The Republican National Committee has just released a powerful new ad. It’s a who’s who of Democrat leaders making statements about the weak economy in their own words, and the result is searing. The ad starts with former president Bill Clinton, who acknowledges the obvious by saying, “Governor Romney’s argument is, ‘We’re not fixed, so fire him and put me in.’ It is true, we’re not fixed.” You have to think Clinton didn’t make a mistake. In his heart of hearts he wishes President Obama well — but not too well. But the most damaging part of the ad isn’t Clinton’s comments, it’s where Obama says, “Too many of our friends and family are still out there looking for work. The housing market is still weak; the deficits are still too high. Are we satisfied? Of course not.” What makes this admission even more pointed is that voters know Obama doesn’t have a plan to fix the problems.
When Obama is weak, he either blames others, gets amnesia (as this ad reveals) or he just makes things up. Please read what the Wall Street Journal had to say yesterday about Obama’s energy policy. Obama says with a straight face that he’s a friend of oil, gas, and coal — which is wildly untrue. The voters in the oil patch, the gas field and coal country are informed about their industry. They know that Obama has not been their friend, and that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is only hiding until the election is over. For Obama to suggest otherwise is offensive to these voters. If Obama loses the election in a close race, it may be because of his duplicity about the nation’s coal industry.
And then there’s his talking point about the “5 million new jobs” he has created. That’s a whopper of comical proportions. Obama says he has created 5 million jobs since the recession ended in June 2009. In reality, he gets to that number by leaving out the 13 months since the recession ended where jobs were lost. The net number of jobs created in the past 39 months — the accurate picture of job creation — adds up to barely 3 million.
Obama has become a politician that my old boss Lee Atwater would appreciate. And as this Insider has mentioned before, one of Lee’s essential rules of politics was, “As a last resort, deny the obvious. It may produce a moment of confusion where you’ll catch a break.” A corollary to this could be what appears to be the Obama rule. That is, “If the facts don’t suit you, deny that they exist. Fair-minded people will pause, and some will give you the benefit of the new doubt.”
Obama’s campaign is grasping; some would say desperate. The Obama campaign must be hoping the fact-checkers can’t work fast enough. And it might be right. But from the looks of the new RNC ad, the RNC and other Republican groups have the researchers and the money to hold Obama and other Democrats at least partially accountable for what they say.