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As the title suggested, beginning next week, Karl Rove is starting up his planned 200 Million dollar attack ad onslaught against President Obama.  We're going to need to be ready to counter it and need to help the Obama campaign counter it.

Karl Rove begins Attack on President Obama

The Crossroads advertising push — the timing of which has been the subject of avid speculation at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago — would give the campaign of Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, the time and cover to map out its national organization, replenish its bank account and put the finishing touches on its own long-discussed advertising plan, which is expected to highlight the economic pain of ordinary Americans.

Crossroads was founded with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie — the latter just signed on as an adviser to Mr. Romney — and so far it has largely been sitting on the sidelines, studying the electorate and planning for the fall as the Republican nominating contest continued.

So it is apparent that this whole effort is to give Mitt Romney time to replenish his funding and get ready for the general election.  This is the game. What's also curious about this attack is what the message seems to be:
But, Mr. Law said, interviews with independent voters, as well as uncommitted Democrats and Republicans who supported Mr. Obama in 2008, have revealed an alternate “emerging view” that Crossroads will seek to solidify, “that Obama just may not be up to the job, he can’t seem to fix things he promised he would fix.”
Hmm... Nice guy who's in over his head? Where have we heard that before? Romney calls Obama "in over his head"

It looks like the general election has begun, and it's going to be brutal.  There appears to be no attempt on the part of the Romney campaign or American X Roads in helping Romney's image.  It's just to attack President Obama.  

Here's my recommendation as to what we should do: Donate to Barack Obama

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  •  Danger Will Robinson!! Dems Must Move 2 the Right (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, OMwordTHRUdaFOG, Smoh, ScienceMom

    immediately to thwart this onslaught.

    I know, it never does, but we always do.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:06:49 PM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'd for the head's up, but I feel (8+ / 0-)

    very confident that once the general really gets started and Romney is forced to DEBATE this president, his fate as a landslide LOSER will be sealed.  Just remember that Meg-a-bucks Whitman threw $100 million dollars at her losing campaign for CA governor and LOST.  It will be really sweet to know that Rethugs have thrown their filthy lucre down the drain in this upcoming election, too.  Lots of it.  But we still must keep exposing the lies they'll come up with in these ads.  Ignoring them gives them credibility.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:32:48 PM PDT

  •  It's going to get brutal (7+ / 0-)

    It became more obvious when Gillespie moved into the campaign to coordinate the advertising onslaught with Rove. From now until November a tsunami of filth will attempt to drown Obama and hide the weakness of Rmoney.

    They've been waiting until Mitt sewed it up, now they can unleash their torrent of filth. Obamas polls are sure to suffer as his voice is drowned out and the media gets on the billionaire bandwagon. Now we'll begin to see the real shape of the campaign. The easy part is over.

    And the Koch billions haven't even come into play yet.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:43:43 PM PDT

  •  Obama's Big Vulnerability (3+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52, Micheline, Smoh

    Obama's biggest vulnerability is his inability to counter a massive media campaign from the GOP Super-PACs.  If a scandal, mini-scandal or even Rove-contrived faux scandal emerges and the GOP is able to slough off indies from Obama through a massive, extended negative media campaign, Obama is toast.  He can't counter it.  He doesn't have those kind of resources.  The money he raises will be barely enough to support his campaign.  

    Frankly, I've been amazed that Dems have not put a "contingent Super-PAC" strategy into place.  I think it would be easy to form a Super-PAC with contingent commitments of $500M-$750M which could be drawn upon in the event the GOP Super-PACs started to dominate the news cycles.  Such a Dem Super-PAC would also serve as deterrent to GOP Super-PAC donors who don't want to see their money wasted in a nasty but balanced ad war.  As it is now, GOP Super-PAC donors are reveling in the prospect of having the airwaves to themselves.

    Obama/Dem strategy on Super-PACs has been worrisome, if not plain stupid. We've unilaterally disarmed.

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:51:35 PM PDT

    •  We pissed off the 1% is what happened. We have (2+ / 0-)
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      superpacs too, we just don't have the bulk of the billionaires to draw from.  

      We used to have Wall St while they had the oil money.  Now they have them both.

      Every $50 or $100 counts though.  There are still more of us than there are of them.

  •  trial balloon (4+ / 0-)
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    beforedawn, Lujane, Smoh, Catte Nappe

    They're road testing "not up to the job".
    Rove's too smart for "secret Muslim".
    If not up to the job doesn't test well where will they go next?
    My guess is we're going to see "ties to Wall St" with b/w Geithner attack footage and "largest expansion of Federal Government evah !!!" complete with ... uh ... fraudulent numbers. And ACORN's gotta be in the pipeline.

    A couple more ideas redacted because I've written advertising and I wouldn't brainstorm for those scumbags regardless of $. Write your own $#@$ing attack ads. Too bad I can't post because it's interesting in a speculating about the tactics of pure dishonest evil kind of way.

    Let's get the word out. Obama's got a machine and he'll have money. Let's support him from down ticket. They shall not pass.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:31:14 PM PDT

  •  Dogwhistle. Racism. (6+ / 0-)

    'In over his head'. People of color know that dogwhistle ALLLLL too well. This is why Grassley called Obama 'stupid' with his tweet. And it's all dovetailing nicely with the race riot, scary negro fears being fanned from the right - including the Derbyshire article. That stuff is not a coincidence. The memo has not gone out. It's going to get ugly in America. Really. Really. Ugly.

    If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

    by DoctorWho on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:32:03 PM PDT

  •  They can only buy so many ads. After (1+ / 0-)
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    a while, air space doesn't matter.  Obama has something to fight with....a stellar  ground game.  Obama is already working in the communities where he needs to win.  And he has more ways to win than Romney does.  I still think Romney is gonna have a hard time in the south.

    •  Conservatives hate being wrong, but (1+ / 0-)
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      failure is their familiar.  Failure, you see, is somebody else's fault.  In addition, failure is a spur to try and try again.  And that's what they like.
      Try and try again is a routine and conservatives like nothing better than their routine.  They're not really interested in results and actually winning is a downer -- success is a let-down because it raises the question, "what's next."  Failure doesn't raise a question.  There's only one option, to try again.

      It may not be fair to call it "failure by design," but it sure looks that way.

      Why are the CEOs of bankrupt enterprise rewarded with big bucks?  Because bankruptcy means money in somebody's pocket -- the free money that comes from "buy cheap, sell dear."
      Conservatives are, for the most part, traders -- for the simple reason that, other than the gift of gab, they have no practical talents. Those that can't manipulate others to support them, have to resort to theft.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 03:13:12 AM PDT

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  •  This is what scares me the most about 2012 (4+ / 0-)
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    Romney is a shitty candidate, but he has tons of his own money, the right wing SuperPacs (Rove and Koch Brothers etc) and all of the voter suppression laws the Republican governors have been passing to throw at Obama this summer and fall.

    "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend" - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 12:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Rove is wasting his money (0+ / 0-)

    Almost everyone has an opinion of Obama, negative ads won't change what you think of him. No matter how bad they say Obama is minds are mostly made up.
    They should spend their money trying to sell Romney not tear down Obama but we shall see. I don't know a person who is going to change how they vote  because of ads.

    •  They can't sell Romney, he's unlikeable. They (1+ / 0-)
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      have to tear Obama down.  In their words, "make the election a referrendum on Obama."

      They will create a false Obama and run against "him."  Many Americans will not see the switch because the RW owns the media and NPR buys into the false equivalency bs.

      Most everyone thinks they're personally not influenced by advertising, but the stats tell us that they are.  Negative ads really do work.  They create a mood, kill enthusiasm, and make Dems apologetic for supporting our guy.  And they force us to use their language, which defines the terms of the "debate."

      Our messaging is excellent now, in contrast to a couple of years ago.  We just need the money to get the message out.

      Our ground game is very good but they're catching up.  We've just gotta fight as hard as we can, imo...donations plus volunteering.  

      And don't ever let them (or some on DK) get us to apologize.  Were fighting for opportunity, fairness, sanity, and people, and they are truly evil.

