Noted perpetual candidate still in search of argument for a second term

posted at 8:41 am on May 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So … “Forward” apparently has flopped.  Earlier this week, The Hill explained that Barack Obama and his campaign still haven’t found a theme on which to run for a second term.  “Forward” turned out to be all about the past, and now Team O is back to spitballing:

Obama formally launched his campaign this month with the message of “Forward,” but one senior Democratic Party official told The Hill that people who thought that would be the campaign’s lasting official slogan should “stay tuned.”

Obama at various times over the past year has taken “Winning the Future,” “A Fair Shot,” “An America Built to Last” and “We Can’t Wait” for test drives, but none has found lasting traction. Vice President Biden has suggested one possible bumper-sticker slogan: “GM’s alive; bin Laden’s dead.”

The president’s Twitter feed earlier this week featured a picture of him throwing a football at Chicago’s Soldier Field along with the words “Clear eyes, full hearts.” The slogan concludes with “can’t lose” and is borrowed from the TV show “Friday Night Lights.” It has been adopted as a semi-official rallying call by Obama loyalists, and can be seen displayed on walls — and a chalkboard or two — around the reelection team’s Windy City headquarters.

As we have noted a number of times in the past, this team has had more than a year in Chicago to come up with a theme and an agenda for voters in this election.  Their opening attack on Mitt Romney failed after having prepared it for over eight months, too.  It’s as if the Obama campaign has no idea who their candidate is or how to pitch him to voters, and they’re not so hot at diagnosing Romney, either.

Yesterday, Ed Rodgers at the Washington Post wondered whether Democrats plan on another Obamessiah approach of idolization and deification:

The left has a decision to make: Is it going to try to repackage the starry-eyed romance and dreamy magic of Barack Obama from four years ago or build a rationale for his reelection based on lessons learned and a plausible critique of the president’s performance in office. Perhaps it will need to acknowledge that the idolization of Obama was a one-time phenomena and that voters, desperate for some results, will be impatient with proselytizing from the Obama camp.

A good test is approaching. Next Monday, June 4, will be the four-year anniversary of the speech candidate Obama gave celebrating his delegate count, which would make him the certain Democrat nominee. He took the occasion to state what he thought his presidency foretold. Of his own nomination victory, Obama said, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.” He let others really lay it on thick. You would think the retrospective absurdity of this quote would make liberals a little cautious, if not embarrassed, and cause them to rethink how they enabled Obama. We will see how this is hidden or celebrated in the next few days.

Rodgers points out that Frank Bruni at the New York Times has decided to go the full American Idol route:

Bruni appears to be willing to strain even harder for Obama in 2012 by neglecting to find anything particularly admirable about Mitt Romney while completely refreshing the Obama myth. He never hints that the reality of electing a president who was a little-accomplished state senator, unknown community organizer and high school stoner has produced some disappointments and required plenty of on-the-job training. You have to read it to get the full dose, but among other things, Bruni says of Obama, “He still personifies the hope that we might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want.  His own saga taps into the larger story of this country’s fitful unfinished progress toward its stated ideal of equal opportunity.”

In other words, prepare for more fainting spells from Obama’s allies in the media.  Not all of them are on board, however.  New York Magazine’s John Heileman writes that the old campaign on hope has given way to the new campaign strategy of fear and loathing (language warning, because hey, it’s NYM):

But if the Obama 2012 strategy in this regard is all about the amplification of 2008, in terms of message it will represent a striking deviation. Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition. “We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”

Thus, to a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear. For many Democrats, this is just fine and dandy, for they believe that in the Romney-Republican agenda there is plenty to be scared of. For others in the party in both politics and business, however, the new Obama posture is cause for concern. From the gay-­marriage decision to the onslaught on Bain, they see the president and his team as coming across as too divisive, too conventional, and too nakedly political, putting at risk Obama’s greatest asset—his likability—with the voters in the middle of the electorate who will ultimately decide his fate.

In my column for The Week, I reached the same conclusion as Heilemann, but for different reasons.  With the economy stagnating and the majority of voters wanting his biggest legislative achievement overturned by the Supreme Court, Obama has nothing else left to offer but the antithesis of Hope and Change — Fear and Inertia:

That’s why Obama’s struggles now have more than a taste of irony. If anything, the American public has grown more anti-establishment in sentiment. Obama can’t take advantage of it, however, for two reasons. First, Obama became the establishment, co-opting the very institutions against which he once railed — the Clintons, Wall Street, his party’s entrenched Congressional leadership, and lobbyists. That was more or less inevitable; even the most fervent anti-establishment politicians have to get other politicians to assist in passing legislation, or risk being seen as isolated and ineffective.

Obama’s bigger problem is his lack of a coherent and positive vision. In 2008, Obama’s team didn’t need to produce a complicated and nuanced agenda for his presidency; not being the establishment was enough. This time, Obama has to either produce a real agenda to justify a second term after three years of economic stagnation, or he has to make his opponent look scary and weird.

So far, Team Obama has opted for Plan Scary. They have painted Mitt Romney as a heartless “vampire capitalist” and dug up stories of high-school bullying. They have used Ann Romney’s passion for horses as a way to remind voters of just how wealthy the Romneys are. But those attacks have largely backfired as Democrats objected to attacks on private equity, an industry on which they rely for donors, and the mean-spiritedness of the personal attacks stoked sympathy for the Romneys, especially Ann.

In one sense, it’s similar to Obama’s 2008 campaign, but with a very big difference. Obama wanted to paint the Romneys as part of an existing establishment, as he successfully did with Clinton, Edwards, and McCain in 2008. This time, though, Obama isn’t presenting an alternative to the status quo. Without a positive vision for a second term — or really any vision for a second term — the strategy looks a lot more personal than political, and a desperate attempt to distract from his record in the new establishment. The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove wrote this weekend about the emergence of an Obama “mean streak,” and quoted Larry Sabato comparing Obama’s campaigning to high-school bullying.

That’s why Team Obama has come up empty on a coherent campaign theme, despite having more than a year to do so.  Their candidate has no agenda, no vision, and no good reason to offer for a second term except by demonizing his opponent.  Fear and Inertia is all they have left.


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Can’t move Forward when you are stuck in the past…

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

How about Fear and Inertia?

Or, Fear and Loathing.

Fallon on May 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

How about copy Neville Chamberlain, “No more War in our Life Time”. We shall appease every dictator and bow to their demands.

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM

You have to read it to get the full dose, but among other things, Bruni says of Obama, “He still personifies the hope that we might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want.

I do believe…I do believe…
I do..I do..I do..

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I gots one!

I Need A Hero! (Not a Zero)

it even comes with a song…..

ted c on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

How about “More Flexibility”?

Dingbat63 on May 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

borrowed from the TV show “Friday Night Lights.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t “Friday Night Lights” cancelled?

Once can only hope the same fate befalls the reign of the benevolent god-king.

crazy_legs on May 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

“America will be like Greece if I’m elected”

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

No Easy Way Out (of George Bush’s economy)

ted c on May 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

With the economy stagnating and the majority of voters wanting his biggest legislative achievement overturned by the Supreme Court, Obama has nothing else left to offer but the antithesis of Hope and Change — Fear and Inertia:

Well he could highlight his and his party’s ‘achievements’ over the last 3 years. It would be the longest suicide note in history.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

“Forward” turned out to be all about the past, and now Team O is back to spitballing

Obama has nothing else left to offer but the antithesis of Hope and Change — Fear and Inertia

Fearward!

thelarryd on May 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

After the election we will have more flexibility and he can transmit himself back to doggy daycare.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

How about …Rainbows & Unicorns???

Or…Hey, two words: Bin Laden….

Or better yet………….

Um, I Got Nothin’

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You know, I almost wonder if I just come here for the headlines. The snark is delicious.

Washington Nearsider on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

They should borrow a phrase from that Polish diplomat. He summed up this administration pretty well:

Obama/Biden 2012: Ignorance and Incompetence!

AZCoyote on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Romney’d be worse!

That’s all he can pitch.

Washington Nearsider on May 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

“He still personifies the hope that we might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want.

What about a gender blind country? Can’t do that and campaign as a champion of women or something. Julia does not live in a world where there are even men!

What about tolerant of all faiths? Can’t campaign on that so long as you attempt to destroy religious instituions on behalf of sluts at Georgetown Law.

In short, I think most of us really don’t care about race as much as some of the other ways the jug-eared Kenyan has sought to polarize us.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Thanks for the softball Ed. :-)

“Destruction Unlimited”

“Dumb and Dumber 2012″

“Still not enough economic uncertainty”

“Duh…..Bush”

“Michelle has big plans for you”

“More Vacay!!”

“Slip, Slidin’ Away”

“Hey, I’ve got a great smile and I’m photogenic, what else do you want?”

“We’re all Communists Now”

“American Chavez”

“Because we want to set up Biden in 2016″

“More DOTUS!!”

“America needs a Death Panel, Dr. Obama is here to help”

“Shiny Objects……hey look….Squirrel!!”

“Helping China have THEIR Century”

“We need to Chillax and let someone else lead America around”

“No more American Superpower”

“I’m likin’ these freebies”

“Keep it Comin’ Love”

“Hope for Dopes”

………and we could go on all day long.

PappyD61 on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Great piece Ed

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The left has a decision to make: Is it going to try to repackage the starry-eyed romance and dreamy magic of Barack Obama from four years ago or build a rationale for his reelection based on lessons learned and a plausible critique of the president’s performance in office.

Oh please try to run him as the Messiah again. I’d love nothing more than to see him lose in a landslide.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Noted perpetual candidate still in search of argument for a second term

Change ‘second’ to ‘first’ and we’d be talking about Mitt.

Notorious GOP on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: Ignorance and Incompetence!

AZCoyote on May 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I like it but it probably needs a little tweaking.

Obama/Biden 2012: Ignorance, Arrogance and Incompetence!

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Oh please try to run him as the Messiah again. I’d love nothing more than to see him lose in a landslide.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing the fake Greek columns again.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This White House Photo of the Day with Obama’s glowing reflection off of the Vietnam Wall tells us the campaign will go for deification. They just can’t help themselves.

This photo should have recieved more attention. It’s that over the top:

http://moonbattery.com/?p=12286

No Niks on May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Dope and Choomin’

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that”

…you can’t do that!..can you?…I’ve been wanting to use that as JugEars first name…like forever!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Unemployment and Food Stamps in every pot!

msupertas on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

How about ‘Same old, same old’?

mike0993 on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Noted perpetual candidate still in search of argument for a second term

Change ‘second’ to ‘first’ and we’d be talking about Mitt.

Notorious GOP on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

That was going to be my argument, you used fewer words than I would have.

astonerii on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Don’t be a greedy racist. Obama/Biden 2012

NeoKong on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Seems appropriate for a candidate whose constituency can usually only process concepts that fit on a bumper sticker.

Cleombrotus on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

How about, Feel the power of the dark side!

rhombus on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

blank posts?

BobMbx on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

TURD 2.0!

Pork-Chop on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing the fake Greek columns again.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I hope Samson is in the house and his hair has grown back.

msupertas on May 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

“Clear eyes,full hearts?” That’s a hot one from Mr. Choom.

teacherman on May 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

R00f HiTz part deux? The Polish Death Camp Edition

ted c on May 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Choom and Gloom.

waterytart on May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing the fake Greek columns again.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I don’t know about the columns since they’ve been notorious ever since Palin mocked them at the GOP convention, but we’ll definitely see something. The fact that he’s once again giving his acceptance speech in an open seat stadium that seats close to 80,000 people shows that they’re trying desperately to recapture that 2008 vibe.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

blank posts?

BobMbx on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Racist…

:)

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Great piece Ed

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

…my head hurts it was so good!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The Long March – Obama 2012

Bishop on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

It’s as if the Obama campaign has no idea who their candidate is or how to pitch him

Manipulating the masses has become more difficult? I’ll take that as good news.

lynncgb on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Obama/Biden 2012
Like Jesus

(only pro-abortion and gay marriage)

Cleombrotus on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

How about, Feel the power of the dark side!

rhombus on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

RAAAAAAAAAACIST!!

Washington Nearsider on May 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

…you can’t do that!..can you?…I’ve been wanting to use that as JugEars first name…like forever!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I guess the flucking filter has been turned down…
:)

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Here’s a couple of suggestions for The Chosen One:

1) “Eh?….why not!”
2) “Gulp! 4 MORE?”
3) “In your heart, you know he’s inept but LIKEABLE!”
4) “AFFIRMATIVE…….we want ACTION!”
5) “FORWARD….comrades!”

GarandFan on May 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Remember his campaign promise to “make government cool again?”

He actually thought that…

Remember when he told a congressman, “Well, the big difference between 2010 and 1994 is you’ve got me.”

He actually thought that too…

Remember when he informed Harry Reid, “I have a gift.”

I think the slogan ought to be “Gifted Cool Me.” That pretty much sums up his opinion of himself and the media’s portrayal of him.

That’ll give the rest of us in America a good chuckle between now and his defeat.

beatcanvas on May 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

ted c on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Shame on you!

I like that tune.

And Bonnie Tyler is hot.

cozmo on May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Arbeit Macht Frei – Obama/Biden 2012

Bishop on May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Can’t change Unicorns in mid-choom

forest on May 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Bishop on May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

But only if it’s work for the State or a non-profit.

forest on May 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Great tune ted

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Obama/Biden 2012 – Bankrupt the country

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Spicoli 2012.

booter on May 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hey koolaid

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

They need to recycle an old Chicago favorite:

Barack Obama. Before It’s Too Late.

Mr. D on May 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Reset?

Dingbat63 on May 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Obama/Biden 2012 – Bankrupt the country
SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

’cause 15 Trillion dollars can’t be wrong.

Cleombrotus on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

How about

Obama2012
I’m cool – really I am

gophergirl on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The fact that he’s once again giving his acceptance speech in an open seat stadium that seats close to 80,000 people shows that they’re trying desperately to recapture that 2008 vibe.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Then they better be sure that they fill the stadium with adoring people responding to his empty speech as they did in 2008. Maybe Obama can arrive by helicopter to emphasize that he “got” OBL.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It’s as if the Obama campaign has no idea who their candidate is or how to pitch him to voters,

In 2008 they had no idea who their candidate was either. They just knew how to pitch him to voters because the voters also had no idea who their candidate was.

Unfortunatly in 2012 the voters are well aware of who thier candidate is and they are having the devil of a time trying to come up with a pitch to convince the voters that they’re wrong.

jaydee_007 on May 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

And Bonnie Tyler is hot.

cozmo on May 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Maybe in 1985. Now, not so much.

msupertas on May 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Fore!!!

Dingbat63 on May 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Then they better be sure that they fill the stadium with adoring people responding to his empty speech as they did in 2008. Maybe Obama can arrive by helicopter to emphasize that he “got” OBL.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

They’ll find 75,000 people, even if they have to pay them to be there. Just make sure those SEIU folks that are bussed in remove their purple shirts first. You don’t want it to be too obvious.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Try the new and improved Obama crap sandwich!

NoDonkey on May 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

How about, I WILL NOT BE IGNORED!!

waterytart on May 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Fore More Years!

NoFanofLibs on May 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Obama formally launched his campaign this month with the message of “Forward,” but one senior Democratic Party official told The Hill that people who thought that would be the campaign’s lasting official slogan should “stay tuned.”

Should we smoke “something” or work on improving our golf swings? Can I “un-tune” in November?

Rovin on May 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

American Idle

tomg51 on May 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

So little Bammie’s campaign will go back to the well for ‘new’ ideas: Obama Awards Socialist Leader Highest Honor at White House – Admits He Stole Her “Yes We Can” Slogan

Now he’s picked up on ‘Forward’, a battle-cry of socialism for the last hundred years. Little Bammie appears to believe in the ‘hide in plain sight’ m/o.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Bruni says of Obama, “He still personifies the hope that we might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want.

No… no liberal ever really wants that. They would loose their favorites smear slur and nail studded bat to attack everyone who disagrees with a liberal. Here in middle America where a white family making 42,000 a year lives next to a black family making the same.. where their kids play together… in the burbs.. not urban self segregated racial enclaves of bitterness… we’re largely on our way there. But liberals refuse to see that.. we will always be backwards to the urban sophisticate who sneers down his long monied nose at the “hicks and hayseeds” that dwell outside major cities.

New York.. with other major city liberals cannot give up their prejudices about the midwest.. so that NY liberal can say he wants a colorblind society.. but no conservative who has been smeared as a racist for merely pointing to Obama’s rank incompetence will ever believe him.

No democrat will ever say America has shed it’s past of racial division.. because why then would blacks be convinced only the democrats can “SAVE” them from the racist republicans?

I’ve seen this only get worse as I’ve gotten older.. and no democrat will ever be honest about this.. it risks loosing the block vote of blacks.. and what’s good for America isn’t good for democrat party hacks.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Obama Death Camps.

Electrongod on May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Fearward!

thelarryd on May 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Choom and Gloom.

waterytart on May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

In my view, we have a tie.

Lost in Jersey on May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This f—–g guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”

This might have worked better on someone already thought of as a somewhat retrograde social conservative, but Romney is best known as a successful businessman. If you play a word association game with the candidates’ names, I bet you that “rich” and
“businessman” would be given most for Romney. The “Romney’s a leftover from the past” strategy also might have worked better if Romney weren’t so youthful looking for his age. Thank goodness Romney is stunningly handsome (in a mature way) and is probably the most telegenic presidential candidate ever. I don’t care what anyone says, this WILL help him with people just discovering who he is. Romney is very easy on the eyes, the camera loves him, he looks like a winner, and, as sad as it is to say, people are superficial. He just doesn’t look menacing at all. The man looks pleasant.

Yes, Romney seems wholesome and formal, but I believe this will be reassuring to voters, since Romney seems like a capable, patient adult or parent who you can depend on to calmly and reliably get you out of a fix after others let you down or led you astray.

bluegill on May 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

….oh for gawds sake…let’s have the truth!…
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B U L L S H ! T…!!!
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KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Then they better be sure that they fill the stadium with adoring people responding to his empty speech as they did in 2008. Maybe Obama can arrive by helicopter to emphasize that he “got” OBL.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The way that they did that in 2008 was typically with a free rock concert before the recital, and most of those in attendance stayed through. No sign yet that he has lost the support of the glitterati, so expect more of the same.

PS Re OBL, yeah, maybe he can arrive at the convention in a helicopter, and rope down in a SEAL uniform with a fake scalp on the tip of a K-Bar.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Then they better be sure that they fill the stadium with adoring people responding to his empty speech as they did in 2008. Maybe Obama can arrive by helicopter to emphasize that he “got” OBL.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

They’ll find 75,000 people, even if they have to pay them to be there. Just make sure those SEIU folks that are bussed in remove their purple shirts first. You don’t want it to be too obvious.

Doughboy on May 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM

:D +1000

Even if they still wore a sea of purple.. the MSM would just say it was “wear a purple shirt day” for some obscure charity no one had heard of…. They barely even try anymore to cover up the democrats astroturf. They just assume the public IS that dim.

Unfortunately.. some are.. the gamble for them is.. will there be enough.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama/Biden 2012 “Stay on your couch”

Wagthatdog on May 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Obama/Biden 2012 Same Sh*t, Different Term

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

If he steals from Friday Night Lights, probably the best TV show ever, fan of the show should be outraged.

You sir are no Coach Taylor.

Riggins/Smash 2012

Wagthatdog on May 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

PS Re OBL, yeah, maybe he can arrive at the convention in a helicopter, and rope down in a SEAL uniform with a fake scalp on the tip of a K-Bar.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Considering how badly he flubs first pitches and his penchant for Mom jeans… I hope not.. or Biden will be president a few minutes after. They would have to rig him with a bungie cable to keep him from screwing that up.

Of course the footage of him bouncing back up and down like a yoyo would be priceless..

They’ll need to bring along a change of underwear for him though.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Four More Years of this idiot .. Oh Please

J_Crater on May 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

bluegill on May 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Geez Louise. You sound as bad as the “fainters” at an Obama campaign appearance.

Why don’t you just follow Romney around the country tossing your panties up on the stage while he’s speaking?

#War

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Four More Years .. OMG

J_Crater on May 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

A GLORIOUS FUTURE!
Obama/Biden 2012

jukin3 on May 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Obama should just run on his record of achievement and let the chips fall where they may.
hahahahaahaha.
Sorry, guess that won’t work.

smfic on May 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

How about using the same idea Elizabeth Warren used to get on the Harvard staff:

Affirmative Action – It Can Take You Anywhere

ArthurMachado on May 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

If Obama is going to crib a campaign slogan from Friday Night Lights, how about “Texas Forever”?

And then drop Michelle for Minka Kelly.

Uncledave on May 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Ride My Wake

tomg51 on May 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Choom and Gloom.
waterytart on May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

OMG that’s hilarious!
Personally, I don’t know why they changed anything, WTF was going so well.

txhsmom on May 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

In order to that much of a stalker she would have to “tone down” her current level of stalking.

cozmo on May 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

He could use the general category that the Left now has attached to it: Stuck On Stupid.

Repeating the same mistakes and expecting a different outcome is actually a form of insanity, not just stupidity… but it fits well enough.

As for what they want to do about other topics, it is the shiny objects strategy… and they are a few shiny objects short of a Christmas Tree.

ajacksonian on May 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The president’s Twitter feed earlier this week featured a picture of him throwing a football at Chicago’s Soldier Field along with the words “Clear eyes, full hearts.” The slogan concludes with “can’t lose” and is borrowed from the TV show “Friday Night Lights.” It has been adopted as a semi-official rallying call by Obama loyalists, and can be seen displayed on walls — and a chalkboard or two — around the reelection team’s Windy City headquarters.

Of course, Buzz Bissinger’s book that spawned the movie and TV show were based on showing high school football life in the Permian Basin of West Texas. And who else came from the Permian Basin…..

jon1979 on May 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Why don’t you just follow Romney around the country tossing your panties up on the stage while he’s speaking?

#War

Flora Duh on May 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

THANK YOU!

saved the rest of us from saying it. Look she can swoon herself stupid but telegenic he’s not.. that was always his major flaw.. the lack of excitement.. he’s a good candidate he’s good on his feet.. and not prone to mangling his words as some have been… but to say he’s the bestest presidential candidate evah is such a stretch it’d leave scars.

I pray to God he wins.. but let’s not pretend he generates anything close to a rock star persona.. that’s just damn silly. Makes us look delusional. He’s simply the guy deemed to have the best chance.. he’s not the dream candidate of virtually any of us.

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Obama at various times over the past year has taken “Winning the Future,” “A Fair Shot,” “An America Built to Last” and “We Can’t Wait” for test drives, but none has found lasting traction.

I can imagine that the Secret Service didn’t like “A Fair Shot.”

J_Crater on May 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I agree. If you are a sitting President and campaigning for a second term it should not be this hard to come up with a theme for your re-election effort, that is if you accomplished anything during your first administration. People understand that these are trying economic times and I believe the public has been willing to graciously lower its expectations for this particular President in this regard. If the personal likeability polls are true, the public has shown a willingness to turn a blind eye to some rather unsavory personality traits in Obama that makes one reasonably question his psychological stability. The bin Laden event will only take him so far. George HW Bush lost a re-election bid after the very successful Operation Desert Storm. I remember being transfixed by General Schwartzkopfs public briefing on the Operation following the conclusion of hostilities. Bush’s favorability was vary high following that event and yet he still lost his re-election bid. The American public must understand it cannot afford another 4 years of Obama and if the Democrats are having trouble selling him, so much the better for our future.

DaveDief on May 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt

Well, good for him!!

JohnGalt23 on May 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I guess “vote for me you ignorant peasants” isn’t under consideration?

His hubris runs to the ancient Greeks in it’s intensity.

Obama/Biden…. Because our jobs matter more than yours.

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sorry just can’t summon much enthusiasm for this.. I have to support 7 other people besides my own immediate family on my pension.. because there are few jobs out there and I won’t put family in a homeless shelter.. not especially when 4 are children under ten years old. Family takes care of family.. I have no hope things will get better for them till Obama is gone. A government funded homeless shelter is not help Barry.. a job from a new company is.. a job..

mark81150 on May 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Yep! Governing is a little tougher than campaigning. They are fools, always were fools, created by our media, whih is comprised of fools. Note the Frank Bruni quote above, these are not normal people, they give fanaticism a bad name. Putting aside all the guff about brilliant Axelrod & brilliant David Ploufe and everybody’s brilliant who blieves in monster, central government, it is achingly apparent that Obama probably wasn’t even a good street hustling rabble rouser but in fact lives in a daze of stupidity.

arand on May 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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