Bipartisanship: DNC website talks more about Romney than Obama

posted at 2:31 pm on July 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve said all along that the Democrats would have a tough time making an argument for another four years of Barack Obama’s leadership, especially on the economy.  The CBS affiliate in Washington DC notices that the DNC has apparently given up trying.  Instead, their website features more attacks on Mitt Romney than support of the incumbent:

If the Democratic National Committee’s strategy for victory is to muffle its own party’s achievements and focus more on slamming Republicans, it seems to be doing a good job on its website.

The DNC’s homepage has numerous attack ads against presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, far more than news touting President Obama’s accomplishments in office.

A review of the DNC’s homepage shows a majority of ads mocking Romney from “Romney’s Guide To International Diplomacy” following his comments that London might not be ready for the Olympics with the Twitter hashtag “RomneyShambles,” to attack ads highlighting “Mitt Romney’s $ecret $tash” of money in Swiss bank accounts and his tenure at Bain Capital.

But a visitor will have to dig through the site to find Obama’s signature accomplishments.

July 11 is the last post on the homepage to mention the president’s signature health care law, but in that instance, it’s a blog post about why Republicans shouldn’t have voted to repeal “Obamacare” for the 33rd time. Before that, users have to go back to last month to find the DNC page proclaiming a health care victory following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law as constitutional.

Remember, though, that David Axelrod blames Romney for the perception by voters that Obama is more negative in this cycle:

Normally, an incumbent would run on his or her own record, while the challenger attacked it.  The DNC has none-too-subtly put Obama in the role of challenger and Romney in the role of incumbent.  That’s no accident, either — the campaign made clear that they wanted to run on the “change” theme again, even though the “change” they seek is another four years of the status quo, with no discernible shift in policy.

Will voters buy the Obama-as-challenger gambit?  I doubt that many Democrats will buy it.  Nevertheless, that’s what the DNC is selling these days.


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Because they have Nada to talk about.

But Carney just said “the president is running on his records”. There is video on it.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Liars all around.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Carney video “Obama is running on his record“.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

bho/team can not come up with anything positive to put on their site? What has bho done but crater our nation? All bho/team have left, the daily endless distractions to take the heat off bho? If we can just keep bho/team out making statements to help us, bho will be toast!
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letget on July 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

They are afraid they are losing Democrats to Romney or seeing more “undecided” Democrats. That is the only explanation. Either that, or this is the only sort of ad they are producing so it is the only sort they can display on the page.

If there is a safe place for them to put positive messages for their candidate, it is on their own site. They aren’t trying to persuade anyone there (unless they are!) because that site should be preaching to their choir. This tells me they might be worried about that choir.

crosspatch on July 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Will voters buy the Obama-as-challenger gambit?

give them enough kool-aid….

cmsinaz on July 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Panic

pat on July 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

They’ve got to go negative on Romney. They can’t go positive on O’Bumbles.

Moose Drool on July 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

the SQUIRREL campaign

cmsinaz on July 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Biggest problem Romney has right now is low info voters have no idea who Mitt Romney is, they’ve never even heard of him. So the DNC make’s their website a shrine to him? Thanks DNC!

1984 in real life on July 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Who, exactly, other than Obamabots, goes to the DNC website?

natasha333 on July 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM

When 0bama tells Downer Debbie to “Haul Ass”, it takes her two trips.

jukin3 on July 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

They are afraid they are losing Democrats to Romney or seeing more “undecided” Democrats. That is the only explanation. Either that, or this is the only sort of ad they are producing so it is the only sort they can display on the page.

If there is a safe place for them to put positive messages for their candidate, it is on their own site. They aren’t trying to persuade anyone there (unless they are!) because that site should be preaching to their choir. This tells me they might be worried about that choir.

crosspatch on July 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

This. Romney is a tempting option for disaffected Democrats. Like most people here, they see Romney’s “severe conservatism” as a smoke and mirrors act. In reality, he might align more closely with the views of moderate Dems than Obama does.

KingOfTheRoad on July 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Well, you could hardly expect Obama to run on his record as the worst President of modern times.

The real question for this election is: Is America suicidal?

Adjoran on July 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

All the Conservative web sites talk more about Obama lately than Romney, so I guess its just fair-play on the DNC’s part to return the favor.

Lawrence on July 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

All the Conservative web sites talk more about Obama lately than Romney, so I guess its just fair-play on the DNC’s part to return the favor.

Lawrence on July 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

People voting GOP don’t want to vote for Mitt, they want to vote against Obama.

KingOfTheRoad on July 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I doubt that many Democrats will buy it.

They’ll buy anything , as long as it helps to destroy our country.
They are dedicated servants of Marx , they don’t question Hussein

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Will voters buy the Obama-as-challenger gambit? I doubt that many Democrats will buy it. Nevertheless, that’s what the DNC is selling these days.

They are really selling sh*t, trying to convince the USA people that it is Beluga caviar.

It will be telling what the people will do on Nov. 6.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

All the Conservative web sites talk more about Obama lately than Romney, so I guess its just fair-play on the DNC’s part to return the favor.

Lawrence on July 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I think that is going to change once Romney gets back from his overseas trip. I am expecting the campaign to ratchet up considerably once he gets back. Maybe he will kick things off in Poland like Obama did in Berlin in 2008.

crosspatch on July 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM

It just seems amazing that the DNC website has to commit so much real estate to convincing Democrats not to vote for Romney. Doesn’t that seem odd to anyone else?

crosspatch on July 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

to attack ads highlighting “Mitt Romney’s $ecret $tash” of money

Speaking of stashes, I wonder whatever happened to “I’m-here-for-some-of-dat-Obama-money”…

SnarkySam on July 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Obama may break all records with his approaching Nov loss. CBS (Dan “Fake but True” Rather’s former network) is pointing this out!? Too funny! The loss is going to be massive if he’s losing MSM this early, really really MASSIVE

Karmi on July 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

He had a plan, to destroy the land, so that not enough voters who’re against him would remain.

Nov. 6 will tell if he succeeded, or not.

“A nation of moochers, for my own power alone” –Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

People voting GOP don’t want to vote for Mitt

KingOfTheRoad on July 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I do.

Mea culpa. I condem myself.////

bluealice on July 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

All the Conservative web sites talk more about Obama lately than Romney,

A conservative web site is not comparable to the OFFICIAL DNC site. Is it?

bluealice on July 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

DNC: “Americans if you like your flat GDP you can keep your flat GDP” Vote Obama.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The TOTUS is made in China.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

What an incredibly dangerous time this is. Backed into a corner and slowly bleeding support, Barky has little time left, and fewer options. The usual small-time attack tricks don’t seem to have made a meaningful contribution, and he’s been denied the first-round TKO he enjoyed in some of his previous elections.

What to do, what to do?

Well, if it’s close enough, a little more voter fraud might turn the tide. But that becomes less workable as polls chronicle a widening margin.

Call in ALL of the markers? No reason to think that they haven’t already done this while trying for the TKO.

Collapse the economy fully? Generate some riots in the streets? Kinetic military action with Assad? Push Israel into going after Iran? All of these would support a “don’t change CIC in midstream” argument, and all are within his reach. What else has he got?

bofh on July 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

All the Conservative web sites talk more about Obama lately than Romney, so I guess its just fair-play on the DNC’s part to return the favor.

Lawrence on July 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Blogs and pundit sites =/= official campaign site.

tdpwells on July 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Pinocchio…just imagine her with a very thin loooong liar’s nose.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

This is one collapse I am enjoying the heII out of. Funny! As always picture the word collapse with the o being 0 ‘ s logo.

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

CARNEY: There are — these are central to — I mean, this is the — this is the absolute core of the debate in our country, and it is — it is overwhelmingly the principal focus of the American people. So I think it’s very important to have the kinds of discussions that we’ve been having and that the president puts forward every time he goes out and speaks to the people.

-Jake Tapper

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

This is one collapse I am enjoying the heII out of. Funny! As always picture the word collapse with the o being 0 ‘ s logo.

