Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

New experience for Obama: GOP attacks and mockery
Washington Examiner ^ | September 3, 2012 | Byron York

Posted on 09/04/2012 6:20:40 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Why did the Obama campaign fumble the "are Americans better off than four years ago" question?

Why has President Obama been unable to put the "you didn't build that" charge to rest?

And why has the campaign struggled to come up with a coherent response to the Republican convention? (Calling it a pack of lies doesn't count.)

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that, as Democrats begin their convention here in Charlotte, the Obama campaign is not hitting on all cylinders. The question is why a campaign that was so successful in 2008 is sputtering today.

Here's a theory: Barack Obama has never in his life run against a sharp, determined and aggressive Republican opponent. Facing Mitt Romney, who is all three, is a new experience for the president.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last

1 posted on 09/04/2012 6:20:41 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

“...why a campaign that was so successful in 2008 is sputtering today.”

Don’t worry. The MSM will pickup the slack to make sense where there is non, to put meaning where there is none, to reinvent the statistics where the statistics are so damning, etc.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 6:24:44 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

GOP & RNC are finally waking up and smelling the coffee. You can’t play nice with these people. They lie & lie & lie. Michael Steele was a joke. Reince Priebus is doing a much more effective job at the RNC.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 6:24:58 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

Squish him like a bug.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 6:27:50 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

I expect much of the nation realizes how serious it is we replace Obamugabe....this is another reason his snake oil isn’t selling.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 6:32:25 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

I kind of agree with Byron, but up to point. Certainly this is not the same as the wishy washy McCain campaign that “suspended” his campaign when the stock market crashed and played nice the whole...lest they get call rascist by Obama. However, they still have the occasional tepid response.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 6:33:26 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

7 posted on 09/04/2012 6:33:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

Actually it isn’t. The RNC ran some killer ads mocking 0 as “The One” in Aug 2008. They were doing real damage to 0 poll numbers then McCain and his clowns told the RNC to knock it off because they want “to run a positive campaign”.


8 posted on 09/04/2012 6:36:35 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

“The question is why a campaign that was so successful in 2008 is sputtering today.”

Answer is very simple. Obama had no past history or previous record to run on. He could be manipulated whichever way the democrats and the media wanted, like a fresh wad of malleable clay dough.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 6:37:49 AM PDT by maplenut
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KC_Conspirator

Oh yeah, Romney/Ryan has made missteps but the think I have observed is they get better and better as the campaign goes on. The 0 camp on the other hand seems utterly incompetent. Having to send 0 to Louisiana after Romney went was a pretty stunning display of incompetence.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 6:38:31 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
He'll have to learn to deal with it -- or lose.

He won't learn to deal with it (imo). You can't fix narcissism let alone fix it in 2 months.

11 posted on 09/04/2012 6:39:10 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KC_Conspirator

Did McCain ever put 0’bama on the defensive? Ever?


12 posted on 09/04/2012 6:41:14 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth Income = Net Work)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DIRTYSECRET
Squish him like a bug.

Most bugs are decidedly dark, if not black. Your comment, therefore, is RACIST!

13 posted on 09/04/2012 6:41:30 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

Incredibly, the polls suggest Obama has an excellent chance of being re-elected so I wouldn’t exactly say it was sputtering.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 6:42:49 AM PDT by erlayman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

When all else fails,they’ll play the race card in a big way. That will fail too.


15 posted on 09/04/2012 6:45:09 AM PDT by CityCenter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Qwackertoo

I give credit for Reince for the overall tone of the RNC, but the one time I saw him on one of the talk shows, he was a stuttering apology-laden idiot. Keep him in the back room where he can do good.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 6:45:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: KC_Conspirator

How are you doing? Still in the DC area?


17 posted on 09/04/2012 6:45:48 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Having to send 0 to Louisiana after Romney went was a pretty stunning display of incompetence.

How good do they have to be when the media pro's sand off the rough edges?

18 posted on 09/04/2012 6:48:33 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
I still never buy into this premise, repeated almost as a miraculous fact, that Obama ran this amazingly fantastic campaign in 2008.

The fact is that the corrupt MSM pulled out all the stops to augment and enhance Obama in 2008. They advocated for Obama in the inverse manner they sought to rip Bush every single day. Obama was never - ever - the subject of critical media review. There was nary an ill word ever uttered in the corrupt MSM about Obama. Even when people tried to raise any opposition — such as, lack of experience, no clear historic background, past campaigns issues, Jeremiah Wright, early childhood, etc. — the corrupt MSM puposefully suppressed this information, or ridiculed such information as nothing more than an attempt for unseemly partisan advantage by racists. This, coupled with the fact that John McCain probably actually voted for Obama himself, having said himself just 8 days before the election that we have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency and you can see what type of opposition McCain provided.

The corrupt MSM facilitated Obama’s hagiography. They desperately wanted Obama. That's why Obama had this oft-repeated "brilliant" campaign in 2008.

19 posted on 09/04/2012 6:49:09 AM PDT by Obadiah (The Hunger Games -- Obama's vision for America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KC Burke

Doing well. Yes currently still in the DC area. How are you?


20 posted on 09/04/2012 6:49:15 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
Why is the campaign sputtering?

Here's a clue: When the snake oil salesman comes to town the second time, people don't buy his line of "Good for what ails you" BS any more.

21 posted on 09/04/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

The G.O.D. factor is wearing off.
Obama is no longer entirely untouchable.
The Obama ring of protection has become a little bit worn.

Just a little bit.

But it has opened him up to some questioning and criticism that was unthinkable just a year or two ago.

For the first time he and his henchmen are being asked a few direct serious questions and they are shocked to be challenged and put on the spot.

They weren’t prepared for such direct questions in place of the usual softballs and are upset that anyone, other than FOX, would have the temerity to directly question Obama or suggest that his policies have failed.

They have been visiblt shaken by being put on the spot and it is obvious that they are offended and outright indignant that Obama is being subjected to questioning and criticism as if he was just a normal, mortal human being.


22 posted on 09/04/2012 6:52:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Having to send 0 to Louisiana after Romney went was a pretty stunning display of incompetence.

Good point. That was imcompetent, but its been a staple of this adminstration. Results matter and 4 years its clear they have made it worse.

23 posted on 09/04/2012 6:53:40 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz

He usually does pretty good but then I usually watch him on Fox. The only time I saw him otherwise do poorly was with Chris Matthews but Matthews was a blathering idiot on his race card agenda and poor Reince took the brunt of that attack and even the others on the set were in SHOCK I think, even Brokaw. Matthews was unhinged more than usual that day.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: KC_Conspirator

Going to Chicago a lot this past year. In fact, on the plane now.

We just got a new project in AZ and I may end up there for a while which would be fine with me.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 6:57:52 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

Brilliant poster, Travis McGee. Effective. I’d like to see this everywhere.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 7:02:55 AM PDT by olepap (God help us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Obadiah

I watched the economic melt down that followed the real estate fall off in 08 unfold with many questions. We still don’t know all the mechanizations in play that September.

We need to keep our eyes open.


27 posted on 09/04/2012 7:03:39 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

There is no defense against mockery and ridicule,
especially when any effective defense would expose concepts that they have to keep hidden.


28 posted on 09/04/2012 7:04:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Obadiah

Let us remember how the MSM operated last time around - through the ‘Jornolist’ conspiracy. No double similar back channels are operational now....


29 posted on 09/04/2012 7:04:53 AM PDT by olepap (God help us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: olepap

I just found it and passed it along. But whoever created it is VERY talented.


30 posted on 09/04/2012 7:07:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Qwackertoo
He usually does pretty good but then I usually watch him on Fox. The only time I saw him otherwise do poorly was with Chris Matthews but Matthews was a blathering idiot on his race card agenda and poor Reince took the brunt of that attack

Well, then, he needs to rehearse dealing with rabid, spittle-flying, wildly-gesticulating, insane liberals.

I could have shut Matthews down in about 12 seconds.

31 posted on 09/04/2012 7:13:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Qwackertoo
He usually does pretty good but then I usually watch him on Fox. The only time I saw him otherwise do poorly was with Chris Matthews but Matthews was a blathering idiot on his race card agenda and poor Reince took the brunt of that attack

Well, then, he needs to rehearse dealing with rabid, spittle-flying, wildly-gesticulating, insane liberals.

I could have shut Matthews down in about 12 seconds.

32 posted on 09/04/2012 7:13:18 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

Good Lord...I keep staring at that picture and laughing until I’m crying—especially when I get to Biden as the “The Brainless Man”. Whoever created that thing is brilliant!


33 posted on 09/04/2012 7:20:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: stocksthatgoup

The simple fact is that McCain never wanted to be President, he just wanted to be the center of attention awhile.


34 posted on 09/04/2012 7:21:47 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
GOP attacks and mockery

My empty chair is still in the front yard.
May leave it there until Romney beats his butt.

35 posted on 09/04/2012 7:22:30 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of No! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz
I give credit for Reince for the overall tone of the RNC, but the one time I saw him on one of the talk shows, he was a stuttering apology-laden idiot. Keep him in the back room where he can do good.

That's almost exactly what I told my wife yesterday. I don't know why the RNC can't find a true conservative motivational leader. This guy absolutely puts me to sleep when he's on the tube.

36 posted on 09/04/2012 7:27:53 AM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (When you accept the invite into the scorpion’s home don’t bother looking for the exit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: The Citizen Soldier
That's almost exactly what I told my wife yesterday.

Ergo, I am you.

Where do you work and is your wife cute, for when I pod-capture you and take over your life?


37 posted on 09/04/2012 7:32:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
I try not to deal with theory.

It has been reported in numerous political races that the support of the media establishment, local, state, national or international, adds 3 to 5 percent to a candidates final numbers. And that is DOWN from what it was when I was growing up.

The Emperor is an “artificial construct” made by and supported by the media. When it gets down to Republican/Conservative vetting standards used by the media establishment the Emperor isn't even an empty suit.

IMHO, I think this election cycle, 2012, is the first election cycle in the history of the Republic that the media establishment has not been able to hide the faults and failures of their preselected candidate. What it is coming down to is; The established media must make a hard decision - continued blind support of their preselected candidate or their own survival. United opposition by Republicans/Conservatives is only a minor issue.

38 posted on 09/04/2012 7:41:15 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

39 posted on 09/04/2012 7:41:43 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show:

Well there’s gonna be a freakers ball
Tonight at the freakers hall
And you know, you’re invited one and all

Come on babies grease your lips
Grab your hats and swing your hips
Don’t forget to bring your whips
We’re going to the freakers ball

Blow your whistle and bang your gong
Roll up something to take along
It feels so good it must be wrong
We’re freakin at the freakers ball

Where all the fags and the dykes they’re boogyin’ together
The leather freaks are dressed in all kinds of leather
The greatest of the sadists and the masochists too
Screaming “Please hit me, and I’ll hit you”

The FBI are dancing with the junkies
All the straights, are swinging with the funkies
Across the floor and up the wall
We’re freakin at the freakers ball
Yall, we’re freakin at the freakers ball

Everybody’s kissing each other
Brother with sister, son with mother
Smear my body up with butter
Take me to the freakers ball

Pass that roach please and pour the wine
I’ll kiss yours if you’ll kiss mine
I’m gonna boogie till i go blind
We’re freakin at the freakers ball

White ones, black ones, yellow ones, red ones
Necrophiliacs looking for dead ones
The greatest of the sadist and the masochists too
Screaming “Please hit me, and I’ll hit you”

Everybody’s ballin’ in batches
Pyromaniacs striking matches
I’m gonna itch me where it scratches
Freaking at the freakers ball


40 posted on 09/04/2012 7:48:41 AM PDT by folkquest (Nothing is fool-proof because fools are so ingenious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
then McCain and his clowns told the RNC to knock it off because they want “to run a positive campaign”.

Just like idiot Rove is telling them now
41 posted on 09/04/2012 8:02:21 AM PDT by uncbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

I think Mitt will skewer him in the debates.


42 posted on 09/04/2012 8:05:33 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Thank you for reminding us all of that inconvenient truth. People also forget that the only time the McCain ticket actually led was in the brief few days after they rolled out Sarah Palin. Then they muzzled her for the same stupid excuse of wanting to run a positive campaign.

It is way past time to keep landing punches until "the One" has a meltdown and takes his media sycophants with him.

Libtards need to be returned to their bubble worlds of academia, media and entertainment. For these fantasy worlds are the only places where their cockamamie theories work.

43 posted on 09/04/2012 8:06:18 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Georgia Girl 2
I think Mitt will skewer him in the debates.

And the press will say Mitt was mean-spirited towards a sitting President.

44 posted on 09/04/2012 8:08:19 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

You are probably right but the public will see that the Emperor has no clothes. I think Mitt will do what McCain did not and show Obama for what he is just a very mediocre person who if he was white would never have gotten elected in the first place.


45 posted on 09/04/2012 8:11:21 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
McCain's challenge was so weak that today Obama sometimes waxes nostalgic for the good old days of perfunctory GOP opposition. "The last time we ran, we had a Republican candidate who -- I had some profound disagreements with him, but he acknowledged the need for immigration reform, and acknowledged the need for campaign finance reform, acknowledged the need for policies that would do something about climate change,"


46 posted on 09/04/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (The)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Qwackertoo
Michael Steele was a joke. Reince Priebus is doing a much more effective job at the RNC.

They expected Michael Steele to be able to stand up to Obama without being called a racist. What they forgot is that black Republicans have black friends and relatives who they will irreversibly alienate if they attack "The One".

This was my main concern about a Herman Cain candidacy -- whether he and his family could survive the kind of vitriol that they would get from their non-Republican black friends and relatives.

47 posted on 09/04/2012 8:24:15 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

Byron York beside himself. Boohoo.


48 posted on 09/04/2012 8:24:55 AM PDT by commonguymd (New media has not replaced the MSM. It has emboldened it. twitter @commonguymd)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam
GOP & RNC are finally waking up and smelling the coffee.

If you saw Carly Fiorna (R) on the weekend you saw how Newt had to beat her stupid DNC talking points into the ground. Instead of nailing the Rats on their extremist positions Newt had to totally counter her stupid comments about Akin and abortion.

The RNC needs to kick Karl Rove to the curb and get Newt and John Sununu onto every talk show between now and the election nailing Ubama to the wall! Those two men know how to counter and confront the propagandist media.

The RNC had better figure out a strategy to expose the media every time they enter the room to conduct an interview. Every one of the DNC talking points can be counter-punched!

For instance when Romney's tax records are brought up BY A MEDIA person and asked why is this still an issue... the response from an "R" team member should be: "the reason the tax records are still an issue is because instead of being a journalist you grabbed your DNC talking points off from the fax machine and you are discussing it. What's your next question Andrea?"

49 posted on 09/04/2012 8:35:40 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Unam Sanctam

“The question is why a campaign that was so successful in 2008 is sputtering today.”

Here’s another theory: during his four years in office, Obama has now established a record of deliberate economic destruction so broad and so deep that the leftist media (i.e., the alphabet networks and the bird-cage-liner press) can no longer cover everything up for him, particularly since the leftist media itself is in its last dying throes since the big Internet meteorite slammed into Earth.


50 posted on 09/04/2012 9:09:36 AM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson