Poll shows Obama character-attack strategy flopping

posted at 12:41 pm on July 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars attempting to paint Mitt Romney as an unsavory businessman, a clueless tycoon, and even accused him at one point of being a “felon.”  Team Obama needed to make Romney toxic early, while it had a large advantage in primary-campaign cash, in order to avoid having to defend Obama’s economic record.  So how did that strategy work out?  After three solid months, a new poll by The Hill shows Romney holding a narrow edge on character issues over the incumbent President:

Mitt Romney holds thin advantages over President Obama on leadership, personal values and honesty, according to a new poll for The Hill.

The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, suggests voters see little difference between the candidates on character issues that Democrats have cited as key to Obama’s appeal.

It found 48 percent of voters consider Romney the stronger leader, compared to 44 percent who favored Obama.

Similarly, 47 percent of likely voters also said Romney most shares their values while 44 percent picked Obama.

When asked which candidate voters considered more honest and trustworthy, 46 percent said Romney and 44 percent said Obama — a result within the poll’s 3 percentage point margin of error.

The Hill doesn’t mention any earlier polls on this subject, but I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t an improvement since Romney became the presumptive nominee in late April.  The sample in this case has a one-point advantage for Republicans, with a D/R/I of 34/35/31.  That’s almost identical to the 2010 turnout model, and with Gallup finding a significant decline in Democratic enthusiasm, one that looks more likely to repeat itself rather than the D+7 2008 model.

The internals are even worse for Obama.  Instead of benefiting from a gender gap, Obama and Romney are tied among women on trust, 43/43, while Romney leads among men 50/44. They also tie among women on who is the strongest leader, 45/45.  Even worse, Romney has a clear edge in both questions among voters under 40 years of age, 50/40 and 50/42, respectively.  Romney edges Obama in both categories among independents by a single point, and Romney wins by large margins among all income demographics except those earning under $20K per year.

The news isn’t much better for Obama on the question of values and relatability.  Romney wins the question of who most closely shares voters’ values by three overall, 47/44, despite the demonization conducted by Team Obama over the last three months.  Romney has a nine-point lead among men (52/43) while Obama has only a one-point edge among women (44/43).  Younger voters choose Romney again, 48/41, but middle-agers choose Obama by three, 48/45; Romney wins seniors by 12, 52/40.  Independents give Romney a one-point edge (45/44).  Obama has more success with lower-income demos, but Romney wins everything above $40K, most of them by wide majorities.

The window for Team Obama to define Romney as scary and untrustworthy is rapidly closing.  In five weeks, Romney will unleash his growing general-election fund advantage and blanket the airwaves with both positive ads for himself and spots that focus on Obama’s sorry economic record.  Unless the Obama campaign can figure out how to demonize Romney effectively, they will have wasted an entire summer and perhaps nine figures on an attack strategy that is clearly flopping.  If anything, they’re damaging Obama more than Romney with the campaign strategy of constant attacks.  People may really be wondering what Obama stands for rather than against, and why he’s not making a case for himself rather than a case against Romney.


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Looks like its time to play the ‘Racist’ card.

Wait…

catmman on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That it has ever been close, on topic, is testament to a very sick country and a disgusting media.

Most all media, suffocate from what you eat, Obama’s sh*t, mistaking it for Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Obama is trustworthy. You can always rely on him to lie about everything.

The Rogue Tomato on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

BHO and character should never be used in the same sentence…oxymoron.

d1carter on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Whatever the source, this is so true

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper, Prager Zeitungon.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President”

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Looks like its time to play the “they want to kill Grandma” card.

Wait…what?

catmman on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Pravda has more credibility today than most of the American and other media.

Goebbels smiles from his grave, appreciating the “Big Lie” in action.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Double down Obama!! DOUBLE DOWN!!

or try:

- DRESSAGE!!

- SANDRA FLUKE!!

- DRESSAGE!!

- ROMNEYCARE!!

- DRESSAGE!!

5 sure fire winners…

Khun Joe on July 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

For Newsweek to feature Romney as the “wimp” in a time of Obama is the ultimate proof that it is a surreal world.

Obama has succeeded having done nothing at all in an entire life, simply possessing a latte hued azz.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Such a strategy used to work wonders with a limited and compliant media. Democrats constantly try to take credit for the Internet yet forget its huge impact on politics.

rhombus on July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Liberal women are deranged.

This is great news! Unleash all that $$$ right slap on Obama’s record. Game over!

JAM on July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Instead of benefiting from a gender gap, Obama and Romney are tied among women on trust, 43/43

Julia, you thankless/faceless/eyeless wench, get back up on this porch right now…..!
/Emmanuel Cleaver

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Quick!

Pivot back to the War on Women TM! Or the Chik-Fil-A-Hates-teh-gheys campaign!

Or the Romney is a principle-less weather vane who is also a right-wing autocrat ideologue!!!1!eleventy!! campaign!

DO SOMETHING!

Good Lt on July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Surely the ‘homophobe’ card…

catmman on July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

5 sure fire winners…

Khun Joe on July 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

8, at a minimum

JULIA

FORWARD

YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney’s new ad out today is pretty good. It continues on the gaffe of “You Didn’t Build That” and counters with “Oh, Yes We Did!”

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That it has ever been close, on topic, is testament to a very sick country and a disgusting media.

Most all media, suffocate from what you eat, Obama’s sh*t, mistaking it for Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

LMAO!!!

ToddPA on July 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Younger voters choose Romney again, 48/41, but middle-agers choose Obama by three, 48/45; Romney wins seniors by 12, 52/40.

What the hell is wrong with my age group?

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

If anything, they’re damaging Obama more than Romney with the campaign strategy of constant attacks.

So next, Obama can claim that Romney didn’t build himself, “we” did!

cartooner on July 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The Iranian mullahs better keep looking skyward,…I’m thinkin’…right after the conventions. Maybe, last of Sept?

a capella on July 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

People may really be wondering what Obama stands for rather than against

he stands for Par 5′s that dogleg left to accommodate his hook.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Barack Obama’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars attempting to paint Mitt Romney as an unsavory businessman, a clueless tycoon, and even accused him at one point of being a “felon.”

At least they didn’t say he was a chronic bed-wetter until he was 10 years old, he hates puppies and he regularly steps on cracks to see how many mother’s backs he can break!

Oh wait! That’s for next week’s attack ads!

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

For Newsweek to feature Romney as the “wimp” in a time of Obama is the ultimate proof that it is a surreal world.

Obama has succeeded having done nothing at all in an entire life, simply possessing a latte hued azz.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Rush just said how pathetic it is that they started out calling Romney a bully and now he’s a wimp!

What a bunch of phony pieces of trash.

Speaking of the media, I missed the comments on Friday… but just heard NBC sucking up to the NHS during the olympics ceremonies. One of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

“War on Woman”…no?

Attack the spouse…no?

Evil vampire capitalist…nothing, really?

Nothing….?

catmman on July 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Instead of benefiting from a gender gap, Obama and Romney are tied among women on trust, 43/43,

War on Women FAIL

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

People may really be wondering what Obama stands for rather than against, and why he’s not making a case for himself rather than a case against Romney.

It’s pretty clear what he’s for: “free” contraceptives, roads, bridges, and gays marrying each other.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Our plan worked.

John the Libertarian on July 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Oh yeah….Romney was a hair cutting big bully man and now he’s a wimp? Are they just throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks??? I mean, what wimp can lift his dog—carrier and all—up onto the roof of his Clark W. Griswold Family Truckster??????/

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I hate these socialist pigs. YOu want something for nothing? Move to anyone of those cesspools in Europe that have been driven into the ground from that garbage.

Leave our country alone. It was built on hard work and self suffiency!!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Personally attacking an opponent for building a legitimate financially successful business that does something many, many Democrat voters also do is not very “Presidential”. Personally attacking an opponent using rare, isolated, long past, minor, trivial incidents that even if deemed “flawed” behavior is gossipy, petty, nitpicking behavior unbecoming a President. Making an extremely weak unsubstantiated unfounded charge that an opponent “might” be a felon is not very “Presidential”.

Obama has told us far more about himself and his own character in making these attacks than he has about Romney.

farsighted on July 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Barack Obama’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars attempting to paint Mitt Romney as an unsavory businessman, a clueless tycoon, and even accused him at one point of being a “felon.”

Don’t forget he was a high school bully and put a dog on the roof of his car.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Scary but true. It also makes me wonder why conservatives criticized Rick Perry over his “seceding from the union” fiasco. As a Texan, that is starting to sound like an option.

cartooner on July 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

People may really be wondering what Obama stands for….


GIMME A “V”!

GIMME AN “A”!

GIMME A “C”!

GIMME AN “A”!

GIMME A “T”!

GIMME AN “I”!

GIMME AN “O”

GIMME AN “N”!

WHAT’S THAT SPELL?!!!

What Obama REALLY stands for!

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

why he’s not making a case for himself rather than a case against Romney.

good question for Axlerod to answer….or Jay Carney. What say you, fellas???? economy anyone? Jobs?

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Teh 1…what a character. Like Elmer Fudd

skeeterbite on July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hey! Let’s attack the Mormon Church! Sure winner. While Obama was sitting in the pews of a Christian church for 20 years, Romney was listening to bizarre rantings of a hate-filled racist conman…oh wait.

pat on July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Wimp? Who wears Mom jeans and throws like a girl?

Bevan on July 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Give them rope, they dont have a clue.

newportmike on July 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

What Obama REALLY stands for!

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

comment incomplete without MUSIC!!

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Instead of benefiting from a gender gap, Obama and Romney are tied among women on trust, 43/43

You obviously haven’t included dead women, or female pets.

BacaDog on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Where are Gary Johnson’s poll numbers, Ed?

Just askin’, because someone around here told he was going to win.

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hey! Let’s attack the Mormon Church! Sure winner. While Obama was sitting in the pews of a Christian church for 20 years, Romney was listening to bizarre rantings of a hate-filled racist conman…oh wait.

pat on July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Shhhh!! Don’t mention that… it’s out of bounds… so his Ayers and Franklin Marshall Davis.

…but expect to see a full out examination of how messed up the Mormons are coming very soon!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

My favorite was the war on women fiasco.

newportmike on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Obama has more success with lower-income demos, but Romney wins everything above $40K, most of them by wide majorities.

Must be why Obama is trying to make more people poor, and make the poor poorer. And cut the rich down to size too.

forest on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

reckon its too late for Obama to reclaim his blank slate status and start anew? ow wait, he burned that bridge attacking Romney as an etch-a-sketch candidate

DanMan on July 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

So a few months ago Romney is a big bad bully and now he is a wimp?

You people are ridiculous!

tom daschle concerned on July 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Where are Gary Johnson’s poll numbers, Ed?

Just askin’, because someone around here told he was going to win.

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

LOL!!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Its all FOX news-they’re the ones to blame !

(or maybe bribing politicians has gone out of style)

FlaMurph on July 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Just another in a long list fails

Animal60 on July 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

pat on July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

there’s an endless supply of these examples

DanMan on July 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

In about a month Bambi and his team will be in full blown panic mode.

He’ll be out there on the stump screaming like a pentacostal preacher on crack. He’ll be dropping g’s and maybe even waving snakes in the air, foaming at the mouth with a crazed look in his eyes.

I can’t wait to see it.

BacaDog on July 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The Dems are in such deep kimchee that Barry has hit the panic button and begged Slick Willie to get back on the DNC stage. Bubba is getting a central role at the failing DNC convention, which is on life support.

Seems working-class white voters are not on the Zero bandwagon so they had to call the Clintons in to rescue them. So much for Fauxcahontas giving the keynote. Slick Willie in the hizzy.

LOL.

Philly on July 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Meanwhile,
America the Beautiful ads still running, and as I turn the channel I keep reminding myself:

1) still pissing me off enough to change the channel,
2) laughing as I change the channel as I think about how much each commercial is depleting the account.

If someone cared, they’d take away their shovels.

Tenwheeler on July 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President”

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Spot on.

That this election is even close tells us how much danger the future of the republic is in. We are on the verge of becoming a second rate socialist nation in rapid decline. This nation is no longer populated by the kind of people who built the nation from 1776 through the post-WW II period.

The electorate might be excused for making a mistake in 2008, all things considered.

But not for making the same choice after four years of obvious incompetence and the cold hard consequences of their choice.

farsighted on July 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

At least they didn’t say he was a chronic bed-wetter until he was 10 years old, he hates puppies and he regularly steps on cracks to see how many mother’s backs he can break!

Oh wait! That’s for next week’s attack ads!

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

What about Seamus up in the crate on the top of the car? Or does that not count because he wasn’t a puppy at the time?

JoAnn1965 on July 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

P.S. — I was being sarcastic about Seamus.

JoAnn1965 on July 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The war on womens is back in Florida. Commercial last night was about Mitt Romney rooting for rape and incest or something.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I don’t know why Obama isn’t running on his record.

What’s not to like?

kevinkristy on July 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Oh, in case you all didn’t get today’s latest White House Bulletin, Mitt Romney is now a wimp. And a bully. He’s a wimpy bully who dominates those weaker than himself by being wimpy.

Yeah, that’s it.

Good Lt on July 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

catmman on July 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

in overdrive

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Tenwheeler on July 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I invariably change the channel, too. What I find more comical is that the ad is being run here in NY, a state guaranteed to go for Obow no matter what.

The campaign should have a new motto: “What good is money if you can’t waste it?”

Liam on July 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Poll shows Obama character-attack strategy flopping

…when YOU have no character…should that be a surprise?
(I can see JugEars as a kid yelling “quit pissing!…quit pissing”…while everbody sees a big wet spot by his crotch!)

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Obama can’t make a case for himself because there is no case to make. His Presidency is a failure, despite (or because of) all the unpopular legislation and regulations he’s rammed through against the wishes of the majority of the people. The economy is in shambles, race relations have deteriorated, trust in government is at an all-time low, and Obama seems incapable of reassessing his policies and trying something … anything … different.

It’s time to give the rich CEO a chance to do what he’s had experience doing: running things for the benefit of the shareholders (that’s us, friends).

RebeccaH on July 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Waiting for inthemiddle’s delu…devastating analysis before commenting.

NotCoach on July 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Yeah, but Obama is more likable.

LSM on July 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Just to make sure you all know. /s

Gunlock Bill on July 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120730/DA0BABG02.html

Associated Press and the PLO mouthpiece are doing their part for Obama to stir it up.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”

“It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” said Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people,” Erekat added. “He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”

As criticism mounted while Romney traveled to Poland, campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said: “His comments were grossly mischaracterized.” The Republican’s campaign contends Romney’s comparison of countries that are close to each other and have wide income disparities – the U.S. and Mexico, Chile and Ecuador – shows his comments were broader than just the comparison between Israel and Palestine.

PappyD61 on July 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I cruised by Media Matters yesterday to see what they were talking about. It’s wall-to-wall damage control for You Didn’t Build That. They claim that Fox “deceptively edited” the clip, in a couple of ways.

I’m wondering when we’re going to see some movement in some of these swing state polls. I’m a bit worried about Ohio.

TarheelBen on July 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Nothing wrong with BHO’s values, trustworthiness and character… if you live in Afghanistan.

petefrt on July 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

99 days.

99 days.

99 days.

99 days.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BarackObamadotcom?feature=watch

let’s send him packing in….

99 days.

PappyD61 on July 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The war on womens is back in Florida. Commercial last night was about Mitt Romney rooting for rape and incest or something.

taternuggets on July 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I saw that ad last week. I almost threw the remote at the TV. It was nothing but blatant lies.

From Politifact:

In its effort to appeal to women, the Obama campaign has twisted Romney’s position to a ridiculous degree. We rate the claim Pants on Fire.

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

..taken in aggregate over the last three months, there is a clear tendency that O’Mama’s slipping. It’s kinda like the Red Sox trailing the Yanks in May by one game and then you look up on August and the Sox are 9.5 games out.

But still the hopefully punditry bloviates on and on about a close race.

I can hardly wait until Romney puts the pedal to the metal and leaves this hatchet-asssed metrosxual fruit-loop gasping in his exhaust.

The War Planner on July 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Ed,
They haven’t begun to rattle the James Byrd Chains behind the truck yet.

The sample in this case has a one-point advantage for Republicans, with a D/R/I of 34/35/31.

just wait.

http://www.gwu.edu/~action/ads2/adnaacp.html

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/11/28/113643.shtml

PappyD61 on July 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What’s happening here in Texas right now with Dewhurst and Cruz might just be a microcosm of November for the boy who would be king… and this is just a runoff election.

Dewhurt’s ads parallel the Obama campaign’s. He assumed he had the seat when get got Perry’s endorsement and found himself short of 50% to put himself in a runoff. And his ad campaign was all-Cruz, all-bad, all the time. There wasn’t an ounce of substance in a single ad he ran except to go after Cruz’ character.

This is delicious… just delicious… and there is still 99 days to go. I’m not even sure Obama’s campaign is shooting blanks. More like squirt guns. Romney is the tail wagging this dog now.

VietVet_Dave on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Are they just throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks???

Um…yes.

I get the feeling that Axelrod and team thought that painting Romney as the “evil One Percenter” capitalist pig would be gold for them and they quit strategizing at that point. Now that it’s proving not to be an effective argument at all it’s apparent they have no idea what to do.

Romney’s an evil wimpy bully who lays people off and destroys companies who also ties dogs to the roof of the family car and he hates women but he has a wife who owns horses and he’s a kooky Mormon. He’s also a right-wing extremist who Obama credits for being the architect of his crowning achievement, Obamacare.

It’s all over the place which means they have no central argument.

JoeinTX on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Nanny Doomburg is at it again:

Now telling hositals to hide baby formula to try to get women to breast feed.

Worst mayor in the country!!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Maybe Obama will start pushing that Romney wants to force women to start breastfeeding (like Nanny Bloomberg wants to do).

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/mayor_knows_breast_WqU1iYRQvwbEkDuvn0vb1H

First they came for Chik-Fil-A, and then they came for womens breasts…….

Well Obama and Bloomberg do encourage teating on the Federal Sow so this would make sense.

Someone in the Obama Media should ask Ann Romney if Mitt TOLD HER SHE HAD TO BREASTFEED.

Squirrel!!

PappyD61 on July 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

PappyD61 on July 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Beat ya to it by a minute !!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

These poll numbers, the wave of patriotism hitting the nation over the Olympics, and a (hopefully) successful RNC convention will build the momentum needed to clean the White House of the worst president in US history.

(From my keyboard to God’s ear…please?)

Grace_is_sufficient on July 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

It’s all over the place which means they have no central argument.

JoeinTX on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I think this proves that negative attacks by an incumbent are counterproductive when the incumbent, here the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, has nothing positive to run on. An incumbent running for re-election, by definition, must offer a few positive, popular accomplishments that also relate to the primary issues voters are concerned about. Here, there’s nothing positive or popular for him to offer up on the economy, the debt, or tax reform, hence his attacks are backfiring, big time.

TXUS on July 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Romney’s an evil wimpy bully who lays people off and destroys companies who also ties dogs to the roof of the family car and he hates women but he has a wife who owns horses and he’s a kooky Mormon. He’s also a right-wing extremist who Obama credits for being the architect of his crowning achievement, Obamacare.

JoeinTX on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Wait a minute… these are all good reasons not to vote for him.
/EBT card holder.

VietVet_Dave on July 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I’m sure Romney leads in the dog polling buy 99 to 1 , I think they would rather ride on the roof, then be dinner………

angrymike on July 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Funny timing, the Romney “wimp” cover showing up the same day of the leak questioning Obama’s role in getting OBL. Coincidence? Don’t think so.

Mayday on July 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Add “Bipolar” to the mix of attacks against Romney.

The Chair of the South Carolina DNC just said it on America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

Absolutely disgusting. He even said Mitt needs to get on medication.

I am sure that the Psychological Health community will be pleased with using the term “Bipolar” as a put down. Reminds me of Obama’s Special Olympics Gaffe…Speaking of which, it might be perfect timing to run an ad with those comments on NBC.

weaselyone on July 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The “tax the rich” is flopping too, heh.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

And the numbers will only get better as we approach the election.

GarandFan on July 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Obama ate a dog.

Mayday on July 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Scary but true. It also makes me wonder why conservatives criticized Rick Perry over his “seceding from the union” fiasco. As a Texan, that is starting to sound like an option.

cartooner on July 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Good one, I’ve loved your comments over the year, and to my ignorance, didn’t realize until Ed said so, that you are also the brilliant cartoonist. Thank you for your talent and for being here.

On Texas, if the decline into the abyss continues, be prepared for a huge influx of conservatives into Texas.

I said this before – when the 2nd Amendmente will be jeopardized, the U.S.A. will split, with Texas in one camp.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Good one, I’ve loved your comments over the year years…

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Amendmente = Amendment (duh, note to self, read bef. getting too excited).

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Nanny Doomburg is at it again:

Now telling hositals to hide baby formula to try to get women to breast feed.

Worst mayor in the country!!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

…he wants EVERYBODY on the teet!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

People may really be wondering what Obama stands for rather than against, and why he’s not making a case for himself rather than a case against Romney.

You’re kidding, right Ed? Should there have been a sarc tag to go with that?

iurockhead on July 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Add “Bipolar” to the mix of attacks against Romney.

The Chair of the South Carolina DNC just said it on America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

Absolutely disgusting. He even said Mitt needs to get on medication.

I am sure that the Psychological Health community will be pleased with using the term “Bipolar” as a put down. Reminds me of Obama’s Special Olympics Gaffe…Speaking of which, it might be perfect timing to run an ad with those comments on NBC.

weaselyone on July 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I called that one this morning! Do I win anything?

That kind of sounds like an oxymoron. Next they’ll be saying he is bi-polar, one minute crying like a little girl and the next minute ruthlessly slashing through one business after another!

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Unless the obama campaign can figure outhow to demonize Romney effectively’

Too late for that, every single of their pathetic attempts at portraying him as some sort of an out of touch, heartless monster failed and blew up in their face, with a big blast that is ….they tried to attack him from both ends of the spectrum, first ruthless, heartless, vulture capitalist, now wimp :)… Didn’t work, I think people saw through the left maneuvering of frantically attacking Romney just to distract from 0′s abysmal records on the economic front….besides, their attacks were so nonsensical and badly calibrated, as if put together by a bunch of amateurs….

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Yes. Every time I see Obama’s add with Romney singing, I just sing along with Mitt and that song out scores the flashing class warfare pop ups. I just start hearing Mitt stating how much he loves America! God Shed His Grace On Thee and Crown They Good With Brotherhood…..

Yes, sing along with Mitt.

uhangtight on July 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Nanny Doomburg is at it again:

Now telling hositals to hide baby formula to try to get women to breast feed.

Worst mayor in the country!!

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

…he wants EVERYBODY on the teet!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Lool :) this might be indicative of an Oedipal complex on the part of nanny Bloomberg :)…but then, isn’t he a bit too old for that? :)…I’m sure Freud would argue that he should be over that teat complex by now :)…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

This demon and his sow wife are so vile there are very, very few people left on earth who can be considered worse. Romney is looking better every day. The race card is all Zippy and the First Heifer have left.

UnEasyRider on July 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I called that one this morning! Do I win anything?

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You called it for a different reason. The SC DNC head was saying that he was bipolar because of signing an assault weapon ban and now opposing it and for signing an individual mandate and now opposing it.

Good call though, you get half credit.

weaselyone on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You called it for a different reason. The SC DNC head was saying that he was bipolar because of signing an assault weapon ban and now opposing it and for signing an individual mandate and now opposing it.

Good call though, you get half credit.

weaselyone on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Oh, well. Jeez, for that, they could have gone with the Etch-A-Sketch gambit and saved the Bi-Polar claims for later in the campaign. They are going to run out of stuff pretty soon- LOL!

Night Owl on July 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Obama’s just an innocent bystander, according to his own campaign, and has been for at least 3 1/2 years. The demon Bush still grips America in his filthy paw and Obama allegedly remains helpless. But we’re supposed to re-elect Obama anyway. Hmmm….

Nothing is Obama’s fault. The poor guy’s just surrounded by evil-doer Republicans and racists. What can he do, the poor guy?

Django on July 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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