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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KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

There WAS a good time for Obama to unveil his second-term agenda. Back in August, before the conventions, like Romney did.

Steve Z on October 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Obama came into the 3rd debate with some leftovers from the Al Smith dinner where he got royally pwned by Mitt Romney. He’s highlighting the thin skinned petulance that we’ve all come to know (far) too well.

Watch now as he falls apart and starts throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Romney in a desperate attempt to regain lost ground. He still hasn’t learned the first rule of holes: stop digging. So stand back and kick an extra shovel in the hole to ‘help’ him out.

CitizenEgg on October 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…JugEars has never passed a budget since he has been in office.
How many votes did his budget presentations get?
What a farce…and the media is a farce!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

and now with just 14 days to go, Obama suddenly rushes out a pamphlet filled with pictures

To be fair though, the demorat base might have trouble even with those, so including anything more complicated than a photo of an Iphone would be a waste of time.

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Welcome to the real world

————-

By the way excluding fox has amy lsm network talked about the benghazi emails yet?

Yeah i didn’t think so

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Roads? Teachers? Tax the Rich?

kringeesmom on October 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I’m a little disappointed in Obama’s educational policy. Lets hire 100,000,000 new math teachers. Every student can have 5 personal math teachers. Unemployment will be less than 0%(many math teachers will have probably have more than one job) and our students will vault to the top!

Shtetl G on October 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That pamphlet was called out as a nothingburger even by an Obot like Yellin of CNN.

bayview on October 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The ploy is so obvious… Release his agenda for a second term after the debates so that….. The second term agenda never get’s challenged in front of the whole country.

Me thinks Barry is running round the room desperately trying to keep Dorothy from throwing a bucket of mop water on him…

SWalker on October 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Everything with the media is projecting what they want to see and hear.

The Obama one reads and watches via the media is just a figment of the media’s imagination. They created the image of a President who is not at all like the real person.

They also tried the same trick with Romney. Project through the media that Romney is weak, bad, unqualified. But reality caught up with them via the debates.

albill on October 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

By the way excluding fox has amy lsm network talked about the benghazi emails yet?

cbs evening news has it on their website

gerrym51 on October 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Has Flora Duh already linked these?

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

How is that “people will vote for me because they love me” going for you now champ.

lakeman on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogdjQjxH8LM&feature=player_embedded#!

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

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

But…but…but Ed, they are the ‘intellectual elite’! As for the incompetence of the MSM – they’d already demonstrated that in their vetting of candidate Obama in 2008.

GarandFan on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Can’t shoot your gun if you don’t have any bullets.

NOMOBO on October 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Why did it take them so long to do what all incumbents normally do up front, which is to explain why they want a second term at all?

It probably went something like this:

“We’re out of ideas…..this Romney guy is squeaky clean…we’ve been digging for over a year and we got nothing, and everything we make up just backfires right in our face. I hate to say it but we’re gonna have to actually convince voters that Preezy deserves another term”

“How the hell do we do that?”

“Come up with an agenda, and hit it hard for the next 10 days…cable, broadcast, radio, print… everything”

“Whats an agenda?”

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Amateur-in-Chief.
Yes, Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up. But to be President of the United States of America, you need that last 20%. Dear Liar doesn’t even qualify for the 80%.

rbj on October 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

We know what his actual agenda is….and there’s no way he’s spilling the beans on that.

search4truth on October 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It’s nothing more than a direct mail piece. Straight into the dustbin of history.

Naturally Curly on October 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

“In a Newsweek article titled, “President Obama’s Executive Power Grab,” writers Andrew Romano and Daniel Klaidman write about the “Obama power play that could forever change the way Washington works” and how American could see more of it during a second term.

After the debate on Monday, John McCain told Politico that he was “astonished” and “almost fell out of my chair when the president said, ‘Don’t worry, sequestration won’t happen.’”

“He’s not a dictator yet,” McCain said after Monday night’s debate…”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/23/Report-Obama-Eager-For-More-Unilateral-Executive-Actions-In

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I suspect this was ready weeks ago but the Comedian in Chief didn’t want to hand Romney any more fodder!

allstonian on October 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I think the usage of “Romnesia” is incredibly unpresidential and a sign of incredible desperation to make himself appear smart, compared to the truly smart Romney.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

What do you mean???!!!

> 16 Trillions and you can get your own copy of shiny pamphlets, too.

Sir Napsalot on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

By the way excluding fox has amy lsm network talked about the benghazi emails yet?

Yeah i didn’t think so

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

We have CNN on one of the tvs here at work (sound off) and they’ve been running it all morning. It can’t be swept under the rug any more.

rbj on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Thanks Gerry just wondered if the network anchors are saying anything

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

A pamphlet with nothing in it? I’m shocked! shocked.

We’ve already seen his plan. Four more years destroying our country is not an option.

dogsoldier on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

My guess is the second-term agenda amounts to no more than a third grade level book report touting the “successes” of programs like renewable energy, auto bailouts, foreign policy, Obamacare, and food stamps.

antipc on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

“Unexpected” by whom? Team Obama? Democrats? The media?

From the Department of Redundancy Department.

happytobehere on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

We know what his actual agenda is….and there’s no way he’s spilling the beans on that.

search4truth on October 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

“As the authors note, what makes Obama’s executive actions different from those of his predecessors is Obama, unlike Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression or George W. Bush after 9/11, “is not expanding executive power to meet the demands of an external crisis. Instead, he is counteracting a new pattern of partisan behavior—nonstop congressional obstruction—with a new, partisan pattern of his own.”

And when Newsweek asked Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, whether Obama would continue to govern this way if he won a second term, Pfeiffer did not hesitate in answering, “Yeah.”

Pfeiffer said Obama would “work with Congress where we can—and then be willing to act where they won’t. There are always things on that list.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/23/Report-Obama-Eager-For-More-Unilateral-Executive-Actions-In

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

He’s my Plan that I planned and what a Plan it is!

The Plan:

1. Come up with a Plan.
2. Put the Plan in a book form.
3. Wave the book at campaign stops.
4. Tell everybody that there’s a Plan inside.
5. Stick a bayonet in it, coz it’s done done done.

profitsbeard on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Thanks rbj… just wondered

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

By the way excluding fox has amy lsm network talked about the benghazi emails yet?

Yeah i didn’t think so

cmsinaz on October 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Shockingly I saw it first thing this morning on CNN.

D-fusit on October 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I think the usage of “Romnesia” is incredibly unpresidential and a sign of incredible desperation to make himself appear smart, compared to the truly smart Romney.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I brought this up with a liberal colleague at lunch the other day. He agreed. The libs I’ve talked to are very worried that Obama will lose. He was decrying the lack of clear vision for the second term. He’s still voting for Obama, obviously, but I think on November 7 we’re going to see lots of gnashing of teeth at Axelrod for teh One’s loss.

happytobehere on October 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

UNEXPECTED!!!! The only time that title is used is when we get the Weekly unemployment report that almost always is worse than “Expected”!

inspectorudy on October 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Stick a bayonet in it, coz it’s done done done.

profitsbeard on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I did that already, after emptying a magazine in it first.

It was the only way to be sure.

cozmo on October 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogdjQjxH8LM&feature=player_embedded#!

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

Good ad. Reminds me of Beets, Bears and Battlestar Galactica.

Fallon on October 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It is Obama who has become the caricature. The smooth, intellectual, cool, Hopenchange guy that everyone fell in love with has turned into a juvenile, whiny, snarky hack with nothing to say. The Messiah of 2008 has become the Buffoon of 2012.

rockmom on October 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Stick a bayonet in it, coz it’s done done done.

profitsbeard on October 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I did that already, after emptying a magazine in it first.

It was the only way to be sure.

cozmo on October 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Mo, bro!

;^)

profitsbeard on October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

So……….

Now we see just how low a desperate Chicago thug politician will go, with all the power of the presidency at his command, a compliant media,… and a minority who’d swear allegiance to Stalin if he promised them a plasma TV…

The lunatic left has thoroughly poisoned the well, and now we see what happens when they have nothing left to loose.. and lots of thugs in purple to do their dirty work.

I pray.. they aren’t as completely evil as we fear, but.. I doubt we’ll see any humanity expressed,.. just lots of hatred for Obama’s enemies..

It’s just a matter of how much damage they do on the way out the door..

mark81150 on October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

And Mittens …
Always the good Mormon boy, refused to get into the mud with “one of them”.
Much to Willard’s credit of course. Being a pacifist, Mittens did his job well, and will continue to do so as Team ObaClueless tries to demonize the nice boy.
We really need a POTUS like John Bolton!
~(Ä)~

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

Too little, too late. Doesn’t appear 0 will get his work done on that New Caliphate thingy either.

Bmore on October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I’ll have more on the “agenda” tomorrow, which is really not much more than a regurgitation of Obama’s first term

The problem with being an arrogant sociopath is that Obama can’t admit that he’s made any mistake over his first term. So…. he’s running on more of the same and that doesn’t really sit well with voters.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Me, gumby, and angryed don’t see it that way at all, and we’re republicans. This article is a stretch by anybodes imagination. Obama’s main strategy has been to talk about his 2nd term agenda, paricularly in regards to stopping the war on women, continuing PBS funding, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Libya.

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Has Flora Duh already linked these?

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Yes, but your link had a few more. Thanks! The crowd last night in Colorado was awesome too. Nice touch with the RR in lights up on the rock.

BTW, did you see the answer to your question about why Stevens was in Benghazi?

Now it’s coming out that Stevens was sent there to help recover guns from Libya AND walk weapons to Syria. This is crazy. Way bigger than Iran-Contra. How does Obama survive this? It’s all been pure propaganda on his part.

http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/22/the-real-reason-behind-benghazigate/#.UIdhzDA7ZuQ.twitter

ModerateMan on October 24, 2012 at 2:16 AM

txhsmom on October 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Democrat minds are completely closed, and that’s why any GOP success is explained as “racism”, “taking advantage of low information voters” or just simply as “unexpected”. My own brother thinks the Tea Party is some sort of fascist militia! It’s unbelievable what leftist propaganda had accomplished.

This campaign will just be beginning once we win on November 6. To persuade Democrats in Congress to redo ObamaCare, pass tax reform, restructure Medicare so it can stay solvent and helping seniors, fix Social Security (so people can continue to depend upon it) is all going to take a huge effort to persuade Democrat voters to push their representatives (who are, after all, total ideologues and unwilling to work with Republicans on anything).

Republicans are going to have to start campaigning for Democrat support right after the election is over, because the fiscal cliff kicks off in the first week of January.

I thank the lord above that Romney is willing to take on this thankless task.

MTF on October 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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

Wow, you hit the trifecta with that comment. Ignorant, intolerant, and condesending.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I thought they produced an agenda some months ago, called “Julia”. What on earth happened to that?

TXUS on October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“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.

Um, not to be picky….buuuuut….. Romney has a MUCH better resume than Obozo does NOW too…..

KMC1 on October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good looking venue right there.

Bmore on October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

It is Obama who has become the caricature. The smooth, intellectual, cool, Hopenchange guy that everyone fell in love with has turned into a juvenile, whiny, snarky hack with nothing to say. The Messiah of 2008 has become the Buffoon of 2012.

rockmom on October 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Become… or just exposed what we already knew.. but the media hid from the majority who don’t research their own news from different sources?

Now America sees what we did from the beginning,.. the worse the hangover, the worse the landslide over Obama’s smug face..

mark81150 on October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

In 2008 he claimed he would cut the deficit by half during his first term. How’d that work out?

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Trolls are so cute when they are new.

cozmo on October 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Does this new agenda come in a binder?

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The problem here is that the brochure has too many words and not enough pictures. Democrats/liberals will have a hard time understanding it.

Midas on October 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

*points and laughs with derision*

Midas on October 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Althouse panned it.

Dusty on October 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I think it is a plus.It shows the real him to everybody.

docflash on October 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

If this country would just put more teachers to work building roads and bridges!!!

Sugar Land on October 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I think the usage of “Romnesia” is incredibly unpresidential and a sign of incredible desperation to make himself appear smart, compared to the truly smart Romney.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Quite ironic too, since it is Obama who has forgotten that he’s been President the last four years…

monalisa on October 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Exactly who is and/or has been running the show for the last almost four years? Obama is a front. And a poor one

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

BAZINGA!

search4truth on October 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM

A blue binder with color photos in it.

forest on October 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Alright.
That has to be a parody post.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

It’s the attitude of “DISDAIN” for Romney.

Obama’s psycho-pathology affects his judgment.

It comes from NARCISSISM AND ARROGANCE.

That kind of bad judgment is dangerous in the White House.

mountainaires on October 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It is Obama who has become the caricature. The smooth, intellectual, cool, Hopenchange guy that everyone fell in love with has turned into a juvenile, whiny, snarky hack with nothing to say. The Messiah of 2008 has become the Buffoon of 2012.

rockmom on October 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Reminds me of the line in Sunset Boulevard where Norma Desmond talking about it isn’t her but the pictures that have gotten small. The rat-eared wonder has been exposed for the empty suit and intellectual lightweight that he is. He’s ignored his daily security briefings, he’s insulted our allies and apologized to our enemies, he’s proven so unfit as a CINC that no young American servicemember should have to swear to obey the orders of this man, and then there are all the scandals.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

So, that’s what was missing from this recovery. We need to lay more asphalt. Maybe we should pave every inch of grass and dirt so that people can just drive as the crow flies to the unemployment office.

The Count on October 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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


Why? For the same reason the Senate never passed a budget. If you don’t have a budget or a second term plan there is nothing for the opposition to focus on beyond the statement “they ain’t got one” and how often can they repeat that before everyone’s eyes glaze over? No agenda means they are free to spend 100 percent of their time smearing Republicans. What could possibly go wrong?

Fred 2 on October 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

People no longer feel the need to be “historic” and vote for someone based on skin color or because he has a “funny name”.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

“He’s not a dictator yet,” McCain said after Monday night’s debate…”

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I highlighted the key word in that sentence.

dominigan on October 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

He’s like a high school kid that’s a week late with a paper, throws some crap together the night before, and hands it in expecting a solid B+ because he one of the popular crowd. Sorry….
F for you!

teacherman on October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The problem here is that the brochure has too many words and not enough pictures. Democrats/liberals will have a hard time understanding it.

Midas on October 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

And does it come with an 8-pack of Crayolas to fill in the details?

dominigan on October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

That led his campaign on Tuesday to release a detailed, bullet-point plan …

… with text so small you can hardly read in a pdf that has disabled the zoom feature.

Dusty on October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Exactly who is and/or has been running the show for the last almost four years? Obama is a front. And a poor one

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Valerie Jarrett.

Flora Duh on October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

OT;

NC Voting machines change Romney vote to Obama

“Easily fixed by poll workers re calibrating the machine”?

Why should anybody be able to calibrate/adjust a voting machine to do this?
What if a voter doesn’t notice that it reverted their vote to Obama?
They only do something about the problem when someone notices and complains?

Doesn’t give you much confidence in the system does it?
We need to educate voters to pay attention to this across the country.

neuquenguy on October 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Althouse panned it.

Dusty on October 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Funny stuff. More leading from behind and failing.

When you put on your pants, one leg at a time, check the rear view mirror. Is your ass is as appealing to 3 generations of women as Obama’s plan for the middle class?

Fallon on October 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Me, gumby, and angryed don’t see it that way at all, and we’re republicans. This article is a stretch by anybodes imagination. Obama’s main strategy has been to talk about his 2nd term agenda, paricularly in regards to stopping the war on women, continuing PBS funding, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Libya.

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Right…. sure you are…

so you and yer fellow sock puppets speak of Obama’s agenda in glowing terms, yet dis Mitt at every turn…

but you’re really republicans..

LMAO…….why does no one believe that I wonder?…

could it be, you always leap to announce defeat at the hands of all things Obama…

ya think?

When Angry Ed viciously attacked Ann Romney, and mocked her cancer and MS.. it kinda marked him forever..

Gummy?.. He can’t allow a Mitt win anywhere under any circumstance.. not allowed… not on his planet..

and now..

you..

mark81150 on October 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

NC Voting machines change Romney vote to Obama

“Easily fixed by poll workers re calibrating the machine”?

Why should anybody be able to calibrate/adjust a voting machine to do this?
What if a voter doesn’t notice that it reverted their vote to Obama?
They only do something about the problem when someone notices and complains?

Doesn’t give you much confidence in the system does it?
We need to educate voters to pay attention to this across the country.

neuquenguy on October 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

How to fix it?

an ax to the mainframe,

and paper ballots they can’t hack..

Democrats lie and cheat, they’re democrats, and it’s encoded in their DNA.

mark81150 on October 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Valerie Jarrett.

Flora Duh on October 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I guess that explains the Secret Service detail.

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

American Crossroads needs to do an ad with the agenda in a binder and stuck to an out-house with a bayonnet stuck through it.

Tater Salad on October 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

President lazy

tygart on October 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The difference between Team Clinton and Team Obama is that while Bill & Hillary’s people may have thrown out red meat to their supporters, other than someone like wacky Sid Blumenthal, they really didn’t believe their own hype — it was just a way to get the Democratic masses fired up.

