New Obama ad: Dude, I found my second-term agenda!

posted at 8:41 am on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so … well, hilarious, really, but in a very sad way.  The Barack Obama campaign officially launched in April 2011.  They have raised something close to a billion dollars, and they’ve certainly spent almost as much on field offices, GOTV efforts, and tons of campaign advertising.  They even created their fantasy of a woman living under Barack Obama’s benevolent governance, “Julia,” that managed to creep out so many women that they have done their best to send Julia to the Island of Misfit Political Mascots.

The one thing they didn’t have is a reason for anyone to vote for Barack Obama — a second-term agenda.  Mark Halperin became the loudest voice in the media to point this out after the second debate came and went without it, and even some Democrats began to wonder whether Obama himself knew what he wanted to do with a second term.  Hours after the third debate passed without an agenda, guess what Team Obama discovered?

After weeks of being challenged by Democrats and Republicans to lay out his second-term agenda, President Obama’s campaign is releasing a 20-page booklet called “Blueprint for America’s Future” on Tuesday and airing a new television ad to support it.

The 60-second spot, called “Determination,” outlines several policy initiatives the president will tackle if he were to get reelected. Calm and poised, speaking over soft music and images of soldiers coming home, farmers in the fields and manufacturing workers in factories, Obama makes a pitch directly to the camera in the ad.

“There’s just no quit in America and you’re seeing that right now,” Obama says, before going on to lay out several first-term accomplishments. He continues, “We’re not there yet, but we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.”

Obama then describes his plan: “Making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can, and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path.”

This is an act of desperation on Team Obama’s part.  Until the debates, their entire strategy was to attack Mitt Romney as an unacceptable choice, as a vampire capitalist/weirdo who couldn’t possibly handle the presidency.  The decision to hold off on a second-term agenda was deliberate, as deliberate as their intent to paint Romney as The Other and toxify him so that Democrats could win a base turnout election.

Now that the debates are over, the Obama campaign belatedly realizes just how misguided that strategy turned out to be.  Now they want to rush an agenda out in order to make a positive claim for the office, because Romney turned out to be more presidential than Obama in the debates.  People will rightly ask why Obama waited until 14 days out from the election to bother to make a positive case for a second term — and come to the proper conclusion that Obama’s arrogance led him to believe he’d never have to make that case to voters at all.  He figured he was owed a second term.

Too little, far too late.

Addendum: Have we made ‘real progress’?  Just a few charts to mull over while considering that claim.  First, let’s look at jobs since the recession began in comparison to all other post-WWII recessions:

 

Next we have the civilian workforce participation percentage rate over the last 18 years:

Finally, here are deficits over the last 12 years, and for the next seven under Obama’s projected budgets:

Small wonder 62% want a major change in policy direction.


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LOL

cheetah2 on October 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The nation still wants change – this time, it’s a change of Presidents.

Archivarix on October 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM

He reminds me of a sleep-deprived Michael Dukakis who at the end was so beaten down by the debate question about the rape-murder of his wife and the death penalty and his ho-hum response that in the final week he was releasing ads saying he would almost kill the guy with his bare hands.

Marcus on October 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Listening to politico and morning Joe. This is an AWESOME ad

SSDD

cmsinaz on October 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

“There’s just no quit in America and you’re seeing that right now,” Obama says…

Tell that to the uncounted thousands of unemployed people who just plain gave up looking for work and were forced to file for disability instead!!!! Tell them there is “just no quit in America”, Barry!!!!

pilamaye on October 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Agenda – re-education and brown shirt training. That’s what he meant to say.

BobK on October 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

So the second verse IS the same as the first.

Always hated that song…

Kraken on October 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Didn’t 0bama badmouth “no child left behind”?

What he described there sounds a whole lot like nationalizing education.

cozmo on October 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

To summarize: Socialism good. Capitalism bad.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM

“We’re not there yet, but we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.”

