Video: Famous Chicago political organizer … outorganized?; Update: Romney holds surprise presser of his own outside Solyndra

posted at 2:01 pm on May 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This sums up perfectly the first month of the general election campaign.  The team with the community-organizing experience thought they could secretly arrange a rally in their opponent’s home state to attack his record as governor, led by the chief organizing genius of the campaign.  David Axelrod got a large, unpleasant lesson in Chapter One of This Ain’t 2008 Any More:

Loud and rowdy supporters of Mitt Romney in Boston drowned out an attempt by President Obama campaign’s top strategist to attack the former Republican governor on his home turf.

In a morning news conference on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse,David Axelrod, one of Mr. Obama’s senior strategists, tried mostly in vain on Thursday to level Mr. Obama’s latest broadside on Mr. Romney’s record as governor of the state.

Instead, he was booed, heckled and chanted down by supporters of Mr. Romney who refused to let up even for a moment as Mr. Axelrod and Democratic state lawmakers sought to make their case.

With cameras rolling, the Republican hecklers yelled “We Want Mitt!” and “Broken Record!” and held signs that said “Go Back to Chicago!” Mr. Axelrod appeared bemused but rattled by them, at one point saying: “You can shout down speakers my friends, but it’s hard to Etch A Sketch away the truth.”

Word started leaking about the Boston event last last night, according to the NYT’s Michael Shear, while the campaign announced it this morning.  Somehow — oddly — CNN managed to have enough planning time to have a live feed broadcasting over the network.  As the video shows, though, that coup ended up backfiring on Axelrod, who stammered and looked rattled indeed, as Shear describes.

BuzzFeed has even more, with Axelrod looking like a deer in the headlights:

Yup … this ain’t 2008, that’s for sure.

Update: Wow … this just gets better and better.  Here’s where Mitt Romney was while Axelrod was cleaning the egg off of his face:

ABC News covered the surprise press conference outside the shuttered Solyndra plant:

Mitt Romney arrived at the shuttered headquarters ofSolyndra Inc. this morning, a surprise visit that was shrouded in secrecy and part of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate’s attack on President Obama’s record on jobs creation.

“The reason for keeping it quiet is because we knew if word got out that Solyndra would do everything in their power and the Obama administration would do everything in their power to stop us from having this news conference,” an aide said in a briefing en route. “But taxpayers made a substantial investment in Solyndra, there are serious questions about what happened at Solyndra, why that investment was selected, what happened to that money.”

Solyndra is the failed California-based solar technology company that received more than $500 million in federal stimulus money before it went bankrupt last year. It has since become a mantle of Romney’s argument that Obama doesn’t know how to run the economy.

Did any of Axelrod’s organizers figure this one out?  Doesn’t look as though they did.


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blink on May 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM
when it comes to crunch time mitt eschews conservative ideals, and leans to the left. done it his whole career. that’s just mitt. i don’t want to vote for him and feel like an idiot down the road, when he starts his etch-a-sketching.

no gracias.

renalin on May 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Whoa..whoa…WHOA!!!

Im not sure I like this Romney guy, speaking truth to power and all that nonsense…and the presser in front of Solyndra? C’mon, where is the high road in all this?
Cant we all learn from our good friend John McCain and take the high road, bend over and reach across the aisle?

On second thought, way to go Mitt!!

Koa on May 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

And I bet that most readers remember that your comments on here were too often disgusting, csdeven.
blink on May 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I’m pretty darned certain Bluegill is not csdeven. As for trying to knock some sense into renalin, anyone who links to an anarchist to support his claims isn’t going to respond to reason.

Buy Danish on May 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Somebody brought a knife to a gun fight.

Socratease on May 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I think Romney’s campaign is surprising those of us who had serious reservations about this guy as the candidate this year (not that the others were any better, really).

I am quite impressed that this team seems to be coming out of the gate with a multi-facted game plan and are executing it so well. I was only looking at what I thought the Obama campaign would use as weaknesses against Romney, with the media’s gleeful co-operation.

Instead, the Bain issue has pretty much been neutralized. Rush said it first, “we have a president, for the first time in our history, running against capitalism and free enterprise” (or something along that line). Romney’s campaign quickly picked that up and it went out there.

Point for team Romney, they neutralized the Bain thing.

Now they seem to want to go against his record as governor. That will be harder to do, since he had a super majority of libs in the legislature. There was only so much he could do. But so far, these blows don’t seem to be sticking.

Possible point 2 for team Romney, still early in this new attack process by the Obama team.

Trying to get the blogosphere to slam Romney’s religion. Well with 43 major lawsuits filed by the Catholic Church, this probably isn’t the best plan either.

So, as long as Romney gets a ground game in place to counter the Dem GOTV efforts and fraud, Romney could make this a solid win this fall.

Count me as one of the Palin supporters that is very pleasantly surprised here. I still want Romney to make it up to Palin for hiding while his surrogates attacked her relentlessly for 4 years, but in the long run, I think things work out as they are meant to be.

Palin has her time coming in the future. She is still young and is proving to be a very major player in getting a good team lined up to go to Congress next January.

Most of the battle is getting Obama out of the White House. The rest of the battle is to give him a team to work with in Congress AND enough conservatives there to make sure Romney doesn’t veer off to RINOLAND.

I also hope he holds firm on amnesty.

On a side note. I bet Obama is just unglued right now because he has NEVER faced a competent candidate. He did out organize Clinton because he more adroitly used the new media and new social networks to reach the younger base and she relied on the old fashioned playbook of getting the big bundlers for campaign funds. Between that and him being a completely blank slate, he beat her, but only after Pelosi co-erced the superdelegates to vote for him as she dragged him across the finish line.

karenhasfreedom on May 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I applaud the Romney supporters for doing this. Right out of Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s playbook: Get in their face.

madmonkphotog on May 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The Obama Administration will investigate why private (willing) investors lost money on Facebook.

Will they also investigate why taxpayers (unwilling investors) lost money on Solyndra, Raser Technologies, ECOtality, Nevada Geothermal Power, First Solar, Abound Solar, Beacon Power, SunPower, & Brightsource?

itsnotaboutme on May 31, 2012 at 8:46 PM

More conservative than GWB? Please. That is absolutely not true.

INC on May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Did you forget the Bush deficit? Sure, it’s peanuts compared to Obama’s ability to spend as much in 4 years as GWB did over 8, but that doesn’t make GWB’s spending conservative. And that’s not even getting into b.s. federally intrusive policies like “No Child Left Behind.”

GWB is a social conservative and Lord knows he is a good man, but he was a spendthrift while POTUS.

Dark Star on May 31, 2012 at 8:46 PM

That’s a double dose of Awesome.

Jaibones on May 31, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Romney holds surprise presser of his own outside Solyndra

Good move, Mitt. You’re lookin’ better every day!

petefrt on May 31, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Mitt should do one of these a week at little Bammie’s failed companies, and intersperse them with companies that Bain helped that are now thriving.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

When they heckle us, we’ll heckle back twice as loud. When they bring a sign, we’ll bring a vuvuzela. We shall heckle them on the state house steps, in the shadow of Solyndra and in the city squares and parking lots across America. We shall never surrender the momentum of the noise and aggravation machine that drives political discourse.

CitizenEgg on May 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Holy Cow! I used to work less than a quarter mile from that site.

I need me some cushy government subsidies too.

KirknBurker on May 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

If you like this, just wait for the debates.

newportmike on May 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

i’m sitting on the sidelines still waiting for Sarah. not foolish enough to believe mitt is a “conservative”

mitts a stinkin’ liberal in my town.

renalin on May 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Palin didn’t make it past grinning idiot Katie Couric. You and the rest of the Palin dopesquad need to come out of your shanties. She ain’t running, ever.

Chuck Schick on May 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

After reading this, I got an amusing visual of Axelrod and Co. furiously flipping through a dog-eared copy of Alinsky for Dummies desperately looking for their next move.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Be careful not to say “dog-eared” in the company of Barack. Frenetic, bird like movements by the One will leave you unnerved.

hot-heir on May 31, 2012 at 9:37 PM

i’m sitting on the sidelines still waiting for Sarah. not foolish enough to believe mitt is a “conservative”

mitts a stinkin’ liberal in my town.

renalin on May 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

If I may quote Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite, ” Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I’d take state.”

That ship has sailed son. Better jump on the last rowboat before your left with no choice.

hot-heir on May 31, 2012 at 9:43 PM

LOL at concern trolls. Obama’s days as POTUS are numbered.. less than 250. 8D

ray on May 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I applaud the Romney supporters for doing this. Right out of Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s playbook: Get in their face.

madmonkphotog on May 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Get in their face and do it better.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM

You know, a few weeks/months back people were railing on Romney saying he was gonna be a squish, that he was a namby pamby, that he was going to get his clock rung.

People like ddrintn, angryIED, pragmatic, etc…

I haven’t been on in a while (to be read as me reading comments).

Have these people had anything positive to say about him since? Have they eaten crow yet?

I knew that he’d impress, now lets not get too cocky though. I gotta say, I really like the in your face manner that his team has taken. They are taking the fight to Obama contrary to all the naysayers a few weeks back.

I think Tina Korbe said it best. His team is excelling at taking Obama’s arrows and turning them into boomerangs.

SauerKraut537 on May 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM

SauerKraut537 on May 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Even more telling, the concern trolls have never attacked the socialist liberals, nor Obama. They have been here to attack whoever the lead person was for the GOP.

ray on May 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

G-Damn, that’s what we need more of…

Don’t let up…ambush the ambushers and keep putting out rounds!

Keep going Gov. Romney…we can only play nice for so long, and right now we need to fight back with everything in the arsenal.

BlaxPac on May 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I really like this Solyndra upstaging.

It has the tell-tales of something that was well organized, planned, and executed.

Defenestratus on May 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM

sure feels good to sit this one out.

renalin on May 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Then shut up and go away, please. You’ve just admitted you’re worse than annoying. You’re irrelevant.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM

On a side note. I bet Obama is just unglued right now because he has NEVER faced a competent candidate. He did out organize Clinton because he more adroitly used the new media and new social networks to reach the younger base and she relied on the old fashioned playbook of getting the big bundlers for campaign funds. Between that and him being a completely blank slate, he beat her, but only after Pelosi co-erced the superdelegates to vote for him as she dragged him across the finish line.

karenhasfreedom on May 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Barack Obama did not beat Hilary Clinton because “his team” did things better than Hilary’s team. This idea was more LSM carrying water for Barack Obama.

In 2008, the Clinton machine foundered on the rocks of liberalism. NO ONE who was seriously considered a liberal/progressive was willing to endure another 8 years of the Clinton’s branding of the Democratic party.

NO ONE with any serious influence in the LSM wanted another 8 years of the Clintons failing to live up to the liberal idealism they had espoused from their youth.

Barack Obama was the “blank slate” of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the ABH crowd.

Anything that happened after the 2008 election was planned after the Democrats congressional victories in 2006.

The Won had never done ANYTHING of consequence in his entire life. He was the rubber stamp for the liberal agenda often dreamed of but never previously realized.

He is also a lackey of the Chicago Machine. ACORN was the Chicago Machine “voting” playbook performed on a national level.

If anyone ever peels back the cover up on Solyndra, they will find a slush fund of “paybacks” to unions and OC. Solyndra was a classic “boilershop” operation -it was never going to succeed, it was a house of cards erected to provide a flow of money.

PolAgnostic on May 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

this is pretty funny. Mr. Axelrod was pretty flummoxed today in Boston.

ted c on May 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

If anyone ever peels back the cover up on Solyndra, they will find a slush fund of “paybacks” to unions and OC. Solyndra was a classic “boilershop” operation -it was never going to succeed, it was a house of cards erected to provide a flow of money.

PolAgnostic on May 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I’ve thought the same thing. It was done under the auspices of green and in a spot where it most easily defended….in the liberal echo chamber around San Francisco. Building it, funding it, and getting it up and running was enough….there wasn’t anything there to sustain except to vacuum up the startup costs and place the $$ in the right pockets.

ted c on May 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I really like this Solyndra upstaging.

It has the tell-tales of something that was well organized, planned, and executed.

Defenestratus on May 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I’ve said it time and time again. Axlerod/Obama are checkers players, Romney’s a chess player.

I bet they have every contingency already mapped in MS Project with appropriate responses to some unknowns. ;-)

SauerKraut537 on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Pleasantly surprised.

Still don’t trust Romney, though.

Midas on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Even more telling, the concern trolls have never attacked the socialist liberals, nor Obama. They have been here to attack whoever the lead person was for the GOP.

ray on May 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

You lost me there… Are you calling Romney supporters concern trolls? If so, your insinuation that Romney supporters haven’t attacked the socialist liberals, nor Obama, seems a little specious. I know I’ve talked against them and I’m for Romney, have been from the start.

SauerKraut537 on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Pleasantly surprised.

Still don’t trust Romney, though.

Midas on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Do you have ANY politicians you trust? ARE there any politicians that can be trusted?

SauerKraut537 on June 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Campaign BROMANCE 1×2 isn’t going as planned for the “0″.

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

SauerKraut537 on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM

It was in reference to the people you had mentioned who do nothing but attack Romney because he is “not conservative”, but never comment on anything negative about liberal beliefs or Obama. The speak of nothing but defeat of the GOP, because that is what they are actually advocating.

ray on June 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Do you have ANY politicians you trust? ARE there any politicians that can be trusted?

SauerKraut537 on June 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

.
Rick Santorum, Joe Pitts, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and former Rep James Traficant.
That’s right! I trust a Democrat Congressman who actually went to jail.

ALTwerp is going to give me the Devil for this in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

listens2glenn on June 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I’ve thought the same thing. It was done under the auspices of green and in a spot where it most easily defended….in the liberal echo chamber around San Francisco. Building it, funding it, and getting it up and running was enough….there wasn’t anything there to sustain except to vacuum up the startup costs and place the $$ in the right pockets.

ted c on May 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Solyndra was not some idle choice of location for the Romney campaign.

It was an opening salvo aimed not only at The Most Corrupt Administration Ever … it is also aimed at the Obama “donors” who have been sitting on their wallets this time around.

Message: Do you want to be a focus of the 2012 campaign?

Heads up – no one should fall out of their seats if the Romney campaign starts carpet bombing the “Fast and Furious” story and Eric Holder’s obstruction of justice efforts. “Exactly WHEN is your Inspector General going to FINISH his investigation, Mr Attorney General?”

PolAgnostic on June 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

… former Rep James Traficant.

That’s right! I trust a Democrat Congressman who actually went to jail.

listens2glenn on June 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I do not wish to give offense but as Heinlein would of said, “Do you trust him because he is an honest politician – meaning one who stays ‘bought’?”

PolAgnostic on June 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

listens2glenn on June 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

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I do not wish to give offense but as Heinlein would of said, “Do you trust him because he is an honest politician – meaning one who stays ‘bought’?”

PolAgnostic on June 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

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You’re not obligated to agree with me, but I genuinely believe he was framed.
And I believe the reason he was framed was his very open disagreement with the Dem leadership on key issues.

Hell, he was a better spokesman for some Conservative causes than any Republican.

I would like to hear him explain his contention that “Israel has too much influence over our government”.

listens2glenn on June 1, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I like what I saw this week.

1) Romney didn’t follow the media’s orders and repudiate Donald Trump. Yeah, Trump is a blowhard, but McCain would have thrown him under the bus. Romney didn’t. Nice move, telling the media to shove it, albeit indirectly.

2) Showing up in Solyndra’s back yard like he did today.

Looking good so far, but the campaign is young.

Don’t know how good or bad Romney will be, but compared to the a-hole in the White House now, I’ll take my chances.

JB-STLMO on June 1, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Credit where due: I still don’t believe he’ll actually govern as a conservative but at least he’s willing to fight unlike McCain.

SDN on June 1, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Axelrod, Truth ? No, the two don’t go together. However his comment about the truth may prove Fatso has a serious mental problem.

arand on June 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

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