Team Obama’s new ad attacks Romney’s “blatantly false” welfare ad

posted at 10:01 am on August 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Because one good thirty-second ad spot always deserves another, the Obama camp is out with their own welfare-related ad today attempting to refute Mitt Romney’s ad of the same nature that debuted earlier this week. Set to air in all of the usual suspects — Colorado, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia — the ad uses news stories to accuse Romney’s ad of being “blatantly false.”

I’m going to let the fact-checkers continue to debate the veracity of the two campaigns’ versions of welfare-reform minutiae (although, as Mickey Kaus very aptly points out, Romney’s version of things really isn’t as “blatantly false” as Team Obama would have us believe) and operate on a need-to-know basis here: Under President Obama, the labor force participation rate has decreased, and enrollments in food stamps, social security disability, unemployment benefits, and etcetera have all increased. A very simple balm for all of these things is economic growth, and as a result of President Obama’s policies, economic growth has miraculously failed to materialize. Instead, the welfare state has grown at the expense of a growing national debt.

Federal and state welfare assistance has grown almost 19 percent under President Barack Obama, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation.

All in all, there are 79 means-tested federal welfare programs, at a cost approaching $1 trillion annually, said Heritage Senior Research Fellow Robert Rector.

Rector conducted a comprehensive analysis of spending for government assistance programs, ranging from food, education and childcare programs to housing and medical care.

Since Fiscal Year 2009, federal and state welfare spending has risen from $779.9 billion to $927.2 billion, an increase of 18.8 percent. That fiscal year includes spending from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009.

I’m not 100% sure why we’re spending our time engaging in petty debates over the nuts and bolts of welfare policy when most of what Americans will know and care about is contained in the above. I’m not saying the details are unimportant, and maybe I’m wrong, but I just can’t help feeling that Team Obama would rather we continue with these small-potatoes issues, while we could instead be constantly hitting voters over the head with big-picture epic economic fail.

Also: What’s with throwing Bill Clinton into everything nowadays? Is his popularity really that valuable, or are they just that desperate to remind everyone of the Democrats’ former relative glory?


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Democrats have one tactic.

Lie

tom daschle concerned on August 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Welfare reform is popular (except in the Whitehouse). It was passed on a bipartisan basis and just recently it was revealed that over 100 million people are on welfare. I think this is a relevant issue.

earlgrey133 on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

When the campaign began, it looked like Romney’s team was the one that responded in an instant.

Now they take months worth of attacks without fighting back and Obama’s team is doing circles around them.

gumbyandpokey on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

When I heard Obama is giving discretion on welfare recipients working, it reminded me of him giving the ICE “discretion” on detaining illegal immigrants.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Because Romney’s team is worried that a “big picture attack” would leave them open to attack themselves as being against welfare recipients.

What they need to realize is that such an attack is inevitable anyway.

They should just go ahead and cut a big picture ad.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

gumbypoked may have a point. Where is the rapid and effective response ?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Getting the guy who argued the definition of “is” to vouch for your honesty … priceless.

Lost in Jersey on August 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Gotta hand it to ‘em – Team Obama is quick on the response time. That Romney ad was just released!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

How can you possibly hope to scale down a program that has 100 million people latched on it? The idea will be as popular with voters as Pamela Anderson’s breast removal surgery among strip-bar patrons. Let it crash and burn, and let those who chose handout over work starve.

Archivarix on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Keep pounding it, Romney. This is barack’s Achilles heel — and he KNOWS it. He’s the Food Stamp President. 100 million Americans are on welfare under him. Remind American taxpayers that it is THEIR MONEY barack is spreading around for votes. Make him OWN the WELFARE STATE he is trying to turn this country into. Pit the producers against the moochers, and Romney will win.

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The next democrat ad will be about Mitt’s VP selection. The title: Indecisive or nobody will say yes.

meci on August 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

When your policies are designed to get you re-elected, rather than increase employment, you need to do things like remove the job requirement from welfare and extend unemployment benefits to over 100 months, otherwise the natives get out the pitchforks.

bflat879 on August 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Should we just freaking re-nominate McCain?

He MUST be trying to throw the election!!!

How else do you explain someone who DESTROYED his gop opponents BUT GOES ALL WIMP during the general?

McCain 2012……. Because at this point why not?

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

He’s building an entitlement coalition. If it works for him, they will be the permanent majority.

a capella on August 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Gotta hand it to ‘em

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Yep, that’s the Regime’s stance on entitlements.

forest on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

When the campaign began, it looked like Romney’s team was the one that responded in an instant.

Now they take months worth of attacks without fighting back and Obama’s team is doing circles around them.

gumbyandpokey on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I’m really hoping this is just Romney waiting until he’s allowed to start spending money.

Washington Nearsider on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hey, they jump back right away. We don’t. We sit back and worry about what indy we might offend and then it is too late.

tomas on August 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

When the campaign began, it looked like Romney’s team was the one that responded in an instant.

Now they take months worth of attacks without fighting back and Obama’s team is doing circles around them.

gumbyandpokey on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

They’re not taking “months worth” of attacks without responding, but I have to admit they have seemed slower to answer the ridiculous charges recently.

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Nonsense. Obama’s on the defense now, for a change. Team O was really upset about Mitt’s criticism of O re: gutting the work requirement for welfare. Mitt’s been on the stump for a week talking about the culture of dependency, etc. Where have you all been?

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Obama really, really wants Romney to go on the defensive about “welfare”, which is why Obama’s pushing these blatantly deceitful, creepy ads (welfare, “war on women” and the “I was a victim of Romney” or “I will be a victim if Romney is elected”).

These are emotional ploys by Obama and they are being pushed by Obama for purposes of inciting Romney to get off course and go off into one of these tagents or all of them.

Obama will keep on churning the destroy-the-Capitalist-system and the US along with it sentiments both in campaigning and in office. What we have to do is get this creep and his creepy associates out of public office.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I’m not 100% sure why we’re spending our time engaging in petty debates over the nuts and bolts of welfare policy

Because welfare policy can be ponderous like any public policy issue. The fact that federal and state assistance has grown 19% is a fairly easy fact to grasp. The problem comes when discussing the details because there are so many different types of assistance with so many different levels of qualification.

Obama and the filthy Dems use this to conquer and divide. They don’t want the aggregate number to be the dominant issue when they can proudly say how many more people they’ve “helped” with their push for enrollment in SNAP. This is why they bristle when their opponents call Obama the food stamp President. Because he is but Dems want us to concentrate on the “helping” into govt. dependence and not the costs or overall effects.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Proof of that…

Obama really, really wants Romney to go on the defensive about “welfare”, which is why Obama’s pushing these blatantly deceitful, creepy ads (welfare, “war on women” and the “I was a victim of Romney” or “I will be a victim if Romney is elected”).

…can be found in the latest round of Leftwing comments all over the internet complaining about how (so the Left is saying) “Romney doesn’t care about women, the disabled, gays, the poor, immigrants, Hispanics, Blacks,…” and so on and so on.

They’re trying to get just enough resentment flowing about fictitious victimizations that the Right will respond in-kind and go off in defensiveness.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

gumbyandpokey on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I am not being sarcastic here… that was back when they were attacking Republicans. The Romney team was bloodthirsty during the primary, but they’re a lot more careful with Obama.

mankai on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

BECAUSE there’s no “defense” against such haplessly deceitful condemnation as that (“Romney doesn’t care about women, the disabled, gays, the poor, immigrants, Hispanics, Blacks,…” and so on and so on) and the response the Left wants by flinging such deceitful allegations as that about is that Romney, Republicans, the Right will then take-up the Left’s “memes” for them by then cow-towing to such special interest ploys…thus increasing welfare, increasing government, increasing taxes, etc.

It’s not that people “don’t care about” others, it’s that the Left creates these special-meme groups for purposes of leveraging ever increasing government and diminishing the idea that the laws of our land apply to all equally (to the Left, that’s “movable” in concept, special groups get passes, get “special things” from others at the taxation of others, etc.).

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Team Obama’s new ad attacks Romney’s “blatantly false” welfare ad:

hmmm, I’m still waiting for Romney’s new ad attacking
Obama’s cancer killer ad…….still waiting…
….still waiting……

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If we have to have food stamps, which I think is evil but if we have to have them, they should only be able to purchase rice and beans.

No one with rice and beans would starve.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Where are the Romney SuperPac ads?! I live in Kansas, spend alot of time in Missouri, was in Arizona recently, and I have yet to see one. It’s like he’s literally waiting for the convention to state his case. I know there’s SuperPac money out there, and his web ads have been great- WHY are they not saturating the media like Obama’s are?

BettyRuth on August 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I don’t know. Obooba’s is playing defense with this ad, responding to a Romney attack, just like the “I never said ‘You didn’t build that’” responses.

While you’re explaining you’re not attacking.

“What I meant was” is not offense. It’s not even defense, really. It’s the punt team.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

As much as I and I think most people here love Erika Johnsen and think she is the best thing to happen at Hot Air since Ed came on board; perhaps she would make a better spokesperson for Mitt’s campaign than the clueless losers Mitt has surrounded himself with.

meci on August 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Obama and the filthy Dems use this to conquer and divide. They don’t want the aggregate number to be the dominant issue when they can proudly say how many more people they’ve “helped” with their push for enrollment in SNAP. This is why they bristle when their opponents call Obama the food stamp President. Because he is but Dems want us to concentrate on the “helping” into govt. dependence and not the costs or overall effects.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Exactly right.

All Socialism grows based upon the selling of these “unjust, underfed, underserviced” group/kinds/generalizations and thus uses people, suffering, conditions, immutable qualities, violations of laws, etc., uses these and more to justify Socialism and the overtaking of property by government, the increase to totality of government.

Obama IS a communist and his ideas as also his advisers all are so, too. People should stop feeling embarrassed or shy about identifying the guy and his ideas and plans and behaviors as anything other than what they are: they are communist in concept and ideology and now also, actions, what with Obama’s increasing illegal actions using the Presidency.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I’ve also noticed increasing comments by the Left on the internet (various places) that attept to chastise Republicans/the Right as “trying to prevent Socialism” and/or “not supporting Socialism” AS IF THOSE ARE BAD THINGS.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

If we have to have food stamps, which I think is evil but if we have to have them, they should only be able to purchase rice and beans.

No one with rice and beans would starve.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

There’s no excuse for Congress to be allowing this expansion of Food Stamps in use and in issue. Just no excuse.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

but I just can’t help feeling that Team Obama would rather we continue with these small-potatoes issues, while we could instead be constantly hitting voters over the head with big-picture epic economic fail.

My sentiments exactly.

Americans don’t need Ads to tell them the economy sucks, they fill it in thier pocket everyday. All Romney needs to do is to go to the middle class and offer them a decent alternative.

The Romney’s strategy of “Obama sucks” can only get him so far. I am beginning to think Romney needs Ryan now to give his campaign a direction. Right now they are all over the place and letting Obama distract them with small issues.

celticdefender on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hey Mittens!! Its AUGUST!!
Time to take the gloves off and put the brass knuckles on… The Marquis of Queensbury is dead…

Khun Joe on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

We don’t have a trustworthy media but I had hope.

I wanted Newt and POTUS to have a real debate on the issues and then I would live with the result.

We get this.

IlikedAUH2O on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Nonsense. Obama’s on the defense now, for a change. Team O was really upset about Mitt’s criticism of O re: gutting the work requirement for welfare. Mitt’s been on the stump for a week talking about the culture of dependency, etc. Where have you all been?

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

That’s true, they are on the defensive about the welfare thing, but the response to Obama’s attacks has been weak lately. There should be an ad in heavy rotation blasting them for that Soptic campaign…you can’t let something like that go (or rely on Andrea Saul to effectively counter the charge, clearly). Maybe there is something out there and I haven’t seen it, but here in VA it’s mostly Obama attacks, all the time. The Super PACs need to step up.

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

As much as I and I think most people here love Erika Johnsen and think she is the best thing to happen at Hot Air since Ed came on board; perhaps she would make a better spokesperson for Mitt’s campaign than the clueless losers Mitt has surrounded himself with.
meci on August 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Definitely! I bet Mitt’s people are reading this blog from time to time. Ed or Allah aughta give her name to them.

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Riddle me this liberals and MSM.

If Obama didn’t change the work rules, then why did HHS annouce changes to the work rules?

Or to put it another way, which is more likely: Obama made changes to welfare work rules to make them easier or to make them harder?

This is not a tough one.

WisRich on August 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I don’t know. Obooba’s is playing defense with this ad, responding to a Romney attack, just like the “I never said ‘You didn’t build that’” responses.

While you’re explaining you’re not attacking.

“What I meant was” is not offense. It’s not even defense, really. It’s the punt team.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Normally I would agree. One problem-Andrea Saul gave
INSTANT credibilty to the ad by saying Romneycare would’ve
covered this woman. MAJOR UNFORCED ERROR.

So now the Romney Team should shoot this thing down, and
stomp it good, IMO.

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

No one with rice and beans would starve.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Mooch Obama would be on that idea in a heartbeat with a screeching lecture about fresh vegetables, the mythical food deserts of the inner city, and the need for balanced nutrition. And, of course, she would be right to a certain degree but something is wrong when a welfare program like WIC is so complicated that it takes three grocery store employees and twenty minutes to get a recipient checked out with the “right” type of juice, ceral, and milk.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

hmmm, I’m still waiting for Romney’s new ad attacking
Obama’s cancer killer ad…….still waiting…
….still waiting……

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Romney doesn’t need to do an ad to attack the cancer ad. It was so bad, so distorted, and caused so much upset in the media that Romney doesn’t need to respond. When CNN and even many Dems are saying the ad was over the top, Romney himself can remain above the fray. There is no reason to get into a mud fight if, at least for the moment, the media is throwing the mud in Obama’s direction.

rlyle on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

100+ million on welfare, not including SSI or disability?

What is it going to take to imbue these lazy turds with some desire for self determination? A desire to feel like an actual useful person instead of a leech blaming all their monetary issues on those that actually pay taxes?

I know there are actual people out there that NEED welfare, disability, medicaid, etc. But the ones that can do without it are actually STEALING from the mouths of the needy. Doesn’t this bother the lazy liberal entitlement gobblers? These people truly are sub-human. They seem to be striving for the title “sub human lemming scum”, then complain when they are recognized as such but do nothing to change the perception.

You can’t look at ocommie and his lemmings and come to the conclusion that this is what the founders envisioned. If the founders saw what was going on today I think they’d actually be criticizing the conservatives for not initiating a civil war against these parasitical communists that are pressing for slavery of…..those that provide their entitlements.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Wolfmoon on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The response to the Septic ad should be something like:
“You want to see a killer? Take a look at the job killer name Obama”…and list all the way he kills by picking the petals off a daisy and just going through the littany until all you have left is the naked stigma.

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Just gritted my teeth and watched the ad. While I wish Romney would be more forceful in responding to the lies of obama and company, to do so could make him appear to be whining and we have enough of that already in obama. Romney seems way more grown-up.

Paddington on August 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Maybe Mitts goal is to be down 10 or 15 points, before the convention and then come roaring back (like GM).

Keep it up Mitt!!!!

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The response to the Septic ad should be something like:
“You want to see a killer? Take a look at the job killer name Obama”…and list all the way he kills by picking the petals off a daisy and just going through the littany until all you have left is the naked stigma.

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Agreed.

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Now they take months worth of attacks without fighting back and Obama’s team is doing circles around them.

gumbyandpokey on August 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Nah, just going in circles. We’re back to Sandra Fluke already.

Not quite sure why the Super Pacs haven’t spent more, but Romney is forced by the campaign laws to hold his fire, and is not allowed to spend campaign funds raised for the general until the election. September and October, the months that matter, will look nothing like this summer.

That said, Mitt, find better campaign spokespeople.

de rigueur on August 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Please will somebody in the Romney campaign make a “balls call” and put out some hard hitting ads. I live in Virginia and we are seeing a constant barrage of Obama ads, especially in prime time, but very little from Romney. The best ad being aired here is the one from one of the PACs that shows how the debt has grown under Obama and using his own words about this being a “one term proposition” if he didn’t cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. We need to see more of our side using Obama’s own words against him.

College Prof on August 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Delaware taxpayers have paid more than $400,000 in utility bills for Fisker Automotive’s Newport-area factory since April, when Fisker suspended work inside the plant, laying off dozens of workers.

~

Another giant FAIL Obama can add to his growing list of losers: the electric-hybrid Fisker Karma. With a price tag of $107,850 you can own a green car that Consumer Reports says functions only in Park and Neutral. Amazing…$528.7 Million of taxpayers’ money couldn’t make a car that goes forward or reverse.

~

TeamMitt should hammer the Obooba/Fisker connection. It’s blatantly true.

Akzed on August 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

A very simple balm for all of these things is economic growth, and as a result of President Obama’s policies, economic growth has miraculously failed to materialize.

It’s the ‘new normal’.

GarandFan on August 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

There is nothing that scares Obama than to be exposed that he nothing but a socialist welfare queens agitator from Chicago… Hence the frantic reaction of Obama to the Romney Welfare ad…
Folks, this election is won or lost on a simple metric:

“How many WHITE VOTERS who voted for Obama in 2008 are going to leave him in 2012 and stay home or vote for Romney”…

The Romney Welfare ad helps a lot in getting more White Voters who voted for Obama in 2008 to either stay home or vote for Romney in 2012.

Per my prediction model that I made for the battleground states below are the percentage of Whites Voters who voted for Obama in 2008 that need to vote for Romney in 2012 to make Romney win these states:

Florida (10% White voters shift), Ohio (11% White voters shift), Viriginia (13% White voters shift), North Carolina (7% White voters shift), Indiana (3% White voters shift), Colorado (13% White voters shift), Iowa (10% White voters shift), New Hampshire (13% White voters shift), Minnesotta (15% White voters shift)

Based on the above and with the guaranteed Republican States Romney would win 295 Electoral Vote and would win the elections.

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Romney doesn’t need to do an ad to attack the cancer ad. It was so bad, so distorted, and caused so much upset in the media that Romney doesn’t need to respond. When CNN and even many Dems are saying the ad was over the top, Romney himself can remain above the fray. There is no reason to get into a mud fight if, at least for the moment, the media is throwing the mud in Obama’s direction.

rlyle on August 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I totally agree. The utter disgust of the ad would make any person with an IQ over 90 and not a rabid liberal or a parasite living on the producers expense very angry about Obama…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I expect any day now the announcement that Romney is suspending his campaign. It’s deja vu all over again.

RedRedRice on August 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Well, just in case Hot Air readers want to be even more depressed than they already are today, Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon has a new piece called The Killing. Continetti states that the battle to define Romney is over – and that Romney lost.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

It truly is rich for a campaign predicated on nothing but lies and distrotions to run an ad entitled “blatant.”

However, yes, Romney’s people are incompetent and cannot effectively respond. Eric Fehrnstrom, Andrea Saul, and the rest of them are in way over their heads. Romney needs to fire these people, and get people in who know what they are doing.

milcus on August 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I wanted Newt and POTUS to have a real debate on the issues and then I would live with the result.

IlikedAUH2O on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

It would not have come off as you would have liked. Obama, for reasons that escape me, still has a high favorablity rating. You can’t have an agressive debate without the challenger coming off looking like a bully.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Gotta hand it to ‘em

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

You’re always quick to give Obama a hand. Vegetable oil or KY?

CW on August 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Small potato’s becasue obummer is petty, bitter and lacks the ability to accept criticism. And saying, whu, it’s the other guy’s fault.

jake49 on August 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Sure it is.

/

Rasmussen has him up 4 and Gallup within the margin of error. So whatever.

That said Romney needs to ratchet it it up and go after the poser and failure known as Obama.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Well, just in case Hot Air readers want to be even more depressed than they already are today, Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon has a new piece called The Killing. Continetti states that the battle to define Romney is over – and that Romney lost.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yeah and a majority of voters want 4 more years of Obama crap… Matthew Continetti is an idiot…
The Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll the most accurate of all polls shows that Romney has been constantly ahead of Obama, even though within the margin of error, for the last two months including today Romney 47%, Obama 43%… So what Continettis talking about is pure crap….

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Yeah and a majority of voters want 4 more years of Obama crap… Matthew Continetti is an idiot…
The Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll the most accurate of all polls shows that Romney has been constantly ahead of Obama, even though within the margin of error, for the last two months including today Romney 47%, Obama 43%… So what Continettis talking about is pure crap….

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I pray to God you’re right.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Gotta hand it to ‘em – Team Obama is quick on the response time. That Romney ad was just released!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And Obama spent precious campaign dollars to produce it and air it. They’re already running Obama like a mule to 10 fundraisers a week. You think this is what he wants to be spending his money on? They would not have reposnded to this unless they thought they had to.

This isn’t 2008, they’re not fooling anyone this time with their “unprecedented” war rooms and rapid-response teams. They have one purpose in this campaign, to tear down Mitt Romney, and aytime they are defending against a charge he makes, they’re losing.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Rasmussen has him up 4 and Gallup within the margin of error. So whatever.

That said Romney needs to ratchet it it up and go after the poser and failure known as Obama.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

What is amazing is the number of fools on our side who are easily distressed by the very inaccurate media polls rather than focus on the much more accurate Daily Tracking Poll of Rasmussen and to a lesser degree the Daily Tracking poll of Gallup.

Each of Rasmussen and Gallup polls around 30,000 people per month, Rasmussen polls the very reliable likely voters and Gallup poll the less reliable registered voters. On the other hand a media poll by a media organization, poll only 1,000 people per month, they insanely oversample democrats, and they use registered voters.

Any person with an IQ over 90 would easily go with the much accurate poll that poll 30,000 people per month (Rasmussen and Gallup) versus the much less accurate media poll that poll 1,000 people per month.

I am finding out that many people on this forum, including the main writers (such as Allahpundit) lack the most basic understanding of simple statistics and arithmetic…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well, just in case Hot Air readers want to be even more depressed than they already are today, Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon has a new piece called The Killing. Continetti states that the battle to define Romney is over – and that Romney lost.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

He’s wrong. So far all they have done is caricature Romney. When the voters see more of him, they are going to say, “Wait – what? This guy doesn’t look like a thieving, tax-cheating murderer at all.”

Carter used the same strategy on Reagan, and when the people saw Reagan at the debates and he didn’t have horns and a tail, it was Game Over.

Romney’s negatives went WAY up while the other GOP candidates were beating up on him, and everyone was wrining their hands that he was irreprably damaged. But once the primaries were over and Romney started appearing on his own, the negatives went down and the positives went up.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The total amount of water collected behind these dams totals about 40 acre feet; enough to fill almost 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. These man-made reservoirs feature boat docks, boats, and were stocked by Harrington with trout and Bluegill for recreational fishing.

OH MY GOD!!!

CW on August 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Well, just in case Hot Air readers want to be even more depressed than they already are today, Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon has a new piece called The Killing. Continetti states that the battle to define Romney is over – and that Romney lost.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

It’s too early to tell. Unless the electorate has gotten smarter (clearly not the case with all the people who still support Obama), there is no evidence that the 60-70% of people who only make a decision based on the Convention and debates, have made up their mind about Romney. Literally none.

However, I think none of this will matter. Romney will get the Convention bounce, when he will actually define himself. He will go on air with positive ad’s, and Rove and co. will continue with the attack ad’s. That meas he will be tied/up heading into the debates, and unless he bombs the debates, he will win the election.

milcus on August 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

mnjg….ditto

CW on August 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Team Obama is running on their ability to get Americans to ignore their perpetual misery. This election ultimately is about whether or not Americans still believe that competence matters.

If you like the incompetent guy, he doesn’t appear to be as bad as his critics say, and he appears to demand less of us than the guy who wants us to go back to work.

Aren’t you getting comfortable in your misery yet?

rwenger43 on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yah,and u would think that the sweet dummies on Fox in the AM would know enough to look at the MOE and the D/R/I breakdown to be able to cast doubt on event their own polling like the one yesterday with an MOE of 8 and a D+9!

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This ad struck a nerve in the Obama campaign…probably because of Clinton being in it. Just wait til Romney runs the ad “Who is Romney?” with Clinton saying he has sterling credentials. At some point the smart dems won’t want to be associated with the likes of Bill Burton.

It would be funny for Romney to run a response to the cancer ad showcasing the illegal collusion between Obama’s ad and the priorites usa ad side by side. End it with “If you are going to lie…at least get the guy to wear a different shirt.”

monalisa on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Let’s remember to keep our eyes on the swing states. Romney’s doing GOOD, even up 5 in the Rasmussen in CO and pulling up to within the margin of error in others. He’s gonna take IN and NC and getting closer in WI and even God forbid, MI. Keep in mind no red states are going to turn blue this cycle! Think electoral college.

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Romney’s add hits home. That’s why, of course, lefty heads are exploding over it.

The Welfare ad is a perfect complement for the “You didn’t build that” ad (which also made lefty heads explode).

More like this, pls!

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Yah,and u would think that the sweet dummies on Fox in the AM would know enough to look at the MOE and the D/R/I breakdown to be able to cast doubt on event their own polling like the one yesterday with an MOE of 8 and a D+9!

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Exactly… I laugh at those reporters analysing a poll when they have no clue about basic statistics and arithmetic…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Yah,and u would think that the sweet dummies on Fox in the AM would know enough to look at the MOE and the D/R/I breakdown to be able to cast doubt on event their own polling like the one yesterday with an MOE of 8 and a D+9!

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Exactly… I laugh at those reporters analysing a poll when they have no clue about basic statistics and arithmetic…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

As to Clinton’s “magic” – enough time has passed that there’s a whole generation of voters who hardly know who he is. If they don’t know him, well, while Clinton can pull off a lot of tricks, a credible “senior statesman” isn’t one of them and he’s way too old and haggard looking now to use what limited appeal his relative youth gave him when he was president.

This puts liberals in a bit of a quandry: they know Clinton was a better president than Obama (not saying much) but they sure can’t say that out loud. They’re hoping that Clinton’s endorsement of Obama — no matter how tepid — will help Obama – but that comes with a big cost. Clinton cannot have Obama be seen as better than he was — and he’ll do what he has to do to keep that from happening. Like Obama, Clinton’s first loyalty is to himself. So watch who you crawl into bed with, Dems. This snake will bite you.

natasha333 on August 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The Food Stamp President.

Own it.

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Carter used the same strategy on Reagan, and when the people saw Reagan at the debates and he didn’t have horns and a tail, it was Game Over.

Romney’s negatives went WAY up while the other GOP candidates were beating up on him, and everyone was wrining their hands that he was irreprably damaged. But once the primaries were over and Romney started appearing on his own, the negatives went down and the positives went up.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yeah, but Reagan asked over and over,”Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

End of debate.

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

There’s no excuse for Congress to be allowing this expansion of Food Stamps in use and in issue. Just no excuse.

Lourdes on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Seriously? Congress has been buying votes for as long as there has been a Congress. This is just the topic du jour.

You’ll get no help there unless you are looking for a Captain Louis Reynaud moment.

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Romney’s Truthful Welfare Ad…Smoking Gun Provided By The New York Times

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/romneys-truthful-welfare-adsmoking-gun.html

M2RB: Robert Cray at Montreux

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Stop calling it welfare and start calling it what it is free lunch bribery for democratic votes.

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM