Newsflash: Stimulus debate not going so well for Obama

Among the targets of the television ad campaign was New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. Just days later, Obama nominated Gregg to become his new Commerce Secretary.

More discordant, however, was the impact of a radio ad by Americans United for Change.

“Are you with Rush or with Obama?” the commentator asked.

The commercial ran in only three states, but it wound up capturing national headlines, elevating a mere radio talk show host to presidential status and sending the White House efforts to recruit moderate Republican support wildly off message.