Politico: Democrats see Obama agenda release as a desperation move, too

posted at 10:41 am on October 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If you suffered whiplash after Team Obama’s sudden change in strategy after the last debate, you weren’t alone.  After waiting until almost literally the last moment to release Barack Obama’s second-term agenda, suddenly the campaign rushed out an ad and a 20-page booklet that consists of mostly full-color pictures out to the press — not coincidentally, the day after the last debate in which Obama might have been able to make its case to a national audience.  Politico reports that few are impressed with this move, not even Obama’s fellow Democrats:

Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.

Romney’s late-game comeback — an unexpected assertion of presidential competence in front of 67 million viewers — robbed Obama of his momentum and forced the president’s team to make a subtle yet significant change to their closing argument in the critical last two weeks of the 2012 campaign.

“Unexpected” by whom? Team Obama?  Democrats?  The media?  After all, this is a man who was a successful governor for four years in a state where his party is a distinct minority, who successfully turned around the collapsing Salt Lake City Olympics, and who made several fortunes as an executive in business and finance.  He has a much better resumé for presidential leadership than Obama did in 2008.

If the media, campaign advisers, and the candidate himself found Romney’s presidential bearing “unexpected,” that speaks to their own incompetence and not any surprise in Romney’s ability to handle the pressure — especially in relative terms to Obama’s collapse in that first debate.  That incompetence at Team O has them scrambling for a Plan B now:

Instead, the pressure is now on Obama to prove himself — and oh so late in the game. That led his campaign on Tuesday to release a detailed, bullet-point plan for his second term — a formal agenda his team had long resisted despite appeals from the likes of Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and James Carville, and an army of basic-cable liberals, who said the president needed to spend less time cutting down Romney and more time elevating himself.

“Had to do it … It’s all about earning people’s votes,” emailed a Democrat close to the campaign when the plan was unveiled hours after the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. …

Obama officials publicly claim the plan was in the works all along and doesn’t represent a major change. But many Democrats and observers see the Tuesday messaging switch as proof Obama leaned too heavily for too long on a negative “Hit Mitt” strategy, at the expense of a sustained push to convince skeptical voters the president deserves another four years.

I’ll have more on the “agenda” tomorrow, which is really not much more than a regurgitation of Obama’s first term.  Why did it take them so long to do what all incumbents normally do up front, which is to explainwhy they want a second term at all?  According to Glenn Thrush, Obama didn’t see a need to do it while his campaign was making Romney “squirm” under the avalanche of personal attacks.

Again, if that was really the case, that speaks to the “unexpected” incompetence of the candidate — and also to his contempt for voters. Suddenly, Obama’s discovered that voters won’t just vote for him just because he calls Romney names, and now with just 14 days to go, Obama suddenly rushes out a pamphlet filled with pictures and curiously bereft of actual change to woo voters he treated with disdain for months.  Good luck with that strategy.

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Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

That’s a good one. Made me think of:

“Now, are these the questions I was really called here to answer? Phone calls and foot lockers? Please tell me that you have something more…”

Freelancer on October 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The voters believe the Dems have already pressed the PANIC button and are going to vote for new leadership on November 6th.

Amazingoly on October 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Stop picking on Obama’s Trapper Keeper. That qualifies as bullying, and as such it is a hate crime. The next person who mentions the Trapper Keeper is going to be sharing a cell with that Youtube video maker guy.

forest on October 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I hear Pantload knew all along who killed Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans…

… but he lied for two weeks, tried to cover it up, and has still not publically called it a terrorist attack.

Why is he still in the race…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I heard he’s trying to get Dingy Harry to do a budget by the 6th… Before noon if possible.

RalphyBoy on October 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I found a copy of the “Plan” here…

Lots of pretty pictures…

The funny thing is the back cover of the plan has text over a background photo of an architectural blueprint. Very “building”, don’tcha know.

The blueprint shows a cluster of teeny-tiny 400 square foot public housing-style apartments.

That is his plan for America, all right. We’re all to be shoehorned into tiny little urban apartments. He never like the suburbs, anyway…

Haiku Guy on October 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Suddenly, Obama’s discovered that voters won’t just vote for him just because he calls Romney names believes that the American people have been sufficiently indoctrinated by the Left wing MSM/academia/Hollywood propaganda triumvirate, that there’s no way they’ll allow the 1st Black POTUS to a become a 1 termer, no matter how lousy a job he’s done.

ardenenoch on October 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Look at his eyes in that picture. He has to read his own plan for the video. Clueless about it and it’s all a rehash of the last 4 years.

Kissmygrits on October 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

So let me make sure I understand this. After four debates in which he and Biden could have put this before the American people in a way which would have allowed for something at least vaguely resembling discussion, Obama releases his plan when the opportunity for debate is over. And, he wants everyone to take it seriously. Seriously?

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on October 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Being a pacifist, Mittens…

Karl Magnus on October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Why do you call Romney a “pacifist”? I’ve seen no evidence that he is a ‘pacifist’ or was ever a conscientious objector.
He may not be a total ‘hawk’, but I certainly wouldn’t call him a pacifist, either.

Solaratov on October 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I bet the tax payers paid for the cost of the 3 and a half million copies of the won’s 2nd term agenda. Which I am sure was more lies anyway.

birdwatcher on October 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

They consider Obama’s plan as “detailed,” but Romney’s as lacking detail? How can anyone take these clowns seriously? Unfriggin’ believable.

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Me, gumby, and angryed don’t see it that way at all, and we’re republicans.
akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM


Stop! Yer killin’ us! You’ve gotta take that act on the road.

Solaratov on October 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

“Unexpected” by whom?

BAM! Smacked by the overconfidence effect again! They’ve been plagued with it since the beginning, which was what, 12 years ago now? Sure seems like it, anyway.

scalleywag on October 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

You’d think that LAST overconfidence effect that smacked them up side the head would have made them a little more aware of their surroundings, you know, THIS one from a few years ago?

Election 2010: Republicans net 60 House seats, 6 Senate seats and 7 governorships

scalleywag on October 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Obama officials publicly claim the plan was in the works all along and doesn’t represent a major change.

I just find it interesting that someone who has been president for 4 years needs to have a plan “in the works”. From my experience as a business manager you have a plan working all the time with adjustments as needed so presenting it isn’t some big efffort.

This just goes to show that Obama doesn’t have ANY plan right now and is just winging it from political move to political move.

mrveritas on October 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Obama’s reset button is a binder?

DANEgerus on October 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You’re competing with Bishop.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Plan B for Botched
Plan C for Corrupt
Plan D for Dumbasses
Plan E for Eco-Marxism
Plan F for F*cked
Plan G for Goobers
Plan H for Hail Mary Pass
Plan I for I Me My
Plan J for Jerkoffs
Plan K for Killing Americans
Plan L for LLLiberals.
Plan M for Moronic Marxists
Plan N for Negative RIghts
Plan O for Obama Obama Obama
Plan P for P*ssing away our nation’s wealth
Plan Q for Querulous Proxies
Plan R for Rezko
Plan S for Stuck on Stupid
Plan T for Definitely Not Terrorism
Plan U for Unions
Plan V for Vile
Plan W for Bush’s Fault
Plan X for Radical Black Muslims
Play Y for the fork in the road ahead
Play Z for Zombie Democrat Voters

rayra on October 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Speaking of desperation …..

O’s challenge, given on the stump today, has been answered !!

Pretty good ammo, here, folks.
Somebody send it to Letterman !

pambi on October 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Who is Bishop?

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The only way we lose is if we have really lost the country. No one can point to the Campaigns and said that the superior ideas of the Obama campaign defeated the ideas presented and resume of Romney.

I think Romney will win because this country is not that far gone yet. The moving numbers and momentum mean only voter indfiference to anything but liberalism can get Obama to 270 and 50%.

Conan on October 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Who is Bishop?

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

…you mean ‘What’ is a Bishop?…it’s an enema you give yourself when you’re new here!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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