Big Media is about to start a savage campaign of attacks (posed as “examinations”) against Mitt Romney now that yes, it’s over. Some will say “so what, that was to be expected, that is not news”. But a recent news story clues in the Obama Praetorian Guard JournoListers that the attacks on Mitt Romney will have to be particularly savage and alarmingly quick.
Hillary Clinton supporters recall September 2007. It was back then that many in Big Media realized that Barack Obama was not going to beat Hillary Clinton – without a lot of help. It was then that Big Media scumbag Tim Russert pushed Barack Obama aside and lied and attacked Hillary Clinton in a nationally broadcast debate.
At that debate Hillary Clinton beat Tim Russert while Barack Obama rested with his doofus smile. That debate however signaled to the rest of Big Media that it was time to take down Hillary if Barack Obama was to have a chance of survival. Big Media united and upped the attacks on Hillary Clinton. From that debate on the Big Media attacks on Hillary Clinton and protection of Barack Obama escalated into something never before seen in American politics.
In the following debate it was a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton was in the lion’s den battling seven men, six of whom were candidates. Even the New York Times was surprised at the lead role of Big Media in attacking Hillary:
Mrs. Clinton walked into the debate expecting to be the target of attacks but as the night went on, she appeared surprised by the intensity as she was challenged not only by her opponents but by the moderators, Brian Williams and Tim Russert of NBC. [snip]
In an exchange with Mr. Russert, arguably her third toughest opponent on the stage…
Mitt Romney and his supporters are also about to be “surprised by the intensity” of Big Media attacks. The main reason for the attacks will be because of MONEY and the SuperPacs.
We’ve been microscopically examining the finances in this election cycle. Barack Obama is not raising nearly as much money as was to be expected. But to read Big Media is to be fooled into thinking that Obama’s finances make him the undisputed winner in November. But $84 million cash on hand at the end of February is hardly a big sum of money for a campaign that once dreamed of raising one billion dollars.
Barack Obama has had it fairly easy up to now. Romney and the Republicans have been fighting and spending money while Obama racked up the abacus. But even a raucously divided opposition has not been a miracle cure for Obama. Indeed, in the last poll before Santorum quit Barack Obama was tied with Mitt Romney in the (fairly useless at this point) national polls:
“In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45%.”
“American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican “super PACs,” is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest.
With an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million, officials at American Crossroads said they would probably begin their campaign this month. But they said they would focus the bulk of the first phase from May through July, which they believe is a critical period for making an impression on voters, before summer vacations and the party conventions take place. [snip]
The ultimate goal of the Crossroads campaign, Mr. Law said, would be to better connect Americans’ disappointment with the economy to their views of the president, especially among crucial swing voters.
The Crossroads advertising push — the timing of which has been the subject of avid speculation at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago — would give the campaign of Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, the time and cover to map out its national organization, replenish its bank account and put the finishing touches on its own long-discussed advertising plan, which is expected to highlight the economic pain of ordinary Americans. [snip]
Combined with expected activity from a pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, and a Republican National Committee with better finances than expected, Crossroads is helping to ease fears among some Republicans that Mr. Obama’s projected financial advantage — with more than $80 million on hand and expectations to have raised at least $750 million all told — would overwhelm Mr. Romney, who had $7.3 million on hand in his last filing report from February, especially at the start.”
The implications of the Crossroads spending plan is that Barack Obama will have to begin to spend millions of the dollars he can only collect in increments of $2500. The well funded Republican and candidate SuperPacs however can collect as much money as they want in limitless amounts. Sky’s the limit.
Mitt Romney will now be able to hoard cash until late August while Obama’s campaign hemorrhages limited funds. Obama’s campaign will bleed funds against well funded, well led SuperPacs.
Politico tried to paint a smiley face on this news even as the desperation and fear oozed out between the pixels:
“The Obama campaign has long warned that it would face attacks from heavily funded Republican super PACs and other groups that can take unlimited contributions. Now, as several of those groups begin launching television blitzes, the task of defending Obama from their offensive has gained new urgency. [snip]
Democrats acknowledge that matching those groups dollar for dollar will be a difficult challenge — Crossroads alone may spend up to $300 million on all 2012 federal races, including the presidential contest.”
“The tast of defending Obama from their offensive has gained new urgency” – from Big Media. It is Big Media that will try to blunt the SuperPac spending with savage attacks against Mitt Romney.
Attempts by Obama Dimocrats to get sympathy votes and blame the messenger by attacking the Republican SuperPacs depend on how much Big Media can muddy up the issue. It was Obama who when running against Hillary Clinton deplored big money in campaigns and indicated he would accept public financing for the general election. However it was Barack Obama who outspent John McCain and never looked back as McCain (of McCain/Feingold) remained true to his word on public financing of campaigns.
Barack Obama was also the big money pal of Wall Street:
“Barack Obama has literally taken more money from Wall Street than any politician in history,” said American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. “The Obama campaign’s repeated, hypocritical overtures about money in politics can’t hide [the president’s] ineffective attempts to jump-start the economy.” [snip]
If it seems like the Democratic response plan rests in part on optimism and wishful thinking — that voters will be smart enough to see past attack ads, that their own cash resources will swell, that Obama will prove more resilient than congressional Democrats did in the midterms — there’s not much party strategists can do about that.
After all, the avalanche of outside money is coming. If the Democrats’ assumptions are wrong and it’s possible to incinerate Obama with super PAC money alone, then the race may as well be over.“
Obama outspent Hillary Clinton 5-1 in many of the last primaries during the 2008 election cycle and Hillary Clinton still kicked his scrawny ass in 40 point margins of victory. Obama also outspent John McCain. Barack Obama has always relied on outspending his rivals (think of that Alan what’shisname who ran against Obama in the Senate race). This election will be different.
Mitt Romney will probably have more money than Obama. The RNC will have more money than the DNC. The many Republican SuperPacs will have much more money, much more money, than the pro Obama SuperPac. Obama will whine and pout, Michelle Obama will yank sleeves, and Big Media will not remind anyone that Barack Obama was against SuperPacs before he was for SuperPacs.
Big Media will assist Barack Obama in complaining that Obama is being outspent. Big Media will lead the attack against Obama foes in order to make up for the financial imbalance tipping against Obama.
Already JournoLister Ben Smith is on the Obama protection beat. The question at Smith’s Buzzfeed? Buzzfeed: Romney faces challenge on Mormonism and Race. Race-baiting is usually the go to card for Ben Smith and we see nothing has changed.
The JournoLister Obama protection has already begun. On the Republican side the wheel of fortune is in spin:
“In an ad entitled “Too Much,” focused on President Obama and energy prices, the outside group Crossroads GPS is going on air for a week on broadcast and cable in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, with a total buy costing $1.7 million, per POLITICO’s James Hohmann.
“President Obama’s ‘hope and change’ has deteriorated into hype and blame – puffing up his record and blaming others for his policy failures,” said Crossroads GPS president Steven Law. “This ad sets the record straight and calls for real solutions to sky-high gas prices, not more political spin.”
Law had made clear in a New York Times interview that GPS and its affiliated group American Crossroads would be going up with moderate-level buys in April, with the intention of starting a real blitz against the president from May through July. This is the downpayment version.”
The ad will air in the states which Obama must win: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Is true blue New Jersey next? Could Christie’s high approval rating put New Jersey in play for Romney? Not if Big Media can help it by scorching all the potential Romney VP picks.
Paid media advertisements are about to vet Barack Obama’s record. Big Media will attempt to counter Republican/conservative paid media with an assault on Mitt Romney and potential VP picks. The savaging of Mitt Romney is about to begin.