They should now organise an apology tour of the US

He’s done the focus groups and they have done the data mining, and the ad is not aimed at my demographic, so what do I know about its effectiveness. But even so, it is the sleaziest and most disgusting ad I have ever seen in politics. They are working on getting the right number of electoral college votes and as I have been saying all along, their approach will look odd because we don’t see what they do. They are the ones with the terabytes of information and there is a strategy behind all this, that’s for certain.

And of course what they count on most is that they will not be sprung by the media who accept and share every one of the premises that are the foundation for Obama’s campaign. This article on Obama’s apology tour describes the radical left advisers who crafted where he went and what went into the teleprompter. The key point:

The president has followed a ‘doctrine of mea culpa’ crafted by a handful of radical advisers who have urged him to, in so many words, apologize for America’s war on terror and nuclear superiority.

Discussion of Obama’s deep left background has gone into hibernation in this election. It’s not there because it gets no resonance from where it needs to feed, which is in the media. Billy Ayers and Jeremiah Wright at least figured to some extent in the last election but not this time. Mitt Romney understands every bit of this but sees no advantage in moving along this trail. But we here should remember just who Obama is and the groups that he represents. A second set of four years would make the United States a very different place from what it is today.

And if you would like the text of the Obama ad, you can find it here. And thanks to Gab for sending the article on the apology tour.

Did they get the idea for the ad from the Australian Greens? Token raises this very intriguing idea. Compare and contrast:

And a similar ad for Putin:

But this one was posted to Youtube on 20 February 2012 so SH-Y was ahead of them both by two years. You can, however, see the genealogy quite well in the descent as the same grubby idea is passed on from one to another. Thanks to Infidel Tiger for the link.

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94 Responses to They should now organise an apology tour of the US

  1. Infidel Tiger says:

    But even so, it is the sleaziest and most disgusting ad I have ever seen in politics.

    You do know that’s a Romney ad?

  2. Infidel Tiger says:

    Ah, you’ve changed it.

  3. . says:

    This ad turns from a cute joke to embarrassingly juvenile rather quickly and reeks of incest.

  4. . says:

    Hmmm…basing adulthood on the first time you have sex.

    14 year olds are not adults. They might become adults if a baby comes along and they man (and woman) the hell up.

    Romeny don’t care. He’s got binders of hot grandma.

  5. SteveC says:

    hahaha, posting an Obama ad – well done!

  6. James of the Glens says:

    No doubt she’s now lining up for her free supply of Obama’s condoms, or does she wait until she’s 30?

  7. dover_beach says:

    How embarrassing. Some ‘hipsters’ really are doofuses.

  8. Infidel Tiger says:

    She lost her virginity to lying a douchebag.

  9. Token says:

    He’s done the focus groups and they have done the data mining, and the ad is not aimed at my demographic, so what do I know about its effectiveness.

    The Benghazi scandal has been surpressed well, but son’t stay hidden forever. The question is whether critical mass will be hit before/after Nov 6.

    On the OT we have quotes from the father of one of the marines noting how Obama & Clinton callously misled him over his son’s death.

  10. Token says:

    That women is as appealing as Sarah Heartless-Hypocrit who did almost the exact same commercial in 2010.

  11. SteveC says:

    While you’re in the mood to post Obama ads featuring Lena Dunham, here’s another one:
    You don’t own me

  12. Infidel Tiger says:

    All that girl power stuff must make your panties moist, SteveC.

  13. ar says:

    Judging by all her tattoos, I’m guessing it’s not her first time for anything…

  14. Token says:

    To me it t looks like it will be the first time with a man for Lena.

  15. sdog says:

    You don’t own me

    “You don’t own me” she croons, even as she begs random men to buy her birth control so she can be fucked on their dime.

    Uh huh.

    That works.

  16. sdog says:

    So Shit-for-Brains, what does that mean for Australian women, who still don’t get “free” birth control pills? And why do you care about them less than you care about random American sluts?

    If free birth control and abortion – free consequence-free fucking — makes a woman free, why aren’t you fighting the good fight in your own country rather than going to the wall for American women?

  17. Infidel Tiger says:

    You don’t own me

    I know. I’m renting you by the hour.

  18. JamesK says:

    SteveC, you really are a pathetic excuse of manhood.

    Have you no honour?

  19. Tom says:

    It’s OK putting up the white chick who wants a piece of the black man, Steve, but Wednesday Addams??? Horrorshow.

  20. Token says:

    Hey, whaddaya know, it looks like Illinois Democrats tried some voter surpression on the president:

    Obama Asked To Show ID While Early Voting In Chicago

    President Obama went to his neighborhood polling place Thursday afternoon to cast his ballot in Chicago. Obama is the first president to participate in early voting.

    “Now ignore the fact that there’s no gray hair on that picture,” Obama joked while showing his ID to an election official. (video via NBC News)

    Wait a minute, if Illinois Democrats can ask voters for photo ID…

  21. dover_beach says:

    You don’t own me

    Amazing how they don’t apply this idea to the unborn child; and some of them with their own child sitting in their lap.

  22. Gab says:

    Anne-Marie Slaughter. The former State Department policy chief, who last year returned to Princeton University, also has advised the president to apologize for the war on terror.

    “The president must ask Americans to acknowledge to ourselves and to the world that we have made serious, even tragic, mistakes in the aftermath of Sept. 11 — in invading Iraq, in condoning torture and flouting international law, and in denying the very existence of global warming,” Slaughter said.

    • Rashad Hussain. The White House adviser-turned Mideast envoy helped Obama kick off his apology tour in 2009 with a remorseful speech to Muslims in Cairo that he helped draft.

    In the 6,000-word speech, which never denounced “terrorism,” Obama apologized for the war on terror, lamenting “it led us to act contrary to our ideals.” He vowed to close Gitmo, the detention camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, and take other “concrete actions to change course.”

    Hussain also helped engineer the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt as Obama’s envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a powerful bloc of 57 Muslim governments that some say is a caliphate in the making.

    As a Muslim activist, Hussain regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended convicted terrorists.

    “Naturally, you have to worry that he will be the OIC’s representative to the U.S. rather than the other way around,” said former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.

    Since Hussain has advised the president, the Mideast has turned more anti-American and more committed to Israel’s destruction. Egypt is buying submarines, remilitarizing the Sinai in violation of the Israeli peace treaty and forming a new alliance with nuclear Iran and Turkey.

    Just two of Obama’s Apology Tour architects.

  23. Racism alert!!!

    From a response to the above link…

    “Obama: “Where da white women at?””

    Isn’t that from Fletch Lives?

    Anyway, so why is Obama pimpin’ for white virgins? There goes the Bible Belt…

  24. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    I don’t know why I bothered clicking on that because I had a fair idea already – absent objectivity, quite irrational (describing anything as “amazing!” tells me nothing other than “I’m really inarticulate”) and bloody awful elocution. After about 20 seconds it picks up speed and it’s almost impossible to understand the meaning of any part of the single continuous word that follows.

    Is it male or female? Is the thumping big tattoo on the arm a modern statement of acute self awareness … “I’m important because, as you can see, I self-harm”? Presumably it is permitted to vote however one trusts it is discouraged from breeding.

    If that is Young America then perhaps they deserve what they’ve enjoyed for four years and warrant another four of the same. By the time reality smacks ’em in the mouth it will be too late.

  25. SteveC says:

    Tattoos are self harm now?

  26. Andrew Reynolds says:

    Isn’t that misogynist? She is saying it has to be a guy when you vote for the first time.

  27. Gab says:

    Obama has his very own Lee Rhiannon:

    [Rose Gottemoeller, another advisor to Obama].She also wants to ban testing of all remaining warheads followed by a ban on fuel production. At the same time, she wants to scrap U.S. missile defense.

    Most Cold War babies grew up hating the Soviet Union. Not “Rosie” Gottemoeller. She admired the former communist superpower. Her father told her the Soviets were better at science, so she studied Russian and immersed herself in Soviet propaganda. She’s visited Moscow so many times she now considers it her “second home.”

    “She loves to shmooze the Russians,” said national security expert Bill Gertz — and the Chinese, who she’s invited back to the nuclear weapons labs. After Gottemoeller kicked open Los Alamos as head of the Clinton Energy Department’s national security office, Chinese espionage exploded.

  28. Alex Pundit says:

    Why do I never get credit for these finds?

    😉

  29. sdog says:

    Isn’t that misogynist?

    Also, homophobic.

  30. Beer Whisperer, it’s from Blazing Saddles, as is so much brilliant modern insight.
    But anyways. This ad is fuckin kerr-eepy.

  31. cohenite says:

    You don’t own me

    The Zeitgeist of the chattering classes [CC] whose defining characteristic is cognitive dissonance in respect of every one of their great issues or manifestations of their ego; especially AGW where they do not have the wit to realise their lifestyles will be compromised and most importantly in respect of islam where they don’t realise their lives are at risk.

    Islam has prospered in the West because a social vacuum has been created by the rights without accountability driven agenda of the CC; designated victims, groups or individuals, such as muslims and islam are given the prerogative of unconditional acceptance; islam has taken this with both hands using the rights of the West to assert their values even if those values are anaethema to the right they have been given.

    In effect the CC have emasculated the West; the ascendancy of women and their male equivalents, has removed from the West a capacity to counter the drive by islam to propagate in the West.

    If Obama wins and Gillard is reelected the women in the “You don’t own me” adds will be wearing burqas within 10 years.

    Funny, eh?

  32. SteveC says:

    If Obama wins and Gillard is reelected the women in the “You don’t own me” adds will be wearing burqas within 10 years.

    Liberty quote?

  33. Cold-Hands says:

    Sarah Hyphen Young proves to me that the Greens are a cult. The scene where she gazes adoringly at a photo of Bob Brown is beyond creepy.

  34. Ellen of Tasmania says:

    Discussion of Obama’s deep left background has gone into hibernation in this election.

    “When Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a “letter to the editor” about the drastic changes in America’s culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the Capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then… he’d hit on something. .. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America’s morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down. It’s a well documented AGENDA.”

    Bowers has now made his film available on vimeo –

    http://vimeo.com/52009124

    where he charts the close connections Obama has with extreme left/commie groups. He calls the documentary ‘Agenda’ because he wants people to know that there is no conspiracy theory stuff going on – it’s all out there, published and promoted, for everyone to see.

  35. Fleeced says:

    Isn’t that from Fletch Lives?

    Blazing Saddles, innit?

  36. Fleeced says:

    Blazing saddles also managed a few rape gags… can’t do that nowadays.

  37. Jarrah says:

    “A second set of four years would make the United States a very different place from what it is today.”

    Possibly, but I doubt it. Any changes championed by the White House will have to run the gauntlet of lobbyists and Congress, as well as public and court opinion.

    When Obama was elected in 2008, Focus on the Family made a similar prediction to Kates, outlining negative events and changes (from the trivial to the profound) that would occur by the end of Obama’s first term. Out of their 34 predictions, guess how many came true? None.

  38. Oh come on says:

    He’s done the focus groups and they have done the data mining… They are the ones with the terabytes of information and there is a strategy behind all this, that’s for certain.

    They can run as many crummy ads like this as they like, but it’s hardly evidence of some incredibly uber high tech-powered strategy. The Obama campaign’s running ads to try to get out the vote of the demographic that was massively enthusiastic about him last time but is so much more meh now. You don’t need voting pattern programmes designed a gaggle of 190 IQ computer nerds to tell you that it’s not a bad idea to try to psych up Obama’s neophytes from 2008, as well as the class of 2012.

    And about all this massive data mining business that the Obama team is allegedly employing and has some quaking in their boots; look, you can have the most advanced barometer on earth but it’s still not going to change the way the wind is blowing.

  39. C.L. says:

    Judging by all her tattoos, I’m guessing it’s not her first time for anything…

    LOL.

  40. Scapula says:

    Distancing oneself from the failed Bush-era policies of civil liberties abuses at home and rampant aggression abroad was good policy that Obama unfortunately soon abandoned.

    Romney’s me-too approach in the debate with Obama on current foreign policy shows this view to be correct.

    Wheher the small target/me-too approach is carried over into office makes a Romney victory the more interesting one.

  41. Viva says:

    The Zeitgeist of the chattering classes [CC] whose defining characteristic is cognitive dissonance in respect of every one of their great issues or manifestations of their ego; especially AGW where they do not have the wit to realise their lifestyles will be compromised and most importantly in respect of islam where they don’t realise their lives are at risk.

    They are just like HG Wells’ Eloi – only a bit more gormless and talkative.

  42. C.L. says:

    Ouch.

    Slublog
    [email protected]

    Remember that teacher who tried too hard to be cool? Obama’s that guy. Lame.

    https://twitter.com/Slublog/status/261620049431912449

  43. James in Melbourne says:

    Having watched Lena Dunham simulating getting boinked in about the most joyless and mechanical fashion possible, I admire her abilities as a writer and an actress – in particular her considerable sang-froid in performing such humiliating scenes, but I am afraid that I simply could not care less what she thinks about politics. If I ask Hazel down at the coffee shop what she thinks, it would have equal weight. When will luvvies learn this?

    Besides, look at where she comes from: her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of “overtly sexualised pop art,” and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer who creates “disquieting domestic tableaux” with dolls. She could not have been more precisely moulded to have been a mindless (in the political sense) reflexive lefty if she had been to a Victorian government school.

  44. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    “Having watched Lena Dunham simulating getting boinked … abilities as a writer and an actress … her father, Carroll … is a painter … and her mother … is a photographer … with dolls”

    Oh for Pete’s sake, I thought she was a stupid teenage nobody and now I find she is a famous stupid teenage nobody. You’d do better taking political advice from Lara Single or Fairley Arrow!

  45. cohenite says:

    They are just like HG Wells’ Eloi – only a bit more gormless and talkative.

    Not as pretty either.

  46. Token says:

    Romney’s me-too approach in the debate with Obama on current foreign policy shows this view to be correct.

    Lefty Lie FAIL…let’s check the transcript:

    But I’ll respond to a couple of things that you mentioned. First of all, Russia I indicated is a geopolitical foe. Not…

    (CROSSTALK)

    ROMNEY: Excuse me. It’s a geopolitical foe, and I said in the same — in the same paragraph I said, and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin. And I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election, he’ll get more backbone. Number two, with regards to Iraq, you and I agreed I believe that there should be a status of forces agreement.

    Thank you come again…

  47. Oh come on says:

    Imagine if she was your first time. Ugh. Shudder.

  48. Scapula says:

    Even now the Cameron Goverment is refusing Obama’s requests for military support in relation to their planned attack on Iran.

    One imagines the attack will be the first order of business after the election of either candidate.

  49. Rabz says:

    Well, at least the blonde in the putin ad is cute.

    All the others (hyphen-dung, dumpy dungham, putin, bozo brown & obongo) are about as sexy as a freshly laid dog turd…

  50. JamesK says:

    One imagines the attack will be the first order of business after the election of either candidate.

    You are a twit wingbone

  51. dover_beach says:

    Oh for Pete’s sake, I thought she was a stupid teenage nobody and now I find she is a famous stupid teenage nobody.

    Same here.

  52. Jannie says:

    That Sarah Hansen Young person is the spawn of beelzebub. You can see it in her eyes.

  53. Dr Faustus says:

    I know this is misogynistic and all, but Sarah H-Y doing soft centre is very deeply unattractive. Young chaps flocking to give theirs to the Greens on the strength of this effort must enjoy Praying Mantis fantasies.

  54. Aqualung says:

    “You don’t own me”

    How can she own herself? Did she make herself happen?

    Her parents gave birth to her. There would have been doctors in hospitals, her schooling, the bus etc. provided by someone else.

    I think after Bambi gets her vote, it should be off to the re-education camps with her.

  55. DMS says:

    Jeez, thanks for the image of Sarah Hansen Young .

    I’m eating my lunch.

  56. C.L. says:

    I hadn’t heard of this girl, I have to say.

  57. Spatacrobat says:

    The left parody and mock the virtue of real virginity with a trashy sexist parallel of electoral virginity and it’s okay. Tony Abbott is asked about his attitudes to virginity with his own daughters and is ridiculed.

    So it’s okay to allude to having sex with a gay man old enough to be your grandfather in the hope of persuading similar aged youth that the Greens will respect you in the morning after the erection election?

  58. Token says:

    The mob has spoken, the ad is out of touch:

    With a teaser title like “My First Time,” the Obama campaign must have known its creepy new ad targeting first-time voters and featuring actress Lena Dunham would generate a lot of buzz, and certainly some controversy. What they didn’t expect, though, was how quickly conservatives would manage to take over the #MyFirstTime hashtag. The Left just refuses to learn that most voters — including younger college-age voters facing dismal career prospects — have more on their minds than lady parts.

    Savannah
    @thesavvy Obama is spending too much time worrying about a woman’s #MyFirstTime when he should be focused on a woman’s #MyFirstJob.

    Kristina
    @KristinaRibali #myfirsttime ? What about your first job? Young ladies, this is what your president should be focused on.

    Sandy
    @VioletTiger2 #MyFirstTime I looked at my 1st pay check and asked my Mom where the rest of my money went. She told about taxes & I became a conservative.

    Chelsea Grunwald
    @chelseagrunwald Obama reducing women’s issues to just their vaginas is what’s bringing us back to the 1950s. That’s why for #MyFirstTime I’m voting Romney.

  59. Cuckoo says:

    Obama to Lena: “Hey baby, of course I’ll respect you in the morning…of course I’ll phone you…”

    And the term ‘coyote ugly’ springs to mind.

  60. Cold-Hands says:

    More from twitchy

    jerrywang12 RT @bdomenech: RT @emzanotti: So Leah Dunham is 26. That means her first time was with John Kerry. Which is groooossssssss.

    LOL

  61. Viva says:

    Having watched Lena Dunham

    Obama’s mother was one Ann Dunham – subliminal what?

  62. TimT says:

    The left parody and mock the virtue of real virginity with a trashy sexist parallel of electoral virginity and it’s okay. Tony Abbott is asked about his attitudes to virginity with his own daughters and is ridiculed.

    In fact Spatacrobat they specifically referenced the Abbott quote in the ad. It’s a knowing parody.

    Not saying that it’s good, mind.

    Interesting how lefties all over the world (though I’m not sure if a Putin government fits in that category) seem to love this style of ad. It’s a cute and funny idea… if you don’t think about it too much and present it very very carefully. The Dems seem to be expert at a number of clever but disturbing campaign techniques (another example, targeted iPhone apps that direct you towards neighbours who you could make vote for Obama). You’ve got to think that in a couple of years when the enthusiastic new voters of 2008 and 2012 look back at these examples, they’ll find it all very creepy and patronising, and many will turn to the right.

    Even if Romney doesn’t win this election he’ll have done a great service to the Republican Party in the years to come – he’s treated serious problems seriously, and treated the voting public as people who are able to deal with such matters responsibly.

  63. Luke says:

    So the message to all young aspiring women is…”without the right man guiding your life you’re screwed”. It’s feminism meats hipster-irony!

    Seriously though, these are about the creepist ads I’ve ever seen.

  64. Pedro the Ignorant says:

    Gawdalmighty!

    I just watched Sarah Hyphen-Hyphen banging on about her “first time”. The mental images created by that crazy woman have now traumatised me and I am going out to get on the turps.

  65. TimT says:

    Another case in point the first video in that link from Steve C.

    A pro-Obama (or perhaps better described as an anti-Romney) ad by, amongst other people, Lena Dunham, basically featuring them all singing to their cameras

    Don’t tell me what to do
    Don’t tell me what to say

    And so on.

    First impressions might be – an effective ad demonstrating the power of collective action: a strong message from women all over the US about personal choice.

    But, second impression: – hang on – they’re all singing exactly the same words. At once. Some of them look quite disengaged – they might be thinking ‘well I’ll just get this done, upload it to the net, and then I can get on with my life.’ In other words, in order to get this message about personal choice across to the public, they all had to conform to the same choice!

    And third impression: the ad presents itself as speaking out for women across the US. But how many women watching that really agree with the message of the ad? It’s one thing to support the right to abortion – it’s another thing to support the right to free abortion, in which even practitioners with clear moral and religious objections to abortion nevertheless are compelled under law to deliver that service!

    This is a simplistic message being presented by the lefty media – but again, I think, when left-inclined voters look back on it in a few years time, they’ll find it very creepy and manipulative indeed.

  66. cratou says:

    Hey, whaddaya know, it looks like Illinois Democrats tried some voter surpression on the president:

    Token: That would be because he was taking advantage of “Early Voting”. There’s no such requirement when voting on election day.

  67. Nanuestalker says:

    That’s a very clever ad but how effective will it be for Obama? I suspect that those who are yet to pop their voting cherry might be encouraged to vote by it, but that’s all.

  68. GeorgeL says:

    first time with this dickhead would certainly be unforgettable

  69. H B Bear says:

    What do you know. Ol’ Mad Eyes, Sarah Hyphen-Young is only the second most whiney, annoying, self-righteous woman in the world.

  70. Abu Chowdah says:

    Oh no! Obama has the lesbian vote sewn up!

    Seriously, does anyone think a young person watching that wouldn’t make gag reflex gestures? Both because it’s twee and patronizing and, fir young men, she’s a bit of a proto-lesbian dog?

    No offense intended to dogs.

  71. Ellen of Tasmania says:

    And third impression: the ad presents itself as speaking out for women across the US. But how many women watching that really agree with the message of the ad?

    I had the same thought when Ms. Gillard said in her little rant that she was speaking for Australian women.

    They get stuck in to people for being ‘sexist’, then they believe they can become the voice of women. In their world, what particular voice is that? Isn’t that ‘sexist’?

  72. MT Isa Miner says:

    I have never seen that disgusting Greens ad before. This is just typical of the greens- they are a totally statist party. By conflating voting: a public act, to sex: a private act, they are showing that, for them, there are no boundaries to the power the wish to exercise at all.

    The law used to define it’s limits as stopping at the door of the house until the development of Family Law in the 1970’s with the power of feminist and marxist legal theory as battering rams to knock those doors down. I’m not saying there weren’t some cockroaches that needed to be seen in the light of day. But the law recognises its limits.

    There are no limits to the power that the Green’s want for themselves in the state they want to create; for our own good of course. “Picture a jackboot stamping on a human face forever.”

  73. Jarrah says:

    “Discussion of Obama’s feverishly-imagined-by-clueless-deep-right-fantasists deep left background”

    FTFY

  74. . says:

    Having watched Lena Dunham

    Obama’s mother was one Ann Dunham – subliminal what?

    Like I said, it reeks of incest.

  75. . says:

    Jarrah, perhaps you should calm down, after all, I had to correct you in your mistaken belief the Economist is non-partisan, and it overtly backed Obama, which you didn’t know but presumed was incorrect.

    Obama has a deep left background.

    The end.

  76. Ah, yes, Blazing Saddles. I stand corrected.

  77. I stand corrected.

    Me too. Ever since I sat on my biro.

  78. scotty says:

    “Possibly, but I doubt it. Any changes championed by the White House will have to run the gauntlet of lobbyists and Congress, as well as public and court opinion.”

    But that’s the reason why the US would be a different place @Jarrah. If things continue on the current trajectory budget-wise the US will be a very different place in 4 years, especially if Obama no longer has to worry about getting re-elected…

  79. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B. says:

    She looks a bit like hairdresser Tim’s daughter. Very few girls want to look and be like that. Also, big shoulder tats like that don’t come with virginity. They come with ‘I’ve got problems’. So does the rapid rave speak. Hazard alert.

  80. JamesK says:

    In some quarters the koolaid is still fizzy but for anyone else wanting train suppressing their gag reflex:

    Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview (and cover story)
    In an Oval Office conversation with a leading historian, the president discusses what he would do with a second term – and his opponent’s embrace of ‘the most extreme positions in the Republican Party’

    Barack Obama can no longer preach the bright 2008 certitudes of “Hope and Change.” He has a record to defend this time around. And, considering the lousy hand he was dealt by George W. Bush and an obstructionist Congress, his record of achievement, from universal health care to equal pay for women, is astonishingly solid

  81. JamesK says:

    Charles Krauthammer, in his Wa-Po column today tears strips out of his President on his debate performance earlier in the week: Obama stoops, doesn’t conquer
    L’etat, c’est moi.” — Louis XIV
    “This nation. Me.” — Barack Obama

    Obama lost. His tone was petty and small. Arguing about Iran’s nuclear program, he actually said to Mitt Romney, “While we were coordinating an international coalition to make sure these sanctions were effective, you were still invested in a Chinese state oil company that was doing business with the Iranian oil sector.” You can’t get smaller than that. You’d expect this in a city council race. But only from the challenger. The sitting councilman would find such an ad hominem beneath him.

    Throughout the debate, Obama kept it up, slashing, interjecting, interrupting, desperate to gain the upper hand by insult if necessary. That spirit led Obama into a major unforced error. When Romney made a perfectly reasonable case to rebuild a shrinking Navy, Obama condescended: “You mentioned .?.?. that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

    Such that naval vessels are as obsolete as horse cavalry?

    Liberal pundits got a great guffaw out of this, but the underlying argument is quite stupid. As if the ships being retired are dinghies, skipjacks and three-masted schooners. As if an entire branch of the armed forces — the principal projector of American power abroad — is itself some kind of anachronism.

    “We have these things called aircraft carriers,” continued the schoolmaster, “where planes land on them.”

    This is Obama’s case for fewer vessels? Does he think carriers patrol alone? He doesn’t know that for every one carrier, 10 times as many ships sail in a phalanx of escorts?

    Obama may blithely dismiss the need for more ships, but the Navy wants at least 310 and the latest Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel report says that defending America’s vital interests requires 346 ships (vs. 287 today). Does anyone doubt that if we continue as we are headed, down to fewer than 230, the casualty will be entire carrier battle groups, precisely the kind of high-tech force multipliers that Obama pretends our national security requires?

  82. cohenite says:

    By conflating voting: a public act, to sex: a private act, they are showing that, for them, there are no boundaries to the power the wish to exercise at all.

    Generally true Mt Isa, but does it follow that a root amongst the gumtrees is a private act made public or viceversa, or, if with a green, an act of solipsism?

  83. Oh come on says:

    JamesK: I’m sure there are some ideologues who do think his record’s impressive. However, the fact that he’s not running on his record and is running as the anti-Romney candidate is instructive. Most people think his record stinks, and he knows it.

    Also let’s consider the difference between what he promised and what he’s delivered. Only ideologues wouldn’t hold him to that. Remember his ‘one term proposition’ interview? Going on the state of the US economy, by his own words, his Presidency should be a one term proposition.

  84. dd says:

    Greens ad: 2010
    Putin ad: 2012
    Obama ad: 2012.

    It looks like the Australian Greens ad was the original, and Putin and Obama both borrowed from that.

    Bad idea. The Greens can get away with it because they’re a fringe party with a niche following, but Obama’s trying to win the hearts of the middle class.

    Also, this crass attempt to rekindle the Obama 2008 vibe will surely backfire. Advertising that Obama is a sex symbol is surely the fastest way to destroy his sex-symbol status.

  85. jupes says:

    Bad idea.

    Not for Putin.

  86. JamesK says:

    She looks a bit like hairdresser Tim’s daughter. Very few girls want to look and be like that. Also, big shoulder tats like that don’t come with virginity. They come with ‘I’ve got problems’. So does the rapid rave speak. Hazard alert.

    I agree Lizzie.

    She looks like a cheap ugly chubby slag.

  87. JamesK says:

    I hasten to add, she could be sweet, charming, shy and mysterious.

    But this is less likely

  88. dd says:

    Breeanne Howe at Redstate has more on this.

    Lena Dunham allows herself to be used in this cheap, last minute attempt to be the first for young women. Dunham, who was raised in a wealthy, over-sexualized household and who started therapy at age 7 must somewhat be forgiven for her role; she seems to have a thing for talking about her first time, the Obama administration was just happy to oblige.

    but she adds,

    The problem is, this is an adult man, with two young daughters, who should know better.

  89. TimT says:

    Obama and Putin’s publicists could very well have come up with the idea independently of the Greens DD – it’s not so original as all that.

  90. kae says:

    Rather than SHY, why didn’t they get a nobody?

    Oh, wait

  91. SteveC says:

    On the subject of apology tours:
    Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock aren’t outliers. Banning abortion for rape victims is the new Republican mainstream.

    For Mitt Romney, these episodes have been a two-month headache. First, he had to override Paul Ryan’s opposition to abortions for rape victims. Then he had to apologize for Akin’s comment. Then he had to apologize for Mourdock’s. And the apology tour might be just getting started, because Akin and Mourdock are hardly alone. Their view—that abortion should be prohibited even in cases of sexual assault—isn’t just the party’s official position. It’s the most commonly held position among new Republican nominees for the U.S. Senate.

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