Krauthammer: Let’s face it, the Obama Super PAC’s steelworker smear ad is working

posted at 8:13 pm on August 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, let’s wind down the week on the most depressing, eeyorish note possible. (You’re welcome.) Quoth the WSJ, “The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.” Yup. That’s Krauthammer’s point exactly, and that’s why, per Major Garrett, Obama’s Super PAC apparently has all sorts of nasty, emotionally charged ads already in the can and ready to roll. If you start from the premise that huge swaths of undecided voters are only half-paying attention even at the best of times, then you can do a lot of damage with an emotional ad that omits key facts. It’s all well and good for Romney’s campaign and Super PACs like American Crossroads to respond (see below), but that assumes that (a) voters much care about politicians being nasty and unfair to each other rather than treating it as S.O.P. and (b) voters are following the campaign closely enough to know which Obama ad the Romney/Crossroads ads are pushing back against. Anyone willing to bet heavily on that? My hunch is that the steelworker ad is a test case for Team O: How much blowback will they get from their friends in the media, and even if it’s a lot, will they gain in the polls anyway? If the answer’s yes, then they’ll keep rolling out the other smear ads they have in the pipe. Right now, if you believe Kraut, the answer’s yes.

Do you believe Kraut, though? As I write this, The One’s job approval stands at a robust 43/51 in Gallup’s daily tracker. They’ve got the race even at 46/46, while Rasmussen has Romney up by four. I hope for The One’s sake that these next smear ads are doozies, because if he’s really -8 on job approval, he’s going to need something on the order of that JonBenet spot to avoid getting blown out in November. Exit quotation from Jay Carney, condemning a conservative Super PAC ad that never actually ran in May 2012: “There are moments when you have to stand up and say that’s not the right way to go.”


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It’s working all right…for Romney! Obozo’s approval numbers have dropped to 43%. Coincedence?

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yeah, it is working, against Obama you idiot.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Oh, I almost forgot: Bishop!!!

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

It’s working all right…for Romney! Obozo’s approval numbers have dropped to 43%. Coincedence?

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Ah, you beat me by 14 seconds.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

If Sir Charles speaks, then it is so.

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I refuse to believe a majority of American’s watch these despicable ads and don’t see them for what they are.

Evil.

jawkneemusic on August 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

No Worries! I get Ninja’d all the time! :)

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Yeah, it is working, against Obama you idiot.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yeah, he’s an idiot. He is a doctor, well-respected and on Fox News while you still mete out a meager living.

HatTip: The Race Card,

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Funny, the lead story at Breitbart is: GALLUP: CANCERGATE AD FLAP HURTING OBAMA

Eeyoreism is the cancer. And Mitt, go after SCOAMF like you did Newt and Santorum (and pick Rubio, Jindal or Ryan).

Sheesh.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

My inner Eeyore is whispering that Dr. K is right..

My inner Pooh says that doesn’t mean it’s over, though.

Waggoner on August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

A couple more observations like this and Sir Charles will have to share the most wrong” spot with Dick Morris.

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Man the eeyore flag gets raised a little higher

The man can get away with all of this crapola thanks to the lsm

Despicable

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

“The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.”

The power of THE BIG LIE.

It works.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Thanks Rixon you beat me to it.

Most Americans are disgusted by it.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

It cannot possibly help Obama. Maybe not harm him, at least not with his base. But there’s no way this is something conservatives and Republicans are just gonna shrug off.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Please even CNN and WaPo called him out. They couldn’t even stomach it.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

One thing about our pundits – they wet the bed like nobody’s business when they see a garbage poll. Krauthammer is great 98% of the time but polls aren’t his thing.

msmveritas on August 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

But there’s no way this is something conservatives and Republicans are just gonna shrug off.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Many indies won;t like it and though a small number, reasonable Dems won’t like it.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

“The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.”

