New Romney ads: “Clear Path,” “Apology Tour”

posted at 1:21 pm on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If we can tell anything about the psyche of campaigns by the ads they publish immediately after debates, then we can conclude that both candidates have different takes on last night’s results than the conventional wisdom.  Team Obama belatedly tossed out a second-term agenda, showing that they realize that their strategy to paint Mitt Romney as unpresidential has utterly flopped.  Team Romney pulled this moment from the debate to sharpen Romney’s contrast on foreign policy, which got a little fuzzy last night:

T]he President began … an apology tour, of going to various nations … and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. … [T]he reason I call it an apology tour … you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And … you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region …. You said that … America had dictated to other nations. Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.

This is a pretty good ad, and it shows that Romney feels very comfortable at this stage playing offense, while Obama is now having to play defense — and catch-up, in terms of an agenda.  The final line was the one that appeared most in my Twitter timeline (I was in class at the time of the debate), and may have been the best line Romney had on foreign policy.

However, this isn’t going to close the sale with undecided voters.  Romney needs to focus like a laser on the economic argument that 62% of American voters want to hear: a major change in direction from Obamanomics, along with a short explanation of just how badly Obama has failed in three years of “recovery.”  Always be closing, because second place in this race doesn’t even get you a set of steak knives.

And so we have Team Romney’s new closer, “The Clear Path,” taken from his valediction at the end of last night’s debate:

There are two very different paths the country can take. One is a path represented by the President, which, at the end of four years, would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget. The President’s path will mean continuing declining in take-home pay. I want to make sure our take-home pay turns around and starts to grow. The President’s path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I’ll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs. I’m going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs. America’s going to come back. And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a president who can work across the aisle.

I’ll work with you. I’ll lead you in an open and honest way. And I ask for your vote. I’d like to be the next President of the United States to support and help this great nation, and to make sure that we all together maintain America as the hope of the earth.

This is the closing message that Romney needs to emphasize.  The foreign-policy debate is over; this election is about jobs and the economy.  Time to go for the Cadillac.

Update: Jennifer Rubin remarks on the myth of the myth of apologies:

President Obama is right that fact-checkers routinely declare it to be a “myth” that he has apologized for America. The fact-checkers are wrong, however. The variance from reality is so great on this one that you realize how potent is the information bubble in which the president and mainstream media reside. He is out with an new ad today citing a couple of these. Obama was caught flat-footed and didn’t attempt a response.

I am hardly the first to compile lists of apologetic utterances from Obama. These include an apology in front of the Turkish Parliament: “Another issue that confronts all democracies as they move to the future is how we deal with the past. The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history.” And don’t forget the apology to all of Europe, delivered in France:

From the Summit of the Americas he apologized to an entire hemisphere: “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. … So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration. The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.”

Rubin is right, but I still think the point is mainly irrelevant to undecided voters.  If they took offense to this kind of rhetoric, they wouldn’t be undecided now.


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Always be closing, because second place in this race doesn’t even get you a set of steak knives.

Second place in this race is the equivalent of third place in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Doughboy on October 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

“Moochelle, you have any stain remover, my undies got a spot that needs addressing”…

SCHOOLED.

hillsoftx on October 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Barry has a record that is full of soft targets… Go get’em Mitt.
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RalphyBoy on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Just imagine if we had 20 Marines with bayonets in Benghazi

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

“Dictating.” “Dictating.” Hmmmm. “Dictating.”

Oh! Kinda like the CommieCare mandate!

Got it!

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Just imagine if we had 20 Marines with bayonets in Benghazi

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

They’d be dripping with Paleolithic primate blood.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Hey Ed,

What class are you taking?

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Next Sunday morning’s talk shows should be interesting. With any luck, DWS and Steph Cutter will tag team. I suppose it is too much to ask that DWS be questioned about the presidential kill list again.

a capella on October 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Anti-Colonial President. Hates America and it culture Can’t see evil in Jihad.

Oil Can on October 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

What a surprise, fact checkers are full of it and trying to spin things for obama as always!

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Libs poo pooing the first ad so it must be good
?
Its time to go all in Mitt

cmsinaz on October 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

hillsoftx on October 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

On your issue about mo, here is what she is saying now to plow up snakes on ‘race’ issues in the election?

http://nation.foxnews.com/michelle-obama/2012/10/23/michelle-obama-invokes-civil-war-segregation-reelection-push
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letget on October 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Loved the closing statement and he got the last word

Yes!

cmsinaz on October 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Just imagine if we had 20 Marines with bayonets in Benghazi

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Heh, that would’ve been a nice comeback for Romney last night.

It was Mitt who decided to play not to lose and not challenge obama on Libya and all his lies.

This better work. I don’t agree with it, but maybe Romney’s internal polling show he’s winning Ohio and pretty much has it wrapped up.

I hope so. Even so I never have and never will like prevent defense in football or in real life.

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

But do you think Romney can survive the gaffe of claiming we need more ships? Obama looked very knowledgable when he talked about ships with planes landing on them and ships going under water and whatnot. Romney looked a little confused as if he didn’t know exactly which ships Obama was talking about. I think Obama might have brought him up to speed afterwards.

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The polls are showing that Romney not only won last nights debate but kept his Mittmentum going. Second guessing and arm chair quarterbacking, getting all wee-wee’d up over Mitt’s strategy is… Well quite frankly, stupid.

Now on the other hand, if you wanted to second guess or armchair quarterback Obama’s losing strategy, or better yet Chrissy Tingleleg’s strategy for keeping Obama in the Oval Office, that might actually be amusing.

SWalker on October 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Powerful ads! The tide has completely shifted to Romney, thanks to the petulant and snippy performance of the Failure-in-chief. Like a wounded animal, it’s going to get mighty ugly up in here, when they get done licking their wounds and start to fight. The chicago thug machine has the Obama jihadi media ready to deploy all manner of lies and misdirections. the last problem will be the fact that a Soros owned co. is counting overseas/Military votes and the Hoards of Democrat, Deceased and Multiple Voters! The U.N. is being brought in to look for Republican Voter Fraud, which as The Lib PlayBook States, Wherever they plan to commit Voter Fraud, Accuse the Opposition and send in phony observers to distract from the left’s Voter Fraud. So, to state the historical Obvious, Wherever a U.N. group of observers is sent, you can find the Democrat Voter Fraud, without much effort!
Update on:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

If Romney is elected, one thing is for sure…………HE AIN’T BOWING TO NOBODY, REGARDLESS WHO THEY ARE!!!!!

pilamaye on October 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

An interesting piece by Larry Johnson who runs a blog called No Quarter. He happened to be on the same plane with many media members this morning, leaving Florida after the debate:

I am on a plane that departed Fort Lauderdale 10 minutes ago (seat 11a for any of you media mavens on board and using GoGo) and am surrounded by a legion of the mainstream media. I anticipated there might be one or two Washington press or political types on the plane. Boy was I wrong. They are all here.

I was standing behind Chris Matthews in the security line. He is looking very unhappy this morning. Having been on his show several times in 2001 and 2002, I know his happy face and I know when he is in a major funk. He was very funky today.

Immediately to my right (on the other side of the security line) was F. Chuck Todd, oblivious to all around him, talking on the phone. I heard him say, “Yeah, Obama’s numbers are collapsing.”

Once through security I spied David Corn, Howard Feinstein, Major Garret and Candy Crowley. This looks like a frigging press charter plane for the Obama campaign. The average American really cannot appreciate the level of incest that is the so-called mainstream media. They are their own echo chamber. The vast majority are the geeks who were tortured in high school. That’s why they hate Mitt Romney so. He reminds them of the popular, successful kids they were not.

Boy, are they bummed this morning. Some may put on the happy face on TV, but they rarely tell viewers and readers what they really know. In this case, there are the real polls. Each campaign has a good handle on whether they are moving up or moving down. Obama is in free fall and did not do himself any favors last night. Why?

What are we talking about the morning after the debate? Obama’s strong, steady leadership or his claim, later denied by his spinners, that sequestration would not happen?

Are we talking about his spine of iron as commander-in-chief or is the talk about his peevish, juvenile remark dismissing Romney’s remarks about the shrinking size of the U.S. Navy?

You know the answer. Obama lost because of his misstatements and errors. Whenever your spokes people and lackeys have to hit the airwaves and try to explain what you meant to say you know you stepped in the feces.

And Obama? He was high stepping. In his effort to portray Romney as a know nothing on military affairs, Barack Obama referred to submarines as a “SHIP.” Idiot. Any sailor knows that a sub is a boat not a ship. Submariners never refer to their rides as a “ship.” Barack showed his ass on that one in more ways than one.

What message did he send to the workers in the Newport News/Norfolk shipyards who are standing by ready to build new vessels? He essentially called them “out dated.” In doing so he demonstrated a fundamental ignorance about the capabilities and mission of the U.S. Navy. We have moved to an Air Craft Carrier fleet. The era of Battleships is over. Instead, we have these floating air fields, which are accompanied by cruisers and destroyers and other support vessels.

To maintain the ability of the United States military to move personnel and equipment to hotspots around the world we need ships. Obama fundamentally failed to understand that critical point.

While Obama may have satisfied the hardcore lefty partisans who ache for a fight and love to watch someone act like an inconsiderate ass, true adults understand that kind of behavior does not rally nor inspire independent voters. Obama’s desperate embrace of this base worked to his disadvantage with women and elderly looking for “No Drama.” Obama’s angry, petulant, in-your-face histrionics did not sway the middle. It alienated them.

That’s the dirty secret that most of the media knows and refuses to disclose to America. The election has shifted decisively in Romney’s favor and Obama’s ship, not submarine, is going under. Glug. Glug. Glug.

TarheelBen on October 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The minute long “Clear Path” ad is ok but could be cut down to 30 seconds. The “I ask for your vote” bit doesn’t add anything, if anything it seems a little off. But the declining pay and income is a big point.
Also, Romney’s potential bi-partisanship is also a big point when contrasted with O’s uni-partisanship, but it’s not clear who Mitt is talking to in the ad when he says “I’ll work with you.” With me the viewer, or the Dems? So, save minute ads for when the whole minute is absolutely required to make the full point. Back to the drawing board for the “Clear Path” ad. I like the Apology Tour ad though. And rerun Romney’s Mediscare ad where he talks of O taking $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Huge ad. Remind people again.

anotherJoe on October 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Just heard a good interview with KT McFarland on Gibby. She said Romneys call for peace was a genius move. He must have studied focus group data about the womens vote, which he has improved. The peace angle was part of his appeal to women and mothers in particular. Part of Barrys strategy was to paint Mitt as a bloodthirsty war mongering Bushhitler on steroids. Barky was defanged and hoodwinked. Well played, Mitt.

Philly on October 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Don’t know about others, but I’m extremely proud to be ‘associated’ with Mitt, Paul and their campaign team !!

No TOTUS, no “me, I,I,I”, no ums or uhs … perfectly delivered and highly inspiring.
What did Preezy say last night that could effectively be used, ver batum, as a convincing ad ??

GOTV !!

pambi on October 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I think it’s time for Mitt to go back to his quote, ‘It’s still the economy and we’re not stupid.”…finish one of his ads with it, maybe…

StarLady on October 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Gallup:

51/46

+5 Romney

Resist We Much on October 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Geez Ed, give the guy a credit for one ad following up on the dabate. Romney has focused on the economy all through the election. One foriegn policy ad won’t hurt.

bluealice on October 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Sure do like the sound of those ads and if you listen carefully you can hear the cracks growing in the whole fake Obama mystique. Soon, very soon, it will collapse to the ground and be swept into “the dustbin of history.”

3dpuzzman on October 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Pound it Home Mitt.

Tim_CA on October 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

LOL!

a capella on October 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Thanks tarheelben

cmsinaz on October 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Just imagine if we had 20 Marines with bayonets in Benghazi

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

And a ‘ship’ that goes under water fast from Sicily to the Lybian coast :)

jimver on October 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

If Romney is elected, one thing is for sure…………HE AIN’T BOWING TO NOBODY, REGARDLESS WHO THEY ARE!!!!!

pilamaye on October 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Irritable Bow Syndrome–priceless!

Meh, America under Obama has tried to dictate to Israel, but otherwise a great line by Mitt. “We have freed other nations from dictators,” and God willing we will free OURSELVES from one soon!

Sir Rants-A-Lot on October 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

If Romney is elected, one thing is for sure…………HE AIN’T BOWING TO NOBODY, REGARDLESS WHO THEY ARE!!!!!

pilamaye on October 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I can’t even picture this happening. Romney’s spine just doesn’t have enough flexibility for that.

cheetah2 on October 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

This may not help the “undecideds” decide, but it is a good GOTV message for those already supporting Romney who are sick and tired of the weak perception of the USA.

DrStock on October 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

… an apology tour, of going to various nations … and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. … [T]he reason I call it an apology tour … you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And … you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region …. You said that … America had dictated to other nations. Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.

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I commented during last night’s debate on the numerous times Romney “fileted” Obama’s foreign policy failures. There are at least a dozen instances over the 90 minutes of the debate.

The “Apology Tour” was one of the few times, Romney actually looked at Obama and hammered him with direct verbal body blows accompanied by a mild look of disdain.

Romney’s debate preppers did an excellent job getting him to use cutting language with a look of sorrowful disappointment. This creates a “total communication package” (verbal & non-verbal communication) that is less unpleasant to watch and listen to than Obama’s snide look and peevish tones.

For “undecided voters” it looked like the more knowledgeable mentor chiding the heavy handed apprentice (e.g. Chris Wallace’s comment on role reversal).

For Obama, it was psychologically infuriating to be held to account by a “father figure” who patiently whittled away at his disembling.

What you have seen over the course of the last three Presidential debates is the setting of a new Gold Standard in debate strategy and preparation.

Game, set and match to Romney.

PolAgnostic on October 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

But do you think Romney can survive the gaffe of claiming we need more ships? Obama looked very knowledgable when he talked about ships with planes landing on them and ships going under water and whatnot. Romney looked a little confused as if he didn’t know exactly which ships Obama was talking about. I think Obama might have brought him up to speed afterwards.

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!!!

kim roy on October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The “clear path” ad isn’t bad, but I’m not sure there was any benefit to using debate footage. Since it’s a monologue, and he’s sitting and looking at the camera rather than standing or interacting with an opponent or moderator in any way, there’s no benefit to not doing a rehearsed version that would be a bit cleaner and more forcefully delivered.

Still basically a good ad, though.

RINO in Name Only on October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

O/T:

A friend suggested a legitimate reason for rooting for the Tigers in the World Series. You know if they win, they’re going to riot in Detroit and probably burn down half the city, including a bunch of polling places. That’ll probably depress turnout in the most heavily Democrat area of the state.

Think about it.

Just kidding. Or am I?

Red Cloud on October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Definitely Mitt’s 2 best moments of the night. He could’ve called it a night after those things, as that’s all he really hit obama on while leaving so much on the table.

I still think Mitt will win but he could’ve landed several knockout blows last night.

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Most of America had the same look… PBO never says anything that Americans can relate to.

This was a rehearsed response that he was looking for a place to insert into the debate. It was obvious that even PBO knew he didn’t know what he was talking about as he was reciting it.

SteveInRTP on October 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Very powerful ad… Also you know that you won a debate when you make an ad from a segment of the debate… No ads from the debate by Obama because he told lies, BS, and absolute incompetence…

PS: Notice that they told Hussein Obama to look straight to Romney face when debating because in the first debate Hussein was very afraid to look at Romney…

mnjg on October 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

O/T:

A friend suggested a legitimate reason for rooting for the Tigers in the World Series. You know if they win, they’re going to riot in Detroit and probably burn down half the city, including a bunch of polling places. That’ll probably depress turnout in the most heavily Democrat area of the state.

Think about it.

Just kidding. Or am I?

Red Cloud on October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Good point, Go Tigers!! LOL !

Really a depressing Series. The liberal wreck of a city from years of liberal policies in Detroit (while they keep voting for em and asking for more) vs San Fran Sicko!

Can they both lose??

I’m a Yankees fan who are pretty much one of the few capitalists left in this country.

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Just imagine if we had 20 Marines with bayonets in Benghazi

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

THIS!

The War Planner on October 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Mitt has two fresh ads from actual events of the last 24 hours. Obama, on the other hand, is still using his ‘Romnesia’ line, adding today it’s third-stage now.

Those last ninety minutes of debate must be sticking deep in his craw. I hope last night’s event gives him relentless gas until January 20th.

Liam on October 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

2 things that stuck out for me watching the debate last night.
1. Obama advanced the idea that hiring math teachers would bring the economy back. No need to disassemble the logical fallacy of this…
2. Obama said we no longer need lots of ships in our navy for our security. Then a short time later argued that shipping lanes are important to international trade. Obama clearly doesn’t understand that shipping lanes are maintained by a blue water navy.

So not only is he stupid, his rhetoric is fallacious.

Obama is a stuttering cluster&^@* of a miserable failure.

tom daschle concerned on October 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Don’t tell our trolls:
TIPP is now +2 Obama. Down 4 points in two days:
http://news.investors.com/special-report/508415-ibdtipp-poll.aspx

Day 15: Oct. 23, 2012
Obama: +2.0
Obama 46.5% | Romney 44.5%

strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

But do you think Romney can survive the gaffe of claiming we need more ships? Obama looked very knowledgable [sic] when he talked about ships with planes landing on them and ships going under water and whatnot. Romney looked a little confused as if he didn’t know exactly which ships Obama was talking about. I think Obama might have brought him up to speed afterwards.

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

..yaki nikku, you are either one of the most skilled satirists or one of the most incredibly stupid trolls ever to infect HG. I honestly do not know whether to laugh or cry.

The War Planner on October 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

But do you think Romney can survive the gaffe of claiming we need more ships? Obama looked very knowledgable when he talked about ships with planes landing on them and ships going under water and whatnot. Romney looked a little confused as if he didn’t know exactly which ships Obama was talking about. I think Obama might have brought him up to speed afterwards.

akaniku on October 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Yep, the welfare queens agitator wanted to explain to all of us that planes land and fly from an aircraft carrier… We were all living in total darkness before he enlightened us with his supreme knowledge on this issue and every other issue in life… I cannot fathom what we can do as a nation once he is not the President anymore on January 20 2013… We all be lost without him, his wisdom, and his knowledge… This Romney knows nothing…

mnjg on October 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

..yaki nikku, you are either one of the most skilled satirists or one of the most incredibly stupid trolls ever to infect HG. I honestly do not know whether to laugh or cry.

The War Planner on October 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I go with the first option, he is a good satirist :)…

mnjg on October 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

It appears to me that Governor (soon to be President) Romney won nearly every debate coin toss – providing him the first question and the last closing statement in most all of the three debates.
One things for sure – he’s a winner.

unrealizedviewpoint on October 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

“Mr. President, America doesn’t dictate to other nations; we have freed other nations from dictators.”

Obviously Mitt is disconnected from reality. The US does dictate to other to other nations.

antifederalist on October 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Via drudge:

RASMUSSEN: R 50% O 46%…
GALLUP: R 51% O 46%…

..Mitt +5 in Gallup. Down from +6 but still outside the MOE.

The War Planner on October 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

So +2 on TIPP and -1 on Gallup, still a net +1 for Mitt today so far.

Let’s keep those polls coming. :)

tkyang99 on October 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Obama was visibly FUMING when Romney described his Apology Tour in the ME.

I thought if Romney nodged him just a bit more, we would have seen Obama revealing his true self.

Ah, too bad.

Sir Napsalot on October 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Hey Ed,

What class are you taking?

LevinFan on October 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Catholic theology.

Ed Morrissey on October 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Don’t tell our trolls:
TIPP is now +2 Obama. Down 4 points in two days:
http://news.investors.com/special-report/508415-ibdtipp-poll.aspx

Day 15: Oct. 23, 2012
Obama: +2.0
Obama 46.5% | Romney 44.5%
strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

TIPP is a joke poll… First they are using D+7 in their polls which is insanity… The democrats would be lucky if they are D+2 this year, most probably it would be R+1… Second they seem to be polling much more from liberal areas of the country like having Romney and Obama tied with men… No serious person think that this can be true because Romney is going to win men by 15 points on elecitons day and wins the elections…

mnjg on October 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

The desperation on Dear Leader’s face is telling. He knows he is losing and his first instinct is to go petty and demeaning. This close to the election…keep an eye on Hawaiian real estate.

d1carter on October 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

TarheelBen on October 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Thanks for that…

… While reading, I could picture Chrissy Matthews disheveled, shoulders slouching, dried spittle (or not) on his chin, hair unkempt, with a frown of frowns upon his face.

HA…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

mnjg on October 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Yes, I agree. But two days ago it showed a big Obama margin and the trolls were loving it.

strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Once through security I spied David Corn, Howard Feinstein, Major Garret and Candy Crowley. This looks like a frigging press charter plane for the Obama campaign. The average American really cannot appreciate the level of incest that is the so-called mainstream media. They are their own echo chamber. The vast majority are the geeks who were tortured in high school. That’s why they hate Mitt Romney so. He reminds them of the popular, successful kids they were not.

When it’s ALL over ( I mean REALLY over) and the final curtain is pulled down, we’re gonna be amazed at how many earth shaking historical events were caused by such petty things as these.

Cleombrotus on October 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Two weeks to go. Team Forward is demoralized as the writing on the wall begins to materialize.

I think Barry was surprised that Mitt didn’t tear him to shreds over Benghazi–somebody like Newt would have humiliated him on national television. It seems apparent that Romney knows he’s got the election pretty much in the bag and just came to the debate to show dignitas and gravitas and reel off the economic talking points that will win him the swing states (he is a squishy wet RINO, after all). I hope he will turn foreign affairs over to Bolton and be guided by wise counsel, as it’s fairly obvious he has very little knowledge & experience in the area.

As of now, however, the main thing is to avert outright disaster to our foreign relations by kicking that pathetic homunculus out of the Oval Office.

In 14 days.
Remember Benghazi.

spiritof61 on October 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

The minute long “Clear Path” ad is ok but could be cut down to 30 seconds. The “I ask for your vote” bit doesn’t add anything, if anything it seems a little off.

You couldn’t be more wrong about this. Asking for your vote is EVERYTHING. It’s rule number one for a politician in a campaign: if you want someone to vote for you, you gotta ask for their damn vote. We aren’t undecided voters so it’s a lot harder for us to see the effect this has, but for undecideds, weak Obama supporter, weak Romney supporters, or people on the fence, there is actually a subliminal power to hearing a guy simply say “I’m asking for your vote.” It’s humble. It shows a lack of arrogance. I knew exactly what Mitt was doing when he made that pitch last night, and it was brilliant. As you can see, it’s an ad now.

Esoteric on October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Both very good. Love the second one, tho. Very nicely done, sir.

RedNewEnglander on October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

We were all living in total darkness before he enlightened us with his supreme knowledge on this issue and every other issue in life

The sad part is that 0dumbo didn’t know this either until someone explained it to him using those same simple terms.

Sasha List on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

With CO, VA, FL, now seemingly in the bag, It all comes down to OH. Forget about PA, or MI they are both a tease. Romney and his Super PAC need to carpet bomb OH with the intensity that will make people’s TVs bleed and beg for mercy.

OH is Obama’s last stand.

Raquel Pinkbullet on October 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Apologies and appeasement can take the form of attacking someone or something else that the party you’re sucking up to doesn’t like. It helps avoid the obviously bad optics of saying any permutations of the words “sorry” and “apologize.”

Our Cairo embassy definitely apologized to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists by issuing a statement attacking America’s First Amendment.

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It’s nice to see that The Obama Butt Wiggle of Doom…
Oops, Evil Death Stare of Doom is just about as strong as the incumbent, himself.

Great ads!!!

Jack Deth on October 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Team Obama belatedly tossed out a second-term agenda, showing that they realize that their strategy to paint Mitt Romney as unpresidential has utterly flopped.

Well, it might have worked better if the rat-eared wonder didn’t come off looking like an angry spoiled child in debate after debate while the Mittster looked more Presidential than the President.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Apology Tour, top ten of Yahoo and Google searches today.

Oil Can on October 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Well, it might have worked better if the rat-eared wonder didn’t come off looking like an angry spoiled child in debate after debate while the Mittster looked more Presidential than the President.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Google offers free websites since their campaign is low on cash. They can post their plan there.

Oil Can on October 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Rubin is right, but I still think the point is mainly irrelevant to undecided voters. If they took offense to this kind of rhetoric, they wouldn’t be undecided now.

Anyone undecided at this point is a complete and total idiot.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Oh my gosh, Rush is just killing today on the apology tour.

EVERYONE in this nation should have to listen to this before they vote.

Jvette on October 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Our Cairo embassy definitely apologized to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists by issuing a statement attacking America’s First Amendment.

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

The Cairo embassy with the blessing of Foggy Bottom apologized IN ADVANCE of any protests.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

2. Obama said we no longer need lots of ships in our navy for our security. Then a short time later argued that shipping lanes are important to international trade. Obama clearly doesn’t understand that shipping lanes are maintained by a blue water navy.

So not only is he stupid, his rhetoric is fallacious.

[tom daschle concerned on October 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM]

This. And what stuck out even more for me was the issue underlying but not brought out by this “313 ships” vs “horses and bayonets” back and forth.

Sure, militaries evolve and change with tech and policy. Since 1916-17 is the reference point du jour, as that was a big point of evolve and change with the most recent big factor being the end of the Cold War, defining what is needed for to achieve policy objectives is a clear, sober and deliberative activity. This is what Romney was referring to by way of using 313 ships to get the point across.

Obama response was essentially to defend the low 200′s ships based argument rather simplistic, layman, inaccurate tech change position and sequestration.

I’ll grant that “fiscal cliff” is a critical policy issue that might warrant military policy re-evaluation, but it’s not one that is, a priori, a no-brainer one that suggests a 33% cut in our Navy, to say it simply.

And I hardly think that a frenzied effort to address the “fiscal cliff” by Congress and the Administration, prompted by prompted three years of trillion dollar deficits and a lowing of our credit rating, and which resulted in dart board like dollar figure cuts in the military that Sequestration is, suffices as a clear, sober and deliberate re-evaluation of our military policy.

In fact, positing that Sequestration is a sufficient substitute for military policy re-evaluation is the kind of decision-making that results in Benghazi-like consequences.

None of the underlying basis for this argument of ’313 ships’ vs ‘horses and bayonets’ looks good for Obama’s position and if considered, is actually much worse.

Dusty on October 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

None of the underlying basis for this argument of ’313 ships’ vs ‘horses and bayonets’ looks good for Obama’s position and if considered, is actually much worse.

Dusty on October 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Beyond the stupidity of the comment, let’s remember something else. Virginia is a swing state. You know what else Virginia has? The largest Naval Base and the Pentagon. I’m pretty sure that more than a few Virginians have an opinion about Obama’s idea of national defense. Nice job rat ears!

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I think Obama blew it in 2008, he read a bunch of speeches that were written for him, but they were essentially meaningless because Obama never attempted to follow through on his rhetoric. He let Congress carry all the heavy issues so Obama could disclaim any responsibility for them. You saw this attitude in the Illinois Senate with Obama voting present at almost every vote. Now he wants us to give him another four years, for what? More speeches? More golf? More vacations? More Debt? More Deficits? More hardship? More finger-pointing? More partisanship? More fundraising? More bowing? More leading from behind? More unions? More taxes? … No More!

xdwall on October 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

[Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM]

Which could be the reason why Romney chose to the 313 ships as the ground to stand on in making his point and didn’t seem bothered at all by Obama’s rebuttal. Romney wanted Obama to hand him Virginia and Obama did so with verve.

I wonder if Romney was thinking, “This is working marvelously!” as Obama was talking.

Dusty on October 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I wonder if Romney was thinking, “This is working marvelously!” as Obama was talking.

Dusty on October 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I was more amused at the way Obama wanted Romney to take one of the openings to go from broad vision down the path of re-arguing the Benghazi massacre. Rat-ears got more and more frustrated and angry when Mitt didn’t take the bait. ;0

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Now he wants us to give him another four years, for what? More speeches? More golf? More vacations? More Debt? More Deficits? More hardship? More finger-pointing? More partisanship? More fundraising? More bowing? More leading from behind? More unions? More taxes?

xdwall on October 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Yes to all of the above. And of course more lobster for the Mooch.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

If they took offense to this kind of rhetoric, they wouldn’t be undecided now.

Assuming they read HotAir or heard it on Fox…basically this stuff is buried by the MSM which is why their is such wide support for Obama, and such a large group of undecided.

They know Obama doesn’t make sense, they just don’t know the facts…

Remember, even after months on Fox, and here, Brian Williams had no knowledge of Fast & Furious…

right2bright on October 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Anyone else surprised by how immigration is a non-issue this election? Did anyone predict that? The one time it came up the two candidates said the same thing and quickly moved on, no followup.

This tells me that the issue has been poll-tested, and both candidates have found it’s best avoided.

slickwillie2001 on October 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I told my nephew years ago when he was preparing for a cross country race, the last thing you want to do is come in third in a two man race. I wonder if Barry will do that well?

Robbin Hood on October 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Obama looked very knowledgable when he talked about ships with planes landing on them and ships going under water and whatnot.

Here’s the gaffe no one is talking about. Ships don’t go underwater, boats (i.e., submarines) do; at least on purpose. I guess the Titanic could be used by Barry to demonstrate that technically he was correct.

Robbin Hood on October 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

IMHO, After all the lies, BS, personal attacks, debt, high unemployment, the scandelous coverup of the details of the deaths of American patriots in Libiya (which is still going on), failed policies one right after the other …. I could write a book, but you get the picture…

If there are still undecideds out there… STAY HOME! YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO VOTE!

that is all

kcd on October 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM