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3/6/2012

You know who doesn’t think Obama won the election already?

Filed under: 2012 Election — Karl @ 9:58 am



[Posted by Karl]

Barack Obama.  There is bipartisan doomsaying about the GOP, but he does not believe it.  No, in recent weeks Barack Obama has flip-flopped to take SuperPAC money, because GOP groups are raising so much.  He reportedly told Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi there would be no cash transfers to the DCCC or DSCC from OFA or the DNC before Election Day.  He reportedly will lower himself to joint appearances with Bill Clinton at a series of fundraisers, including one aimed at the financial services industry.

Today, Obama will hold his first press conference since October 2011, after months of hand-picked media ops — just coincidentally scheduled for Super Tuesday.  Desperate to steal the spotlight much?  With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in town, he will hope to focus on foreign policy and remind people he is CINC for now.  Highlighting foreign policy is a tried-and-true tactic for presidents foundering at home.  Or maybe he hopes to extend the MSM/DNC distraction on birth control.  After all, Obama’s campaign to convince voters that “America is back” is a dud — which is not surprising, given that there has been no recovery for the 99 percent.

In short, Barack Obama is desperate to raise the money he thinks he needs to get reelected.  He is desperate to steer the conversation away from the issues Americans care about — the problems he failed to fix with solutions the public rejects.  Let the pundits and politicos say whatever they want.  Watch what Obama does, and it’s a different story.

–Karl

51 Responses to “You know who doesn’t think Obama won the election already?”

  1. Ding!

    Karl (f07e38)

  2. The election will be about Obama. The GOP’s candidate will be something of a footnote.

    That’s why Obama will lose.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  3. With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in town, he will hope to focus on foreign policy and remind people he is CINC for now. Highlighting foreign policy is a tried-and-true tactic for presidents foundering at home.

    It can work, too, but it can also backfire because it gives foreign governments more leverage to impact the American election. When foreign governments or events challenge the Commander-in-Chief, Americans typically rally around the President when we have a healthy economy. I think the opposite may be true if the economy is bad.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  4. I saw Maybee laughing about this press conference too.

    Desperate is the correct word.

    That Obama is running on condoms when the economy is failing may seem clever to high info voters, but it’s also incredibly lame and out of touch. The GOP candidates should constantly have a talking point about how Obama’s focus on contraception is out of touch in a time of economic crisis. I know the left intends the narrative to be the exact opposite, so this point needs to saturate.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  5. DRJ,

    Possibly. Ask Jimmah.

    Karl (f07e38)

  6. Maybe Obama is trying to raise money for down-ticket contests as well.

    Kman (5576bf)

  7. Oh, and add the Ozzies to the SMOD crater with China, Japan and the EU. Brazil declares war on Ben.

    When all of your trading partners say you’re dead, guess there’s no waking up.

    Decade of down earnings ahead has the market tanking despite institutions awash in cash.

    Green shoots a total, utter failure.

    The news is all bad, every, solitary item.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  8. Obama has no way of knowing who the republicans will nominate. They could nominate a good candidate.

    He’s also working on the idea that he will probably win, but it will be hard (and he’ll need all the money he can get)

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  9. Anyone watch the press conference, first of 2012, that just happened to fall on Super Tuesday?

    JD (8921d4)

  10. So the calculus of the GOP is, does a Rubio help with TEAs enough to cover no gain with Hispanics or can the GOP find a draw with Hispanics?

    Romney only got 33% of Hispanic voters in AZ.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  11. If you’re only analyzing on basis of electability, Rubio makes sense in a number of directions.

    But because our nominee will be less than what I want, I would prefer the VP candidate be a successful conservative governor. Daniels, Walker, or perhaps Christie.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  12. gary,

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/06/confirmed-a-latino-vp-would-hugely-help-the-gops-chances-with-latino-voters/

    JD,

    Didn’t watch, but Twitter suggests O said “we’ve got Israel’s back” (from AIPAC speech iirc) is not a military doctrine and meant historically, like many allies. That’s going to go down well and could push Bibi to decision time. He also criticized those “popping off” about war w/ Iran.

    O was asked if he wanted lower gas prices. He took a long time to get to no — and qualified it w/ “in an election year.”

    He was asked about Limbaugh/Fluke of course. Said he called her bc he thought abt his daughters. Which he apparently never did when Palin’s daughters were attacked.

    Karl (f07e38)

  13. Don’t forget “African-Americans For Obama”. I guess he wasn’t satisfied with 99.51% of the black vote.

    Colonel Haiku (f2b4ef)

  14. Col.,

    AAfO kinda suggests a concern about turnout.

    Karl (f07e38)

  15. JD,

    Also, people were apparently stopping Obama from being clear again. It’s the GOP’s war on Obama’s Clarity.

    Karl (f07e38)

  16. you mean to tell me people were actually preventing him from saying what he’s “always said” and/or what he’s “said before”?

    Colonel Haiku (f2b4ef)

  17. Also, people were apparently stopping Obama from being clear again. It’s the GOP’s war on Obama’s Clarity.

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

    I loved it when Obama said, in a question about whether he would ask the DNC to stop saying the GOP is running a “war on women”, that he does not have time to monitor what every politician or pundit says.

    MayBee (081489)

  18. Lots of things will happen between now and the election. Given this president, all of them will be bad, or will be made bad.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  19. He was asked about Limbaugh/Fluke of course. Said he called her bc he thought abt his daughters. Which he apparently never did when Palin’s daughters were attacked.

    His daughters aren’t Republicans. Yet.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  20. We need an administration and people in Congress who actually get that it is incumbent upon them to get out of the way of technology, as we are on the cusp of one of the biggest new technology waves we’ve experienced. There is not a CEO worth his/her salt who is not focusing on how they’ll use “mobile applications” to revolutionize their business models.

    We’ve known about the need for more spectrum for going on 5 years now and look at what the clowns at the FCC have done… NOTHING! Crapitalistic socialists.

    Just my opinion.

    Colonel Haiku (f2b4ef)

  21. That’s what net neutrality was about, Colonel, or some other nonsense,

    narciso (87e966)

  22. Thank you, Karl and MayBee. I would luv to ask him some questions. Luv it.

    JD (516dcc)

  23. They should have asked him if anyone being called a slut merits a personal call from the President, or is that reserved for fellow travelers? They should have asked him if bing called a slut is worse than being shot dead dead dead by a gun from Fast and Furious, and when that will merit a phone call. Or they could ask him when his war on the 1st Amendment will end.

    JD (516dcc)

  24. JD, I’d love to know if Brian Terry’s family got any calls from Obama.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  25. Dustin – they have not.

    JD (516dcc)

  26. JD, that’s why I’ll be voting for Romney if the GOP forces me to make that choice.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  27. 11. Rightly or wrongly, my perception was with FL exit polling Rubio slightly nicked Romney support as VP pick.

    Maybe that had nothing to do with Hispanic support, per se.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  28. Why would anyone in their right mind think Obama has won?

    It’s a pretty simple question: how many Obama 08 voters will change their mind compared to the number of McCain 08 voters who do the same? Notwithstanding some of the griping here, I doubt there is anyone in the latter category; someone who opposed Obama in 2008 will not be thinking Obama has done a bang up job deserving of their vote. But there will be a significant number of Obama voters who change their mind and/or fail to vote in 2012… and by my guess, more than enough to change the electoral outcome in the battleground states such as Ohio and Virginia.

    Another aspect: in the general election, Romney will not have to deal with distractions caused by the social warriors of the right as is the case in the primaries. Romney will be able to keep 100% of the attention on the economy and Obama’s failed economic policies (look to Romney to emulate Bob McDonnell in deflecting media efforts to bring up social issues to keep the attention on the economy. And there is no way that focusing attention on the economy is in any way good for Obama.

    steve (369bc6)

  29. Rightly or wrongly, my perception was with FL exit polling Rubio slightly nicked Romney support as VP pick.

    Well, it’s hard to make an argument for a GOP presidential ticket that beats anything helping in Florida.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  30. No one seems to love Kasich… he’s no Rubio, but I think that would offer some of the same advantages but also add in practical leadership skill. Kasich hasn’t been a dynamo or anything, but he’s better than most of the alternatives.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  31. I like Kasich. Mucho.

    JD (516dcc)

  32. Not sure where, heard clips of Obama and Netanyahu:

    Obama- we will never let israel down, some people stir things up by talking about war with iran (trans- be quiet, we’ll take care of it, we’ll never ever let iran get a nuclear weapon. no, that wasn’t a wink)

    Netanyahu- as a sovereign people we retain the right to protect ourselves (trans- i wouldn’t buy a used car company from you, why should i depend upon you for my survival?)

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  33. Well the fact that he gave him a copy of the Book of Esther, tells you what Bibi really thought,

    narciso (87e966)

  34. Compoared to 2008, Obama gains a bit in demographics (if turnout and how people vote is the same) but loses 6 Electoral votes.

    Obama’s campaign is using a template, not of 2008, but of 2004. He’s assuming he can carry the states Kerry got, more or less, and that he needs just a little bit more.

    The Electoral college results in the year 2000 and in 2004 actually were nearly identical, with Iowa (7) and New Mexico (5) switching from Gore to Bush and New Hampshire (4) moving from Bush to Kerry. This amounts to a net of 8 Electoral votes – bush also gained 7 Elecdtoral votes from reapportionment.

    Here is an interactive site:

    http://www.270towin.com

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  35. I am concerned about Obama winning, as I’ve said before, because I still don’t see why he was able to win the first time.

    In interpreting any action from Obama and the Dems, I would like to know how “Occam’s Razor” and counter-espionage/ gambit strategies interract. How complicated, in real life, do conspiracies of trap-setting back and forth get?

    In football, you have the option of (for example):
    1) a running play
    2) a play-action pass, where the quarterback fakes a running play and then passes the ball
    3) “razzle dazzle”, fake the handoff, drop back to pass, then lateral to an end-around
    4) the execution nightmare, fake the hand-off, pitch to the end-around, then pass it afterall

    presumably the defense is making adjustments to counter what the offense does, or even hide what they are doing to bait the offense into a trap.

    So, in politics, how many layers of strategy, counterstrategy, counter-counterstrategy are there???

    When I know that, then I will know what Obama is up to.

    Until then, just remember, the problem with dishonest people is that they are, well, dishonest.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  36. Comment by narciso — 3/6/2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Well the fact that he gave him a copy of the Book of Esther, tells you what Bibi really thought,

    It doesn’t make too much sense. That would sound like he was expecting a Persian revolution.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  37. I had dinner the other night with a dear friend who gave so much money to the Obama ’08 campaign, I questioned her sanity. She said she was now interested in hearing what Romney had to say.

    I almost cried tears of joy.

    Em (75b883)

  38. The fall of Lehman Bros, had a lot to do with it, as did the adoring press he got through the campaign, the flipside of which is the Procrustean
    attention they gave to Sarah, about 80% of it wrong, as we shall see with their agitprop production running on HBO.

    narciso (87e966)

  39. Think Haman’s threat, Sammy, I shouldn’t have to explain that.

    narciso (87e966)

  40. Speaking of Obama, check this out:
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/03/see-this-video-quick-2.php

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  41. I only read the first 20 comments but I think the economy is the driver. More clearly, Obama has another recovery summer on his hands based on the tea leaves the government hasn’t shared yet. He’s got to go scorched earth/all in in order to get his base out and to try to keep Team Red’s base home.

    East Bay Jay (2fd7f7)

  42. Dustin, JD,

    Obama apparently did call Terry’s family.

    OTOH, Holder…

    http://news.yahoo.com/eric-holder-called-cold-hearted-sharing-apology-letter-025300526.html

    Karl (73d46c)

  43. Did Barcky apologize?

    JD (516dcc)

  44. my guess is, like every other tin pot third world dictator, the SCOAMF want’s a big bank account full of cash he can leave office with.

    if he has to spend it in the election, he will, but if the numbers are good, he won’t have to, and if they are really bad, he may just go through the motions and walk off with the money.

    nothing is below this scumbag.

    redc1c4 (403dff)

  45. He may have sent the letter, but there was no personal contact.

    narciso (87e966)

  46. Obama apparently did call Terry’s family.

    Good. Not as good as running an administration that didn’t arm Terry’s killer, but I’m glad he called.

    The focus on matters like what word Rush used to describe some activists blows my mind in that context.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  47. We only have the word of a Politico reporter, Tim Mak, that the letter was even sent;

    narciso (87e966)

  48. , in recent weeks Barack Obama has flip-flopped to take SuperPAC money, because GOP groups are raising so much.

    I guess this means he won’t be returning Maher’s million dollar donation.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  49. November isn’t that far away by the time the gop gets it act together bho will have brainwashed the us and get reelected I’m sorry to say. it happened 4 years gal because se are not organized and we pick candidates with no charisma.

    alan (d74c59)


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