Shrum: Obama will dismantle that Koch-brothers pick for running mate, or something

posted at 2:01 pm on August 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I missed this piece from longtime Democratic political strategist Bob Shrum, now writing at The Daily Beast, about Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate.  Shrum seems oddly enthused about the selection — but only because he is sure that Barack Obama and his campaign team can dismantle “the vice-presidential candidate from the Koch brothers.”  Shrum lays out the attack strategy that hardly is a secret anyway:

Obviously, the Obama ads will target seniors. They were the bedrock of the GOP’s midterm landslide; 59 percent of them voted Republican in 2010. That’s already changing. In an AARP survey of retirees in Florida, Romney and Obama are running neck and neck within the margin of error. And the fact that Romney just changed his first name to Ryan will push more of them toward the president—there and in other states, such as Pennsylvania and Iowa, with high proportions of elderly residents.

But Ryan provides a target-rich environment that reaches far beyond seniors. He eases none of Romney’s potentially fatal deficit among both women and Hispanics; he exacerbates it. Expect ads telling women that Ryan coauthored a “personhood” bill that would outlaw common forms of birth control—and that he’s voted to defund family planning and Planned Parenthood. With Hispanics, where Romney’s already 44 points behind, a running mate like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez might have narrowed the gap. Instead, the nominee-to-be settled on someone who voted for John McCain’s “danged” border fence—and against the DREAM Act. And Ryan has reportedly trafficked in incendiary, anti-immigrant epithets like “anchor babies.” Ryan-Romney will be a ticket to nowhere on Hispanic television.

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community. That’s now as standard for most of the GOP as the defense of segregation was for most Southern Democrats half a century ago. Gay Americans are overwhelmingly for Obama; the few who support Romney apparently care more about their marginal tax rates than about being exiled to the margins of society. But among three groups where Romney has to hold on or make major gains—the elderly, women, and Hispanics—Ryan is a trifecta of voter alienation.

The Romneyians surely envisioned the shape and impact of the Obama response to the Ryan pick. They waited too long, and pressure on the right mounted to go with the vice-presidential candidate from the Koch brothers. Romney didn’t really make a choice; with his base shaky, he probably decided he had no choice. Then, to mute that notion, the insider accounts offered up the transparent spin that he had made his decision a week ago.

Certainly that would be the strategy — if the Obama campaign wasn’t in full panic mode this week after the Ryan pick.  Was Obama talking about Ryan’s budget plan and how the Koch brothers would eat seniors for breakfast each morning while on the stump?  Nope.  Instead, Obama talked about Seamus the Roof Riding Dog not once, not twice, but at three separate appearances.  Joe Biden was busy telling a Virginia audience that “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains.”  Transparently, that looks like panic at having to have a substantive debate on any of the points Shrum offers here.

Maybe Team Obama should hire Shrum — although Andrew Malcolm reminds us that Democratic presidential candidates who do don’t usually end up winning:

Much of this will be accomplished by Chicago’s opposition researchers feeding negative information to a few cooperative media representatives who will deliver it to the American public as news, sources masked.

We might learn, for instance, that for two decades Ryan has been attending a church where a priest has regularly delivered such anti-American, anti-Lutheran rants that Ryan will have to deny he ever heard any of them.

And Shrum knows well how this works. After all, he’s led or worked on victorious Democrat White House campaigns for President Dick Gephardt, President Ted Kennedy, President Michael Dukakis, President Bob Kerrey, President Al Gore and, most recently, the winning come-from-ahead campaign of President John Kerry. Oh, wait.

Indeed.  As I write in my column for The Week, the reason for panic over the Ryan pick is well founded in reality.  Obama and his team have tangled with Ryan on more than one occasion, and the outcomes have been very consistent:

In early 2010, Obama moderated a lengthy debate between Republicans and Democrats in Congress on ObamaCare. Obama wanted to show that his plan could withstand scrutiny. Instead, Ryan methodically picked apart the fiscal arguments Obama and Democrats made to justify the Affordable Care Act as deficit-neutral — and he did so in just six minutes. Ryan finished by asking, “Are we bending the cost curve down or are we bending the cost curve up? Well,” Ryan continued, “if you look at your own chief actuary at Medicare, we’re bending it up. He’s claiming that we’re going up $222 billion, adding more to the unsustainable fiscal situation we have.” Obama’s response? He changed the subject to Medicare Advantage.

The next year, Obama invited Ryan to a speech on budget reform, which normally would signal some sort of olive branch, or at least outreach to the opposite party to find a solution in a complicated and thorny policy area. Ryan attended, sitting in the front seat — and Obama directly criticized Ryan by name, calling his budget un-American. The Wall Street Journal blasted Obama’s attack, noting that “Mr. Obama did not deign to propose an alternative to rival Mr. Ryan’s plan, even as he categorically rejected all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American.”Ryan responded by calling Obama the “Campaigner in Chief,” who was less interested in “building bridges [than] poisoning wells,” pointing out that the president’s proposals didn’t put a dent in deficits, let alone debt.

The next month, both plans came to a vote in the Senate. Ryan’s budget lost on a party-line vote; Obama’s lost 0-97. Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, and Obama’s own appointee to the deficit-control panel whose recommendations Obama completely ignored in that budget proposal, told a University of North Carolina audience in September 2011 that Ryan had proposed “a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit by $4 trillion.”  In contrast, Bowles told the audience,  ”I don’t think anyone took [Obama's] budget very seriously.”

In February 2012, Obama proposed yet another unserious budget that ignored all of the realities of our short- and long-term fiscal shortfalls, with yet another trillion-dollar deficit. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tried to tell Ryan and the House Budget Committee that Obama’s budget proposal would “stabilize” the deficits. This time, Ryan only needed four minutes to dismantle that argument, showing that Obama’s long-term budget only “stabilized” deficits for a decade, after which they escalated out of control — unlike Ryan’s long-term budget reforms, which solved the problem of escalating costs. “We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to our long-term problem,” Geithner finally exclaimed. “What we do know is we don’t like yours.”

Ryan has the Obama campaign scared.  In fact, maybe we can start a Seamus Index, in which we can measure the incumbent’s fear of engaging Ryan on the issues by the number of non-sequitur attacks President Hopenchange uses.

Update: Was distracted from e-mail and comments for a while, but got a few corrections on Biden’s location for the “chains” remark.  He was in Danville, Virginia, not in North Carolina as I originally wrote.  I’ve fixed it above, and thanks to everyone who contacted me on it.

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George Will will not be pleased…

http://twitter.com/danawhite/status/235560615345803264

ninjapirate on August 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Yes. Obama/Biden can totally win in the 20th Century!

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-folks-wheres-it-written-we-cant-lead-world-20th-century_650017.html

Wait.

What?

Oh…

UnderstandingisPower on August 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Stay gleeful moron, it’ll come to an end November 6 ……..;-)

angrymike on August 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community.

You mean the same position that 0bama won on in 2008? The same position the GOP took and won historic landslide in 2010?

That issue?

Let the democrat party be the party of same sex marriage and the radical homosexual agenda, and let the GOP be the party of traditional marriage and family values. Let the chips fall where they may.

Judging from the results of 32 state referendums, the chips will fall just fine.

Rebar on August 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Keep flogging that mule, Shrum. Or is the mule flogging you?

totherightofthem on August 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

So if we strart a Seamus index, can we also have a cartoon picture of a puppy that loses a body part each time Barry dares to bring him up? Seems only fair.

BettyRuth on August 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Watch the trolls come running. They’ll have to respond to the thread title. Nice bit of chum there, Ed.

a capella on August 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Joe Biden was busy telling a North Carolina audience that “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains.”

Ed, that wasn’t it at all. The correct pronunciation is “chaaaAAAaaains-unh” with an inflection in the middle of the words on the long “a” and the dialectical “unh” for emphasis at the end.

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ted c on August 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Excellent Ed

cmsinaz on August 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Hark, a pathetic voice from the Island of Overmatched Campaign Consultants rings out!

ya2daup on August 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

George Will will not be pleased…

http://twitter.com/danawhite/status/235560615345803264

ninjapirate on August 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

UFC is incredibly popular. Nothing wrong with having their President as a fan of the future VP.

Doughboy on August 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You have to wonder: Did Bob Shrum have President Jarret’s OK to speak out on these critical campaign secrets?

MTF on August 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Mexico will, once again, vote Obama for Governor.

- Joe Biden

[Note to apologist Commies on HotAir - Yes, Mexico does, indeed, border the United States]

OhEssYouCowboys on August 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Hey Bob….

why did Barack raid Medicare for 716 billion?

We’ll protect seniors from YOUR greed.

Keep the change

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

“You can always tell what liberals are up to by what they accuse you of doing.”

-Ann Coulter

George Soros? Never heard of him.

-B. Shrum

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Geithner’s comment should be used in ads right up to the election.

MikeinPRCA on August 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Oh and by the way if Bob there is correct and Ogabe was gonna ad bomb Florida….Ryan is the perfect pick because he can be humanized and explain eloquently how Barack Obama screwed seniors for Medicaid and Obamacare.

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Poor old Bob is still fantasizing about Teddy Kennedy
Sailing against the wind in 1980…

ToddPA on August 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

To protect ethanol, Obama seeks to inflate meat prices

The campaign ads write themselves.

Rebar on August 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I thought Biden was talking to a Virginian crowd and got it mixed up with North Carolina???

MityMaxx on August 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I guess Shrum didn’t get the memo. The left was all aswagger on Saturday because they thought that they could anihilate Ryan by way of his plan and what it did for Medicare. That hasn’t had the traction they thought it would and now they are getting desperate complete with Biden’s comments in Danville and Obama leaving substance behind and essentially insulting the opposition.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Awesome … I’m beginning to feel like we’ve almost got this one in the bag now. If Shrum is predicting bad things for Republicans, it almost always means good things are in the offing. Shrum’s ability to get it wrong is uncanny.

thirteen28 on August 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

UFC is incredibly popular. Nothing wrong with having their President as a fan of the future VP.

Doughboy on August 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

tru dat. Love UFC>

ted c on August 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Says the guy who never managed an election victory in his life.

rrpjr on August 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I hate to be the guy who reminds him of the obvious, but let’s revisit this little Shrum gem (or Shrumgem?) from September 30, 2010 entitled Democrats with hold the House and Senate.

Sundayjack on August 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community.

Ryan shines as GOP seeks vision

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/43705712.html

Learning from gay friends

One social issue where he broke with most House Republicans was his support for federal legislation banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“I take lot of crap for that vote” from conservatives, says Ryan, who doesn’t consider himself a strict libertarian but says his views lean that way on this issue. “The way I see that  . . .  may be informed by just friendships I’ve had, people I grew up with in Janesville who didn’t choose to be gay. It wasn’t an orientation they decided to experiment (with) or choose. It’s just who they are. They were just created that way.”

redguy on August 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Awesome … I’m beginning to feel like we’ve almost got this one in the bag now. If Shrum is predicting bad things for Republicans, it almost always means good things are in the offing. Shrum’s ability to get it wrong is uncanny.

thirteen28 on August 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

He, Frum, and Dick Morris are all blood brothers you know?

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Actually, Ed. Biden made the “back in chains” comments to a Danville, VIRGINIA crowd. I understand your confusion, though. Biden later told the crowd they could win North Carolina.

CNH_320 on August 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

redguy on August 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

A lot of us are ready to give the gays civil unions and have been a LONG time.

Radicals in their movement scuttled it in the ’90s much to my regret.

The Churches need protected, and so do the gays.

I wish we could reach a truce and put this “drama” to bed.

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Joe Biden did it again folks. I hope someone is getting the campaign 2012 comilation video together.

stldave on August 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

This Schemp guy sounds pretty smart, but I’m waiting to hear what Steve Schmidt has to say about this.

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Joe Biden did it again folks. I hope someone is getting the campaign 2012 comilation video together.

stldave on August 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What was it this time?

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I like the Seamus Index a lot.

And while we’re on the subject, Seamus seems like a pretty wise dog to me, one the would be right at home roaming the White House hallways.

As to the infamous ride on the roof, I would like to point out a questions that has been consistently overlooked:

Has anybody actually asked Seamus if he liked it up there?

