New Romney TV spot keeps hitting Obama on “fine”

posted at 8:41 am on June 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Team Romney already produced one web ad this weekend that focused on Barack Obama’s assertion that “the private sector is doing fine,” a mash-up of previously-aired anecdotes from long-term unemployed people culled from previous Romney ads.  This morning, the Romney campaign released a 60-second, ready-for-TV spot titled “Jolt” that takes a more macro look at the economy, especially in light of the latest jobs report, and asks — again — if we’ve ever had a President this out of touch:

Kevin McCullough asked the same question in his Townhall column this weekend, and wonders whether that’s why Obama holds so few press conferences:

One of the reasons, I’m earnestly convinced, that President Obama does so few press briefings in recent days is partly due to the fact that he does not seem to be able to appear without demonstrating a considerable distance between himself, and “the little people.” He has demonstrated this in his positions on fiscal issues, the manipulation of our national defense–and access for Hollywood insiders, and even every day American moral values. Bottom line: the king has no clothes.

His attempt to back pedal later on Friday was all spin to save face, and to not take a blow in this tightening election cycle in which normally blue states like Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, and Colorado–maybe even California are all coming into play for the GOP. But don’t be confused–he believes he created jobs, he’s done his part, and he has a tee time at 4pm.

Perhaps the most “out-of-touch” assertion ever issued by a sitting President, has also sealed–at least for Obama–the reality, that he is also… finally… for the good of America…

Out-of-time.

On that note, Michael Tomasky asked why Obama held a press conference at all.  Was there some news he needed to break?  Looking past the “fine” gaffe, Tomasky sees nothing of consequence at all in Obama’s statement.  Obama may be out of touch and out of time, but he is definitely out of gas:

Anyway, the bigger problem with Obama’s press conference was that there wasn’t any news in Obama’s prepared remarks. This really makes me shake my head. If you’re going to call a press conference, you have to give beat reporters something new. New is the root of news. If you don’t say something new, a misstatement is bound to dominate, or an answer to an off-message question. In this case, his response on the national-security leaks would have probably led the stories—as it did Daniel Stone’s Beast report. Not as bad as a gaffe, from the spin-room point of view, but also not what they wanted to put out there.

At bottom, then, the press conference reflected the general drift that Clift described. The White House doesn’t have an argument right now. Ever since the jobs report, Romney’s got all the momentum. The White House has tried but then dropped arguments, as I wrote earlier this week, and it sounds a little whiny and ineffectual when Obama urges Congress to pass something that everybody knows Congress isn’t going to pass. And by the way, he ought at least to say “Republicans,” not “Congress.” I’m sure there are risks associated with sounding too partisan, but to me, he has little choice but to lump Romney and the GOP Congress together.

It’s not the first time that Obama has convened a presser with nothing much to say; in fact, he does that more often than not.  That creates a situation where an anticlimax ends up being your best-case scenario, and “the private sector is doing fine” closer to the other end of the spectrum.


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Word, just words…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Words, just words…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

dang, fifm…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

barack can always say, “In my defense, my teleprompter told me to say those things.”

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

That’ll leave a skid mark.

AubieJon on June 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

What an awesome way to start the week! :-)

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Barrack Kardashian Obama just trying to get face time.

Electrongod on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Excellent

Keep going for the jugular

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Emperor Hussein is getting better at lying. Notice he didn’t stutter even once. Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.

NickDeringer on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Going to be a long summer for Obama.

Keep those hits coming, chump!

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: We’re Doing Fine!

Uncledave on June 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I was disappointed that the ad just printed the words on the screen. They should use his actual voice because he almost sounds convincing. In other words, he’s a very good LIAR.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Wasn’t he late for this one too. Like 20 minutes? The empty podium.

vcferlita on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

OK good, the jolt ad does use him saying fine. Great job.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

As per Scott Walker’s comments in the Headline item, Romney would be better off offering more details in some sort of competing vision rather than trying to jump on gaffes. Everyone’s already heard this particular one and I don’t think there’s much more mileage to be gotten out of it.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Topic for next press conference: “I had a really good bowel movement yesterday.”

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The part involving Mika and the MSNBC Morning Joe round table made me laugh! What was that?

nitzsche on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Just freaggin great,another WAR,this time,

its a War on Fine,i can just hear
the Democrats howling,

…no no…no…everything isn’t fine,were at War!!

Ugh!
(snark).

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I would imagine that if too much time elapses between Barry’s TV appearances, his ego demands that he get out there and woo us back into submission. I think he honestly believes that he can walk on water and has enough personal charm to make us believe the crap he spews.

BettyRuth on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Obama’s reelection efforts are doing just fine. Every bit as good as the economy.

tommyboy on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Man, every time I watch that clip of Bark saying everything is fine but we need more government workers….I think WOW, you effin clueless jackwagon. What a gift statement for Rombo.

Bishop on June 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Everyone’s already heard this particular one and I don’t think there’s much more mileage to be gotten out of it.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This “gaffe” will be pushed out of the news cycle by tomorrow morning. Too many Americans have short attention spans and memories. I want this ad played over and over from now until election day to remind them how out of touch the boy king really is.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

do you know who’s not going to be doin’ fine here shortly?…..Mr. AG, Eric Holder. Here’s why…. see drudge**

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57450110-503544/house-committee-schedules-contempt-vote-against-holder/?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hah! Huckabee predicted it on “This Week.” The “fine” thing should have been put on repeat a couple of more times though.

Stoic Patriot on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The part involving Mika and the MSNBC Morning Joe round table made me laugh! What was that?

nitzsche on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Moaning Joe was on the air when the jobs report came out June 1st. What you saw was Joe, Mika, and the gang at MSNBC being slapped up side the head with a dose of reality.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I agree w/ dd and flora duh. This will get pushed offstage by Holder’s contempt vote in the House.

#doinfine.

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

This kind of stuff makes you feel sorry for the guy./

docflash on June 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

It’s gonna’ be an ugly summer…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

“the economy is doing fine” is more of the dismissive and contemptuous attitude held by our president toward the American way and American ideals. My guess is, this latest round of news coverage regarding his comment is giving fodder to his narcisstic view that we, the pleebs, are the glib ones. We are the ones who just don’t get it.

If he’s as self-involved as others say, seems to me we’ll be seeing an unhinged outburst from our prez pretty soon. That would be awesome!

beselfish on June 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

NO ONE, NO ONE……has greater love for Obama than Tomasky.

#5moremonths5moremonths5moremonths

PappyD61 on June 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

That’s going to leave a mark.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Is it just me or did the trolls all walk off the job after all the utter cluelessness displayed over the past week? I haven’t seen many around lately.

Lost in Jersey on June 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

President Barack Obama wants his 2012 re-election campaign to focus on Gov. Mitt Romney’s private-sector record, but his own private-sector history shows that he promoted and profited from the nation’s disastrous real-estate bubble. One striking example comes from the president’s 1995 housing-discrimination class action lawsuit: It provided him with legal fees, greased his political donations and boosted his role in Chicago politics.

While he made personal gains, his lead African-American client, Selma Buycks-Roberson, declared bankruptcy in 2001 — and again in 2008 as she received a home foreclosure notice, according to unpublicized federal and city records obtained by The Daily Caller.

Buycks-Roberson is still likely underwater on her mortgage, owing more to her home lender than the property is worth. Her house has dropped in value by 30 percent since 2010. Its 2011 assessed value for tax purposes was $97,520, well below her 2006 mortgage of $112,400. Meanwhile, the online real-estate database Zillow estimates that home is worth just $69,400 today.

Buycks-Roberson’s story is not an anomaly. It can be found repeatedly throughout Obama’s Chicago.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/11/obamas-early-chicago-rise-brought-african-americans-foreclosures-bankruptcies/#ixzz1xUKuKjbF

Grim Proving Ground for Obama’s Housing Policy

By Binyamin Appelbaum
Globe Staff / June 27, 2008

CHICAGO – The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing – an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.

As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/

mountainaires on June 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Go long on Popcorn futures.

JimK on June 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Barrack Kardashian Obama just trying to get face time.

Electrongod on June 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…it’s almost like a requirement…that we see him everyday.
Remember when we used to see our President’s…’once in a while’?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Ted c i can already hear tbe lsm crying this is an election year ploy yada yada yada

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I agree w/ dd and flora duh. This will get pushed offstage by Holder’s contempt vote in the House.

#doinfine.

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

But then it brings Fast and Furious, the leaks, etc to the front which isn’t bad either.

Kind of win-win here.

Romney definitely looks like the only adult running that’s for sure.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder if this means TOTUS may soon be thrown under the Obama bus!

pilamaye on June 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It’s gonna’ be an ugly summer…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I respectfully disagree. It is going to be a beautiful, wonderful, fun summer of watching barack, squirm in desparation as he watches his legacy fold like a cheap shirt.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Still not thrilled with prospects of a Romney administration, but I’ll give him and his team this much: they’ve come out of the corner swinging and they don’t show any signs of laying off anytime soon.

Browncoatone on June 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

0bama et al need to be fined and given a term in prison for the crimes they has committed against the citizens of the US.

That’s the kind of fine I could support.

ProfShadow on June 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Remember when we used to see our President’s…’once in a while’?

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I seem to remember a time……
*lost in thought*

Electrongod on June 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Teh One is going to hear that quote thrown back at him a lot between now and November. This feels so unlike 2008 when Straight Talk McCain would have ignored it out of fear that using Obama’s own words against him might hurt his feelings.

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

As per Scott Walker’s comments in the Headline item, Romney would be better off offering more details in some sort of competing vision rather than trying to jump on gaffes. Everyone’s already heard this particular one and I don’t think there’s much more mileage to be gotten out of it. ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

The only thing more ridiculous than Barack Obama is an unhinged person like you offering advice to someone you claim won’t beat Obama.

Basilsbest on June 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

It’s gonna’ be an ugly summer…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

OmahaConservative:Yup,and a Cruel Fall!:)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Romney should just run this as an ad, call it, President Obama Says the Private Sector Economy Is Doing Uh.

Akzed on June 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I don’t usually like ads based on gaffes, but this ad is fair. There is an underlying truth that Obama is somewhere between apathetic and hostile to the private sector. This ad gets at that point in a way people can understand.

thuja on June 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The reason this ad is so effective is because it reinforces the idea that Obama has no clue how the economy works and what it takes to get our economy back on track. The beauty is it was done in his own words. A gaffe is when a politician speaks the truth on their true beliefs.

Ta111 on June 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

As per Scott Walker’s comments in the Headline item, Romney would be better off offering more details in some sort of competing vision rather than trying to jump on gaffes. Everyone’s already heard this particular one and I don’t think there’s much more mileage to be gotten out of it.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

You and Walker are wrong about the first thing and you definitely are mistaken about the second.

With nearly five months until the election, this is not the time for the challenger to get into specifics. Why give the enemy your game plan so far in advance and let them have months to wage war against your “competing” vision. There is time enough for that closer to November.

Secondly, Obama’s clear dispassionate detatchment from reality is a clip that will be used right up until election day. This is how Team Romney is going to paint Obama as out of touch with America.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Patience: Our worldly New Party president’s description will evolve from fine, to finé, according to plan. But a second term will be required–for the flexibility. And the nuance.

Barnestormer on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

This “gaffe” will be pushed out of the news cycle by tomorrow morning. Too many Americans have short attention spans and memories. I want this ad played over and over from now until election day to remind them how out of touch the boy king really is.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Obama may be out of touch and out of time, but he is definitely out of gas:

Well, he is 50 ya know.

/

lynncgb on June 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Bless your heart. You came here to fight and didn’t bring a weapon.

While everybody else is ready for a troll hunt.

cozmo on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Actually, that’s probably exactly how Romney is going to win. This election will be a referendum on Barack Obama’s presidency. It some ways it didn’t matter who the GOP nominated, this is all about Barack Obama and his pathetic economic policies. And this quote highlights and encapsulates the failure of those policies. That’s why throwing it back in his face for the next few months is going to be very effective.

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Send the video link to your friends and family.

My Dad already has it on the friends and family “chain e-mail express” that he sends out to hundreds, who forward it to hundreds, who forward it to hundreds…..

albill on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Still not thrilled with prospects of a Romney administration, but I’ll give him and his team this much: they’ve come out of the corner swinging and they don’t show any signs of laying off anytime soon.
Browncoatone on June 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Boy, I’m thrilled, thrilled, thrilled!

Bambi on June 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

As per Scott Walker’s comments in the Headline item, Romney would be better off offering more details in some sort of competing vision rather than trying to jump on gaffes. Everyone’s already heard this particular one and I don’t think there’s much more mileage to be gotten out of it.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

But of course you don’t.

changer1701 on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Actually, that’s probably exactly how Romney is going to win. This election will be a referendum on Barack Obama’s presidency. It some ways it didn’t matter who the GOP nominated, this is all about Barack Obama and his pathetic economic policies. And this quote highlights and encapsulates the failure of those policies. That’s why throwing it back in his face for the next few months is going to be very effective.

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Exactly right. It’s gotta be all about the O.

changer1701 on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Actually, that’s probably exactly how Romney is going to win. This election will be a referendum on Barack Obama’s presidency. It some ways it didn’t matter who the GOP nominated, this is all about Barack Obama and his pathetic economic policies. And this quote highlights and encapsulates the failure of those policies. That’s why throwing it back in his face for the next few months is going to be very effective.

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

+100

It was kind of important for the GOP to pick someone that wasn’t crazy or grossly unqualified, but otherwise this election was over last Friday when that jobs report came out.

rockmom on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Reminder to all: don’t spend ten cents on anything you don’t need until the end of October, when it will be too late to help Obama.

Forego or delay all expenditures – cars, durable goods, clothing, restaurants and more.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Teh One is going to hear that quote thrown back at him a lot between now and November. This feels so unlike 2008 when Straight Talk McCain would have ignored it out of fear that using Obama’s own words against him might hurt his feelings.

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.

ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I figured I could kill two birds with one stone. What’s sad about your comment dczombie is that I remember a few times during the 2008 election where I was almost positive that Obama was about to crack and lose his mind and McCain didn’t even push him on anything. Now that Romney is punching and not letting up, I honestly think it’s only a matter of time before Obama loses it.

And ddrintn this is why I think you are wrong. Obama has been coddled from birth and has had absolutely no pushback in ANYTHING that he’s done. In fairness to Obama, I honestly don’t see his narcissism as being his fault. He was brought up a narcissist and most of the children that have been born and raised from the 90s on have been brought up in such a manner that they will be narcissistic as well. But I digress, my point is that it is already starting to show that he can’t handle real pressure or challenges and the more he gets called out on his failures, the less stable he’ll become and he’ll continue to lash out and make even larger mistakes.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

One of the reasons, I’m earnestly convinced, that President Obama does so few press briefings in recent days is partly due to the fact that he does not seem to be able to appear without demonstrating a considerable distance between himself, and “the little people.”

I think it has more to do with the fact Barry is prone to step on his own d*ck saying dumb things like “the Cambridge police acted stupidly” that then dominate the news cycle for several days. So, who’s up for a private sector beer summit?

rcpjr on June 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Maybe he should have called the press conference and let Clinton take over.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Jolt should be dolt.

WhatNot on June 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

MobileVideoEngineer on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I agree, I don’t think he heard “no” very often. I think we are getting some delayed repressed temper tantrum from his toddler years. Always entertaining when it’s not your kid.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Good. Make Team Obama keep trying to explain it, over and over. Every time they try they make it worse.

farsighted on June 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

‘Toon of the Day: Even Jimmy Carter, Champ

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-even-jimmy-carter-champ.html

M2RB: Stones

Resist We Much on June 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Maybe he should have called the press conference and let Clinton take over.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Which one?

The Presidential debates are going to be interesting when the jug-eared Kenyan is going have to defend his record. He’s going to look awful silly if all he does is make excuses about what a bad deal he “inherited” and who mean Congress has been to his super-smart ideas. This is blame-shifting that the public simply does not buy anymore.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.
ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Thank you, oh tedious concern troll. We all know how badly you want Romney to win., so I’m sure theyre getting right on your helpful advice.

Chuck Schick on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

What’s amazing is that there are actually voters who thinks this guy should be re-elected.

Mind boggling.

NoDonkey on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Haaah,

Replete with an opening “Impending Doom” music track. I love it.

I’ll just go on record as saying this was one thing that I was worried about a Romney campaign that I (so far) couldn’t have been more wrong about. These guys and gals working for him don’t seem shy at all about going for the throat.

And it’s not thin accusations. This is exactly the stuff to hit President Obama and his administration with.

hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

It was kind of important for the GOP to pick someone that wasn’t crazy or grossly unqualified, but otherwise this election was over last Friday when that jobs report came out.
rockmom on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Perhaps, but Romney’s organization is far superior to what Santorum or Gingrich had to offer (see their failure to get on ballots in Virginia as one example). This will be key in November, no matter how much of a dismal failure O appears to be to anyone but the blind. For all the complaints that Romney had been “campaigning for 6 years” the fact remains he used those years wisely to prepare for the most important job application on the planet.

Buy Danish on June 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.

this election is going to be a referendum on OBAMA.

Mitt just has to be safe and COMPETENT.

Successful businessman,saver of olympics,former governor. the left can debate his credentials but nothing in his past suggests he won’t do better than OBAMA who has FAILED.

gerrym51 on June 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Is it just me or did the trolls all walk off the job after all the utter cluelessness displayed over the past week? I haven’t seen many around lately.

Lost in Jersey on June 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

They know are they beaten on Romney, whom they predicted would go soft on Obama. They hang out in the Bush/Rove threads, swooning in terror of a RINO takeover.

thebrokenrattle on June 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I’m convinced the “official” press conference was nothing more than an opportunity for the campaign to get some footage. They had an ad out same day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaJnnd48j8k&feature=player_embedded#

Brad G on June 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

His attempt to back pedal later on Friday was all spin to save face, and to not take a blow in this tightening election cycle in which normally blue states like Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, and Colorado–maybe even California are all coming into play for the GOP.

One quibble, North Carolina, at least on Presidential voting, is not a traditionally Blue State. 2008 was an odd year with an incredibly weak candidate for the Republicans. Even with the DNC Convention in Charlotte this year I doubt O-zero will carry NC this time. The State has swung back to the R-column and will likely have a Republican governor this time around. Had Bev “we should postpone the 2010 elections” Perdue decided to seek re-election McCory would have won in a walk, he’s still up over his democratic opponent. With the Republicans controlling the State House and Senate in this redistricting year 2012 should be a good year for the NCGOP. Out of everyone that ran in 2012 I can live with Mitt, it would have been nice to see a few that held off thrown their hat in the ring but they didn’t and Mitt was the strongest candidate we had.

Sparky on June 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Lost in Jersey on June 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

They know are they beaten on Romney, whom they predicted would go soft on Obama. They hang out in the Bush/Rove threads, swooning in terror of a RINO takeover.

thebrokenrattle on June 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You think those were the “trolls” he was referring to? People who had concerns about the Romney campaign not getting tough, were “trolls”?

hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Brad G on June 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

More impending doom music. :-)

I wonder if there are musicians that specialize in that genre?

hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

We’ll remember this as the time the training wheels fell off.

exliberal on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Oh oh. Romney has something to be worried about. Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker has revealed Obama’s priorities for a second term./

Buy Danish on June 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Just freaggin great,another WAR,this time,

its a War on Fine,i can just hear
the Democrats howling,

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

And not only that–it’s a War on Fine– and women are fine, and so, yeah, it’s all part of the War on Women! War on Women! War on Fine! Republicans are the Party of War!

What? Nobody’s listening? Oh.

Hey, look at that squirrel, hey, he looks just like Mitt Romney! Hey, everybody, Mitt Romney is really just a squirrel, yeah, a squirrel . . . looking for a nut! Yeah, that’s the ticket! See that PROVES he hates women!

I’m serious. It’s getting that stupid from these people.

smellthecoffee on June 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I’m convinced the “official” press conference was nothing more than an opportunity for the campaign to get some footage. They had an ad out same day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaJnnd48j8k&feature=player_embedded#

Brad G on June 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Wow, the “Truth Team” really is stupid. They used Romney’s speech where he first hit Obama on his “the private sector is doing fine” comment.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

If The Ferret Speaks To An Empty Room, Does He Make A Sound?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/if-ferret-speaks-to-empty-room-does-he.html

Resist We Much on June 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.

Au contraire! All the Romney camp really needs to do, as I have said before, is take the year end roundup of all the OOTDs and create commercials from them. It would be Carter-esque. But then, it’s going to be anyway…

exliberal on June 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Beck has a Paul supporter on the line to try tell him what the plan is — ie: why he’s not voting for ROmney and what the answer is —- he’s on right now! check it out.

LevinFan on June 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

And not only that–it’s a War on Fine– and women are fine, and so, yeah, it’s all part of the War on Women! War on Women! War on Fine! Republicans are the Party of War!

What? Nobody’s listening? Oh.

Hey, look at that squirrel, hey, he looks just like Mitt Romney! Hey, everybody, Mitt Romney is really just a squirrel, yeah, a squirrel . . . looking for a nut! Yeah, that’s the ticket! See that PROVES he hates women!

I’m serious. It’s getting that stupid from these people.

smellthecoffee on June 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

smellthecoffee:Lol,nice weaving in the Woman are Fine,the
War continues,haha!:)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

0bama was elected for one reason, and one reason only. He can announce how he is doing on that:

“I’m still black.”

pedestrian on June 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Speaking Of Mittens,he`s starting a Bus Tour!!

Mitt Romney to launch swing-state bus tour
6/11/12 10:33 AM EDT
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77274.html

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it.

This election is going to be a choice between two visions: Obama’s vision, which is that more and bigger government is the answer to every problem, and Romney’s vision, which is that government is not always the answer.

Have you seen Romney’s add, called (IIRC) “Day One”? It says what Romney would do on the first day in office — things like approving the Keystone pipeline.

Romney has a lot more in his arsenal than just reminding people what a disaster Obama has been.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

DD I think you misinterpret the reality – Obama ran on nothing but platitudes – nothing else.

What Obama has done is provide Romney the opportunity to go content-lite, because now Romney just needs to show competence. A persona that says I am a reasonably able man and I can do this job, because Obama clearly cannot. He will need some positive ads to go with the Obama gaffe machine ads. But the first rule of thumb when your opponent is digging a hole for himself is to let him keep digging.

Perhaps they properly read Obama from the start, as a thin-skinned lightweight, with not much more ability than to make himself a blank slate for people to imprint their wishes on. After a term in the WH, for better or worse, you are not a blank slate.

I think Obama is toast right now – the question is how many senate seats does he cost the democrats, based entirely on how big Mitt’s margin of victory becomes.

Zomcon JEM on June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What I find most annoying is the rampant narcissism and inability to admit a mistake or simply self-deprecate. With the “doesn’t go down all the way” gaffe, just laugh along with the crowd, admit that woops that’s not what you meant to say but boy it did sound funny, and then move on.

With the private sector doing fine, again, just come back out and say I totally flubbed the line and that’s not what I meant to convey. No using terms like “misspoke”, “nuance”, or switching from “private sector” to “economy” and acting like we just can’t understand your Great Zeroness.

Nutstuyu on June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

You think those were the “trolls” he was referring to? People who had concerns about the Romney campaign not getting tough, were “trolls”?

hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Concerns and constant pessimism are two different things.

kickandswimmom has concerns: not a troll
steveangell thinks Romney is to the left of Obama : troll

thebrokenrattle on June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Hey Michael Tomasky,

Civics class flash: the House is only part of Congress. The GOP controls only the House. The Democrats control the other half of Congress, which in case you didn’t know, is called the Senate. IT’S NOT A GOP CONGRESS.

Boy it was fun using all those formatting tags.

Nutstuyu on June 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

…maybe even California

OK, now who is drinking kool-aid? Although this is not the first time I’ve heard someone getting a little optimistic about CA going RED but come on. With that said and if this were to really happen, Obama’s name would appear at the top of every “worst of” list ever put together.

sdbatboy on June 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

steveangell thinks Romney is to the left of Obama : troll

thebrokenrattle on June 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

stevenangell is a Moby. He is not now, nor ever was commenting in a manner here that would indicate he wished President Obama beaten.

hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Romney is not — I repeat, NOT — going to win just by reminding us how bad Obama is. If that’s all Romney’s got, forget it. You can put all Obama’s gaffes on one long loop and play it from now til November, and it won’t mean a thing.
ddrintn on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Romney doesn’t have to. The boy king’s team is doing it for him. You might be interested in reading the comments on this progressive site. The koolaid is not as quenching as it once was.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

stevenangell is a Moby. He is not now, nor ever was commenting in a manner here that would indicate he wished President Obama beaten.
hawkdriver on June 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

What about my two favorites, Hondav65 and angryed?; they both seemed, at first to despise RINOism (a worthy goal) but then it consumed them to the point of wishing for a Obama victory.

thebrokenrattle on June 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Exactly right. It’s gotta be all about the O.

changer1701 on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

TWSS?

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The way Booker, Clinton and Obama furiously back-peddled recently was down right bizarre.

OxyCon on June 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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