Obama campaign manager: Hey, we’re actually ahead of where we were at this time in 2008

posted at 6:21 pm on June 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

An impromptu pep talk for Obama Nation after a miserable week from Jim “Punch Back Twice as Hard” Messina, who pushes not one but two lies in the first 90 seconds or so here. One: He seriously wants you to believe that Obama’s in better shape electorally now than he was four years ago, when he was a cultural phenomenon being touted as some sort of budding savior of mankind. You shouldn’t need poll numbers to confirm for you what horseshinola that is, but in case you do, Jim Geraghty’s got the link. Go here and scroll through RCP’s list of results for May-June 2008 to see how “badly” O was doing back then. Gut-check time for our three pro-Obama readers: Whose chances were you more confident in, the Jesus figure of four years ago who got to blame George Bush for all of America’s problems or the guy who’s run up $5 trillion in new debt and passed a widely unpopular health-care law while the economy’s remained in a coma for three years?

Two: Messina says, “We knew this was going to be a tough race. And we knew that once Mitt Romney locked up the nomination, Republicans would get behind him and this race would be tight.” Really? Didn’t sound like they thought things would be tough in April:

Some of Obama’s old Chicago allies however, say they worry that the campaign is getting a little too cocky. Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted by a March jobs report that missed expectations. Obama allies fear that the president’s team will get caught flatfooted on the economy if growth slows down between now and Election Day.

There are also already the first signs of campaign infighting, like the flap last week over a Jewish liaison whose embarrassing Facebook photographs prompted jabs from senior Democrats at Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, viewed by some in Chicago as a bit too interested in her own path to power and the House Speakership, too little concerned with the re-election campaign. And to say that the campaign doesn’t fear Romney is an understatement — he’s viewed as almost a joke. (The campaign named their sixth floor elevators for cars to mock Romney’s planned over-the-top addition to his La Jolla, CA home.)…

[Axelrod] also projects the confidence that permeates the sixth floor of the old Prudential Building. The Republican Primary has been, he chortled, “kind of a calamity for them.”

More from Byron York, writing at the time:

Meanwhile, politically savvy liberals outside the White House are worried that many, perhaps most, Democrats aren’t taking Romney seriously, either. “I wonder the degree to which Democrats and liberals and progressives are underestimating the formidable nature of the Romney campaign,” MSNBC’s Hayes asked Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter on Sunday.

“Totally underestimating,” Alter replied. “I run into people all the time who say, ‘Obama’s got this.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Amazing what a few bad jobs reports can do to concentrate the mind. Exit question: BuzzFeed reported this morning that 88 percent of Obama’s donors from 2008 haven’t kicked in yet this time. Is that another sign of how much better positioned he is in 2012? Leave me your theories in the comments.


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is that lipstick making his lips dark or did he just leave the oval office?

reliapundit on June 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

His mouth and lips are quite possibly perma-stained from massive quantity’s of Kool-Aid. But it’s hard to tell for sure — can’t see his knees.

FlatFoot on June 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Good Lord – is that the “face” of the Obama campaign?

Looks more like the beta-male Momma’s Boy that all of the kids give swirlies to in Junior High….

TeresainFortWorth on June 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Obama must have downed a few red-velvet cupcakes last night.

minnesoter on June 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

“It’s called ‘Dazzling Plum,’ by Maybelline…”

Dopenstrange on June 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

More and more each day I become convinced that 0bama’s campaign is being run by Doofenschmirtz Evil, Inc.

CurtZHP on June 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Uh, they’re in a better position than they were at this time in 2008? Unless I’m mistaken, BHO was not an incumbent President in June of 2008. This is one brilliant campaign, truly.

By the way, from the 1st snip above:

Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted…

I’d say more bunker-buster than blockbuster, but they still don’t get it.

And finally, in closing, I take issue with the notion that the BHO campaign apparatus has suddenly become inept. They weren’t so brilliant in 2008. In fact, they were pretty sloppy (the “audacity” speech and the “words” speech lifted verbatim from Deval Patrick — which can and should be played side by side — only one example — the master orator didn’t even write his own material). The difference was the PRESS refused to notice, much less report, anything other than cake and circuses!!

These are the same hacks. At least partially unmasked. Let’s hope the rest of the disguise slips before November.

IndieDogg on June 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

This is the first time I’ve see this guy. Now I know why.

diogenes on June 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted by a March jobs report that missed expectations. Obama allies fear that the president’s team will get caught flatfooted on the economy if growth slows down between now and Election Day.

What?! “Blockbuster economic data”?? Did I miss something? If what we have been seeing is “blockbuster” then how in the world can we expect things to get better? They obviously think whatever they are doing is awesome.

goflyers on June 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Good Lord – is that the “face” of the Obama campaign?
Looks more like the beta-male Momma’s Boy that all of the kids give swirlies to in Junior High….
TeresainFortWorth on June 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I was waiting for his head to do a 360 and then some projectile vomit, myself.

Cleombrotus on June 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted …

The media are beyond shame or parody.

TABoLK on June 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I’m really getting tired of being told by this administration that something is exactly the opposite of what the facts show them to be. If Americans elect them again, they will deserve the pain they will have inflicted on themselves.

EdmundBurke247 on June 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

So, the progs say that the Obama campaign is ahead of the equivalent timeframe from 2008. That’s nice. Let’s see, even supposing it were the truth…

In 2008, Obama was on the way up toward the national election, but at this time still had Hillary eating up a big chunk of the lefty vote. So between this point and November in 2008, he gained quite a bit.

This year, he has been on the way down for the last two quarters, and there is no internal competition. What is going to provide any gains for him before Election Day?

Looks more like the beta-male Momma’s Boy that all of the kids give swirlies to in Junior High….

TeresainFortWorth on June 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Beta-males across the nation are offended. Allahpundit hardest hit.

Freelancer on June 4, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Imagine he and Henry Waxman going out together to pick up chicks.

kg598301 on June 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM

When all you can run on are lies…

Seven Percent Solution on June 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Dude needs some sunblock protection and needs to lay off the kool-aid. No offense Kool. He’s not your type anyway.

Bmore on June 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

What an unfortunate-looking man. Looks like a bleeding pustule.

Soulless ginger…

spinach.chin on June 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

This is one ugly geeky looking freaking liberal pig.

Feed him to the gators.

Wolfmoon on June 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM

kg598301, you nailed it!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 4, 2012 at 10:19 PM

All this talk about “that’s how we win”

Typical obama. It’s all about being elected and nothing to do with leading the country

The obama youth scene was nauseating

audiotom on June 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Actually Huffington Post’s map gives Obama a far superior lead.

rubberneck on June 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Looks more like the beta-male Momma’s Boy that all of the kids give swirlies to in Junior High….

TeresainFortWorth on June 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

LMAO. What a pathetic little girlyman. Democrats are too much fun.

Jaibones on June 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Months of blockbuster economic data

I must have missed that… are they calling 2.7% growth “blockbuster economic data”?

mankai on June 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

You’re far ahead of 2008 because this is 2012.

Obama’s going to get beat like a rented mule this fall.

NoDonkey on June 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Months of blockbuster economic data

I’m glad I’m not the only wondering when, exactly, that happened, because I missed it.

And what’s this nonsense about Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz dreaming of the Speakership?

I don’t even know who thought it was a good idea to make her the chairwoman of the party. And, btw, I don’t get why you’d make a sitting pol the chair of your party. Shouldn’t BOTH of those be full time jobs? I mean, it seems like nobody else wanted it. She endeavors to be staunch, I’ll give her credit for that, but she’s just AWFUL.

These people need help, psychiatric help.

Jocon307 on June 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

He looks like a gender neutral vampire.

ansonia on June 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

He’s creeeeeeeepy looking.

He’s perfect for the Re-elect machine.

PappyD61 on June 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Ugly mofo.

nicktjacob on June 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Obama campaign manager: Hey, we’re actually ahead of where we were at this time in 2008

This kind of cr@p is why Obama lost Jon Lovitz: he stole Lovitz’s “Pathalogical Liar” character!!!

landlines on June 5, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I’m sorry but this guy looks like the 3rd grader who always got beat up on the play ground. Sounds like onew too.

LCT688 on June 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Is it me or does Messina look 6 years old? Like he needs an puppy or something.

AshleyTKing on June 5, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Let us be generous and henceforth refer to the man as Baby Face Messina outta Chicago….

Let us leave off the remarks about his appearance and just hope his campaign is an utter failure.

Even obummer would not have an idiot for a campaign manager.

In fact his looks may well be his best weapon: remember Columbo?

Sherman1864 on June 5, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Hey, we’re actually ahead of where we were at this time in…”

I suppose any of the old Boston Red Sox managers said the same nonsense.

It doesn’t mean a thing until the zombie and illegal vote is counted and certified by those Soros’ bought and paid for Secretaries of State.

Romney and his RNC crowd have already sold us out on Obamacare

America is so Thelma and Louise!

Don L on June 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Really can’t take a man seriously when he has more womanly lips than most women I know.

ctmom on June 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Wasn’t his opponent this time last time Hilary?

ctmom on June 5, 2012 at 7:33 AM

these guys obviously haven’t read, or maybe they have, or they don’t understand Sun Tzu.

ted c on June 5, 2012 at 7:35 AM

@docflash:
“If him and DWS hooked up would they turn off the light?”

Believe the light would self destruct as a service to all creatures on the planet.

GrassMudHorsey on June 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Scientific fact:

IF you suck stuff a lot

soon your lips, teeth and entire mouth

look like you suck stuff a lot !

BigSven on June 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Ignore the facts and lie until they believe it. Or not.

I suppose this is what passes for an inspiring speech to Obama supporters these days- Alfred E. Neumann’s half brother in an over-sized suit jacket that looks like he stole it from his dad’s closet and a bunch of made-up fairytale’s.

The alleged Second-Coming is not. People see the misery this underwhelming President represents. He is none of the things he was represented to be and has a record to prove it. He is divisive and anti-capitalist. That is an unfamiliar tone to many folks across the country. They just can’t see things getting better with someone representing those positions.

It’s easy to say someone can jump rainbows in a single stride while shooting Skittles from their behind. It’s another thing when people see for themselves they were being lied to and played the fool.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The guys face reminds me of a MAD MAX character. Blaster from the team of Master Blaster.

mechkiller_k on June 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The entire time he was talking I was thinking he was the ugly brother (or sister) of the finger wagging red head that used to tell you that “Smoking is not allowed!” on Continental flights. That distracted me so, I didn’t hear what he said. Can someone fill me in?

armygirl on June 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

That dude is one ugly MFer!

RonnyTucker on June 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If you were to look in the dictionary under the word DWEEB, this guy’s picture would most likely be next to the definition.

pilamaye on June 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

This Jim Messina looks like he works in a funeral home. Team Obama is managing expectations. Mr Messina: “We are doing well but did I mention you win a free diner with the furor or you can win a ticket and watch the furor sing”! Pathetic!

jjnco73 on June 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Dude looks like he’s been sucking on a grape Popsicle.

At least it might have looked like a Popsicle.

pain train on June 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Are Dems pathological lairs or just plane nutz.

WC on June 5, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The power of truth.

mr.blacksheep on June 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

No one associated with the Democrats would recognize the truth if you wrote it on paper, wraped it around a bat, and beat them about the head and shoulders with it.

PJ Emeritus on June 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Ahead of 2008!? Zero had Hillary to contend with in 2008. This time it’s a convicted felon and a guy who crossed a state line to run against him in the primaries. This from the same people who brought us ‘things are getting better’.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You can all keep making personal attacks on this guy’s looks and avoid the issues, but we might just do better in this fight for our freedom if we remember that little Tojo, that silly moustache’d Hiter, and jutted chin Mousolli almost beat the crapola out of us.

It’s not how they look (Axelrod looks like a Chicago mobster) that’s dangerous, but how they think, and what they fully intend to do to us and this nation. Don’t lose sight of the target.

Don L on June 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This is off topic! Why is John Corzine not in prison yet? Where are the IMF Global girls( Remember the Enron babe’s)? Where is all the IMF outrage?

jjnco73 on June 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

It’s in the bag?

Just wait until Stuxnet is unleashed on TOTUS.

CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Obama Offers “Fear And Frustration” of “Fear And Frustration”

“Folks out there are still anxious, they’re still scared about the future. And so what the other side is counting on is fear and frustration, that in and of itself is going to be enough because they sure aren’t offering any new ideas,” President Obama said to an audience of donors

J_Crater on June 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

What’s wrong with his FACE?

Jesus H. Christ, what a horrifying maw on that man. As my dad would say, “He looks like he could eat a watermelon through a picket fence.”

fusionaddict on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted by a March jobs report that missed expectations.

Did I miss something? Which months had “blockbuster” economic data?

CycloneCDB on June 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Messina, Obama’s cherubic ogre.

maverick muse on June 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Lying Bastard!!!

Jersey Dan on June 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Well Obama wins on creep factor alone with this guy. I have no doubt that he has a suitcase full of used underwear he wears over his face like a mask…I’m just saying.

He looks like a like the love child of Bill Gates and Gollum, without the looks or the brains. And based on his mindless ramblings we may be looking at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse!

PatriotPete on June 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Clicked on several of this creep’s YT videos and voted them down. Strange how his vids typically have a negative vote count yet all the comments are completely pro……..

8thAirForce on June 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Gut-check time for our three pro-Obama readers

Would have been funny a couple of years ago. Not so much any more here at Center-Right “central command”.

Hot

Gas

“Lean Sideways”

Tim_CA on June 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Howdy Doody’s evil doppelganger.
Maximum creep factor with this uh, man?

sablegsd on June 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Wowza, I was going to make a comment on his unfortunate looks myself, but jeeprs, everything was already taken. Yikes.

Queen0fCups on June 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Plinkett says …..

mechkiller_k on June 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

If my daughter brought him home I’d shoot myself before he even opened his mouth.

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

You can all keep making personal attacks on this guy’s looks and avoid the issues, but we might just do better in this fight for our freedom if we remember that little Tojo, that silly moustache’d Hiter, and jutted chin Mousolli almost beat the crapola out of us. Don L on June 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Ok, Japan won Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, but that was about it. Hitler pushed past Bastogne for a few weeks but that was about it in the west after we invaded. “Mousolli’s”! army surrendered to us faster than Iraqis.

So… how’d they almost beat the crapola out of us?

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

oh my..he looks like the offspring of Richie Cunningham and Bella Abzug

malkinmania on June 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Doofenschmirtz Evil, Inc.

CurtZHP on June 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

He’s a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action.
He’s a furry little flatfoot who’ll never flinch from a fray,
He’s got more than just man skill,
He’s got a beaver tail and bill,
And the women swoon whenever they hear him say:
*platypus sound*
He’s Perry, Perry the Platypus!

Thanks for that, haven’t watched Phineas & Ferb in months now.

gekkobear on June 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

If I had a dog that looked like Jim Messina, I’d shave his @ss and make him walk backwards.

kg598301 on June 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Hey messy hyenia, take a look at Dept of Labor unemployment rates for May-June 2008, it was 5.5% for both months and that was up. Just google it. I do not care what anyone says, BUSH had an outstanding record on unemployment rates, up until Obama receive the nomination, then it took off as people began preperation for the BOHICA that was about to come along. They were absolutely correct in their predictions. I believe the highest rate under Bush was like 6.3% 3 months after the invasion of Iraq, then it came right back down. Unemployment is Obama’s baby, and he has done NOTHING to make it better. Only his job is his priority.

j bo on June 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

That guy would be ugly on radio.

2Tru2Tru on June 6, 2012 at 2:30 AM

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