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Schadenfreudig beyond belief, but no celebrations until Nov. 6, 2012.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Schadenfreudig beyond belief, but no celebrations until Nov. 6, 2012.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I promise. ; ) not sure what time it is for you right now friend. Here in Ga at 3:30 on a warm afternoon, it’s nap on the porch time. : ) See you in an hour. ; )

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The next 100 days cannot go by quickly enough and I really hope the RNC puts on a spectacular convention and Romney does an exceptional job of nailing things down at the debates. Really hoping the long primary season helped Mitt hone his skills and his message.A good solid VP pick would be nice too. Definately not underestimating the other side.

ldbgcoleman on July 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Obama went from being the “billion dollar candidate” to desperately trying to convince his base not to vote for the other guy because he’s trying to “buy the election” or something.

Mord on July 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

.A good solid VP pick would be nice too. Definately not underestimating the other side.

ldbgcoleman on July 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Somehow I feel that this GOP wants to lose 2012 elections,
if at all they happen . Just look at the way the Weeper , McShameless and Rubio et al are eating one of their own

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Romney’s chances are less than 50/50. That’s because the left/dims have a lock on huge portions of the EV.

Structurally this county has a significant leftist tilt in it’s elected officials.

Look at Rasmussen state by state electoral map here:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/election_2012

(scroll down, it is on the right)

mouse over the state to see the latest Rasmussen polling (esp for the swing states)

Notice that barry has 247 going in. The only good news in that barry is under 50 percent in many swing states.

if Romney does win it will be with the thinnest of margins (under 300 EV)

Since Reagan the left realized that they had to co-opt the Dem party completely, pay people lots of money, and increase immigration, and use the already compliant press to enforce political correctness (i.e. the leftist world view).

r keller on July 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

That’s no accident, either — the campaign made clear that they wanted to run on the “change” theme again, even though the “change” they seek is another four years of the status quo, with no discernible shift in policy.

The new definition of “Change” is “No Change”.

Doublespeak

Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), making the truth less unpleasant, without denying its nature. It may also be deployed as intentional ambiguity, or reversal of meaning (for example, naming a state of war “peace”). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass.

farsighted on July 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

If one were to go by the picture on HA’s front page, the reason they’re talking more about Romney is that apparently he has more to talk about. …?

SoulEspresso on July 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Normally, an incumbent would run on his or her own record, while the challenger attacked it.

Yeah, but NORMALLY the incumbent WOULD HAVE A RECORD TO RUN ON!

GarandFan on July 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Schadenfreudig beyond belief, but no celebrations until Nov. 6, 2012.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

..heh. I see what you did there.

;-)

The War Planner on July 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Apologies for the O/T threadjack: Looks like the London games are starting to lay some stink bombs! (HT Drudge.)

The War Planner on July 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The War Planner on July 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

was just reading about that…i would be pi$$ed

cmsinaz on July 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 28, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Apologies for the O/T threadjack: Looks like the London games are starting to lay some stink bombs! (HT Drudge.)

The War Planner on July 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

…are we going to have to fear what Romney will say if he sees those?

KOOLAID2 on July 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM

some of the posters are saying ‘hey mitt was right’

cmsinaz on July 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Apologies for the O/T threadjack: Looks like the London games are starting to lay some stink bombs! (HT Drudge.)

The War Planner on July 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

and then thereis this :

The woman walked with the team and then quickly disappeared, leaving a trail of questions behind, the most important being security. “We are concerned by the fact that a person with no accreditation managed to sneak in and walk along with our team. We will express that in our letter to the organisers,” said Raja. “It is up to them to investigate it.”

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/267620/intruder-mystifies-indians.html

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Jugears to Thunderthighs “Keep up the good fight – it’s working”

USN Corpseman on July 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

There’s that picture again of them discussing Weiner Vrs. Clinton!!

Marco on July 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Loved the picture of Debbie adoringly looking up at her mesiaha? Caption – “Hey Deb, want to check out the my cool prez’s bedroom after we’re airborne? I brought some cigars!”

Concerned_American on July 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM