conservatives more. I f he can get the base to begrudgingly support him, he should attract just enough Indies to be dragged across the finish line. If he continues to be derelict in appealing to the base he will do so at his own peril. Any one who does not understand this does not remember their recent election history. HA is full of folks who don’t.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

So if BO wants to portray Romney as “too conservative” or whatever, does that help Romney with the conservative base? Does it hurt Romney with moderates/conservative dems? Both? Either? Neither?

kjl291 on April 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM

The cardinal sin of this ad is that it’s so boring.

Remember that? No, this ad is incredibly forgettable.

BKennedy on April 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

BaRobin Obama: Holy severe conservative, Batman! Bam! Pow!

Steve Z on April 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Red Cloud on April 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I LOVE the hypocricy of a Mittbot calling ME a liar when it is you and yours that tried to FALSELY sell Sketchy as a real Conservative. LMAO@U

DannoJyd on April 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

If you think he’s apt to govern in whichever way maximizes his chances at reelection, then arguably he’ll be more conservative in office than he’d like to be simply for fear of a revolt among the base and subsequent primary challenge.

Oh yeah, sure. Romney’s sore afraid of the base. He’d light his beautiful hair on fire to appease them.

RightKlik on April 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

It’s going to be pathetic watching Obama beat the $hit out of Etch-a-sketch.

Jayrae on April 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Obama was going to use a variation of this no matter *who* the GOP nominee is…

Then it will be the nominee is part of the dreaded 1%… just like Obama but no one will ever, not once, say that.

Then it will be how insensitive the nominee is to race… while having an AG that is unwilling to stop racist attacks from blacks… which mostly fall on blacks… not that any of the MFM will ever mention that.

Then it will be how the GOP nominee means to turn back the clock at put poor little children to work and lock up women when they’re pregnant so they can’t get an abortion. Not that this is a position of anyone in the GOP and the MFM won’t mention that, either.

What people will see are: gas prices, food prices, and an overgrown and authoritarian bureaucracy that is at once incompetent and willing to punish anyone who disagrees with it.

The MFM won’t mention that, but they won’t have to as it will be mentioned often enough everywhere else… and that will be about it for the last of the MFM’s audience, readership and credibility.

Those of us on the outside of that bubble will mention that, and often.

ajacksonian on April 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Mmmmm…. Mmmmm….. Mmmmmmmmmmmm…….

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

OBama is so bad anyone but Pelosi or Reid would be better. Given that Romney has managed to win the most Republican primary voters of anyone running, can’t we agree to vote for him to get the current abomination out of the White House? If there was someone better running, the ABR’s would have a point, but there isn’t anyone else left getting it done. I don’t see the point in re-electing Obama because Romney is insufficiently pure. He’s got to be significantly better than Obama on all those points.

Well, I don’t know about the golf. Does Mitt golf?

talkingpoints on April 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I just scratched my head after watching the ad. Is this supposed to be slamming Romney? Half of the repubs on HA are saying that he can’t win because he is not conservative enough. I’m confused. Now I know how barack feels on a daily basis.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Wtf? Is Obama trying to help Romney improve his image?

esnap on April 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Real sporting of them to try and energize the conservative base for Romney.

curved space on April 12, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Well, it beats telling women that raising kids isn’t real work.

MNHawk on April 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

If Romney runs a McCain-type campaign, Romney will lose. If Romney runs a conservative campaign, he will beat the socks off Obama. Time will tell which campaign Romney will use.

I am not a Romney fan but if he is the “conservative” nominee, then I will work for his election and will vote for him. I will vote ABO.

gasmeterguy on April 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Romney should respond as follow:

No, Barack. I’m as liberal as you are. I’m a RINO! That’s why I’m as electable as you are.

BWAHAHAHA!

TheAlamos on April 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Let Obama and Romney win the election by getting as many liberals as possible.

GOP-E!

I care less who wins! There’s nothing different between the two except the name and the ticket.

TheAlamos on April 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Dear Barry,

Thanks for helping me fend off the right wingers in my party.

Love,

Mittens

patch on April 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Forget it? I’m counting on it! I’ve notice a nasty, demanding sense of entitlement among people throughout society. They’re rude to waiters and servers, they’re snotty to people trying to help them. They have no respect for the law or other people. It’s about time we had to go without stuff for a while until we learn gratitude.

flataffect on April 13, 2012 at 2:33 AM