VP Debate: Biden’s Bad-Mannered Buffoonery Blows It, Ryan Resolute

Vice President Joe Buffoonery Biden proved once again at last night’s vice presidential debate in Danville, KY, what an embarrassment he is for the United States of America. (photographer unknown)

With his derisive laughter, zombie eye-rolling, feigned incredulity, exaggerated theatrical gestures, continual interruptions, and over-all condescension, Vice Presidential smirk monkey Joe Biden negated any gains he hoped to make at last night’s V.P. debate. Biden’s performance sealed the deal for him… as the simpleton from Scranton and America’s permanent political huckster. Debate moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, failed to control all-show Joe and left many yearning for Jim Lehrer.

Although GOP Vice Presidential candidate 42-year-old Rep Paul Ryan is 27 years younger than 69-year-old Biden, he was resolute, reassuring, and ready to take on the smart-aleck. Ryan was clearly the adult seated at the debate desk in Danville.

Polls from CNBC and CNN revealed Ryan won.

Here’s just a sampling of Twitterverse take-aways (comments from FOX News contributors at end of article):

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“Brutal Attacks” by Obama will Continue (Karl Rove)

The Wall Street Journal’s print edition today published its weekly op-ed by Karl Rove titled, “Rove: This Too Shall Pass, but What Follows Is Crucial

Karl Rove (Photo: Twitter @karlrove)

You know the old adage? The one that goes something like, “Opinions are like belly buttons . . . everyone has one.” Political junkies, like those of us that contribute to MRC, read a lot of political “chaff” in our efforts to find content we hope will enlighten and inspire. What I have found is that pundits and writers, by their very nature, are compelled to give their opinion one way or the other. And everyone wants to be a critic, even those that want Governor Romney to be president. Most of their content is frankly chaff, even when sailing is smooth.

I have found Karl Rove’s intellect, political insight, and experience to be a steady light in the tumultuous world of politics. For me, his humor also delivers his message with a certain immutable confidence and credibility. Excerpts from this week’s editorial:

It’s over. Gov. Mitt Romney’s statements last week about the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, followed by the release this week of a video of Mr. Romney at a May fundraiser, have brought the 2012 election to an early end.

At least that is what you’d take away from some pundits. But this is a classic example of the commentariat investing moments with more meaning than they deserve.

Mr. Romney’s comments about Americans who don’t pay taxes were, as he admitted during a Monday press conference, “inelegant.” But every campaign has its awkward moments that the media magnify. Mr. Obama had his after saying on July 13, “You didn’t build that.” For a while thereafter, Team Obama could do little right. Then it passed.

This moment, too, will pass for Mr. Romney. More important, the past week’s events have not significantly altered the contours of the race. A month ago, Gallup had Mr. Obama at 45% and Mr. Romney at 47%. On Wednesday, Gallup reported 47% for Obama, 46% for Romney. A month ago Rasmussen said it was 45% for Mr. Obama, 43% for Mr. Romney. In its Wednesday poll, Rasmussen reported 46% for Obama, 47% for Romney.

Presidential races can look one way now but much differently on Election Day. In mid-September 1980, President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan 44% to 40% in the Gallup poll. By late October, Reagan had slumped to 39% in Gallup, while Mr. Carter had risen to 47%. Reagan won by nine points.

As for the here-and-now, one key number to watch is Mr. Obama’s vote share. In the past month, there have been 83 national polls and daily tracking surveys. Mr. Obama reached 50% in just nine and his average was 47%. That is bad news for an incumbent when attitudes about the No. 1 issue—the economy—are decidedly sour.

This isn’t to suggest the Romney campaign doesn’t have big challenges. But both camps do.

In the two weeks before the presidential debates begin, Mr. Romney must define more clearly what he would do as president. In spelling out his five-point plan for the middle class, he’ll have to deepen awareness of how each element would help families in concrete, practical ways, and offer optimism for renewed prosperity.

Mr. Romney and his team (and supporters) must also steel themselves for more brutal attacks. The Florida fundraising video will not likely be the last surprise. The Romney campaign has largely refused to respond to attacks as a waste of time and resources. But in politics, sometimes the counter punch is stronger than the punch.

There’s little tolerance among Republican donors, activists and talking heads for more statements by Mr. Romney that the media can depict as gaffes. But concerns about avoiding missteps must not cause Mr. Romney to favor cautious and bland. To win, he’ll need to be bold and forceful as he offers a compelling agenda of conservative reform.

Mr. Obama’s challenges may be more daunting. His strategy hasn’t worked. Team Obama planned to use its big financial edge to bury Mr. Romney under negative ads over the summer. From April 15 to Labor Day, they spent an estimated $215 million on TV. But this was more than offset by conservative groups (principally American Crossroads, which I helped found). While Mr. Obama drained his coffers his own negatives climbed, and Mr. Romney partially repaired his image with voters.

Mr. Obama needs a different strategy, but his team seems stubbornly focused merely on disqualifying Mitt Romney by whatever argument or means necessary. Yet as Rahm Emanuel has repeated for most of the year, Mr. Obama must, as he put it on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 2, “lay out an agenda and a clear vision of the next four years” or he’ll lose.
The campaign’s next likely inflection point will be the debates, which start Oct. 3. Both candidates will be under intense pressure.
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Barack Obama’s Fantasy vs. Reality

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Wednesday I spent 12 hours driving home from a family vacation. Rather than listen to my XM stations of choice, PATRIOT or POTUS, I decided to spend a few hours listening to LEFT. If a person had landed on Earth from another planet and only heard the rhetoric from that one radio station, she would have concluded: a) Mr. Obama is the best president of all time, b) Gov. Romney is a buffoon, c) Gov. Romney wants to buy the election [fact: Obama has far out raised Romney to date and has spent far more than Romney], d) Mr. Obama is starting to leave Romney in the dust, and e) America is enjoying amazing economic health — to name just the big ones. Fantasies and self-deceit all.

Let’s get back to reality, shall we? Karl Rove has a very simple way of setting us straight. His column this week titled, “The Obama Ad Blitz Isn’t Working” is very good.

Ya gotta love how Mr. Rove starts off his column. These four little words will be the death of the Obama campaign!

‘If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Despite President Obama’s effort to walk back these remarks, the damage they’ve caused to him remains. And that’s because what he said in Roanoke, Va., on July 13 came across as a true expression of his worldview.
“You didn’t build that” is not Mr. Obama’s only recent problematic statement. In a June 8 news conference, he said “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.” And in Oakland, Calif., on July 24, he told donors that on the economy, “We tried our plan and it worked!” These comments make voters wince.

Every candidate stumbles verbally, but in 2008 Mr. Obama did so less frequently than most. He was disciplined, on message, and gave his opponent few openings. So what is different this time?

One factor may be overscheduling. Mr. Obama has attended an extraordinary 195 fundraisers in the 16 months since he filed for re-election on April 4, 2011 (according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller). Many people don’t fully appreciate how much of a drain it is on a candidate—involving travel, a speech or two, private meetings with particularly energetic (or obnoxious) money bundlers, and always plenty of advice. Most fundraisers also include a long photo line where the candidate grips and grins for dozens, sometimes hundreds, of photographs.
. . . it is astonishing how much time Mr. Obama has spent scrabbling for cash.

That’s not all. You need to add to the fundraising calendar an early and very active campaign schedule as well. Remember last August’s three-day bus trip through the Midwest? And then there are the demands of Mr. Obama’s day job.

In short, the president may be nearly exhausted. If he is, the normal inner discipline that protects a candidate from saying too much, being too blunt, or sharing too openly may be weakening.

Despite the scramble for money, Mr. Obama’s campaign fundraising take is behind its 2008 pace, and its overhead is enormous (according to monthly FEC filings by his campaign and the Democratic National Committee). His cash advantage over Mr. Romney was probably gone as of July 31, in large measure because (according to public records at TV stations) Team Obama has spent at least $131 million on television the last three months.

These ads have not moved him up in the polls. The race is tied in the July 30 Gallup poll at 46%. Neither have the ads strengthened public approval of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, which is stuck at 44% in the July 22 NBC/WSJ poll, nor have they erased Mr. Romney’s seven-point lead in that poll regarding who has “good ideas for how to improve the economy.”

Roughly $111 million of Mr. Obama’s ad blitz was paid for by his campaign; outside groups chipped in just over $20 million. The Romney campaign spent only $42 million over the same period in response, with $107.4 million more in ads attacking Mr. Obama’s policies or boosting Mr. Romney coming from outside groups (with Crossroads GPS, a group I helped found, providing over half).

Mr. Obama’s strategists know they won in 2008 in large part by outspending their opponents in the primaries and general election. They’ve tried that with Mr. Romney the last three months, and so far it isn’t working. Still, just this week, according to public records, Team Obama has bought an additional $32 million in ads in nine battleground states for August.

Unanswered television ads do move poll numbers, as was the case in 2008. But these Obama ads won’t go unanswered.

The response by the Romney campaign and Romney supporters will be amplified by the reality of a painfully weak economy, growing debt and unpopular ObamaCare. More fundraisers will not solve that problem, but they will create opportunities for a weary candidate to make more revealing and damaging statements.

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Mr. President: Wait until Governor Romney begins to get serious with truthletting using only your words from the dozens of commitments you made to all Americans regarding the economy and jobs. Watch the needle then.

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DNC Adviser Hilary Rosen Insults Ann Romney, Ann’s Rapid-Fire Response – UPDATES

This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.

Hilary Rosen

They don’t waste any time, do they?

A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.

On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:

“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”

Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.

Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:

Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.

Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:

After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed

. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.

The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.

Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.

Obama machine scrambles:

The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.

York was impressed:

. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.

See tweets here. Follow @AnnDRomney here. By the way, a new hashtag burning up twitter is #waronmoms.

Ann Responds on America’s Morning with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum – April 12, 2012:

Great interview!

VOTE in related polls posted here.

UPDATE – Since joining Twitter last night, around 10:19 AM PT Ann Romney reached 20,000 followers.

Excellent article from Townhall’s Carol Platt Liebau (hat tip to Hugh Hewitt):

Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.

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Mitt Romney: The Real McCoy in Illinois!

Karl Rove said earlier today that the “magic number” for Romney in Illinois was 29; Romney had to get 29 delegates in order to maintain his lead and to show that his momentum hadn’t stalled.

Now that voting is finished, Romney actually got 43 delegates, well ahead of what Rove predicted Romney would need.

It’s an impressive victory that shows Romney is not just maintaining his lead, but actually widening his lead and, more importantly, broadening his appeal among Republican voters.

The New York Times said:

Surveys of Illinois Republicans leaving polling places showed that Mr. Romney not only won among the groups that usually support him — moderates, college graduates and wealthier voters — but also was competitive among Mr. Santorum’s generally more loyal coalition of Tea Party supporters and married women.

The Washington Post goes on to say that Romney’s argument that the “right experience or background” is essential to beating Barack Obama and being a good president appears to be working.

Santorum has not won “experience” voters in a single state. Not one. (Read that again. It’s important.)

That is significant and could well be the key to Romney’s messaging as he moved forward in the race. Arguing the delegate math or even electability hasn’t closed the sale for Romney. Focusing on his experience and contrasting it with that of Santorum is working.

Thanks to Illinois, Romney is one step closer to the nomination and, as many political pundits are saying, this is most likely the beginning of the end for Rick Santorum.

Karl Rove: Don’t Get Cocky, GOP!

Karl ‘The Architect” Rove had an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal titled, Don’t Get Cocky, GOP.

In the article, Rove points out the difficulty in unseating a sitting President who decides to seek a second term. He points out that Since World War II, three have been defeated for re-election and two decided not to run again. But five sought and won second terms.

He offers the following advice and predicts that whoever wins the GOP nomination in 2012 will be the candidate that does the better of the following 3 tasks:

  1. Create a compelling narrative for why Mr. Obama deserves to be replaced, why voters should pick him or her as the replacement, and where he or she seeks to lead the country.

  2. Demonstrate the strength, values, decision-making capacity and leadership to take on the responsibilities of the world’s most powerful and important job. Voters need to be able to visualize someone in the Oval Office before they will give them their support.

  3. Finally, the candidate who ultimately wins the nomination is likely to be the one who shows the greatest ability to unite the party and draw others into the GOP fold.

I thought it might be interesting to have our readers comment on where you feel your favorite or least favorite candidate STACKS UP in his/her ability to best Rove’s 3 suggestions. Give examples in their pasts that could indicate the ability and skills of achieving these goals.

I’ve only included the BIG 4’s pictures in this post for the sake of space. Feel free to discuss any potential candidate and his/her strengths, weaknesses, and/or experience they may have to achieve Rove’s tasks.

Mitt Romney Rocks Tent at Bakersfield Business Conference, Endorsement & Fundraiser for Tony Strickland

Bakersfield Business Conference, Bakersfield, CA Oct 9, 2010: "Mitt was incredibly polished. He also got some of the biggest applause of the day."

Photo and quote from Verum Serum blog

Amid thousands of United States flags, cavernous white canvas tents, food vendors, a ferris wheel, and striped umbrella tables, the Bakersfield Business Conference in Bakersfield, CA, was the site for over 40 nationally–renown speakers, leaders, and entertainers. Lending political power to the line-up on the single-day event on Saturday, Oct 9th, was Governor Mitt Romney:


Past and possibly future Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was preaching to the 10,000-member choir Saturday as he blasted the Obama administration at the Bakersfield Business Conference.

The stimulus created government jobs, but not employment in the private sector, Romney charged, causing the loss of 2.4 million jobs.

Obama Care “scared the dickens” out of business owners, causing them to pull back and put a hold on hiring because of the uncertainty, Romney told the enthusiastic crowd.

“Who’d have thought we’d look back at the Jimmy Carter years as the good old days?” Romney said to roars of laughter.

The former governor of Massachusetts lauded the nation’s founders, but said he’s concerned that Washington, D.C., has gotten so big it is smothering the spirit of those founding fathers. Democrats and Republicans are to blame, he said.

Romney added that he was terribly dismayed to see President Obama going around “apologizing for America.”

“There is no reason to apologize for the United States of America,” he asserted to loud applause.

As his voice rose to a climax, like a fiery preacher in a pulpit, the audience rose to its feet as Romney declared that “America is and always will be the hope of the world.”

Professional negotiator Herb Cohen humorously spoke off the cuff about Romney’s appearance and his biggest problem:

Want to know the biggest problem Mitt Romney has?” Cohen riffed. “He looks too good. The problem is the average guy can’t relate to him. He needs to grow a huge zit on his face.

A tweet sums up Romney’s speech:

ewephoric: @MittRomney Tremendous job at the Bakersfield Conference Oct 9th! Mitt is someone to watch for 2012! EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE- EXCITING #patriot
Sun Oct 10 – 10:35:58 am

More than 10,000 people attended the ‘patriotic playground’ event, hosted by CAL State University Bakersfield. Besides Romney, those who spoke were: Vice President Dick Cheney, Dr. Lynne Cheney, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Karl Rove, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Michael Steele, Bay Buchanan, Sarah Palin, and others. The surprise speaker at the end of the evening was U.S. Airways pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who safely crash-landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.

Just a portion of the crowd in the Main Tent at BBC Bakersfield, CA, Oct 9, 2010 (Photo from Verum Serum blog)

In his speech for the day, Nevada politician John Chachas hit the nail on the head when he said: “No one knows better how to improve the economy than business executives.” Of the potential presidential candidates speaking that day, no one knows more about improving the economy and job creation than Mitt Romney.

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Governor Romney also endorsed Californian Tony Strickland for State Controller and hosted a fundraiser for him on October 7th:

Thousand Oaks, CA – The Tony Strickland for State Controller campaign today announced that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has endorsed Tony Strickland’s candidacy for California State Controller. Governor Romney will be hosting a fundraiser in support of Tony this afternoon in Los Angeles.

“Tony Strickland is the kind of leader who can help get California back on track,” said Governor Romney. “State government is too big and bloated and far too expensive to be sustainable. Leaders like Tony Strickland are what we need to cut the waste and restore fiscal sanity. I am proud to support Tony Strickland as the next Controller of the State of California.”

“Over the last seven months since I announced my candidacy for State Controller, I have been profoundly blessed to have the support of thousands of Californians from across the state who realize we need a complete reinvention of Sacramento,” said Tony Strickland. “We will continue to deliver no-nonsense solutions to the excessive bureaucracy that has plagued our state and resulted in billions of dollars of government waste. I am honored to have the support of Governor Romney as we fight to bring these changes to Sacramento on November 2nd.”

The Strickland for Controller campaign also announced that they have over $925,000 cash on hand in advance of today’s event. The San Jose Mercury News said yesterday that: “State Sen. Tony Strickland is just $109,000 behind Controller John Chiang, thanks to more robust fundraising results in the quarter and since the year began.”

Go Mitt!

H/t Bosman for Strickland endorsement

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Caption Contest Finalists – Vote for your favorite!

Last week we initiated a caption contest on our Facebook page for the picture below. The winner of the contest will receive 6 of our MITT ’12 bumper stickers (only $3, or less for higher quantity, in our store). There were many excellent answers with well over 200 responses! We have narrowed it down to these ten finalists (phew). We will close the poll Monday morning and this post will be updated to announce the winner. To make it a little easier for you to decide we’ll let you vote for your top 3 favorites.

Obama Caption Contest

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Good luck on the contest!

The groovy MITT ’12 stickers the winner will receive are featured in this video below, and did I mention they can be purchased in our store for as little as $3?