Remember when President Obama condemned negative PAC ads?

posted at 3:21 pm on August 9, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

At a campaign stop in Colorado on Wednesday, the President was all too willing to denounce Republicans’ PAC activities as “going crazy” while strangely failing to scold or even mention the outrageous misdoings of the pro-Obama PAC of late.

And as the RNC points out in their latest ad, the Obama campaign’s spokespeople are eager to distance-without-denouncing and to point out that they have no control over the doings of outside political groups:

Buuuut, President Obama has definitely made it a point to deplore all super-PAC activities, and hate on negative rhetoric, and assert that candidates could have an influence in reining in their supporters, in the past. And anyways, why is his campaign so intent on feigning ignorance about the featured steelworker’s story when they are so clearly not ignorant?

“If [then-Obama communications director] Robert Gibbs started running a [independent political expenditure group] and I called Robert Gibbs and said, ‘Stop running ads on my behalf,’ are you suggesting I would have no influence over Robert Gibbs?”

– Then Sen. Barack Obama, as quoted by Politico, in West Des Moines, Iowa in December of 2007 attacking opponent John Edwards for negative ads being run by an outside group run by a former Edwards aide. …

But for what is now called a “super PAC,” groups that Obama once called “shadowy” but subsequently embraced in his bid to win a second term, perhaps the consequences would not be so bad. …

Obama surrogates tried that on Wednesday, saying they had no knowledge of the story and washed their hands of the ad. And in true political PR fashion, made the pivot to say that while they didn’t know anything about the ad, it was true that Romney didn’t care about workers having health insurance. …

The Pontius Pilate defense did not work because Priorities USA had so carefully hewed to the original Obama attack — the same steelworker, the same story — that there was no plausible deniability.

Now, Obama finds himself with his campaign having been caught feigning ignorance about an unsavory ad produced by an organization he supports. For a sitting president whose pitch is so tied to reforming politics that he forgot to take a lamentation of “super PACs” out of his stump speech amid the controversy on Wednesday, this is not a good situation.

I merely inquire.


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Do as I say not as I do.

meci on August 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Obama is the Degenerate in Chief.

So long as he owns this, he is a degenerate pervert and so are all his little axel-rods.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Condemn this, Mr. President:

Racist attack ad on Allen West

Truly one of the most f-ed up ads I’ve ever seen. Worse than (the myth of) the Willie Horton ad.

Robert_Paulson on August 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I remember when they were going to close Gitmo!

rob verdi on August 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I merely inquire.

And a good inquiry it is.

However, there are two sets of rules. One for the liberals and one for the rest of us, especially the tacky conservatives. They are to set out the standard, not actually follow it. They can do whatever they deem appropriate and necessary.

Or at least that’s what think. It’s up to us to show them that this is not so.

kim roy on August 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

“It’s racist to bring up my past positions.”
/Preezy BHO

Bitter Clinger on August 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Barkie: “Let me make this perfectly clear. When I was complaining about Super PAC ads, I was not complaining about the one’s coming from our side.”

pos4thst on August 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

New racist attack ad:

Col Allen West beating up elderly white women

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/too-far-new-attack-ad-targeting-allen-west-depicts-him-beating-women/

Yeah, you just thought Mitt killed my wife was bad….

Imagine a Republican ad using Obama robbing and beating up white people….

Resist We Much on August 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Hypocrites…

Terrye on August 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

See?!?! This is why you idjits should have never kicked us concerned skeptics (birfers to you pejorative using types) out of the conversation. Were you really stupid enough to ever think that you’d get a fair fight in the national media?

abobo on August 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Does Stephanie Cutter’s outright lie point to something illegal? She says specifically, it would be illegal for them to coordinate. This looks like coordination to me…

Am I wrong about that?

UnderstandingisPower on August 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Of course Obama condemns negative ads– when he wants REPUBs to condemn them as well. Ads in his favor-never.

melle1228 on August 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

This is a trap.

The media are in on it.

Notice that the media has not asked Obama to condemn. Only his surrogates.

Obama will get to say that of course he is against SuperPAC money. He will say this after the next effective Romney ad.

faraway on August 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

“If they’re lying about this what else are they lying about?”

Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and say pretty much everything.

CorporatePiggy on August 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Every day, these contemptible, incompetent, lying scumbags sink even lower – at it starts right at the top.

