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Obama campaign spokesman makes Romney’s point

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - April 25, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Bush-hatred,Economy

Last night, Piers Morgan led off his eponymous CNN show by asking his colleague Wolf Blitzer to offer his thoughts on Mitt Romney’s speech.  Blitzer agreed that “It was absolutely an excellent speech from — from his perspective because it looked — it looked like sort of an unofficial acceptance speech of the Republican presidential nomination.”

Morgan then turned to Obama campaign spokesman Ben Labolt for the president’s perspective.  And by the manner in which he deflected questions raised by the presumptive Republican nominee’s speech, the Democratic flack effectively made Mitt Romney’s point.

When CNN anchor asked Labolt for his “reaction to Mitt Romney’s speech“, he cited “particularly” the Republican’s “claim that because the president has failed America, he [Obama] will run a campaign, and you are effectively running the press for that campaign, full of diversions, distractions, and distortions.”

Labolt focused on the choice offered by the coming election.  In a followup question, Morgan pressed the point, “What happens if a large number of Americans come November conclude that actually most of the answers [about whether we’re better off today than we were four years ago] to that are no?”

Instead of responding, Obama’s spokesman attacked Romney:

Well, the fact is a better title for Governor Romney’s speech tonight than “A Better America” should have been “Back to the Future.” Because he’s proposing the same economic policies that got us into the economic crisis in the first place. More tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, letting Wall Street write its own rules again.

You know we’ve tried those same policies before. We passed those tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. They were supposed to unleash growth. They were supposed to unleash job creation and they didn’t.

In office three years now, but still running against George W.

Yeah, Labolt did offer a few tidbits of good news in the current lackluster recovery, but his focus was on distorting Romney’s record, diverting attention away from “growth [which] surely feels like stagnation rather than a strong recovery” with personal income which is “flat to falling.”  Such attacks are nothing more than distractions from Obama’s real record.

ADDENDUM: Not clear yet how effective these attacks might be, but it’s important for Romney — and his team — not just to punch back as they have done, but also to be prepared to address each of the Obama campaign’s critiques.



  1. The Obama Campaign have outlined how they intend to attack Romney: They will accuse him of trying to turn Obama’s socialist utopia back into a market economy, and return us to the horrible Bush Days of 4% unemployment and $200B deficits.

    Comment by V the K — April 26, 2012 @ 6:20 am - April 26, 2012

  2. Consider the job of being Ben Labolt or Debbie Blabbermouth Shultz. Even if you are on the DNC network (most of them) you have to deflect (not defend) Obama’s pitiful record. And, if nailed down to address Obama’s pitiful record, you don’t defend the fact, you dissemble and repeat the legend.

    Meanwhile, Democrats who are up for reelection are running for the tall grass. Obama is hogging the money for himself and they are fighting off getting stuck to Obama’s flypaper pants cuffs. (Who wants to be dragged through the mud of the 2012 Obama campaign?)

    Who are Democrats going to send out to help in House and Senate races? Harry? Nancy? Joe? Michelle? Bo?

    Comment by heliotrope — April 26, 2012 @ 10:05 am - April 26, 2012

  3. Ben Labolt was pathetic. He looked like a deer in the headlights. PS – He needs to tweeze his eyebrows; they look positively caveman.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am - April 26, 2012

  4. This is a great article. Ben Labolt is full of crap. Come november we will get Obama out of office and America back on track. Romney 2012

    Comment by John Arnold — May 8, 2012 @ 9:40 pm - May 8, 2012

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