Local tax assessor lowered my property value by 25% this year. This is progress I can’t afford. Time for someone, ah, er, competent.

rbj on October 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Spreading the wealth around can be spelled out on a napkin..
ObamaCare…
Forklift…

Electrongod on October 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

O.K., so we hire more teachers and train people to….what? to work where? the solar panel factories? the wind mill farms? THE POST OFFICE?. I guess it’ll all work out, what with him using soft music, and a calm and poised voice. Yep, I’m voting for this Captain of smart.

BettyRuth on October 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Obama’s arrogance led him to believe he’d never have to make that case to voters at all. He figured he was owed a second term.

He’s a victim. He’s entitled to special privileges. Did he mention that his father is from Kenya?

The rules that applied to all those white presidents don’t apply to Barry. He’s special. He’s entitled. He doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills, so he doesn’t have to act like them either.

AZCoyote on October 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Obama wants people to look at plans and “see which one is best for you.” Is he selling insurance? How about seeing which plan is best for the country?

Brad G on October 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

How funny if Romney started running a “HOPE and CHANGE” ad.

Marcus on October 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

So Obama releases his plan four days after I drop my mail-in ballot off at the county clerk’s office?

You know, if you hoped to persuade me; you might have wanted to do this sort of thing BEFORE I had my vote recorded.

I’m starting to see why he didn’t release a plan, planning doesn’t seem to be a strong point for Obama.

gekkobear on October 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I tried barackobama.com/unicornfarts and it got me to the same plan.

Weird.

Paradol Ex on October 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

There is a script problem with the last debate follow-up thread.

Obama is a used car dealer trying to sell a Yugo.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

gee half those plans were Romney’s that he criticized heavily in the debates

anyone stupid enough to think he has an energy plan deserves what they get

audiotom on October 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I glanced at the phrase in this post and thought it said “Blueprint for America’s Failure“.

we can do some nation-building here at home.

Am I the only one offended to the core of my being by this phrase? Speaking about us as if we’re some third-world failed state?

crazy_legs on October 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Bulls*&t with a big bow. Unbelievable.

msmveritas on October 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Poor fella..he’s got nothing.

HumpBot Salvation on October 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

It’s close and it’s almost over. If a majority of voters in this poor sick Republic elect to retain this charlatan then they deserve what they’ve spawned when this once great country reaches the depths of its existence.

rplat on October 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Wow, is their campaign out of money? Cant they afford some make up or something? Obummer looks exhausted and defeated. I hope he didnt stumble over his eye circles when he got out of that chair.

Valkyriepundit on October 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

building on our manufacturing boom

Huh?

Flora Duh on October 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Ahh…that deficits chart. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen that updated. I remember that one vividly: it’s what got me to go to one of the earliest Tea Party rallies in Seattle. And look at it now: the last four years even WORSE than projected. This has got to be turned around!

dont taze me bro on October 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

take all the bayonets and horses from the army, it’s their fair share

Slade73 on October 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

building on our manufacturing boom

Boom?! Does this feel like a boom? No. I remember the 80′s and 90′s. That’s what a real boom feels like!

jeanneb on October 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

You nailed it, Ed. He viewed Romney, and the voters, with such disdain that he didn’t think he needed a second term agenda. What he’s promising, though, is just a rehash of his ’08 promises.

I especially love the line about cutting the deficit. Anyone else buying that?

changer1701 on October 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What is this guy’s obsession with teachers? While they are important, I’ve never known them to spur economic growth.

gophergirl on October 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

nation-building here at home

Isn’t that phrase from a Thomas Friedman article of about two years ago?

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Obama wants to do “some nation building here at home.”

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Second-term agenda, meet first-term results. Wait…where are you going…come back here.

swinia sutki on October 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Blueprint for America’s Future.

Chapter one: “Dismantling the Economy.”

Chapter two: “Maximizing the Number of People on Food Stamps.”

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Give me four more years and I’ll fix everything I broke in the last four.

RedWinged Blackbird on October 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

What I’d like now from Romney is a commitment to stay off TV 24/7. Seriously. Obama hasn’t stopped talking for four years. I just tune him out. He says nothing. He lies. The relief of a President and First Lady who might just work a few hours a day instead of being Letterman’s straight man and the View’s eye candy will be SUCH a relief.

Does anyone actually believe anything this man-child says?

Portia46 on October 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

“Wow, is their campaign out of money? Cant they afford some make up or something? Obummer looks exhausted and defeated. I hope he didnt stumble over his eye circles when he got out of that chair.

Valkyriepundit on October 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM”

Thought the same thing. Obama, like all Presidents, really aged in office.

It’s an effective ad, though.

BTW, Rasmussen has Romney 50 Obama 46 this morning. It looks like he went back to Dem +3 sample from the previous Dem +5. Will be interesting to see what effect the debate has.

gumbyandpokey on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Where is this manufacturing boom of which he speaks?

ctmom on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

He can’t tell us what his second-term agenda is, people. Otherwise, he would have said that to Medvedv (sp) at the PODIUM, not into the hot mic that happened to be on.

All he can do is LIE about what his second term agenda might be. If he told us, he’d be ridden out of town on the third rail!

UnderstandingisPower on October 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I’ll do everything I said I’d do before, and let Bill Ayers write my autobiography

Slade73 on October 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Chapter three: “Doubling the Size and Scope of the EPA.”

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: American Jihad

There’s a slogan that will GOTV!

turfmann on October 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

RASMUSSEN: R 50% O 46%… DEVELOPING…

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

To paraphrase TS Eliot in the ever so appropriate The Hollow Men:

This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
Not with a bang boom, but a whimper.

Goodbye, Barry.

mchristian on October 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

We’re not there yet.

This coupled with “We’re not satisfied,” “Are we satisfied? Of course not,” and “Look, nobody is satisfied with our pace of growth. Nobody is satisfied,” is self-admitted failure.

This has been a consistent message throughout Mr. Obama’s campaign, repeated in some combination with “That’s a step in the right direction.” Only now has Campaign Barry caught a clue what a loser message this is.

The adoring press and punditry are doing their best to prop up Mr. Obama’s failed presidency going into the stretch, but this election was always going to be about the electorate’s pocketbook, and Campaign Barry never had a winning pocketbook message.

DGB

Damian Bennett on October 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

If Oblamer is re-elected, will he be talking about the economic mess he inherited from the guys that have been in charge the last 4 years?

Dexter_Alarius on October 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

So, the president hammers Romney on his plan which has been on his website for months, and now, he “finds” his agenda after the last debate so he doesn’t have to answer for it. What a douche!

As for Obama’s second term agenda…second verse, same as the first. More debt, less jobs, more expensive healthcare, erroneous regulations, less oil and gas exploration, more spent on green energy (picking losers).

It’s not a blueprint, it’s a demolition plan.

Patriot Vet on October 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Chapter four: “Immigration Reform; or, Amnesty for All.”

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Where is this manufacturing boom of which he speaks?

ctmom on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Textiles. Federally subsidized whole-cloth production is at record levels.

Barnestormer on October 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

This comes as Romney hits the 50% mark point in Rasmussen national poll.

Things are looking worse and worse for Obama. If I were an Obama campaign contributor, right now I would be demanding my money back.

bluegill on October 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The Obama Plan: “Wait until debates are over so that Romney can’t hold me accountable.”

Reduce the deficit ? … Where, oh where, is his VALIDITY on that issue?

Carnac on October 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Maybe if training programs were available on casino buses, the government could get all this education stuff to the institutionally unemployed. Or is that wrong?

DarthBrooks on October 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

How you can be “undecided” at this point is beyond me. There are two very stark choices.

At this point, Romney has been seen as someone with a very good command of the issues. On the most important issue, our economy, he is seen as much better than the President. Big advantage Romney. People genuinely vote their most important issues. While foreign policy is certainly important, it will not be the deciding issue for this election.

Mr. Obama has offered no new ideas. He has spent a great deal of his time demonizing Romney and continuing to divide our populace. That provides no hope for the future. This nonsense of “you don’t want to go back” has no positive appeal either. If you asked most people if they want to go back to the economy before Obama was President they would say- yes.

That being said, I think that “undecideds” largely break for Romney and help put him over the top. People intuitively know what Mr. Obama is trying has not worked and a continuation of the same only prolongs their economic malaise.

What worries me is Ohio. I believe Ohio becomes the next Florida and there are plenty of shenanigans that Team Obama are pulling to make that contention happens. There has been an uptick in their lawyers on the ground and they are getting in place to prepare an assault. That should worry everyone

Marcus Traianus on October 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

We need to build more underwater ships.

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

obama’s promises have all the credibility of “no red-state/blue-state divisions”. American needs to say, “Fool me once…”

paul1149 on October 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

BTW, Rasmussen has Romney 50 Obama 46 this morning. It looks like he went back to Dem +3 sample from the previous Dem +5. Will be interesting to see what effect the debate has.

gumbyandpokey on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The swing state polling has Romney at 50%, Obama 45% as well…do you think the +5 is a more accurate current reading of the D party? Gallup doesn’t use party ID, but notice Rasmu is beginning to mirror Gallup.

RepubChica on October 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Another day, another set of polls confirming Obama’s continued erosion of voter support. No wonder panic is setting in among the Obama campaign staff. Right now they are trying to think of ways, individually, to escape blame for Obama’s coming defeat on November 6. It isn’t such a great thing to be associated with a losing campaign like Obama’s.

bluegill on October 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

building on our manufacturing boom

What boom?

In January 2009, there were 12.713 million Americans working in manufacturing.

In September 2012, there were only 11.942 million Americans working in manufacturing.

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

It’s what Bark doesn’t say that gives me the skin-crawling creeps. This little nugget of an ad is just pap for the dopes who still believe TFGRP isn’t an ahole, the real agenda would be a lot scarier and a lot worse.

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

NIce ad, shame it’s all bullshit built on money we don’t have.

ButterflyDragon on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I can tell right now. It’s going to be a Trollapalooza kind of day. The smell of Lib desperation is in the air.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

What is this guy’s obsession with teachers? While they are important, I’ve never known them to spur economic growth.

gophergirl on October 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Because if you love teachers then you love kids, and you want them to get some fine book learnin’. /

changer1701 on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

nation-building here at home

We’re already a nation.

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Remember all the “plans” he talked about before ’08? Transparency? Put the bills on the internet for three days? Close Gitmo? Halve the deficit? Reduce the national debt?

Is there any reason to believe this new “plan” is any more credible than the last one?

I don’t think so, do you?

EL on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

new hotness – aircraft carriers, where fantastical flying tubes land in the middle of the water!

Slade73 on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

All he can do is LIE about what his second term agenda might be. If he told us, he’d be ridden out of town on the third rail!

UnderstandingisPower on October 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

This.

petefrt on October 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

That first chart looked like my last cardiac angiography, I didn’t understand it either.

hip shot on October 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

So The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers has got nothing – well, nothing he really wants to share with us anyway.

Well, whaddya know?

Enjoy your Hawaiian retirement, O’Butthead.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

That was a grim & desperate El Presidente’ Downgrade in that ad…evidently searching for a plan has exhausted him

workingclass artist on October 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Obama = Henry the 8th. Second verse same as the first!

metroryder on October 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

How you can be “undecided” at this point is beyond me. There are two very stark choices.

Marcus Traianus on October 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I don’t believe there are “undecided’s”. Did you see Frank Lunz’ group last night? Those whacko’s were as entrenched in their positions as you and I are. Or Greta, who had that “undecided” guy from the 2nd debate, who’s still undecided, and he all but asked to come back next week so he could be on TV again to tell us all how he was still undecided. It’s all about getting a little attention, IMO.

BettyRuth on October 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

nation-building here at home

We’re already a nation.

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Maybe Obama would like to invite a UN coalition to help us nation build at home…

workingclass artist on October 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I can tell right now. It’s going to be a Trollapalooza kind of day. The smell of Lib desperation is in the air.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Yep. Will the ABR nutballs join them?

cozmo on October 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The best thing that Obama campaign staffers can do for themselves moving forward as they try to escape blame is also the most honest thing: they can blame Obama’s inevitable defeat to Mitt Romney on the utter failure of Obama’s policies while in office and not on their campaign strategizing and management. However, it is not easy to differentiate between Obama’s official duties and his self-promoting campaign efforts, since they often seem to be one and the same.

bluegill on October 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

So. After months of nothing from Obama, he drops this regurgitation of the past upon us. Two weeks prior to election.

Brings to mind the old keep mouth closed so to only appear stupid vs opening mouth and confirm it sentiment.

He’s got nothing. He knows it. And he knows America knows it.

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

BTW, Rasmussen has Romney 50 Obama 46 this morning. It looks like he went back to Dem +3 sample from the previous Dem +5. Will be interesting to see what effect the debate has.

gumbyandpokey on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Rasmussen was never D+5. Always been D+3. Rasmussen has not changed his sample size. I am a platinum member.

The bottomline, Romney is pulling away.

14 days to go and he’s at 50 in both the major daily trackers. It’s his to lose.

kevinkristy on October 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What is this guy’s obsession with teachers? While they are important, I’ve never known them to spur economic growth.

gophergirl on October 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Can you say “union” and “voter bloc?”

I don’t know though, I think there might be a little too much inside politics baseball going on at HotAir about this debate. Although most of the commenters here think that Romney played an excellent game of political chess, the folks he needs to convince have not yet progressed from checkers. Seriously, if you are one of those low-information voters what would you be thinking to yourself should you devote a few minutes to having to think about an election at all—perhaps you might convince yourself that Obama is the best choice because: 1) he promises me more; and 2) he and Romney’s foreign policy are about the same. You would then be satisfied that you’re making the correct choice.

KickandSwimMom on October 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

That first chart looked like my last cardiac angiography, I didn’t understand it either.

hip shot on October 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Read it from right to left. All of the economic trend lines go higher than when they started, except the current recession shown in red.

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

It’s telling that Democrats think Obama won the night with a horses and bayonets “zinger”. That’s not a zinger, idiots – that’s a childish insult.

The best zinger was clearly Mitt’s jab about flexibility with Putin.

Slade73 on October 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Blueprint for America’s Future.

Chapter one: “Dismantling the Economy.”

Chapter two: “Maximizing the Number of People on Food Stamps.”

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

LOL! We’re just about finished with Chapter 1, and Barry’s second-term agenda is no really deeper than what you described in Chapter 2. Please, God, no!

yubley on October 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Look at the expression on his face! That so says, “I’m annoyed I have to do this, you idiots.”

dogsoldier on October 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama’s plan is to

Train and educate
Support manufacturing
Develop energy here

Wait, isn’t that Romney’s plan? Did Joe Biden turn this in as his work?

He even stole the “5 point” concept. Hey Obama, YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT

Daisy_WI on October 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I like what Mitt ‘Magnificent B*stard’ Romney did last night. Obama was debating the ghosts of George Bush and Dick Cheney, not the calm, measured, resolute gentleman sitting beside him. The president was lashing out at phantoms.

Not hammering Obama on Libya was a smart call–one demonstrating political restraint and a true sense things are going Romney’s way. I’m sure if Romney was down in the polls, it would be a different story.

Obama did have an air of desperation in last night’s debate. That is unmistakable. A well-trained eye/ear was easily able to gauge who is the frontrunner in the race.

RepubChica on October 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

New Obama Ad:

“You’ve invested so much and paid so dearly for my on the job training over the last four years, it would be so counterproductive to waste that.”

NOMOBO on October 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

cozmo on October 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

At this point, with what’s at stake, I’n doubting the Conservative bona fides of anybody not supporting Romney.

Our number #1 priority is getting the Petulant President out of Our House.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Too little, far too late.

I keep hearing this above quote. But nothing matters until the night of Nov 6. Nothing. Not internal polling. Not confidence in Romney. Nothing. I don’t want to have a “WTF happened” thread the night of Nov 6th. I don’t want a buzzkill.

Hawkerflyer on October 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

BTW, Rasmussen has Romney 50 Obama 46 this morning. It looks like he went back to Dem +3 sample from the previous Dem +5. Will be interesting to see what effect the debate has.

gumbyandpokey on October 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Gumbo, you sewing that white flag yet?

hillsoftx on October 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Because if you love teachers then you love kids, and you want them to get some fine book learnin’. /

changer1701 on October 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Public union membership and the NEA,..don’t forget that.

a capella on October 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Its the Mocktober Surprise!

And boy will he be surprised by how people mock the lack of agenda.

ajacksonian on October 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Dextrous on October 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Thank you, I was being a little facetious; the chart is quite telling about the depth of the “depression” this country has endured the last four years. How anyone can be undecided or think Obama is good for the economy has to have eaten mushrooms from their lawn.

hip shot on October 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Sounds just like empty chair’s shovel ready cr#p to me. Which he’s already told us wasn’t very shovel ready as he and Immelt cackled in the background. If he’s so good at the economic thingy why did his campaign have to borrow $15M? Hmmmm. How’s he gonna pay it back? If he’s reelected, we’ll be the ones paying it back for him.

Kissmygrits on October 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

At this point, with what’s at stake, I’n doubting the Conservative bona fides of anybody not supporting Romney.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Heck, I’ve doubted their bona fides for weeks.

cozmo on October 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

“soldiers coming home, farmers in the fields and manufacturing workers in factories”

Images from 1950s USSR propaganda videos. How … “progressive.”

notropis on October 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Not hammering Obama on Libya was a smart call–one demonstrating political restraint and a true sense things are going Romney’s way. I’m sure if Romney was down in the polls, it would be a different story.

Obama did have an air of desperation in last night’s debate. That is unmistakable. A well-trained eye/ear was easily able to gauge who is the frontrunner in the race.

RepubChica on October 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Plus, Mitt knows it is all out in public now, and he would have been silly to have gotten bogged down arguing about timelines of events.

a capella on October 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

We need to purge this clown with a landslide–nothing short of that will suffice.

BuckeyeSam on October 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Ras: 47% See Better Economy With Romney, 35% With Obama

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Back to Leno…

“NBC tells the AP that two days after the final presidential debate and less than two weeks before the November 6th election, President Barack Obama will be making his fifth appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno…

It should also be noted that Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Channel’s Fox News Sunday, is still waiting for his first interview with Obama since he took office almost four years ago. Perhaps Wallace will be granted Obama’s first interview as a former president?”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/10/22/late-night-guest-chief-obama?utm_source=feedburner&utm_med

workingclass artist on October 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

building on our manufacturing boom

What boom?

In January 2009, there were 12.713 million Americans working in manufacturing.

In September 2012, there were only 11.942 million Americans working in manufacturing.

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

It isn’t about jobs with manufacturing for the president, it is about how much the industry is making (value added)(2011).

In 2010, American manufacturers added value of $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy, up 6.6% over the previous year after accounting for inflation. By the same measure, the rest of the economy grew by 2.2%.

You might not know it from public commentary, but the United States manufactures more than any other country (including China), and U.S. factories are within reach of their all-time greatest output–a record they set in 2000 and came close to reaching again in 2007.

Patriot Vet on October 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

BettyRuth on October 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I would largely agree. People are probably decided in their hearts and not sharing it.

Undecideds/Independents are getting a significant amount of extra attention this cycle. As a result you have folks being very vocal about not having made a choice yet.

That being said, this election is going to be decided on turnout. The final battle will be getting folks to the polls on Election Day- especially in Ohio.

Marcus Traianus on October 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Ed — isn’t the 5 pt plan he’s been repeating over and over again?

This is nothing new…is it?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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