Romney Camp Unveils "Obama's Magical Misery Tour" Tie Dye T-shirts

I woke up to an email this morning from Zac Moffatt [Romney for President Digital Director]. The email offers one of the grooviest pieces of election swag I’ve ever seen from a presidential campaign in the form of a tie dye t-shirt — themed around what the Romney team has labeled, “President Obama’s Magical Misery Tour.” Here’s how they pitch it:

Earlier this week, President Obama once again left behind his leadership duties in the Oval Office to embark on his Magical Misery Tour, which has taken him through three states important to his re-election campaign. During his campaign swing, President Obama met with hundreds of voters, not to discuss his plans for economic recovery, but rather to point fingers and blame others for high unemployment and a consumer confidence level that hasn’t been this low since the Carter Administration. Yet the Obama Magical Misery Tour rolls on. It even may be headed your way.

The Romney campaign has produced limited edition “Magical Misery Tour” t-shirts. I hope you’ll get your t-shirt today: http://mi.tt/MiseryTour

On Day One of his tour, President Obama offered no new ideas and continued to slam Republicans for opposing tax increases. On Day Two, a White House spokesman promised new ideas but declined to give specifics. And on Day Three, we heard President Obama offer more of what was served up - or not served up - on days one and two.

The Magical Misery Bus Tour has been quite a spectacle. After 940 days of suffering the consequences of Obama’s failed leadership, America has now been treated to three days of political campaigning. This is unacceptable.

So far, I’ve been a big fan of the innovative messaging from Romney’s campaign; it’s been fun to keep up with and really quite effective. Keep it up, Mitt!

If the Obama economy feels like a bad acid trip, then buy a limited-edition Misery Tour t-shirt http://t.co/98qEqE0See Eric’s Original Tweet via web Favorite Retweet Reply

~Update from Ross
It appears the T-Shirts have sold so well that the shirts are being offered for a longer period. If you didn’t buy one on the 18th, you can still get one! I might get another one for a gift as well. I know once people see me wearing mine they are going to wish they had one.

Also, the Hill is reporting that Mitt drove 12% of all the conversation on twitter about President Obama’s bus tour contributing to the majority of tweets having a negative feeling about the tour.

Obama's Magical Misery Tour - Romney Welcomes the President to Minnesota with New Web Video

“During his Magical Misery bus tour this week, it is unlikely President Obama will speak with unemployed Americans, to near-bankrupt business owners, or to families struggling to survive in this economy. He is more interested in campaigning in swing states than working to solve the economic crisis that is crushing the middle class. Turning this economy around will require real leadership and the experience of someone who has actually worked in the private sector.” –Mitt Romney


The Obama Magical Misery Tour - Coming to a Swing State Near You

Did Mitt Romney Just Announce He’s Running for President Again… oh Wait, that was Rick Perry

No ApologyFirst of all, welcome to the race Gov. Perry. As Mitt has said, “the more the merrier”. As Mitt has said, Rick Perry has done a fine job as Governor of Texas. In fact, Mitt supported Gov. Perry in several ways including fundraising in the past. Therefore, none of us Mitt supporters are mad or even irritated about Gov. Perry’s announcement today. In fact, we’re delighted. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I don’t know if Mitt has even been this flattered. It’s been well documented that other candidates have piggybacked off of Mitt in their rhetoric, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a candidate channel Romney as much as Rick Perry just did.

Rick Perry had three major applause lines during his announcement that will likely sound familiar to most of us. Rick Perry said President Obama has apologized for America, he said Washington is Broken, and he said he Believes in America.

No Apology is the name of Mitt’s book, Believe in America is the subtitle of the paperback version of No Apology, and Washington is Broken was Mitt’s campaign slogan in 2008.

Maybe Rick Perry is running to be Mitt’s VP? What do ya’ll think?

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken

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Obama’s Scheme Team: “Kill Romney” - Governor Romney Responds: “Desperate, Despicable”


As America continues to suffer from President Downgrade’s Obama’s inexperience and blunders, talking heads predict that the next presidential election is bound to be one of the nastiest, dirtiest campaigns in a long time.

Not surprising, Real Clear Politics revealed last week that Democrats believe Mitt Romney is the greatest threat to their man, Obama:

In gearing up for President Obama’s re-election battle next year, party operatives have directed the bulk of their energy toward beating up on the former Massachusetts governor. With a number of strong Republicans opting not to run and some in the race failing to get traction, Romney has become a singular target for the party in power.

Today, we learn just how afraid Obama and his Scheme Team are:

Barack Obama’s 2012 plan: ‘Kill Romney’

Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.
[…]
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.

The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s re-elect will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird” …

The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm which was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs. Obama officials intend to frame Romney as the very picture of greed in the great recession – a sort of political Gordon Gekko.

(emphasis added) Additional details may be found here.

Romney issued a swift response:

August 9, 2021

BOSTON, MA – Romney for President campaign manager Matt Rhoades released the following statement in response to Politico’s report on President Obama’s re-election strategy:

It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks. President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”

(emphasis added)

Obama won’t be able to run successfully on his record. Even the lefty-left of his party are in full rebellion now:

On Sunday, Drew Westen, a professor of psychology at Emory, articulated the fury of liberal Democrats in a New York Times Sunday Review essay.

How can one explain this lack of leadership? Westen offered several harsh theories. Perhaps Obama is, as conservatives have alleged, too inexperienced and hence, incompetent. Obama, he wrote, “had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state.” He had a “singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography.” Finally, before joining the Senate, he had voted “present” rather than “yea” or “nay” 130 times, “sometimes dodging difficult issues.”

(emphasis added)

Obama and his Scheme Team will resort to that which they are very familiar and comfortable with - the ol’ Alinsky Rules for Radicals. [Known as the ‘father of modern American radicalism,’ Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism. … Some of these rules are ruthless, but they work.”]

A few Alinsky tactics to look for…

Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.” [Obamacare is Romneycare?]

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’

I can see how Mitt Romney’s private-sector experience, record of accomplishments, leadership, wisdom, work ethic, and straight-forward campaigning makes the Obama Scheme Team’s knees knock.

We’ve got a desperado president on our hands. America can’t take four more years of Oval Office conniving.


► Jayde Wyatt

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Money & Social Media: Romney Campaign Leads


OhMyGov! is a website that monitors the interconnection between media mentions and social media activity. Their analysis reveals that the Romney campaign is the most financially supported and in the best social media position at this point in the 2012 GOP presidential race:

Romney Leads GOP Race for Money and Social Media

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First, as always, we concentrate on the money. According to his Federal Election Committee quarterly report for the period March - June 2011, the former Massachusetts Governor has over $18.3 million in donations to his credit. That puts him second only to President Obama in terms of money raised, and far ahead of the rest of the GOP field. Just for some perspective, Romney raised nearly half (46%) of all the money donated to major Republican candidates in the last quarter. No other candidate raised more than $4.5 million, putting Romney in an enviable financial position.

[…] According to OhMyGov, Romney accounts for nearly 45% of the Facebook audience for Republican candidates, and ranks highly on Twitter as well.

With more than a million Facebook fans, Romney is in a class by himself in the GOP field. The second most popular Facebook candidate is Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has almost 620,000 fewer fans than Romney. […]

It is not only the size of Romney’s share of the Facebook pie that is impressive, but the rate at which he’s picked up followers. During the 2nd quarter of 2011, Romney gained Facebook fans at an intimidating rate (188,000+), far ahead of rivals Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Hunstman. […]

Surprised at who has the most Twitter followers?


So what can we glean from these numbers? Are Tea Party favorites like Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann hot on the heels of establishment pick Mitt Romney? No, they probably aren’t. What one can begin to assume from these numbers however is that while some may go to Twitter for quick blurbs and sound-bites from entertaining characters (do you really think all of Sarah Palin’s followers actually like Sarah Palin?), they go to Facebook for news and updates on people they are legitimately interested in or support. Mitt Romney’s relative Facebook popularity is matched only by his undeniable financial support, a combination most candidates would take over 10,000 new Twitter followers any day.

(emphasis, italics added)

For further details, click here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Campaign Beginning to Build in Broward Co, Florida


More groundwork is being laid for Governor Romney in Florida, a state that plays a critical role in the GOP’s presidential election cycle. Today’s news comes from Broward Co:

Mitt Romney campaign starts to take shape in Broward

Several Republican committeemen are forming the nucleus of the Mitt Romney for president campaign in Broward.

Chairman of the effort is David Di Pietro, an attorney with the Conrad & Scherer law firm. (One of those names, Bill Scherer, is a big time national Republican fundraiser.)

Joining Di Pietro as co-chairman is Bob Wolfe, founder and past president of the Lauderdale Beach Republican Club.

Rocky Rodriguez, Broward’s former appointed property appraiser, and Troy R. Samuels, a Miramar city commissioner, are on the executive committee. Rodriguez and Samuels were the co-chairmen of Romney’s 2008 campaign in Broward.

They haven’t yet had an official rollout from the Romney campaign, but they’ve already been meeting, had a table set up Monday night outside the Broward Republican Party’s monthly meeting, and Di Pietro announced the group to party committeemen and committeewomen.
[…]
I think it says a lot about Mitt’s campaign that we’re already organized,” Di Pietro told the Republican Party. “I believe Mitt Romney is the only candidate in our primary who can beat President Obama.”

(my emphasis)

Show your support for ‘Broward for Mitt’ on Facebook and Twitter.

(One tweet: “Exciting meeting with Broward’s Team Romney tonight! Let the partying (and work) begin!”)

Romney named Brian Ballard as his Florida Finance Co-Chair on July 13th. Recent polls show Romney is winning among his GOP competitors in The Sunshine State. He also leads Obama there by 46% to 42%.


► Jayde Wyatt

Fox & Friends Ainsley Earhardt’s Un-American Statement: “Romney Not a Christian”


The panel on Fox and Friends this morning ( FOX News) consisted of Dave Briggs, Ainsely Earhardt, and Clayton Morris. The conversation turned to discussing Rick Perry’s fundraising capabilities when Earhardt dropped a shocker…

@1:12:

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Earhardt: “Well, the Christian coalition, I think, he [Perry] could get a lot of money from that…

Briggs interrupts: “Big time!”

Earhardt continues: “because Romney obviously not being a Christian… Rick Perry, he…”

Briggs interrupts: “Oh, yeah!”

Earhardt continues: “he’s [Perry] always on talk shows, on Christian talk shows. He has days of prayer in Texas…”

Briggs: “Next month in Houston…”

Are Ainsely Earhardt and Dave Briggs ignorant regarding Article VI of the United States Constitution? Do they think they know better than those early American patriots - our Founding Fathers - who dedicated their lives and fortunes and sacred honor to free themselves from a religiously oppressive government?

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

From U.S. Constitution online:

Some of the first colonists of the nation for which the Constitution was written had been seeking to escape religious persecution. The constitutions of several of the states prohibited public support of religion (though some did explicitly support or demand adherence to Christianity). Above all, the many varying sects of Christianity in America required that to be fair to all, there could be preference to none. It would have been disgraceful for anyone to wish to leave the United States because of religious persecution. So the authors decided it best to keep the government out of religion. This is not to say that the United States was not or is not a religious nation. Religion plays a big role in the everyday life of Americans, then and now. But what the authors were striving for is tolerance… something I fear contemporary Americans are lacking.

(emphasis added)

Earhardt’s comment was bigoted (yes, bigoted) and outrageous. The enthusiastic chiming in of Dave Briggs was equally repulsive. The very idea that the United States of America could return to rule by ‘religious clique’ is reprehensible and un-American. Romney’s faith is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They believe in Jesus.

Romney supporters know this election must be about the very serious issues that face our nation. Let FOX News hear from you (often!). Send emails to: Friends@foxnews.com and yourcomments@foxnews.com. You may phone FOX at 1-888-369-4762. Leave comments on Earhardt’s Facebook page here.

Resource reading:

Article VI Blog
Evangelicals for Mitt

UPDATE: Additional articles
From Hal Boyd -Deseret News

Attempts to contact Fox News regarding Earhardt’s remarks have not yet been returned.

July 18, 2021 The Christian Post
Fox News Host: Mitt Romney Not a Christian

“Let’s face it; Romney simply doesn’t have a consistent worldview and much of what he does believe is contrary to the conservative and Christian worldview,” states an open letter being circulated on July 14, according to Michigan Messenger. Some prominent religious right leaders, including Gary Glenn of the American Family Association’s Michigan chapter, have signed the letter.

“That (Romney’s faith) might be fine for someone running for city council, but he’s running for the presidency of the most powerful nation in the world. To accept his multiple conversions as authentic and then give him the keys to the White House would be foolish. At this critical time in American history, we need a leader more than ever who has spent a lifetime defending and promoting conservative principles. The last thing we need is someone whose ideology abruptly shifted only after he and his consultants decided to prepare him for his first Presidential campaign,” it adds.

In a recent interview with The Christian Post, pastor and author Mark Driscoll said Christian leaders needed to be careful about publicly supporting candidates lest they “turn out to be not that moral.” Driscoll said he could understand the struggle Christians would have considering Romney for president. “He supports our values; he doesn’t worship our God

The American Family Association (AFA) has teamed up with Rick Perry to sponsor his upcoming prayer rally in Texas.

July 18, 2021 The Washington Post
Mormon Mitt Romney not ‘Christian,’ says Fox News host

The question of whether or not Mormons are considered ‘Christians’ is sensitive and controversial. It is also consequential for Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman[…]

(Read further for details on the ‘Christian’ tack the Pawlenty campaign has taken.)

July 18, 2021 The Washington Post
Romney’s religion a barrier to Republican nod, Cain says

Mr. Cain on Monday became the first of Mr. Romney’s nine declared and potential nomination rivals to say publicly and explicitly something long whispered: namely, that the former Massachusetts governor’s Mormonism is an obstacle too big to overcome in the most solidly Republican region in the country. The South has a high concentration of evangelical Protestants, many of whom doubt the legitimacy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



► Jayde Wyatt

New Romney Video: Obama's Misery Index - Ryan's Story

The well-produced videos just keep coming from the Romney camp… and each one adds reality to the crisis that is the Obama economy.

This particular video hits on a theme that Governor Romney has been touching on for awhile now: Obama’s Misery Index — sort of a measurement of misery, if you will, that is found by adding the unemployment rate to the inflation rate.

The somber reality of Ryan’s story is one that is shared with millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans across this country:

We’ll need real economic leadership to pull us out of this one.

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Additional thoughts from J Wyatt:

I’m so glad Governor Romney is putting faces on Obama’s ‘bumps in the road’ by spotlighting the plight of unemployed/underemployed Americans. Mitt gets it; we need more of these videos!

I really feel for Ryan; we could all probably add stories of our own and that of many friends and acquaintances struggling to survive Obama’s miserable economy.

I have my own story and know so many others - good, decent, hard-working Americans - who have lost homes, lost jobs, home mortgages under water, working three jobs and barely making it, expenses cut to the bone, savings used-up, credit maxed out, those for whom not only is college out of the question right now - buying badly-needed new shoes are out of the question! Add the higher cost of living and inflation to the mix, volatility in the Middle East and our crippling dependence upon that region for oil, our $14.3 trillion debt, government entitlements we can no longer sustain, an out-of-control federal government, and general uncertainty about the future…

America is FED UP!

No more Obama.

We can’t afford to put another president in the White House who doesn’t have a long and successful resume of PRIVATE-SECTOR job creating experience. Saying one knows how to create jobs and actually doing it really matters now. We can’t afford another poser in the Oval Office – and that includes Republicans with thin private-sector experience. We need a president who really knows how our economy works.

We need the real deal.

We need Mitt Romney.

P.S. Do you have an Obama misery index story to tell?

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UPDATE by Jayde: What’s up with the Wall Street Journal regarding Mitt’s new Ryan’s Story video? (Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is the parent company of The Wall Street Journal and FOX News.)

WSJ Washington Wire - A Baloney Sandwich From Romney Campaign?

Eric Fehrnstrom, a long-time Romney aide and campaign spokesman, said, “He’s [Ryan] struggling right now, just like millions and millions of other Americans. The only person who apparently thinks the economy is doing well is President Obama, and no one but him believes that to be the case.”

Remember this little gem from WSJ?

To read Romney’s response to the article linked directly above click here.

Now there’s this; Greg Sargent from Washington Post:

To be clear, this isn’t to belittle the economic situation in Michigan, where unemployment tops 10%; and I’m sure [Ryan] King does have it tough. But given the tone of King’s extensive lament, and the degree to which the campaign presents his story as a neutral, apolitical hard-luck tale, it seems fair to add this additional context.

Extensive lament?

Websters dictionary: lament - 1. To mourn; to grieve; to weep or wail; to express sorrow. 2.Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a weeping.
Ryan is simply telling his story.

Degree to which the campaign presents his story as a neutral, apolitical hard-luck tale?
Just silly. I guess it makes a difference to some if the American experiencing hard economic times is a Republican.

Tribute to Mitt Romney From 12 Yr Old New Hampshire Resident, Hudson Ingoldsby

Fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney, wife Ann, and supporters recite the Pledge of Allegiance prior to Romney's presidential candidacy announcement. Scamman Farms, Stratham, NH 6/2/11

Amid golden straw bales and greening farm fields, with a massive United States flag rippling in the wind on the side of a white-washed barn, it was a thrilling moment when a large crowd gathered in Stratham, New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. They had assembled to hear Mitt Romney announce his candidacy for President of the United States. It began with the Pledge of Allegiance to America.

Today, via a tweet from Gov Romney, we learn the rest of the story about who lead the Pledge…

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Hudson Ingoldsby is a 12-year-old supporter from Alton Bay, New Hampshire; after leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Mitt Romney’s announcement, he submitted these remarks:

As I sit here thinking of ways to describe June 2nd, I don’t think it would be possible unless I include a bit of history. About three years ago I became interested in politics, concerned with the economy, concerned with how our schools are ranking, watching our military and our country as a whole. I watched this for a while as most Americans do then I decided I wanted to be more involved.

Living in NH is a fantastic place to grow up, and politicians are everywhere, but I wanted to meet Governor Romney. I had watched him in the last primary and read his book. Over the last year I have enjoyed my involvement with politics and have been able to attend a few functions with Gov. Romney, and I have met a few other presidential hopefuls. Governor Romney’s speeches can make anyone proud to be an American. I want everyone to be as proud as I am to be an American.

However over the past three years things seem to be worse, I have had friends’ parents that have lost their jobs, my school is now failing and I watch my Dad be sad whenever another soldier is killed. I think Governor Romney can fix the economy with a lot of work. I hope he can help schools thrive because we are the next leaders and we need a good education. He will bring back the great America, so other countries will think we are the great people that we actually are. I don’t want the current leaders to leave my generation trillions of dollars in debt. Governor Romney can fix these problems, it will be really hard work but I believe he CAN.

I believe Mitt will make a great president. I sent him a letter stating “I am just a kid but if I could be there the day you announce….” About a week later I received a note from the Governor stating if it was going to happen in NH he would call me. True to his word, his staff called and not only invited me but asked me to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.[…]

(emphasis added)

To read the rest of young Hudson Ingoldsby’s remarks and see a photo of this fine young man, click here.


► Jayde Wyatt