Team O: No way is Obama’s closing message all about negativity

posted at 6:31 pm on October 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Taking their all-too-familiar “maybe if we just keep saying it loudly and bullishly enough, people will be convinced that it’s actually true” strategy, David Axelrod proclaimed on CNN on Sunday that the president is focused on pushing his agenda for the next four years over denigrating Mitt Romney, and that while the race is close, the Mitt-mentum — oops, I meant momentum, of course — is by-and-large on President Obama’s side.

“The president’s closing message is exactly what I said before, which is we’ve made some progress,” Axelrod said. “We have to build on that progress, and we have to move forward in a way that builds an economy that works for the middle class. What we can’t do is go back to the failed policies of the past.” …

“We’re going to keep hammering away at that choice until Election Day,” he said. “Because there’s a better future ahead of us, but we need to grab for it and not go backward to the policies that put us in this mess in the first place.”

As for the all-important momentum factor heading into the last full week of campaigning, Axelrod maintained his team was better positioned in the key battlegrounds that will determine the outcome of the election. …

“I have said this to you many times over the course of the last year,” he told Crowley. “It is a close race. As you look at these battleground states, we are even or ahead in virtually all of them, in these critical states like Ohio. We maintain a consistent lead.”

It’s no secret that early voting tends to favor Democrats in a big way, and Axelrod’s spin just isn’t enough to counter the president’s incessant “Romnesia!” iterations on the stump. In the presidential campaign’s closing days, Mitt Romney’s messaging has taken on an overwhelmingly positive message based on the good that conservative policies can have for our economy and our society, and his criticisms of the president are non-personal, serious, adult-sounding issues with the results of his policies. President Obama, meanwhile, is still out there spending a bunch of time running down the other guy instead of talking himself up (and even introducing desperate new gimmicks? Facepalm). This is the tone the president struck in New Hampshire on Saturday, via NBC:

“During Governor Romney’s campaign for governor down there, he promised the same thing he’s promising now — said he’d fight for jobs and middle-class families. But once he took office, he pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefitted 278 of the wealthiest families in the state, and then he raised taxes and fees on middle-class families to the tune of $750 million… Now, when he’s asked about this, he says, no these weren’t taxes, these were fees.” …

The president continued: “There were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind. He raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me.” …

“Massachusetts, when he was governor, ranked 48th in small-business creation. And one of the two states that ranked lower was Louisiana that had gotten hit by Hurricane Katrina. So this is a guy who has a track record of saying one thing and doing something else,” he said.

Hmm. I’ve got a creepin’ feeling that momentum and enthusiasm is working in Romney’s favor, and that it’s coming at just the right time, whatever Team Obama might say. Stephanie Cutter struck a similar tone on the Sunday shows, insisting that “there is momentum. There is movement out there with people wanting a second term of an Obama presidency. We feel good about where we are.” Keep telling yourself that, guys.


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Obama’s plan was to grow the economy by spending more money on teachers. No really.

Wigglesworth on October 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

We’ve heard that time and time again from Obama during the last month or so. What focus group came up with that messaging? One composed only of NEA members? It doesn’t even begin to make any sense.

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

This is honestly scary. http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/331865

happytobehere on October 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Seriously, WTF is up with Intrade?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM
Geitner is going all in.

Kenosha Kid on October 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Makes sense.

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I am guessing that most of the betting is from Europe, not America and what do they know?

VorDaj on October 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You mean Europeans should not be watching CNN to understand how Americans feel about the election?

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

davidk on October 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

True. If Barky is worried about losing PA, Slow Joe is the last person he should send there. Joe is from Delaware, so Philly may relate to him. No one else in PA cares.

I hope he unleashes the mother of all blooper Joeisms. Biker bars are plentiful in the Philly suburbs.

Philly on October 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

We’ve heard that time and time again from Obama during the last month or so. What focus group came up with that messaging? One composed only of NEA members? It doesn’t even begin to make any sense.

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

You just don’t get it do you? You see, Obama has now printed out an 8×10 glossy colored book about his agenda, and that is what you need to focus on. And you also need to FOCUS on women’s issues like Sandra Fluke who drew 10 gawkers in a parking lot at a piggly wiggly store. And you need to FOCUS on David Axelrod’s moustache. FOCUS.

/I’m getting giddy and I need to stop

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The president continued: “There were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind. He raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me.” …

Let’s see, you paid over a million dollars to NOT show a birth certificate. How much has that cost the American people, Zero?

disa on October 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I like Axwholerude’s statement over his worry about Frankenstorm reducing the turnout for Obamuh, saying that the campaign wants “unfettered access to the polls” bcuz, well, why give a reason cuz don’t they want unfettered access anyway, without silly Republicans and Conservatives voting, without poll watchers and rules and procedures, and can’t we just let illegals and dead people can vote and give two votes to every union member? Unfettered access to the polls–that’s a keeper.

stukinIL4now on October 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Stanley Kurtz has an intriguing theory about why Obysmal is playing small ball. Now, obviously to us, Preezy cannot point to any winning achievements. All that he has is petty trashing of Romney, his opponent.

Kurtz claims that Obysmal is aiming to build a new coalition of Leftists and that he never intended to tack to the middle.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331865/obamas-big-reason-going-small-stanley-kurtz

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

This is honestly scary. http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/331865

happytobehere on October 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

happytobehere, an interesting article. However, I feel it fails the “occam’s razor” test. I believe the Obama campaign is exactly what it appears to be, a reflection of arrogant thinking that Romney would be McCain II and that the election would be largely uncontested by the time the debates came. Unfortunately for them, that was a complete miscalculation and they are now scrambling to pull together whatever messaging they can to appeal to their dwindling base.

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

disa on October 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

You cheapen this blog.

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Aha, happytobehere, I see that you linked to the same article that I did. Kurtz’s theory has merit.

Why is Obysmal building his coalition of teacher supporters? They are his propaganda arm as are the vapid television programs that the young and stupid indulge in.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I like Axwholerude’s statement over his worry about Frankenstorm reducing the turnout for Obamuh, saying that the campaign wants “unfettered access to the polls”

Is there any doubt Axelgrease is not already shopping for judges to keep the polls open through Thursday (or however long it takes to get a winning count) because of Sandy.

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

This is honestly scary. http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/331865

happytobehere on October 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Interesting take. But it’s just more Alinsky tactics. Nothing new about the Left being spoiled brats full of hatred and pessimism.

John the Libertarian on October 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I hope he is able to step down with a shred of dignity. Let’s not get our hopes up.

Bush.

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I am guessing that most of the betting is from Europe, not America and what do they know?

VorDaj on October 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You mean Europeans should not be watching CNN to understand how Americans feel about the election?

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

BBC has their own….ahem….problems

workingclass artist on October 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

The problem with Kurtz’ article is that you can’t build a ruling coalition with small ideas unless you can rule with an iron fist and are prepared to start taking out large portions of the population. Until that happens in this country (and I hope to never see it in my lifetime) all governance will have to be by consensus and anyone too far outside the mainstream will be dumped.

Obama may squeak by and manage to win re-election, but it’s not because he swung further left and he can forget the middle. Rather, it will be because he’s still coasting on “hope and change” from 2008 and there are still too many people in the middle willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Honestly, I don’t think enought will be sticking with Obama to win re-election, but it remains a distinct possibility.

mpthompson on October 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Axelrod rings false when he puts his speech in terms a 7th-grader should understand. The condescension is napalm-strong with this bunch.

RushBaby on October 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

workingclass artist on October 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’m sure the story has been discussed, did you see the unemployed loser Obama voter staying at his wife’s parents’ house, had his car keyed with “Obama” because their yard signs were for Romney.

Ha Ha Ha! This was one of the comments from the link! I’m sure he was planning to do that himself anyway.

Night Owl on October 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I could hear Obama even though I was indoors and had Ed and Mitch going…loudly. :)

evilned on October 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Why then were you indoors instead of outdoors with a very large air horn?????

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

/I’m getting giddy and I need to stop

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

No, really. You are making me laugh and today has been pretty boring in that department.

Night Owl on October 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I thought Stanley was his dad. :D

Lanceman on October 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Shades of South Park! She’s BOTH his mother AND his father!

disa on October 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM

You cheapen this blog.

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Oh? How so?

disa on October 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

and not go backward to the policies that put us in this mess in the first place.”

Ya mean like pushing ‘home ownership is a Constitutional Right’, David? And investing in 36 FAILED ‘green’ companies like Solyndra is the right thing to do?

Put the dunce cap on and go sit in the corner Axelturf!

GarandFan on October 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Stanley Kurtz has an intriguing theory about why Obysmal is playing small ball. Now, obviously to us, Preezy cannot point to any winning achievements. All that he has is petty trashing of Romney, his opponent.

Kurtz claims that Obysmal is aiming to build a new coalition of Leftists and that he never intended to tack to the middle.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331865/obamas-big-reason-going-small-stanley-kurtz

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I read that. I don’t find it scary, partly because it doesn’t look like it will work, and partly because if it does work, I would rather know about it. If there are enough people who want this country to become communist that they would re-elect Obama, we all need to make plans accordingly. Oh, and partly because small, stupid leftist ideas are all he has. His first election was a freaking bumper sticker, and this campaign has even less going for it.

Those of us with school age children should take this seriously, though, and start fighting back the leftist crap when we find it.

Night Owl on October 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Actually, isn’t it Romentum?

HopeHeFails on October 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The DIMocrat desperation ends on NO-vember 6th… then DESPAIR sets in…

Khun Joe on October 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Axelrod rings false when he puts his speech in terms a 7th-grader should understand. The condescension is napalm-strong with this bunch.

RushBaby on October 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

He has to talk that way so their base can understand him.

Flora Duh on October 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

If I hear

The failed policies of the last administration

Or

The greateest depression since the great depression

I am going to puke

Let’s hope Axelturf and Cutter are resigned to keeping Raam elected from here on out

Desperation is settling in

They may try to shove it down your throat but

People are not buying it

audiotom on October 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Bring donations to VA Victory HQ @NoVaGOPHQ. Romney bus will deliver them to those affected by #Sandy. #RomneyRyan2012 pic.twitter.com/ZMRE6eb8

http://twitchy.com/2012/10/28/romney-campaign-using-romney-bus-for-east-coast-storm-relief-efforts/

DarrelsJoy on October 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

There is movement out there with people wanting a second term of an Obama presidency. We feel good about where we are.” Keep telling yourself that, guys.

The state polls released today actually show Obama momentum. The polls for Ohio have Obama tied up 1 and up 4 respectively. The last two NH polls are swinging Obama’s way. Come Nov 7 one side or the other is going to be in for a shock.

Ric on October 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

True. If Barky is worried about losing PA, Slow Joe is the last person he should send there. Joe is from Delaware, so Philly may relate to him. No one else in PA cares.

I hope he unleashes the mother of all blooper Joeisms. Biker bars are plentiful in the Philly suburbs.

Philly on October 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I laugh every time he talks about being from Scranton. What, he lived there until he was 10 or something? Yeah, that makes him a true Pennsylvanian./

PatriotGal2257 on October 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

You cheapen this blog.

Key West Reader on October 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Oh? How so?

disa on October 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

You weren’t supposed to mention Obama’s birth certificate, although birth certificate fees were part of Axelrod’s whine?

kim roy on October 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Axelrod rings false when he puts his speech in terms a 7th-grader should understand. The condescension is napalm-strong with this bunch.

RushBaby on October 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

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Having seen the recent turn of the ads I think that that is the demographic Barry is aiming for… If not actual 7th graders, voters with that age group’s mental and emotional sophistication.
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RalphyBoy on October 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The state polls released today actually show Obama momentum. The polls for Ohio have Obama tied up 1 and up 4 respectively. The last two NH polls are swinging Obama’s way. Come Nov 7 one side or the other is going to be in for a shock.

Ric on October 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

One poll does not show momentum. It is a snapshot in time. Continuous polls showing an improvement for one side is momentum.

SittingDeadRed on October 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Waste of time – Axelrod

koaiko on October 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Translation: “hey Barack our internal polls show that your displays of childish petulance are turning off the electorate. Time to start spewing skittles and rainbows….at least until after the election. Then you can go back to being your usual mean nasty self. Oh and don’t forget to tell everyone you won again.”

neyney on October 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Permanent dominance of Libtard thinking among our youth can only be achieved with more teachers telling kids that the government was designed to take care of them, and that they are victims of rich people.

That’s why Obama pushes for more teachers. This is straight out of the Soviet game plan to take over a country and force communism on the masses.

This election shouldn’t even be close. Maybe we can save it before the Soviets can ultimately claim victory.

Get everyone you know who understands the Constitution out to the polls. Give rides, make calls to see how you can help get them there. Every vote is needed to save America.

goflyers on October 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

You weren’t supposed to mention Obama’s birth certificate, although birth certificate fees were part of Axelrod’s whine?

kim roy on October 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Aha – thanks for enlightening me.

Sorry I offended you, KWR – I haven’t fallen prey to the Stockholm syndrome of not mentioning that the Emperor has no nonfalsified b.c. to show. If the truth disturbs you more than Barky’s lies, you’re the one with the problem, not me.

disa on October 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Ric – they are worthless polls – all assuming Obama will outperform his turnout from ’08.

Romney is ahead right now. Obama ticked off Des Moines and lost Iowa. Minn and WIsc “show” tied – Wisc isn’t. Romney is opening up points of attack in WI. MN, and PA. WOuld he be doing that if he wasn’t up in Ohio? Kasich says he is and the early voting along with the reduction in dem registration and Obama losing independents and all of the coal country.

Go vote – talk your friend into voting GOP. Just finish what you need to do.

ROmney is winning – and Obama knows it.

Zomcon JEM on October 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I’m not sure Obama really knows it. I think they believe the B*LLS#^T coming out of their mouths. This is the thing, they are in an echochamber. Republicans/Conservatives have a harder time getting in the echo chamber because so much of the media is leftist.

Imagine you’re a liberal and you go to MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, HuffPO, etc etc and they all say Obama’s up and they all say nothing about Benghazi. In fact, the only site that mentions Benghazi at all is Foxnews – a KNOWN conservative hatemonger.

Why would you think Obama has anything to worry about? Why would you suspect that Benghazi is anything other than a sad tragedy about a video or something that Dear Obama will get to the bottom of shortly?

ALL of the major reputable sites say Obama is way ahead and Romney has no realistic chance. Heck, look at Nate Silver on NYTimes, and LA Times and Washington Post. They all agree Obama is great and Romney is evil.

Obama and his people read that stuff constantly and always over Fox. Reading fox is only ‘enemy research’ and I use that word ‘enemy’ purposefully. Romney isn’t the ‘oponent’ he is the ENEMY. He is far more dangerous than a terrorist because he could actually remove Obama from power if he were successful. Not that he will be of course, but, he means to and that makes him an enemy.

Republicans get in the echochamber too. Let’s face it, I’m that guy myself. I’m constantly looking at drudge, hotair, foxnews, and conservative twitterers. BUT try as I might, I don’t have the luxury of sticking to just them. They all push me toward other liberal sources and force me to see the ‘other side.’

I do try to understand the liberal mind, it’s difficult for me, but i try. Mostly, i do not think they’re ‘evil’ or ‘bad’ — they’re ignorant and intolerant and judgmental and racist, but not mean or bad. THey really believe that they’re ideas will be good for all. That if we’d just shut up and go away, the whole country would be wonderful. Conservatives dn’t tend to think that way as much.

Most conservatives seem to want to be on a good path. They want the freedom to fail. They expect downturns and people to disagree. They expect tough times ahead and great times ahead. They expect dissent.

Liberals hang out with liberals. They are openly liberal all the time and shocked if you reveal your conservatism. Conservatives often hide their politics because sometimes it’s not worth fighting and it’s better to love people for their many great qualities rather than hate them for their stupid politics.

To a liberal, a conservatives ‘stupid politics’ make them evil bad hateful racist people.

To a liberal there is no other explanation for a conservative.

So, Obama sees conservatives that way. And he probably believes most of the country is innately good, therefore he can’t lose the election.

I really doubt whether losing is something he thinks about seriously.

Where as I bet you Mitt Romney has honestly assessed the chances and knows that realistically, it’s a little better than a cointoss for him. He expects to win, but his life won’t be over if he doesn’t. He’s got his true love, his beautiful family, and a great life. Obama has a heart full of hate and vitriole and anger. I actually pray for him all the time, that he might see the truth and let go of those things.

I don’t think he seems like a nice guy, or a happy guy, or a person I’d ever want to have a beer with, but I do think he seems human. And I really do hope he finds his way back from the sad deep precipice of Liberalism and it’s totalitarian, racist, authoritarian facist ways.

WashingtonsWake on October 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Axlerod needs to be investigated. I want to know how he made $4million dollars in 3 years. All of it in cover entities.

pat on October 29, 2012 at 1:05 AM

How are any messages getting out after Catherine Herridge’s Benghazi Report On Huckabee http://bit.ly/S4P8Mb

I don’t understand why this isn’t exploding on every newschannel. Missing this story makes them look foolish.

WashingtonsWake on October 29, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Alexrod is one of sleaziest characters that I have ever seen on the national scene. He is the biggest BS’er I have heard except for the president of the United States.

SC.Charlie on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Axe does. Not. Look. Happy.

stenwin77 on October 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Look around you, Makers, there’s a lot of Takers out there who want to continue their hand out life style, then throw in public sector union members who expect to live well off pensions paid for by the working class and you begin to see a picture of what we are up against trying to ‘get our country back’. This is the change they want to keep and the mindsets we need to change by turning off the spigot. The Repubs don’t get it any more than the demos do.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Stephanie Cutter struck a similar tone on the Sunday shows, insisting that “there is momentum. There is movement out there with people wanting a second term of an Obama presidency. We feel good about where we are.”

We have them surrounded, and they’ll be surrendering at any moment.

–Baghdad Stephanie

mr.blacksheep on October 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

WashingtonsWake on October 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Well said!

tomshup on October 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM

NEGATIVITY??? That just looks like another N word to me and Obama and his team seem to like to using it in their messaging.

Pardonme on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Would you buy a used car from this clown?

georgeofthedesert on October 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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