The mistake here is in assuming Obama ever had a strategy.
The message is derived from a statement made in Mitt Romney’s powerful foreign policy address today.
President Obama hopes for a safer, freer, and more prosperous Middle East allied with us — but hope is not a strategy. America cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is arbitrarily and deeply cut, and when we have no trade agenda to speak of. And we are not strong if the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but passivity.
Wonder how many of these will be slapped directly over the Obama ’08 bumper stickers that everyone is desperately trying to cover up. Prius owners don’t count.
The Republican National Convention has released a new ad called “Switchers”, which highlights Americans who supported Obama in 2008, and why they won’t be doing so this November. The ad will formally be introduced at today’s Daily Press Conference at the convention.
The ad has the feel of an intervention, part of a 12-step program for Obama’s Anonymous.
The people featured in the video hold up their Obama ’08 signs and explain why they no longer buy into hope and change.
One man in the video states, “Everything he promised he wasn’t going to do, he did and then some.”
Another declares, “We didn’t get hope and change. We got deficit and unemployment.”
You’re forgiven. Now let’s move on in 2012.
The man who ushered in a new era of rock star politics, who brought us hope and change, who spoke to packed stadiums during his first presidential run, is suffering a popularity crisis of late.
From the New York Post:
Top aides on President Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.
Obama, once the biggest draw in politics, won’t likely attract crowds as large as those at the 2008 convention because voters have gone sour on the poor economy, insiders said.
“It’s always a concern about making sure there aren’t empty seats, but this is different,” said one Democratic official familiar with the convention plans.
“This is a different time than four years ago. It’s a different convention. And the president is viewed differently.”
The biggest difference between now and 2008 is that Obama actually has a resume, a body of work, and it doesn’t look good – economically or otherwise.
Worse, most of the empty seats at the convention will actually belong to fellow Democrats.
There may be some extra hotel space in Charlotte, N. C. come the beginning of September, as several Democratic elected officials have announced that they will not be attending the Democratic National Convention this year.
Earlier today, Talking Points Memo reported that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will not be attending the convention, becoming the third Democratic senator, and eighth Democratic member of Congress, to opt out of the event.
Late Tuesday she tweeted, ” Whole lot of nothing over me campaigning w/Mo folks instead of going to convention w/party honchos. Bet POTUS agrees with my decision.”
Several of the elected officials who have decided to forgo the convention hail from places where Obama is unpopular; West Virginia’s Democratic House Rep. Nick Rahall, Sen. Joe Manchin and its governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, have all announced they’re not going. Obama’s low popularity in the state is perhaps best exemplified by the strong performance of prison inmate Keith Russell Judd in the state’s Democratic presidential primary. Other elected Democrats not going include Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.
And we’re supposed to believe recent polling that over-samples Democrats at a 10% or 11% clip? The enthusiasm gap in favor of Mitt Romney is tremendous, while Hope and Change has fizzled.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen…
Citing an AP report that unemployment rates were higher in nearly 90% of cities in America this past June, the Romney campaign is hitting Obama with a new ad simply stating, “It’s just not getting better”.
A spokesman for the Romney camp stated:
“Under President Obama, our economy is just not getting better. Mitt Romney has a plan to build a stronger middle class with more jobs and more take-home pay. That’s the type of leadership we need.”
More jobs. More take-home pay.
Watch the ad below…
Hope and change has circled the drain in 2012, and another sign has emerged that the enthusiasm factor that propelled Barack Obama to a decisive victory in 2008, is no longer palpable in the upcoming election.
Buzzfeed politics has run an analysis of campaign finance data, which shows that 88% of the people who had donated $200 or more to Obama in 2008, have not yet donated that sum this year. Buzzfeed stresses that this isn’t just an issue of timing, as most donors had pledged their financial support by April of the previous Presidential election cycle.
Ironically enough, part of the contributing factor for the lack of donations is the economy, as Obama supporters simply don’t have any extra cash to contribute. An excerpt from the report reads:
But Obama’s policies are not the only reason why families like the Elkins have not contributed to the campaign this year, however.
“Our finances have changed a little bit,” Elkin said.
Obama raised most of his money before the 2008 financial crash that sent the global economy into a spiral from which it hasn’t fully recovered. Unemployment stood at 4.9% when Iowa Democrats chose him on January 3, 2008. It ticked back up to 8.1% this April.
“Financially, I had more money back then than I do today,” said Greg Holmes, who works in the technology sector in Cedar Park, Texas, and gave $550 last cycle. “I’ll vote for him, but I probably won’t give any money.”
“I don’t have as much money,” said Ann Walling, a retired Episcopal priest from Franklin, Tenn. who donated $1,900 to Obama in ‘08. Money aside though, Walling is still pledging her vote to Obama. “For the most part I’m very happy with him,” she said.
“I’ve had to kind of back off my charity giving,” said Leah Jones, a retired clinical microbiologist from Langdon, Kan., who gave $1,200 last cycle but said she’s been driven to the financial brink by a son’s illness, and hasn’t even paid her income taxes yet.
When President Obama stated that he would be a one term wonder if he was unable to turn the economy around in three-and-a-half years, perhaps this was what he was referring to…
Maggie Thurber writes to us this morning, sharing a fantastic rant made in the commentary section of a Wall Street Journal article. Smitty over at the Other McCain calls it a reference to recent DirecTV ads.
We just call it – epic.
When you vote for Obama based on “Hope and Change” you get suckered.
When you get suckered you cry in front of your girlfriend during acceptance speeches.
When you cry in front of your girlfriend during acceptance speeches, she questions your manhood.
When your girlfriend questions your manhood she has doubts.
When she has doubts, she leaves you.
When she leaves you, you question why you voted for Obama.
When you question why you voted for Obama, you surround yourself with other delusional people with degrees in theatre who voted for Obama.
When you surround yourself with other delusional people with degrees in theatre who voted for Obama, you crap in the streets, destroy property, and live in your parents basement.
When you crap in the streets, destroy property and live in your parents basement, you lash out.
When you lash out, you ignore facts and reason.
When you ignore facts and reason, you blame others for your failures.
When you blame others for your failures, you post stupid comments on chat forums.
When you post stupid comments on chat forums your ex-girlfriend reads them.
When your ex-girlfriend reads them she thinks “I am glad I matured and dumped that loser”.
Don’t get suckered again — switch to Mitt Romney.
The evolution of an Occupier in a nutshell.
From Hope and Change, to Soap and Mange in less than four years…