Friday predictions: Which dumb distraction will Obama’s campaign use next week to avoid talking about jobs?

posted at 5:36 pm on May 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

I think I’m going to make this a regular Friday feature. We’ll be dealing with a new Obama-manufactured nontroversy every week from now until the economy starts to wake up and give him something meaningful to talk about. Why not try to guess next week’s shiny object ahead of time? Says the Examiner:

The Labor Department reports that 367,000 more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That is still about 100,000 more than prerecession levels. Economists lowered their economic growth projection for 2012 from an already stagnant 2.2 percent to an anemic 1.5 percent. Gallup reported one-in-three young U.S. workers is underemployed. The federal budget deficit is at an all-time high. Americans are fleeing the workforce in record numbers. And if Congress and Obama do nothing, we will all be hit with a job-killing $494 billion tax hike on New Year’s Day…

If voters decide the 2012 election based on Obama’s economic record, he will lose. And so the liberal media, as in love with him as ever, is helping him parade shiny objects to distract voters from that record. The wall-to-wall coverage of Obama’s sudden evolution in his personal position on same-sex marriage follows in the tradition of the Republican War on Women; the Buffett Rule; tax breaks for private jets; Romney’s supposed soft-spot for Osama bin Laden; a student loan bill that would save the average borrower all of $7 per month; and endless 30-year-old stories about Romney’s dog.

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Anyway: Predictions. Which shiny object will we be asked to play with next? Time for O to make another phony push on comprehensive immigration reform? It’ll go nowhere in Congress but will give the press an excuse to explore the question of just how much Romney hates Latinos. How about a hard-hitting New York Times piece alleging that Romney was once in the same dorm room as a guy smoking weed in 1970 and might have inadvertently inhaled the second-hand smoke? That could kickstart an important national debate on legalizing marijuana that’ll end promptly once the next shiny object is ready. Or maybe O will play it light by doing an interview with ESPN to give his pre-season Super Bowl picks and/or his early NCAA tournament brackets. That’s probably only a one-day story, but if he gets George Clooney or Matt Damon involved I’ll bet he can stretch it to two. Any guesses? Whoever comes closest to predicting America’s next contrived diversion from Obama’s miserable economic record will be duly honored in next week’s prediction post.

While you mull, here’s Barney Frank and Tony Perkins going 15 rounds on “Hardball” yesterday over this week’s anything-but-the-economy. Full hour on Monday maybe?

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One more thing, the Cat and Seamus had inter-species gay love affair and that is why Romney incarcerated him on the top of his car…to terrorize and bully him…

William Eaton on May 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Wait, I thought the economy was rebounding and Obama was a shoo-in?
At least that’s what all the Conservatives, who buy into the meme that Obama is so likable and such a gifted politician, were saying.

Personally, I think the guy sucks at just about everything.

ardenenoch on May 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Pentagon budgeting. The Obama Machine is all about pretending to be friends to the military while gutting both the strengths of the services and jacking up servicemembers expenses while cutting their income.

rayra on May 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM

There’s a very strong rumor going around that Mitt once changed lanes without signaling.

Basilsbest on May 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Obama will coincidentally introduce new anti-bullying legislation next week.

midgeorgian on May 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Can’t watch Frank for even a second, which is longer than I can watch the President of the United States.

Sad state of affairs, but I’m sick andvtired of purely-partisan liers.

Who is John Galt on May 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

In 1974, Mitt Romney pulled the tag off a mattress even though it explicitly stated not to do it.

stldave on May 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

This strikes the perfect balance of seriousness, import, relevance, and evil-doing that concerns the current Administration.

Brilliant! Run it!


Who is John Galt on May 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Barney seems to be missing the tomato sauce stains on his shirt and tie in this segment.

rickyricardo on May 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Mitt is retrograde and doesn’t understand the complexities of modern world. He has lived a sheltered life in the gilded age. He’s never used a ipad or ipod…or maybe even a computer. Doesn’t know JayZ.

Then there’ll be something about Ann. Everyone is happy that Ann has done well medically…but their medical care was borne of privileged..a privilege that not everyone in the US shares

r keller on May 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I think you are prescient.

Who is John Galt on May 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Won’t be surprised if Gloria Allred presented Romney’s wife #2, #3
and #4 in a press conference.

jdeg2 on May 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Bain Capital fired 3 guys for embezzeling and the company made 10% profit the next year, so Bain should have paid “a fair share” to the 3 guys that were fired.

Who is John Galt on May 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Time to reinvigorate OWS. I predict the administration will announce an investigation into JP Morgan Chase for not performing well and dragging down the media narrative on the recovery.

Tremor on May 12, 2012 at 5:31 AM

Gays are fools to put up with Obama’s games.

bailey24 on May 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

So are hispanics and Jews.

But they all keep doing it.

AZCoyote on May 12, 2012 at 7:09 AM

* Obama will personally foil a Maqic Underwear Bomb Plot.

* Sasha and Malia will appear on The View on Monday to talk about how they celebrated Mother’s Day by inviting all the gay mommies at Sidwell-Friends to the White House for an LBGTQ solidarity lunch. They will also reveal their favorite gym teacher, Heather, was bullied by the only Republican at Sidwell-Friends when he hid her whistle and they had to cancel gym class for a week until they found it hanging from a tree, tied like a lynching rope. We’ll learn that “Uncle” Eric Holder is preparing hate crime charges against the bully who will be tried as an adult by a military commission at Gitmo.

Buy Danish on May 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM

The Obumbler campaign will release Rommney’s 4th grade artwork, where he stated his favorite color was Blue and then changed it to Red. Talk about Flip-Flopping; It’s a big Gotcha moment!

Tbone McGraw on May 12, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I don’t think they’ve fully dangled the shiny illegal immigrants diversion yet. I sense that coming. You know Romney has never hired an illegal alien. If he HAD they’d use that. Since he HASN’T, they’ll say it’s because he’s part of the 1% and racist.
Joe Arpaio and that new DOJ lawsuit could somehow fit in there.

MAC1000 on May 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

He’s already rolled out a new not so new bailout for responsible homeowners who would like to refinance their underwater homes and keep almost $3K a year in their pockets. Whew! Amazing that he can get all that out and people don’t say ‘huh’.

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Senate Dems will investigate the horse-racing industry for equine steriod usage.

DWS will continue the “war on women” meme by claiming republicans are against providing divorced women with children free college educations, transportation, and housing.

Axelrod will tweet “How come Mitt Romney never won a Nobel Prize for anything?”

Biden will be caught in a hot mic situation where he is heard saying “That reporter was totally stacked. And did you see her thong peeking out?”

St Gaudens on May 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Simple. Obama’s going to revive the “torture” debate by accusing Romney of wanting to restore enhance interrogation (i.e. “torture”). He’ll probably gin up this issue to coincide with the release of an expectantly dismal monthly unemployment numbers.

heretic on May 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Whatever they do we should keep focused on the economy. Nothing will get accomplished though until Zero is on the unemployment line and Reid is in the minority.

dogsoldier on May 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Democrats make up the majority of confirmed schizophrenia cases in America……. That being said they can and will make side splitting hilarious unsubstantiated non-comparison, comparisons of how horrible a human Mitt Romney is… if, he is in fact a human at all…. we….. really don’t know that for sure do we?

Barack Husein Obama has and will continue to not be accountable for anything he has ever said and done in his life. The democrat party can and will suppress any and all actual investigations into Barry Barrack Husein Soetoro Obama and his many nefarious dealings and relationships with drug users and sellers, union thuggery, political assassination of character, voter suppression and voter registration fraud, gun running activity and economic embezzlement from the American tax payers to fund not just a bogus Green Industry but crony capitalism at the highest and most extreme ever perpetrated in the history of the United states….. Solyndra multi-million dollar theft ring is just a microscopic pin point to a huge mountain of violations of commerce and accountability laws and it is massive. All that bailout and tarp money went somewhere……..Check bank accounts that are currently on the uptick over the last 3 1/2 years and you might just find some of the key political winners of the TARP-Bail Out LOTTO.

In the 60’s long hair was attributed to the EVOLVING hippie standard not GAYS…. To accuse Mitt Romeny of attacking a high school boy because he was thought to be gay one would first have to assume or determine that the boy “WAS” gay….. I wonder if the family of this man… who in fact NEVER ever came forward and claim Romeny did this deed to him, number one “KNEW” he was gay? and second, if he was not and is being “OUTED” as gay without being able to defend his own character and reputation (because he is dead and unable to in fact collaborate this accusatory story) I think is incredibly sad and sick and a true indicator that democrats are vile and despicable desperate morally decrepit soulless creatures that do not EVER care who they hurt while they steamroll their way into the drivers seat of the bus they are driving over the cliff into a canyon so deep none of us will survive!

ActinUpinTexas on May 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Can the “Mitt saw his dad marching with MLK” be used again or would that bring up the Selma in ’65 and the resulting birth of zero in ’61?

dragondrop on May 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Duval Patrick will reveal “new” information that reveals that Romney’s govonorship of MA was in fact not only a failure as chief executive…but there is also some state scandal just discovered.

jadeshasha on May 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The press is in oppo research mode. Either they decide to ride the gay wave and dig up some more innuendo from Romney’s past or they will push the ‘mean’ angle sans gay flavor (though I’m inclined to believe that they will try for some combination of the two for maximum impact). Either way. They are probably done with his highchool years. Next up is either college or Bain.

daddytype on May 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I’m beginning to smell the desperate scent of Mormon controversy in the air.

jan3 on May 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Time for a

“War on Squirrels”

But of course, that would be a distraction…..

ProfShadow on May 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

They’ve done the dog bit and that backfired into an Obamamenu game, the race card -no one believes anymore. How about kittens, as in Mittens hates kittens?

Don L on May 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I think Obama’s shiny object next week is a story in the Washington Compost that Romney might have wee wee’d in a pool when he was 2. I’m sure those hard hitting reporters will come up with witnesses.

TulsAmerican on May 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

No. The question is: Which stupid distraction will wee stupidly follow instead of insisting on discussions of the relevant issues–The debt, the spending, the debt, the spending, the debt, the spending, the debt, the spending, the debt, the spending, and the loss of our liberty.

lsheldon on May 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM