Quotes of the day

posted at 10:56 pm on October 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

KATTY KAY, BBC: It’s so far from what it was in 2008, right? When he was talking — in this stage in the campaign two weeks before the election and he had all that momentum and he was talking about all the things that he was going to do in the country. And that was an agenda campaign. I mean, he was promising to change the way Washington works, to change the way politics works here.

And now, I guess Chicago has said, ‘Hey, we think this Romnesia idea is your ticket to reelection, Mr. President, in the last two weeks.’ I think you’re right — it’s sort of depressing, if that’s what it comes down to.

Maybe it’s just that it’s gone on too long. Maybe we just got to the stage where there’s nothing left of importance to say.

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His ground game is at near parity in early voting with the GOP, the GOP is more energized, and he is going to lose both [North Carolina and Florida].

But he will not stop spending money in those two states and redirect the resources to Ohio, which is now a must win state for him. He will not do it because he does not want news stories to come out in the last two weeks of the campaign that he’s closing up show in two battleground states.

That would convey weakness and demoralize the base.

But they are losing.

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The campaign Obama is waging today could be trumpeting the products of a successful pivot back to pro-business tax cutting competence, reclaiming the national agenda following the rise of the tea party movement. But he never did, and even today, the second term agenda he’s laid out seems more like a repeated insistence that his original course was the right one, consarnit.

Gone are the days of hope and change – now it’s just one long bout of concern trolling. It’s as if the bitterness of the 2010 rebuff has stayed with Obama ever since, gnawing at him, preventing any reflection on his choices. Maybe it’s because it’s the first time anyone’s told him “No.”

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You may recall that last spring, just after Mr. Romney locked up the Republican nomination, Mr. Obama’s team abruptly switched its strategy for how to define him. Up to then, the White House had been portraying Mr. Romney much as George W. Bush had gone after John Kerry in 2004 – as inauthentic and inconstant, a soulless climber who would say anything to get the job.

But it was Mr. Clinton who forcefully argued to Mr. Obama’s aides that the campaign had it wrong. The best way to go after Mr. Romney, the former president said, was to publicly grant that he was the “severe conservative” he claimed to be, and then hang that unpopular ideology around his neck…

The bottom line here is that one can over-think this whole notion of framing your opponent. Ninety-nine times out of 100, the line of attack that works best is the one that really rings true. In the case of Mr. Romney, whatever his stated positions may be, the idea that he’s a far-right ideologue, a kind of Rush Limbaugh with better suits and frosty hair, just doesn’t feel especially persuasive.

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But the idea that it was only Clinton that advocated this strategy or that without his influence the geniuses running the Obama campaign would not have made this mistake is so patently self-serving on the part of his sources that it’s a wonder that a generally savvy observer like Bai doesn’t point this out.

If anything this omission, like the general thrust of his piece, points to an effort by Obama’s chief strategists to get out in front of the story of who led the president to defeat. Moreover, it is hard not to avoid the suspicion that pointing the finger at Clinton is a way of reminding him that if he thinks Obama loyalists owe him for his herculean efforts on behalf of the president he’s got another thing coming. Especially, that is, if he tries to call in IOUs from the Obama camp on behalf of another presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

But no matter where the Democratic fingers are pointing, the fact that they are already starting to blame each other for an Obama loss has to send chills down the spines of Democrats who are still operating under the assumption that Romney can’t win.

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[I]f you’re looking for a reason (besides, of course, the national polling showing an ever-so-slight Romney edge) why the media narrative has tilted toward the Republicans over the last week or so, I think the Romney campaign’s guarantee of victory has mattered much less than the Obama campaign’s recent aura of defeat.

Losing campaigns have a certain feel to them: They go negative hard, try out new messaging very late in the game, hype issues that only their core supporters are focused on, and try to turn non-gaffes and minor slip-ups by their opponents into massive, election-turning scandals. Think of John McCain’s desperate hope that elevating Joe the Plumber would change the shape of the 2008 race, and you have the template for how tin-eared and desperate a losing presidential campaign often sounds — and ever since the first debate cost Obama his air of inevitability, he and his surrogates have sounded more like McCain did with Joe the Plumber than like a typical incumbent president on his way to re-election. A winning presidential campaign would not normally be hyping non-issues like Big Bird and “binders full of women” in its quest for a closing argument, or rolling out a new spin on its second-term agenda with just two weeks left in the race, or pushing so many advertising chips into dishonest attacks on its rival’s position on abortion. A winning presidential campaign would typically be talking about the issues that voters cite as most important — jobs, the economy, the deficit — rather than trying to bring up Planned Parenthood and PBS at every opportunity. A winning presidential campaign would not typically have coined the term “Romnesia,” let alone worked it into their candidate’s speeches.

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Obama senses it, but can’t quite believe it. He seems confused by how easily Romney started punching over his weight class on October 3rd. He seems surprised that the last two debates didn’t drop Governor Romney’s numbers like a rock. He’s frustrated that Romney is a happy warrior now, and it shows. He’s visibly irritable because all the press hits and ads and field work…and so, so much money… haven’t reduced Mitt Romney to dust…

For months, according to Team Obama, there was no path for a Romney victory. The Blue Wall states were immutable, the swing states were susceptible to his women-and-seniors-and-immigrants-and-students mojo. Everything that worked in 2008 would work now. Everything in the hard-hitting Chicago political tool box would be deployed, and by the end Mitt Romney would want to be in the Witness Protection Program.

But now, as the President’s options have narrowed and as the weight of Obama’s failures from the economy to the Libya fiasco come crashing down on his campaign, I’m feeling increasingly optimistic that we’ve passed an inflection point in the campaign where Obama’s familiar tools can’t help him pull off a miracle.

Obama was the candidate of the inevitable, unbeatable wave, not of the grind-it-out, cut-and-thrust of a motivated, funded and determined GOP and conservative base. Unlike McCain, Mitt Romney’s team won’t get hit and stand there with their jaws hanging down at the ungentlemanly conduct of the other side.

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white house media organ, politico, says mitt ready to join hands with the dems in january and raise revunues. how to keep those pesky house conservatives in line, may be problematic.

renalin on October 25, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Not to sound too snarky here, but shouldn’t we expect our President to work with Congress in a bipartisan way? Now, I’m hoping that the leadership in the House and Senate go to the GOP after this election but that doesn’t mean the last four years of executive orders and legislative gridlock have not helped this nation.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 7:29 AM

auto bailout…auto bailout…that’s why dear leader is going to win ohio
john heileman

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:30 AM

And now, I guess Chicago has said, ‘Hey, we think this Romnesia idea is your ticket to reelection, Mr. President, in the last two weeks.’ I think you’re right — it’s sort of depressing, if that’s what it comes down to.

Don’t forget…

Barack Obama is better at writing speeches than his speechwriters.

Barack Obama knows more about politics than his political director.

This “Romnesia” thing comes straight out of the President’s brain. He thinks he is being hilarious, and the crowds are feeding his delusion.

Haiku Guy on October 25, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Barry drew large crowds in Denver and Las Vegas last night. Again, there are a lot of work until Nov 6 for us still. Stay hungry.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Perspective: 16,000 at the CO. event…..in 2008, nine days before the election, Obama drew 100,000 in CO….the 84% decline is what I relish…

hillsoftx on October 25, 2012 at 7:34 AM

the one endorsement everyone is waiting for
colin powell is endorsing obama for a 2nd term
-john heileman

games over…time to close up shop
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cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Heilemann is SO FULL OF CRAP!!!!

John Heilmann: “Colin Powell just endorsed Obama again for a second term on CBS. It’s the one endorsement everyone has been waiting for.

Who cares? That guy endorsed him the first time.

Mika: “Well, it’s a little late.”

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Colon Powell is a racist? Knock me over with a feather.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM

john got smacked down with that breaking news….

it would have been news if he had endorsed mitt instead

lolol

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:37 AM

LOL at Heilemann jumping up and down. And he’s lying through his teeth about CEO’s backing away from Romney. Liar!

You have to shake your head when Mika Boobinski and UpChuck Todd say “So what?” of the Colin Powell endorsement that has the boob Heilemann drooling.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:38 AM

lol

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Colon Powell is a racist? Knock me over with a feather.
bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Like Oprah, Colin Powell took one look at Obama’s skin color and said, “he’s got my vote.”

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM

I don’t get Powell these days. Unless I had completely misjugded him before.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

We are not watching the left’s target–our freedom. Four years of responsible economics won’t change a thing unless we get serious and realize this is not about Obama. He is just a PC force-shield puppet of those that seek to destroy us. They haven’t spent decades systematically dividing us into hostile groups, destroying the family, destroying productivity with free lunches and waivers , distorting the salvation mission of Churches into social justice under the state, and creating weapons like PC and AGW biodiversity, and creating and funding a gazillion sinister groups hiding under nice sounding acronyms like for naught.

Obamacare-instead of jobs- wasn’t an accident but a devious plan. The attack on religious conscience is in fact a deep attack on all of our freedoms and but a foot in the door. The hint at taking tax deductions from charity is just a precursor to putting all charity-all human service(after they drive out the churches)under government control.

Thus we ought to break through their force-shield of deceit and start calling things the evil that they are. This is about our very freedom, and the left is seriously on a blitzkrieg mission to eliminate it. It’s not just the cool messiah folks!

Don L on October 25, 2012 at 7:42 AM


“It’s the ONE endorsement everyone has been waiting for!!

Oh, Ed, Allah: you have to get this video clip. Heilemann is such a hack. I don’t think I’ve seen one second of Colin Powell saying a thing in a year.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:42 AM

That Colin Powell is really something, huh?

Punchenko on October 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

The Affirmative Action crowd should stick up for each other.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Unless I had completely misjugded him before.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Yes, you had.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Did you hear who they mentioned was the other endorsement who they said could “flip this election”?

Guess. I actually thought the guy already endorsed Obama.

Michael Bloomberg.

Schmoe’s crew is delusional. They really need to get out of Manhattan.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM

delusional indeed

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:49 AM

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Oh, I see with the big breaking Colin Powell news, they’ve gone back to letting some guy hawk a book. Heilemann looks like he wants to crawl under the table. What a boob. I think I will almost enjoy his melt down as much as Tingles’.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM

And hasn’t Bloomberg endorsed Obama? I’m pretty sure he already has.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

The Affirmative Action crowd should stick up for each other.
bayview on October 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Exactly. Also, more than almost anything, Powell’s skin color had a great deal to do with why he became such an especially well-respected star with particular gravitas in the eyes of the public.

I also remember reading that Colin Powell holds many, many grudges from the days of the Bush Cheney administration.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Whoa! HA loves Morning Joe as a source of truth!

Joe and the gang were hanging crape about the Republicans’ chances as shown in the latest polls in addition to talking about the pro-life crackpots.

Then they ignored Libya but showed a Leno clip two or three times with our POTUS having a ball.

So when do we get the thread about the lost election?

I check back here after I get my bible and gun out and clean for the weekend.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

What a boob. I think I will almost enjoy his melt down as much as Tingles’.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:52 AM

oh yeah

mika’s sourpuss will be precious as well

cmsinaz on October 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM

I also remember reading that Colin Powell holds many, many grudges from the days of the Bush Cheney administration.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM

He holds grudges? What?

All I can think of is those WMDs and sneaky W using the poor General.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:01 AM

I don’t get Powell these days. Unless I had completely misjugded him before.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Hawk,
I don’t think you misjudged him, I think like most General Officers, he was apolitical and now that he is done he can go with what he feels. He put the breaks on us in 91, he showed dovish tendencies under Bush as well, even with the whole testifying in front of Congress about WMD issue.Funny that, I actually saw plenty of them in Iraq, in the wild west, but by then no one cared and the lie meme had already taken hold.

MarshFox on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Did you hear who they mentioned was the other endorsement who they said could “flip this election”?

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM

The rat-eared wonder has already been endorsed by Honey Boo Boo.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 8:01 AM

And the low information, gullible Colon just swallowed the whole bill of good? Did they teach information processing and judgment in Affirmative Action besides “feel good about yourself” and “Reparation”?

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Whoa! HA loves Morning Joe as a source of truth!

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Oh, come now. I myself watch it only when the Fox and Friends hosts are wearing funny hats or interviewing Loni Anderson.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I myself watch it only when the Fox and Friends hosts are wearing funny hats or interviewing Loni Anderson.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

For those occasions, I go scrub down the toilet with a toothbrush instead of watching MSNBC.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

And now Drudge has reports from NC that early voters are having trouble with their electronic voting machines. Machines won’t allow people to vote for Romney. Romney comes up Obama. Nice.

The people who thought of electronic voting had fraud in mind but the GOP went right along anyway.

JellyToast on October 25, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I have relatives in Greensboro, and sent them the article about fraud. Heh, the voted straight Republican ticket and it came up Uhhhbama, TWICE!

ABO/B2012

herm2416 on October 25, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Whoa! HA loves Morning Joe as a source of truth!

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Yes, truth as defined by the democrats and loonies.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I don’t get Powell these days. Unless I had completely misjugded him before.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I felt the same way at watching Wesley Clark last night on CNN. There was a time I gave him the slight benefit of a doubt. Now, he’s an embarrassing hack. Ruining what little is left of his reputation to protect Hillary and Barry. Such a shame.

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I felt the same way at watching Wesley Clark last night on CNN. There was a time I gave him the slight benefit of a doubt. Now, he’s an embarrassing hack. Ruining what little is left of his reputation to protect Hillary and Barry. Such a shame.

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Clark was always a political general. Advancing by cronyism with Clinton over ability. He often styled himself more as a diplomat and not a military leader. I’ve never thought of him as anything but an embarrassing hack.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Wesley Clark advanced in the rank by asskissing.

bayview on October 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Advancing by cronyism with Clinton over ability.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Yeah, I always saw him as seduced and compromised by the Clintons.

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Compulsive Liar

Busted.

Obama lied to everyone about the “video” that supposedly was the precipitating event for the Benghazi attack. The video which he touted repeatedly on a tour of The View, David Letterman, the UN……Obama knew he was lying. And, it’s on tape.

CBS has released the full interview:

“Fourteen hours after the attack, President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” for a previously scheduled interview and said he did not believe it was simply due to mob violence.

“You’re right that this is not a situation that was — exactly the same as what happened in Egypt and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start,” Mr. Obama said.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57538689/emails-detail-unfolding-benghazi-attack-on-sept-11/

mountainaires on October 25, 2012 at 6:40 AM

CBS also exposed their part in the cover-up.

CBS Busts Obama–and Itself–in Benghazi Cover-Up

Flora Duh on October 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

New AP poll: Romney erases Obama’s advantage among women

And, check out today’s front page from the Des Moine Register.

http://t.co/FHyZfNAR

Flora Duh on October 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Funny that, I actually saw plenty of them in Iraq, in the wild west, but by then no one cared and the lie meme had already taken hold.

MarshFox on October 25, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Anyone who even says actual WMD is considered a kook these days because of the media push almost daring Bush to find some. But you don’t have to look any further than Halabja and a few thousand ded Kurd men, women and children to know he had them.

When we were in Kurdistan we met many people who had suffered under Saddam and they certainly will tell you he used everything he had on them.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

New AP poll: Romney erases Obama’s advantage among women

And, check out today’s front page from the Des Moine Register.
http://t.co/FHyZfNAR

Flora Duh on October 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Hahaha, love the contrast on that front page. Is that the paper that Obama initially wouldn’t let print the transcript of his interview with the editorial board?

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

New Obummer Gaffe!

http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2012/10/24/oops-obama-just-said-he-wants-wind-turbines-manufactured-here-china

Fox News has a clip of Obama in Colorado saying that “I want wind turbines manufactured here in China”.

I don’t know how that plays in Colorado, but Obama just won the electoral votes from the 57th state of Shanghai.

Steve Z on October 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wesly Clark got his purple heart in the butt while crawling away from his comand during a fire fight.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Last!

Oh, and I cannot believe we did an entire thread on cheese without a mention of cheese dip!

Mendicants!

I guess I will go mulch now….

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

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