Yes, and it helps when +50% of the electorate are stupid, idiot, mooching scumbags who sit in front of their televisions every night watching Jersey Shore, American Idol or whatever televised opiates are being served.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Yeah, it is working, against Obama you idiot.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yeah, he’s an idiot. He is a doctor, well-respected and on Fox News while you still mete out a meager living.

HatTip: The Race Card,

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Well if high position makes hi8m right, then Obama is perfect, other than God, he holds the most powerful position in the world.

He lost my respect when he helped lead the GOP orchestrated charge against Sarah, with that very scholarly,tsk, tsk, she’s not ready!

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Jennifer Rubin was FANTASTIC on Twinkles tonight pushing back against this crap.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Question: if Romney had spent his primary money on building himself up and positively presenting himself to the public, rather than spending just about all of his resources on scorched earth demagoguery, would Obama be able to define him so effectively right now?

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

If the ad is hurting Romney, explain why Romney, who was even with Obama on Wednesday in the Rasmussen poll, jumped 3 points over him yesterday and and is 4 points better today! Gallup is showing a 43/51 approval/disapproval today, and the vote ratio is 46/46, where Obama lost a point from yesterday and Romney gained one.

I think these nasty ads are backfiring on Obama. Americans are usually decent people who dislike the kind of viciousness that the Obama team is displaying.

I don’t think Obama will beat himself, but he certainly seems to be giving Team Romney a big step up. I hope they have the sense to capitalize on it.

hachiban on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Lies always work on low info, ill informed voters.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Pres. Likeability is at 43% Sir Chuck.

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

For almost four years, we’ve been in recovery summer. Don’t tell me a majority of Americans believe that $hit for a second. Because if they do, then we might as well pack it in right now and…

…well, I’m self-redacting because of the loose way the ban-hammer is wielded around here.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Carney…little weasel

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Yep, I am with you Don. I used to respect Charles K. but he is so wrong, too many times – per my beliefs, to be held to some sort of pundit pedestal.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

It’s time for Governor Romney to make the ad “Brian Terry and 300 dead Mexicans”.

They bring a knife…

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

You know how I know it’s not working? Because all of my uber-liberal, foaming-at-the-mouth FB friends, who post the most vile stuff about Romney and the repubs, haven’t uttered anything about this. Even they know this is just not going to fly. They probably would like to try but realize this specious charge just wouldn’t hold up…

ellifint on August 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

And Krauthammer was so on the money in his WaPo column today, saying Mitt should attack the ideology, not just the record.

Love-hate with Kraut.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Its too early for this dreck to matter. Those low information voters who would buy into this smear will forget it immediately. Any lingering doubts will evaporate in the heat of the last six weeks of the campaign.

Sometimes analysts, even Krauthammer, tend to over focus on trivialities in the moment, lose track of the overall arc of the campaign, and give incidents like this ad too much weight.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

It’s working all right…for Romney! Obozo’s approval numbers have dropped to 43%. Coincedence?

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Yet people still don’t want to vote for Romney. That’s pretty sad and it’s Romney’s fault.

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Dr K I remember when you worked for Mondale. Your ads really worked for 2 states hahaha

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I think it can work in the short run…but if they go too far for too long then they run the risk of becoming ridiculous even to those low information voters.

And I also think that the media has been hard enough on Obama {for a change} that some people might start wondering if maybe this is all just a big fat lie.

I just do not understand how anyone could believe an ad like this…I mean it is so over the top that even Wolf Blitzer was disgusted.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Of course CK is right. Glaringly obvious to anybody who’s tracked the Left. It was the plan from the beginning — scorched earth, doubling, tripling, quadrupling down. The only way out is through, and that means attacking THEM with everything (but in our case with remorseless honesty). But Romney is quite possibly the last person on earth capable of figuring this out. Team Romney still doesn’t even realize what’s happening. “Why doesn’t the media scold Obama and make him stop?” all the little Dartmouth RINO twit around him must be asking. Poor children — they never studied the Left and haven’t a clue.

If Romney doesn’t pick a pit bull as VP it’s over.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

ellifint on August 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Good point.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Here’s Kraut’s column referred to in my post.

He’s weird sometimes, but this is spot on.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Jennifer Rubin was FANTASTIC on Twinkles tonight pushing back against this crap.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Jennifer Rubin, you say? Look Squirrel!

bettycooper on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Even if it works, it’s not turning out one pro-Barry vote.

So, 0 could win with less turnout than Clinton had in ’96, and a angrier opposition base than Gore had in ’00. Which means he won’t flip the House and make losing the Senate even more probable.

So, how in the hell does he think he’ll get anything done within the 18 months before the ’14 mid-term? After that, the Dems will be relegated to the safest cobalt-blue spots in the country and nowhere else.

This must all be about protecting OCare, because he has no chance of getting anything big through.

No way for a new SCOTUS confirmation.

No new porkulus.

No more bailouts.

No green initiatives.

Unless, to save his legacy, he plans on doing a Clinton and sell the progs out, he’ll be the lamest duck to evah.

budfox on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

If this goes on, if Romney misfires in his VP selection, murmurings of a convention uprising?

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I look forward to September 1, that is when the Romney Camp will unleash their amassed fortune into ads hitting Obama on every single idiotic move he has made until now. And there are plenty.

Read this and rejoice.
Love or hate Mitt, this will make you smile, because even if you hate Mitt Romney, you at least hate Barrack H. Obamma even more. If you don’t, you are a liberal piece of offal.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This is Charles’s way of speaking indirectly to Mitt that he is expected to swing back hard.

nitzsche on August 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

And that’s the frustrating thing (one of many, I suppose) about Romney and his team – they seem clueless to the war that is going on around them. It’s very frustrating to watch.

MustLoveBlogs on August 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Even the great and powerful KH is too dumb to know when he is being fed garbage polling.

Shakes head in dismay.

mitchellvii on August 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM

ellifint on August 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Good point.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

~~~~

Thanks! Yours is, too…folks like Kraut and others forget I think that most people don’t pay nearly as much attention to this stuff as they do.

ellifint on August 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Then we are lost as a nation and a people, Charles.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

If you’re idiot enough to fall for this ad, you’re probably voting for Obama anyway.

CookeyD on August 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Another possible perspective on this, which relates to the Hopey Changey thing, based on how the public sees these ads.

Let’s be severely cynical (and, unfortunately, possibly right) and presume for this hypothetical that the public doesn’t take any politician’s ad seriously any longer. That they assume all political ads are hogwash and probably no better than half true.

So, then it becomes not so much about what’s in the ads as it is about who’s running them.

And, if that’s so, is does not help Hopey Changey.

Because, this can affect the public’s perception of the man himself and, as the mask begins to slip a bit, perhaps they see the cunning, malicious, political gutter rat underneath rather than the PR creation they’ve been sold by David Axelrod like BBD&O sells breakfast cereal.

Again, just speculation but running this muck does carry with it a downside. The threat to the Teflon coating on the man playing the part of President (badly).

IndieDogg on August 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

This must all be about protecting OCare, because he has no chance of getting anything big through.

No way for a new SCOTUS confirmation.

No new porkulus.

No more bailouts.

No green initiatives.Unless, to save his legacy, he plans on doing a Clinton and sell the progs out, he’ll be the lamest duck to evah.

budfox on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Really, with his propensity to issue orders by executive fiat? See DREAM, DOMA, contraception/church, etc. and appointments “out of sessions”, czars selection, etc.

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

If Romney doesn’t pick a pit bull as VP it’s over.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I think Romney has gotten the message loud and clear. I really do..the problem is that all of this is meant to be a distraction and the more you fight it..the more people talk about it. And it goes round and round.

But if you do not fight it…well that is not any better either. I guess in a way you could blame all those people out there who are dumb enough to actually buy this nonsense…if they made a half ass attempt to educate themselves about the truth crap like this would not fly in the first place.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

This is why the Dems wanted to run against Romney. It’s going to be Class Warfare Palooza right up to November. Romney can’t run on tax cuts, because that plays into their hands. He can’t just run on ‘Fire Obama because the economy is bad’, either. He needs a theme. An arc. Something that average folks will relate to.

I give you Energy. If Romney runs on a common sense conservative energy policy, he’ll win.

Mr. Miyagi emails to say, “If do right, no can defense.”

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

“The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.”

This is the method of the con man!

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

“The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.”

That’s true, so let’s share some of our own about the FPOBA, all of which we know from a call we got the other day from a very credible source:

*Obama raped and killed one of the women he dated in NYC, and that’s why he chose to write of a composite character of her in his book.

*Obama was a member of NAMBLA for many years prior to running for US Senate. He joined under the name, Barry Davis.

*Obama overdosed on drugs and was hospitalized three times when in college and law school, a fact that Columbia and Harvard covered up after the renowned communist and his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, requested same from the heads of both schools, long time friends and associates of his.

*Obama was busted as a major drug dealer when living in Hawaii, a fact the authorities there are covering up to this day.

*Obama drowned a 12-year boy in Boston while attending Harvard Law School when the young boy threatened to tell the Dean of their relationship.

___________

… And so on. Why not do what they do? Come on, Romney and outside PACs, get some nads and let’s do this!

TXUS on August 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

This is why the Dems wanted to run against Romney. It’s going to be Class Warfare Palooza right up to November. Romney can’t run on tax cuts, because that plays into their hands. He can’t just run on ‘Fire Obama because the economy is bad’, either. He needs a theme. An arc. Something that average folks will relate to.

I give you Energy. If Romney runs on a common sense conservative energy policy, he’ll win.

Mr. Miyagi emails to say, “If do right, no can defense.”

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Oil is the blood of the economy. He’ll be smart to heed your advice.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Obama’s ads always work on Krauthammer.

Snake307 on August 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I look forward to September 1, that is when the Romney Camp will unleash their amassed fortune into ads hitting Obama on every single idiotic move he has made until now. And there are plenty.

Read this and rejoice.
Love or hate Mitt, this will make you smile, because even if you hate Mitt Romney, you at least hate Barrack H. Obamma even more. If you don’t, you are a liberal piece of offal.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Sununu just said that on oreilly with
Laura Ingrahm

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I don’t see the gain when even the liberal media pans it. Maybe there is a “gain” with the Lemmings and Obamabots, but that would be about it.

GarandFan on August 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Question: if Romney had spent his primary money on building himself up and positively presenting himself to the public, rather than spending just about all of his resources on scorched earth demagoguery, would Obama be able to define him so effectively right now?

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Answer…he probably would not be the nominee and right now Obama would be running ads about how Santorum wants to make it illegal to buy birth control.

To be honest…Romney was no rougher in that primary than the other candidates were..he just won.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

It’s always been clear that Charlie has played football without ever wearing a helmet, but I think all those concussions have finally reared their ugly heads. Chuck thinks the race is between Lance Armstrong and Elmer Fudd. Can someone please tap his wheelchair in the right direction and let Chuckie roll into the land of the confused already?

Every time Charles puts his good ear to the train track he forgets to lift his head up before the train goes by. More importantly, Chuckles was never told not to write his own prescription and the psychotropic meds have caused whatever health tissue left in his brain to deteriorate.

Tbone McGraw on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Here’s Kraut’s column referred to in my post.

He’s weird sometimes, but this is spot on.

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I absolutely agree with KH’s analysis.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Thanks for linking to Paul Rahe. I like him a lot, and he usually has good things to say. I only hope Romney heads his advice. He’s making a similar analysis to KH. The first thing Rahe says Romney needs to do is to make the argument of the principles of the origin and role of government.

Tie that in with the WSJ column that was in the headlines today and that AP linked to again in this post:
The Postmodern President
The challenge is finding anything his campaign says that is true.

Obama’s ads are like the Hydra. You cut off one lie and two more will grow in its place. You can’t keep reacting to each and every one. I think Rush called it campaign terrorism the other day.

Those lies have to be cauterized with the flame of ideology, otherwise they’ll just grow back. The argument of stewardship won’t do it.

As KH said,

Ideas matter. The 2010 election, the most ideological since 1980, saw the voters resoundingly reject a Democratic Party that was relentlessly expanding the power, spending, scope and reach of government….

The third consecutive summer-of-recovery-that-never-came is attributable not just to Obama being in over his head but, even more important, to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it.

Romney really, really needs to hire Paul Rahe.

INC on August 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

LOVED that piece from Rahe. And he’s at Hillsdale to boot. I pray he’s right. Oh Lord, do I hope he’s right…

Rixon on August 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The other trick in the Dems’ grab bag of baloney is that if Obamacare is rescinded, everyone will DIE!!! This first ad is just an appetizer for the Dems.

onlineanalyst on August 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Answer…he probably would not be the nominee and right now Obama would be running ads about how Santorum wants to make it illegal to buy birth control.

To be honest…Romney was no rougher in that primary than the other candidates were..he just won.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

100% correct — but you’ll never convince the ABRs of this, especially the last point. They’ve rewritten history and Newt & Santorum never, ever, not even once was rough on Romney (“Vulture Capitalist?” Peeshaw. “Worst person to run against Obama?” Never happened!). They’re content to cut off their noses to spite their faces based on some delusional dream of a contested convention and/or a 2012 Obama re-election will pave the way for a “TRU CON” in 2016.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Whaddya mean the “huge swath of undecided voters”? I’ve been reading and hearing that they’re an endangered species and on the verge of extinction. Internet search the term “undecided voters” and see the swath of material you come up with discussing how few of them are left–plenty of material for Fareed Zakaria to plagiarize. And while you’re at it, get the Krautham some new meds cuz that could be the only explanation for his commentaries lately.

And I’ll repeat what I’ve been repeating today: If this country is filled with people who are as stoooopid as too many pundits describe them to be and as Obutthead assumes they are, then let them re-elect the stooge and they can all go down with the ship together and we freedom lovers will just move on and start our own new country where their kind will not be welcome.

stukinIL4now on August 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

its really gonna suck to have to see obamas face for another 4 years.

thanks alot gope.

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

INC on August 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Yeah, it’s almost like Romney hasn’t been talking about how this election is about the soul of America and whether we want to go down the path of European socialism or restore the principles of free enterprise & capitalism.

Note to Rahe, KH & the “true cons” — that’s all ideology.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

The campaign ahead:

August 13: Obama Campaign will accuse Romney of being the shooter in the grassy knoll and actually killing JFK.

August 16: Obama Campaign will accuse Romney of killing Martin Luther King and setting up James Earl Ray to take the blame.

August 19: Obama Campaign will accuse Romney’s grand father of secretly funding Hitler’s death camps.

September 9: Obama Campaign will accuse Romney of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and framing O. J. for it.

September 18: Obama Campaign will accuse Romney of causing the Japanese Tsunami in order to sell more earthquake insurance through a secret deal with AIG.

October surprise: John Wilkes Booth was Romney’s great, great, great grandfather.

NickDeringer on August 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I don’t remember who said it, but one of the pundits was saying the whole point of this isn’t to excite Obama’s base, but to depress the white middle class voters that Obama blew off. He is trying to get them so disgusted with politics that they don’t show up to vote. HE may be the one who didn’t get the point of Chik-Fil-A, if this is true. It certainly isn’t helping him, and if anyone thought he was likeable before, they are getting a good look at him now.

Night Owl on August 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I do not think Charles knows how to analyze polls.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

“Let’s face it, the Obama Super PAC’s steelworker smear ad is working”


Mitt is being defined. DUH.

For someone that scorched the gop opponents in the primary there is only one explanation (well there could be two):

1. Mitt is doing a McCain and going to let Obama win to advance the overall Progressive ruling class goals.

2. Mitt’s campaign has their heads up their ______ and is sorely incompetent.

Hey Mittered, while you were on VACAY and over in Europe and playing all nicey nice Obama is defining you (now with the Death Squads in Central America even) and you’re not even into the dark evil of the attacks on your religion.

How’s it feel to be THE NEW SARAH PALIN?

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

“The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.”

It’s Alinsky 101. Duhhhh… Why we are so slow to come to grips with it is depressing big time.

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I’m so sick of the double standard in this country that I could explode.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

TXUS on August 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Seriously, given what little Bammie has admitted about his lifestyle in Hawaii, isn’t there a good chance that he has a sealed juvenile criminal record there?

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Let’s see some tear-jerking ads featuring people whose lives were ruined by leftist energy policies. Obama was protecting the Snail Darters while Aunt Edna froze to death!!!!!

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Krautbaby is one of the ultimate eeyores.

If you look at things through a liberal (idiotic) prism, yes things look rosey for ocommie. I know quite a few republicans, independents, and conservatives that don’t fit either label that will vote Romney and are not being vocal about it. They don’t discuss it at work, instead they listen to the liberals drool all over themselves.

This and many other things ocommie has said and done are also turning off less fascist democrats. Some have completely re-thought their whole party affiliation, but still report as democrats…for now.

I don’t trust the polls, I don’t trust jerks like CK, and of course I don’t trust the liberal progressive socialists.

An aside on CK….I wrote him a while back asking if he’d do me a small favor and either mention on air or in an email what he has had to go through as a quadriplegic and still get where he is today. It takes effort I know, my son is quadriplegic the same as CK is. I figured if anyone could be an example of success as a quadriplegic, CK would be the man.

The buttnugget snubbed me. I put no more value in anything the pissant says, and he’d become such an eeyore I can’t even stand to keep the channel on when he shows his face.

/middle finger for you, CK.

Wolfmoon on August 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

1. Mitt is doing a McCain and going to let Obama win to advance the overall Progressive ruling class goals.

2. Mitt’s campaign has their heads up their ______ and is sorely incompetent.

Hey Mittered, while you were on VACAY and over in Europe and playing all nicey nice Obama is defining you (now with the Death Squads in Central America even) and you’re not even into the dark evil of the attacks on your religion.

How’s it feel to be THE NEW SARAH PALIN?

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

How does it feel to be a Sarah Palin fan who complained when she was treated like crap by liberals but just loves to see the same thing happen to someone else?

Kind of hypocritical really…and what is all this about scorched earth? On one hand you treat the man like a monster and then you treat him like a wimp..that sounds like something Barack Obama would do.

It would be nice of some of the ABRs could lay off the Mitt hate until after the election..too much to hope for I know.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

If it works and has staying power they will take the HuffPo smear and cut the “Bain took money from the Death Squads” ads and have not a single problem with it.

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Normally I think Krauthammer is pretty smart, but in this case I’m just not seeing it. I’m not even talking about the sudden dip in Obama’s approval, I’m talking about the jokes I’m starting to see about how sleazy and absurd the Obama campaign is being.

Seriously, I’m seeing people making these jokes openly on Gawker for crying out loud. Commentators there can be nearly as bad as those loons on Daily Kos. Thats ignoring of course places like The Onion riffing the attack, or normally super liberal Obama supporters decrying the ad, and on on and so forth.

I think Krauthammer comes from the school of thought that when an attack is repeated its effective, regardless of the context of how people repeat it. The problem with this theory is that history doesn’t really back it up. Take the Bush National Guard attack at CBS news launched in 2004, this attack was so ridiculous and so readily disproved that is actually turned about and damaged both CBS and the democrats by association.

I think we’re seeing the same sort of backlash here. Why else would Obama campaign underlings so readily deny that they had anything to do with these ads. They were so frantic to distance themselves that they tripped over themselves and ended up doing additional damage in the process.

Sorry, that hardly sounds like a successful attack.

WolvenOne on August 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

WTF kind of garbage article is this? I can go to Politico if I want to see tail between the legs pessimism.

BettyRuth on August 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

The Romney campaign should start having a little fun. I say they should actually shoot the Onion ad, as a parody of Team Liar.

Doesn’t Alinsky say something about ridicule?

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

AP’s eeyorishness is beyond being cute or funny anymore. It’s getting disgusting.

Wolfmoon on August 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I’m so sick of the double standard in this country that I could explode.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Me too.

They fought for 60 years for the commanding heights of our culture and won. Now, having allowed them to take it from us, we fight to claw our way back. I prefer the high road, but I will fight in the streets if I must.

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I do not think Charles knows how to analyze polls.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I think AP is the one who is incorrectly extrapolating what Krauthammer said — Krauthammer never said the smears take on some kind of “legendary truth” that will swing voters to Obama — he is saying these smears keep the MSM narrative on things other than the economy & therefore, are working in that respect (i.e., every day we’re not talking about the economy is a day “lost” for Romney).

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The Romney campaign should start having a little fun. I say they should actually shoot the Onion ad, as a parody of Team Liar.

Doesn’t Alinsky say something about ridicule?

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

+100

sharrukin on August 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

And a negative campaign tends to suppress the vote. People are “turned off” by everything and don’t want to vote.

Advantage: Obama.

Throw as much mud as possible – some will stick and turnout will be lower – win/win Obama.

SteveMG on August 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I’m so sick of the double standard in this country that I could explode.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

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We all are. : (

listens2glenn on August 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

How’s it feel to be THE NEW SARAH PALIN?

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Your tears are delicious.

p.s.

Rassmussen: Romney +4

Gallup: Romney +1

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Question: if Romney had spent his primary money on building himself up and positively presenting himself to the public, rather than spending just about all of his resources on scorched earth demagoguery, would Obama be able to define him so effectively right now?

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Well on that note, weren’t the Mittfans the ones going around chanting “politics ain’t beanbag” while gushing in admiration over Team Romney’s smears of Gingrich?

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Answer…he probably would not be the nominee

LOL, of course he wouldn’t.

To be honest…Romney was no rougher in that primary than the other candidates were..he just won.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Oh, come on. Romney started the smears when he fell behind Gingrich. Karma is a beeeeotch.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

As I write this, The One’s job approval stands at a robust 43/51 in Gallup’s daily tracker. They’ve got the race even at 46/46, while Rasmussen has Romney up by four.

I look at that less than the realistic electoral vote outcome. A 4-point lead in a Rasmussen daily poll is a pretty slim reed to lean on.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

If Romney continues to sit on his hands he will lose. He was ok going scorched Earth on the other Republicans but when it comes to the liberal….let’s stay above the fray.

Big Orange on August 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Answer…he probably would not be the nominee and right now Obama would be running ads about how Santorum wants to make it illegal to buy birth control.

To be honest…Romney was no rougher in that primary than the other candidates were..he just won.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

You have got to be kidding me.
Please tell me you have a lightening rod on top of your house.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Oh, come on. Romney started the smears when he fell behind Gingrich.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Sure he did. The difference was Gingrich had an ego bigger than Bambi’s and came unhinged. Bambi will too.

BacaDog on August 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

How does it feel to be a Sarah Palin fan who complained when she was treated like crap by liberals…

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

You mean liberals within the GOP as well?

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Sure he did. The difference was Gingrich had an ego bigger than Bambi’s and came unhinged. Bambi will too.

BacaDog on August 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I don’t think so. Gingrich didn’t have the media on his side. Obama does.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I don’t think so. Gingrich didn’t have the media on his side. Obama does.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Sure, the media may cover. But day to day, as the attacks become personal, Bambi will come unglued. All it will take is one unscripted moment in front of a crowd and the cameras for the mask to slip.

And it will slip.

BacaDog on August 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Yup, Romney has been defined, just as they did to Sarah Palin. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way, Romney was no dumb snowbilly, but he’s been made into a caricature that low info voters ridicule and hate in order to feel better about themselves.

RedRedRice on August 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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