Un-aired RNC Benghazi ad: The “3 A.M. phone call,” reprised

posted at 8:41 pm on May 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Remember the, “it’s 3 A.M. and your children are safe and asleep. But, there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Something’s happening in the world. … Who do you want answering the phone?”-themed campaign ad from Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2008 Democratic primary?

The Republic National Committee prepped a new ad riffing on that ad before the presidential election last October — but never ran it, reports ABC:

A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

While the ad borrows from Hillary Clinton’s efforts to raise questions in 2008 about Barack Obama’s ability to lead the country through a crisis, Republicans are now pointing to the Benghazi attack and the way it was handled to raise questions about the leadership of Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack.

Granted, sounds like it might have only ever been meant for a web ad, and who knows how effective it might have been, considering that it was aimed at one of Obama’s most unassailable delegates rather than the president himself, but dang. Talk about hoisting someone on their own petard! Hindsight is 20/20, I suppose, and this story is only getting increasingly damaging for Clinton — but maybe Joe Biden can get some mileage out of it in a 2016 primary, eh?


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Madame Depraved Indifference says let them eat lies.

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Exclusive: The RNC Benghazi Attack Ad that Never Ran

But we have a rat-eared coward that did ran that night…

Ran to bed…

Bast#rd!

Electrongod on May 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

On the one hand, you want to say ‘They don’t need to air it…Everything will come out’.

On the other hand, look at our media.

*gag*

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Yeah, both Hillary! and Obama screwed that 3am telephone call from Benghazi. Guess it wasn’t a “priority” call.

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

O_O

A day late and almost 17 trillion dollars short.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

…it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

And who’s the nice guy who’s just in over his head, again?

Curtiss on May 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Too bad it was too soon at the time.

Ukiah on May 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

…it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

I have no idea why the campaign didn’t think they could focus on both.

Simple. Obama: wrong abroad, wrong at home

Moderates will take the gloves off against conservatives, but pull their punches when they deal with the Left.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Moderates will take the gloves off against conservatives, but pull their punches when they deal with the Left.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

A moment of clarity, there.

Curtiss on May 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I still find it hard to believe that anyone thinks Romney was trying to win the election. He won the primary only to get conservatives out of the race, then he handed the election to Obama. I wouldn’t be surprised if he voted for Obama himself.

Wino on May 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Exclusive: The RNC Benghazi Attack Ad that Never Ran

Yeah, and the dems run roughshod over you pansies year after year, issue after issue. I’m so effin tired of it. “My friend, reach across, bi-partisan” asses.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

They should have ignore Mitten and ran that sucker.

TC@LeatherPenguin on May 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Problem is everyone would have accused the RNC of using the dead to further political goals.

Zaggs on May 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Romney wanted to play nice remember? Rinos only go for the throat when running against conservatives. Don’t yea’ll remember how Romney carpet bombed all the Republicans running against him, but let Obama run ads accusing him of murder with out even a response.

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

MEMO TO GOP:

You made a big mistake not running it!!

canopfor on May 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Sums up the major problems with the Romney campaign. Too timid, too safe, too scared. I think Romney would have been a fantastic President and am proud I voted for him. But I hope next time we get a candidate who is actually gonna take the gloves off and FIGHT.

Jack_Burton on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

A hard hitting ad but obviously unnecessary since a ham sandwich could have beaten Obama according to the geniuses here at Hot Air.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

…it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

So how did that work out? He couldn’t explain outsourcing because of regs and high labor costs. Couldn’t explain just how bad the economy was. Second and third debate Obama talked nonsense platitudes but since he was talking about something Romney looked kind of stumped.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:01 PM

a candidate who is actually gonna take the gloves off and FIGHT.

Like Cruz is doing, maybe?

Wino on May 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

ITS 3:00AM,and Benghazi Consulate is in need of help.

And US Military 911 ,was on the scene:

Major airstrike hacked survalence(IRAQ).mp4
********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_9AitqfaMc

canopfor on May 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I hope that the families of the Benghazi victims make it their life’s mission to stop Hillary from getting the nod.
I know this probably won’t happen, but I also hope that Obama hears their screams and feels their pain till the end of his pathetic life for abandoning and then lying.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Guess Romney not wanting to run the ad proves he wasn’t up for a critical call either.

chickasaw42 on May 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

No excuse for not running that ad. How pathetic and gutless.

Jackalope on May 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Bengazi, Banghazi, LY

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/bengazi-banghazi-ly

canopfor on May 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Guess Romney not wanting to run the ad proves he wasn’t up for a critical call either.

chickasaw42 on May 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

It shows that America doesn’t give a sh|t about dead Americans..
And that appears to be true..
Why talk to the wall..

Electrongod on May 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I can tell you the people who convinced Mitt Romney not to air it: Mike Murphy, Kevin Madden, Stu Stevens, Ed Gillespie, Alex Castellanos, Mr. Etch-a-Sketch – the same people who have been snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the past 20 years.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

What I never got about Romney is the freaking “Obama is a nice guy” shet. I mean when Obama was literally running ads accusing you of murder, fraud, etc.

And the second thing is why was Romney so freaking focused on small business? Like who gives a shet? 95% of Americans are never going to open a small business, and will always be “employees.” He should have focused on a more populist message.

Ugh till the day I die I won’t get over just how inept Romney’s campaign was.

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

O/T, but, WTF was that video on Hannity just now.
If that was my kid hassling the cop, I would have beat her into next Tuesday.
She sounded like a future OWS rapetenter.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I have no idea why the campaign didn’t think they could focus on both.

Simple. Obama: wrong abroad, wrong at home

Moderates will take the gloves off against conservatives, but pull their punches when they deal with the Left.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Because as soon as it happened Romney issued a statement bashing Obama. Suddenly, the media meme for the next week was, “What the hell is Romney doing commenting on this with his unseemly partisan attacks? Who the hell does this guy think he is?!”

We basically got a preview of the media stonewalling and smear campaign going on today over any stories harmful to Obama. The election could be next month with that ad running now, and I still don’t think it makes a difference. The public has become too lazy, uninformed and greedy. They don’t care to follow news beyond the headlines, which are all now written by David Axelrod wannabes. As long as Democrats are there to promise them free chit, we have no chance at their votes.

crrr6 on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I have a simple dream.

Someday, the GOP will learn to fight, as if they are really interested in winning elections.

Yeah, right.

Midas on May 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

What did Romney know that made him put the brakes on pushing Benghazi?

Something in those security briefings?

can_con on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I know this probably won’t happen, but I also hope that Obama hears their screams and feels their pain till the end of his pathetic life *forever* for abandoning and then lying.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Midas on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

crrr6 on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

The thing to do is ignore the media and keep talking, and learn how to take on the media. Hey, a leader leads. When you believe you have principles worth fighting for, then you fight for them.

Romney should never have let Candy back him up.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Sums up the major problems with the Romney campaign. Too timid, too safe, too scared. I think Romney would have been a fantastic President and am proud I voted for him. But I hope next time we get a candidate who is actually gonna take the gloves off and FIGHT as hard as he/she fights the conservatives in the primaries

Jack_Burton on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Agree with you, just added my real beef with Romney and McCain. They were ruthless going after the other primary candidates, but absolutely rolled over when actually running against the democrat — you know, the person we want to have defeated to win the office.

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I know this probably won’t happen, but I also hope that Obama hears their screams and feels their pain till the end of his pathetic life *forever* for abandoning and then lying.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Midas on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Oh, I think he has a room waiting next door to Teddy Kennedy.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

Wuss…

See Establishment GOP folks this is what we are talking about.

Seriously no guts…no glory.

William Eaton on May 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I have a simple dream.

Someday, the GOP will learn to fight, as if they are really interested in winning elections.

Yeah, right.

Midas on May 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

The Left sleeps soundly, knowing that is phone call the Ruling Class GOP will never make.

Bruno Strozek on May 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

One would almost think Romney wanted to lose.

Oh, who am I kidding? Romney wanted to lose.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I think Romney overestimated the American public. Has a presidential candidate ever accused his opponent of being a tax felon and murder and gone on to win?

This is now why I’m 100% on board with Cruz for 2016 if he runs. With this now official, flagrant fusion between the media and the DNC, I see no recourse but to go with the conservative bruiser who can hopefully punch through all the propaganda. I really believe it’s our only hope.

crrr6 on May 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

A hard hitting ad but obviously unnecessary since a ham sandwich could have beaten Obama according to the geniuses here at Hot Air.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

,,, and it could have, Instead we got a stale liverwurst sandwich, That apparently was unable to win,

/even the ham sandwich would have had to run a couple of ads

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Romney’s Death Star now fully operational, seven months too late.

Mark1971 on May 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Sums up the major problems with the Romney campaign. Too timid, too safe, too scared. I think Romney would have been a fantastic President and am proud I voted for him. But I hope next time we get a candidate who is actually gonna take the gloves off and FIGHT as hard as he/she fights the conservatives in the primaries

Jack_Burton on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Agree with you, just added my real beef with Romney and McCain. They were ruthless going after the other primary candidates, but absolutely rolled over when actually running against the democrat — you know, the person we want to have defeated to win the office.

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

The fact is that Romney went after Obama harder than he went after Gingrich and Santorum – though admittedly not as hard as some “conservatives” went after him even after he had won the GOP Primary.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

One would almost think Romney wanted to lose.

Oh, who am I kidding? Romney wanted to lose.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Based on your comments throughout the campaign no one in America wanted Romney to lose as much as you, loser.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

I really have no idea how the GOP does their “emotional electorate math”

I am not talking about the die hard’s on each side. I am talking about the so-called “undecided middle voter”

You have a sexual predator, rapist – who retains “Dem darling status” as President

You have an AA hire who hangs with terrorists and black liberation hooligans as President

You have a moronic VP, and ex-Speaker of the House.

Yet these folks win elections.

I understand narrative, messaging and MSM treason… but the nice guy will always finish last.

Odie1941 on May 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The fact is that Romney went after Obama harder than he went after Gingrich and Santorum – though admittedly not as hard as some “conservatives” went after him even after he had won the GOP Primary.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha. no, really? ha ha ha LOL

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny revisionism right there.

/No, stop, I can’t take any more. [chuckle]

AZfederalist on May 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Problem is everyone would have accused the RNC of using the dead to further political goals.

Zaggs on May 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Yep. Had the three current State Department officials been willing to step forward prior to Nov. 6 and say what they said on Wednesday this ad might have had influence (and even by January when Hillary made her “What difference does it make?” remark, only Thompson was willing to come forward). Since they didn’t, what we would have gotten is the big media going into full Candy Crowley mode, and getting outrageously outraged about Mitt Romney making such an outrageously outrageous commercial without any supporting witnesses.

Mitt’s campaign couldn’t have handled that tsunami of criticism, because Team Romney didn’t react on it’s feet very well during the entire campaign — their answer to every setback during primary season was to throw overwhelming gobs of money at the problem and drown their opponents in ads. Without the ability to money bomb Team Obama and the big media, and with Thompson, Hicks and Gowdy not ready to talk before Election Day, Romney never would have had the verbal talent to back up this ad on his own.

jon1979 on May 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

A hard hitting ad but obviously unnecessary since a ham sandwich could have beaten Obama according to the geniuses here at Hot Air.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Most ham sandwiches could have run a more effective campaign than Mitt Romney ran.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

The fact is that Romney went after Obama harder than he went after Gingrich and Santorum – though admittedly not as hard as some “conservatives” went after him even after he had won the GOP Primary.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

You are in complete denial. In the Michigan primary you couldn’t turn on the radio or a cable channel without hearing or seeing a Romney PAC ad carpet bombing Rick Santorum in the two weeks prior to the primary.

I am beginning to believe that you live in an alternate universe.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I can tell you the people who convinced Mitt Romney not to air it: Mike Murphy, Kevin Madden, Stu Stevens, Ed Gillespie, Alex Castellanos, Mr. Etch-a-Sketch – the same people who have been snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the past 20 years.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

What is funny but not is us HA dumb asses could see this coming a mile away.
Yes arnold but we aren’t consultants. Fair enough but the “consultants” sure showed us.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

it is always funny to see leftist reading (literally reading) from the same talking points memo that barry or podesta gives them.i

last night a commenter on Powerline tried to obfuscate by talking about embassies that were attacked under W…

Beckel took the same talking points and got them smashed back in his mug…by Perino

so funny…leftists as such sophists. Sophistry is their main line of argument

http://twitchy.com/2013/05/09/that-really-pisses-me-off-dana-perino-blasts-bob-beckel-over-benghazi-bs-video/

r keller on May 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

What did Romney know that made him put the brakes on pushing Benghazi?

Something in those security briefings?

can_con on May 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

He knew that the media – to a man – was accusing him of politicizing the matter for partisan purposes.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Problem is everyone would have accused the RNC of using the dead to further political goals.

Zaggs on May 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I cordially disagree.

The problem with the GOP is… the keep assuming everyone would accuse the RNC of whatever.

Remember Romney’s first debate? He owned Obama. He was aggressive and didn’t care about “being mean”. Amazingly, he got softer, due to the weak “strategists” who had the same garbage data that lead to his defeat… via a soft 2nd debate and flailing turtle on his back 3rd debate.

The moment Candy Crowley lied in defense of Obama, all Romney had to say was “Candy, have you prepared any notes to support me, or just for President Obama tonight?” Then hammer a similar message this ad conveys.

Results let me know how horrid McCain and Romney’s camp was. The perception “don’t be mean” is a failing, gross assumption. Led by failing “strategists” and teams.

Odie1941 on May 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I have no idea why the campaign didn’t think they could focus on both.

Simple. Obama: wrong abroad, wrong at home

Moderates will take the gloves off against conservatives, but pull their punches when they deal with the Left.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

It’s called multi-tasking. No excuse for leaving it off the table.

Jackalope on May 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

What’s left of your memory is more than a bit faulty.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Most ham sandwiches could have run a more effective campaign than Mitt Romney ran.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Who was his running mate again?
/

CW on May 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

He knew that the media – to a man – was accusing him of politicizing the matter for partisan purposes.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

So the answer is to have no response when you know what you are up against? I’ve said this before. Romney is a decent fellow that obviously does not have a clue about life as we know it—or at least have advisers willing to school him.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

About the best thing that can be said for Romney is that he actually really thought he was going to win with his conservative narrowminded nearsighted 50%+1 plan, which people (like me) were saying a year in advance was never going to work.

HitNRun on May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Who was his running mate again?
/

CW on May 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Cheezer Ryan. “Please Mr. Biden, don’t laugh at me.”

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

You are in complete denial. In the Michigan primary you couldn’t turn on the radio or a cable channel without hearing or seeing a Romney PAC ad carpet bombing Rick Santorum in the two weeks prior to the primary.

I am beginning to believe that you live in an alternate universe.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Compared to you I do. I live in the real non-ham-sandwich world where people know it’s not easy to defeat an incumbent president who has the unqualified support of 90% of the media. This is particularly so when “the base” of your own party doesn’t unite behind you.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

r keller on May 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The libtards on yahoo have been running with the embassy attacks under Bush meme all day. Must have seen it 200 times.

HumpBot Salvation on May 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

The ad can still be recycled if Hillary runs.

Russ86 on May 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Cheezer Ryan. “Please Mr. Biden, don’t laugh at me.”

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Other than the announcement that he would be Romney’s VP ….you barely noticed him.

CW on May 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Yep. Had the three current State Department officials been willing to step forward prior to Nov. 6 and say what they said on Wednesday this ad might have had influence (and even by January when Hillary made her “What difference does it make?” remark, only Thompson was willing to come forward). Since they didn’t, what we would have gotten is the big media going into full Candy Crowley mode, and getting outrageously outraged about Mitt Romney making such an outrageously outrageous commercial without any supporting witnesses.

Mitt’s campaign couldn’t have handled that tsunami of criticism, because Team Romney didn’t react on it’s feet very well during the entire campaign — their answer to every setback during primary season was to throw overwhelming gobs of money at the problem and drown their opponents in ads. Without the ability to money bomb Team Obama and the big media, and with Thompson, Hicks and Gowdy not ready to talk before Election Day, Romney never would have had the verbal talent to back up this ad on his own.

jon1979 on May 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Mitt Romney had the verbal talent to win the most lopsided debate in presidential history. What he didn’t have was sufficient backing to overcome 90% of the media. BTW, John is spelled with an h.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Moderates will take the gloves off against conservatives, but pull their punches when they deal with the Left.

INC on May 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

+100000

Bingo

SparkPlug on May 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

BTW, John is spelled with an h.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Nice debate tactic. BTW, deflection is spelled with a Basils.
Please answer my post from 9:51.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

We musn’t unerve the centrist voters!! EVER!!!

SouthernGent on May 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Cheezer Ryan. “Please Mr. Biden, don’t laugh at me.”

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Other than the announcement that he would be Romney’s VP ….you barely noticed him.

CW on May 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Cheezer Ryan. You are a moron Arnold. And CW, you are too stupid to understand why you didn’t notice what the media didn’t cover.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

In the internet era, it makes more sense to let the legitimate ideas out on the internet and see what sticks. Even if the economy is important, Romney should let the people decide what is important to them. Perhaps, enough would have found foreign policy important to have made a difference.

thuja on May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Mitt Romney had the verbal talent to win the most lopsided debate in presidential history. What he didn’t have was sufficient backing to overcome 90% of the media. BTW, John is spelled with an h.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

That’s like claiming you won a hockey game because you finished the first period with a 2-0 lead and ended up losing the game 3-2.

After the first debate, and I will admit I was very excited after the first debate, Romney and Ryan “mailed it in.”

You have become so delusional that pretty soon you will be claiming that Romney won the Presidential election.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Cheezer Ryan. You are a moron Arnold. And CW, you are too stupid to understand why you didn’t notice what the media didn’t cover.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I love you too. Now if maybe Paula and Mitty could have been as rough as you we might be in a better position.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Nice debate tactic. BTW, deflection is spelled with a Basils.
Please answer my post from 9:51.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I don’t take orders from idiots who call Paul Ryan a cheezer.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I don’t take orders from idiots who call Paul Ryan a cheezer.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I’m sorry. I meant Chesty Puller.

arnold ziffel on May 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Listen up Arnold, it’s you who doesn’t have a clue if you think one can become a self made multi millionaire etc etc etc without having a clue about life.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

That’s like claiming you won a hockey game because you finished the first period with a 2-0 lead and ended up losing the game 3-2.

After the first debate, and I will admit I was very excited after the first debate, Romney and Ryan “mailed it in.”

You have become so delusional that pretty soon you will be claiming that Romney won the Presidential election.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Romney won the second debate as well – which should have been obvious even even to the dummies if Crowley hadn’t intervened to save Obama. The 3rd debate was a draw.

Romney campaigned as hard as anyone could have. He was up against too much opposition from the Dems and media and apathy from the morons in his own party who delight in attacking their own.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

The libtards on yahoo have been running with the embassy attacks under Bush meme all day. Must have seen it 200 times.

HumpBot Salvation on May 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Good. That means they no longer feel comfortable calling the Benghazi attack a “big nothingburger”, and have to find some other way to minimize it.

rightmind on May 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

You are becoming more delusional by the week day post.

I didn’t vote for Romney in the Michigan primary, but I did in the GE and sent him a contribution, something I said I would never do.

Never in recent American history has a man worked so long and hard and spent so much of his personal fortune ($50 million plus) and then run such a horrid campaign. Romney hired the usual party hacks (Murphy, Madden, Stevens. Gillespie) that want to run campaigns that won’t offend anyone but end up losing.

I was pleased by the Ryan choice (primarily because I didn’t know Ryan as well as I thought I did). But Ryan ended up being a lackluster campaigner who added NOTHING to the campaign.

Romney did exceptionally well in the first debate, tied the second and lost the third (and I was impressed that Bob Schiffer remained impartial).

You keep looking for others to blame, but in the end Mitt Romney took the advice of incompetent staffers and lost a winnable race.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Good. That means they no longer feel comfortable calling the Benghazi attack a “big nothingburger”, and have to find some other way to minimize it.

rightmind on May 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Yeah, and they were routinely beat down. They then deflected with republicans cut the budget,BUSH, Iraq and Valerie Plame.

It was almost as hilarious as watching verbaldouche spin her nonsense.

HumpBot Salvation on May 9, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I don’t take orders from idiots who call Paul Ryan a cheezer.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I take it you don’t follow the NFL and are not familiar with Wisconsin’s “America’s Dairyland” license plates. Come to think of it Basil, there seems to be quite a few things you are not familiar with.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Mitt Romney had the verbal talent to win the most lopsided debate in presidential history. What he didn’t have was sufficient backing to overcome 90% of the media. BTW, John is spelled with an h.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Talk to mom on the spelling. But you do seem to have anger management issues on this thread about Romney criticism.

My point was that Romney would have needed Reagan verbal skills to run the ad and then defend it without backup from the whitsleblowers. And there was a certain aloofness about Romney public speaking that wasn’t going to let him talk his way past the Democrats and the spin by the big media. Romney could out-debate Obama when Jim Lehrer got the he11 out of the way, but he wouldn’t have been in a 1-on-1 debate here; it would have been Mitt-vs.-The Media and that’s not a battle he was able to win with the swing voters (who re-elected Obama in not because they believed in his programs, but because they wanted to feel good about themselves and their own racial tolerance. That’s the wall Romney never could scale).

jon1979 on May 9, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Pathetic bunch of losers.

FINALLY, Benghazi begins to get some attention, but your priority is pointing fingers at . . . Romney??

Usually that level of stupidity takes generations of inbreeding to develop.

Adjoran on May 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

I still find it hard to believe that anyone thinks Romney was trying to win the election. He won the primary only to get conservatives out of the race, then he handed the election to Obama. I wouldn’t be surprised if he voted for Obama himself.

Wino on May 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Exactly.

This ad would have won the election without a doubt.

Thus Mitt did not allow it to run.

Even though it is 100% factual.

In fact we now know it is far worst than that. This is murder. Security was lessened as the situation got far worse for political reasons. Security was so bad every sane country fled but not the USA we remained as sitting ducks.

It is even possible Obama purposefully allowed this to happen in a deal to free the Blind Shiek. Idea was kidnap then exchange. This would be unthinkable for any other President. But not this one.

Steveangell on May 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Would the Dems have ran the ad? YES!

We need to fight dirty just as they are. Being articulate, honest and compassionate is so 20th century.

Bonhomme on May 10, 2013 at 3:20 AM

The RNC sucks at politics.

kregg on May 10, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The RNC and the party structure that is centered on it IS THE PROBLEM.

Until that centralized, top-down party is broken down into the States and the party members controlling it actually dictating who gets to be in the RNC and making it accountable to them, nothing will change and the party will implode towards that centralized structure. It cannot even get the base to turn out in a critical election: what more indictment of a party structure is needed than that? A party that can’t get its own members to turn out and those who are its allies is one destined for Whigdom. This is just example #5,976,358 of WHY such a structure doesn’t work against an authoritarian-backed system. How about adding some liberty and freedom into the Republican Party and ditching the upper echelons and having the States appoint people for annual terms, instead?

Oh, and stop the drain of funds to the RNC, as well. Make the positions ones where they don’t get to spread the special sauce of party cash around. Leave that to the State machines. You know, the federalist pattern? Limited central authority, maximum liberty at the fringes and the lowest levels of the party? It has the benefit of actually working as a system until it got screwed up by Progressives like TR who just loved authority figures and centralized power bullying you through a Bully Pulpit.

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM

It didn’t help Romney that he had to go through a rough primary battle before he even got a shot at un-challenged Obama.

The GOP need to start meeting these libs in the gutter where they’re usually hanging out. They’re so afraid of appearing negative, racist or being mean to the left…I say ‘let the mud fly’.

Look at today’s population…they flock to the most conflict-ridden stories/movies etc. If it doesn’t have a little shock factor, it won’t be noticed.

Romney gets wrongly accused of actually killing a women yet Obama didn’t take one bit of criticism for his IL Senate vote to allow a living baby to die on a table if the mother wished it.

JetBlast on May 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Include me among those who are furious this ad did not run.

WannabeAnglican on May 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Imagine this….right as the ad fades out with “Americans deserve answers” on the screen, add a hard cut (with about +5 volume) to Witch Hillary’s angry spittle-flecked pronouncement of “what difference does it make?”. Ouch.

tech_sass on May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM