The Psycho Killer from Colorado is getting the headlines and almost all of the Big Media attention. For us, one Psycho Killer at a time. We continue to pay attention to the Psycho Killer from Chicago.
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Two events stand out in the immediate future as far as presidential politics are concerned. One additional event has intruded.
The additional event is the killings in Colorado. This midnight madness is sucking up a lot of time on the airwaves and this has implications. The killings in Colorado are a major distraction and as of now the distraction we believe hurts Barack Obama more than Mitt Romney.
While Obama will no doubt exploit the Colorado killings by staging several publicity stunts to pose as a “uniter” in the important swing state this horrific incident has taken a great toll on the Obama strategy timeline.
Barack Obama thought he could spend tens of millions of dollars to crush Mitt Romney, to injuriously define Mitt Romney, in June and July before two major summer events. Now Obama has spent tens of millions in June and July (to very little effect) but his march of hate has been halted by a nut in Aurora. All that Bain distraction, all the myriad other distractions, now face a major distraction in the form of death and injury in the mountains.
The hope of the Obama campaign was that they would batter Mitt Romney in June and July. Then a bleeding lump of flesh Mitt Romney, defined as a monster from Bain by the Obama campaign, would face a news blackout as the major event of the summer, the Olympics, began to play.
But Mitt Romney counter-programmed with a rather substantial publicity stunt of his own:
“Mitt Romney embarks Tuesday on a six-day trip to England, Israel, and Poland, offering Americans a glimpse of how he might perform on the world stage if he’s elected president.”
Romney will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics along with other world leaders. Romney will, just before his trip, speak in electorally important Nevada to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The 2012 Olympics, the Romney campaign hopes, will remind American voters of the 2002 Olympics in Utah Mitt Romney rescued ten years ago. Mitt Romney will dramatically be able to counter the Bain nonsense by noting that he headed to the Utah Olympics in 1999, not later as Obama would have it. Not only does Romney get some attention as he travels abroad, Romney can bask in the Olympic glow of his own.
There will be meetings with British and other world leaders and of course two fundraisers with Americans abroad. But the highlight of the trip will be the visit to surrounded Israel:
“Romney has been to Israel three times in the past, on a family visit in the late 1990s and, in 2007 and 2011, on fact-finding trips focused on security and economic issues.
On this trip, he’ll meet first with Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who will give him a briefing. Romney will also meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and will also sit down with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He has met them all on previous trips.
While aides say Romney will not specifically criticize the president’s Middle East policy while he is in Israel, he will continue to make the case for standing with Israel – as he often does on the campaign trail. “America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are under siege like Israel, particularly democratic allies who have such a shared history and shared values with America” Dan Senor, a special adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in previewing Romney’s message.”
After Israel it is on to Poland. Romney will meet with the current leadership as well as the man who invited Romney, the man who earned his Nobel Peace Prize with heroic actions, Lech Walesa.
While Romney gets some well deserved attention during his international trip, Barack Obama will put on hats, dance, lie, and spew ridiculous mumblings in an attempt to get some of that desperately craved limelight. But the Olympics will dominate:
“25 July 2012 is the big kick-off, with the opening sports event…
27 July sees the pomp and parades of the opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium, and the lighting of the Olympic torch. [snip]
12 August will see the curtain comes down with the closing ceremony.”
By the end of the Olympics the news will be about the Romney VP pick and the convention in Tampa at the end of the month. In short the DISTRACT AND DESTROY strategy of Barack Obama has failed. Why?
June and July were supposed to be the end of Mitt Romney. Romney was supposed to be left for dead after a Dresden style bombing by Obama. Once Mitt Romney was leveled the Olympic blackout would begin and Romney would be left way behind limping towards his end of August convention while Barack Obama basked in glory.
Barack Obama thought he could Destroy Mitt Romney and Distract From The Economy. Barack Obama began to spend money like a drunken gay sailor on shore leave in Mykonos (apologies to gay sailors who no matter how drunk are much more sober than Obama):
“President Barack Obama’s campaign spent about $43 million in June on ads aimed to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House.
The Obama campaign shelled out $38.2 million on media buys last month, in addition to $4.5 million for online advertisements and nearly $700,000 for media production, according to the latest campaign finance report released Friday.
The big spending on ads comes as the Obama campaign seeks an advantage by getting an early jump defining Mitt Romney over the airwaves and online.
Romney’s campaign, meanwhile, reported spending about $11 million for media production and placement.
Overall, the Obama campaign spent about $58 million in June, marking its most expensive month this year. The campaign spent $45 million in May and less than $20 million in each of the first four months of this year.
Obama’s campaign spent another $2.6 million on polling, $2.9 million on payroll and $33,000 on text messages in June.
Romney’s campaign spent a total of $27.5 million in June, about twice the $15 million the campaign spent in May.
Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $71 million in June — falling about $35 million behind the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The Obama campaign raised a total of about $46 million in June, including $28 million in individual contributions and $17.2 million transferred from other committees.
Obama’s campaign ended the month with $97.5 million in the bank, compared to Romney’s $22.5 million. But Romney Victory Inc. — a Romney-RNC joint fundraising operation — ended June with $57.7 million in cash, compared to the Obama Victory Fund’s $9 million cash on hand.”
Obama spent all that money to destroy Mitt Romney but instead Mitt Romney rose a bit in the polls. We can only imagine that as the results rolled in Barack and Michelle Obama could not believe that their Destroy Mitt Romney attacks were failing and they ordered more and more polling. But more and more polling only produced the same results – failure.
The Obama attacks failed. The Obama fundraising operation relied on the attacks to work and that would lead to happy donors donating lots and lots of cash. But Big Fail. Obama Big Media ally Politico concluded: Mitt Romney, the new fundraiser-in-chief:
“When combined with Republicans’ massive super PAC cash advantage, the GOP fundraising surge spells trouble for the White House, which is relying on hard money and a groundswell of small donations to give Obama four more years.
Romney’s campaign and its allied fundraising committees reported $170 million in cash reserves at the end of June. That’s $26 million more than Obama and the top Democratic committees had in their coffers, according to the latest campaign finance reports released Friday.
Part of the reason for Romney’s cash advantage is that Obama outspent the Republican by $50 million over the last three months as part of the strategy to define Romney before he can gain traction.
The Obama campaign and Obama Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee with the DNC — spent a combined $189 million in April through June, compared to the $138 million spent by the Romney campaign and its joint fundraising committee. [snip]
In May, the Obama campaign and victory fund spent more than they raised, thanks in large part to shelling out $34 million for advertising.
And in June, the Obama campaign dropped about $43 million in ads alone, including online advertising. Romney spent about $12 million for ads last month.
Until now, Obama’s camp has also sought to use Romney’s advantage among big-donor allies to rally his own small-donor base.
But when it comes to small donations — an area where Romney has lagged far behind Obama — the former Massachusetts governor is picking up steam.”
After the late August Republican convention we will see the Romney campaign come out guns blasting with tens of millions in dollars they did not waste in July. Barack Obama will find himself surrounded by the guns he has bought, bullet less:
“Now, what will you do, Mr. President?
The Obama campaign’s attempt to portray Mitt Romney as the villainous Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises” appears to be a big flop. And the problem for Obama is, he really doesn’t have a Plan B.
The latest New York Times CBS poll shows the $100 million worth of attack ads against Romney’s Bain Capital tenure haven’t moved many voters. And that was before Obama insulted voters by telling them they never built a business on their own.
There’s an air of desperation in the Obama camp right now. That’s because while the race is a dead heat, Romney has an 8-point lead, according to the recent poll, when voters are asked who would do a better job fixing the economy. [snip]
“I think the big reason it isn’t is the only people who are paying attention are either hard-core Democrats or hard-core Republicans and others who haven’t decided aren’t paying attention right now,” said Andy Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
“I don’t think the effort was designed to sway voters so much as it was a way to get the Democratic base motivated again,” Smith added. “To give them something to be angry about again.”
And that is a sad statement about the Obama campaign. The president can’t possibly run positive ads about his record, so his only option is to fire up Democratic voters to hate Romney. But even many Democrats are troubled by Obama’s relentlessly negative — and mostly misleading — campaign.”
Obama’s entire campaign of DISTRACT AND DESTROY can be countered with the 1992 Bill Clinton slogan “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Barack Obama’s campaign slogan this year is “IT’S THE ECONOMY WE HAVE TO DISTRACT FROM, STUPID”.
John Kraushaar of National Journal writes ‘It’s the economy, stupid, and the distractions won’t work you boob’:
“Bad Economy Taking Its Toll On Obama
The first round of polls is out after President Obama’s Bain attacks against Mitt Romney and the results aren’t good news for the White House. By themselves, the national toplines are discouraging enough – Romney holds a (statistically-insignificant) 47 to 46 percent lead in the new CBS/NYT poll, and the president is stuck at 47 percent in the just-released Fox News and NPR poll in 12 battleground states.
But beneath the head-to-head numbers, the results foreshadow some tough times ahead for Obama. Voters appear to be processing the worsening economic news belatedly, and their pessimism shows in spades. In the CBS/NYT poll, Obama’s job approval dropped to 44 percent, with only 39 percent approving of his economic performance – down five points from April. For the first time since January, more voters now think the economy is getting worse. Nearly two-thirds of voters now place some blame on the president for the weak economic conditions, with 34 percent giving him “significant” responsibility. An outright 52 percent majority of independents believe Obama will “never improve” the economy. These aren’t numbers that victories are made of.
And in a sign that the newfound negative tone of the campaign may be backfiring, the poll showed Obama’s favorability ratings – always his strong suit – at an all-time low as president. Only 36 percent in the NYT/CBS poll view him favorably, a six-point drop over the last three months, with 48 percent viewing him unfavorably. Romney’s favorables aren’t good, either – 32/36 fav/unfav – but mutually assured destruction isn’t going to win the election for the president.
The state-by-state numbers aren’t any more encouraging. [snip]
All told, the numbers paint a picture of voters growing increasingly disillusioned with the president. By going hard negative against Romney, the president is landing some solid blows. But without much of a positive governing agenda to campaign on, it doesn’t look like that will be enough by itself.”
Barack Obama will need all the skills honed by his life as a flim-flam con man to distract from the economy. With Unemployment up in 6 of 10 swing states Barack Obama will need to win the Olympic high jump gold medal and Michelle Obama will have to gold medal the weight lifting categories to distract from the economic horror.
Psycho Killer of jobs, Que-est que c’est?