Surprise: Obama’s campaign now fundraising off of Rev. Wright attack ad that never ran

posted at 7:52 pm on May 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

Like I said yesterday, given his liabilities on the economy, I think The One’s reasonably comfortable with nearly any change of subject. Even this subject:

Campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a fundraising appeal Thursday night saying that the proposal, submitted to (and rejected by) a Republican super PAC, “shows in vivid and gruesome detail what the President and all of us are up against.”

He adds, “This is going to be worse than we could have imagined … Pitch in today to fight these attacks and show them this only makes us stronger.”…

These Democratic efforts to promote this unaired attack is a good sign that Wright won’t come up much again this cycle. While Romney’s favorability numbers are increasing, personal likability remains solid turf for Obama. A Wright-oriented attack would likely inspire more enthusiasm in the Democratic base than in the Republican one.

Follow the link for Messina’s full message, including the aside about Obama being branded the, er, “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.” Their fundraising last month was fully $10 million off the pace from their haul in March so here he is using a little outrageous outrage to get people to dig deep. More from Politico on why the White House is more chipper about a debate over Rev. Wright now than in 2008:

[A] discussion of race also reinforces the historic nature of Obama’s presidency. The election of the first black president was a profoundly meaningful moment for African Americans and an aspirational vote for others. To remind those voters of the history they made — particularly through crude attempts at using Obama’s race against him — is to make them wonder whether they want to turn out the first black family from the White House…

Ken Khachigian, a senior adviser and chief speechwriter to Ronald Reagan, argued that Obama’s campaign has more incentive to discuss race in 2012 than it did in 2008 because then it was an open question whether the American public could select a black man as president. He likened the Obama campaign’s sharp response to the Times story to watching Jimmy Carter invoke Reagan’s “bigotry” in 1980.

“They will want to raise it if they can find anything to divert, whether it’s on racial issues or anything else. They’ll try to find a way to get people’s minds off the economy,” Khachigian said.

Here’s Romney’s new ad, which is effective and very much in line with what he wants to talk about for the next six months. Exit quotation from Alma Adams, a North Carolina Democratic state representative whose party is surely above Wright-style religious attacks: “From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That’s sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue.”


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S L U T …!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

R A C I S T…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

…Angry Mike!…

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

….I’m going to wait on this thread for three days…then do 100 in a row!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

…maybe not!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

….might start now!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

…hello!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

TAKE… THE… MITTENS… OFF…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

…I’m starting to get THAT feelihng!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

…thanks 7%…(:>)

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Julia says she saw the ad.

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

…is JugEars black?

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Julia says she saw the ad.

Electrongod on May 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

…so did Joe Biden and Liz Warren….HONEST!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

“..I love the smell of desperation. It smells like..prison sex!”

~ted c or KOOL-AID2 or schadenfreude or..

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 8:03 PM

They’ve also moved on from George Clooney… Now Sarah Jessica Parker is hosting a party at her house for Obama.

El_Terrible on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

It’s a shame that they don’t run these Wright ads. Mr. “GOD DAMN AMERICA” fits right along with O refusing to put his hand on his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. An overt display, intentional for the leftist anti-Americans to see… so he gets the nomination.

Interesting on the Kenyan birth question. At the Real Science blog it was noted that a 2004 news report lists O as born in Kenya: http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm. My comment on that:

Incredible. This man is Manchurian, not Kenyan. How did this obvious Trojan Horse get through the gates? I know that the libs knew it, and wanted it. In Barry’s own words: “Isn’t a man with the name of Barack Hussein Obama the best antidote for GW Bush?”

If the Dems could have resurrected Stalin, they would have pushed him to be potus. The most foreign, the most anti-American candidate that you could ever have possibly conceived of getting elected, that’s what the libs wanted. And they wanted to rub conservatives noses in it, in the POS. They’ve done that. Donate$.

anotherJoe on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

“G-D America!” is a good fund raising pitch for progressives, and this is a good excuse to use it.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Isn’t this just a little pathetic….Obama: Mom, Romney’s not touching me. Mom, Romney’s still not touching me…..Mom, can I have some money because Romney keeps not touching me?

Dr Evil on May 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

ARG.

See, this is why Chris Wallace is right when he says it’s CRAZY not to go after the Obama-Jeramiah Wright relationship!

Why are conservatives and Republicans so COWED by the liberal media? Could someone PULLEZE riddle me that?

When Roland Martin and Martin Bashir threaten Republicans and Republicans RUN AWAY IN FEAR, there is something WRONG with this picture.

I think we should EXPLORE IT UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME, people.

THAT AND THE “BORN IN KENYA” lie Obama was pushing early in his political career, because he wanted to get votes in CHICAGO and it helped him with that.

mountainaires on May 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

“..I love the smell of desperation. It smells like..prison sex!”

~ted c or KOOL-AID2 or schadenfreude or..Seven Percent…and he has lotion! (There!)

The War Planner on May 18, 2012 at 8:03 PM

…Fixed it!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I think it’s awfully telling when being connected to such an American hating scumbag as Wright is a source of inspiration for financial support.

Obviously Obozo’s base is somewhat “misguided”.

KMC1 on May 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That’s sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue

Well you understand squat, Alma and your stupidity is showing. Mitt belongs to LDS aka The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who do not believe in multiple marriages. FLDS aka Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the group who practices polygamy and multiple marriages. See Warren Jeff’s for further information, dipstick.

JPeterman on May 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM

These guys are just soooooo clever running on all this made up crap from their overactive imaginations. Well, I guess it’ll help them comfort themselves after Ofabricator gets booted outta the WretchedHive in November cuz they’ll be able to sit around, trip out, fantasize and hallucinate that they’re still in power and their dystopia continues.

stukinIL4now on May 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Alma’s lack of knowledge of the Mormons is why Mitt doesn’t want to go toward attacking anyone’s religion. He’s very vulnerable in that area. Once the door is opened, it will be gangbusters from the left.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Alma’s lack of knowledge of the Mormons is why Mitt doesn’t want to go toward attacking anyone’s religion. He’s very vulnerable in that area. Once the door is opened, it will be gangbusters from the left.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Well maybe Mitt should go there. Wasn’t King Obama’s daddy or grand daddy bigamists?

JPeterman on May 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Now Sarah Jessica Parker is hosting a party at her house for Obama.

El_Terrible on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

That would be a stable , right ?
;-)

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Can someone lend mittens a nightstick?

idesign on May 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Alma’s lack of knowledge of the Mormons is why Mitt doesn’t want to go toward attacking anyone’s religion. He’s very vulnerable in that area. Once the door is opened, it will be gangbusters from the left.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Mitt should just say 2 words :
Harry Reid

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

“From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That’s sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue.”

What does Obama think about his polygamist islamist dad ?

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

They ran out of real squirrels.
Now they’re coming up with imaginary ones.

22044 on May 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

“Wait a minute, is this still America?”

Ma’am I ask that question myself every day, and my situation is not nearly as dire as your is.

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Mitt made the right move, attacking the Wright-Obama relationship is just a stupid distraction that opens up the race card can of worms and takes the focus off Obama’s terrible record and the economy. For some reason the general public still likes Obama personally and they simply don’t care who he used to pal around with, attacking Wright is just red meat for the base and turns off Indies. Better to stick with the “nice guy but sucks at being POTUS” line of attack and point out his record of failure.

1984 in real life on May 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

well there goes the Wright issue. Now time to bring up Derrick Bell while the media finally wants to talk about Obama’s past for once! Long live Breibart!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

@toddstarnes Rush tried to warn us, tweeps. http://t.co/verf1P5h Rush tried to warn us…

Flora Duh on May 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Now Sarah Jessica Parker is hosting a party at her house for Obama.

El_Terrible on May 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

That would be a stable , right ?
;-)

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Ooof, but true.

msupertas on May 18, 2012 at 8:39 PM

KOOLAID2

calm down… there is no prize for most post with the least content.

Ampersand on May 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Jeremiah Wright is the phenom that explains Obama’s hatred towards our country.
Jeremiah Wright is the phenom that explains Obama’s hatred towards white people.
Jeremiah Wright is the phenom that explains why Obamas have such deep seated desire to destroy our country.
Jeremiah Wright is the phenom that explains what else Obama has planned to avenge his and his ancestors’ grudges against our way of life.
Jeremiah Wright is the phenom that gave Obama the cover of
” Christianity” so that his muslimness could be covered up .
Jeremiah Wright is the phenom who has been one of Obama’s substitute dads.
Jeremiah Wright explains everything about the Obamas, and everything they are capable of and their every malice and malintent.
No wonder Obama doesn’t want the subject of Jeremiah Wright to come up.

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM

KOOLAID2

calm down… there is no prize for most post with the least content.
.
Ampersand on May 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

.
There’s not? : (

listens2glenn on May 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

“G-D America!” is a good fund raising pitch for progressives, and this is a good excuse to use it.

forest on May 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Well put, forest. Progressives finally seem to have found a cause they can back without hesitation.

Burke on May 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Distractions…that’s all they got.

Now how about another gay marriage post Ed?

CW on May 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The problem isn’t Reverend Wright. The problem is President Wrong.

fogw on May 18, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Oh, hey… Here’s Obama’s latest campaign commercial. Oh wait… wait.. I’m sorry.. this is from The Office of the President Elect in 2008! Remember that?
I think he’s giving the same speech some where else right now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m17pz0R_qZo&feature=relmfu

This is like so freaking funny to watch! He’s been saying the same thing his entire term. He could give this speech against himself!
I was sitting around and just remembering this week. Reminiscing about old Obama stuff. Anyone remember how they tried to take ownership of all of our desktops? Remember that? When you applied for the Cash for Klunkers thing, you went on the website and the fine print said when you agree to whatever you were suppose to agree to to get the voucher your desk top PC became government property!
Oh boy, the memories. Then I remembered this other crazy thing that he tried early on but now I’ve forgotten it. There’s been so many they slip through your mind.

JellyToast on May 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM

“shows in vivid and gruesome detail what the President and all of us are up against.”

Yes, the truth. Sucks for you.

Pablo on May 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

calm down… there is no prize for most post with the least content.

Ampersand on May 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

….oh nooooo!…They told me if I entered enough times…I get to be in a drawing… to sit next to JugEars with the girls on the VIEW with my legs criss crossed tighter than a twisty around the top of a loaf of bread. I had to sign some document first…that I would not touch Elizabeth! So don’t be telling me that!
Like Steve Martin strives for…in the JERK…I’m gonna be somebody!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

burrata on May 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM

+1.

hillsoftx on May 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

The fact that Team Obama is excited about reminding the American people of Reverend Wright is (completely superfluous) proof that the White House is chock full of true-believing moonbats with Che posters on their office walls.

When people call Barack Obama the farthest left President we’ve had, it’s partially hyperbole, but it’s factually correct and provable in this sense: no other President has come down on the same ideological side of every decision (outside of national security) as he has in our history, and as long as America endures there isn’t likely to ever be a close second. The press likes to cover the White House as if it were beset by pivotal debates and difficult decisions (as if it were a real administration or something). In reality, on every single decision of its term, the administration supports the consensus Harvard faculty. Tellingly, it does so hard and fast, without equivocation and with one voice, unless forced down by only the most emphatic political rejection, if then.

This cannot be the work of one man and can only be the result of a total, impervious echo chamber. Everyone has some nuance of opinion. Every politician triangulates. Clinton and Romney are synonymous with the word. Bush spent money like a drunken sailor. His father raised taxes. Reagan ignored the debt and approved an amnesty. Carter ordered a raid and fought inflation. No politician is a perfect ideologue on domestic policy…until this one. It has to be his help and his help’s help — the supportive, nurturing environment he has created as much as his own beliefs.

I mean, for God’s sake, they’re trying to keep alive Reverend Wright at this point, with the hopes of…invoking racism? Or something? The best thing that can be said about Reverend Wright is that he could be in (very unlikely) theory less damaging to Obama than the economy by an undetectable margin. Don’t count on the Whiz Kids to figure that out before it blows up in their face, however.

HitNRun on May 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

This is why you never, ever pull your punches with these guys. They’re the ones that say, “I give, I give.” and then, when you turn to walk away, they sucker-punch you. Never, ever trust a Democrat because their only moral compass is what’s in it for them, period.

I sincerly hope Romney and company learn their lessons from this, before October, because they’re not just running against Obama, they’re running against Obama and a sycophant media complex that all want the same things, Obama’s re-election and to take Romney down, no matter what it takes.

bflat879 on May 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Obama’s campaign now fundraising off of Rev. Wright attack ad that never ran

The guys over at Minitruth never fail to amaze me. Pretty impressive!

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

“This is going to be worse than we could have imagined…”

Bulls**t.

Vanilla Salt on May 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM

First decent ad I have seen from Mitt.

However it does not really tie it to Obama that much. Sure the red blooded will like it but I doubt it will convince many Independents. They all want to be chosen for some Obama Money themselves. They want to live in fantasy land because the truth is so hard.

This is no accident. This is the Establishment Plan end game here. Mitt is part of this plan. Mitt is the problem not the answer.

Derail the nomination or the US is a thing of the past. It might never recover in our lifetimes.

Steveangell on May 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a fundraising appeal Thursday night saying that the proposal, submitted to (and rejected by) a Republican super PAC, “shows in vivid and gruesome detail what the President and all of us are up against.”

Wait, what? The President is up against people proposing to publicize the views of the pastor whose congregation Obama was a member of for 20 years? A pastor that Obama, before the shinola storm hit claimed was one of the major influences in his life?

Oh dear! They’re going to publicize the views of one of Obama’s mentors! OMG! They can’t do that! That’s raaacist!

I think that fundraising appeal should be part of the next Republican PAC ad, juxtaposed with a Reverend Wright “Chickens have come home to rooost” or “God [blank] America!” soundbite.

AZfederalist on May 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Steveangell on May 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

You got some backup for your conspiracy theory stuff that you are spamming across the threads? Because, to be honest, it’s becoming quite tedious. Yeah, a lot of us ain’t happy with Romney. But it’s time now to focus on getting the Jugeared marxist and his minions out of the White House. Want to make a difference? Work like gangbusters to get Tea Party and Constitutional conservatives elected to congress so they can help hold Romney to the middle right. Work to get more of them in 2014. That’s how you move the country back on track. Cutting the Republican party off at the knees right now is not going to save the country.

AZfederalist on May 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

AZfederalist on May 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

…I wish you would “spam ‘that’ across all the threads”…people need to be reminded!

KOOLAID2 on May 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Bumper sticker thoughts

Enough of the rainbows and lollipops…. America needs Jobs in the private sector, oh.. and get your boot off my neck already Mr. Obama.

ActinUpinTexas on May 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM

It is beyond crazy that we have in Wright’s own words that the current President of the United States offered a six figure bribe to shut him up……and Republicans won’t hold him accountable for it because liberals will yell “racist”……

Baxter Greene on May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Michael Savage called it. Romney is nothing but a puppet.

Spliff Menendez on May 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Michael Savage called it. Romney is nothing but a puppet.

Spliff Menendez on May 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I don’t know about that. So far, on the whole of things, he’s doing fine. Pretty good even. What he’s going to need is a strong conservative VP as a hope that, if he makes it through two terms, the conservative can come in afterwards and make it even better. Sort of like Reagan/Bush in reverse. Not that I’m calling Romney Bush. Second, he needs a conservative congress with backbone. If, God help us all, if the Dems ever win back congress anytime during Romney’s Presidency, Romney will go Arnold Schwarzenegger on all of us. Then it’s over for the GOP. A Jerry Brown type or a Obama himself will come back into it and it’ll be a nightmare.

JellyToast on May 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Where are all the rabid Romney supporters of the primary era? I like how Team Obama got your man (hell no this punk ain’t mine) to unilaterally disarm only to have a grenade launched at him while meekly shuffling away.

The Romney clan is under the misguided notion they can say nice things and compliments and other such kissassery and the media and world and potential voters will adore them for it. Wrong! What they’ve done is turn on the neon sign on their foreheads that flashes ‘Kick me. I don’t fight back.’

Good times. Good times.

RepubChica on May 19, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I’m more concerned about Wright’s influence on Obama’s economic thinking than anything else. Wright follows a long line of leftist Marxist mentors.

Hannity drove me nuts in 2008 harping on the chickens coming home to roost, and g-d America, bad enough but shouldn’t have been the emphasis.

Now four years later we can show via Obama’s policies that the influence was there.

It’s g-d economic illiteracy that is going to kill this country. Not racism, cultural relativism, gays, abortions, or busy bodies telling you how to live your lives.

MaggiePoo on May 19, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Soif they come up with an ad associating Obama with William Ayers and Bernadine Dhorn – two radicals that were once on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list – what are the Dems outrage going to be about? Not racism. I do not see his association with Wright or Ayers as different in any way. He spent his adulthood associating with asshats. Shows the lack of judgement that he has displayed these last 3.5 years.

mouell on May 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Michael Savage called it. Romney is nothing but a puppet.

Spliff Menendez on May 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I think McCain was really, really dumb to not tie Wright to 0bamessiah in 2008, and I think Mitt’s smart to avoid the issue in 2012. Does that indicate I’m some kind of wimp? LOL if you think it does! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on May 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Well of course they are; his supporters are universally too abjectly stupid to know what they heck’s going on – or isn’t, as the case may be.

Midas on May 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

smoke mirrors lies

and how many votes will this person get………..

losarkos on May 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM