The Greatest Republican Ad Evahh is about a tedious issue debunked by Fact Check. Romney “outsourcer in chief” claims? Yawn. Bain Capital is dull but it has produced the greatest Republican ad ever.
Bain Capital? Yawn. Can’s we discuss something more exciting. We have yet to discuss the Fast & Furious contempt citation by the House of Representatives against Eric Withholder. We have not yet touched on the latest developments such as E-mails reveal retaliation, cover-up at ATF, DoJ following Fast & Furious exposure. There’s also something else, something more exciting that everyone wants to discuss. Bain is a yawn.
The Obama health scam ruling by the Supreme Court is still top of the charts. Many are taking issue with our point of view on this. Roberts pulled off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time and politically gave Barack Obama a radioactive enema but that apparently is not enough for some. They did not get their pony for Mandate-mas so they are petulant, upset, churlish. Well that’s not exactly fair.
Most of the critiques are well thought out and reasoned – but wrong. Our evaluation on the current political/legal situation will be published soon.
We’ll be proven right in years to come and the left will eventually bemoan the Obama health scam ruling and conservatives will see it as a Thurgoodian pool game that set the table up for them. We stated well before the decision came down that Obama was in a lose/lose situation. The Obama health scam was not struck down but Obama is still in a lose scenario. Right now though Coral Sea conservatives are determined to stomp their feet and be angry that Mitt Romney is not the right messenger, that their guy (or Bachmann) would be better against Barack Obama on health care.
We too warned, in hot language against Mitt Romney – particularly on the issue of health care. But for all the defects and boringness of Mitt Romney let’s give him his due – Romney is running a smart campaign.
Right around this time in 2009 we wrote an article called The Republican Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton. John McCain failed to use the weapon in 2008. Mitt Romney has picked up the weapon and already fired some warning shots.
There are a lot of Republican ads coming out this year. Most of them are ineffective. Most of them play Obama audio of something stupid he has said then follow-up with mocking/clever refutations in text form. This is “creative class” DailyKooks level stupidity. Paying to propagate Obama’s own words without a verbal substantive attack only helps Obama.
The way many people watch ads, even Internet ads, is by using their eyes and ears. Yes, the primary stimulus is visual, but surrendering the auditory line of attack and providing Barack Obama the audio propagation of his message is counterproductive.
Televised ads are even more dangerous when this clever/mocking tactic is employed. Television ads are often heard, not seen. When commercials come on many people are waking around or doing other things. It’s only when something heard pricks up your ears that you rush to the TV and look. So fix up these ads Rove, you’re wasting money.
Mitt Romney has a very effective ad airing in Ohio that fits in beautifully with what we discussed in our 2009 article The Republican Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton.
The attack line which is heard and seen in the ad comes from the Secret Weapon herself:
“A new ad from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney uses a clip of Hillary Clinton to say “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”
The ad starts with quotes from the Post’s Factchecker deeming a recent anti-Romney ad misleading, unfair and untrue. That ad attacked Romney as an outsourcer. It came out before the recent Washington Post article on Romney’s record at Bain Capital, relying instead on the then-governor’s veto of a bill that would have barred Massachusetts from contracting with companies that outsourced.
“But that’s Barack Obama,” the narrator says. “He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies.”
The ad then cuts to a video clip from 2008, when Clinton attacked her then-rival Obama for mailers claiming she called the North American Free Trade Agreement a “boon” for the economy. (Clinton never actually used that word). “Shame on you, Barack Obama,” Clinton says in the footage.
The Romney campaign has tried to drive a wedge between Obama and the Clintons before, trying to peel off voters who have fond feelings towards the last Democratic president. Given that Hillary Clinton is now Obama’s Secretary of State, it seems likely that someone in her circle will respond.”
The response is not so secret cheers from the Hillary Clinton circle.
Compare what we wrote in 2009 and this description of the ad from the Washington Post, “But that’s Barack Obama,” the narrator says. “He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies.” This is what we wrote in 2009:
“What we found interesting was how Andrea Tantaros bolstered her argument when she invoked the name of Hillary Clinton as one who had been targeted by the same forces of ignorance and bullying. Those ignorant bullies parade about as forces of knowledge and understanding but we now know them for what they really are.
Republicans and Conservatives should take a clue from Ms Tantaros – utilize the history of the 2008 primaries and what was done to Hillary Clinton to expose the intolerant bullies who pose as progressives.
Sean Hannity in particular constantly attacks Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in ugly, gratuitous ways. Hannity is living in the 1990s. Even the biggest Bill and Hillary haters, such as Richard Mellon Scaife, now recognize they were fools drunk with destructive Clinton hate. Hannity would make a stronger case against Barack Obama if he would invoke the nastiness of the Obama campaign against Hillary and stop the nastiness against Hillary himself.
Some Republicans will fan the flames of Hillary hatred. These are Republicans who are afraid of Sarah Palin and do not want to do anything that might help women, such as attack sexism and misogyny.
Other Republicans will finally realize that the stale Bill Clinton jokes on late night television will now be augmented by attacks on Republicans and fools like John “Are You My Daddy?” Edwards. But Barack Obama will be protected by his Big Media masters.”
“On May 7, 2009 we advised the secret weapon be unleashed. Trump does just that very thing in this interview.
Who ran the most negative campaign? Against whom? Against what woman and against what men?
Four minutes into the interview Trump lays it out, hits it out of the ballpark. Who ran the most negative campaign?
Clinton hater Sean Hannity finally discards his silly Bill Clinton impressions and learns from The Donald how to use the secret weapon – four minutes and ten seconds into the interview.
Sean Hannity has long been an E/I conservative. With this interview Hannity demonstrates he can become an I/E conservative. “Intelligence over Emotion“.
Who was the “least racist person” who was race-baited by Barack Obama? Ask Sean Hannity. Ask Donald Trump. Ask Bill Clinton. Ask Hillary Clinton.
Tonight Mormon Mitt Romney will likely win a big victory in the heavily Mormon populated state of Nevada. How much easier will it be for Mormon Mitt Romney to be smeared as a “racist”?
The “least racist person”, Bill Clinton was smeared as a “racist” by Barack Obama. We Hillary Clinton supporters, many of whom organized and worked for years to community organize in black neighborhoods and fought more for civil rights than Barack Obama ever did, were smeared as “racists” by Barack Obama and his Chicago thugs. How much easier will it be for Mormon Mitt Romney to be smeared as a “racist”?
Trump understands what we are talking about. He is an I/E businessman. Mitt Romney is showing signs of full out I/E:
“New Romney Ad Features Hillary Clinton Saying ‘Shame On You, Barack Obama’
In a new TV ad running in Ohio, Mitt Romney‘s campaign features a somewhat unexpected politician attacking President Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton, the current Secretary of State and former Obama rival. According to POLITICO, the ad uses 2008 footage in which Clinton said, “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”
The footage is from Clinton’s campaign stop in Ohio with then-Gov. Ted Strickland. At the time, she had denounced Obama and his campaign for “perpetuating falsehoods.” The clip is meant to convey that Obama’s attacks against Romney are “just not true.” That he used the same kinds of “vicious lies” against former opponent Clinton.
Specifically, the ad notes the Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” response to Obama’s previous ads that singled out what their campaign claims is Romney’s record as an outsourcer. The Post gave the ads four Pinocchios.
The ad’s script, via POLITICO:
NARRATOR: Barack Obama’s attacks against Mitt Romney: they’re just not true. The Washington Post says, ‘On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue.’ But that’s Barack Obama. He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies.
CLINTON (file footage): He continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods.
NARRATOR: Mitt Romney has a plan to get America working. Barack Obama? Worst job record since the Depression.
CLINTON (file footage): So shame on you, Barack Obama.
ROMNEY (voice-over): I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”
This Mitt Romney ad is smart on three levels. Smart #1: because it employs our “secret weapon” strategy.
Smart #2: because it puts Obama’s attacks into a greater narrative that Obama is a filthy liar who smears his political opponents.
Smart #3: because it does not yet deploy the best and most effective Romney retort against the Obama Bain attacks – Bill Clinton. A strong response on Bain from Romney will come not now, as we approach the July 4 holiday and the Summer vacation season. After Labor Day Mitt Romney will deploy ads with Cory Booker, Deval Patrick and Bill Clinton defending Mitt Romney’s business acumen and Bain Capital. Bill Clinton will be deployed to devastating effect by Mitt Romney after Labor Day and not just on Bain Capital.
But those ads are for after Labor Day. They will be modeled on the Greatest Republican Ad Evahhh: