Obama campaign planning their next pivot?

posted at 5:21 pm on July 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Maybe it’s just me (and maybe it doesn’t help that I thought the criticisms were ten different kinds of stupid in the first place), but I’m getting mighty tired of Team Obama basing their entire campaign around populist, small-potatoes criticisms of Mitt Romney. His tax returns, his “secrecy,” his time as a “corporate buyout specialist” and “outsourcer,”  his Cayman Island bank account, his wealth, blah blah blah — none of those provide a lot of information about Obama’s successful policies and why we should reelect him in the fall. (Ohh yeah, that’s cause there aren’t any and we shouldn’t. Silly me.)

But I think (I hope?) that even the average American voter will have had their fill of Obama’s campaign as-is long before we hit November, and as the attacks in this vein haven’t seemed to do much to tip the polls into Obama’s favor, it looks like Team Obama is looking to reassess their strategy to a more Obama-centric bigger picture. It’ll have to be done carefully, very carefully, and Obama will have to lay on the rhetorical charm to keep the focus looking “forward” and to provide us with reasons why his ostensibly wonderful policies have had such a remarkably delayed reaction. At a fundraiser in New York last night, the President said:

Obama has faced criticism from some members of his party and key constituencies for not laying out clearly enough what his priorities will be if he’s re-elected. He has also taken heat for running a predominantly negative, anti-Romney TV ad campaign in battleground states. …

“This phase of the campaign I think you’re seeing a lot of negative ads and a lot of contrast ads, although when people start saying how terrible it is I just have to remind them  to take a look at what Jefferson and Adams had to say about each other, and democracy has always been pretty rough and pretty messy,” Obama said.

“There is going to be, though, as the summer winds down and we get into the fall, the need for voters in these swing states to know not just what they’re voting against but also what they’re voting for,” he said. “And so we’ll be spending a lot of time talking about the specific agenda that I intend to pursue in the second term, which I think will make sure that this economy is going full guns.

Ahh, but of course — when taking heat for breaking campaign promises (i.e., “we’re going to run a positive campaign!”), just laugh it off by invoking the Founding Fathers — isn’t that what all of those crazy right-wingers are always on about, anyway?

In the meantime, however, it looks like we’ve more class-warmongering attacks to endure yet. Just this morning, the Obama campaign released this new-yet-aggravatingly-old Romney sideswipe:

(Did anybody else catch the “Felons” subliminally splashed across the screen there? Real subtle, guys.)


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I’m looking forward to his pivot out the door on January 20th.

aunursa on July 31, 2012 at 5:23 PM

None of those provide a lot of information about Obama’s successful policies and why we should reelect him in the fall. (Ohh yeah, that’s cause there aren’t any and we shouldn’t. Silly me.)

That depend on what you define as ‘Success’.

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Pivot or divot? Presidentin’ is hard work but you can easily cheat at golf.

Foreward!

Fallon on July 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Pivot all you want, fellas. Romney is dunking on you at will.

Next up: You didn’t dunk that!/

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

We’re still waiting for that pivot on jobs he promised two years ago.

catmman on July 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Oh, so now he is saying he does look like all those other presidents after all?

pedestrian on July 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama campaign planning their next pivot?

I vote for “jobs” again. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I saw this earlier on the felon suggestion. How about someone do the same with all bho/team/holder/etc get the same ad and felon is the least they should have in the ads, IMO?

Not gonna happen, but one could dream?
L

letget on July 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Pivot to the hammer and sickle

Oil Can on July 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Trapped in his own hall of mirrors.

The guy goes 0-for-4 years, and he’s hanging all of his hopes on trashing an opponent who built businesses, created jobs, paid his taxes, and served his country (saving the 2002 Winter Olympics, and serving as Governor of Mass.)

If Obama had a shred of decency, he’d resign from office, go back to Indonesia, and be community organizer over there.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This will likely be a question during the debates if not raised by Obama himself if not asked by a moderator. Romney’s response should be simple: Once Obama has released his college transcripts and thesis paper then I’ll release my tax returns.

Blue Collar Todd on July 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM

That focused laser of TFGRP is starting to resemble the one that shredded Farrah Fawcett in the body sculptor.

Bishop on July 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“This phase of the campaign I think you’re seeing a lot of negative ads and a lot of contrast ads, although when people start saying how terrible it is I just have to remind them to take a look at what Jefferson and Adams had to say about each other, and democracy has always been pretty rough and pretty messy,” Obama said.

The comparison doesn’t really hold water. Adams and Jefferson weren’t America-hating leftists and they didn’t wreck the economy with their stupid Marxist policies.

Next option, please.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

which I think will make sure that this economy is going full guns.

Careful Obama. You don’t want that do you? After, all you think only the military should have guns, right? Of course, if you win again it will be going great guns because everyone will be buying some!

tims472 on July 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

 
If Obama is re-elected, America is over.
 

ignatzk on July 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Trapped in his own hall of mirrors.

The guy goes 0-for-4 years, and he’s hanging all of his hopes on trashing an opponent who built businesses, created jobs, paid his taxes, and served his country (saving the 2002 Winter Olympics, and serving as Governor of Mass.)

If Obama had a shred of decency, he’d resign from office, go back to Indonesia, and be community organizer over there.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Wow.

That’s the best recap I’ve seen.

faraway on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

As long as Obama is on tax returns, Romney wins.

Tater Salad on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Obama can’t state what his intentions are for his second term. Every good thing he promised in his first term appears to have blown up in his face when the fact is its closer to what he expected and his comment that “its working” is beginning to gel. In a bad way.

DanMan on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

..was Erika kidding about the subliminal “FELON” in the ad?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

“And so we’ll be spending a lot of time talking about the specific agenda that I intend to pursue in the second term, which I think will make sure that this economy is going full guns.

Oh. So he’s going to wait until his second term to fix the economy. Nice that he’s finally able to squeeze it into his busy schedule.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Obama has faced criticism from some members of his party and key constituencies for not laying out clearly enough what his priorities will be if he’s re-elected.

MORONINTHEMIDDLE will fill us in on everything he accomplished the first four years…so we can look FORWARD to JugEars new promised priorities for the next four years!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM

“And so we’ll be spending a lot of time talking about the specific agenda that I intend to pursue in the second term, which I think will make sure that this economy is going full guns.

More talk. That’ll fix things.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Pivot and spin tiny dancer, call Rahm, maybe he has some ballet shoes he can lend you and give you a few tips on how to remain “en pointe”.

waterytart on July 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Team Obama is looking to reassess their strategy to a more Obama-centric bigger picture.

The world is Obama-centric in the legend of his mind.

Exit question: What has Obama done for you, John Q. Public?

Uhhhhhhh….

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

small-potatoes criticisms of Mitt Romney. His tax returns, his “secrecy,” his time as a “corporate buyout specialist” and “outsourcer,” his Cayman Island bank account, his wealth, blah blah blah

The attacks haven’t been working because people have heard of Mitt and his reputation. This strategy might work against a guy like Obama who didn’t have a record, who nobody heard of, who kept all of his past under lock and key while writing a biography that had all characters in his biography composites. Now we know Obama….too well

Herb on July 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Romney and his campaign needs to start referring to himself in every speech and ad as a “Capitalist”. The inference will be that Obama isn’t, without ever calling him a Marxist/Communist/Socialist.

Tater Salad on July 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Pivot out the door Obama…and don’t let it hit on your way out

Redford on July 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m looking forward to Barry running positive ads.

But I won’t hold my breath waiting.

GarandFan on July 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“And so we’ll be spending a lot of time talking about the specific agenda that I intend to pursue in the second term…”

Obama’s painted himself into a corner here. The problem is that he hardly accomplished any of the things he promised he’d do in his first term (i.e., closing Guantanamo, reduce unemployment, immigration, etc.). Promising to do them in his second term just brings up the fact that he didn’t get it done in his first term, when the Dems controlled both the House and Senate.

bigdubs on July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

we get into the fall, the need for voters in these swing states to know not just what they’re voting against but also what they’re voting for

Voters already know what they’re voting against Barry. They’re voting against you, your incredibly corrupt and incompetent administration, and four years of epic failure.

AZCoyote on July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

A little O/T, but the Democrats are giving Julian Castro the keynote address:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/31/157651433/juli-n-castro-san-antonio-mayor-will-deliver-democratic-convention-keynote

No Elizabeth Warren. :-(

Punchenko on July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Okay so that was one of the most boring commercials I have seen. It is like they strung together a bunch of interviews scripted courtesy of the lapdog media (can we still say lapdogs without Obama’s mouth watering?). Perhaps Romney should make a long list of the things we are still waiting for Obama to release (including Fast and Furious and now Black Panther docs). “We’re still waiting…” (cue annoying music)

tims472 on July 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Oh. So he’s going to wait until his second term to fix the economy. Nice that he’s finally able to squeeze it into his busy schedule.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Don’t kid yourself- If he wins another term he’ll spend it promoting himself as the best ex-President evah!

BettyRuth on July 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Dismal charlatanry

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

This campaign pivots about as smoothly as my damaged knees…

You can hear it coming from a mile away and, if it doesn’t work successfully, you can hear the screaming and cursing from even further away.

teke184 on July 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

this shows how integral the press is to barry’s campaign. Always eager to ask tendentious questions…hoping to get on a barry tv ad (as opposed to Bob Schieffer who is horrified by being in a romney ad…afraid he’ll get in trouble…oh, btw, bob…who are you afraid of?)

r keller on July 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Pivot? Does that mean that Obama is going to start having respect for the position he’s in, and hence try to do his job with dignity and basic competence, for the benefit of the United States? Too late for that. In fact, it’s too late for whatever it is that he’s going to try. He’s like a student who flunks all semester, then decides that he’s going to save himself by cramming for the final exam.

86 on July 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

No Elizabeth Warren. :-(

Punchenko on July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

..you realize, while not the keynote speaker, she is on just before Bill Clinton, right?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yeah, the felon thing was about as subliminal as a punch in the mouth.

chelie on July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Pivot? Now we did build it? Or all we all going to build something together? Maybe we should all build a giant compost bin to store all the cr@pola.

bitsy on July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

..you realize, while not the keynote speaker, she is on just before Bill Clinton, right?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

And she may get more people watching that Clinton because I’m pretty sure that he’s up against the NFL kickoff game between the Giants and Cowboys.

teke184 on July 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

In my second term I shall meet with my Cabinet more than every six months.

In my second term, my economic policies will make you wish you were back in my first term.

In my second term you will all still be racists.

In my second term, my EPA will crucify more small business owners.

In my second term, energy rationing….except for union members.

I could do this all day long.

jukin3 on July 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I finally figured out Obama’s campaign! He wants to be the last “Not-Romney” standing! After all, it worked pretty well for Santorum.

gravityman on July 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

..was Erika kidding about the subliminal “FELON” in the ad?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

No, it’s there between 0:17 and 0:23, on the left half of the graph.

RINO in Name Only on July 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

It’s not original, but someone said recently if you really want to stump a lib, ask them–”What one thing Obama has done do you want to see 4 more years of?” –deer meets headlight.

hillsoftx on July 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I just had a WWII veteran in my office a few minutes ago. He hung his head as he told me he believed the country would be unrecognizable after another 4 years of Obama. Just heart wrenching.

txsurveyor on July 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Friend of mine closed her business this weekend after 10 years. Thanks Obama. She was actually thriving 4 yrs. ago and thought about adding another location. That’s over now.

JAM on July 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

When you have one shoe nailed to the ground pivoting is easy.

Moving forward? Not so much.

No Truce With Kings on July 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

well at least he still has the remarkable success of GM to …?…what’s that? retreat!!!

DanMan on July 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

..was Erika kidding about the subliminal “FELON” in the ad?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

No, it’s there between 0:17 and 0:23, on the left half of the graph.

RINO in Name Only on July 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

..thanks, RINO. That is so-o-o-o pathetically juvenile!

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Just heart wrenching.

txsurveyor on July 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I hear that from a lot of WWII vets.

If only the ABR nutballs would listen.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Predicting total panic by news media and the last weekend before election the October surprise will be all the made up, negative, false stories about Romney.
Just over-the-top out and out blatant lies.
After the negative stories are broadcast then a day or two later they will issue a low-key apology.
But the damage is done.

albill on July 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

pssst, Romney’s a space alien. Pass it on.

/Obama Campaign

rayra on July 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

No Elizabeth Warren. :-(

Punchenko on July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

..you realize, while not the keynote speaker, she is on just before Bill Clinton, right?

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So I’ll get both Castro and Warren droning on and on about socialism? Neato!

Punchenko on July 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

“Truth Team” my a$$! Between the two of them, they couldn’t tell the truth if their life depended on it. All the petty nitpicking at Romney is getting annoying, and I hope people are smart enough to see through this.

silvernana on July 31, 2012 at 6:36 PM

We’re still waiting for that pivot on jobs he promised two years ago.

catmman on July 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

He can’t pivot until he figures out which foot to plant and pivot on.

Wasn’t there a children’s song about feet and arms and shaking it all about. That’s what Zero does.

chemman on July 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

txsurveyor on July 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

As a veteran I’ll do him one better. It’s already unrecognizable. We don’t need to wait another 4 years for that. Maybe in another four years we can have it headed back in the correct direction.

chemman on July 31, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Have injuries from tripping over his own two feet during the last failed pivot attempt healed yet?

farsighted on July 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

dingleBarry has zero class, and zero scruples. If he thinks that he’s losing, it won’t be long before he’s running ads implying that Mormons rape little children.

SteveThomas on July 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

In fact, I fully expect to see ads associating Mitt with Warren Jeffs.

SteveThomas on July 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Out:
FORWARD
HOPE
CHANGE

In:
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
FIRE AT WILL(ARD) MITT ROMENY

Glenn Jericho on July 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

If by “pivot” you mean to go from smearing and lying about Romney, to lying to and terrifying everybody about how the Repubs will be taking away all their benefits….maybe.
What else has he got to talk about?
The only way he can talk about healthcare is to speak in the negative about how we want to take it apart….He can’t talk about how it will save money, give better care, put more decisions in your and your doctor’s hands, motivate advances in medical science…
How can he address immigration to the general American public? How can he address jobs? What can he say about the housing crisis they brought about? How is it better? What has he done to improve our energy situation? How is the military better off? Where is all this green energy my billions have gone to subsidizing? How is the Middle East in better shape, unless you are Al Qaeda? How is GM a healthier company? How have race relations improved? What has he done for the rule of law? I see what he has done for mob rule.
What exactly would he pivot to?

popup on July 31, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Why wait until fall to talk about the specific agenda he’ll pursue in his second term? You’re going through cash like a loser in Vegas on advertising and polls. Maybe it’s time to tell us something besides “infrastructure and education” which, as we found out three years ago, is “code” for shoveling money to the states to keep the public service union employees in cheddar, and their support by shoveling it right back to your non-stop campaigning.

tpitman on August 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM

“not laying out clearly enough what his priorities will be”

He can’t do that and be reelected. Raising taxes and gutting the 2nd Amendment doesn’t play well outside the base.

RADIOONE on August 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Build … what an interesting word. I suspect that his: “You didn’t build that.” illustrating ever so firmly again how dangerous his excursions from his fundamental need for TOTUS causes him painful demerits. That King Putt must of necessity eschew the word BUILD from his speechifying vocabulary. Because critical word associations he cannot say “build” at any time.
Think about it … BUILD: To form or fashion a structure; construct, erect, put up, make, fabricate, frame, manufacture, assemble, produce, shape, increase*, boost, enlarge*, expand*, magnify*, multiply*.
(*) Excluding the Nation Dept of which under his short stewardship he is an historical record holder. But as I’ve claimed before this is EXACTLY what his intentions were under the tutelage of Mr. Davis.
On the other side he will be associated with the following: demolish; destroy; dismantle; pull down; raze; wreck.
Oh, I cannot WAIT for the debates. I believe this is an excellent framework for a drinking game!

Missilengr on August 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM