Consensus: Obama campaign starts off with a faceplant

posted at 10:01 am on May 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Not exactly news around here, of course, but the word is getting around.  As Allahpundit wrote last night, the bad start to the Obama campaign has become apparent even to the campaign itself.  Now the media has started to figure it out, too.  Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei notes that the stumble goes pretty much across the board, too:

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.

So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has leaving the gate in 2012.

That’s the unmistakable reality for Democrats since Obama officially launched his re-election campaign three weeks ago. Obama, not Mitt Romney, is the one with the muddled message — and the one who often comes across as baldly political. Obama, not Romney, is the one facing blowback from his own party on the central issue of the campaign so far – Romney’s history with Bain Capital. And most remarkably, Obama, not Romney, is the one falling behind in fundraising.

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

The two note that a bad three weeks may just end up being a bad three weeks, and that things may well smooth out for Obama after the campaign gets in motion.  Of course, this campaign has been in motion for more than a year.  They had prepared the Bain attack since at least last September, when Obama began pushing the Buffett Rule and started demagoguing wealth and the wealthy.  This has been the longest wind-up to a pitch in recent memory, and it turned into a pratfall.

That’s why the nod to Team Obama being a “political team notorious for discipline and effectiveness” appears to be one last fantasy to which the media may be bitterly clinging.  In 2008, all they needed to be was not the establishment, either in their own party or in general.  They are effective at raising money, or rather they were, but only in the context of being a cipher.  It’s easy to sell a product when no one knows what it is.  This team has had to sell a record that few would buy, and Team O knows it.  That is why their campaign has consisted of dodging ObamaCare, celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, and throwing every distraction about Romney they can find to keep the media from talking about jobs and the economy.

Team O may prove effective at that, although so far they’re failing miserably.  But they can only be effective at that strategy to the extent that the media enables them to avoid their record on the economy, and to the extent Team O can stop shooting itself in the foot in the shiny-object strategy.


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who says they were that good in 2008?

rob verdi on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

…need to find a caption picture with their hands covering their butt!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Biden a working class weapon of mass destruction.

Again, there’s only so many slick ways of marketing a crap sandwich of a candidate.

After some time, even the dimmest wake up and smell what yer selling.

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Defending this guy’s dismal record will do that…

Common Sense Floridian on May 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.

It’s not swagger, it’s “swagga”. CNN’s anchors told me so.

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

What with Europe tanking and all the dude picked the wrong decade to force socialism on us didn’t he?

DanMan on May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Obama began pushing the Buffett Rule and started demagoguing wealth and the wealthy.

Biting the hand that feeds not workie so well I think.

cajun carrot on May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

I need my car to be a Ferrari, but that isn’t going to happen either.

dirtseller on May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Silk purse from a sow’s ear?

Eren on May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Good. Target is Romney not Bain or PE as much as conservatives want it to be that way.

lester on May 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

the bad start to the Obama campaign has become apparent even to the campaign itself. Now the media has started to figure it out, too.

…which means THEY will REALLY have to go out of their way to help JugEars now. Count on it!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Consensus: Obama campaign starts off with a faceplant

That’s what happens when you have to run on a record of failure instead of rainbows,unicorns,and butterfly farts.

Baxter Greene on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Anyone know the who/what/where/when of the photo used for this and other threads of this nature?

Rod on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Uh, say what? His dad was a business owner and a state senator, he went to the best private schools, and he’s been a US Senator since the age of 29.

How on earth can they try to sell this guy as a working class weapon?

That’s arrogance * delusion * 1000000.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

and a private company’s space capsule can been grasped by the space station, and will provide the next re-supply. Private enterprise – woo-hoo!

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

tomg51 on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

…and still the President is leading in the polls. Romney is inept at messaging and capitalizing softballs thrown over the plate. Naturally, though the group think here at HA will cite the mainstream media as the culprit where it’s their own guy who can’t even bring himself to believe half of what he’s saying.

newtopia on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The other point this makes is just how awful the McCain Campaign was. ANYONE associated with the running of that campaign should be avoided by all serious Republican candidates.

dirtseller on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The Greatest Transition Team Campaign evah!

pain train on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

…which means THEY will REALLY have to go out of their way to help JugEars now. Count on it!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

…what more can the MSM kneepad brigade do beyond wearing team Obama shirts and waving pom poms during their broadcasts and write-ups.

Baxter Greene on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Swing and a miss…

Maybe it’s the “mom-jeans”? As I recall, that pitch didn’t go anywhere near the plate.

And then there’s the 4/5 missed basketball shots by someone who supposedly loves basketball and plays all the time…

Obama, the new “Casey at bat”.

Logus on May 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Biden saying to a crowd “They don’t understand people like us” as if he was Castro was particularly galling.

No, I’d guess your average American doesn’t know what it’s like to go to elite schools and be born into a highly politically connected family.

But that’s not what you meant was it, Schmo Biden?

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

In Texas, you can indite a Ham Sandwich.

In Washington D.C., you can elect a Ham Sandwich as long as it is running against Obama.

percysunshine on May 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

A distraction? That’s generous. The guy is a total rolling disaster every time he open his mouth.

Things started going poorly for the Emperor the week of the SCOTUS hearings, did they not? He has had one exploding cigar go off in his face after another, ever since.

dogsoldier on May 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Anyone know the who/what/where/when of the photo used for this and other threads of this nature?

Rod on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

That’s the Duke basketball team coaching staff apparently not very happy about a recent play. I have no idea who the bug eyed sweetie is in the background.

dirtseller on May 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The guy in the middle looks like Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke basketball coach. The Gatorade logo to the right lends credence to this theory.

either orr on May 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

…butterfly farts.

Baxter Greene on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The winds of change…

Can you smell what the Bammy is cookin’?

Logus on May 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

JugEars..?

affenhauer on May 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

He’s been campaigning since he got elected.

vcferlita on May 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

…which means THEY will REALLY have to go out of their way to help JugEars now. Count on it!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

They aren’t already? Let’s look at what the media has done(or tried to do) for Obama over the last few months. They crucified George Zimmerman in order to build up resentment within the black community as that’s an essential voting bloc for Obama. They circled the wagons around Hilary Rosen when she trashed Ann Romney since class warfare is central to his reelection campaign. They made Sandra Fluke into Mother Teresa in order to smear conservatives and Catholics and sway women voters to Obama. They pushed 50 year old stories about an alleged bullying incident involving Romney and a 150 year story about a Mormon massacre that didn’t involve Romney. They’ve tried pushing the White House talking point that Bush was somehow responsible for federal spending in 2009 when Obama was President. And they’ve shoved gay marriage down everyone’s throats when it routinely polls dead last when voters are asked to rank the issues in order of importance.

I’d say they’re doing all they can to help Obama. The problem is the economy stinks and that’s what will decide this election. No matter how much they try to distract people from that, it will always come down to pocketbook issues. And props to the Romney campaign for diligently staying on message.

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Their only hope is that the economy improves enough that people forget how much he messed it up.

KS Rex on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Spot on Ed, a lap media will continue to prop and deflect for him

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Faceplants are all Team Gay President has, it’s not as if he has great achievements to tout.

Bishop on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

It’s easy to sell a product when no one knows what it is.

I disagree. The marketing of Obama in 2008 as a whiteboard (yeah, okay, blackboard) on which you could scribble whatever you wanted took some genius, even with MSM complicity.

bobs1196 on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

How on earth can they try to sell this guy as a working class weapon?

That’s arrogance * delusion * 1000000.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Aw shucks! That’s an easy one. Hasn’t he lost his hair just like those working class stiffs do? Stand up and take a bow Joe!

Don L on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Of course, this campaign has been in motion for more than five years.

FTFY, Ed.

Mohonri on May 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has leaving the gate in 2012.

Official Campaign Launch video

blammm on May 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

How on earth can they try to sell this guy as a working class weapon?

That’s arrogance * delusion * 1000000.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Because they think the rest of us middle-aged white guys are just as dumb as Joe Biden and that he can relate to us.

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Gotta love how Joe Biden is packaged as “working class.”

Biden is a lawyer who has spent his entire career in government. He owns a “compound” in Delaware, and a large home in Ireland. His sons are lobbyists — continuing the family tradition of making gobs of money by selling access to our corrupt federal government.

Any “working class” person who thinks Joe Biden has anything in common with them, or cares about making our government run more efficiently for their benefit, needs to wake up. Joe’s not from Scranton, he’s not “working class,” and he’s a potent symbol of everything that is wrong with out federal government.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has leaving the gate in 2012.

Thus, their need for a “gay superhero” who is a comic book character.

Lourdes on May 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Morning. Joe and crew recommend dear leader to go after mitts record.as governor …..im sure theywill soon

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Obama began pushing the Buffett Rule and started demagoguing wealth and the wealthy.

Biting the hand that feeds not workie so well I think.

cajun carrot on May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Has the slob Buffet paid his back taxes yet? Does the IRS handle his case like it would yours and mine, or does he get consideration for his support of socialism?

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

We need an audio or video clip of Captain Kirk saying to Kahn, “I’m laughing at your superior intellect”.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

I think it’s been awhile since Biden’s been a potent anything. I’m surprised they haven’t locked the boob up in a closet somewhere until after the election. Of course, for the comedic value, I hope they don’t. ‘Stand up, Chuck! Stand up, there…oh, wait…’ Heh.

changer1701 on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I just know that there’s a lot of hyperbolic hotheaded confusion rushing around Politico trying to find a handle on the times.

Lourdes on May 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

But they can only be effective at that strategy to the extent that the media enables them to avoid their record on the economy

What is infinity?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

No amount of lipstick will make this pig attractive enough to French kiss.

Sorry…

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I have never seen so much absolute utter BS come from one politician (and his minions) ever before. We all thought that it would be ugly, but this really isn’t ugly in the classic sense, the level of concentrated lies and distortions is at a new high, especially this early in a campaign.
I come to conclude already that this is the plan. Fill the media with so much BS that nobody will be able to sort it all out before the election. The 90% of American people who spend about 12 minutes a year taking in politics will come out believing that Malcolm X was right.

Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!

J_Crater on May 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Can you smell what the Bammy is cookin’ sniffin’?

Logus on May 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Meh. This is the point early in the campaign where the media tries to act like they’re unbiased so they hit a little harder on the Democrat. They’ll soon circle the wagons and we’ll get fawning stories about The One and breathless faux outrage about all things Romney.

By mid summer O will be walking on water again.

Ampersand on May 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Team O can stop shooting itself in the foot in the shiny-object strategy.

Wasn’t AP going to do a “shiny object of the week” feature?

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.

To me, swagger and supreme self-confidence are not endearing qualities, when he has no accomplishments to back them up. Then it’s just arrogance. Beside, that’s not how someone of real accomplishment acts. They carry themselves like a king in disguise. Dignity and inner satisfaction, without making a show of it.

Paul-Cincy on May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Because they think the rest of us middle-aged white guys are just as dumb as Joe Biden and that he can relate to us.

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Well at least its consistent. They got this far by treating people like total idiots so let’s triple down on it.

Next: Michelle Obama to give interview to Oprah about her life-long fight against anorexia.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

I think it’s been awhile since Biden’s been a potent anything. I’m surprised they haven’t locked the boob up in a closet somewhere until after the election. Of course, for the comedic value, I hope they don’t. ‘Stand up, Chuck! Stand up, there…oh, wait…’ Heh.

changer1701 on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Actually, to the contrary, I think that Barack Obama has finally grown into Joe Biden. Biden’s vortex of confusion and mishmashed brouhaha has finally been lodged atop the Obama Administration as the head of that campaign they’ve been running ragged: Biden now represents them.

Lourdes on May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Since some Rat Union Hack down south showed us its OK in Alynski world I suggest Barrack Pinatas!

Buy a Barrack or “The Won” Pinata and get a Joe Bite Me one for free. Now for the enterprising among us, ah, what to fill em with?

ConcealedKerry on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Jack Kelly has a great article at RCP entitled, “Perhaps Obama is just not that bright”. It needs to be read by anyone who still has the opinion that he’s “too smart to be a good President”. It’s very well written.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Next: Michelle Obama to give interview to Oprah about her life-long fight against anorexia.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

“The Trials, Pain and Suffering of Being a Martyr for People Who Have Never Been Proud of Their Country”.

Lourdes on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

…and still the President is leading in the polls. Romney is inept at messaging and capitalizing blah blah blah…….

newtopia on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The polls? Whose polls? Oh, thooose polls. Keep deluding yourself newt. BTW, if you haven’t noticed, Romney’s messaging has been kicking A here lately.

starman on May 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

this campaign has been in motion for more than a year 3 1/2 years

FIFY

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

That girl’s expression… priceless.

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

MSM setting him up for the great “Chicago Jesus Resurrection.”

Goes like this:

Stumbles out of gate

Must take decisive action; needs another gutsy call

Cans Biden for Hillary

Collective amen shout from NYT, WaPo, ABC, AP…

Incredible political skills and instincts: Every great leader is defined by their rebounds…

Ya’ get the picture

ironbill on May 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

How on earth can they try to sell this guy as a working class weapon?

That’s arrogance * delusion * 1000000.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

…why not.
There trying right now to sell a President who has run up record deficits and debt as a “deficit hawk”……

Baxter Greene on May 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The Obama campaign can only scrape by ignoring the economy IF Romney let’s him and the Romney campaign has shown no signs of letting anybody forget. Honestly, the Romney campaign is far more quick, agile and disciplined than I’d have ever thought they could be.

cartooner on May 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The Political Abyss of Team 0!!

canopfor on May 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

rob verdi on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

exactly! hillary only half tried for the first few months and when she realized she had a real challenge it was too late. so here comes mccain who seemed more interested in making history (being the first to lose to a black candidate) than anything else.

chasdal on May 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Nice grouping of facepalms. Ed, Allah, keep it up! lol

ElectricPhase on May 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Ot:Ed you gotta check out newsbusters …..kessler gives dear leader 3 pinnochios re obama and spending

Highlarious

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Faceplants are all Team Gay President has, it’s not as if he has great achievements to tout.

Bishop on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

This aint’ your Dad’s Gay Party.

ToddPA on May 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

…what more can the MSM kneepad brigade do beyond wearing team Obama shirts and waving pom poms during their broadcasts and write-ups.

Baxter Greene on May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

…maybe Larry can lampoon the media… and put what the MSM really does for JugEars…and put them on the cover of Hustler holding someones member…instead of S.E. Cupp!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Who cares… as longs as I still get my damn food stamps / green subsidy / mortgage payments / free gasoline / etc.

/Obama’s base

mankai on May 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

who says they were that good in 2008?

rob verdi

You’re right.

They only had to be a ‘little better’ than John McLame’s atrocious campaign.

The media’s little secret the internal polling for Hillary was always flat, so they jettisoned her in a NY minute.

Romney Team is highly organized this time around.
Can hardly believe it!

Romney has the potential of becoming a great President, with the aid of a lot of Conservatives surrounding him.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I love that picture

tomas on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Obama’s campaign started last year around Labor Day.

That it has only recently begun is a fiction.

What is he doing now that he hasn’t already been doing for many months?

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Now for the enterprising among us, ah, what to fill em with?

ConcealedKerry on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The only thing one CAN use to fill an Obama pinata – Other people’s money.

Washington Nearsider on May 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Alinsky tactics works both ways and Alinsky forgot to write how to counter an Alinsky-Rules-of-Radicals attack.

albill on May 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Morning. Joe and crew recommend dear leader to go after mitts record.as governor …..im sure theywill soon

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

They’ve already started. The secret Journolist memo has already made the rounds of the MSM. Night before last CNN’s Anderson Cooper opened his show with a look at Mitt Romney’s “terrible” record in Massachusetts. Went something like this: “Romney claims he can create jobs, but when he was governor of Massachusetts, his state ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation. Now compare Romney’s abysmal record to Obama’s sterling record in his first term, where after inheriting a terrible economy from Bush and the Republicans, he created millions of job . . . .”

I didn’t watch the entire segment (too nauseating), but you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Anderson didn’t mention the fact that Romney’s hands were often tied by his far-left, overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts legislature during his tenure as governor. And of course, no mention of the role Obama played in creating the conditions that led to the 2008 housing collapse that he “inherited” (e.g., as a lawyer suing banks to force them to make more mortgage loans to unqualified minority borrowers, and later as a senator pushing for lower lending standards at FM/FM and voting against legislation to rein in the fraud and corruption at FM/FM, etc.).

The MSM is going all-in to help their Chosen One get re-elected. If you thought 2008 was bad, 2012 is shaping up to be even worse.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I love the facial expression of the lady in the photo sitting behind the guys with their hands on their foreheads. She tells it better than they did.

Cherokee on May 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Regular working class folks give more than 1% to charity…

Wagthatdog on May 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

All this “workin’ class” crap. It’s about time for People to do another Michelle on her knees rootin’ around in her garden ariticle isn’t it? Since we all begown, bejewel and bedeck ourselves in our bright white $500 tennies when we’re plantin’ our ‘maters……………

waterytart on May 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Jack Kelly has a great article at RCP entitled, “Perhaps Obama is just not that bright”. It needs to be read by anyone who still has the opinion that he’s “too smart to be a good President”. It’s very well written.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Not too bad, nothing I didn’t already know there. Obviously racist though, right?

Obama Is Not That Bright

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

We need a president who doesn’t look at us as groups of people, but rather as one people. We need a president who represents and respects all Americans. We need a president who understands that we are not all the same, and as such, we cannot all have the same outcome in life. We need a president who understands American exceptionalism. Barack Hussein Obama is definitely NOT this man.

maryo on May 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

“The Romneycare is the same as Obamacare” meme will probably be coming our way sooner than later.

Sure hope Mitt has an answer to this that doesn’t sound like double talk.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.

this plus a nickel will get your $5 trillion more in debt, oh, and a nickel..

hillsoftx on May 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Ot:Ed you gotta check out newsbusters …..kessler gives dear leader 3 pinnochios re obama and spending

Highlarious

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

What’s even funnier is some of the WaPo Comments. Lots of bayam types there, claiming it’s Kessler who’s “lying”.

Top comment:

What a Press and Republican Friendly BS analysis. The Spending Growth that President Obama is responsible for is the NEW programs he signed off into law. The extra unemployment, and other costs of the downturn are not his, and his adminstration has reduced them a bit by putting 3 million or so people back to work. Of course the Press never responds fairly when challenged, but to leave off these issues is beyond the pale.

So the correct anaylsis is to remove the extra costs generated by the wars the President did not start, and Only include the new costs he endorsed, which would include only the ramp up in troops in Afghanistan, and a few other fairly minor program costs.

Breathtaking.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Confucius say: he who stumble out of gate end up at glue factory.

ziggyville on May 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The ONLY difference between now and four years ago is that Obama now has a public record, instead of being a completely blank slate.

logis on May 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Defending this guy’s dismal record will do that…

Common Sense Floridian

The assessment here with all due respect is too deep into political nurdness. The election season started years ago for these guys. This isn’t a fluke in my opinion. The punditry class and old media seems to think this guy is a pro and there’s this notion that soon the O-Team will somehow find their stride. This administration and its stewardship is a mess and will struggle through until Election Day trying to make themselves look like the best option for the electorate. Lipstick/pigs. They suck and it’s obvious.

DumboTheAvenger on May 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Thanks. AZ coyote …..you’re not kidding

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Any “working class” person who thinks Joe Biden has anything in common with them, or cares about making our government run more efficiently for their benefit, needs to wake up. Joe’s not from Scranton, he’s not “working class,” and he’s a potent symbol of everything that is wrong with out federal government.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

From a song by (H/T) Harry Chapin, about a trucker losing his brakes:

“And he smeared for 400 yards along the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania, all those 30,000 pounds of bananas.”

Joe Biden is from Scranton, he has no brakes, and he’s bananas.

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

and a private company’s space capsule can been grasped by the space station, and will provide the next re-supply. Private enterprise – woo-hoo!

tomg51 on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Hardest hit: Muslim self-esteem.

BobMbx on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Obama does not know who he should be, he knows who he is; just does not know who he should fool on any particular day. Anything Mike Allen says is suspect; probably just another ploy from Obama. But he cannot be underestimated – he may hit a single with the next trick on his list.

democratsarefools on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The two note that a bad three weeks may just end up being a bad three weeks, and that things may well smooth out for Obama after the campaign gets in motion.

IMHO, that’s wishful thinking from the lapdog MSM. Campaigns are alot like raising childrem: in that no two are alike. ’08 campaign was a marketing ‘gift’ in that there was a package (an empty suit with no discernable history) that they were able to morph to their advantage at every turn. ’12 campaign has 3 1/2 years of written and video record AND historical debt /deficits that the Child King will not be able to run from.

socalcon on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Indeed. Del delusional

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I’d say they are every bit as competent as they’ve always been.

trigon on May 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Alinsky never told them how to get re-elected.

Naturally Curly on May 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.
Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Well done.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What with Europe tanking and all the dude picked the wrong decade to force socialism on us didn’t he?

DanMan

+10

As always, an astute observation from you!

Hilarious.

The timing is a little off here Barry.

Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Britain all going tits up at the same time.

What a nightmare the Olympics will be.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Romney Team is highly organized this time around.
Can hardly believe it!

Romney has the potential of becoming a great President, with the aid of a lot of Conservatives surrounding him.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Team Romney is highly organized, but Romney himself needs to get his message out more clearly. Be specific about what he would do if elected President, and also talk specifically about developing America’s energy resources: drilling in the Gulf and on Federal lands, the Keystone pipeline, and natural gas fracking, and removal of the EPA regulations that are crippling the coal-power industry.

Energy prices that are unnecessarily high (due to the ample resources America has that Obama doesn’t want to use) are a huge drag on the economy, which hurts more than at the gasoline pump. They are paid by retail stores and truckers, and passed along to consumers in the prices of everything we buy. Romney needs to explain that to the American people, and show them the total cost of (un)necessarily skyrocketing energy costs.

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Faceplants. Matches the houseplants.

Forward! Stumble….

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!!
/quotes

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Honestly, it took me ten minutes to recover from the side-splitting laughter after reading this line.

Biden? A working class weapon? A guy who never held a real job in his life? Holy crap these people really are delusional.

“Gravitas”, from the Greek meaning “head implanted squarely up a$$”

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

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