Obama Campaign Manager Thinks Romney is "a Seriously Underrated Debater"

I couldn’t agree more with comments made by Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina regarding Romney’s debating skills:

Obama can't handle this.

“Romney is a seriously underrated debater. I may be one of the only Americans who watched all 22, 23 of the debates — those are times I want back. But the truth is, he understood what his job in all those debates was,” Messina said in an interview with the Atlantic’s Molly Ball.

“When it was to go out and finish Rick Perry, he did it. When it was to hold the lead in New Hampshire, he did it. And he is a great debater. Someone who used to work with him said to me, and I think it’s right, he was the guy that you took in at the end to seal the deal, because he knew how to do it,” Messina said.

Who else can’t wait for Romney to take Obama to school on the debate stage? There will be no teleprompter to guide Obama’s lofty and scripted words. There will be no spokespeople to save Obama’s butt when he’s forced to answer to the American people. It will essentially come down to which man knows his stuff. And we — along with Obama’s campaign manager — know exactly who that man is. Bring it on, baby!

In the same interview, Messina also exposes how worried they are their man Obama, the Campaigner/Fundraiser-in-Chief, might be out-raised by Romney. Fascinating stuff — read it here.

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Obama’s Rage!

Perspective matters – especially in striving for constancy in politics amid the contrary seas and boisterous winds of the mainstream media. I am often asked by friends, “how can you be so sure, didn’t you hear [or read] about…?” My response is always, consider the source and understand the agenda. The mainstream media has one agenda, support and secure the re-election of Barack Obama. Anything they print or state is driven with that in mind, whether in suppressing the news, cutting short a story hopeful for irrelevance, i.e., the recent Hilary Rosen meltdown (as soon as she gave her backhanded “apology’ the media was done and onto the next story), or undermining Mitt Romney. The Obama media and public relations team, the mainstream media, is waging a campaign of division, derision and destruction with one goal in mind – protect Obama. Obama appears to abide by the philosophy of a former business colleague of mine; the only good competitor is a dead competitor. History bears this out in his previous Chicago campaigns. That said, we must always consider the source and respective motivations of the counterparty and respond, not in like mind, but with truth, reason and accountability. Again, perspective matters and it is what keeps Mitt Romney constant in the inconstant world of Presidential politics.

When considering the current general election, perspective matters even more. Contrasting the 2008 and 2012 elections, we can see a stark difference in Barack Obama’s strategy. In 2008, it was all about prospective hope, change and unifying America’s divide. He ran a tremendous campaign, driven on positive messaging and what could be – remember, the oceans will cease to rise and the earth will begin to heal under Obama’s leadership. However, 2012 is a far cry from 2008. In 2012, Obama’s campaign is based upon the opposite of hope – fear, and anything derivative of fear is destructive. It was Obama’s own campaign that set the agenda, “k***” Romney, or more politely, destroy Romney’s character. The tweets have been innumerable, the sound bites derisive, the press releases unbelievable, but in all cases, the agenda is clear: search and destroy. Why the venom? Why the vitriol? Why the anger?

Surely, we can turn to the lack of achievement, and in fact the failing at every level of Obama’s three years in office – but he doesn’t feel that way, or does he? His argument is that his administration has made tremendous strides; after all, look at where the economy is today and where it was in 2008. From our vantage point it has been abject failure, from his, great success. And yet, he isn’t touting his successes; he is only tearing down conservative values and the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. Comparatively, Mitt Romney’s campaign is running a positive, civil, contrasting and measured message – always emphasizing accountability and solutions for a failed Obama administration and its destructive policies. A principal difference in Mitt Romney’s message from Obama’s of ‘08 is that Mitt Romney can deliver with competence, experience and a proven track record of success.

So what has changed for Obama this time around? What is it that you can see in David Axelrod, Jim Messina and others who surround Barack Obama? Just take a moment and listen to what they say, and how they say it – look into their eyes and it becomes apparent. [Reference Jayde Wyatt’s previous Post] Clearly, the Obamas and those who advise the President have tasted of the power, the position and the influence in society of the office of POTUS; they have experienced what few ever will, and in their experience they have fallen prey to the corruptive and possessive nature of power. It has been said that the fear of losing the office of POTUS is far greater than the want to secure it. Therefore, the driving force of the 2012 Obama campaign is FEAR. FEAR is the foundation of Obama’s rage! When the foundations of a campaign are born in negativity and fear of loss; when a campaign has lost sight of purpose and service, and is relegated to self-interest and ideology over Constitutional principle, it distills into a dark abyss. Such is the Obama campaign. However, it doesn’t mean that it will dissemble easily or even self-destruct, in fact quite the opposite; it means that it will be ever more resolute and vicious – to protect the office holder and those who surround him. Katy bar the door, as it will be a brutal process. Even so, truth trumps fear, and principled leadership overcomes adversarial attacks, with patience, perspective and perseverance.

The Romney campaign has one of the brightest and most capable leaders in our lifetime to carry the title of liberty and restore our hope for what matters most, the preservation of our freedoms and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Mitt Romney understands the basis of Obama’s rage; he and the campaign have the needed perspective and capacity to wage an aggressive battle to counter the fears of one man’s loss. Not to say it will be easy, it won’t, and will require all that we have to win the day. The price is worth it, as our very freedoms are at stake. It is now or never, and in the midst of the battle, we must adhere to truth amid the lies and distortions of President Obama.

Mitt Romney: The Best Hope to Beat Obama

The Daily Caller has an excellent article on why Mitt Romney is the best candidate to defeat Obama in 2012.

Democrats know they have an an uphill battle getting reelected in 2012 but they think they have an awesome strategy in getting a second term for Obama:

Earlier this week, Obama’s reelection campaign manager Jim Messina made it clear “that Democrats couldn’t rely on their 2008 game plan to win a second term for Obama in 2012.” As Messina describes it, one of the keys to winning in 2012 is for Obama is to “[e]expand the electorate.”

Their ‘awesome plan’ may be difficult to implement because Mitt Romney is actually shrinking Obama’s electoral map:

“Ironically, there is one GOP presidential frontrunner who is currently expanding the electoral map on Team Obama — Mitt Romney.”

How is Romney shrinking Obama’s electoral map? It’s due to his strong appeal among Independents:

But there is one item that usually escapes the casual political handicapper: Romney’s appeal among independents. This group, which swung to Obama in 2008 and then to the GOP’s congressional candidates in 2010, will be the single most important voting block for either party in 2012. In two battleground states that had been trending blue — Michigan and New Hampshire — Romney has, at times, led President Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up largely because of his appeal among these voters.

Several polls show that Romney is also leading Obama in Florida, a state that is essentially a political microcosm of all the battleground states and a state that the eventual GOP nominee cannot lose if Republicans have any hope of winning the White House in 2012.

The entire purpose of having primaries is for candidates to make their case that they are the best person to WIN in a general election. Every Republican candidate who plans on running in 2012 knows they need the Independent vote to win. Other candidates will argue that they are in the best position to defeat Barak Obama, but they may come up short when it comes to backing such claims with facts.

Mitt Romney is the best person who can make the case that he can defeat Obama and actually back up that claim.

~ Jared A.

~Update from Ross
Need any more evidence that Team Obama is worried about Mitt Romney? Democrats are filing a frivolous lawsuit to hurt Mitt. Check out this awesome quote:

“This is transparently political,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said of the NHDP filing with the Federal Election Commission. “For those wondering what the Obama jobs plan entails, it apparently involves hiring more lawyers at the FEC to handle frivolous complaints filed by his minions.”

Romney Moves to Fortify Fund-Raising Advantage

‘Colossally costly’ are the words being used to characterize the upcoming 2012 presidential contest.

Democrats have been outwardly boasting that Obama will have ONE BILLION dollars in his reelection war chest. Chances are slim that Obama will have to spend money in a primary challenge, so the bulk of the money he raises will be dedicated toward defeating his GOP challenger. As former Federal Election Commissioner Michael Toner told The Financial Times, “Any Republican who wishes to run in 2012 must seriously weigh whether he or she is capable of raising the $700 million or more that will be needed to compete with Obama.”

It’s no wonder that Mitt Romney is proceeding to build a fund-raising advantage:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has quietly launched a 15-city push to secure financial commitments from big-money “bundlers,” hoping to reveal a fund-raising network that would establish him as the prohibitive frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president.

Mr. Romney and top aides will meet Thursday in New York with nearly 100 donors—many from Wall Street— at the Harvard Club. Attendees are being asked to raise between $25,000 and $50,000 for Mr. Romney within 90 days, in an effort to post large fund-raising totals quickly, one person familiar with events said.

On Tuesday, Mr. Romney met with fund-raisers in downtown Washington, where he also gave his view of the early nominating caucuses and primaries.
Finance meetings are also scheduled for March 30 in Los Angeles, as well as in Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, people familiar with plans said. Romney fund-raisers are set to converge on Las Vegas on May 16 for a final push ahead of the first financial filing deadline. The Las Vegas meeting will include a marathon phone-a-thon to reach donors, according to one fund-raiser involved in the plan.

“When the day is done and we’re in the thick of a presidential race, money will not be an obstacle for Gov. Romney,” said Lewis Eisenberg, a prominent hedge fund manager who will attend Thursday’s event.

“By early summer, the world will know what we’ve done,” another prominent fundraiser said.
More than 90 people are expected to attend the New York meeting Thursday, Among those expected: Mr. Eisenberg; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, Manhattan real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, and Emil Henry, a former top Treasury official in the George W. Bush administration.

The list shows Mr. Romney making inroads in courting fund-raisers who worked for Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), the 2008 Republican nominee. McCain’s two national finance chairmen—Mr. Eisenberg and Washington lobbyist Wayne Berman—are now with Mr. Romney. Mr. Johnson, led the fund-raising effort for the Republican National Convention in 2008, was also with Mr. McCain that year.

At the meeting in Washington, Governor Romney also spoke about the Massachusetts insurance plan. Don’t miss reading the entire article.

The money marathon is on…

Earlier this month, officials of Mr. Obama’s fledgling re-election campaign told about 450 donors to raise $350,000 each before the end of the year, a total of more than $157 million that, if reached, would start the president off on what many expect to be a billion-dollar re-election effort.

While outwardly proclaiming being able to raise a billion dollars in funds to reelect Obama, behind closed doors it’s another story. The President’s handlers are sounding the alarm bell to boost donations. Jim Messina, who will become Obama’s campaign manager next month, has begun presenting a reelection strategy across the country. It consists of a 10-page slide show entitled ‘Change that Matters’ designed to inspire liberal donors. It also details potential weaknesses of likely opponents.

The president’s political aides, people at the meetings said, are trying to establish stronger ties to some of these donors as they navigate what may be a difficult fund-raising environment.

[…]Part of Mr. Messina’s presentation is to caution donors that while Mr. Obama has recovered after the trouncing his party took in the 2010 elections and is well-positioned for 2012, he will face a tough re-election fight that will require substantial donor support[…].

It’s important to remember that Obama raised $779 million from almost 4 million donors during the 2008 campaign. That’s more than the combined totals raised by both Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and President George Bush during the 2004 presidential race. From CQ MoneyLine:

…Should he crack the $1 billion mark, Obama in one cycle will have raised roughly as much as the top Democratic and Republican candidates from the 2000 and 2004 cycles combined.

Romney’s impressive conservative credentials and values, life experience, and sharp intellect uniquely qualify him to lead our nation. It’s going to be a high-stakes 2012 presidential race and the GOP is facing a determined, union-backed, incumbent President.

Romney’s got the right message. Now, he’s getting the money.

If you care about who gets elected in 2012, you’d better be prepared to open your wallet. Donate to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC here.

UPDATE (3/24/11): Governor Romney sat down with donors today in New York City’s Harvard Club:

The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney has met with big donors in big cities across the country in recent days, including 100-donor meeting at New York City’s Harvard Club today. Romney is urging his backers to raise “to raise between $25,000 and $50,000” in the next 90 days. That will give Romney a nice financial foundation to launch a campaign from.

Read more here.

► Jayde Wyatt