If Romney has any b***s at all, he will bring Seamus on stage with him at the convention. Where he then asks, “Seamus, do you like riding on the roof?” To which Seamus says, “Woof, woof!”

Election over.

IndieDogg on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

And Shrum knows well how this works. After all, he’s led or worked on victorious Democrat White House campaigns for President Dick Gephardt, President Ted Kennedy, President Michael Dukakis, President Bob Kerrey, President Al Gore and, most recently, the winning come-from-ahead campaign of President John Kerry. Oh, wait.

I love sarcasm. Libs don’t get it.

AubieJon on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Shrum trying to calm scared libs = pure comedy gold

I don’t think these guys have ever watched the videos of Ryan destroying Obama and Geitner. Whst a bubble they must live in.

goflyers on August 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I seriously have to get one of these punditry gigs. I’d happily make consistently wrong predictions all day long for the kind of money clowns like Shrum pull in.

RobertE on August 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Forget “silly season,” the Democrats have begun an entirely new “We’re Insane” season.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Last two D picks for VP.

Biden

Edwards

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Bob Shrum has a perfect record on issues of political judgment. It’s a perfect zero. Every candidate for whom he has ever worked has lost.

His opinion deserves less weight than a Magic 8-Ball’s.

Cicero43 on August 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Joe Biden was busy telling a North Carolina audience that “they goin’ to put y’all back in chains.”

It was in Virginia. Crazy Joe only thought he was in NC…

rcpjr on August 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Last two D picks for VP.

Biden

Edwards

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Don’t forget Algore!

AubieJon on August 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

You can count on Shrum. He’s always right.

rdbrewer on August 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

i watched a little of the Strum sleaze last night on hardball.

Chrissy and Bob just both were giddy over the prospect of obama trashing ryan….reading off the Politico article about how the R establish is quaking in its boots at Ryan

Giddy, that mitt had a massive mis-step, that exposed his true ultra-right wing views of the white capitalist oppressors…or something

prominent was mark mckinnon…you know the D who switched to R for Bush, then to No labels…kinda like a bloomberg guy…no Principles

so they were chortling to Michael Steele, who rather lamely said some people down ticket could be afraid that….well, just afraid

then they went with the heavy stuff and brought in the Nation mags John whathisname…to give the ‘philosophical’ underpinnings of the ultra-right world view…and why socialism is better (well, ok, he didn’t use the S word)

r keller on August 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Joe Biden did it again folks. I hope someone is getting the campaign 2012 comilation video together.

stldave on August 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What was it this time?

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Something along the lines of Biden claiming he’s “always criticized for speaking his mind honestly” while decrying being criticized for his slavery-chains jivery after which he claimed he was being misunderstood or misquoted or whatever. Just speaking his mind and being criticized for it, that’s his latest rendition.

Meaning, now he admits he was speaking honestly with the slavery-chains jive, but it’s other people’s problem for criticizing him for it “because he was speaking honestly”…

Biden is not lucid to restate the obvious.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

r keller on August 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I saw that.

It was like little kids smearing themselves in poo and being delighted about it …..while off in the distance the adults looked on in disbelief.

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Shrum implies that it’s about catering to a dozen disparate groups like seniors, youth, Hispanics etc. No, it’s about attracting all stripes of voters by convincingly sticking up for a coherent (conservative) political philosophy that makes sense and is consistent with a majority of the (conservative) voters in this country. Don’t cater excessively to certain groups if that will compromise R&R’s appearance of being sincere about backing conservative principles. Why? Because trust with all voters is built through the appearance of ideological commitment and sincerity. If you seem to be ditching your principles in certain cases, voters may discount your entire message as suspect.

But, if we must talk about specific groups, the key ones are the youth and seniors, and on the combination issue of Medicare / Obamacare, now more than ever it looks like the youth & seniors can be on the same page. O is cutting $716 billion from the current Medicare program to finance Obamacare, and Obamacare will present itself as a bankrupting wrecking ball that will destroy the quality of future medical care. Young or old, this is terrible.

anotherJoe on August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Biden is not lucid to restate the obvious.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hello Cleveland!

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

the number of non-sequitur attacks President Hopenchange uses.

We’re gonna need a bigger calculator.

The Rogue Tomato on August 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Last two D picks for VP.

Biden

Edwards

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Don’t forget Algore!

AubieJon on August 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Remember HOW INTENSELY the Left was promoting — “believing in” — Edwards, not to mention Kerry for Pres.?

Even now I have a difficult time taking indivdiuals seriously in professional circumstances (they’re not part of my associations otherwise) who were just a few years ago looking at me so seriously while speaking so seriously about John Edwards as some sort of righteous dude to Kerry’s-morerighteous-dudeness.

So many people so easily fooled…as if that wasn’t sad enough, then came the Obama-wave-of-nuts.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

…I think strategist Shrum’s gonna sh!t his shorts!

KOOLAID2 on August 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Biden is not lucid to restate the obvious.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hello Cleveland!

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Oh, ha, I forgot that one. Difficult to keep abreast of all the Bidenisms, what with there being so many of them.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Ed: (Off topic) Pretty sure I just heard on the radio just now Obama lie (again) about Ryan’s plan for Medicare. He said seniors will get a voucher instead of getting on Medicare. Lie. When they are eligible, they go on Medicare unless they choose the voucher and shop for themselves.

Mr_Magoo on August 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Panicked

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

prominent was mark mckinnon…you know the D who switched to R for Bush, then to No labels…kinda like a bloomberg guy…no Principles…

r keller on August 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

McKinnon: among the Top Ten Reasons I could not rally for McCain. Maybe Top Five…

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

It is very personal.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I remember my in-laws foaming about how wonderful Edwards was, and I mentioned the court case where he pretended to channel the spirit of a dead child (or something like that).

They made the same racket the pod people make when they encounter a human being.

AubieJon on August 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

PICKET:(VIDEO) Biden says ‘We can win North Carolina’ while campaigning in Virginia

Hellloooo, Cleveland! Stand up, Joe!

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I don’t think Ryan will have a problem in the debates…

‘Folks, where’s it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?,” said Biden.

Wrong century Biden…

right2bright on August 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

LOL!

Ward Cleaver on August 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

What was it this time?

forest on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

He forgot what century he’s living in.

‘Folks, where’s it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?,” said Biden.

I think Paul Ryan is already occupying the limited available space in his head.

stldave on August 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community.

Is that the “Let’s Get Biden Talking” community? I could support that.

kbTexan on August 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community. That’s now as standard for most of the GOP as the defense of segregation was for most Southern Democrats half a century ago….

BLAH BLAH BLAH. Vee demand zee support uff zee gay marriage und rejection of zee NAZI Catholic beliefs ur vee vill call you intolerant. And make zee hints of raaaaacism.

Buy Danish on August 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

redguy on August 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

A lot of us are ready to give the gays civil unions and have been a LONG time.

Radicals in their movement scuttled it in the ’90s much to my regret.

The Churches need protected, and so do the gays.

I wish we could reach a truce and put this “drama” to bed.

harlekwin15 on August 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Homosexual activists are not going to stop the drama. The drama *IS* their message.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

It probably doesn’t matter that both men cater to intolerance toward the LGBT community. That’s now as standard for most of the GOP as the defense of segregation was for most Southern Democrats half a century ago….

BLAH BLAH BLAH. Vee demand zee support uff zee gay marriage und rejection of zee NAZI Catholic beliefs ur vee vill call you intolerant. And make zee hints of raaaaacism.

Buy Danish on August 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

“Buy Danish” summed conditions up there as fitting as can be.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

“He Did It Again: Biden Living in Wrong Century”

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM

“FORWARD”

stldave on August 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The only thing better that conservative could ask for, other than what we got was that Shrum was running Cheobama’s campaign. Given his history.

De Oppresso Liber on August 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Last two D picks for VP.

Biden

Edwards

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

..I’ll see your last two picks and raise you a Man/Bear/Pig and Bentsen and Ferraro. (Although, Ferraro was not a wing nut.)

The War Planner on August 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

“Bob Shrum”/ Where do I know that name from? Oh, that’s right! He’s the high powered political operative that took a sitting vice president with overwhelming numbers to a loss to a sacrificial lamb sent out by the RNC for a test run. I’ll certainly make of note of his opinion.

Hucklebuck on August 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I think Bob Shrum might be smelling the thorns while the roses are blooming.

BMF on August 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

“He Did It Again: Biden Living in Wrong Century”

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM

..the cool thing about this is that now the radar is on and focused on Slow Joe. The guy will probably so tightly scripted from this point on, he’ll drown in a puddle of flop sweat and urine dripping from his Depends.

The War Planner on August 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

If Romney has any b***s at all, he will bring Seamus on stage with him at the convention. Where he then asks, “Seamus, do you like riding on the roof?” To which Seamus says, “Woof, woof!”

Election over.

IndieDogg on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

That incident was in 1983 – almost 30 years ago. Seamus is in doggie heaven.

redguy on August 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The War Planner on August 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I was going to go through the whole list (i.e. last 3, or last 4, etc…) BUT the Lieberman pick stumped that narrative, so I limited it to last two.

aquaviva on August 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Shrum is like Biden. HE thinks he’s smart.

GarandFan on August 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I hear all Politicians say they will “decrease spending” but can anyone point out a politician to me in the last 20 years, who actually HAS decreased spending as a President?

When Paul Ryan was in congress did he vote against any of George Bush’s bills that RAISED spending?

Why do we all fall for what Politicians say and not what they do?

Does anyone actually believe that IF Romney won, and that’s a big if, then he’s going to do what NO President before him has done in the last 20-30 years and that’s actually DECREASE the size of Government?

If you do believe that I have some water front property in Idaho to sell you as well.

Politricks on August 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Update: Was distracted from e-mail and comments for a while, but got a few corrections on Biden’s location for the “chains” remark. He was in Danville, Virginia, not in North Carolina as I originally wrote. I’ve fixed it above, and thanks to everyone who contacted me on it

Didn’t Biden think he was in North Carolina at the time?

rob verdi on August 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Hey shrum you will like this then

New RNC ad hits Obama campaign for saying Medicare cuts are an achievement

http://www.therightscoop.com/new-rnc-ad-exposes-obama-campaign-saying-medicare-cuts-are-an-achievement/

Conservative4ev on August 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I know Shrum hasn’t exactly proven himself as a winner when it comes to elections so he could just be making another misguided analysis, but I think this is just another sign of fear and panic from the left. Ryan has totally changed this election. Paul Ryan owns Obama and has always exposed Obama as an intellectual poser, thats no secret and it has the left worried sick right now. I think alot of these guys are beginning to see reality that Obama isn’t going to win, especially if he has to deal with the facts of his failed first term.

Ellis on August 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Has anybody actually asked Seamus if he liked it up there?

If Romney has any b***s at all, he will bring Seamus on stage with him at the convention. Where he then asks, “Seamus, do you like riding on the roof?” To which Seamus says, “Woof, woof!”

Election over.

IndieDogg on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Indeed.

All in the family said Seamus loved to go on these trips. He begged to get into the carrier when the family went some where. Because if they let him in he was going to go. Far better than missing the family for a week.

Most large dogs prefer the bed of a Pickup over the cab.

I never understood anyone complaining about this. I thought it was great that Mitt figured out a way to take Seamus. Besides it would have been worse had he been in the car with the runs. Most people do not take pets on vacations. Some of these pets are mistreated while the owner is gone hard for a dog to tell on a bad dog sitter.

Steveangell on August 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Seamus is in doggie heaven.

redguy on August 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Ah, so it’s not just the spouses of irresponsible ex-steel mill workers Romney likes to murder.

kbTexan on August 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Biden talking in dialect and the NAACP is not up in arms? Next he’ll be in black face, strumming a banjo as part of a minstrel show. Mr. BoBiden.

JohnnyL on August 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Ah yes, the Koch brothers. Evil incarnate and the real powers behind the would-be usurpers.

I love these false displays of bravado. Keep whistling past those graves.

MJBrutus on August 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

If you do believe that I have some water front property in Idaho to sell you as well.

Politricks on August 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Ceour d’Alene is loverly this time of year.

Freelancer on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM