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

Skip to comments.

David Axelrod Surprised by Romney Campaign’s Missed Opportunities
Daily Beast ^ | 11/30/2012 | James Warren

Posted on 11/30/2012 7:44:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP.

President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate.

Offering a lengthy dissection of the campaign, David Axelrod told a Chicago audience that he was “a bit surprised that super PACS, which spent an unbelievable amount of money,” didn’t hit television and radio with anti-Obama ads until May.

“Our air defenses weren’t ready,” he said, alluding to his side’s early lack of resources. “They gave us a pass, for whatever reason.”

At the same time, he was surprised that a plausible, distinctly positive image of Romney as successful businessman was not central to Romney’s media strategy until late fall. In part he ascribed that to Romney’s “Faustian bargain” to get the Republican nomination and tacking far to the right while also unleashing a barrage of mostly negative ads against GOP primary rivals.

The Obama camp assumed that after Romney sewed up the nomination, he would offer that more upbeat aura in his ads. “They never did that,” Axelrod said at the evening gathering at the University of Chicago.

As for Ryan, Axelrod personally figured former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would be the choice, possibly Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. His doubts about Ryan were a function of tough-minded views on privatizing Social Security and making significant changes in Medicare.

And as for the Republicans’ field operation, their comparatively small investment played into the Democrats’ hands and was not forecast by Axelrod, either.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012electionanalysis; axelrod; captainobvious; elections; gope; incompetent; obvious; paulryan; romney; ryan; somuch4managermitt; unelectable

1 posted on 11/30/2012 7:44:39 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Always insightful to hear the postmortem in these situations. Even if half of it is skewed, these are he moments where we actually hear more honest analysis than at other times when spin is central to every word uttered. I share some of the same views...why didn’t they run positive Mitt ads all summer...the did that in the primaries a few months before a primary here in Florida, and I think it was prety effective. The ads were good and positive and formed a positive view of Romney well ahead of any competitor doing any ads.

Also, why was the attack on Obama so vanilla...especially from all the super pac that seemed so focused on getting rid of him.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 7:50:41 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilgipper

>and chose Paul Ryan for VP.

He chose Ryan so he could drag out the principled voters that stayed home.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 7:59:24 PM PST by soycd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more...

That's easy. All his attack got used up earlier against Santorum and Newt, and he didn't have any more attack left for the campaign. Should have left some in reserve, I guess...

4 posted on 11/30/2012 8:09:54 PM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

Less Than $983 To Go!!
If You Haven't Donated Yet This Quarter
Please Remember To Help
The FR FReepathon

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


5 posted on 11/30/2012 8:13:36 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Not one word of truth comes from Axelholes mouth.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 8:15:42 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilgipper

Romney understands business and the Ryan pick was for a VP who could address one of our biggest problems we have that Ryan knows a lot about. I was very happy with the Ryan choice if we had won...but as a candidate compared to the crap from the other side - he unfortunately appeared weak. It’s all about the “optics” now....not reality.

In retrospect Romney should have been more of a B.S. politician...chosen someone to appear to a voting block, regardless of who was best qualified, and then appointed Ryan to head the reforms we need after the Republicans took over. I don’t know...Rubio might have made a big difference but who knows. Pandering seems to be a vital part of getting elected - regardless of qualifications.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 8:16:58 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: soycd

There is nothing ‘principled’ about giving zero four more years.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 8:20:10 PM PST by txhurl (i hate rats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: soycd

RE: He chose Ryan so he could drag out the principled voters that stayed home.

So, what to call the millions who STILL stayed home even with Ryan as running mate?


9 posted on 11/30/2012 8:21:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

So, what to call the millions who STILL stayed home even with Ryan as running mate?


Zero-lovers. They expended zero in voting, and now have much more zero to love, four more years of him.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 8:34:05 PM PST by txhurl (i hate rats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Axelrod is the only cretin who can out-lie the Kenyan.

So assume the opposite of his tripe and he’s 100% correct.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 8:47:09 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txhurl; Aria; C210N

Zippy wins 4 more years. Ryan was awesome / IS awesome. My bet is just as in 08, that the @#$*(^ Steve Schmidt advised Romney all wrong - just as he did advise McCainiac. They kept the tone to the middle after they screamed “extreme” conservative during the “Let’s trash Newt & the Ricks” adventures during the primaries. And kept raps on Ryan just as they did to Palin. But this time they didn’t trash Ryan like they did Palin. THAT was disgusting as is Schmidt.

As are the results of this election. He managed to blur any line between Obama and Romney by Nov. 5. My 2 cents. Yep, I’m still bitter.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 8:55:26 PM PST by WaterWeWaitinFor (This great nation has chosen socialism over freedom and our constitution. How sad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Seems they want to keep the focus on why Romney didn’t win for a reason.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 8:59:54 PM PST by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: quantim

BUMP!!


14 posted on 11/30/2012 9:01:40 PM PST by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: quantim

15 posted on 11/30/2012 9:03:16 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, but the last thing I want to hear is the opinion of the brilliant David Assholerod


16 posted on 11/30/2012 9:05:16 PM PST by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WaterWeWaitinFor

I’m not sure where I am on the shock/denial/angry line but I’m considering expatriating because I cannot watch this trainwreck any longer.

I think I’d rather be witness to the shenanigans of a third world banana republic on a beach halfway across the globe
than see any more gutshots to our Republic.


17 posted on 11/30/2012 9:13:08 PM PST by txhurl (i hate rats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: timestax
Whenever I see him on TV or in a picture, I automatically think Nazi. He has a Nazi look to me. Not a good image. Not a nice man. Evil.
18 posted on 11/30/2012 9:21:27 PM PST by Swede Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

BS


19 posted on 11/30/2012 9:28:23 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

GOP Super PACS....Karl Rove strikes again-—right at the heart of those who love this country....the architect is an ass


20 posted on 11/30/2012 10:27:44 PM PST by Nifster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Clearly, the most significant “missed opportunity” was the opportunity to check all those rigged voting machines.


21 posted on 12/01/2012 12:43:26 AM PST by Jack Hammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ilgipper

These are my conclusions about that campaign http://www.theusmat.com/. I was pulling my hair out I couldn’t believe what they were doing and I’ve been out of the loop for so long there wasn’t much I could do. Locally I was hoping to build on a top down ticket pull. My guys for state offices barely squeeked through but they did carry..


22 posted on 12/01/2012 1:43:11 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ilgipper

These are my conclusions about that campaign http://www.theusmat.com/. I was pulling my hair out I couldn’t believe what they were doing and I’ve been out of the loop for so long there wasn’t much I could do. Locally I was hoping to build on a top down ticket pull. My guys for state offices barely squeeked through but they did carry..


23 posted on 12/01/2012 1:47:07 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
I'm surprised that this Chicago thug with his Hitler moustache thinks that 49% of this country doesn't know they stole the election. When 91 precincts in NYC recorded not one vote for Romney, there is no doubt.
24 posted on 12/01/2012 3:59:40 AM PST by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

What David Axlerod meant, was he was surprised by Romney missed opportunities to rig the voting machines.


25 posted on 12/01/2012 4:27:29 AM PST by castlegreyskull
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Axelrod is surprised while Conservatives are not.


26 posted on 12/01/2012 6:38:40 AM PST by izzatzo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The whole election was fixed...Obama won in all the states where the voter ID was deemed illegal. Didn’t matter who showed up. They were getting enough votes no matter who or how many showed up to vote for Romney. Just doesn’t matter anymore...


27 posted on 12/01/2012 6:44:24 AM PST by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; All

RE: He chose Ryan so he could drag out the principled voters that stayed home.

So, what to call the millions who STILL stayed home even with Ryan as running mate?


Romney could have chosen someone like Rubio...and kept even millions more conservatives home. At least Ryan was not Amnesty Liberal and did not have Natural Born issues...


28 posted on 12/01/2012 7:03:00 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Illegal Aliens do not pay Social Security...Employers do)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hammer; All






Can't you just imagine this was the scene with Obama and his Commie staff after stealing the election through voter fraud- while Conservatives blame Romney, argue, point fingers and try to figue out how to suck up to minorities the 'next time'?






What most refuse to acknowledge is that it was unlikely that ANYBODY could have beaten the voter fraud planned and perpetrated by the Obama machine. They seem to prefer pointing fingers, blaming Romney and blathering on about who to run in 2016 and how to suck up to the minorities.

___________________________________________________


We can not wait for 2014 and 2016 to regroup and figure out new strategies. By then it will be too late. The Marxist/Muslim usurper will have completed his planned distruction of America. That's what people fail to understand.

We must act NOW.

Start with the election. If we let the Rats get away with this massive voter fraud, we're no better than a bananna republic.

We must keep digging and pounding him every day, in every way we can- phony birth certificate, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, his hidden life, records....




Col Allen West; "I don't want to see America become like Zimbabwe where people don’t trust their electoral process. If we cannot trust the integrity of the voting system then we are no longer a free republic".

Col West has opened the door.

We must fight election fraud.

It falls on ‘We the People’.

Silence is consent
_________________________________________________

These elections are NOT certified yet. The only way to get this investigated, much less recounted or overturned, is through the Secretary of State of each of the five key states: Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. EVEN IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE you can help. But it won’t do any good to dilute our effort to challenge California or Michigan or other states. Until a major group gets involved to do more, here is the plan: Contact the Secretary of State of the state in question. See contact information below...

Read the rest- Here

___________________________________________________

CANADA FREE PRESS: Here

____________________________________________________

The website,'Barack Obama Vote Fraud 2012' is keeping a running account of cases of voter fraud and what to do about it:

(Astonishing!) > Visit the site- Here
Obama Voter Fraud on FaceBook- Here

Sign this petition- over 99,000 and counting -cards, email- Here

Sign the ‘We The People’ petition. It has 60,000 signatures and counting- Here

WND List of voter fraud reports Here
ATLAS SHRUGS voter fraud list. Here


Click here and sign the petition for a recount Here-

< Hannity and Col Allan West slam voter fraud Nov 12- Here

Photo of SOMALIANS brought to Ohio voting stations by the busload, 95% of whom did not speak English, and told to vote for Obama, straight Dem ticket- Here

'Human Events', report pollwatcher eyewitness to busload of Somalians at Ohio poll, spoke no English, told to vote Obama Here

__________________________________________________

Must watch videos!

VIDEO-- Programmer Testifies About Rigging Elections With Vote Counting- Here

VIDEO- Illegal Aliens Caught Voting and Stealing Elections In Florida In Vast Numbers- Here

VIDEO- MICHAEL SAVAGE: How Obama fixed the 2012 election- Here

VIDEO- Massive voter fraud discovered in April- Here

VIDEO- Whistle blower speaks out about voter fraud- Here



============================================

Voter fraud from Tea Party: Here

The American Dream- 22 Signs That Voter Fraud Is Wildly Out Of Control And The Election Was A Sham: Here

Town Hall : Obama Likely Won The Election Through Voter Fraud: Here

American Thinker: Was The Election Stolen:? Here

WSVN-TV Almost 1K Ballots Found In Broward Elections Warehouse: Here

Pundit Press; In Florida Obama Got Over 99% In Broward County Precincts: Here

Natural News.com: 19,605 to Zero IS Statistical Proof Of Outright Vote Fraud in 2012 Presidential Election: Here

Realville, USA: The Great Election Robbery of 2012? Here

WND: Here's How Touchscreens Killed Romney Votes: Here

The American Dream: Election Fraud? Obama Won More Than 99% Of The Vote in More Than 100 Ohio Precincrs: Here

WND: The Big List Of Voter Fraud Reports: Here

Nachum's List of Voter Fraud: Here

MORE:

Newt Gingrich 360: Here

Appalachian Forums: Here

Before It's News: Here

WND: Here

Political Outcast: Here

True The Vote: Here

Fox News Insider: Here

Human Events; Here

The Will County News: Here

Fox News: Here

WND: Here

Townhall: Here

Breitbart Here

Accuracy In Media The Left's national voter fraud strategy exposed: Here

Thousands of military votes uncounted or missing: Here

Human Events: Here

Front Page Magazine: Here

The Blaze Here

The Daily Caller: Here

Front Page Magazine Here

Military Voter Protection Project: Here

BreitBart Here

Townhall: Here

Fox News Here

The Blaze Here






__________________________________________________

The best Obama Exposure site on the net, The Obama File: Here

The United StatesLibrary of Congress has selected TheObamaFile.com for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials Here







29 posted on 12/01/2012 11:52:15 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: patriot08

I think we all knew Obama wasn’t leaving. If he couldn’t win it through fraud, force was the next option. Actually, we should be grateful, I think he would have pulled a “nuclear” option if needed be. Think of it, there could be blood running in the streets this Christmas, no matter what, he wasn’t giving up his power.


30 posted on 12/01/2012 12:00:34 PM PST by Toespi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: timestax

31 posted on 12/02/2012 9:03:44 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

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