Obama spokesman: That Romney birth certificate joke is “gutterball politics”

posted at 4:17 pm on August 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

In case you’re wondering what it takes to offend a campaign whose allies have accused Romney of tax evasion based on anonymous “sources” and blamed him for leaving a steelworker’s wife to die from cancer uninsured, here you go. Turns out Obama, whose major contribution to deficit reduction this past year was the fiscal joke known as the “Buffett Rule,” is running a serious, substantive campaign while Romney, who just took up the sword of entitlement reform by picking Paul Ryan, is all about smears and distractions. The things you learn on MSNBC.

Two points. One: I don’t get why Romney would step on his own message to make a birth certificate joke. He’s spent the past week neck-deep in culture-war quicksand thanks to Todd Akin and is looking at another week of it once the Democratic convention opens. He could have used today to talk about unemployment or his energy policy or whatever, but instead he chose to throw the press some chum with this. (One of his aides told BuzzFeed that the line wasn’t in Romney’s prepared remarks but was delivered off-the-cuff. I’ll bet.) The point, I guess, is to prove that he’s capable of being politically incorrect by tweaking the media on a subject that makes them hyperventilate like almost nothing else, but anyone who cares much about that was voting for him already. It’s hard enough for Romney to break through the media’s wall of nonsense to reach voters. Why hand them another brick?

Two: This is the perfect ending to a week marked by criticism from Jake Tapper and, more tepidly, Chuck Todd that the media isn’t doing its job. From the moment this sentence escaped Romney’s lips, it was a metaphysical certainty that it would dominate political coverage for the rest of the day, with MSNBC’s pants-wetting expected to last well into the evening. No one expected otherwise even though everyone understands that few votes, if any, will shift because of this. When I started reading blogs years ago, it was relatively rare for reporters to admit that the media is biased or prone to trivial treatment of momentous events; whenever a reporter or editor actually ‘fessed up — the example that sticks in my mind was Daniel Okrent acknowledging the patently obvious fact that the NYT is a liberal newspaper — it was big news, a moral victory for conservatives who demanded that the press own up to its prejudices. These days, my sense is that they’re more willing to own up (they have to be since there are so many more critics online cataloging them) but that they’ve started to use their candor almost as an excuse to be as trivial as they want. Sure, they’ll spend three days navel-gazing about Romney’s dumb joke, but as long as Todd or Bob Schieffer or some other big name TV journalist sighs afterward and admits that it’s silly to spend three days on this, well, then that’s proof that they have “integrity” after all. Three cheers for progress.

Two clips for you here, one of Obama’s flack checking the various talking-point boxes and the other, via the Examiner, of MSNBC being very MSNBC-ish.

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Gutter politics indeed, he should have accused duh wun of murder instead.

RealMc on August 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

But so damned funny. And we need funny right now.

Lanceman on August 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Stephanie Cutter had just told us to toughen up though.

stldave on August 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Says the campaign that accused Romney of murder.

ninjapirate on August 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Team O should certainly know gutterball politics: they invented them.

Of course, in this instance… “Lighten up, Francis” seems the most appropropriate response.

VastRightWingConspirator on August 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I thought it was funny…Mitt needs to use humor more.

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

, it was a metaphysical certainty that it would dominate political coverage for the rest of the day, with MSNBC’s pants-wetting expected to last well into the evening.

Screw MSNBC. It was a throw away joke, nothing more.

rbj on August 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

can dish it out but sissypants sure can’t take it

red131 on August 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Obama has made birth certificate jokes on several occasions himself.

Further, if he has a problem with it there are two things he needs to bear in mind:

He need look no farther than his own Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for the origin of the entire birth certificate issue.

He could readily settle the entire issue at any time by releasing his own ORIGINAL long form birth certificate and his college transcripts.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

So are you going to cry and run home to Mommy?

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Actually, that joke IS pretty funny…

Khun Joe on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Make fun of Obama and keep making fun of Obama because the Boy King can’t stand it. Unhinge Obama by making jokes about him. Derangement by derision!

westerncanadian on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Well, The left says whatever they want, I say fight fire with fire.

birdwatcher on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

It was such a nothing, throw away jab joke. I guess this is the level of sourpuss politics we’ve entered. God forbid Romney should feel relaxed enough to toss a barb at the little prince.

BettyRuth on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

This will definitely backfire on Romoney. A big time unforced error.The media has been looking for a gaffe to pin on Romoney and he has given them one.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

OT
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/billionaire-ty-warner-gives-woman-20-000-her-165731962.html

An act of kindness from one person to another, without the Government enforcing “justice”, and taking a cut for itself while the money is passing through.

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I thought it was funny…Mitt needs to use humor more.

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Indeed. He’s a lot less robotic than he was a year ago.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Romney knew what he was doing. He tweaked the Democrats and media(I know, I’m being redundant). Now they’ll go on TV(actually, they already have) and complain about the Romney campaign being in the gutter because of a birth certificate joke while apparently oblivious to the fact that the Obama campaign and its surrogates have called him a murderer, felon, tax cheat, and racist.

Plus it amuses the GOP base and reassures us that Romney isn’t afraid of poking fun at Obama which is a pretty good vibe going into the convention next week. Now if only Achin’ announces he’s dropping out at his press conference in 50 minutes, this week can end on a pretty uplifting note.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Well, at least they’ve stopped talking about Akin for a moment….

apostic on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Calling Mitt a cancer-causing vulture capitalist, I guess, is raising the level of discourse.

mwbri on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The obozo camp has spent most of it’s time in the sewer so gutter politics would be a step up for them.

Flange on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

That is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS considering how CNN yucked it up over using the term “teabagging” which they REVELED in. What a JOKE.

JustTruth101 on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

This will definitely backfire on Romoney. A big time unforced error.The media has been looking for a gaffe to pin on Romoney and he has given them one.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

How this a “gaffe”?

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I was at the Michigan rally. It was a hilarious joke — and it was about the Romneys being Michigan natives. And now the barack campaign has pulled their own birth certificate joke merchandise off their website because their rank hypocrisy was showing.

Their reaction reeks of protesting too much — What is barack hiding? Are they afraid Romney’s about to say “Here are my college records?” I think he should. The night barack makes his acceptance speech.

Rational Thought on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The outrage is hilarious.

I like Romney fiesty. This was funny. It’s not like he accused him of breaking the law or murder. That would be “gutterball politics” – oh wait!

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

If the media is talking about that then all they are doing is driving their own popularity down. Let them do that.

pedestrian on August 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

WAIT! Is this the same pathological Alinskyite liar trying to hide behind her new RED HAIR? AXELFRAUD is desperate!!!! LMFAO!

bob77 on August 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

un oh, somebody doesn’t like being the punchline of a joke! I guess only the campaigner in chief is allowed to tell jokes…

burserker on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I can hear Axe now on Meet the Press- While President Obama is working hard to get Americans back to work, Mitt is spending his time investigating whether the president was born in the United States.

Way to lure those independents in Mitt

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

This will definitely backfire on Romoney. A big time unforced error.The media has been looking for a gaffe to pin on Romoney and he has given them one.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

That wasn’t a “gaffe”, he meant to say it.

Neither was “bitterly clinging to their guns and Bibles”.

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Double down Mitt, double down. Offer to loan him your college transcripts and Bain will Photoshop your name on them for free.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

No one expected otherwise even though everyone understands that few votes, if any, will shift because of this.

Not shift, per se, but it is epic red meat to fire up the base.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

How this a “gaffe”?

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

It’s one of the commandments: Thou shalt not mock The One.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Way too much over-analyzing; sometimes a joke is just a joke, AP.

whatcat on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Yes, gutterball politics when nohting is said about the chains, or unjustly accusing someone of beng a felon and a murdered. The great white throne judgment will be an INTERESTING day. I look forward to seeing their faces.

JustTruth101 on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

By the way, whose sockpuppet are you?

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Who, btw, are a bit deflated from this Akin fiasco.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This is just funny. Jug ears can’t take it.

Rusty Allen on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“gutterball politics”.

Well, who knows the gutter better than Obama and Team Obama?

They’ve accused Mitt Romney of being an animal abuser.

They’ve accused Mitt Romney of being an inveterate liar.

They’ve accused Mitt Romney of being a felon.

They’ve accused Mitt Romney of being a tax cheat.

They’ve accused Mitt Romney of what amounts to negligent homicide.

Obama and his team and surrogates have sunk so far down in the gutter they can’t possibly climb out far enough now to even SEE the high road.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

And he just killed the Akin stories with one off the cuff remark.

Amazing!

Who knew that Mitt Romney actually knew how to play the media enough to shunt them into a dead-end topic for a weekend?

ajacksonian on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Squse me while I makes some meta lemonade!

The point, I guess, is to prove that he’s capable of being politically incorrect by tweaking the media on a subject that makes them hyperventilate like almost nothing else, but anyone who cares much about that was voting for him already.

Yes. This has to be the reason. It couldn’t be that he’s a typical frat dope and he desperately wants all the Teappers to really, really like him. This sound bite played over and over is the high note he wanted to hit going in to the convention.

Speculative, your honor!

Two: This is the perfect ending to a week marked by criticism from Jake Tapper and, more tepidly, Chuck Todd that the media isn’t doing its job.

He meant to do it! I’m running a campaign for Pete’s sakes-I got this! And when all those low info voters see Chuck Todd sigh they will vote for Mitt! It’s brilliant.

He’s an artless goon and I’m seriously looking forward to you ripping him to shreds.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Two points. One: I don’t get why Romney would step on his own message to make a birth certificate joke. He’s spent the past week neck-deep in culture-war quicksand thanks to Todd Akin and is looking at another week of it once the Democratic convention opens. He could have used today to talk about unemployment or his energy policy or whatever, but instead he chose to throw the press some chum with this.

Have you been watching the MSM coverage of Romney v. Obama? Do you actually think if Romney had left out the birth certificate joke the MSM would actually be covering his news on unemployment or energy or anything else that he’s been talking about for the last 4 months — or do you think they’d be talking about Akin and how Ryan is “soft on rape?”

Really it isn’t too difficult to figure out — the MSM is only going to talk about distractions — better to control the distraction they are talking about and make it one that helps you more than the RAPE!!!! one does. Meanwhile — look at the video — the crowd laughed; it is only the reporters and pundits who are getting their panties in a twist here.

Yesterday and for the last 3 months the right has been screaming that Romney needs to “punch back” at the murderer, felon, tax cheat, Seamus jokes, etc coming out of TeamObama. Today, those very same people are the ones screaming that Romney should NOT PUNCH BACK!! IS HE CRAZY!!! One day, I hope they will realize that Romney knows how to make a plan & execute that plan. And I hope they also realize that that is why Romney made millions taking risks in private equity & they haven’t.

Dark Star on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

It seemed kind of funny and not completely contrived. Maybe Romney’s starting to relax some.

MeatHeadinCA on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Eh. It’s all good. Just let him have some fun too!

mrscullen on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I can hear Axe now on Meet the Press- While President Obama is working hard to get Americans back to work, Mitt is spending his time investigating whether the president was born in the United States.

Way to lure those independents in Mitt

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, that argument will fly.
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Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Obama should release a paper trail on himself, starting with transcripts, to clear up this talk about whether or not he’s an honest broker when he tell us he’s an American.

Some folks have doubts, sadly. :-(

Punchenko on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Obama spokesman: That Romney birth certificate joke is “gutterball politics”

…I have to admit, NOBODY knows the gutter better than OBOZO and his pals!

Romney: “Mr. President, Take Your Campaign Out of the Gutter”

TeaPartyNation on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Oh, good Lord, you idiots !!
Are you suggesting that the O would NOT have made a ‘BC joke’ at a rally in Hawaii ?
Get a grip and grow up !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Make fun of Obama and keep making fun of Obama because the Boy King can’t stand it. Unhinge Obama by making jokes about him. Derangement by derision!

westerncanadian on August 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You bet. Keep hammering teh Won on the economy, but hit him with jokes at every opportunity.

It drives President Panties nuts.

98ZJUSMC on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Heh. More people read about it here than watched it live on MSNBC. Who cares?

Scotsman on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Whatever. Romney spoke the truth, and it was funny (laugh to keep from crying – Right?). If obama and his doped-up cultists don’t like it, they can do the Jonestown thing – who cares?

Pork-Chop on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

‏@iowahawkblog

And I’m like whaaaa? And then she’s like, O NO HE DI-INT. So then I’m like, it is ON. And then she’s SHIT GOT REAL. #CampaignNews

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

..as opposed to Our gutter ball politics….

ToddPA on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Gutterball politics? Did they mean politics of the gutter?

A gutterball is a bowling ball that leaves the alley due to poor aim by the bowler. The great Obama-teur rolled several when he tried his hand at bowling in 2008, and you couldn’t hear a pin drop.

So what is so horrible about Romney joking that nobody asked for his own birth certificate? They’re really very touchy at the Obama campaign!!!

Sounds like Romney got Obama’s goat. The more Obama is rattled, the more mistakes he’ll make. Score one for Romney here.

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I don’t get why Romney would step on his own message to make a birth certificate joke. He’s spent the past week neck-deep in culture-war quicksand thanks to Todd Akin and is looking at another week of it once the Democratic convention opens.

Romney is using Alinsky against Obama

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

faraway on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I thought it was funny…Mitt needs to use humor more.

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Indeed. He’s a lot less robotic than he was a year ago.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The humor is what makes it so effective.

Team 0bama knows this. That is why there is the outrage.

Bless their hearts.

cozmo on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

The media has been looking for a gaffe to pin on Romoney and he has given them one.

Meh, the media will just make one up to stir up outrage if it can’t find a real one.

This one hardly rates a blip on the gaffe radar.

hawkeye54 on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

O/T: Todd Akin press conference coming up in about 30 minutes according to 790 WAEB news Boston.

gracie on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Sooopergenius…you couldn’t make lemonade in a Minute Maid Factory.

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

But slavery jokes? They’re cool, huh big red? You and barack are all in with the slavery jokes. Cuz, you know, slavery is so…damn…funny.

Rational Thought on August 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Well, at least they’ve stopped talking about Akin for a moment….

apostic on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He’s about to hold a big press conference. I suspect a deal was made quietly, the way it should have been done from the get go.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, that argument will fly.
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Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Especially when his WH schedule had NOTHING on it, today !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

And he just killed the Akin stories with one off the cuff remark.

Amazing!

Who knew that Mitt Romney actually knew how to play the media enough to shunt them into a dead-end topic for a weekend?

ajacksonian on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Ordinarily you’d be correct. But Achin’ is holding a press conference in 45 minutes and rumor has it he’s going to announce(yet again) that he’s staying in the race. So much for keeping that assclown out of the news. I swear with each passing day this guy seems like a Democrat plant.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

For a man who can heal the earth and make the oceans recede…these are not the complaints of a confident campaign.

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Even if you think he stepped on his message, it’ll be forgotten about in a few days. The crowd loved it…the media didn’t. Tells you all you need to know about the disconnect between the two.

changer1701 on August 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Begala figured it out. It’s a Romney distraction. hehe

faraway on August 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Obama spokesman: That Romney birth certificate joke is “gutterball politics”

@iowahawkblog

Few of us will ever forget where we were when we first learned of The Romney Birth Certificate Joke.

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

It was funny! Since when did the left have a sense of humor, anyway? LET the MSM wet their panties, FOX rules cable and the large (but dwindling) audience on broadcast has, at most, 3.5 hrs 5 days a week to spout “news”.
Many have been criticizing Mitt for being too scripted, that he’s personable and even funny naturally, so when he does, we fret about how the press will treat it? Sorry, AP, but this is another example of conservatives being too self-conscious about violating PC conventional wisdom.

cartooner on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

For every Presstitute Romney can cause to stroke out there will be one less Obama voter. Brilliant!

Why should not the obviously phony birth certificate be an issue especially when Obama himself has claimed different birth places at different times?
Is it because The Wons reputation conerning the TRUTH is beyond reproach?
More Mitt,
Ask the Lyin kING to investigate if GFast and Furious weapons were used in the attack on our Marines south of the border!

ConcealedKerry on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

O/T: Todd Akin press conference coming up in about 30 minutes according to 790 WAEB news Boston.

gracie on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Unless he’s announcing his exit (which I doubt), I could not care less.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

O/T: Todd Akin press conference coming up in about 30 minutes according to 790 WAEB news Boston.

gracie on August 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He is just announcing that he is staying in the race. But see if he fumble big time again and dig his hole deeper when he takes questions.

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Double down Mitt, double down. Offer to loan him your college transcripts and Bain will Photoshop your name on them for free.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Or tell him to put his big boy pants on and take it like a…Kenyan!

Rational Thought on August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Romney’s willing to go back to Birther if he has to get rid of the vile black stench that Akin is pouring on him with a less smelly substance like birth certificate because that issue is well known.

Anything to change the narrative at this point from Akin.

athenadelphi on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

How this a “gaffe”?

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

“Jokes” that take him off message or reinforce negative stereotypes of the republican party are bad for Romoney. It will definitely generate a chuckle amongst the fringe right but everyone else knows he needs more than them to win in nov. See current polls outside of fox and ras for verification.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Doughboy on Akin:

I swear with each passing day this guy seems like a Democrat plant.

Not classically a plant, but he is who the MO Dems wanted and spend money on and voted for.

mwbri on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Especially when his WH schedule had NOTHING on it, today !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Not even a fundraiser, which is shocking.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I don’t know. Can the pot call the kettle black anymore?

Paging Toure, . . . paging Toure . . .

dissent555 on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Dear Obama: You know what you can do if you can’t take a joke.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The MSM loves them some squirrels. Romney just gave them another to go chase.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

MADE IN THE USA MUG
(SKU OFA0805)
There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it — and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA mug today.
$22.50

I guess it is only funny if you are Obama’s reelection campaign and selling crap to raise funds.

gatorboy on August 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This will definitely backfire on Romoney. A big time unforced error.The media has been looking for a gaffe to pin on Romoney and he has given them one.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

A gaffe to pin on Romney vs. 8.3% unemployment to pin on Obama.

Think about it. Real hard.

sherry on August 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

What really kills ‘em, is that, while they worship Zero, as a man-god, we mock him as just another, filthy Commie.

It just kills ‘em, that we deny their man-god, Commie.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“Jokes” that take him off message or reinforce negative stereotypes of the republican party are bad for Romoney. It will definitely generate a chuckle amongst the fringe right but everyone else knows he needs more than them to win in nov. See current polls outside of fox and ras for verification.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

“Cherokee” Warren…is that you?

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

bho can make a ‘joke’ when he is with basketball players that it is seldom five or six people are more famous(not direct quotes) and it is to be a ‘joke’?

GET a grip libs, WE conservatives have a since of humor! I am sick of the double standard, period!

BTW, Mitt/team go for it, much much more like this to make bho/mo/team/bhopress go over the edge!
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letget on August 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The MSM loves them some squirrels. Romney just gave them another to go chase.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

But, this time it’s OUR SQUIRREL :)

faraway on August 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

But slavery jokes? They’re cool, huh big red? You and barack are all in with the slavery jokes. Cuz, you know, slavery is so…damn…funny.

Yeah, the Obama organization is heads and shoulders above everyone when it comes to “Gutter” Politics. They mastered well the art of Gutter politics, bread and butter for Chicago dems.

Just ask any of Obama’s former opponents.

hawkeye54 on August 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“Jokes” that take him off message or reinforce negative stereotypes of the republican party are bad for Romoney. It will definitely generate a chuckle amongst the fringe right but everyone else knows he needs more than them to win in nov. See current polls outside of fox and ras for verification.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

So would the fact that he has rolled out an energy policy, talked about banking reform, discussed entitlements be that “more he needs to win”? Especially when Obama has NO plans except raising taxes on the rich?

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Eh. Funny? sorta. Would love to hear the strategy. I guess they know the turn-off polling to turn-on numbers of birthers/non-birthers. I.E. hope it was carefully calculated.

bob77 on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Oh, good Lord, you idiots !!
Are you suggesting that the O would NOT have made a ‘BC joke’ at a rally in Hawaii ?
Get a grip and grow up !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

That may be the problem here. Romney is stepping on barack’s ability to make his own birther jokes. And if barack doesn’t have ridicule, barack doesn’t having nothin’.

Oh, and also because he’s terrified of what his real birth certificate shows. But that will be for another day, I suppose. All those books that will come out in 2013 telling the country how badly it was duped.

Rational Thought on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

By the way, whose sockpuppet are you?

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Not mine, he’s not smart enough.

cozmo on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Double down Mitt, double down. Offer to loan him your college transcripts and Bain will Photoshop your name on them for free.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

That’s the spirit, Don L. I like your style.

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

America is rolling its eyes. This is just silly.

I don’t get why Romney would step on his own message to make a birth certificate joke. He’s spent the past week neck-deep in culture-war quicksand thanks to Todd Akin and is looking at another week of it once the Democratic convention opens. He could have used today to talk about unemployment or his energy policy or whatever, but instead he chose to throw the press some chum with this.

Oh come on..everything is chum with these people. Everything. It was a joke, meant to convey that we do not need to doubt that Romney is a real American. I think most people get that whether or not the Obama people care or the media is smart enough to understand or not.

BTW, if Obama does not feel the need to distance himself from that appalling ad about the woman dying of cancer..then why should Romney worry about their delicate sensibilities?

Terrye on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

the fringe right but everyone else knows he needs more than them to win in nov.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

He’s already got a major edge among Independents. He needs to fire up his base for GOTV.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, that argument will fly.
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Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Good luck winning in November if you think the unemployed American is more concerned about whether Obama was born here.

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Ohhhhh…the concern.

kingsjester on August 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

HotAirLib on August 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You need a better disguise…LOL.

d1carter on August 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Keep the jokes coming, till Obozo goes into the debates.

Every single day, say something that gets under his skin.

Obozo will be a total nutball by wanting to react to the next 76 days of mud slinging.

Looking forward to it all, especially since Romney/Ryan is in it to win it.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I don’t get why Romney would step on his own message to make a birth certificate joke.

Because it throws the dems off message, they will pick this up, and it means nothing to the voting public, just to their base…and that is who we want them to pander to, their base.

No one else is going to take this seriously, it was a harmless jab, and makes Obama look thin skinned…just like Obama’s dog jab was no big deal.

While they talk on and on about this…another two or three speeches on the economy, and on jobs, and on Medicare will be seriously delt with by Obama and Ryan.

right2bright on August 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Isn’t gutterball a bowling term? What the heck does it have to do with politics? I understand “get out of the gutter,” but gutterball? Obama’s Special Olympics crack comes to mind.

mikeyboss on August 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

…these are not the complaints of a confident campaign.

But they are the complaints one would expect of a mega narcissist.

hawkeye54 on August 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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