Dueling ads: Liar in Chief vs the Unfeeling Technobot

posted at 8:41 am on July 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Thank goodness we have the ability to have a reasoned, rational debate over the direction this country will take in the next four years, so that voters can make an informed choice in November.  The campaigns and their super-PAC surrogates have an opportunity to inform us about the real differences in policy between the two candidates, and to treat voters like adults capable of self-government.

Or, er …. not:

Priorities USA Action and the Service Employees International Union are out with a new round of Spanish-language ads attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with his own (out of context) words in Latino-heavy swing states.

The Colorado ad highlights Romney’s comment that he’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” with a man adding in Spanish, “He’s a person without feelings who doesn’t care about people whether they be Hispanic, Latino, white, who are below him.”

This basically doubles down on a one-sixteenth truth, not even a half-truth.  True, Romney did say that he wasn’t concerned about the very poor, but the very next words out of his mouth in that interview were, “We have a safety net,”  and he pledged to repair any holes in it.  Romney told the interviewer that his focus was on the middle class and fixing the economy so that they could prosper once again.  I noted at the time that Obama and his team would replay this clip out of context over and over again; this is just the beginning.  That doesn’t make it any more honest, however.

How about the other side?  Mitt Romney has an advantage in being able to focus on Obama’s policy record, but … instead, he’s focused on Obama’s campaign record.  To be fair, though, while it’s tone is hardly any better, Romney has the right to respond to spurious attacks from Obama:

Just like he did against Hillary Clinton, President Obama now continues to spread dishonest attacks about Mitt Romney to distract from his failed record. Even though fact check after fact check have found his claims to be false, he continues to not tell the truth to the American people. It is no wonder why our country has lost confidence in his leadership.

Team Romney obviously aims for the Hillary Clinton voters who have grown disenchanted with Obama in this ad, but any of them still nursing resentment over 2008 probably aren’t voting for Obama this time around, anyway.  Hillary will almost certainly be campaigning for Obama in the general election, so Romney’s defense of her honor here is going to get negated at some point in time.

Both of these ads are effective to a certain extent, although both essentially just reinforce perceptions within the candidates’ voter bases more than convince anyone to switch their vote.  The extent to which people perceive one better than the other almost certainly speaks to their choice in the race.  Normally, though, we wouldn’t see this kind of personal attack until the final days of the campaign.  It’s a symptom of the moment-to-moment cycle that we’re getting these kinds of ads running in July for a general election in November.

John Dickerson says the fact-checking doesn’t much matter anyway, and I suspect he’s correct:

This is further confirmation of an essential truth both campaigns have embraced about fact checking: The upside from a strong distortion is better than the downside from the hall monitors. If you’re not getting four Pinocchios or a pants-on-fire, you’re not doing it right. Let them boo—as long as the message gets through.

Ain’t politics grand?


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Thank goodness we have the ability to have a reasoned, rational debate over the direction this country will take in the next four years,

Somewhat ironic given the smears printed against Paul and his supporters, as well as the out-and-out lies framed around, “but this is my opinion” such as behind-the-scene deals.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Only Mitt….
could go to the NAACP

Electrongod on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

How about we just start running ads saying Obama wants to tax black people – isn’t that what Obamacare basically does?

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

angry mike…you don’t think JugEars would fib…do you?

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Somewhat ironic given the smears printed against Paul and his supporters, as well as the out-and-out lies framed around, “but this is my opinion” such as behind-the-scene deals.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

He wrote and/or approved the newsletters. Get over yourself.

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Unfortunately for Obama, this time he has a record. As Limbaugh has stated a thousand times.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I hate these ads where they take 3 words out of context and make up a meme that isn’t true. I’m waiting to see the anti Obama ad where we splice his actual words together:

“Let me be perfectly clear – I want a – war on women. And also – we as Americans need to – eat that dog.”

Free Indeed on July 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

John Dickerson says the fact-checking doesn’t much matter anyway, and I suspect he’s correct:

Ain’t politics grand?

Also ironic given the outright dismissal of Santorum’s boasting of his votes to fund Planned Parenthood.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Unfortunately for Obama, he can’t lie about his record and get away with it, as he did in the first election, when Axlerod and the Chicago Backroom Gang covered it up.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Only Mitt….
could go to the NAACP

Electrongod on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…I heard Joe Biteme was Jheri curling his plugs…in rebuttal today!

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

He wrote and/or approved the newsletters. Get over yourself.

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I didn’t say anything about newsletters nor was I referring to them.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This basically doubles down on a one-sixteenth truth, not even a half-truth.

How about a 1/32 family lore maybe truth?

rbj on July 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Normally, though, we wouldn’t see this kind of personal attack until the final days of the campaign.

Pointing out that the boy king is purposely lying to the American people is a “personal attack?”

I see it as setting the record straight and am glad Team Romney is finally taking this approach.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

You are aware that Dr. Paul dropped out of the race…again…aren’t you?

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

At least mitt is fighting fire with fire…..

Tired of the’we need to stay above the fray’ meme

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The Romney ad is excellent, and according to Weekly Standard will be run extensively in swing states. Romney’s team is working on narrative building here — Obama is a liar; he lied about Hillary Clinton, and he’s lying about Mitt Romney. Using Clinton’s voice — “Shame on you, Barack Obama!” — is brilliant. It’ll remind left-leaning independents how dirty his campaign was against her in 2008. Good stuff, Romney camp!

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

How about we just start running ads saying Obama wants to tax black people – isn’t that what Obamacare basically does?

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Go ahead, thanks to Citizens United you can!

rhombus on July 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thank goodness we have the ability to have a reasoned, rational debate over the direction this country

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

Oh that’s just rich. Debates have pretty much devolved into poo-flinging, propaganda-spewing matches between extremists, with the left-wing extremists usually ending up winning.

Not to mention we’re a bunch of bloody sore losers. Eight years of “Boooosh stole the election” and four years of Birthtardism right after that.

MelonCollie on July 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hillary will almost certainly be campaigning for Obama in the general election, so Romney’s defense of her honor here is going to get negated at some point in time.

You would think she would have come out already, since the ad has been running for more than a week.

LoganSix on July 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Did they use the Newt ads?

rhombus on July 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Romney if fighting fire with fire – good

Way better than “we have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency”

gophergirl on July 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

How about we just start running ads saying Obama wants to tax black people – isn’t that what Obamacare basically does?

The Count on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

According to a newly released Quinnipiac University poll 55% of voters say ObamaCare is a tax, while only 36% say it’s not.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Careful, Romney campaign strategists: the game is won at the end of the fourth quarter, not halftime. There’s a lot of game left.

the_souse on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Check out DRUDGE.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

OT, I know, but what happened to the VP survey results? Ed says in the green room comments that its been promoted to Hot Air, but his link is broken and I don’t see it anywhere.

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Check out DRUDGE.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

A lot of Blind Trust in this Country.
:)

Electrongod on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Gonna disagree with Ed here.

The Clintons are always in it for The Clintons first. It does nothing for Hill and Bill to help out Obama. They will let him squirm and shrivel. Obama is going to learn the hard way that you don’t buck the criminal enterprise known as the Democratic Party for long – not without eating your government mandated brocolli at your first moment of vulnerability.

BKennedy on July 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

KOOLAID2
No never fib’s, it’s the outright lies that get my goat……….
I remember when the news broke about Rmoney™ saying he wasn’t worried about the poor. We had field day with that one, and we knew what the whole speech was about, expect this to be on the air until election day, I know I did…………

angrymike on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Mitt must be listening to us. If he hits Scooter as hard as he hit his fellow Republicans, he’ll win.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Lsm outrage that mitt is disrespectful in 5….4….3

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I think Romneys ad is fair. The Spanish Obama piece is an actual lie. Mitt needs to run an ad in Spanish with the complete statement and throw some of the crap right back at Barry…

sandee on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

You are aware that Dr. Paul dropped out of the race…again…aren’t you?

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

You are aware we are talking about ideas vis a vis the direction of the country, aren’t you?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

the Unfeeling Technobot

Politics aside, if I had a personal problem, an emotional problem, and needed to sit down and talk privately with someone, Romney would be way ahead of Obama on my list. If we’re talking about personal depth of feeling and concern for other people. To me, there’s no contest.

Paul-Cincy on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

You are aware we are talking about ideas vis a vis the direction of the country, aren’t you?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Actually, you’ve been talking about how everyone is stupid because they did not vote for Dr. Paul…when you aren’t going off about Lincoln.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Thank goodness we have the ability to have a reasoned, rational debate over the direction this country will take in the next four years, so that voters can make an informed choice in November.

Well, Like Thorreau said: before you can have good poets you have to have good audiences.

This is who we are, you know.

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Two new swing state polls out from We Ask America this morning and Obama destroys Romney in both.

–In PA, Obama is +7
–In NM, Obama is +11

Oh, that “electable” Romney…

Wonder how much worse Santorum would be doing?

gumbyandpokey on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Screw the truth brought to you by the regime, unions and lib politicians everywhere. File under OFA, subfile, Warren, Mass.

Kissmygrits on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Let’s just Fact Check Obama’s record. Landslide.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

gumbyandpokey on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Looks really unslanted.///

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

angrymike on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

…I responded to you on the morning thread about the one who got their nuts in a vice…someone must have squeezed them this morning… thinking they were oranges or something!

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

“Looks really unslanted.///”

Actually, We Ask America seems to have a GOP tilt. They had Walker winning the WI recall by 12 pts, when the actual margin was 7.

gumbyandpokey on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Actually, you’ve been talking about how everyone is stupid because they did not vote for Dr. Paul…when you aren’t going off about Lincoln.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I’ve never called anyone stupid, therefore I’ve never called anyone stupid for not voting for Paul. Clearly you can’t engage in ideas so you resort to changing the subject and to lying.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

From the department of weird developments, here is Lanny Davis calling out the media for reporting the Bain attacks were working.

msmveritas on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Romney’s team is smart to put this ad out now. The Obama campaign is working hard to establish the meme that Romney is a heartless outsourcer of American jobs. They’ve been running those ads here in AZ pretty much non-stop. Romney needs to counter the false narrative before it becomes established in the minds of low-information voters.

AZCoyote on July 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

He should forget the Hillary voters. That campaign is over nobody wants to hear about it. He needs to start hanging with the conservatives. You know, the one’s that didn’t bother to show up to vote last time. This campaign should really be a no brainer with the country the way it is. But, we all know politics, lie, cheat, and make stupid decisions, it’s one big sorry game.

shar61 on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

What’s wrong with Romney’s ad? Is he not supposed to respond to the lies from the Obama campaign?

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

OT, I know, but what happened to the VP survey results? Ed says in the green room comments that its been promoted to Hot Air, but his link is broken and I don’t see it anywhere.

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Lately I’ve noticed that promoted Green Room posts sometimes seem to take hours to show up, and often when they do show up comments are disabled in that thread for an hour or two immediately after they show up.

I have no idea why it’s been going this way.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I’ve never called anyone stupid, therefore I’ve never called anyone stupid for not voting for Paul. Clearly you can’t engage in ideas so you resort to changing the subject and to lying.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Somone left the irony board on, again.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Actually, I like Romney’s ad. There is a somber tone to it and I appreciate that he calls Obama a liar albeit nicely (“untruth”), which is what many people think anyway. Romney has to know the Left will call him racist, but he says it anyway. Unlike the negative ads Team Obama is putting out on Romney, which has a sleazy political vibe, this ad from Romney works, imo.

Team Romney obviously aims for the Hillary Clinton voters who have grown disenchanted with Obama in this ad, but any of them still nursing resentment over 2008 probably aren’t voting for Obama this time around, anyway. Hillary will almost certainly be campaigning for Obama in the general election, so Romney’s defense of her honor here is going to get negated at some point in time.

Using Hillary in the ad shows Obama’s pattern of behavior. It seems people are willing to now look at Obama’s record (crazy, I know), and that includes how he campaigned against HRC. It wasn’t all “hope” and “change” and Unicorns with Skittles. He was a liar and thug then and now. Also, using HRC may peel off some of those working class WHITE men (Democrat) who are disenchanted with Obama.

conservative pilgrim on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Romney is finally responding.

Been saying he should do so for weeks, he have been totally slaughtered by Obama here in CO since early June.

Norwegian on July 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Both of these ads are effective to a certain extent, although both essentially just reinforce perceptions within the candidates’ voter bases more than convince anyone to switch their vote. The extent to which people perceive one better than the other almost certainly speaks to their choice in the race. Normally, though, we wouldn’t see this kind of personal attack until the final days of the campaign. It’s a symptom of the moment-to-moment cycle that we’re getting these kinds of ads running in July for a general election in November.


How sad to note the rampant beta male characteristics now on display by Ed and AP.

Fortunately, thanks to Erika, and hopefully MKH, we can look forward to more optimistic and full throated support for when the Romney campaign responds in the manner SOME bloggers have been pining for …

… only to then start Eeyoring when they get the response they said, “Had to be made.”

Just a reminder, Ed. Campaign spots are focus group tested in this day and age. The Hillary reference was NOT targeting Hilary supporters. It is targeted to DEMORALIZE the overall Democratic base by reminding them that one of their own pointed out this specific character flaw 4 years ago … and now they are STUCK with it.

PolAgnostic on July 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I love how all Obama’s attack strategies have backfired on him. Keep pissing in the wind, Barry.

The Rogue Tomato on July 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I like the Romney ad. Anyone know how much he’s running that on TV? He needs to.

WannabeAnglican on July 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

When I was in High School I used to get flumoxed at the Girls I’d talk to in Study Hall.

Constantly they’d complain about ‘guys’ and how they were treated. But time after time they’d go back to the Same Kind of ‘Guys’ every friday night. (Jocks)

I finally told one, “If you don’t like the kind of ‘guy’ you are going out with then Change the kind of ‘guy’ you are going out with. If you keep picking the same kind of ‘guy’ you’re going to keep getting the same kind of result.”

She looked at me in Shock and said, “I’m not going out with a Nerd.”

If you don’t change the Selection Process, don’t expect the Process to change.

jaydee_007 on July 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Stop with “Fair” already! It’s never fair. The Democrats are never fair. Abortion isn’t fair. Illegal aliens in the multiple millions isn’t fair. Protected minorities including GLBTQ isn’t fair. As soon as I hear that word, there’s no more reason to listen.

You know who is fair? McCain. Fight, Republicans and don’t fight fair. This isn’t a game of golf…..it’s meat cleavers in Thunderdome and the security of this nation depends on Romney winning.

You want fair? Learn English, salute the flag, get any job, pay taxes and defend this nation with any means you have. Until then, shutup!

Hening on July 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Somone left the irony board on, again.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

… we’re having a breakfast problem this morning…I don’t think THAT was brown sugar in the oatmeal he had this morning k j !

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Mitt must be listening to us. If he hits Scooter as hard as he hit his fellow Republicans, he’ll win. kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Oh please. Do you have a 3.97 GPA in combined Law and MBA from Harvard? Did you make hundreds of millions using nothing but your industry, learning and brains. Stop insulting Romney. And yourself.

Basilsbest on July 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I’ve never called anyone stupid, therefore I’ve never called anyone stupid for not voting for Paul. Clearly you can’t engage in ideas so you resort to changing the subject and to lying.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Somone left the irony board on, again.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

So regarding the direction of the country, which of his ideas do you disagree with and why? Prove Ed wrong, dig deep, and find the ability to have a reasoned, rational debate over the direction this country.

Go ahead.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

“meat cleavers in Thunderdome”

Hening on July 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

So when does BHO and his admin fall into the vats of pig stuff? Anxiously awaiting…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Stop with “Fair” already! It’s never fair. The Democrats are never fair. Abortion isn’t fair. Illegal aliens in the multiple millions isn’t fair. Protected minorities including GLBTQ isn’t fair. As soon as I hear that word, there’s no more reason to listen.

You know who is fair? McCain. Fight, Republicans and don’t fight fair. This isn’t a game of golf…..it’s meat cleavers in Thunderdome and the security of this nation depends on Romney winning.

You want fair? Learn English, salute the flag, get any job, pay taxes and defend this nation with any means you have. Until then, shutup!

Hening on July 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Here we see statism and fealty in full display.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’ve had to listen for weeks about how Romney needs to take the gloves off and go after Obama, and now that he he does so I have to endure a head shake and finger wag from Ed about how he’s helping debase the political process or something.

Where was the stern moral tone when Hot Air was posting pictures of a toothless Newt Gingrich every other day?

Or the pictures of Nancy Pelosi that make her look like a shrill, dessicated corpse?

Oh, I forgot. That was yesterday.

Romney is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

Let me let you in on a little secret, Ed. Politics is grand, and dirty, tooth and nail fighting and hitting below the belt is a legitimate and necessary part of the process. It was in 1800 when Jefferson was slandering Adams, and it is now. If you think otherwise, then politics ain’t for you, and you need to find a kindler, gentler, more morally pure avocation.

And I mean that whether you are doing it, or merely writing about it.

Right now, you are either for Romney or against him. The only question we need ask is, is the ad effective?

You people really don’t want Romney to win, do you?

Mr. Arkadin on July 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Here we see statism and fealty in full display.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Thanks Debbie Downer, life under you tutelage is sooo much better.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

LOL.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

So, after tearing up threads since you got here in the last Open Registration, now you want to have a reasoned debate?

That’s pretty funny.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Politics aside, if I had a personal problem, an emotional problem, and needed to sit down and talk privately with someone, Romney would be way ahead of Obama on my list. If we’re talking about personal depth of feeling and concern for other people. To me, there’s no contest.

Paul-Cincy on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Totally agree. Romney has actual human DNA vs. the icy cold vapor-in-chief.

Picture it:

-You sit down with the One who realizes immediately you can’t do anything for him. Eyes glaze over, then dart stealthily to closest aid. Aid swoops in and escorts you out with autographed photo-

Then he charges you $100.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

We the president doesn’t tell the truth lies.

Plain talk, please!

Sherman1864 on July 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Here we see statism and fealty in full display.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hard to recognize truth anymore when you’ve been playing rhetorical games with it so long, isn’t it, Dante?

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

So, after tearing up threads since you got here in the last Open Registration, now you want to have a reasoned debate?

That’s pretty funny.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

That’s pretty much the response I anticipated.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Hard to recognize truth anymore when you’ve been playing rhetorical games with it so long, isn’t it, Dante?

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

It seems you missed this part of his post:

You want fair? Learn English, salute the flag, get any job, pay taxes and defend this nation with any means you have. Until then, shutup!

Hening on July 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Statism and fealty.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

That’s pretty much the response I anticipated.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And yet, you’re unashamed.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

And yet, you’re unashamed.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

So regarding the direction of the country, which of his ideas do you disagree with and why?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Read between the lines, gameplayer.

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

How about the other side? Mitt Romney has an advantage in being able to focus on Obama’s policy record, but … instead, he’s focused on Obama’s campaign record.

He’s doing both. Remember how frustrated we all were when W didn’t respond to lies and distortions?

Buy Danish on July 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

So regarding the direction of the country, which of his ideas do you disagree with and why?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Is iddums mad because I won’t engage in his little rhetorical game withums?

Awwwww.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

From the department of weird developments, here is Lanny Davis calling out the media for reporting the Bain attacks were working.

msmveritas on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Good catch and good read. I especially liked this:

Third, in April, a USA Today/Gallup poll in battleground states showed Obama ahead 51 percent to 42. But in this late-June sample, the results were Obama, 47 percent, to Romney at 45 percent. In other words, after Obama spent an estimated $68 million or more over Romney in the battlegrounds on negative ads during this time period, Obama lost a net 7 points.…

if anything, Obama’s negative ads have actually hurt … Obama?

And I loved the first comment after that Hill piece. Responding to Davis’s biographical sketch at the end of the piece, the commenter says:

“a member of President George W. Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.”

And we’re actually expected to take anything this guy says seriously?

Ha, ha, ha. The genius Obama voter thinks Lanny Davis is a right-winger! Honestly, how the hell do these people put their pants on in the morning without a video showing them how?

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Norwegian on July 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I don’t know about “slaughtered” in CO. Have you seen the 0 ads? The way some of the start out I half expect it to end with “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message”!

The one in particular that starts out with how depressed people are with the economy.

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Pointing out that the boy king is purposely lying to the American people is a “personal attack?”

I see it as setting the record straight and am glad Team Romney is finally taking this approach.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Yep, yep, yep. I’m just a wee bit befuddled by Ed’s analysis.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Ron Paul is not running for POTUS, get over it! (maybe he still is and everyone with a life outside of Paultopia doesn’t see it).

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’d only add that it’s time for R to drop the “he’s a nice guy” routine. Nice guys aren’t serial liars, don’t bankrupt the country and its citizens, divide us into warring factions based on race/gender/ethnicity/class, and so forth, ad nauseam.

Buy Danish on July 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Ha, ha, ha. The genius Obama voter thinks Lanny Davis is a right-winger! Honestly, how the hell do these people put their pants on in the morning without a video showing them how?

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I don’t think he was saying Davis is a right winger, just noting that there was no such thing as privacy and civil liberties protections in the Bush administration, who gave us the Patriot Act, the TSA, the DHA, etc.

It’s Orwellian in its being an oxymoron.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Romney’s team is working on narrative building here — Obama is a liar; he lied about Hillary Clinton, and he’s lying about Mitt Romney.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Yep, and Pat Caddell says it could be deadly: EXCLUSIVE [Breitbart.com] – CADDELL: Taxes and Trust – The Achilles Heels of Obamacare and Obama, Part I

The Supreme Court’s Obamacare-affirming decision–which can be summed up as “Read John Roberts’ lips, it’s a tax”–has put a political cudgel in the hands of Republicans. The cudgel, of course, is taxes. But a huge nail is also embedded in the cudgel: the fundamental deceit of Obamacare. Yet in the week since the Court’s decision, Republicans have yet to demonstrate that they truly grasp the significance of this weapon–or that they can effectively wield it.

petefrt on July 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Ron Paul is not running for POTUS, get over it! (maybe he still is and everyone with a life outside of Paultopia doesn’t see it).

kirkill on July 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The ideas remain, which is what I’m referring to, especially given Ed’s ironic introduction to his post.

So regarding the direction of the country, which of his ideas and positions do you disagree with and why?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

What’s wrong with Romney’s ad? Is he not supposed to respond to the lies from the Obama campaign?

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

So Ed harped on Romney for not responding to Barry/Axelrod’s lies on Bain and outsourcing a few days ago, and when Romney responded, Ed is not happy that Romney did not focus on Barry’s record in office.

bayview on July 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Read between the lines, gameplayer.

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I have found only blank space between the lines.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I have found only blank space between the lines.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You just left yourself wide open for the comparison that’s inevitably coming.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Troll.

MadisonConservative on July 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Pat Caddell:

“Tax” is the Achilles Heel of Obamacare. “Trust” is the Achilles Heel of Obama.

That is how the Obamacare is defeated. Reject the lie. Repeal the ObamaTax.

petefrt on July 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You just left yourself wide open for the comparison that’s inevitably coming.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Not a fan of Thomas Jefferson?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

petefrt on July 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The only guaranteed way of defeating Obamacare is nullification.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I have found only blank space between the lines.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You just left yourself wide open for the comparison that’s inevitably coming.

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Not a fan of Thomas Jefferson?

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Went right over your head, didn’t it?

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Ed, I think the real point of this ad is to chip away at Obama’s perceived likeabilty in polling. That is the only thing he has left that’s keeping him from a total blowout.

Tater Salad on July 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I don’t think he was saying Davis is a right winger, just noting that there was no such thing as privacy and civil liberties protections in the Bush administration, who gave us the Patriot Act, the TSA, the DHA, etc.

It’s Orwellian in its being an oxymoron.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Oh, it’s privacy and civil liberties the Obama voter is concerned about? You’re funny.

Wiretaps up under Obama.

Obama’s secret kill list of American citizens.

Obama’s dismal civil liberties record (I particularly like the line: President Obama now has power that Bush never had.

Orwellian, indeed.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I like the Romney ad only from the standpoint that it tells BHO that he is not going to stand there and let him attack without being challenged.

But I much rather see the ads on Obama’s putrid record, as well as Romney’s policy initiatives. I’m a little worried he is campaigning too much on the tactic of “the other guy is doing a lousy job” and not enough “here’s how I would do better.”

goflyers on July 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Oh, it’s privacy and civil liberties the Obama voter is concerned about? You’re funny.

Wiretaps up under Obama.

Obama’s secret kill list of American citizens.

Obama’s dismal civil liberties record (I particularly like the line: President Obama now has power that Bush never had.

Orwellian, indeed.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Not only are you in the habit of making incorrect assumptions, you are making a habit of missing the point.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

John Dickerson says the fact-checking doesn’t much matter anyway, and I suspect he’s correct:

This is further confirmation of an essential truth both campaigns have embraced about fact checking: The upside from a strong distortion is better than the downside from the hall monitors. If you’re not getting four Pinocchios or a pants-on-fire, you’re not doing it right. Let them boo—as long as the message gets through.

Ain’t politics grand?

I actually think this is wrong. If Dickerson were right Obamacare would be popular by now. So long as Romney is willing to point out that Obama has to lie, and does so in a forceful way, the president looks more and more incapable of leading.

cpaulus on July 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Not only are you in the habit of making incorrect assumptions, you are making a habit of missing the point.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Facts from me. Attacks from you.

I win!

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Read Pat Caddell’s two recent articles at Brietbart. He’s correct that the trust issue is paramount. And the most focused trust issue is obama’s bait and switch, claiming the mandate is not a tax, but then defending it as a tax before the SC. Caddell has the best path forward that I have seen, and I believe it is a certain winner. The Pubs are obtuse, but at least this ad is a clear sign that Team Romney is not going to do a McCain.

paul1149 on July 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I’m a little worried he is campaigning too much on the tactic of “the other guy is doing a lousy job” and not enough “here’s how I would do better.”

goflyers on July 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

This is a step in that direction.

Mitt Romney lays out his 5 steps to get the economy going

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Read between the lines, gameplayer.
Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM
I have found only blank space between the lines.
Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Why am I not surprised?

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Facts from me. Attacks from you.

I win!

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Wow.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

This is a step in that direction.

Mitt Romney lays out his 5 steps to get the economy going

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Nothing but talk. All Republican presidents and candidates have said they’ll cut back government, but none of them ever have.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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