Team Obama on the other hand, not only throws out the kinds of things that make the MSNBC viewing audiences salivate, because they never had to live/govern in a swing state and never lost an election before because they were too far to the left, they actually believed their own hype. They didn’t just denigrate Mitt Romney, the way the Clintons put down Bob Dole, they truly thought there was no way Romney or any other Republican could beat them in 2012. That’s why where Clinton followed Dick Morris’ advice in 1996 and triangulated to the center with things like welfare reform to deny Dole some key issues, the president and his advisers thought with the help of the big media they didn’t have to compromise. They could just blame John Boehner, other evil House Republicans and whomever ended up with the nomination for all of the country’s problems and that spin would become the conventional wisdom for the campaign and would be swallowed whole by the swing voters.

jon1979 on October 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If the 100,000 Math and Science Teachers Program is like the Clinton-era 100,000 Cops on the Street Program, Obama better hope people don’t take too close a look at it.

The 100,000 Cop program paid the salary of a rookie police hire to municipalities for the first year, and a rapidly dwindling portion for each year after. Within a few years, already overburdened municipalities were on the hook for the rapidly rising costs. I know my town is still paying for two of these 100,000 cops, and they are doing a great job keeping the local donut shop safe. My taxes at work.

For $60,000 in “FREE” federal money, our my little town has shelled out over a Million Dollars in the last 16 years. Another deal like this we do not need.

Haiku Guy on October 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Deficit under control?? Obama and the Dems?.. Are you serious?

Al Hall on October 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The pictures in the booklet take up more space than the text. Its a microcosm of his whole term… all flash… no substance.

Bensonofben on October 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

consists of mostly full-color pictures

Awesomeness.

If they publish the picture of Barky blowing away OBL I am definitely voting for him.

I’ve already voted once but so what? It’s not like you need photo ID to vote or anything.

CorporatePiggy on October 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Chuck Todd summed it up:

Look, the president’s got bigger problems than trying to disqualify Mitt Romney now. The president has to requalify himself for a second term.

MissMagnolia on October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Roads? Teachers? Tax the Rich?

kringeesmom on October 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

What, no Midnight Basketball?

Haiku Guy on October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ed, great point re: no reason for Democrats to be surprised by Romney.

Obama & Co. believed their own press. Assuming a Romney win in November, there will be a lot of ink and pixels used to dissect the Obama-infatuation that led to electoral disaster. Back in 2004 we knew the imperfect and deeply flawed candidate that was George W. Bush. The Democrats have not benefitted from that same healthy skepticism about their own incumbent this cycle.

BocaJuniors on October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: A bayonet in every scabbard, and a horse in every stall!! Oh, yeah, and some of those ships that go underwater, too!!

exhelodrvr on October 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

and some of those ships that go underwater, too!!

exhelodrvr on October 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

That ain’t gettin’ old.

cozmo on October 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama came into the 3rd debate with some leftovers from the Al Smith dinner where he got royally pwned by Mitt Romney. He’s highlighting the thin skinned petulance that we’ve all come to know (far) too well.

As much as I loath Obama as our president, I have to disagree with you here. They both performed brilliantly at the dinner. Obama was as relaxed and on-target as I’ve seen him in years, and Romney’s ability to play off of his wealth (and the typical stereotypes leaned on so heavily by the audience) was extremely shrewd. They both showed what it means to rise to the occasion at that dinner.

Obama’s performance at the debate, however, was exactly as you described: thin-skinned and petulant. It was embarrassing, to say the least. He “won” the debate because he was able to tell bigger lies and make nasty cracks? Puh-leeze. That was pathetic.

nukemhill on October 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

He has also stated that he’ll have the deficit under control, yet Romney keeps harping on it.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You owe me new keyboard. If you believe this then I have some cheap beach front property for sale that you can buy.

chemman on October 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Good BAD luck with that strategy.

Fixed.

KS Rex on October 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Chuck Todd summed it up:
Look, the president’s got bigger problems than trying to disqualify Mitt Romney now. The president has to requalify himself for a second term.
MissMagnolia on October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

EEOC issues new rule in emergency session:

Minority Incumbent Presidents need only to receive 30% of national popular vote to remain in office for a second term.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

obama thinks the Titanic was a submarine.

crash72 on October 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Relax all.
This person has a WICKED sense of humor.

Jabberwock on October 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

That agenda looked like a binder to me…

right2bright on October 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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