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The Obama 2012 Campaign: The Greatest, Ever

by Keith Koffler on November 8, 2012, 10:25 am

President Obama’s campaign organization is the greatest political machine in modern history.

How it was possible to take a moribund economy, high unemployment, and no detectable foreign policy and turn it into a sweeping electoral victory over a credible opponent is one of the great political stories of our time.

Plouffe, Messina, Axelrod. Political geniuses who wiped away forever the Clinton campaign axiom, “It’s the economy, stupid,” and replaced it with, “It’s the Community Organizing, Stupid.”

Photo by Keith Koffler

A few years ago, I was talking to a Democratic member of Congress who is close to Obama. She who told me of seeing him on the podium as Obama was trumpeting his victory in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses over Hillary Clinton, the win that propelled him to the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, the presidency.

“Nothing like a little community organizing,” Obama told her.

More than anything – more than changing demographics, Hurricane Sandy, the Romney campaign’s mistakes – or anything else – it was the Obama campaign’s relentless organization and prodding of its supporters and independents that made Obama’s success a reality.

The campaign collected peoples emails and addresses anyplace they could find them – from beauty salons to campaign rallies. They used them effectively, asking repeatedly through personalized messages for people’s money or their time.

I was signed up for the Obama campaign’s emails. They each began, “Keith.” I was signed up for the Romney campaign emails. They each began, “Friend.”

I’m not any campaign’s friend. I am Keith.

And on Election Day, Obama’s vast organization got everyone to the polls.

It is estimated that more black people, not fewer, voted in 2012 than 2008. More Latinos voted, not fewer, and an even greater percentage of them supported Obama this time. The youth vote did not decline from 2008. All this despite flagging enthusiasm for the president.

Here’s a telling anecdote related by a senior Obama aide to the press pool on Wednesday’s flight from Chicago back to Washington.

During flight, a campaign official talked about the ground game on background . . .

In describing the ground game, the official told of a conversation he had with a top field director on Monday. The GOP had tweeted that they had knocked on 75,000 doors in Ohio the day prior. Not to worry, the director said, “we knocked on 376,000.”

Then the president came in, and this aide said, “Tell him the door thing.” So he did. And the president responded, “That’s my team.”

That was not Romney’s team. Romney’s team was back in Boston Tuesday night, watching in awe:

In Chicago, the campaign recruited a team of behavioral scientists to build an extraordinarily sophisticated database packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. The ever-expanding list let the campaign find and register new voters who fit the demographic pattern of Obama backers and methodically track their views through thousands of telephone calls every night.

That allowed the Obama campaign not only to alter the very nature of the electorate, making it younger and less white, but also to create a portrait of shifting voter allegiances. The power of this operation stunned Mr. Romney’s aides on election night, as they saw voters they never even knew existed turn out in places like Osceola County, Fla. “It’s one thing to say you are going to do it; it’s another thing to actually get out there and do it,” said Brian Jones, a senior adviser.

Brian Jones and company didn’t do it. According to a fascinating piece by Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics, turnout, far more than the “changing demographics” everyone is talking about, was the key to Obama’s victory.

And who didn’t turn out? White people, who overwhelmingly backed Romney when they did make it to the polls. Republicans need to attract more minority voters. But if white voters don’t show up, they still won’t win.

According to Trende, about 6.7 million fewer whites voted on Election Day 2012 than in 2008. A critical statistic in a race Obama won by only about 3 million votes.

Part of the reason they stayed home, Trende says, might be that these voters didn’t like Obama but had fallen sway to the Obama campaign’s negative emphasis on Romney’s wealth, as well as Romney’s own failure to articulate a message.

But Obama’s base wasn’t particularly excited either. And they showed up.

There are two lessons for Republicans in this. The first is obvious: Run a better campaign.

But the second, which flows from the first, is less obvious. Some Republicans are already talking about the need to “moderate” the Republican message.

But campaign workers won’t spend 20 hours a day at the office working for nothing to elect someone without a clear philosophy they can wrap their arms around. And voters won’t turn out unless they can understand a candidate’s views and be enthusiastic about it.

Romney failed to aggressively embrace a philosophy of any sort. If he had run as a true conservative and explained relentlessly why conservative policies are needed, he might have attracted the right people to his organization and put them in a position to bring motivated voters to the polls.

Because, it’s the community organizing, stupid.

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Mari November 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

It’s not the economy – it’s the stupid, the racist, the lazy, the freeloaders. The campaign was good and organized but it would not have worked without the groups I listed.

Just2old November 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

Great article Keith. I agree, it ws the organization and we’re stupid. We looked right past what they were doing; blind to their ground game. You’re right about Mitt’s philosophy. It morphed from the primary’s to the general and many weren’t sure where he stood. The republicans also need to re-look their abortion stand….ask a couple of Senate candidates. Maybe in 2016, Marco Rubio can help reach out to the latino community. They have got to do something. They learned nothing in 08 and were doomed to repeat the outcome in ’12. Now, we all pay.

Stevie November 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This election reeks of fraud. Obama couldn’t fill a high school gymnasium with Stevie Wonder as the opening act, while R&R were turning people away from their rallies.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

Some very good points, Keith. On the other side, you can’t ignore the ‘freebies’ and lack of photo IDs as factors either. By ‘freebies’ I not only mean free contraception cell phones, tee shirts, concerts and pizza but also entitlements including food stamps. Those people now have a real motivation to go out and vote Democratic because the Republicans are going to take away “my food stamps” and more expensive government handout. This is a serious issue the Republicans will have to do with.

Secondly, you have to wonder about how many votes in the total were bogus. I was against the UN observers, but they surprised me and validated the need for photo IDs at the polls, and we US citizens overwhelmingly want identification. Handouts are not illegal but voting under false identity is. I wrote to Congressman Walden asking the Congress to go for a voter photo identification law and ask for it to go up to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

I mean a national voter identification law, and sorry for my typos.

JustSaying12 November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

The GOP is staring at the abyss if they follow advice like this. It had NOTHING with knocking on doors or contacting voters. Polls before the election showed that the Romney campaign was running very close to Obama’s outreach program. As a matter of fact, most voters said they were contacted BY BOTH candidates so the idea he lost due to knocking on enough doors is bunch of a bull.

Why Obama won? Because the GOP continues to cannbolize “RINO’s” (in their own mind) in their own party, refuses to moderate on issues where they could have a more softer approach especially on social ones because the party of “personal freedom” seems to think that to be the case unless it’s something they don’t believe in and want the government to make laws about it. I honestly think they have alienated so many voting blocks that it could be decades until they start doing well with them again. The Hispanic vote is the stupidest of them all. GWB was able to get over 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2004. And he had moderate immigration plan on the table. And what does his own party do? They cannbolize it since they follow the lead of right wing talking heads. Had the GOP lead a immigration plan in 2005 and GWB signed it, not only would it be a issue off the table that Obama could not have run on this time around but guess what, Obama should be able to pass a plan this time around and he will get all the praise for it. Therefore kiss the fastest voting bloc in the US today goodbye. Done in by own cannoblism when they could made some real headway into building a new party.

Honestly, the GOP right now be worried about what went wrong or how even to rebuild for 2016. Right now, every member of the GOP congress should be embracing Simpson-Bowles as a sign that are willing to compromise in order to get things they want. Is it a perfect plan? No but what would be in this climate. It has a lot of stuff in it that the GOP wants. Embrace it and force Obama and the Democrats hand. Because they have their crazies lead by Elizabeth “I won’t make any changes to entitlements under any circumstances” Warren.

If the GOP moves to the same some, they could gain a TON! But no, they rather shoot themselves in the chest to prove a point.

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

I’m not sure what you’re suggesting. The Republicans should offer to top Democratic “freebies”, try to get any votes, registered or not? They might win, but they would make the downfall of this country inevitable.

James Crawford November 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

Once again the Republicans sought to be more moderate by nominating a proud member of the Viagra wing of the Republican party. Just as Bush Sr, Dole and McCain couldn’t consummate their election, Romney couldn’t perform.

Romney was so contemptuous of conservative Republicans that the banned Governor Palin from the convention floor. Is there any surprise that he got money from the wealthy but no effort from the base.

The Republicans need to reject the calls for moderation and nominate true conservative who can enthusiastically articulateconservative values to the independents while motivatig their base.

MILF 2016!!!!!!

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

The old saw that in primaries you play to your base, in the general you play to the middle, must not work anymore. You can see why in the primary Romney did not go to the “Tea Party” as their own candidates were in the primary. In the general, I thought he did reach out to conservatives in the choice of Paul Ryan. I don’t think we should make Romney the fall guy. As Keith has excellently pointed out, the problem lies in the general Republican campaign strategy and there are no easy fixes.

BTW, I am an independent, and my foremost reason for voting for Romney was Obamacare. I have to admit that I am stunned that more people against Obamacare didn’t come out strongly, and I do think in retrospect that Romney didn’t campaign hard enough on this issue. We are screwed now.

anneinarkansas November 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

Keith, this is far and away the best analysis of the campaign that I have seen anywhere since Tuesday.
We are still “scraping ourselves off the floor.”
The champagne remains uncorked.

Thanks again for printing WB Yeats’ “Second Coming.”
I remember studying and discussing the poem in a graduate literatuire class a few years ago and wondering if it could come to pass. Spooky!

Scottso November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

The Democrats don’t care what it takes to win.
And winning is everything.
In 2008, Obama did a fake out by pretending he was going to take public funds but didn’t.
In 2012, his campaign took any credit card without verification of security number.

The Obama team did a great advertising campaign…their slogan was, “There are problems but Nothing is ever our fault.” And the people bought it.
Certainly, the media helped…anything they did was ok but had a Republican did it then it would’ve been the worst thing ever.

The fact is…You shouldn’t need someone’s campaign to tell you when/where/how to vote. As a citizen we are supposed to be vigil and aware.

WMP November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

As I was posting the following on a prior article, Keith was posting this article. My response is still the same. Having said that – it is clear there were two different campaigns. I believe my comment below about this not being a pivotal election for most and only mattered in a few states I still don’t think anything would have changed. There was no other candidate who could have matched this machine. If in fact the increases that made the difference are as stated in the above groups – this country is in more serious trouble.

Just2old – you comment about the abortion position (I hear you on the stupidity of those two senators), but the Democrats just reelected Jesse Jackson Jr who is apparently now in discussions with the federals (since he is being investigated) and won re-election while is in rehab and I read there was another person elected who had numerous convictions. Go figure.
Here’s my previous post:

I have now spent the last 24 hours plus looking and reading the articles and comments about what went wrong in this election. My oh my – aren’t the armchair quarterbacks out there about everything Gov. Romney did wrong or didn’t do that he should have. Here’s my take – after all the money spent, nothing changed because in my opinion it turns out people weren’t as engaged as those of us who consider ourselves informed voters thought they would be. It wasn’t a pivotal election. All this blame about Romney not getting as many votes as McCain – well Pres. Obama fell far short of his numbers from 2008 – what in the world make anyone think Romney would have higher numbers if overall it was down. Because so few states matter any more, those states are the only places where there was a perceived “enthusiam” to get out an vote because that is what we were being shown on the internet. I now believe that there really weren’t any “true” undecideds. That the outcome was preset – unless a bomb landed on US soil – nothing was going to be different. President Obama was given a pass on virtually everything that has happened the last 4 years – it’s all George Bushes fault. Romney could have been out then spewing the Benghazi crap, making all kinds of promises to the poor for free stuff, open arms to illegals, free college, etc. – I believe the outcome would have been the same. I don’t think a different candidate would have been any different than Romney. Had Marco Rubio run (I believe as many it would have been premature), he would have been just as equally destroyed by the Obama campaign as was done to Romney and like it or not – it is very hard to respond to that drumbeat because people don’t want to engage in the facts and circumstances. Wrongfully, I believed that things had been so bad that the American people were ready to listen to dialogue about our financial issues and how they can be resolved – nope – still want sound bites and slogans. No real serious thought about what we are facing in this country. It takes time to do this. Sound bites and slogans don’t do it. No Mr. Matthews – it isn’t about there not being enough “angry white men”. There is no mandate – the voters continued their divide. I believe there are many who want things to be different, but if it is going to affect their pocketbook – well they just aren’t going there. As I said yesterday in another post, my attorney boss was more concerned about the interest rates going up if Romney won as he attempts to refinance a “second home”. The electorate in general is more interested in reality television, cell phones, the social media – whatever is quick to satisfy. I am not a twitter person – but I find it an extremely rude outlet when I see some of the tweets that are posted. It is like a play ground mentality – nah nah nah – my guy won and yours didn’t.

Bottom line – I am proud I voted for Gov. Romney and yes disappointed that he didn’t win. But he has much more going for him than many in the media (from both sides). He has a wonderful wife, family, grandkids to return to and most importantly he is a DECENT man. Our country would be much better off if there were more of him.

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a special case. His constituency is in Chicago and all black. They would vote for him even if he were convicted of murder.

Cooper November 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

Well said, WMP. Sad day when touchy feely crap like gay marriage and abortion trump the major crises facing this country. Romney would have done wonders to right the ship.

Danceswithtruth November 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

Agree.

I read an interesting article over at Investor’s Business Daily. They think the media will begin to cover those stories they wouldn’t prior to the election. I would like to believe in their assessment. I guess time will tell if the media can be responsible once again. Not holding my breath.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/110712-632397-five-stories-the-media-have-buried-.htm#ixzz2BYvVy100

RickW November 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

Excellent article, Keith. Obviously, I don’t like the result but I will say I admire the job Axe and his band of elves did. I think we ran a gentlemanly campaign, displaying good solid logic that had absolutely no appeal to the target market. They knew their market far better than we did and they cleaned our clocks.

srdem65 November 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

It’s really easy to get someone to register to vote, I used to do that years ago. The hard part is to get them to actually vote, and vote for your candidate. The Obama campaign designed a aura of fear and promise to encourage their supporters; Romney will take away your food stamps or put you back in chains, Obama is going to lower the cost of college or give you a government job, Romney will make women second class citizens while Obama will take care of women. Latinos believed that Repubs hate all people of color and for some reason they believe that they are “people of color”, but Obama welcomes them to all of America’s bounty.

National debt, what’s that got to do with me? they asked. Obamacare means “free” healthcare insurance for all. Illegal aliens will be rewarded for their foresight of crossing the border by being deemed Americans by fiat.
No more wars, just apeasement because we are a mean people who stole treasures from poorer countries. Romney is stogy, straight, an old White rich guy who doesn’t understand how cool it is to be feted by rap stars and Hollywood’s has-beens. What do I care if Obama raises taxes? I don’t pay anything now, they thought.

That was the message, that was the impetus that prompted the Obama supporters to vote, not love of the man or his agenda.
Fear and promises.

CiscoKid November 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

Well I have great respect for Mr. Koffler and his analysis, but you pointed out the missing and critical component of Obama’s campaign.
Fear and the promise of continuing freebies, not only to the multi generational freebie recipients, but citizenship for the illegals.
The promise of work for millions, fell on deaf ears, that is the ears of the ” entitled “. Why work when I can get it for free? .

Aileen November 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

Brilliant analysis, Keith!

drk November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

I think O won because of too many stupid people lacking common sense. That, and it really helps to have the media carrying your water. I would have preferred Santorum, but I voted R and R anyway. I can’t figure out how sheeple can be so brainwashed in this economy, especially after Benghazi, but when the news whitewashes everything, that’s a tremendous boon. How can one overcome that? And how can you unstupid people? At least almost half the voters showed some smarts. I guess now that half needs to be better organized, something the government, through their various evil doings, will bitterly oppose, and Chris Matthews and his crew will be right there extolling the virtue of silencing those not in lock step via Chicago thuggery.

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

Good point about the media. I don’t think anyone else has mentioned that, and it was a huge factor.

JustSaying12 November 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

“I would have preferred Santorum,”

Wow. I don’t think some people in Rick’s own family perfer him to Romney.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’m another proud Santorum supporter. He is a good and decent man who lives his beliefs. Don’t see the need to snipe at one of our own. We never hear the Democrats mocking the landslide victory of Jesse Jackson, Jr. who hasn’t been to work most of the year and is hiding out from the law in the Mayo Clinic.

Jeff1000 November 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

Excuse my digression, but maybe it’s poetic justice that Barack Obama is now faced with having to own the mess he created as well as facing the future fallout from his misguided unAmerican policies. Obama won, but what did he win? He won a country on the brink; he won an angry and divided people; he won responsibility for the exploding debt, businesses that won’t hire, and a Middle East in turmoil.

Maybe it’s for the best that Obama supporters will see and live the consequences of their choice. Let Obama supporters live and understand that four more years of an Obama presidency is a grave mistake. Let the left understand and live the failure of redistribution of wealth, Obamacare, and socialist economic policy so they can never say “if only we had four more years”. Let the failure be complete and utter so the country can move beyond it, once and for all, and rebuild America through the blueprint of the Constitution and conservatism.

2016: The Rebirth Of America

Swedishlady November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

Oh, Jeff1000. I had similar thoughts but you were quicker. Well said, let him deal with his own mess. Just step aside and watch the spectacle.

Star November 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

Esp since he never really seems to want to be president–he just wants to win.

Jeff1000 November 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

Swedishlady, and furthermore, let Obama and the left do whatever they want. Don’t resist. Obama wants higher taxes; let the left raise taxes. Obama wants more spending; let him spend to his heart’s content. Obama wants, Obama wants, whatever, “just step aside”.

drk November 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Good idea. I like it!

Just2old November 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

Awesome thoughts Jeff! 110% agree.

Jeff1000 November 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Just2old, another thought, by reelecting Barack Obama his bluff has been called. He said he needed “four more years”, “the best is yet to come”, so prove it! If Obama was defeated he could always say that the American people didn’t give him a chance. He could say that he was just too smart and the American people weren’t smart enough to see his “genius”. Well now it’s time for Barack Obama and the left to put up or shut up, once and for all, and forever. The ball is in his court, and there are no excuses now.

GWShrub November 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Yup! EXCELLENT!

Suzanne November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I also have come to this conclusion, have it…it’s all yours!

gracepmc November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I agree. Step aside and let it happen. It will anyway because there is no legal way to fight and win. http://kylesmithonline.com/?p=9860. This is where we are going. When the orgy is over perhaps we can build on the scraps. Or not. Excellent analysis Keith.

Kelsey November 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Is anyone taking bets on how long Obama will continue to blame Bush for his problems?

cincycinco November 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

I like the idea that he has to deal with his own mess, but there’s four reasons this won’t impact him politically;

1) Republicans have the House, and will get all the blame.
2) It’s Bush’s fault anyway.
3) He’s Black. To many others of similar hue, he can do no wrong for that reason alone. Nothing else matters.
4) Most women now seem to think more with their private parts than men do, and the uteri are apparently saying that only Democrats are good because only Democrats take away all the consequences of unrestricted sex for free, both before and after. (N.B., there were two Republican Senatorial canidates that probably did more to hand Obama the White House and the Senate than David Axlerod by saying INCREDIBLY stupid things about rape. While even reliably feminist columnists such as Kathleen Parker pointed out these were outilers, and despite the fact they were immediately disowned by Romney, women generally interpreted this as a “hidden agenda” of the entire party and voted accordingly. That said, do we really want the Country’s governance to be based on free contraception and unrestricted abortion? This election says yes.)

So, don’t worry about Obama. It’s not his mess, never was, never will be.

Here’s the Obama Victory Chant;

FOUR MORE YEARS!
FOUR MORE YEARS!
BLAME BUSH,
BLAME BUSH,
FOUR MORE YEARS!

Sigh.

Blair November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

The result would have been with Jessie Jackson Jr. if he could read. 60% of the Obama vote was hope for free stuff and hatred of white establishment that pays the bills and makes the trains run on time. It is not hard to motivate these people to show up one day and as Romney stated they are victims and the productive people are all “rich.”

JustSaying12 November 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

The GOP is staring at the abyss if they follow advice like this. It had NOTHING with knocking on doors or contacting voters. Polls before the election showed that the Romney campaign was running very close to Obama’s outreach program. As a matter of fact, most voters said they were contacted BY BOTH candidates so the idea he lost due to not knocking on enough doors is bunch of a bull.

Why Obama won? Because the GOP continues to cannbolize “RINO’s” (in their own mind) in their own party, refuses to moderate on issues where they could have a more softer approach especially on social ones because the party of “personal freedom” seems to think that to be the case unless it’s something they don’t believe in and want the government to make laws about it. I honestly think they have alienated so many voting blocks that it could be decades until they start doing well with them again. The Hispanic vote is the stupidest of them all. GWB was able to get over 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2004. And he had moderate immigration plan on the table. And what does his own party do? They cannbolize it since they follow the lead of right wing talking heads. Had the GOP lead a immigration plan in 2005 and GWB signed it, not only would it be a issue off the table that Obama could not have run on this time around but guess what, Obama should be able to pass a plan this time around and he will get all the praise for it. Therefore kiss the fastest voting bloc in the US today goodbye. Done in by own cannoblism when they could made some real headway into building a new party.

Honestly, the GOP right now be worried about what went wrong or how even to rebuild for 2016. Right now, every member of the GOP congress should be embracing Simpson-Bowles as a sign that are willing to compromise in order to get things they want. Is it a perfect plan? No but what would be in this climate. It has a lot of stuff in it that the GOP wants. Embrace it and force Obama and the Democrats hand. Because they have their crazies lead by Elizabeth “I won’t make any changes to entitlements under any circumstances” Warren.

If the GOP moves to the same some, they could gain a TON! But no, they rather shoot themselves in the chest to prove a point.

Swedishlady November 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

Well, his honeymoon will be short given the enormous problems he has to tackle, staggering deficit, fiscal cliff, unemployment, the treacherous situation in MidEast and NorthAfrica. It will be impossible to handle all this without losing popularity and/or credibility even if he has the MSM in his pocket. Maybe the Democrats will regret having the responsibility in these times. The Republicans can sit on the fence and criticize and gloat or attack. Isn´t it usually so that the second term ends with a hurting President ?

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

Boeing has just announced huge layoffs in their defense division (30%), and you can bet that Lockheed Martin etc. will be following suit. Why could they not have done this before the election? No, they let Obama talk them into waiting until after his re-election.

GWShrub November 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

And I believe LM was announcing that for 1/1/13 but the feds didn’t send out the WARN notices by 1/1/12, which is the law. But BO has promised them something, or made some sort of deal, if they could hold off. Will that be investigated?

AZ Granny November 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Obama promised to reimburse legal & severance fees if they waited until after the election to announce layoffs. Sen. Lindsay Graham said last month that he will do all he can to prevent that from happening, that he believes it would be illegal. I doubt anything would happen, hearings probably at the most.

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/industry/259517-graham-says-hell-block-reimbursements-in-layoff-notice-fight

Girly1 November 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

He promised to pay their legal fees with taxpayer $$$….and for this he should be hauled off to jail.

Julie Brueckheimer November 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

We don’t know the half of what he’s spent with tax payer dollars. Towards the end of his campaign, he made no pretense of doing official business on Air Force One, yet the tax payers are picking up the whole kaboodle.

cincycinco November 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

“Will that be investigated?” – GWShrub

Sure. By the Holder “Just Us” department. He’ll be fine.

JustSaying12 November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

If they gloat, it will be disasterous. They have to be the “loyal opposition” if things go bad. Have center-right alternatives to Obama plans and have a velet glove when bashing him on foreign issues.

Star November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

I guess organizing and manipulating are the same then. I am still shocked at the outrght lies (I am from the Midwest with that innate don’t lie thing going on)–Romney will repeal R v W, Romney is going to make his friends richer (who did that, by the way?), Romney is some kind of Mr Burns because he invested in some losing companies or restructured others, on and on. My favorite is the one where Romney is mean because he doesn’t say hi to his trash man. O’Reilly said Romney needed an Axelrod. I sure don’t. But I guess if duplicity is what wins, we need more Axelrods. This was not our finest hour–or even finest minute.

Girly1 November 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

There is a reason David Cameron hired Obama’s stragegy team – they are simply unbeatable. My guess is that every future global Presidential candidate will be lining up to hire the Chicago mob. Heck, Jesse Jackson JR. won while hiding out in a rehab center. Crime does pay!

Obama has spent the last 4 years parchuting into backyard barbeques across the Bible belt, dropping in for Sunday afternoon suppers with strangers in kitchens from Milwaukee to the Rockies. All of this on the taxpayer’s dime. He has hugged millions of white folks across the Great Divide while his partner in crime hugged all the black folks. What a team!

Most of all, he governed by giveaway. $6T of our hard earned tax $$$. As if that wasn’t enough, he gave a 2 year teaser amnesty replete with work permits to millions of illegal Dreamers from CA to FLA. They had to turn out if they wanted full amnesty after their 2 years is up. The Bogeyman, Romney, said they should self-deport.

BHO and MO spent more time loitering on school campuses than any child molesters in history. I’m curious about those yellow school buses they used to shuffle the kiddies off to the voting booth. Aren’t those buses govt. owned? Is this legal? We know it’s illegal to register students on school property, but who can we complain to – Eric Holder?

Finally, Obama owes all of us taxpayers a debt of gratitude for allowing him to spend Millions per day campaigning on AF1. Proof positive that criime pays! He carried off the biggest heist in American history!

Brenda November 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

And it’s even easier when the people relaying the “news” are on your side.

I am still upset.

God Bless Romney and his family.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

I won’t participate in blaming Gov. Romney for this loss. He is a good and decent man and he gave his all in this campaign. His selection of Paul Ryan as his VP helped bring the conservative base on his side.

I attribute the Republican loss to the party itself. It hasn’t been the party of Lincoln since Reagan, and even he was despised by the Rockefeller/Bush republicans who are currently in charge. First of all, the establishment decimated any conservative who had the temerity to run against the party’s chosen candidate. Secondly, when the RNC made a power grab against the grassroots with their rules changes at the Republican convention in August, it was the final straw for the libertarian branch of the party. I saw it at the grassroots level; they left the party in droves. You can’t disenfranchise your base and expect to win elections.

Sarah Palin was conspicuously missing from the campaign. She brought so much energy to the 2010 mid-terms and helped tremendously in getting grassroots candidates like Ted Cruz of Texas get elected. The GOP shunned her in the general, and as a result there was little enthusiasm in the base to turn out the vote.

“Some Republicans are already talking about the need to “moderate” the Republican message.” Return to your basic principles or the Republican Party is dead. They will never learn – they can’t out-Democrat the Democrats on identity politics…

Star November 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

Basically we are back where we started–only four years to the bad.

Star November 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Even the spinny Assoc Press said the economy will continue to grow a little and probably there would be no second recession (two mos of neg growth). Probably. Gee–if you’re going to make stuff up, make up GOOD stuff!

Sadie November 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Basically, we’re back to Woodstock (1969). The mini-adults who wore long hair eventually had children, who cut their hair short, put away the tie-dye uniforms, went to public school and universities where the indoctrination continued, ran for public office, community-organized, became journalists(?) feh …etc. moved from Woodstock to Washington. In case no one noticed, the moving trucks showed up in the 80′s – you couldn’t hear the trucks over the “boom boxes” and in the 90′s you couldn’t understand the rap crap coming from a slimmed down version of the boom box and over the roar of Bubba blowing his horn on TV.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Spot on, Sadie.

Sadie November 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The ‘shunning’ of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, the lack of support for Alan West (would have loved to have seen him speak at the RNC).

My message to the RNC:

“You’ve made your bed, now lie in it” – just don’t expect me to be in it.

Susan, excellent analysis and eulogy.

gracepmc November 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I agree with you on Romney and Ryan, good and decent men. America was presented with a clear choice. The American people tossed love of country aside and voted to TAKE the free stuff and hope for more as they exact revenge.

Rod November 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

Wait a second – if the formula for success is:

(1) great organization with (2) a great message

How do you explain Obama’s message? The guy ran in ’08 with “hope and change” and ran in ’12 with “Romney’s the devil.” I agree with the great organization but not sure if I agree with the great message part of the formula. Clearly, a coherent message isn’t everything.

Maybe what Romney and the Republicans should do from here on out is figure out how to pay their supports with government money to do the community organizing for them. I guess we have the answer on where all that stimulus money went – to pay the community organizers to re-elect their sugar daddy. Even with a crystal-clear message, clearly we have the mechanics of our own government and our own tax dollars working against us. How do you win elections with that against you?

blondie November 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

Heres the form we will be filling out for the Healthcare Mandate(well at last those of us who pay taxes). Don’t you just love giving the IRS access to your healthcare info.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/wolf_final.pdf

Star November 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Wouldn’t this be for everyone? Even poor people who don’t pay taxes (like me) have to show they have insurance, right–even if subsidized? This gave me a stomachache.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Ugh…there are those exemptions from the mandate…

1. Religious exemption (i.e. Muslims, Amish)
2. Incarcerated criminal
3. Illegal alien
4. Those who have paid their protection money for a get out of jail free card from Herr Sebellius

This may just be the impetus needed for a little civil disobedience.

Blair November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The only other follow up is read Alinsky and look at the language these people use. Get in their face, they did not built it, revenge, you get our backs and we get yours, and the best ever lets spread the wealth around.

The last translated being take from the people that work, as corporations and wealthy just pass it on like the utility bill. The appeal is based on class envy and divide and conquer by taking the most vulnerable and gullible and using them to advance an agenda that will harm the supporters. Due to not being able to think critically they dont get it. Minorities and now a large percentage of women are the victims.

Yes I know that the Republicans have problems and run unfit people but still look at the Democrats and what they consistently offer as leadership.

Just2old November 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

To wiit: Harry Reid

GWShrub November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Simply outstanding, Keith. And excellent, wise counsel from WMP & srdem65.

My army friend (we served in Vietnam together) called me (in PA.) from Phoenix yesterday and we talked about this same thing srdem65:
>>Romney is stogy, straight, an old White rich guy who doesn’t understand how cool it is to be feted by rap stars and Hollywood’s has-beens. What do I care if Obama raises taxes? I don’t pay anything now, they thought. <<

I agree. And I never thought about the lack of concern about the tax increases, that's very good.

I think we've just experienced our "Dunkirk"….but I recall what followed.

movedtothefarm November 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

We didn’t have the paid unions to help with the ground work – door to door.

I met a professor this week while vacationing in Oregon that was all for:
- 50% and higher tax rates to ensure everyone has insurance
- immediate closer or higher taxes of coal and natural gas plants to force people to be conservative
- women’s rights (what ever the heck that means)
- taxes should help all people (in her words there are more truly deserving people than the takers of the country-ha)

…but also complained about the cost of food going up…just wait till next year proff!

Quintis Arrius November 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Great article and a great perspective: in short Conservatives need to make thinking and acting conservative sexy/muscular and all inclusive.
Words the right must never use again: Constitution, Work, Hard.
When a conservative is asked about abortion: “Yes, abortion should be a woman’s PERSONAL right to have. I believe in personal responsibility. Don’t you? It’s liberty, and isn’t liberty good?” No more deer in the headlights.
Including Latinos and their strong family values…low hanging fruit. (Future Photo-op is a conservative candidate who can play soccer and end the day inviting the neighborhood over for tamales and cerveza.)

Susan November 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great snark Quintis Arrius…

JS November 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This election may have been about a great organization, but demographic change is still coming down the tracks at ya. The Dems are approaching the point where they will have an electoral lock on the presidency, regardless of how they perform on the economy. Check the exit polling numbers, there are 3 big factors working against the Rs. 1) the percentage of Hispanic voters continues to increase, 2) single women continue to vote heavily for the Ds (probably in large measure due to the Rs position on abortion), 3) the percentage of single people in the voting population continues to increase (67% of single women voted D while 60% of single guys voted D). If the Rs support immigration change, then maybe they get 40% of the Hispanic vote instead of the 28% they got this election; either way that’s a negative. If the Rs change on abortion, then they lose the social conservatives; that would be disaster for their coalition. They’re damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. The Rs are becoming the party of white married people; those folks as a group are becoming a smaller proportion of the electorate.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

In my opinion, it’s not the demographics, it’s the free stuff…

alvin snyder November 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Other elements of O’s campaign can be expected to provide their scenarios re how they won the election.

Wade November 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

So let us look forward to future campaigns that will “better” Obama 2012
*more personal attacks totally lying about their opponent accusing of murdering citizens, wanting to starve children and the elderly, poison the drinking water, etc.
*total lies by the incumbent if Americans have been murdered in foreign lands due to government negligence.
*divide classes of Americans against one another.

I could go on but we have seen liberals break new ground on the depravity of their politics each year as they see their liberal media lapdogs will not criticize them or hold them accountable for their depravity. Instead they will be given the title of “the best campaign ever”!

AZ Granny November 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It will be interesting to see the community organizer explain loss of jobs that will occur due to Obamacare. Darden restaurants will be cutting employee hours to avoid providing health care. Kroger plans to cut employee hours in January so they won’t have to provide health care to part time employees. A Las Vegas business laid off 22 employees yesterday because Obama won. All the defense contractors are going to be laying off employees. Boeing’s announcement of layoffs and plant closings are just the tip of the iceberg.

And now we learn that Iran fired at one of our drones last week.
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/08/first-on-cnn-iranian-jets-fire-on-u-s-drone/?hpt=hp_t3

Obama may have skated back into an office he rarely occupied but there are issues he will have to address this term. The blaming Bush excuse is over for him. He owns his own mess now.

blondie November 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Interesting how this came out just today. Now what? What does Obama do? Do we retaliate in some way or do we sit back and do nothing? Will this embolden them? What do you think President Jarrett will decide?

sestamibi November 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

This is horseshit. Four years ago I would have agreed, but a 9 million vote dropoff in turnout for your side suggests to me that this was not the best effort ever.

Nonetheless, I’m reminded of the old joke about two campers watching a menacing grizzly bear from a distance. One starts putting on his running shoes. The other says “What are you doing?!?? You can’t outrun a grizzly bear!” The first replies, “I know. I only have to outrun YOU.” The Obama campaign had its running shoes on. The GOP, running ITS best GOTV effort I’ve seen in twenty years, still got hosed because it too turned out fewer voters than in 2008 in an election in which Republicans were supposed to be willing to crawl over broken glass to vote.

Susan November 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Three million fewer Republican votes than in 2008 is what cost Romney the election. Those are our spineless sunshine patriots.

PD Quig November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Yep, the best case of unwarranted character assassination EVER. If Romney had not been a candidate, Barack Obama would be defending himself in a defamation of character lawsuit. The world’s most arrogant, petulant, vindictive, prickly jerk, spent $100M painting Romney as a horrible person. The jerk that never contributed anything to charity until he ran for president, made one of the most generous men in the country out to be a bigoted ogre and plutocrat.

Yes, indeed. The best campaign EVER. By the biggest JERK EVER. May he continue to fall on his face and may the fools that voted for him experience a world of pain and suffering when TSHTF. And it will hit the fan, baby.

OK Lady November 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

When you build your base of people who want stuff, get their news from US Weekly, and idolize the likes of JayZ you’ve appealed to the lowest common denominator in the electorate. I don’t think it would occur to Republicans to go that route. Maybe that makes Obama and crew genius.

If that’s who we’ve become as a people the Republicans will probably never win an election again, and if that’s what it takes to win I’ve lost my faith in this country.

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Just an observation – I received campaign emails from Romney as well, but each had my name on them… not friend, as you mention.

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