Mr. Hope & Change, my azz. A good % of us knew he was a fraud and an empty suit, he’s making little pretense out of it now.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

In general, the people have been shielded by O’s radicalism by the liberal msm. It is up to us and our PACs to present the truth, and in a disturbing enough way that unsettles the typically complacent voter to get hot under the collar enough to vote this open-borders “new morality” socialist out.
We should point out that O is negative and dishonest, but keep perspective. There is going to be a lot of noise on both sides about how negative the other side is. Don’t listen to that much. The noise rarely ever resonates in the public mind. What remains and does resonate are the negatives themselves. The negative of being a negative campaigner is way overrated. That is politics. Go negative to show the real Obama to a public that has been largely shielded from that horror.

anotherJoe on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Don’t back down from this.

You notice we ain’t talking about mitts press secretary today

cmsinaz on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Remember when President Obama condemned negative PAC ads?

Remember when Barack Obama was a honest man?

I don’t either.

MichaelGabriel on August 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Oh the irony….today in a Obama campaign speech he whined about super pacs….It was too funny….Team Obama pulled the pin on their own grenade…

The Olympics are winding down…and Mr. Obama has to deal with this self revealing self inflicted injury..which like Obama’s “You didn’t build it” comment…further confirms what most people already feel about Mr. Obama and his minions…

DVPTexFla on August 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obama hoists himself on his own petard…. again.

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

OT: Landslide on the Horizon If you want to read something, and stand up and cheer…

faraway on August 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Robert_Paulson on August 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You must be kidding. He’ll make one of his own, the swine, with apologies to the good clean pigs.

This is the guy who will have dunked the land into a massive latrine, possibly never to be cleaned of, ever.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Remember when President Obama condemned negative PAC ads?

..remember when he did the bait-and-switch with the campaign funding against the doddering McLame?

The War Planner on August 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Obama will answer all of these challenges in his next…oh wait, he doesn’t have those anymore…

right2bright on August 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Imagine a Republican ad using Obama robbing and beating up white people….

Resist We Much on August 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Decency is dead in America.

Obama killed the remnants of it, forever.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I don’t know which I despise the most. A lying, hypocritical, Commie president, or a lying, hypocritical, Commie president apparatchik?

The conundrum for me is that I expect lies and hypocrisy out of both sets of Commies.

I guess that it’s three feet one way and a yard the other.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Let’s remember, if he loses, he’s working on the legacy of the nations first black president. I hope he’s proud of it!!!

bflat879 on August 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

He’s merely evolving. Or, more ably put, he’s an Effing Liar.

search4truth on August 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

faraway on August 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Wow. Great read.

the new aesthetic on August 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The Pontius Pilate defense…

I must remember this the next time one of my lib acquaintances starts their “but, but, but” defense of O-Commie.

GrannyDee on August 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Let’s remember, if he loses, he’s working on the legacy of the nations first black president. I hope he’s proud of it!!!

bflat879 on August 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

And just putting everything else aside for a moment to reflect on this.

He has been and is working on the legacy of the nation’s first Black president. How will history see this moment in 30 years?

It truly is a tragedy.

Tenwheeler on August 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

O/T: Let the full socialism begin! Per Drudge, in a speech today, Obama now wants to do for all other industries what he did for the auto companies. Full bailout, I guess.

silvernana on August 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Is Steph. Cutter on suicide-watch? I read on twitch.com that she has not tweeted in 17 hours while she usually tweets quite a bit.

the new aesthetic on August 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Remember when “president” obama wasn’t a commie turdhead? Yeah, me neither.

Pork-Chop on August 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

http://www.twitchy.com

Not, twitch.com

the new aesthetic on August 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So when is Obama going to hold a press conference and let reporters ask questions?

Will he even have one between now and the election???

albill on August 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

O/T: Let the full socialism begin! Per Drudge, in a speech today, Obama now wants to do for all other industries what he did for the auto companies. Full bailout, I guess.

silvernana on August 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Screw anyone that’s not in a greedy union?

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Wait until Obowma declares Martial Law…

… That’s going to be a hoot!

Seven Percent Solution on August 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I think its about to turn on Obammay. Look at MSNBC this am on Morning Joe. Newt destroyed the lib that had the nerve even ask a question.

UncleZeb on August 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I think he is insane. Hubris derived from his belief that no matter what he says, the MSM will bow and scrape for him.

pat on August 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Screw anyone that’s not in a greedy union?

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Pretty much.

silvernana on August 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

For a sitting president whose pitch is so tied to reforming politics that he forgot to take a lamentation of “super PACs” out of his stump speech amid the controversy on Wednesday, this is not a good situation.

Not really. The lemmings will lap it up and not even notice.

GarandFan on August 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM