Video: Team Obama still pretty darned inept at Bain attack

posted at 10:41 am on May 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Anderson Cooper interviewed Obama super-PAC chief Ben LaBolt on the new Bain Capital attack strategy, and the only enlightenment that results from the exchange is an understanding of why LaBolt no longer works in the White House media room. LaBolt refused to even acknowledge Cooper’s repeated questions of how Barack Obama and his team can justify attacks on Mitt Romney’s work at Bain while holding fundraisers with Blackstone and other private-equity firms that do the exact same work as Bain. Instead, LaBolt just keeps repeated campaign talking points ad infinitum, making it clear he and the campaign have no idea how to answer accusations of laughable hypocrisy:

Tommy Christopher notices a “stark contrast” in competence from 2008:

Now, LaBolt’s performance was no worse than dozens I’ve seen from other campaigns, and one appearance by one spokesman on AC360 isn’t going to ruin all of the Obama campaign’s work, but it does illustrate a possible weakness for them going forward.

The general election is still in its infancy, but this is a stark contrast from 2008. The campaign had problems with surrogates then, as well, but they had an incredibly deep bench of spokespeople who were not just studied, but knowledgeable. Some of them are working outside the campaign now, like Bill Burton, or keeping a low profile, like Robert Gibbs, and many of them have remained in the White House.

They all knew the talking points, for sure, but they also knew the gears and servos, the guts of those talking points, they knew the policies inside and out, and they knew their opponents back, forth, and sideways. I can’t imagine any of them being caught this flat-footed by such an obvious question. Maybe there’s a bit of a Rocky III effect happening here, and the Obama campaign needs to get some of that Eye of the Tiger back.

Well, maybe. It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008, either, which they kept simple: Hope and Change. This time around, they have to defend Obama’s record and make a real sales pitch after a lousy first term, and they clearly aren’t up to the task.


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wow. he used ‘wealth creation’ as a negative term.

Steven McGregor on May 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008, either, which they kept simple: Hope and Change. This time around, they have to defend Obama’s record and make a real sales pitch after a lousy first term, and they clearly aren’t up to the task.

Ed, we just have to consider that Team Obama is trying to sell their second record after their first smash hit “Hope and Change.” The truth be told, maybe they were just One Hit Wonders????

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I really am starting to think these guys know it’s over, they are just phoning it in. Or, they are so naive that they think nobody in the media are going to call them on anything this time because they didn’t last time. There just aren’t any other decent explanations for this level of incompetence.

rockmom on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Dang Anderson. Taking the idiot from MoveOn.org to the mat and now this, all in a matter of a couple of weeks.

Better be careful, you might lose your “Obama Boot-Lickers” membership.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Its going to be tough to defend the WORST record of any President in American history…

There people BLEARLY are not up for the task…

Hint: SANDRA FLUKE!!!!!

Khun Joe on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Maybe Tommy quit drinking the Koolaid.

Nah, forget I said that.

myiq2xu on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This time around, they have to defend Obama’s record

The B side of this record has a lil’ missive titled “The Fat Lady Is a Singin’”

tunes.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

CLEARLY… gosh I need bifocals…

Khun Joe on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Is CNN trying to climb out of the hole they’ve been digging?

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Tommy Christopher seems to be suggesting that the Obama campaign was notably competent in ’08 in answering the tough questions. I disagree; I don’t think they HAD to answer the tough questions because the media seldom posed them.

radjah shelduck on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

There just aren’t any other decent explanations for this level of incompetence.

rockmom on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Its not incompetence if you simply have no argument beyond your talking point. The double edged sword of 4+ years of media tongue baths are that these guys have no reason to prepare anything beyond the talking points. They’ve never had to.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Obama is toast, he has no argument, healthcare is going to be front and center again, the economy sucks,

Conservative4ev on May 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

the Obama campaign needs to get some of that Eye of the Tiger back.

Let’s hope Team Romney Mitt learned something from Gingrich in the debates and gives them Eye of Newt instead. Would like to see a little ‘stupid talking point destruction’ served up by our side.

LetsBfrank on May 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Word to the media; do you see what happens when you give the guys a pass in the beginning? They never develop the skills to answer questions and they look worse in the end.

ah well.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Holding these guys to logical consistency or ethical principle is a Category Mistake, like asking a tuna sandwich what its favorite opera is.

DrSteve on May 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008

Ya think?

Dear Liar got elected to the Illinois senate by running in a heavily Democratic district, and going to court to get every other Democrat kicked off the primary. He got elected to the US Senate by having his pals in the Chicago media successfully unseal Jack Ryan’s divorce records, and the GOP running Alan Keyes as a half-baked Hail Mary. And then in 2008, he had a lap dog media and a GOP opponent who I can only conclude didn’t actually want to win.

rbj on May 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Now, LaBolt’s performance was no worse than dozens I’ve seen from other campaigns, and one appearance by one spokesman on AC360 isn’t going to ruin all of the Obama campaign’s work, but it does illustrate a possible weakness for them going forward.

The accumulation of failures WILL ruin Obama’s campaign. How many failures before senior people start to bail on him? The Bain attack is blowing up in Zero’s face as hard as the War on Mom did, maybe worse.

This time around, they have to defend Obama’s record and make a real sales pitch after a lousy first term, and they clearly aren’t up to the task.

I agree but it’s not just them. Obama is no leader. He is not a tactician or a strategist, yet he is convinced that he is. He is just raw ego and people see that.

One can only prop up an empty suit for so long.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Is CNN trying to climb out of the hole they’ve been digging?

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

That, plus I think some members of the media are starting to get the grasp of a couple of hints Breitbart’s been dropping – meaning – if it’s ok for the media to pry into the lives of private citizens who support Romney, they better be ready to receive the same treatment.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Some of them are working outside the campaign now, like Bill Burton, or keeping a low profile, like Robert Gibbs, and many of them have remained in the White House.
They all knew the talking points, for sure, but they also knew the gears and servos, the guts of those talking points, they knew the policies inside and out, and they knew their opponents back, forth, and sideways. I can’t imagine any of them being caught this flat-footed by such an obvious question. Maybe there’s a bit of a Rocky III effect happening here, and the Obama campaign needs to get some of that Eye of the Tiger back.

Clearly, Tommy never actually watched a Robert Gibbs press conference.

Lily on May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008, either, which they kept simple: Hope and Change.

The “Change” part was easy enough to debunk even back then. Somehow they vetted Bristol Palin instead.

Go RBNY on May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008, either, which they kept simple: Hope and Change.

BINGO!

A compliant press looking for a “HISTORIC EVENT!” A competitor who would not hit back. A simple message of Hope and Change along with “It’s all Bush’s fault!”

Now Team Obama has to defend it’s record. And all we get are excuses.

GarandFan on May 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Defending the indefensible will make these leftists look like idiots more often than not.

Let’s hope most voters are smart enough to recognize it.

Common Sense Floridian on May 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The campaign had problems with surrogates then, as well, but they had an incredibly deep bench of spokespeople who were not just studied, but knowledgeable. Some of them are working outside the campaign now, like Bill Burton, or keeping a low profile, like Robert Gibbs, and many of them have remained in the White House.

Bill Burton? Part of a deep bench? He’s, perhaps, the biggest tool who has ever worked for Obama.

BuckeyeSam on May 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Selling a second Obama term is a little like trying to sell “New Coke.” It doesn’t take long to recognize a dud.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I’ve been saying this for a while now: not once in his career has Obama had to defend his actual work and record. He has always been a striver, always looking upward. How else can you categorize someone who in his initial campaign video in 2011 said “I can’t campaign 24/7 this time like I did in 2007-2008″ — when he was a US Senator?

The record is horrible; he knows it, we know it, he knows we know it, and we know he knows we know it. Paraphrasing Geoffrey in Lion in Winter, “we’re a very knowledgeable bunch”.

Now he’s additionally stuck because to make his case he has to do something not even his closest surrogates want to hear: he has to attack capitalism itself. Admittedly he’s doing so through the avenue of “venture capitalism”, but that is also pretty hard to do when you have positioned yourself as the largest single venture capitalist going.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

A male Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

ctmom on May 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Rove, you magnificent Bastard!

/been too long since I’ve seen that.

Mord on May 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Ben LaBolt

Is that his super-hero name?

faraway on May 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

the umbilical cord is being cut loose…..conversely, the lips are unlatching from the teat.

the obama campaign is being set adrift and on fire by their media tongue maidens.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Yep, I would love to see some in depth investigations into our legacy media “super stars”. We need to know more about how they form their opinions and what influences them. It is just as important as vetting our elected officials.

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Maybe they should hire Bailey. That is if she’d work for them, but I doubt it. lol.

bloggless on May 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

BTW, Tommy Christopher quotes LGF’s Charles Johnson in his blog posts occasionally…that shatters any credibility he may have once had.

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

the interesting thing will be to watch how long the MSM will carry the water. thats the story. everyone knows you cant defend the indefensible. and yeah, its painful to watch. the solicitor general is hard to watch defend obamacare. yeah, this dork is hard to watch not answer simple questions. yeah, its hard to watch booker make a hostage tape. well see lots of this, over and over. the question is: how long can the MSM pretend the reality is not reality. thats the fun part. when will they make the turn. when will they break the news. the news thats obvious to anyone with eyes. meaning no dems know any of it yet. and what happens then.

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Instead, LaBolt just keeps repeated campaign talking points ad infinitum, making it clear he and the campaign have no idea how to answer accusations of laughable hypocrisy

Not sure exactly what you expect from the guy
“Yeah, I know. But gimme a break, we’re dying out here”
One last time for the uninitiated: Obama. Can’t. Run. On. His. Record.

daddytype on May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Candidates do not have policies.
They only have promises and rhetoric.
Obama never had to defend himself even once.
After the election was over it trickled out how all the media outlets colluded to push his campaign over the line while they savaged McCain and Palin.

Not this time.
There is a new media.

NeoKong on May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Ed, we just have to consider that Team Obama is trying to sell their second record after their first smash hit “Hope and Change.” The truth be told, maybe they were just One Hit Wonders????

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Niiiice. The Norman Greenbaums of the political world.

Patrick S on May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Dang Anderson. Taking the idiot from MoveOn.org to the mat and now this, all in a matter of a couple of weeks.

Better be careful, you might lose your “Obama Boot-Lickers” membership.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

…well Duh , there has to come a point where they actually become ashamed of themselves for the over-the-top pandering!
They LSM have been pi$$ing themselves for so long in front of the public, that even they are tired of the wet spots showing?

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney’s team needs to make an ad listing all the Teacher Pension Funds, Union Pension Funds, State and County Pension funds that invested in Bain, and expected a PROFIT that would help them meet their pension obligations. Those pension funds don’t want to hear about how many people were hired as a result of Bain’s involvement, they want the PROFITS.

The evil investors need to be humanized.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

If wealth creation is evil, let me pray to the barbed pecker of Beelzebub.

(this is all metaphor, people, so relax)

Rixon on May 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

and add to the fact Bain employees have given more to Dems than to the GOP to offset any “Bain is evil” meme…what a twisted pretzel the Pres. has created for himself with the knot clearly squeezing the carotid artery…

hillsoftx on May 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

The evil investors need to be humanized.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

That is a darned good idea. Don’t forget that Bain is now run by an Obama guy, too.

Mord on May 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Did you see the video over at The Free Beacon where Ed Schultz said it is time for Elizabeth Warren to come clean?

When you’ve got Crazy Ed questioning your integrity, I’d say you’re pretty much done for.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The Obama campaign keeps going down this path, they will have no choice but to release the old college transcripts.
As they have no answers for the future, folks will start asking about the past. Their avoidance will then become a story.

Jabberwock on May 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Did you see the video over at The Free Beacon where Ed Schultz said it is time for Elizabeth Warren to come clean?

When you’ve got Crazy Ed questioning your integrity, I’d say you’re pretty much done for.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I doubt she listens to Angryed. No one else does.

Ain’t no way she could clean herself of this anyway. Tainted goods for the rest of her life. Deservedly so.

Jabberwock on May 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Ed, you may want to consider making this a front page post.

Obama bundler the wife of executive at green energy company that received BILLIONS in DOE loan guarantees

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Why doesn’t ask one of these boyo’s about whether they’d invest in a company that would lose their investment for them and guarantee NO dividends?

The President says the primary purpose of business is wealth creation? Well duh. What does this peanut brain think the purpose of business is? Bankruptcy? No wonder BO loves Government Motors and Solindra.

Turn the argument. “Mr President, are you saying that the duty of government is destruction of wealth?” “Mr President, you call families making $250,000 a year millionaires. What do you think of Maryland where $100,000 a year is now defined as ‘wealthy’? Do you want to destroy them too?”

Portia46 on May 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

…they had an incredibly deep bench of spokespeople who were not just studied, but knowledgeable … like Bill Burton…”

I guess Tommy missed performances like this gem. Yeah, that’s the epitome of competence…

rcpjr on May 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Private equity firms do not have a goal of bankrupting companies!

How stupid can these people be?

mankai on May 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Just heard that BO tweeted (he tweets between golf games, vacations and fundraisers? Multi-tasker for sure) that Romney is no Robinhood. He doesn’t take from the rich and give to the poor.

Romney’s people need to tweet back that Obama IS the Sheriff of Notingham: takes from everybody to give to his friends.

Portia46 on May 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Man what was Anderson Cooper doing there? LaBolt clearly was raising his eyebrows in the sign that Obama mouthpieces use to wave off substantive questions for which they don’t have an answer.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

BTW, Tommy Christopher quotes LGF’s Charles Johnson in his blog posts occasionally…that shatters any credibility he may have once had.

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I’m not surprised.. Christopher once wore the petina of a classic and fair minded liberal journalist.. now?

He’s simply a hack, a paid shill who whored out his integrity quite a while ago. He did an article recently where he raged at republicans for being angry at some outrageous attack on Ann Romney.. he called it “faux outrage”….. nice Tommy. I suppose we have to feign outrage when a smear attack against the WIFE of a candidate of our party is made.. since obviously we can’t possibly feel real anger and resentment at the worst kind of cynical attack.

Tommy Christopher “journalist” RIP……

Meet the NEW Tommy Christopher… official internet Obama boot licker and smear merchant.

I used to respect him once.. but he murdered that a while ago.

mark81150 on May 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Romney’s people need to tweet back that Obama IS the Sheriff of Notingham: takes from everybody to give to his friends.

Portia46 on May 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Not true! Obama puts the robbin’ in Robinhood.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Selling a second Obama term is a little like trying to sell “New Coke.” It doesn’t take long to recognize a dud.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Yeah it isn’t like they have a super hot product- like Facebook.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Ben LaBolt is an obvious racist by arguing with Harold Ford and Newark Mayor Corey Booker.

J_Crater on May 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

It may just be that Team Obama never really got pressed too hard on its messaging in 2008, either, which they kept simple: Hope and Change.

In 2008 the message was more than Hope and Change. The mostly subliminal message was also very much about electing The First Black President and a post-racial black President. That has also worn thin. Especially since now the not-so-subliminal message is if you don’t support The First Black President’s policies you may be a racist. So much for the “post-racial” president.

farsighted on May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Andy Vanderbilt to release a youtube video soon saying that he was too hard on LaBolt?

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Anderson Cooper is evolving! The right way.

plutorocks on May 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

This is going to be fun to watch – the Obama campaign has taken on the personality of Charlie Sheen. They think with this argument they will are ‘WINNING!’

NeoDawg on May 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Corrected – This is going to be fun to watch – the Obama campaign has taken on the personality of Charlie Sheen. They think with this argument they will are ‘WINNING!’

NeoDawg on May 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

like Bill Burton

Really? That guy came across to me as being just another talking-points parrot, and one of the more irritating ones at that.

I still like to watch Megyn Kelly’s destruction of that tool. She stepped on him like she might a bug.

mr.blacksheep on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I don’t believe that the Obama campaign was ever all that competent. They ran on a vague slogan.. told people that he would be a “Historic” president. Meaning the first black president.. so don’t be an old stick in the mud racist and vote for him.. add to that.. the media did everything but shine his shoes for him and straighten his tie..

A box of corn flakes could have won with those conditions.

Now he has a record or a rotten economy.. waging war against oil production.. cronyism and union buy offs, he spends on his friends lavishly from slush funds funded by the tax payers.. he has an eneimes list of private ctizens to destroy for the sin of donating to the opposition.. and the icing on the cake.. He screams about Baine.. yet gets in bed with those same kinds of businessmen to fund his own operation..

He doesn’t understand capitalism and thinks the media will cover for his rank hypocrisy on the deals he makes and then campaigns against.

He got a free pass in 08.. now he has to pay admittance, and is squealing about it.

mark81150 on May 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Its not incompetence if you simply have no argument beyond your talking point. The double edged sword of 4+ years of media tongue baths are that these guys have no reason to prepare anything beyond the talking points. They’ve never had to.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good insight. It’s like tackling Mt. Everest when your only preparation has been on putting greens.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good insight. It’s like tackling Mt. Everest when your only preparation has been on putting greens.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I think that’s true. The Obama people and especially Obama himself has a giant over inflated opinion of his charm and abilities.. like all he has to do is just show up to win.. and when he gets challenged even a little bit.. we see the real Obama.. a petty childish little man with nothing but contempt and outrage that anyone wouldn’t share his over hyped opinion of himself.

mark81150 on May 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Cliff Notes Version:

Lah! Lah! Lah! Can’t hear your question, Anderson? Lah! Lah! Lah!

blammm on May 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I doubt if Axeljob would have fared better with Cooper’s steel trap question. If anything Axel would have talked so much around it the BS/obfuscate meter would have gone off as a 10 alarm fire.

jake49 on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

After awhile, the best slogans and sales jobs in the world can’t sell a crap sandwich. People finally wise up.

And notify Guiness, Barack Obama is the world’s biggest crap sandwich.

NoDonkey on May 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Team O to attack Romney on “lessons, values, and experience”? Check, check, check. What’s your point again, Ben?

Buy Danish on May 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I had my brush with DC political PR years ago and understand how seductive the access to power is — but at some point this guy Ben is gonna look in the mirror and be repulsed at who he sees staring back at him, who he as allowed himself to become. Best of luck, Ben.

EasyEight on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I had my brush with DC political PR years ago and understand how seductive the access to power is — but at some point this guy Ben is gonna look in the mirror and be repulsed at who he sees staring back at him, who he as allowed himself to become. Best of luck, Ben.

EasyEight on May 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The scary possibility is that he looks and sees… nothing.

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. Nietzsche

Explains a lot about the vacant suits that walk around DC.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Senator Mark Warner Defends Bain Capital

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

WOW – Thanks for linking that. More and more dems are getting off the Obamatanic.

Has the mad rush for the lifeboats begun?

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Wow. That’s twice now that I’ve seen Anderson Cooper actually be a journalist. How ’bout that?

Very embarrassing for Mr. LaBolt. What was that about the narrative? Must not deviate.

Pablo Snooze on May 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I think it’s funny you have tagged this post with “hypocrisy”. With Obummer, you might as well have a tag for “posts containing the letter E”.

KS Rex on May 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

A box of corn flakes could have won with those conditions.
mark81150 on May 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

And a box of corn flakes would have made a much better president!

KS Rex on May 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

AC destroyed LaBolt in this interview. Another fail for those trying to reelect Obama.

blink on May 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Too bad no one was watching!

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM

LaBolt is a thug and a moron.

He was one of the leaders of the 2008 Obama campaign’s efforts to intimidate any media who dared to investigate Obama’s background. He was point man in the e-mail and telephone assault on WGN radio personality Milt Rosenberg (Google it). Rosenberg hosted a long-running, highly informative and popular talk show, Extension 720. Rosenberg committed the sin of inviting Stanley Kurtz for an interview, shortly after Kurtz had gained access to Chicago Annenberg Challenge records which had initially been suppressed by officials at UIC.

Poor old Milt and his producers were completely unprepared for the barrage of e-mails and what amounted to a denial of service attack on the station’s phone lines. Milt was at first a bit befuddled by the malice and apparent ignorance of the O-bots LaBolt had sicced on him, but by the end of the program he understood and he was obviously disgusted. That ugly thuggery was LaBolt’s finest hour.

novaculus on May 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Its not incompetence if you simply have no argument beyond your talking point. The double edged sword of 4+ years of media tongue baths are that these guys have no reason to prepare anything beyond the talking points. They’ve never had to.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good insight. It’s like tackling Mt. Everest when your only preparation has been on putting greens.

de rigueur on May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Coincidentally May is the peak climbing month on Everest. There are several expeditions on the mountain as I speak.

They have been having all sorts of problems-the main one being not enough snow on the mountain. One expedition actually cancelled and went home. Each member of that team is out their $55,000 fee (no refunds). I’m sure they’re all real happy.

And just a few days ago a German doctor died of severe altitude sickness trying to get down. He wasn’t even going for the summit, he was there to…help pick up trash left on the peak.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

LaBolt is good at what he does and Anderson Cooper couldn’t handle it. Anderson didn’t get one answer from the guy. LaBolt only said what he’s paid to say. By being inept, Anderson wasted his time and ours.

NotEasilyFooled on May 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

LaBolt is a thug and a moron.

novaculus on May 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

You’re not kidding….I kept thinking of Jethro Tull “Thick as a Brick” as I watched this video. The man is not made of human flesh.

jan3 on May 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I disagree. The surrogates were morons in 2008, too. It’s just that everyone was panicking and no one was paying attention.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

LaBolt refused to even acknowledge Cooper’s repeated questions of how Barack Obama and his team can justify attacks on Mitt Romney’s work at Bain while holding fundraisers with Blackstone and other private-equity firms that do the exact same work as Bain. Instead, LaBolt just keeps repeated campaign talking points ad infinitum, making it clear he and the campaign have no idea how to answer accusations of laughable hypocrisy

So, you mean the thing that Bill Burton did at approximately the same time four years ago, how he would continuously repeat “four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies, four more years of the same failed Bush policies…” every time he went on FNC for a segment (but didn’t do anywhere else), which eventually got him banned from booking after Megyn Kelly went off on him for it? You should be glad they’re not still in their War On Fox News mode like they were in 2008, or this would be even more obnoxious than it already is.

mintycrys on May 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I really am starting to think these guys know it’s over, they are just phoning it in. Or, they are so naive that they think nobody in the media are going to call them on anything this time because they didn’t last time. There just aren’t any other decent explanations for this level of incompetence.

rockmom on May 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I know, it’s funny how these guys/gals, Obama’s minions don’t even bother to even do their homework and come totally unprepared on these shows, no wonder they’ve become the laughing stock nationally…you are right, they either don’t care anymore, they think O is done, or they are simply dumber than we thought and they think that if they carry on like this, it will help their Grand Master…not sure which one it is, but one more show down like this with a CNN anchor and folks will start paying attention and grasp the humongous the levels of incompetence emanating from this admin at all levels…I mean the folks who normally can’t be bothered…

jimver on May 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The media knows they fluked up big time in 2008. They put their integrity behind them in the hope that the ghost that is Obama would be exactly what THEY wanted him to be. They know that if they come out and say we screwed up they will have lost anyand all credibility the general public still hold in them. They know this and what fools they would be to just come out and say sorry we were in the bag for Obama and we were wrong. Look instead for a slow taking apart of the thing called the Obama team. The media will look like the hero of the day for uncovering the truth/incompetence and save themselves from the lashing they would receive if they just came out and said they were in the bag for him.

lakeman on May 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hey, wasn’t attackwatch.com setup for this very thing? They’ll need an entire server dedicated to Bain.

sdbatboy on May 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM