Intel from Axelrod’s Tent — The Stench of Panic

President Obama & Vice President Biden (photographer unknown)

Try to imagine you are Obama or Biden right now. They all but admitted they never saw it coming. ‘It’ being the Paul Ryan veep choice. And now they are scrambling on defense again to figure out what to do.

In a war, one of the most critical and important elements of strategy is to keep your enemy off balance; to keep him guessing all the time. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are brilliant strategists and fighters and they are going to win. One key factor in the Obama/Biden arsenal is their predisposition to lie. They have no compunction to lying; that makes them dangerous when cornered. But we have confidence in the voters to see through the fog of falsehood. Truth always triumphs over falsehood.

Two days ago I gave a list of several clues that give me the confidence to optimistically state Romney/Ryan will be elected on November 6th. One of those clues is the difference in crowd size at each Obama or Romney campaign stop. The Romney/Ryan crowds are huge and growing and much larger than the Obama/Biden crowds.

Yesterday, the Washington Examiner published an email message from within the Obama campaign HQ in Chicago. You will recall that crowd estimates of the North Carolina event were estimated at 10,000+. This message below pegged it 5,000 higher:

Paul –

I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.

And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.

Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda >>

Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: “I love him…He’s going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board…”

We can’t let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:

http://dccc.org/Stand-With-President-Obama

Thanks,

Brynne

Brynne Craig

DCCC Field Director

I was trying to imagine some of the water cooler discussions there in Chicago. One that came to mind was this: “Man, what are we going to do about North Carolina! That is our national convention state. Romney is eating our lunch there! What the heck are we going to do?!!”

This article is a great example of the many articles describing panic and desperation wafting from the Axelrod tent ——-> SHAPIRO …I love it!


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‘Words-Matter-Obama’ Debates Himself: “I cut govt employees. No, I didn’t.”

Photo - Associated Press

Remember back in February 2008 when Obama was running for president and he proudly proclaimed words matter? “Don’t tell me words don’t matter! Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter!”

Fast forward to Friday, June 8, 2012…

President Obama on Friday called a special press conference to let Americans know the private sector is doing fine. Yes, he said that.

Obama also went on to say:

Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government – oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government…”

I guess Obama forgot his spiel in Albany, NY on May 8, 2012:

The only time government employment has gone down during a recession has been under me. So I make that point — I make that point just so you don’t buy into this whole bloated government argument that you hear.”

Major word oopsie doopsie.

Three hours after Obama’s presser, he tried to ‘walk back’ his statement (oh, those sticky words that matter...). Weekend news reports were peppered with appearances from David Axelrod and others from Team Obama spinning for the President faster than a whirligig caught in a Chicago gale force wind.

The evidence via YouTube… Obama debates himself:

• Ryan Williams, Romney campaign spokesman:

“President Obama may think the private sector is ‘doing fine,’ but he can’t seem to get his story straight on the public sector. Last Friday, he said the real weakness in the economy was state and local government employment – yet a month earlier, he touted the fact that government employment had fallen on his watch. Americans deserve a president who understands how to grow the economy and has a real plan to get our country back to work.”

• A reminder of Obama’s horrible, terrible, no good week comes from ABC News’ Rick Klein; he says Obama has lost his swagger:

First went the mood. Next, the muscle failed. Finally, to close out a horrific week for President Obama’s reelection bid, went the message. The first week of June began with a monthly jobs report that solidified a sense of an anemic economic recovery. Then a Democratic loss in Wisconsin, coupled with staggering Romney campaign fundraising figures, revealed the strength of political organization on the right. The week was punctuated by the most prominent voice in the party short of the president himself undercutting key Obama campaign messaging. To round out the rough patch, the president tried to turn the story lines around, but wound up delivering the kind of line that’s tailor-made for his opponents to make famous. “The private sector is doing fine,” President Obama said Friday, at a press conference organized because it most certainly isn’t, at least in the minds of most Americans…This was about more than losing a few news cycles, or inspiring a few Web videos. Taken together, the beginning of June 2012 may be remembered as a time period that shook the pillars of the Obama reelection effort. If nothing else, it’s shown the 2012 landscape to be so different from 2008 as to make assumptions based on four years ago seem worthless.

• On the same day we were told about our swell economy, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto had this to say:

Obama’s Missed Opportunity

President Obama just lost the election today.” – Neil Cavuto

Cavuto will be correct only if we double down to do the hard work needed to help elect Governor Romney and get others to do the same. Get involved. Donate to his campaign. Make calls from home!

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President Obama’s ‘Closer’ Came Out of the Bullpen Too Early

I love baseball. I love the strategy employed by managers to attempt to control every facet of the game. I love it when things work out in their favor thinking that somehow their decision to pitch their ace right hander against the pinch hitter that hits .106 against righties works out in their favor. Maybe I just like having the odds in my favor.

Leland Bruce

I recall as an aspiring Little League all-star my father taking me out to the school yard daily to throw painted hard balls at me and command that I scream the color of the paint as I swung at his mighty fastball. Try having a dad that is 6’6” and throws a fastball at 80 mph at you when you are still finger painting in 4th period and have feelings of exhilaration for 6th period Spelling Bee’s. Talk about strategy! My dad was just putting the numbers in his favor to ensure that his son could hit a fastball. Excellent execution of a flawless strategy except for the night sweats that I have had for the past 40 years as I see orange, red and blue colored Rawlings hardballs flying past my head while my feet are cemented into the batter’s box!

Yes, I love baseball because one of the key concepts in baseball is to keep your eye on the ball. This artful concept works in politics as well, but since campaign managers wish to employ strategy to control the outcome of the game, oftentimes we are led to take our eye off of the ball. President Obama and his legion of campaign managers, media hacks and public puppet followers are doing all within their power to divert our eyes from the ball and maintain our focus on the pretty new uniforms, the front office, the visiting team and most of all ‘free cap’ night. Free caps for everyone! Hey, that guy has 2 caps! Give me one of yours! Pay your Fair Share! But I bought this one with my own money yells the capitalist fan. Your money is my money comes the reply.

I realize that I am 5,500 miles from home plate, but I cannot believe what I read on print media and what I hear on news outlets. Talk about taking your eye off the ball. Bain Capital? Hey Axelrod, get that one out on our news outlets and see if it sticks. Sorry Barry but Bill Clinton just praised the private equity industry! If that’s his ploy for Hillary 2016 I’ll have his head he screams from Honeywell. OK, retraction, Bill just said you will win by a landslide…. Ann Romney’s blouse? Governor Romney’s record as Governor? The Republican war on women? Dog vacations? 50 year old high school pranks? Willard Romney’s birth certificate? Donald Trump visits? Pay your fair share? Romney doesn’t relate to the middle class? I have eaten cotton candy at the ballpark before but the hyperbole spewing forth from these minions has more air and artificial syrup in it than you could fit into the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Don’t say nuclear Jay Carney, the Left hates that word. I cannot wait for the religious barbs, the man is too handsome, he was a draft dodger, his boys served “Mormon” missions, Ann doesn’t work (Oops, already floated that one and got slammed…… “I know three Hilary Rosen’s; to which do you refer” says Jay Carney… Seriously Mr. President, you didn’t see that question coming?). Mark my words, these curve balls will be forthcoming and will not strike home. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, the Romney camp and most Americans have their eye on the ball. And I don’t really care what color that Rawlings is painted or how fast it is hurling toward home plate. The message on the ball is simple:

The Economy.

I have to hand it to the Obama administration. They play smart. When your middle relief pitching breaks down you have got to go to your closer and put strategy back in your favor. For those of you who don’t know, this administration only has one closer. It’s called the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) and this supposed non-partisan group holds in large part the future of Sir Debt Accumulator in their hands. You see it’s this group that produces the unemployment figures every month as we all anxiously hold our breath to see what falsified number they will actually produce. Unfortunately for Team Obama, the BLS has been more like Mitch Williams of the 90’s as a closer than Mariano Rivera of the 00’s. And much like Rivera’s torn ACL which will impact the Yankees run for the pennant this year, the BLS could become Obama’s Achilles Heel before November. Not that he hasn’t tried to pay off the umpires, hide sandpaper in his mitt (wow what a play on words) or pray for a rain out because he has. Well, maybe not the pray part because he usually golfs on Sundays. Sorry I digress. But yes it’s true, the BLS has been warming up in the bull pen for the past several months and you can bank on the idea that Team Obama will give them the ball at the end of the game. It’s really the only way that they have any chance to win the game. Let me explain…. (more…)

On Health Care: Romney Asks Obama, “Why Didn’t You Call Me?”

Obama never went to Romney for health care advice.

Obama never inquired Romney for health care advice.

It’s a line that Romney has used in a few interviews during his book tour last year, but most recently in a Q & A segment just after the former MA Governor’s speech on Saturday. It’s a simple interrogative phrase that, if used in a debate vs. Obama, would beg a more profound response (though the President is surely witty and evasive enough to dance around the question at heart): “Why didn’t you call me?”

President Obama frequently showers sardonic praise on Mitt Romney for the health care law he signed in Massachusetts, calling it a model for the national plan. On Saturday, Mr. Romney offered a new retort, saying:

[...]

“He does me the great favor of saying that I was the inspiration of his plan. If that’s the case, why didn’t you call me?” Mr. Romney said. “Why didn’t you ask what was wrong? Why didn’t you ask if this was an experiment, what worked and what didn’t?”

To applause, he added: “I would have told him, ‘What you’re doing, Mr. President, is going to bankrupt us.”

I think these are very legitimate questions. If Obama and his cronies are going to play politics by trying to pin the health care tail on Romney, then why didn’t they invite Mr. Romney to a single health care summit? Can they really accredit Romney for their failure when they never even bothered to give him a single jingle to discuss what worked and what didn’t work in Massachusetts?!

I’ll tell you why. Firstly, Romney wouldn’t have worn their phony lab coats…

Secondly, the pragmatic, solution-oriented turnaround expert would have told them flat out — as he has all along — that the notion of a one-size-fits-all plan is not only an unconscionable abuse of power, it’s flat out unconstitutional.

Thirdly:

They knew that the basis and overall intent of their plan was so immensely different from Romney’s that, essentially, they would have been talking to Henry Ford about how to erect a flying saucer. Their plan, rooted in big government principles, was to force private providers out of the market and rely on a sole government provider. Their plan was not paid for. Their plan raises taxes and cuts Medicare. Their plan was not viewed favorably by the people it would have effect on (all Americans). Their plan was not introduced after previously balancing the budget. Their plan was jammed through the house, unread.



-Tommy Winter

Mitt Romney vs. Health Care: “The Problem” (Or is it?)

Part 1 in a developing series of in-depth analysis by Dr. Jeff Fuller (See Part 2 and Part 3)

Is Health Care a Problem for Romney?

It is now a central dogma of the GOP’s 2012 pre-primary that the biggest obstacle Mitt Romney will face is his history on the issue of Health Care – mainly that RomneyCare is similar to, and was a template for, ObamaCare (which Republicans rightly loathe).  In this multi-part series I will discuss the issue in depth and debunk some of the superficial and opportunistic fire (both “enemy” and “friendly”) Romney has been taking of late.

By way of background, as a practicing physician I live and breath health care everyday.  I strongly feel that, as Americans, we have the best health care available in the world and I’m proud to play a part in that.  I was actually first drawn to investigate Romney back in 2005 when the Massachusetts Health Care bill (alternatively called MassCare or RomneyCare) was first passed.  I was impressed with Mitt’s courage and skill in addressing such a controversial subject, and within such a liberal state.  The fact that The Heritage Foundation was on board with the plan gave me an extra level of comfort as well.  After thoroughly studying Romney’s history and platform on other issues as well, I strongly supported Mitt from that point, and continue to today.  There are definitely major problems with our healthcare system, but rarely do you find conservative leaders willing to tackle any of those problems.  It is almost ironic that it would have been a lot less headache politically for Mitt (in retrospect) if he had done nothing on this issue.  What’s the old cynical saying? “No good deed will go unpunished” seems to apply here.

Never afraid to speak his mind, Democrat Ed Rendell (who is often known for his candor), summed up Romney’s apparent conumdrum quite well:

“If I were in charge of the Republican Party – by the way, this will be the kiss to death to the guy I’m going to mention – Mitt Romney would be the candidate, no ifs, ands, and buts about it,” Rendell said Friday night. “He’s got the best credentials to talk about the economy and job creation,” he said. “But Mitt Romney, I don’t think can get the nomination, because of healthcare.”

It’s that last point that is becoming the new “conventional wisdom” regarding Romney’s imminent candidacy.  Even some conservative columnists have already written Romney’s obituary over the issue.  In dramatic and grandiose fashion, John Podhoretz recently wrote:
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