New Romney ad: What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention

posted at 12:46 pm on April 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this the new “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Almost that long ago, Barack Obama laid down a few metric markers for successful economic policies during the Democratic convention in Denver, Colorado. He probably won’t repeat them this year at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina — because his record there (and across the nation) on those metrics demonstrate the abysmal failure of Obamanomics. The Romney campaign also uses the ad to launch a new microsite, ObamaIsntWorking.com:

The microsite comes as good news, as the focus over the last couple of weeks seems to have drifted from economics. Obama is very vulnerable on the economy, which is why Team Obama keeps trying to change the subject — to “fairness,” a “war on women,” even Romney’s dog Seamus. Christian Heinze explains this strategy at The Hill today:

In a Fox News poll released last week, Obama scored higher on four of five character traits, besting Romney on trust, smarts, honesty and optimism. Meanwhile, Romney only led on one question, but it was a huge one — “which candidate do you think has the best experience to fix the economy?” In this case, Romney’s strength on the economy was enough to give him a 46-44 percent overall lead, despite Obama’s greater personal appeal.

Meanwhile, a CNN poll released Monday revealed a similar pattern, although with less sanguine overall results for Romney. Obama scored higher than his GOP rival on 13 personal attributes, but the divide was most pronounced on likability vs. the economy. Obama held a 29-point advantage on likability, but that fell to a statistically meaningless 2-point lead on the economy.

In other words, Obama was strongest on personal appeal and weakest on the economy, while Romney was the inverse.

Romney needs to make sure that the campaign message never drifts far from Obama’s sorry record on the economy and jobs. This is an excellent early effort.


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What you might hear at the Democratic convention…

Pass the poodle

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Obama eats dogs AND jobs!

thebrokenrattle on April 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Obama’s likables will crater after his relentless faux negative attacks.

rubberneck on April 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Good ad – that dog can hunt!

derecho on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Obama eats dogs AND jobs!

thebrokenrattle on April 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Heh.

tetriskid on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I am genuinely shocked that Romney’s team is taking off the kid gloves this early. I didn’t think he had it in him.

Paradol Ex on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Time to repeat 1992: It’s the Economy, Stupid

Greg Q on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This seems like a good place to link HA commenter Immolate’s re-design of the DNC Convention logo.

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I had a dog who loved hanging her head out the window. One of my lasting memories of Maggie was driving her around country roads this past autumn so she could sniff the breeze. If Seamus generally enjoyed being parked on top so he could sniff away, I’m fine with it. Much better than eating a dog, which at 10 years old I wouldn’t do.

But hey, let’s not talk about the real double digit unemployment rate, $5 trillion more in debt, 1000+ days without a budget, governmental scandals, bankrupt solar companies being given illegally subordinated government loans, etc. The Whine is a walking disaster.

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Romney is destroying Obama piece by piece. This is going to be a fun election cycle.

akaniku on April 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

a guy who has never had a real job, even now who outsources all the “duties”, has more “smarts” than a guy who has turned around numerous companies, built companies and EARNED millions for himself and others. that seems like something that will hold up; yeah.

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’m guessing the senior staff of PETA won’t be there.

KingGold on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention

Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama is golfing, partying, vacationing, campaigning, nationalizing, lying, and breaking the law. I guess that’s too long, so “Obama Isn’t Working” will have to do.

The Rogue Tomato on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obamuh led in “smarts”?

A pissant who pronounces it “Corpseman,” and who thought that his great uncle helped to liberate Auschwitz – led in “smarts”?

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You’ll hear that at the convention. Mostly from the women.

The Rogue Tomato on April 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“Obama Isn’t Working” will have to do.

The Rogue Tomato on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’m counting down the days minutes until some Dem race hustler calls that an attack on black people.

KingGold on April 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Time to repeat 1992: It’s the Economy, Stupid

Greg Q on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

who gets cast as jennifer flowers?

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It will be ruff for him though.

derecho on April 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Romney can get elected by expounding on one theme only – the economy. Everything else is a minefield the democrats can capitalize on. Everybody wants a good economy, that is one issue that can’t be polarized and it is the one issue Obama is weakest.

But in doing so, he must not go too negative. Everybody who can be swayed already knows Obama didn’t deliver the goods. So there is no need to attack Obama on that point. The strategy to use is the Reagan strategy of positive messaging. The less Romney mentions Obama, the better.

keep the change on April 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’m counting down the days minutes until some Dem race hustler calls that an attack on black people.

KingGold on April 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

ooo good point. lets go with “obama is shiftless”. hmmm.

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I would rather have Romney on the offensive rather than on the defensive.

derecho on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention
Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

let me hlep you to your box president carter.

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I am genuinely shocked that Romney’s team is taking off the kid gloves this early. I didn’t think he had it in him.

Paradol Ex on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Newt would disagree.

BTW, I wonder what Obama’s campaign is going to do with all those pet-related stuff. I somehow don’t think that “Dogs for Obama” T-shirts are selling well this morning.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama scored higher on four of five character traits, besting Romney on trust, smarts, honesty and optimism.

Is this a joke? In addition to his dishonesty and arrogance, Obama is the most negative, depressing and demoralizing force I’ve ever seen in America. How can anybody extrapolate anything he does or says as being “optimistic”?

Right Mover on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention
Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

ok everyone the catholic contingent will be having services sunday morning….

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

What you might hear at the Democratic convention:

“Where did the secret service guys go?”

mojowt on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Obama is golfing, partying, vacationing, campaigning, nationalizing, lying, and breaking the law. I guess that’s too long, so “Obama Isn’t Working” will have to do.

The Rogue Tomato on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“Obama isn’t working” is just a riff on the UK Conservative party’s “Labour isn’t working” campaign.

The Romney campaign openly acknowledge that they are using the same messaging.

tetriskid on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

A pissant who pronounces it “Corpseman,” and who thought that his great uncle helped to liberate Auschwitz – led in “smarts”?

…Who termed Hawaii–his supposed birthplace–part of Asia, too.

Right Mover on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

have you seen debbie? doesnt she look great!

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I honestly never thought I’d feel this way, but Mitt is winning me over. Unlike McCain in 2008, the Romney team really seems to have it together. Although he certainly wasn’t my first choice, I’m ready to hop on board and throw all my support Mitt’s way.

Nikkia2112 on April 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Odopey couldn’t be bothered about the economy, he’s too busy watching a re-run of “Must love Dogs”. Too easy.

msupertas on April 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Romney’s dog is named Seamus? I wonder if that’s a reference to the old Pink Floyd song, “Seamus”? You know, “I was in the kitchen. Seamus, that’s the dog, was outside.”

That would increase my respect for Romney a little bit, I admit.

Goldenavatar on April 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I somehow don’t think that “Dogs for Obama” T-shirts are selling well this morning.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Nah. They just changed them to read, “Dogs for Obama. Or else.”

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

But what is the dog unemployment rate? And mortality rate?

ParisParamus on April 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

One curious moment in the ad:

“North Carolina has lost nearly 50,000 jobs since President Obama took office” (0:35)

followed by:

“That’s over twice the size of the arena where the Convention will be held.” (0:38)

How much space does a lost job occupy? Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall (3:11)…

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Is this a joke? In addition to his dishonesty and arrogance, Obama is the most negative, depressing and demoralizing force I’ve ever seen in America. How can anybody extrapolate anything he does or says as being “optimistic”?

Right Mover on April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I guess because he smiles a lot. That freakin’ creepy smile.

thebrokenrattle on April 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

One exception – they blow it at the end with the “Obama isn’t working.com” and OIC logo.

The correct website is obamaisntworking.com (no apostrophe)
And OIC.com is owned by another organization.

Why throw in that last bit of confusion to a powerful ad?

jbenson2 on April 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The likability factor is a way around being called a racist, i.e “I like Obama but just not his policies.”

Hence the disparity in likability and approval. His likability is smoke and mirrors.

kevinkristy on April 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

This seems like a good place to link HA commenter Immolate’s re-design of the DNC Convention logo.

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

That’s great. Hey on a side note. Paul Ryan can now rebut the claims that his budget proposal will have seniors eating cat food, he can claim that Obama’s will have seniors eating their dogs.

uncommon sense on April 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Man, this board has gone to the dogs.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Checked almost all the ads on the new microsite. While they’re overall good ads hitting zero on the economy, jobs and prices, not one of them tells me what Willard’s going to do about it, not even in the abstract.

I’m really trying to get excited about the guy, but really, how about something, anything, positive about the Mittens?

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

“People – he is NOT likeable! He is off-putting, arrogant, dishonest, whiny, irresponsible, inept, wimpy, thin-skinned and petulant. How does that add up to likeable? Who are these people who will not admit that the Emperor of the Greens is buck naked?

natasha333 on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

…Who termed Hawaii–his supposed birthplace–part of Asia, too.

Right Mover on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

That makes his use of the term, “intercontinental railroad,” more sensible. After all, that American railroad that traversed the United States probably reached Hawaii, too.

At least for Mr. Smarts.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

“People – he is NOT likeable! He is off-putting, arrogant, dishonest, whiny, irresponsible, inept, wimpy, thin-skinned and petulant.

But enough about Newt….

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Romney needs to make sure that the campaign message never drifts far from Obama’s sorry record on the economy and jobs. This is an excellent early effort.

I agree, which is why I was dissappointed to see Romney right out of the gate give breitbart.com an interview complaining about left wing, probama media bias.

Although true in nearly every particular, this line of argument is about as far off message as you can get. Left wing media bias is nothing new and should be cooked into every GOP Potus campaigns basic recipe.

Lamenting to Larry O’Connor at Breibart that vast left wing conspiracy is preparing to smear you is pointless and counterproductive.

The entire country knows that the MSM loves Obama like a crack addict loves rocks, and that they are gleefully preparing to smear you on Obama’s behalf. Half the country are OK with it and the other half hate the media/left for it. Theres no middle ground to capture on this issue anymore so wtf, over??

Sacramento on April 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’m really trying to get excited about the guy, but really, how about something, anything, positive about the Mittens?

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

The thing is, there’s nothing excitable about Mittens. Which is good, look at everyone who got excited about Dear Liar? At this point a plain vanilla technocrat is the good option. The positive? He won’t appoint The Whine’s choices for the Supreme Court.

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

They just changed them to read, “Dogs for Obama. Or else.”

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Fantastic!

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

In a Fox News poll released last week, Obama scored higher on four of five character traits, besting Romney on trust, smarts, honesty and optimism.

Trust, smarts, honesty, and optimism? I find that he leads in the first three simply astounding. Do those polled have absolutely no intelligence?

I wouldn’t let Obama watch my dog, let alone have the keys to this country. What were the 53% thinking in 2008?

BuckeyeSam on April 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Obama’s likability is a by product of the MSM treating him like someone that we should all be swooning over and rooting for. In other words, it’s all hype.

I remember when Bush ran against Gore, and polls showed that people thought Bush was more likable than Gore. This was due to a combination of stand up comics spending 8 years mocking Gore as a wooden figure with no personality, and Bush being new to the political scene. Once Bush responded forcefully to the attacks of 9/11, the MSM had no problem convincing plenty of people that he was a monster.

They weren’t able to convince enough people of this to prevent him from getting re-elected (same with Reagan). But the MSM has a lot of power to sway people in regards to the character traits that Obama is scoring well on.

But in the end, these character traits were a lot more important when he was first running four years ago. Now he has a record that he has to defend, and when people go to the polls in November, they’ll understand that this time around, it’s not a beauty contest.

ardenenoch on April 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The thing is, there’s nothing excitable about Mittens. Which is good, look at everyone who got excited about Dear Liar?

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Not talking “excited” in a cult of personality sorta way, but it’s been borne out over and over that people want something to vote for. Hitting barky isn’t enough. Willard has got to finish the ads with a positive perception of what happens if he’s elected.

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Obama scored higher on four of five character traits, besting Romney on trust, smarts, honesty and optimism.

A guy who spent his youth, by his own account, smoking dope (and blow, when he could afford it) and hanging out with radicals and terrorists is more trustworthy than a guy who spent his youth as a missionary?

A guy who obtained a JD from Harvard, where he admits he was a beneficiary of Affirmat*ve Act*on, is smarter than a white guy who obtained both a JD and MBA from Harvard, without the benefit of any race-based preferences?

A guy who earned hundreds of millions of dollars on Wall Street is not as smart as a guy who worked as a part-time state legislator and part-time law lecturer, couldn’t balance his own household budget, and had to rely on unethical “favors” from political “friends” like Tony Rezko to afford a house for himself and his family?

Wonder what color the sky is in the universe where Obama is smarter and more honest than Romney.

AZCoyote on April 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

AZCoyote on April 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

You go to hell! You and your facts can go to hell!

- The 99% and the OWS.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

People always say that polls taken this far out are meaningless and I’ve always agreed; however, I took a look at past presidential Gallup polls taken in April and discovered something interesting.

Gallup Poll in April

1956:

EISENHOWER: 56
Stevenson: 42

1960:

KENNEDY: 48
Nixon: 47

1964:

JOHNSON: 65
Goldwater: 29

1968:

NIXON: 43
Humphrey: 34

1972:

NIXON: 53
McGovern: 34

1976:

CARTER: 49
Ford: 43

1980:

Carter: 41
REAGAN: 34

1984:

REAGAN: 54
Mondale: 41

1988:

BUSH: 45
Dukakis: 43

1992: (gap closed by end of April and Clinton took the lead for good in June)

CLINTON: 25
Bush: 44

1996:

CLINTON: 49
Dole: 35

2000:

BUSH: 47
Gore: 41

2004:

BUSH: 48
Kerry: 46

2008:

OBAMA: 45
McCain: 43

ONLY two have not been indicative of the results of the November election:

#1: 1980
#2: 1992

In both, the incumbent President had a huge lead and lost his reelection bid.

In NONE of the Gallup head-to-head polls was an incumbent President behind nor were any of the eventual winners behind in April.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You’re killin’ me….LOL…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I am in television advertising and have to say that the Romney writers/editors/producers are top notch. I just hope they can continue to turn out such winners.

Bensonofben on April 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention

Never bring a poodle to a dog fight.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Checked almost all the ads on the new microsite. While they’re overall good ads hitting zero on the economy, jobs and prices, not one of them tells me what Willard’s going to do about it, not even in the abstract.

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

The purpose of the site is specifically to remind people of the incumbent’s record. That said, links to the “Mitt Romney for President” site should be on every page and should be more prominent.

aunursa on April 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Hitting barky isn’t enough. Willard has got to finish the ads with a positive perception of what happens if he’s elected.

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Agreed.

And ad isn’t even hitting Obama that hard. Just “Meh” at best. Weak.

Bush Sr. hit Dukakis hard (Willie Horton), etc.
Romney is too much of a wuss to hit anyone hard.

Norwegian on April 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Excellent!

gophergirl on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

A guy who spent his youth, by his own account, smoking dope (and blow, when he could afford it) and hanging out with radicals and terrorists is more trustworthy than a guy who spent his youth as a missionary?

AZCoyote on April 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

This is a good ad- but they should make one for different parts of the country, to show what the real unemployment numbers look like.

Kristamatic on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

…Who termed Hawaii–his supposed birthplace–part of Asia, too.

Right Mover on April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

That makes his use of the term, “intercontinental railroad,” more sensible. After all, that American railroad that traversed the United States probably reached Hawaii, too.

At least for Mr. Smarts.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

But did it run through all 57 states?

IrishEyes on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Not talking “excited” in a cult of personality sorta way, but it’s been borne out over and over that people want something to vote for. Hitting barky isn’t enough. Willard has got to finish the ads with a positive perception of what happens if he’s elected.

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

How about voting for a capitalist? Or voting for getting the anti-American marxist out of the Oval Office? Weak tea to be sure, but George Patacki won Ny’s governorship in an “Anybody but Cuomo” election. That really was an anti-incumbent election, so it can happen.

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I’ve got a couple ofr ads in my head that the RNC is free to use

- Show any of the many clips where Obama is saying that things would have been worst off if he wasn’t president, then ask the question: I thought Obama was elected to turn things around, to make things better. If he couldnt do it in the last 4 years, why should we believe he can do it with 4 more?

- Show any of the clips where Obama uses the excuse that the ecomomy he inherited was worst off than expected, then ask the question: You knew how bad the economy was, We knew how bad it was, why didnt Obama?

End with… its time to bring in the experts, to finally get things right.

AverageJoe on April 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

its time to bring in the experts, to finally get things right.

AverageJoe on April 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Damn! I like that!

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The very notion of high personal appeal for lying Marxist nitwit Obama is a mystery to me.

Jaibones on April 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

This is a great ad. The attack on Obama’s economic failure needs to be unrelenting.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

somebody must. kuccinich kept getting elected.

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Margaret Thatcher had the campaign slogan “Labour Isn’t Working,” a wonderful play on the Labour Party in power and high unemployment in the labor force.

Obama Isn’t Working seems a poor imitation. I suppose some may see him as a guy who’s on the golf course too much, but it doesn’t resonate (and I’m not sure the producers meant it to, in that way).

BTW, I don’t think the website address is handled badly. They could have spelled it solidly at the end, but it would have been hard to unravel. I don’t think there are many viewers who are going to insert spaces into the URL.

bobs1196 on April 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Do you trust someone who believes he can “dig us out of a hole”?

Don’t you have to know the first rule of extrication?

VietVet_Dave on April 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

JugEars has fleas.

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

In a Fox News poll released last week, Obama scored higher on four of five character traits, besting Romney on trust, smarts, honesty and optimism.

Who the heck did they poll? No intellegent person that I know thinks Obama is trustworthy, smart or honest.

Susanboo on April 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

OOPS! Intelligent! LOL!

Susanboo on April 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I am genuinely shocked that Romney’s team is taking off the kid gloves this early. I didn’t think he had it in him.

Paradol Ex on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

It’s a pleasant surprise. He won’t need a personality if he keeps this up.

Lightswitch on April 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

God doesn’t live in the clouds. I trust Mitt over Obama any day, and I’m not a Mitt fan.

Lightswitch on April 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

That’s where you’re living these days.

msupertas on April 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Both Romney and Obama are self-professed believers in God. (I’m assuming that a belief in God is what your “old man” reference is about. I personally don’t know anyone who believes that God is an old man who lives in the clouds, but somehow I’m not surprised that you do).

AZCoyote on April 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

#1: 1980
#2: 1992

In both, the incumbent President had a huge lead and lost his reelection bid.

In NONE of the Gallup head-to-head polls was an incumbent President behind nor were any of the eventual winners behind in April.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Something else in common.

The Conservative Regan won

The now Moderate GHW Bush lost.

This has been the case for 10 straight elections.

Mitt is Obama lite and a liberal moderate he will lose without a doubt.

They both want to tax the top 1%

They both want their version of Obama/Romney Care. Romney will fight for it once President if he won but he won’t.

They both want larger Government and to consolidate control by the President.

They are both communist Progressives.

Steveangell on April 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Do you trust someone who believes there is an old man who lives in the clouds?

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

We know that anything we may believe in sends you into a spastic, spittle-flecked rage.

What do you believe in? I.e., what are your core principles and beliefs?

So far, your only principle seems to be fury. Hopefully, you can do better. Please explain.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hitting barky isn’t enough. Willard has got to finish the ads with a positive perception of what happens if he’s elected.

Lost in Jersey on April 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

So the handle ‘Barky’ takes on a whole new meaning today.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

rbj on April 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

It’s early, and already Team Romney has Obowma against the ropes…we wanted a fighter-looks like we got one. Axle thought they could Palinize Mittens…they didnt think he would bring a gun to the gunfight…

lovingmyUSA on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Who the heck did they poll? No intellegent person that I know thinks Obama is trustworthy, smart or honest.

Susanboo on April 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

They polled Obama’s campaign team.

akaniku on April 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Been checking out the OIW website–major p3wn-age, very strong attacks on Obamskies’ record. It looks like all the videos (at least all the ones I saw) are youtube, so click through to youtube to add to the view count. Also post them on Facebook–people need to see these.

smellthecoffee on April 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What a dissapointing thread. The ad was great..loved the music-drumbeat in the background. He’s hitting Obama hard.

bluealice on April 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

What you won’t hear at the Democratic convention

Arf?

BacaDog on April 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

haha :-)

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

they didnt think he would bring a gun to the gunfight…

lovingmyUSA on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

methinks Romney’s bringing an RPG to the gun fight…and it’s the super PACs relentless ads that are going to do Baraka in…his billion dolar campaign is a myth, overreach much…

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Heh. Looks it might time for THIS again. Still works for me.

smellthecoffee on April 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

JugEars has fleas.

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Sales must be going strong, need fresh meat.

MontanaMmmm on April 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

For the first time in four years…I have HOPE. Axle’s head has to be spinning today…all their best laid plans, and all that…

lovingmyUSA on April 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

That makes his use of the term, “intercontinental railroad,” more sensible. After all, that American railroad that traversed the United States probably reached Hawaii, too. OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Does president intelligent know if that was before or after “the bomb” was dropped on Pear Harbor?

wizzdumb on April 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Agreed.

And ad isn’t even hitting Obama that hard. Just “Meh” at best. Weak.

Bush Sr. hit Dukakis hard (Willie Horton), etc.
Romney is too much of a wuss to hit anyone hard.

I can’t for the life of me think why anyone believes that Team Romney is going to go soft. If the primary shows anything, the guy has a ruthless streak. Even better, the ruthless streak is hidden behind a charming smile.

He has a tough job, in that general voters for some reason find vain, prickly, thin-skinned Obama likeable. Attacking him personally will probably backfire.

So I think what you see is a continual hammering at the record. Drive negatives up among the center. Then you come in with the alternative message. I like what I see of the strategy so far.

FuzzyLogic on April 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Romney needs to keep hammering on the economy. Any other topic they bring up, Romney needs to bounce right back and ask “What’s that got to do with unemployment and the economy?”

GarandFan on April 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

What you might hear at the Democratic convention…

Pass the poodle

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

“Ahem. Do you have any Grey Poupon Bichon Frise?

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Been checking out the OIW website–major p3wn-age, very strong attacks on Obamskies’ record. It looks like all the videos (at least all the ones I saw) are youtube, so click through to youtube to add to the view count. Also post them on Facebook–people need to see these.

smellthecoffee on April 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The ad was great..loved the music-drumbeat in the background. He’s hitting Obama hard.

bluealice on April 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Yup.

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Good ad – that dog can hunt!

derecho on April 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

..oh, I see what you did there!

;-)

The War Planner on April 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Romney needs to keep hammering on the economy. Any other topic they bring up, Romney needs to bounce right back and ask “What’s that got to do with unemployment and the economy?”

GarandFan on April 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Yes. The response is, “The U.S. does not need to hear stories about my dog from 30 years ago. The United States borrows 42 cents out of every dollar it spends. We need to talk about solving this problem.”

HeatSeeker2011 on April 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I can’t for the life of me think why anyone believes that Team Romney is going to go soft. If the primary shows anything, the guy has a ruthless streak. Even better, the ruthless streak is hidden behind a charming smile.

He has a tough job, in that general voters for some reason find vain, prickly, thin-skinned Obama likeable. Attacking him personally will probably backfire.

So I think what you see is a continual hammering at the record. Drive negatives up among the center. Then you come in with the alternative message. I like what I see of the strategy so far.

FuzzyLogic on April 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I would like to nominate you as the other HA commenter who has a wholly inappropriate monicker. Like Pramgmatic, your comments belie what the sobriquet implies.

..in this case, your logic is anything but fuzzy. Keep up the excellent work!

The War Planner on April 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

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