Obama's first campaign ad: The billionaires are coming after me

By “secretive oil billionaires” he means Americans For Prosperity, the Koch brothers outfit that’s running a tough ad about Solyndra against him right now. Once upon a time, they would have been described here as “right-wing special interests.” Obama being Obama, though, the conflict is framed overtly in terms of wealth and the damage its shadowy possessors inflict on the world. What’s next in this crude left-wing class-resentment campaign? Comparing Mitt Romney’s private equity firm to vultures?

Ten and a half months of this, guys. All spring, all summer, well into fall. Every day. There isn’t enough beer in the world to cure the tedium. Even so, I give The One credit for having the sheer stones to run an ad touting his record on energy jobs on the very day he torpedoed the Keystone pipeline. (See the Boehner snippet below for more on that.) I hope he’s saving the big “Mubarak toppled in Egypt!” ad for the day the new Islamist parliament is sworn in too. Exit question: Are those solar panels I see? He’s actually … advertising his administration’s track record on solar-energy ventures?

Update: A reader e-mails to note that the supposedly impressive praise in the ad about O’s ethics record being unprecedented came almost three years ago, just three months into his term.

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