Paul Ryan’s First Solo Interview since VP Announcement

This was a Brit Hume (Fox News) exclusive interview of Paul Ryan. It is a high level discussion that I think effectively starts the national debate to contrast the Romney economic plan with Obama’s. I like Ryan’s powerful use of words like “irrefutable” and “raids on Medicare.” Obama will now either have to defend his terrible plan or we will see more of his same ole tactics: Personal attacks.


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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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Paul Ryan: “Without Guile or Pretense” — Why America Will Win

We are going to win!

Assuming Mitt Romney is elected President of the United States, he just made the first major decision of his presidency. His selection of Paul Ryan as his vice president is another outstanding decision that is rattling already spooked operatives in the executive branch.

Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney in High Point, North Carolina — August 12, 2012. Photo by Sara D. Davis / Getty Images

Governor Romney offered four criteria for his selection of a VP running mate. He has said often that this person must be able to step in as POTUS from the day he is elected VP. In addition, in last night’s 60 Minutes interview he said the person had to have the “experience, judgment, capacity [read: intelligence], and character…” He said Paul Ryan clearly met each of these.

Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president is widely considered to have broken the perception that he and his campaign were playing it safe. Frankly, I never thought that for a moment; however I did think he has been playing it smart by not spending a lot of money and political capital during the summer doldrums when few people pay attention to politics. Contrast decisions made by President Obama, who is indecisive and timid regarding major international affairs of state, failing to assume a major leadership role characteristic of most former US chief executives. World leaders are clamoring for American leadership abroad. Even American legislators are drifting as a result of the void of executive leadership. Which of the two presidential candidates is playing it safe? The stark irony and reality is that it is Barack Obama.

There have been many outstanding quotes about Paul Ryan and Governor Romney’s selection these past 48 hours. My favorite quote of them all about Paul Ryan was by Bill Bennett, for whom Ryan worked at Empower America:

“He is a guy without guile, without pretense. He likes to hang out with actuaries for relaxation,”

Think about how any person could describe a national leader or politician that would be a greater compliment than “being without guile and pretense?” The same is true of Mitt Romney. They both are cut from the same cloth when it comes to character. I happen to believe that one of the reasons Governor Romney chose Paul Ryan was because he is a humble man. Has any person ever described Barack Obama in any way even remotely similar? What about Biden? Sadly, never.

This weekend I heard just about every criticism the Democrats could muster to describe Paul Ryan and the Romney/Ryan ticket. Most laughable of them all was their projection of Romney’s policy plans versus those of Obama. They believe Obama’s policies are superior. Let’s use a little bit of brain power here – maybe a little logic and reasoning?

Even if you think Obama’s policies are the best overall, how could you ever believe the man will successfully execute them? America is suffering under his policies. We are in stagflation after years of Obama policy. The only reason we don’t hear about stagflation more frequently is because one component is in its early stages: inflation. But the lack of consumer and business growth has been our course for many quarters and rising unemployment is a fact. Obama is to be trusted to execute his policies? Obama has broken at least two dozen commitments to American citizens. Here are some big ones: He promised to cut unemployment to 6.5% in his first term (we are at 8.2% and 15% when considering those who quit looking for a job). He committed to cut federal deficits in half in his first term. Instead, he allowed debt to balloon by $5 trillion! He promised to close Gitmo; an easy commitment to fulfill as POTUS. Obama’s answer to just about any problem is to spend more and to support the spend by taxing more. Obama is a great talker; he knows how to promise.

Mitt Romney knows how to execute. That is what he does. Every challenge he has taken on, he mastered. Whether to cut the debt with an 85% Democrat legislature in Massachusetts or to take a corruption-riddled Olympics project to one of the most successful Olympic Games in American history, Mitt Romney always attains the goals he sets. Execution of policy? Whom to trust to execute his policies? Obama or Romney? The answer is perfectly clear. America needs a complete turnaround. Do we trust the master of stagflation or the master of the turnaround?

Finally, Mr. Obama, and those he has chosen to surround him, are devoid of a moral compass. They have no compunction to lying. The most recent example is the Internet ad falsely implicating Governor Romney in the homicide of a woman. All of Obama’s closest advisers have stated they don’t know much about the entity that created it but when challenged on those assertions, they change the subject in shameless ways to prove they agree with and endorse the foundational premise of the ad. They are full of guile and pretense. One reason America is so lacking in executive leadership is because Barack Obama has no moral authority – he currently has power, yes, but he completely lacks authority. Space does not allow me to elaborate; suffice to say that any “leader” that is willing to lie to retain or gain power is doing so to cover behavior unbecoming the Office of President.

I introduced this piece with, “We are going to win!” I know we are going to win; this is not a hunch. Here are some clues:

In Flight, August 11, 2021 — Photo Credit: Newsday.com

  • Compare the size of the Romney and Obama rallies; Romney’s in Wisconsin and North Carolina over the weekend were 10,000+…Obama’s are sparse now (follow Drudge for regular crowd updates).
  • Obama will be the first incumbent president in American history to raise less money than his challenger (an important type of “vote”).
  • Obama begs for money at every turn. As incumbent, he has held over 200 fund raisers; that is more than all five previous incumbent presidents combined. This is an important reason Obama is an ineffective POTUS; he spends all his time either raising money or resting from raising money (golfing).
  • We frequently hear of elected Democrat officials and Democrat voters publicly declare they plan to vote for and support Mitt Romney for president; we never hear the opposite.
  • Romney is far smarter than Obama. Obama is a smooth talker; even a better talker than Romney. But Romney has spent his entire life setting strategy, inspiring others to his vision, and exceeding expectations.
  • Obama has far outspent Romney these past three months to no avail; polls had them tied when he began and they are basically tied now. Watch the needle when Romney/Ryan begin to get their message out and challenge Obama/Biden. They have yet to begin the fight.
  • At this stage in 1980 (90 days out), Carter was leading Reagan by 9 points; Reagan crushed Carter in a landslide (Carter’s economy was our last stagflation by the way).
  • Romney is a man of character with an unblemished reputation of moral authority. Obama has fully abdicated his responsibility of leadership by blaming other individuals, entities, and predecessors; he has never been a leader in the classic sense. American citizens know the difference.

We must all work as hard as we can — every day — to help Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan execute their strategy for the benefit of the greatest nation on Earth. Join Twitter to promote MRC. Use Facebook to get the word out often for Romney/Ryan. Yes, it is work, but it is fun work and being part of a winning team is the best!

“There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” ~ by Ronald Reagan

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~ by Dr. Samuel Johnson


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Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan as his Choice for Vice President

Governor Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan

If your home is anything like ours, discussions of late have centered on the Olympic Games and whom Governor Romney would choose as his VP running mate and the timing of the announcement. Well, speculation is over; almost. This piece is published prior to the official event of the announcement.

Congressman Paul Ryan is an outstanding choice for many different reasons. Those of us that have researched and written to promote Governor Romney for years know him to be a strong, proven conservative leader. Is there any doubt now about his conservative vision for this ticket? No! We know Governor Romney as a man of great courage; Congressman Paul Ryan too is known for bold, assertive leadership. (See YouTube below for a glimpse of how Rep. Ryan is likely to handle any debate with Mr. Biden)

For the next two weeks leading into the Republican National Convention, we will be bombarded with details of Paul Ryan’s politics, leadership, background, families, etc. What do we know of this great American?

Character / Reputation

Ryan is a fighter who will never back away from a good scrap involving truth and he will fiercely defend against any of the many Obama elitist soothsayers and hacks like Burton. He is a passionate conservative - brilliant, articulate, energetic, and hard working. Many conservatives believe Ryan typifies the future of the Republican Party.

Families / Interests

One television news report from last night stated Ryan has 67 cousins living in and around Janesville, WI (his birthplace and current hometown). He is 42 years old, born January 29, 2022 to Paul, Sr. (lawyer) and Elizabeth Ryan. He is the youngest of four children; siblings include his sister Janet and brothers Tobin and Stan. Ryan’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks between the ages of 55 and 59 (his father died when Paul, Jr. was 16). He is of Irish and German ancestry.

The Paul & Janna Ryan Family

Paul Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, almost 12 years ago. They have three children, Liza, Charlie, and Sam. They are Roman Catholic.

Ryan is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, a fitness enthusiast, and a hunter who enjoys hunting with bow and arrows. If he is like my Cheesehead friend, Steve Miller, Ryan considers Wisconsin “God’s Country.”

Education / Political Career

Paul Ryan attended Joseph A. Craig High School and earned a BA at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in economics and political science (he originally wanted to be an economist). He was first elected as a United States Congressman in 1998 at age 28 and is currently serving in the House in his seventh term. He is chairman of the Committee on the Budget and a member of the Committee on Ways & Means and the Subcommittee on Health.

Representative Ryan is an active and committed mentor to up and coming Republican leaders; he has been instrumental in guiding several individuals in their successful campaigns to elected office at the federal level. He is one of three founders of the Young Guns Program. Prior to his election to the House, he served as a speechwriter to several elected and appointed federal officials.

Social Media

Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle is @RepPaulRyan and he follows only one Twitter handle: @NationalDebt (at the time this post was published, his last tweet was August 5th). Check out the Paul Ryan YouTube Channel.

On April 29, 2012, The New York Times reported,

WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan strolls the halls of Capitol Hill with the anarchist band Rage Against the Machine pounding through his earbuds.

At 6:30 every morning, he leads an adoring cast of young, conservative members of Congress through exercise sessions in front of a televised trainer barking out orders. For fun, Mr. Ryan noodles catfish, catching them barehanded with a fist down their throats.

He may be, as a friend described him, “a hunting-obsessed gym rat,” but Mr. Ryan, 42, of Wisconsin, has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the Republican Party, its de facto head of economic policy, intent on a fundamental transformation of the federal government.

[…]

That is not bad for a man who was once just another minion on Capitol Hill, working for a research group, then for a member of Congress, and moonlighting as a waiter at the Hill hangout Tortilla Coast and as a personal trainer at a gym. Co-workers at the conservative policy group Empower America admonished him for hanging his workout clothes out to dry at work rather than laundering them.

“It’s amazing to all of us because Paul was just an ordinary guy,” said A. Mark Neuman, an old friend.

Rep. Ryan and Governor Romney

Late yesterday, Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol wrote in The Weekly Standard,

Romney and Ryan bonded as they barnstormed Wisconsin in the days leading up to the state’s decisive April 3 primary. Over the course of their travels together, Ryan went from a small role as the guy who introduced Romney at their first event,to someone who shared the stage with him, taking some of the questions and bantering easily with Romney. The expanded role, Ryan told TWS in May, was Romney’s idea. “He knows how I talk and what I say. And I’m pretty clear about that stuff. I think he’s comfortable with that.”

Thursday, August 9th, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal published its main opinion column titled, “Why Not Paul Ryan?” – A strong endorsement of Representative Ryan:

Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can’t have that.

[…]

The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House Budget Chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.

[…]

Personalities aside, the larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney’s best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues. Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things—Mitt’s taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the last two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election.

To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country. Americans tell pollsters they are anxious and unhappy precisely because they instinctively know the country is troubled in ways it hasn’t been since the 1970s. They know the economy is growing too slowly to raise middle-class incomes, while the government is growing too fast to be affordable.

Above all, Americans are hungry for leadership. They want leaders willing to take on the hard issues, preferably without the rancor and polarization that have defined Mr. Obama’s Presidency. But they will reward leaders who succeed despite the rancor, as Wisconsin voters showed by their huge turnout in support of Governor Scott Walker this year.

Whatever doubts Americans may have about Mr. Romney’s empathy or background, more of them will turn out for him if they see a leader with a vision and plan worthy of the current difficult moment. This is the kind of candidate and message that voters need to see in the Republican convention this month and into the fall, and it is the message that Mr. Romney’s choice of a running mate should reinforce.

Watch how Rep. Paul Ryan completely dismantles ObamaCare in front of national leaders including President Obama and Vice President Biden; he leaves them virtually speechless:


THANKS to Jayde Wyatt for contributions to this post.


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Jesse Watters: Humor from Harvard

What can I say? I am partial to Jesse Watters!

My favorite part of these Harvard Square “interviews” are of the two researchers that have no idea what Solyndra and Fast & Furious are. And I love the guy that looks like he is about to attack!


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Harry Reid: “Dirty Liar” Involved in “Deplorable Political Behavior”

Harry Reid’s slimy, false accusation that Governor Romney paid no taxes in ten years was stunning in that Reid used the floor of the Senate to make the insinuation.

Sunday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus referred to Harry Reid as “a dirty liar” — twice. Greta Van Susteren also used the words “dirty” and “deplorable political behavior” to describe Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi; strong words even for Susteren.

Harry Reid’s fabrication is nothing more than a simple ploy to change the subject by accusation. It is no different than the horribly deplorable question posed to any man: “How many times did you beat your wife last year?” There is no positive way to answer it. Such a question posits an accusation while it also deflects attention from the persons (or party) posing the question (or from the critical subjects of jobs, the economy, debt). No matter how a man answers this question, he is judged guilty by the less studied (i.e., the TV voter) by their accepting the accusation on its face. Even Harry Reid’s style of gutter politics did not allow him to ask that question because even the TV voter would never believe the accusation. Mitt Romney’s reputation is above reproach and the only way to dispose the puny accuser is to ignore him, which is what Governor Romney has done.

I repeat what I have said in several previous posts. Consider the sources: Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. Need I say more? Unfortunately, I’m afraid these three have yet to reach the lowest levels to which they are willing to stoop.

This video clip is excellent at revealing Reid and Pelosi for who they are: Deplorable politicians. BTW, at the end of the clip Priebus discusses possible additional speakers at the convention:



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President Obama Files Lawsuit to Restrict Military Voting

Barack Obama last month filed a lawsuit to restrict voting of active duty military men and women. If successful, the right of service members to vote early will be taken away. (please sign petition below)

Service member voting in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2008 / (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The article by Mike Flynn of Breitbart currently shows 85,846 Facebook recommends and over 1,000 Twitter retweets. Americans are clearly outraged by the shamelessness of Obama’s actions in this regard. Governor Romney issued the following press release today to further expose Mr. Obama’s impudence:

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on early voting privileges for military servicemen and women in Ohio:

“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.”

Mike Flynn makes the following points in his post two days ago:

I think it’s unconscionable that we as a nation wouldn’t make it as easy as possible for members of the military to vote. They arguably have more right to vote than the rest of us, since it is their service and sacrifice that ensures we have the right to vote in the first place.

If anyone proposes legislation to combat voter fraud, Democrats will loudly scream that the proposal could “disenfranchise” some voter, somewhere. We must ensure, they argue, that voting is easy and accessible to every single voter. Every voter, that is, except the men and women of our military.

Make no mistake, the Democrat lawsuit is intended to disenfranchise some unknown number of military voters. The judge should reject it with prejudice.



Please support our troops by signing this petition to ensure every vote by every woman and man in uniform is counted in November.
We will not allow Obama to restrict the rights of those who preserve ours!

[Hat tip to Dave Anderson & Jayde Wyatt for their contributions.]


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Some of Gov. Romney’s Longtime Close Advisers & Friends

The Wall Street Journal’s Colleen McCain Nelson wrote an article titled, Following Romney Again and Again. I love these glimpses into Governor Romney’s campaign; even for those of us that have followed his career for years, we usually learn something new from others’ research. My favorite part of Ms. Nelson’s article is the very last paragraph; for me it says it all about the type of leader Governor Romney is and why others respect him.

The stories that many of Mitt Romney’s closest confidants tell sound much the same.

They met the Republican presidential candidate years ago when Mr. Romney was working in private equity, or leading the Salt Lake City Olympics, or preparing to run for governor of Massachusetts. They had no designs on hitching their wagon to Mr. Romney. But once they started working with him, they were persuaded to come along for the ride.

After an Olympics, a term as governor, a presidential campaign and the better part of a second one, Mr. Romney has built a small cadre of loyalists who have worked with him for years. He repeatedly has convinced many of them to move to places where they knew no one and to take on challenges that were unfamiliar and daunting.

Bob White / Photo: Associated Press

“Every time he went to do something else, I joined him,” said Bob White, a longtime friend who also was a partner at private-equity firm Bain Capital with Mr. Romney. “Each of the things he was doing was big….This campaign is my sixth once-in-a-lifetime experience with Mitt Romney.”

Nearly every presidential candidate relies on a handful of trusted advisers who have been longtime loyalists. Mr. Romney’s inner circle includes a large number of people from fields other than politics. Many say they have little taste for campaigning, have no plans to move on to another job in the political world and are in the campaign only to help a friend become president.

Mike Levitt (right) / Photo: Associated Press

Mike Leavitt, the former Utah governor who is helping Mr. Romney on transition matters for his potential administration, worked with Mr. Romney on the 2002 Olympics. So did Spencer Zwick, who is now the campaign’s national finance chairman. Senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom has been with Mr. Romney since he ran for governor. Beth Myers, who is leading the search for Mr. Romney’s running mate, worked on his gubernatorial campaign and then served as his chief of staff.

The article states Governor Romney may be relying too much on close-knit loyalists to the detriment of the campaign.

To that point, Mr. Romney recently has begun fleshing out his team with a handful of advisers with experience in Washington and on the national political stage. Among them: Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who also worked in George W. Bush’s White House, and Michele Davis, a top Treasury aide in the Bush administration.

“When you’re running for president you need a mix of people with national campaign experience, but also people you’ve known a long time and completely trust,” said Charles Black, who has worked on Republican presidential campaigns since the 1970s.

Mr. Zwick was finishing school at Brigham Young University when he agreed to work on the Salt Lake City Winter Games, handling tasks such as translating documents. His plan was to move on to New York and work for an investment bank. Mr. Romney had other ideas—namely, that Mr. Zwick should help him become governor.

Ten years later, Mr. Zwick is still on Team Romney. He has gone to the governor’s office and then to two presidential campaigns. Along the way, he has launched an investment company with Mr. Romney’s eldest son and has been dubbed Mr. Romney’s “sixth son.”

Mr. Fehrnstrom compares working with Mr. Romney to “being launched out of a rocket.”

Mr. Fehrnstrom was at his desk at an ad agency, “working on a press release for a new, spicy menu at Popeye’s Fried Chicken,” when Mr. Romney phoned him to ask for help on his gubernatorial campaign. “I said to myself, ‘There have to be more interesting things in life than spicy fried chicken,’ ” Mr. Fehrnstrom recalled. “I hung up the phone, walked down the hall and quit.”

Spencer Zwick / Photo: Associated Press

The inner circle bristles at polls suggesting that the public hasn’t warmed up to Mr. Romney—he is seen in a more negative light than was every other major-party nominee at this point in 2008, 2004 and 2000, and more negatively than President Barack Obama is today, the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows. Mr. Romney’s friends say they are frustrated when people say he doesn’t relate well to others. “He’s very engaging company.…I’m just pronouncing it untrue,” Mr. Leavitt said.

While Messrs. Leavitt and White both play central roles in the Romney campaign, with Mr. White serving as a senior adviser, both describe their roles simply: as a friend to the candidate.

“I offer an independent voice when it’s needed,” Mr. Leavitt said. “When you have a thoroughbred racehorse, you can put a goat in the stable with them, and it calms them down. I’m the goat.”


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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, 2022 (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.

[emphasis added]

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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The Genius of Milton Friedman — Capitalism Preserved

Milton & Rose Friedman / Photo: Corbis

Four days ago, The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding article by Stephen Moore titled, The Man Who Saved Capitalism. One of the reasons President Reagan’s economic policies were so successful was because he relied upon the advice and wisdom of Milton Friedman. The entire article is worth reading. I am convinced liberals will never understand the genius of Friedman. If you ever want to have some fun, look up the numerous YouTubes of Friedman eviscerating the brightest of liberals. Here are some excerpts of Moore’s excellent article (also, see a great video at the WSJ URL):

It’s a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born 100 years ago on July 31—did not live long enough to combat the big-government ideas that have formed the core of Obamanomics. It’s perhaps more tragic that our current president, who attended the University of Chicago where Friedman taught for decades, never fell under the influence of the world’s greatest champion of the free market. Imagine how much better things would have turned out, for Mr. Obama and the country.

Friedman was a constant presence on these pages until his death in 2006 at age 94. If he could, he would surely be skewering today’s $5 trillion expansion of spending and debt to create growth—and exposing the confederacy of economic dunces urging more of it.

In the 1960s, Friedman famously explained that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” If the government spends a dollar, that dollar has to come from Click here to continue reading