      The Ryan Budget and their hatred of the 99%, minorities, women, workers, are there for all to see.  If the truth gets told.

    •  I think they know they need to do both. (1+ / 0-)
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      Opinions can be changed with enough ads.  That's why there are ads.  We need to be able to do the same.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 06:41:55 AM PDT

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    •  Carl Rove could spend $1 Trillion (0+ / 0-)

      And it would not matter if the Dems run ads depicting the truth of the GOP and the Ryan Budget.

      Ads with Seniors eating Dog Food and Grandmom being tossed over the cliff will work.

  •  The infusion of $200 million into (1+ / 0-)
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    the economy is a drop in the bucket, but every buck counts in putting food on our families.

    Conservatives are instinct-driven people whose behavior is mostly habitual.  Also, they're groupies and fans.  So, Rove is trying to feed the fan club by arguing that Obama's club is not one they want to belong to.  
    How that's going to work is problematic.  While baseball and football fans can get pretty rabid about the OPPONENTS, they also have a team they're for. The Republican Dufus Brigade is not going to win many hearts. Now that they've given up bringing home the bacon, they're nothing but sucklings at the public teat.
    We pay them from the public purse, for what?

    When did austerity become a family value?  Is that just the natural progression from putting food on the family?  No wonder there's nostalgia for Dubya developing!

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 03:00:50 AM PDT

    •  Hannah... (0+ / 0-)

      We progressives/liberals are also

      instinct-driven people whose behavior is mostly habitual.
      and also we're often
      groupies and fans
      •  Speak for yourself, hooper. (1+ / 0-)
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        I put a lot of effort into keeping my instincts in check.
        Indeed, in responding to you, the person, I am violating my instinctive response to ignore self-referential comments.
        However, you're right.  Instinct-driven people are not all mean-spirited conservatives; some are generous individuals who want little for themselves.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:44:15 AM PDT

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        •  Well said. It does take a lot of effort, in (1+ / 0-)
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          addition to the awareness that we're far from the rational creatures we tend to believe we are.  Speaking for myself  here, as requested.

          Conservatives aren't so different from us, I don't think.  We all want to be liked, have our needs met, be respected, etc.  We're all vulnerable to groupthink.  We most of us think we're right and the other side's wrong.  And I, at least, can be mean-spirited and hurtful when I get excited & lose awareness.

          •  Conservative, creatures of habit, however, (0+ / 0-)

            seem to experience little success in the area of being liked, respected and cared for.  I don't know if it's because they are incapable of satisfaction or they misperceive what they experience.
            Take feeling hot or cold, for example.  Some people always feel hot or cold, regardless of the environmental conditions.  That is, their temperature sensor gives them wrong information.  Do they know that?  If they go by their feelings, probably not.

            People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

            by hannah on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 03:00:43 AM PDT

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  •  We all need to GOTV for Obama... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...Mitt Romney is a multi-billionare who has lived a life of privilege and doesn't understand the concern of working-class and poor Americans.

    Expose the Repubs' lies, Expose Romney for the fraud that he is, Expose and dismantle the conservative propaganda machine!

  •  Give me immunity (0+ / 0-)

    and I'll take care of Rove.

    Obama is at war with radical anti-American terrorists. The radical GOP is at war with American women. Take that and run with it DNC, you inept fucking pikers.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 07:09:15 AM PDT

  •  Geez (0+ / 0-)

    Where were these guys several years ago when we had a preznit who actually was not up to the job?

  •  there is no doubt ... (0+ / 0-)

    This election will be BRUTAL in its negative campaigning. The republican primary is only the START. We haven't seen what the SuperPACs can do if they pour $200 mn in pummelling the image of President Obama ...

    I don't know if Pres. Obama can survive the negative barrage ... but the image of US Presidential campaigns will take the hardest hit ...

    Obama should not only highlight and call out Republicans but keep talking about his plan. His plan for the defense, more healthcare reforms, reforms to social security, reforms to tax code, reform to a nimble government, reform to investment in infrastructure and energy .... Obama has a plan and Romney doesn't ... People should realize the same ....That's how you negate a $200 mn negative campaign that lacks any positive policy or substance ....

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