Halperin: Team Obama jumps the binder

posted at 10:01 am on October 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In my column today at The Fiscal Times, I gave Mark Halperin of Time Magazine a lot of credit for being one of the very few journalists that spoke out about Barack Obama’s lack of a second-term agenda or much substance at all after the debate on Tuesday night.  We’ll get back to the column in a moment, but first Halperin extends his analysis today after a 36-hour cycle of Bindergate.  Halperin can’t believe that we’re less than three weeks out from the election, and all that seems to concern the Leader of the Free World and his brain trust is the word “binders”:

Halperin’s right — this is what’s wrong with our politics at the moment, but it’s also a deliberate strategy from Team Obama.  He can’t run on his record; his record includes a dramatic erosion of median household income during the recovery that started on his watch, as well as the lowest civilian population participation rate for the workforce since 1981.  Obama won’t run on his agenda, because he either doesn’t have one (and he certainly hasn’t published one or pushed it at either debate, choosing to attack Romney instead), or because, as Mickey Kaus writes, any honesty about his second-term agenda would cost him the election.

That sets this election up as a contest between a challenger with an agenda and an incumbent who refuses to provide one, whether purposefully or simply out of incompetence.  Either way, I argue in my column that this sets up a dangerous precedent:

Will it work?  Can an incumbent run a substance-free, negative campaign to victory?  Two trends suggest that the answer is no.  First, the campaign never did do that much damage to Romney over the summer.  On occasions, Romney did some damage to himself, but with fleeting impact.  Since the beginning of this campaign until the end of September, polling in this campaign has remained tight, usually within the margin of error, even if Obama edged Romney for most of that period.

Second, the strategy hit an iceberg in the first debate.  Far from the caricature of Romney on which the Obama strategy relied, Romney demonstrated presidential mien and a clear grasp of data in the Denver match-up.  Obama spent most of the evening on his heels, unable to effectively parry Romney’s attacks on his record or match Romney’s vision for the next four years.  Obama and his team fixed the performance issue without addressing the structural flaw of having no real positive argument for voters to support him.

It is still certainly possible that Obama can win this election using this strategy, but it has some unnerving implications for politics in the future.  While negative campaigning has a long history in the US – all the way back to the poisonous atmosphere of the 1800 election – voters have always had significant substance to consider when choosing candidates.

If they reward a substance-free campaign like Obama’s, we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future, as politicians weigh the risk-reward ratio of having substantive proposals against the easy path of namecalling and scare-mongering.  If that does come to pass, we can thank our zinger-obsessed media for helping us along the way.

Halperin is saying the same thing in these videos, with some sense of urgency.  After all, the summer is the “silly season,” when campaigns can take fliers on substance-free attacks while they gear up for the general election.  If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.


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All the rage these days.

Bmore on October 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Just a few more days.

Bmore on October 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy

No it is a sign that they think we are as stupid as they are.

txmomof6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The economy is still down, tens of millions out of work, the world is burning, and the Obama campaign is talking about Big Bird and Binders.

aunursa on October 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

He’s a hack.
Obama isn’t leading so the election is silly.
Yeah, don’t bring up the small business “they…you didn’t built that!”
It’s silly.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

mika was having a VERY bad morining. she was almost blathering. she’s starting to get it. and the libs very soon are going to be reduced to the serious crazy. beware the december surprise.

t8stlikchkn on October 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

and these are the same men who EXILED Shillary to Peru ?

Shameless.

FlaMurph on October 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Agree halperin was spot on

Mika..
This is too important to her in her delusional mind

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

R up 2 in Ras. So much for Gumby’s surge.

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Totally agree. I think people need a more visual analogy of the Presidential debate. Like this one.

bloggless on October 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Oh. and R is up 1 in swing state tracking.

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

So, the Obama campaign is being a dick?

Who knew?

Common Sense Floridian on October 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Halperin and his partner Heilemann are writing “Game Change Two” and anyone who thinks they’ll sell it to HBO again with a Romney win…..Don’t trust this guy AT ALL. Every dig at the Obama campaign is “Well Romney does it too”.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.

Amen, Ed. Do they honestly think even the low-information voters are buying this? Good grief, what a diminishing set of fools they are.

herm2416 on October 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The Dems are in Chip Diller mode.

“All is well!”

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Barry prefers that we have “binders” full of Muslim Brotherhood members.

TarheelBen on October 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I absolutely don’t blame Romney for being less than “specific” with the details of his plans for the economy. We’ve all seen how Team Obama distorts and outright lies about EVERYTHING. Look at the Bigbird “scandal” for example. It’s completely reasonable to cut Gov’t funding for PBS, but they spent a week trying to drum up outrage over it.

Nope, once President Romney gets serious about cutting spending is after he’s elected. It’s probably going to get uncomfortable for all of us. Too bad, has to be done.

BettyRuth on October 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Halperin isn’t sitting there sour that stupid issues are at the forefront. He’s sitting there sour that Obama is behind. I’m surprised Ed can’t see through this.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I never watch that show, but apparently Cher does and she got furious about how Halperin and Joe were treating Mika about this serious issue of the binders. Seriously. November 7th is going to be so fun.

txmomof6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The Obama camp is desperately searching for those binders that have all his plans for jobs, debt reduction, budget trimming, all the stuff his dog ate his first term.

MarkT on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

You are going to see a lot more liberal pundits criticizing Obama’s campaign in the coming weeks. The Obama campaign made a huge mistake and running a totally negative, character assassination campaign against a good man like Mitt Romney. The Obama campaign never described a clear, positive agenda for a second Obama term, which will never be.

Now we see Romney’s favorability numbers rising, while Obama stalls in the polls. Romney is destroying Obama on the most important issue of the election: the economy. The Obama campaign has absolutely nothing to close the campaign off with in the next few weeks. Team Romney, on the other hand, is finishing extremely strong. After Obama’s loss, we will hear a lot of blame placed on campaign strategy, but the real reason for Obama’s inevitable loss to Romney is Obama’s failed policies.

Obama deserves this loss, and even his supporters know it.

bluegill on October 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

link

brut4ce on October 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

It’s laughable. They want to make an issue about a “binder full of women”.. and whenthat talking point doesn’t catch on, they want to make an issue that Romney did not initiate the search for women cabinet members. That it was a women’s group in Mass that put together the “binder of women” and approached Romney. Now, the “binder of owmen” was the work of women, it’s wonderful. Which is it? They look like fools!!!

lostinjrz on October 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Halperin isn’t sitting there sour that stupid issues are at the forefront. He’s sitting there sour that Obama is behind. I’m surprised Ed can’t see through this.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I don’t know about that, but it seems lately, and seeing the writing on the wall, Halperin’s trying his best to be the first to ingratiate himself with Team Romney.

TXUS on October 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Bindergate doesn’t even make sense. Romney said nothing offensive. He didn’t even misspeak or use some awkward metaphor that no one could comprehend. He merely reflected on his time as MassachsettEs governor and how by his request, he was brought binders full of women’s resumes. He omitted the word “resume” from his remarks, but did anyone out there not understand what he was saying?

Hell, at least with Big Bird, there was something there. If you believe public funding to PBS shouldn’t end, then you’ll be interested in what Obama has to say on the matter. Here, there’s literally no story and no controversy.

Doughboy on October 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.
I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Details….

lostinjrz on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

They want you to focus on the sunset ( binder-gate/bigbirdpoop) rather than all they have left is the chasm into Marixt control they’ve been working on for the last many years.

There looms in front of America right now, as never before, this question:
Will enough cultists, and “I’ll sell my freedom for a “we victim’s deserves this” government check or the “guilt free abortions,” or the eco-gods “R” us folks, or the envy is us folks, or the sexual excess and morally corrupt crowd, wake up in time to the loss of freedom forever?

Don L on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

One observation here, worth exactly what I’m getting paid for it. I have read almost all the info linked here and still am not getting the binders thing. I am as most of you know somewhat interested in politics and this election in particular. I would like to think of myself as a high info voter. If I’m not getting this how many low info folks are getting it. 0 is wasting his time with this. Which is fine by me. What am I missing. Anyone?

Bmore on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Halperin isn’t sitting there sour that stupid issues are at the forefront. He’s sitting there sour that Obama is behind. I’m surprised Ed can’t see through this.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’m not.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

You want to know why Obama is going to lose?

Sure. He inherited a mess and we can argue about the effectiveness of his policies both at home and aboard until the end of time without conceding so much as an inch. The economy is a drag and like anyone placed in that position, he’s tried to swim upstream with it on his back. It’s an easy target for Romney and not only did Obama need to come up with a better defense, he needed a plan for a second term. He’s simply been trying to run out the clock.

This is why he is going to lose: Seamus the Dog. Tax Returns. Horse Dancing. Birth Control. Gaffes. Big Bird. Binders. #TheIssues #2012

Combine a weak recovery, high unemployment, a miserable debate performance, attacks on his opponents that were at best silly distractions, and a President who has failed to lay out a vision for the next four years for people to rally behind, and you find a president that is losing and who will lose.

A landslides a comin’

Fish on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I missed the whole binders controversy but have been brought up to speed.

I thought the Romney/Cancer debacle was stupid, this is actually stupider and I wasn’t sure such a thing was possible even from Bark.

Bishop on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

What’s the story involve, the allegations?

TXUS on October 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Don’t tease!

BettyRuth on October 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Barky is actually the love child of Joe Biden and Wasserman?

Bishop on October 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.
I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Details….

lostinjrz on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Yeah, what’s it about anyway. We trust your view.

Don L on October 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

C’mon, doll. Give.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Cher went ape crap about this on twitter.

rubberneck on October 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Halperin is partially right. Talking about “you didn’t build it” is legitimate criticism of obama’s worldview.

paul1149 on October 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Bluegill…. funny the lsm was absolutely giddy with all the negative campaigning this summer by dear leader

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

AS FAR AS ROMNEY BEING SPECIFIC ON HIS TAX PLAN:

Here’s the problem. Romney gives specifics on which deductions will be cut. Congress goes another direction and doesn’t give Romney what he “promised”. Romney gets beat up for “lying” about his tax plans.

Romney’s job is to steer the ship, not work in the engine room. That’s Congress’s job – pass the laws, make the engine go.

mitchellvii on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Let the Dems stand on that wall. The truth behind those “binders” will not reflect well on them.
They were put together by a group promoting women for positions in the Romney Mass. administration. Both Romney and his opponent in the Gov. race back then had signed on to use this group’s recomendations to increase women’s role in the State government.
In short, a women’s rights group GAVE those binders to Romney, just as they would have to his opponent.
He DID NOT put them together.
It was on Anderson Cooper 360 last night.

Jabberwock on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

link

brut4ce on October 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Here

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Remember, 0bama’s constituents are the ones that will join into the chorus of a mindless chant at the drop of a hat (q.v. the Occupy movement).

If he can get them chanting “Binders! Binders!”, they momentarily forget about his indefensible record.

So far, it’s worked for both his base and the lapdog media.

Droopy on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Halperin is on point. I watched Greta last night, and Lindsey Graham was on. He seemed desperate to let Obama know about the situation in Iraq. He was invited on to talk about Benghazi, and made some good points, but he was worried that Obama wasn’t AWARE of the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

If a Senator has to appeal to the President via an appearance on TV to discuss a national security issue, doesn’t that indicate a problem?

More and more, I’m convinced that Obama isn’t actually fulfilling the duties of the office of President. Does he do ANY regular briefings? He certainly doesn’t do press conferences. He doesn’t seem to meet with other lawmakers very often. At this point, I’m worried that nobody is actually running the country.

hawksruleva on October 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

What’s the story involve, the allegations?

TXUS on October 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

State department cables about the mid east fiasco.

Go look at the Daily Caller.

cozmo on October 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Barky is actually the love child of Joe Biden and Wasserman?

Bishop on October 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Uggggh. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Okay, a lot.

Jomama on October 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Please don’t tease. Give it to us straight. Rumor, gossip, truth, verified, unverified, anonymously sourced,…I want it all at this point. :) Some of us are very good at embellishment and speculation. Give me a shot!

a capella on October 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Cher went ape crap about this on twitter.

rubberneck on October 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

From reading Michelle Malkin’s tweets, Eva Longoria is in meltdown mode today also.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

But dear leader doesnt blame W at all
-michelle

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I absolutely don’t blame Romney for being less than “specific” with the details of his plans for the economy. We’ve all seen how Team Obama distorts and outright lies about EVERYTHING. Look at the Bigbird “scandal” for example. It’s completely reasonable to cut Gov’t funding for PBS, but they spent a week trying to drum up outrage over it.

Nope, once President Romney gets serious about cutting spending is after he’s elected. It’s probably going to get uncomfortable for all of us. Too bad, has to be done.

BettyRuth on October 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I think it was on Glenn Beck’s radio show a few months ago that he said he’d heard from Republicans in Congress(or people close to them) that Romney was planning major cuts in spending once elected and that he had wanted assurances that no squishy RINOs were gonna bail on him once he announced those intentions. I hope Beck’s right.

Doughboy on October 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Halperin isn’t sitting there sour that stupid issues are at the forefront. He’s sitting there sour that Obama is behind. I’m surprised Ed can’t see through this.

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

i watch almost every morning. for the entertainment value. recon the enemy etc. actually halperin is a voice of what approaches ‘reason’ for those libs there. he tries occasionally to break the reality news to them. gently. its usually met with uncomfortable stares, ackward silences, projection and subject changing. i agree he’s bummed about obama losing. and i think of all of them, he’s the only one who knows it now. he does try to sneak in some reality tho, so give him some credit for that. he may be the one to drop the tell-all first perhaps before Jan 21. tearing away the shroud of protection from obama. he may be the one to start the “carter-ization” of obama. personal demonization to save the “ideology”.

t8stlikchkn on October 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Thank you, ma’am. Scooter’s standing in the middle of the tracks in the path of an oncoming train.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

link

brut4ce on October 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Here

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Ah.. very likely!

lostinjrz on October 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Isn’t he the same dope that put prez barky on his magazine cover like a 1000 times back in the day?

msupertas on October 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Barky is actually the love child of Joe Biden and Wasserman?

Bishop on October 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Nah, Elijah Cummings and Nancy Pelosi.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The Klein story sounds completely plausible; The Clinton’s aren’t the type to just go quietly into the night. Unfortunately the media tends to poo-poo and ridicule information from Joe Klein.

BettyRuth on October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Holy cow flora

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Thanx for the link. Gotta be more to it, tho. Like e-mails sending Chris Stevens on a mission to Benghazi on 9/11. Why?

gracie on October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

From Flora’s link: “After the Clinton legal team had a chance to review the State Department cable traffic between Benghazi and Washington, the experts came to the conclusion that the cables proved that Hillary had in fact given specific instructions to beef up security in Libya, and that if those orders had been carried out — which they weren’t — they could conceivably have avoided the tragedy.

Clearly, someone in the Obama administration dropped the ball — and the president was still insisting that it was not his fault.

In the end, then, Hillary decided to assume responsibility to show that she was acting more presidential than the president.

I am told by my sources that she firmly believes that when the State Department cable traffic is made public, either through leaks to the press or during formal House committee hearings, it will exonerate her and shift the blame for the entire mess onto the president.”

Bitter Clinger on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The Clintons don’t get mad. They get even.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.

“Intellectual bankruptcy” masquerading as a presidential campaign is exactly what we are seeing from Team Obama. Will voters “get” the message?

Not if the MSM has anything to say about it–which places a huge responsibility on the rest of us to GET THE WORD OUT.

Stand up, speak out, and fight for your country.

The Founding Fathers are watching.

Stepan on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sorry, I mixed up Edward and Joe Klein.

BettyRuth on October 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The media will try to bury any revelations as they always do.

“That was so last week.”

“The President took full resposbility, so there’s nothing else to see here.”

“Forward!”

Droopy on October 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

R up 2 in Ras. So much for Gumby’s surge.

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Even more good news, from Wisconsin no less!

A new poll of Wisconsin voters by Marquette Law School (when it comes to polling, it seems that everyone’s getting into the act) provides good news for both Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson. The poll has Romney in a virtual tie with President Obama (Obama 49, Romney 48). It also has Thompson virtually deadlocked with his opponent Tammy Baldwin (Thompson 46, Baldwin 45).

http://law.marquette.edu/poll/

Isn’t Marquette the Gold Standard of WI polling?

Del Dolemonte on October 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy
No it is a sign that they think we are as stupid as they are.

txmomof6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

We’re not the target audience… they are looking for the last undecided in the “stupid” category…

It won’t do them any good at this point… get off the beach; the wave (election) is coming!

Khun Joe on October 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I don’t think anything has made me more confident that Romney is going to win than the “binders full of women” meme. If the best thing they can come up with from the second debate, a debate that Obama supposedly won, is something so patently idiotic, then they’ve got nothing.

Mullaney on October 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

From Big Bird to Binders. The Dems are desperate and out of ideas.

Game is over.

kevinkristy on October 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’m guessing pretty much everything will be A FAUX OUTRAGE from now until election day, it’s all they’ve done up until now so they obviously don’t have anything else , now they’ll just double down on the faux outrage. Big Bird will hold a press conference with women in giant paper mache binders and tell everyone they gonna put y’all back in chains, while directing Black Panthers with clubs to hand out FREE contraceptives….FOR THE KIDS!!!!!!!

Raquel Pinkbullet on October 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Anyone Remember this WAS the strategy of the LEFT the whole time….

Barack Obama’s 2012 plan: ‘Kill Romney’- http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60929.html

THEY were NEVER going to run on the issues, it was all about jump in the gutter Chicago Style dirty tricks campaign

Raquel Pinkbullet on October 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Halperin worries

Important issues ignored

Big Bird and binders.

Knott Buyinit on October 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.

For the “Low Information Voter” that is the Obama supporter, this is all thats important to them. With the Obama administration spending 1.028 Trillion per year on welfare, the LIV that Obama needs for a vote, all he has to do is keep them entertained, fed and stupid.

TulsAmerican on October 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

link

brut4ce on October 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Here

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Is this perhaps associated with the supposed October Surprise timeclock that popped up yesterday with blurry images on Buzzfeed and cryptic hints?

djl130 on October 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM

If they reward a substance-free campaign like Obama’s, we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future…

Yes, no doubt, but Obummer’s advantage is magnified by his race — you have to include the reality that 90% of blacks will vote for him regardless of his substance or lack thereof. One wonders what MLK would think of that.

KS Rex on October 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I wonder if that daily caller link is the same thing as that Octsurprise site. They released a “teaser” saying that in the VP and 2nd debate, it was about a “brief”.

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Eh. Romney’s got binders; the libs have blinders.

davidk on October 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

gracie on October 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

BHO sent Stevens to Bengazi to retrieve weapons and munitions supplied by USA to the anti-Ghadaffi groups.
I read it today, just can’t remember the source.

gonnjos on October 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The Clintons don’t get mad. They get even.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Oh they get mad, then they get even.

Rio Linda Refugee on October 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Yes, no doubt, but Obummer’s advantage is magnified by his race — you have to include the reality that 90% of blacks will vote for him regardless of his substance or lack thereof. One wonders what MLK would think of that.

KS Rex on October 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Maybe 90% of blacks who actually vote will vote for him. But what will the turnout be?

davidk on October 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Bitter Clinger on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

This fits and is entirely logical. I can’t imagine that the requests for enhanced security in Benghazi did not ultimately reach the SoS and that Hillary would’ve been so stupid to deny the requests or at least present them to the WH. It makes sense that she decided to grant the requests, I mean there’s no downside for her to do so and a huge downside if something happened like it did.

Flora’s right, that if these documents exist, it’s nuclear for Obama.

TXUS on October 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Rio Linda Refugee on October 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

LOL! Indeed. If the paperwork comes out before Monday, that will be a barnburner of a debate. I think it will be anyway.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

BHO sent Stevens to Bengazi to retrieve weapons and munitions supplied by USA to the anti-Ghadaffi groups.
I read it today, just can’t remember the source.

gonnjos on October 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Dude!

“1. Barack Obama personally and directly arranged for AMB Chris Stevens to travel to Benghazi, Libya for the express purpose of meeting with individuals who Barack Obama directly negotiated with in an effort to recover US Supplied weapons.

“2. AMB Chris Stevens was not ambushed because of a leak in the Libyan security as is being claimed. Chris Stevens where-a-bouts in Benghazi were determined and relayed by the Obama White House in their arranging this meeting in the first place.

“3. Hillary Clinton knows that AMB Stevens was sent to Benghazi on the express direction of Barack Obama and she knew the anti-Islam YouTube video had already been picked to be used as a diversion if the weapons recovery failed.”

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2020295/pg1

davidk on October 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Obowma has a WAR ON WOMEN. He pays women in his cabinet 17% LESS THAN MEN and his wife gave up a 300, 000 per year job to stay at home. Obowma is a male chauvinist and a misogynist.

dthorny on October 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I just read a story that FOX is trying to verify. If proven to be true, it will blow the boy king and his reelection chance out of the water.

Flora Duh on October 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Not sure how State Department communications that show Hillary urging embassies and consulates heighten their security is going to help absolve her of any responsibility. The fact remains that Charlene Lamb refused to provide addition security. Lamb works for Hillary.

Hill60 on October 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Poor Mika, she is going to have to sit there with that constipated look on her face for the next three weeks.

Tater Salad on October 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Obama and his team fixed changed the performance issue without addressing the structural flaw of having no real positive argument for voters to support him.

I would argue that they didn’t fix his performance as much as they simply changed it. Fixing implies that it actually worked.

BTW, your statement describes leftism in general. It’s always about the message, the implementation, the details and never about the failure of the philosophy itself.

Lost in Jersey on October 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

And Bill Clinton was heard saying “Well,where is this binder now?”

Sefton on October 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If a campaign’s messaging revolves around Big Bird, binders, and dirty dishes three weeks before the election, it’s a sign of political exhaustion and intellectual bankruptcy.

It is only a matter of time before Bain Capital gets recycled as the meme d’jour.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Not sure how State Department communications that show Hillary urging embassies and consulates heighten their security is going to help absolve her of any responsibility. The fact remains that Charlene Lamb refused to provide addition security. Lamb works for Hillary.

Hill60 on October 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hillary Clinton was right when she said that she bore responsibility as SecState. But only for the security aspects. The subsequent cover-up is the shared responsibility of Clinton and the rat-eared wonder.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Totally agree. I think people need a more visual analogy of the Presidential debate. Like this one.

bloggless on October 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Careful – the President may use that image in ways unintended.

quiz1 on October 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The shiny object strategy is down to binders?

Just think, Team Obama could have had a real strategy… but that would have taken a real good record to run on. They can’t deploy the record and now the shiny objects can’t even get attention outside the mouthbreathers on the Left.

ajacksonian on October 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I blame twitter and facebook. Too many people are immediately publishing random cruel things without having to think of the consequences.

Anonymity brings out everyone’s inner jackass.

warden on October 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

davidk:

You omitted the part about what those weapons were. They were not just M4s, 81mm mortars, or LAWS rockets. They were MANPADS, most likely Stingers. No one cares about the old Russian junk Qaddafyi had. We gave MANPADS to these jihadis and Obama wanted to buy them back before two guys in a fishing smack could take down an Airbus off Sicily or someother place in the central Med. This is the scandal if true and if it can get out.

xkaydet65 on October 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The Clintons don’t get mad. They get even.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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Once she’s done hiding out in Peru.

Although, Spring season in Peru….. who could say no ?

FlaMurph on October 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

They probably confused “binders” with “bindings”, as in S&M bondage. That’s one topic I would be curious to see Stephanie Cutter’s campaign built around…

Archivarix on October 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mark Halperin fancies himself as an opinion leader and I think sees much bigger roles in his future. Perhaps he has pulled back from the Obama cliff and won’t go over it with the other media lemmings. He sees Obama’s strategy as both failing and bad for the country. He also must see that it is exceptionally bad for journalism for every single member of the media to be running around exclaiming how beautiful the emperor’s clothes are when everyone sees he is naked.

I just finished a water-cooler conversation with a few of my coworkers who ALL voted for Obama, but think he is running the silliest and most vapid camaign they have ever seen and they are frustrated. They all think he is being badly served by his campaign strategists. When I challenged them to tell me what Obama will do if he is reeelcted they could not say anything. I said, why would you vote for someone if you have no idea what they will do if they are elected? Isn’t that a fundamental, basic thing a candidate for office is supposed to tell you in order to win your vote?

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

If they reward a substance-free campaign like Obama’s…

If so I will pray for the rapture.

sdbatboy on October 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Binders full of women, you say?

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/binders-full-of-women/

You’re welcome. ;-)

cam2 on October 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hold your breath. Stand on your head. This whole undescribably ugly mess of an Obama Administration will be over soon. But, if anything like this ever, EVER happens again, it will be your own effing fault.

Mr. Grump on October 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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