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August 3, 2012

Video War: Romney Still Suffering Trump, Tarmac FAIL

Romney Trump Obama ad

It seems a telling commentary on the presidential campaign that, less than 100 days from the election, Olympic politics presents so much more to talk about. In spite of that, though, this screen shot from Obama’s “tax plan” ad provides is telling on its own.

One thing is says, which has been no secret all along (1, 2, 3, etc), is that this has not been the most hospitable year for a business mega-mogul and card carrying member of the 1% to run. More significantly, though, whether the fault lies with his team or with Romney itself, there is no way a well-tuned campaign, given the lifeblood nature of political optics, would let a scene like this come to pass in the first place.

As we wrote back in May in our bullet list post:

If (the) mission of the day was to accept (Trump’s) endorsement at (a) media-free event and otherwise avoid any photo-op with the guy … so much for corporate efficiency.

It’s easy to say that such slip ups are inevitable, and someone might respond to seeing this one that way. The point is, though, that this visual doesn’t represent “one instance” so much as it stands for a pattern of gaffes, poor coordination an overall absence of a more consistent thematic and visual strategy. And when that’s the case (did somebody say Mitt Kerry?) and at this late date, you still haven’t defined yourself, you can expect the other guy is going to sketch your picture for you.

(Notice in that original post, by the way, the top of the plane is not fire engine red with the sky looking smokey, but the plane top is chocolate brown … and the day crystal clear.)

Obama “Stretch” ad via YouTube.

(photo: we’re guessing its a tinkered version of one by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • LanceThruster

    This is all I need to know regarding Mr. Rmoney –

    “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

    • jonst

       That is a pretty high standard to articulate. Me thinks you better get yourself a lantern to find someone to meet it.

  • bks3bks

    If taxes were cobwebs Romney would look something like this:


  • Wayne Dickson

    Time for an updated revision of Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Of course Franken can’t write it, but someone else should. Who would be smart enough, knowledgeable enough, witty enough, and credible enough to pull it off?

    Jon Stewart? No way. He had his moment at the Washington rally (I was there), and he totally wussed out — with intelligent rationalization, of course. Colbert? Too bound to his persona. Maher? Too much freight. Lizz Winstead? Maybe.

    We need a serious, articulate, incisive satirist to assemble a smart team to conduct solid research … and put the record in print. And then do the talk show tour to promote it. And, unlike Franken’s, this book should be well photo-illustrated. Put the appropriate words with the appropriate images (no cheating! honest!), and Romney’s persona and lies parody themselves.

    • LanceThruster

      Bill Hicks? Dead.

  • varditz

    Tax break for those on welfare you get a welfare state.  Tax break for businessmen creates  an attraction for more business therefore the creation of more jobs.  Canadian common sense.

    • Glenn

       That’s why the Bush tax cut created so many jobs, right?

    • Catherine McCallum

      Varditz, that only works if the businessman is experiencing enough demand for his product that he feels the need to expand. In the absence of demand, for example during a time of high unemployment and decreased wages, giving a tax break to a businessman just increases his profit, which goes into his pocket – not his business.
      It is possible to create demand by giving tax breaks to those most likely to spend the extra money: the poor and the middle class. And once you’ve created demand you’ll see an increase in hiring, which will promote yet more spending and subsequently more hiring.

  • LanceThruster

    I agree, being expected to tell the truth on a regular basis is a pretty goddamn high standard, especially for such a pious entity as elder Romney. If Romney is the choice Rethuglicans are presented with, they need to keep looking. And instead of a lantern, since sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant, a little transparency from the Will-LIAR-d, would do wonders to put that choice in proper perspective.

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