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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I prefer Krauthammer on analysis and reaction, not projection.

Being a former psych, I think he delves farther than necessary.

ccrosby on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If you lived the DC Beltway, you probably thought 90% of the country was liberal. It’s such a ridiculous bubble.

Insinuating Romney was responsible for woman’s death is just a stupid place to go anyway, but especially with an absurd “bank shot” where the facts are completely wrong. We’re actually seeing the blowback as we speak.

A 43% approval rating 10 weeks before an Election is not where an incumbent President wants to be.

If this is “working” for Obama, I’d like another.

BradTank on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 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

After watching the clip and seeing what Krauthammer actually said, I agree.

To the extent the attack ads are changing the subject and getting everyone to focus on Romney, his character, and his past instead of on Obama and his failed policies, they are working.

Squirrel!

But it only works because of a complicit media.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Mitt Romney never paid a cent in taxes in his lifetime and his main business is killing women.

Dem memes, Dem memes, Dem dry memes!

profitsbeard on August 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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

You both live in some sort of fantasy world where your delusions rule.

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

A 43% approval rating 10 weeks before an Election is not where an incumbent President wants to be.

If this is “working” for Obama, I’d like another.

BradTank on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Yeah, but on the other hand that’s higher than Romney’s favorability ratings.

ddrintn on August 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Yeah they are working but not as good as our own telling independents and undecideds that “our product” isn’t worth a damn but you should still buy it. Come on man! Stop whining and support our team. Brag about it stand up for it. He can’t do it alone.

Robb on August 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

It’s not complicated:

Allow a bully to get away with his antics, and he’ll keep on pummelling you until you finally beat the living sh!+ out of him.

Romney has done SQUAT with his “America Deserves Better” spot, other than tape a KICK ME sign on his own back.

He doesn’t need to rant on the screen, now is not the time for anger. It’s the time for OUTRAGE.

And there’s a difference: the single element missing in his p*ssy-whipped “America Deserves Better” spot is the “how DARE you!” moment…the “HAVE YOU NO SHAME?” take-away phrase. The whole mood is one of “well, I don’t know what to make of this questionable Obama chap, but I don’t like it one bit.”

Well, HELLOOOOOOO…Romney, if YOU don’t know by now what to think of a man who is having a ball tar-and-feathering you six ways from Sunday, why should the average Joe be bothered…and why shouldn’t he also join in on the fun pummelling the wimp? (HINT: That’s YOU, Romney.)

Czar of Defenestration on August 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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

Stiff upper lip, old boy.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Team Mittens is hapless.

To paraphrase my old hockey coach: “If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you won’t beat ‘em on Election Day.”

Bruno Strozek on August 10, 2012 at 9:43 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

Well they bought into Barry’s BS the first time. Let’s hope Americans wake up. As for me, I’m concerned they won’t.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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

Was Obamacare struck down in your reality? I mean. If youre going to be delusional, go big.

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Squirrel!

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Awesome.

MT on August 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

To me is it amazing what passed for beltway logic…..These political and media elites people have no idea of what if going on outside of DC…I think a big big red wave is building…but in DC they just talk to each other….Which is fine for now….I do not expect the same people who screwed up the US Government to be the people who work to fix the problems…

After all the experts told us the Wisconsin recall race was too close to call…

DVPTexFla on August 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Watch as Team Obama becomes the Joe Isuzu of politics.

If you think they are bad now, just wait a month.

By mid-October they will be saying anything… and people will have heard enough and will be laughing at them.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

It’s working with whom, Krauthammer? If it’s working that must mean Obamacare is suddenly popular. I don’t think the great mass of people in this country are that fickle.

rickv404 on August 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Touched a nerve, huh?

That’s 2 posts & 2 uses of the word “delusional.”

That’s called projection.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Team Mittens is hapless.

To paraphrase my old hockey coach: “If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you won’t beat ‘em on Election Day.”

Bruno Strozek on August 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Hmm, let’s see what someone who actually ran (and won) 2 presidential elections has to say, shall we?

Rove: For Romney, Even Means Ahead.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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

You both live in some sort of fantasy world where your delusions rule.

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Speaking of delusional..you are babbling.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Made it

Key West Reader on August 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, come on, let’s face it, Chuck’s right, we are a nation of retards. Accept it.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Like it or not- krauthammer is 100% correct. And you’ll know the end is near when you start seeing the Kardashians in the attack commercials. Game over then. The swing voting public, who does not analyze the political landscape very deeply and remembers this crap- in a sublimlinal way.

I have immediate relatives who know NOTHING of Super Mitt Romney- but they know he is daddy warbucks rich and that he is the third most evil person in this world behind Cheney first and Bush next. If the media thought team Ocommie was wrong for running the felon, tax cheat, murderer attack ads- they would have pulled back by now.

Romney will be accused of sexual harassment by the time November rolls around. And the squirrel and crickets campaign of these despicable leftists will work. And there’s nothing Team Mitt can do. That’s the world we live in.

Anyone up for Bi-Partisanship after all this ??

DO NOT underestimate the power of a co- ordinated liberal propagandist media.

FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

That’s called projection.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Talk like that will just confuse the poor thing. I can see him googling projection even now.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

But it only works because of a complicit media.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

True. And that’s why I’ve always maintained that the only way Romney is going to break out & pull ahead is in the debates. It is how Reagan won in 1980 & it’s going to have to be the way Romney wins in 2012, because, as the MSM did for Carter, it will help Obama anyway it can.

And yes, I realize that Romney is “no Reagan,” but Obama sure as chit ain’t no Carter. As long as there is no teleprompter at the debates, Romney should be able to win at the debates against the SCoaMF.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

DO NOT underestimate the power of a co- ordinated liberal propagandist media.

FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I am not underestimating anything..but I did notice that even a lot of the liberal media had a problem with this particular ad. I think that maybe they went too far…part of a good ad is the ability to make it believable. This particular ad might be too crude.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I have immediate relatives who know NOTHING of Super Mitt Romney- but they know he is daddy warbucks rich and that he is the third most evil person in this world behind Cheney first and Bush next. If the media thought team Ocommie was wrong for running the felon, tax cheat, murderer attack ads- they would have pulled back by now.
FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Then for God’s sake tell’m about him! He’s a good decent man who a successful captitalist who saves businesses and jobs. Sell him. It’s your duty!

Robb on August 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Yeah, come on, let’s face it, Chuck’s right, we are a nation of retards. Accept it.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hey..speak for yourself.

I resemble that remark.

just kidding.I am hoping that at least 51% of us do not fit in that category.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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

You both live in some sort of fantasy world where your delusions rule.

besser tot als rot on August 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

While you, on the other hand, are the voice of reason looool :) ..

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Yeah, come on, let’s face it, Chuck’s right, we are a nation of retards. Accept it.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

A majority anyways….

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Krauthammer is buying into the media polls, I thought he knew better. You should only watch Rasmussen and Gallup, as they are professional pollsters (not given the question and weighting)with large enough samples to be relative.

Romney is doing fine when you average those two.

Tater Salad on August 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Fox is not conservative and I’m done listening to these old school intellectual jerks like Krauthammer. They are just as bad as the libs. Hannity is the closest to being conservative but is not hard line enough for today’s liberal creepfest. We are screwed. Romney will pick a silk suited rino and lose the election. The repubs deserve to lose. They have doomed the USA. Bastards.

frizzbee on August 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Disagree with Krauthammer completely on this one.

A working-class schlub, who lost his job, and therefore his health insurance, and therefore his wife (even if SHE had insurance and died five years later), is NOT going to remind people of how heartless Ronmey is.

It WILL, however, remind everyone that there are now TWENTY-THREE MILLION people in the same boat as Joe Soptic, and they weren’t put there by Romney.

Maddie on August 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I could be naive, but I do believe you can only go so low, when you’re the sitting president. Obama and this ad are well beyond that low and it’s not going to serve him well. What happens is the initial response is one thing, then the truth comes out and it, first of all, changes opinion, then it forms a negative opinion of the group that allowed it to happen.

bflat879 on August 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

I prefer Krauthammer on analysis and reaction, not projection.

Being a former psych, I think he delves farther than necessary.

ccrosby on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

This.

The giveaway as always with the punditry class is that they’re only one step behind and on step on to the next DC cocktail party.

DC is a small place. They assume everyone is there with them.

Where else would you be?

CorporatePiggy on August 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM

“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.”

So it is with all dictators…

cicerone on August 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Anyone who could vote for a president who is not only lying to the American people, but actually insulting our intellect with the pure outrageousness of his lies, deserves to be physically removed from the country.

KMC1 on August 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM

I could be naive, but I do believe you can only go so low, when you’re the sitting president….

bflat879 on August 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

You’re doing the conservative’s favorite flawed thinking–projecting…that other voters have the same sense of decency, love of truth, and the country that you have. You couldn’t be more wrong–they don’t. The guilt free money, envy, and corrupt sex shenanigans trump that.

Don L on August 11, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Yeah, come on, let’s face it, Chuck’s right, we are a nation of retards. Accept it.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hey..speak for yourself.

I resemble that remark.

just kidding.I am hoping that at least 51% of us do not fit in that category.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Terrye, the Department of Education and teachers’ unions are working on lowering that number every year.

the_souse on August 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM

The GOP mantra should be pounding away on the quote of Obama:
“You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”.

On billboards everywhere, on city buses, on blimps, signs pulled by airplanes, t-shirts, street art…

albill on August 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

There are really two kinds of “negative” ads-one where you attack your opponents record and one where you attack his character. This ad does not work because there has to be some semblance of truth to character attacks and even the lib media is denouncing it. When you’ ve lost Mika you’re in trouble. Looking at the Rasmussen and Gallup rolling averages this ad has had no impact and may have hurt obama’s brand a bit. Romney is up more after the ad in Ras and Obama is down more in Gallup.

Ta111 on August 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

The talking heads on FOX always say he’s released 2 years of tax returns in his defense but they never say how much he’s paid. He paid over 3and a half M$ each of the 2 years and then they could ask the dem-bulb who’s attacking Mitt over the returns how much did they pay. Just a little blow back goes a long way. Mr K is right we aren’t just fighting the Won, but the media and the ignorant on the left.

Kissmygrits on August 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

If it is working then a good portion of this population are absolute idiots . . . incredible!

rplat on August 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, we probably won’t carry Rio Linda.

claudius on August 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

—Adolf Hitler

Having made my Rio Linda quip, I must admit that K is on firm ground here. The democrat playbook looks increasingly like the Nazi playbook —the Big Lie coming continually from a co-opted press, violence in the streets, and laws that undermine the very concept of legality.

claudius on August 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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