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Mitt Romney is once again making a truly bizarre auto bailout attack on President Obama. This video invites us to feel sympathy for an Ohio car dealer who had to close when his credit was suspended by GM during the bailout. So far, no problem—it's a shame not just for this man but for the 30 workers he reports having to lay off. But this is a Romney campaign video. It's supposed to convince us that Barack Obama mishandled the auto rescue, and that's where it loses me. How, exactly, does the fact that some people in the American auto industry lost their jobs reflect poorly on Obama in contrast to Mitt "let Detroit go bankrupt" Romney, under whose plan just about all of the people in the American auto industry would have lost their jobs?

Not only that, but, according to an Obama campaign spokesman,

"Instead of trying to deceive Ohioans they should get their facts straight because there are now 2,200 more Ohioans employed in dealerships than when the President took office," Benenati said. "While the President was busy saving the US auto industry -– which has 1 in 8 Ohio jobs tied to it –- Mitt Romney was busy arguing that we should turn our backs on an iconic industry and the workers in Ohio."
In conclusion: Barack Obama kept the American auto industry going, albeit with some job losses at the front end, and it has recovered and added hundreds of thousands of jobs. Mitt Romney called for a managed bankruptcy without government intervention, which was not possible at the time of the bailout and would have led to industry failure and catastrophic job loss. And he's putting out a video trying to get Ohio voters to think about the jobs that were lost in 2009, not the ones that were saved then or have been added since? Is insulting the intelligence and the memories of Ohio voters his major goal with this video?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 06:56 AM PDT.

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  •  No one will ever (5+ / 0-)
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    ExStr8, Supavash, caul, tb mare, The Nose

    No one will ever give the Romney campaign credit for competence.

    I'll turn to Star Trek on this one:  "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

    I feel for this guy because his dealership was in my backyard, but really?  This ad makes little sense.

    Horse prom is black tie muthaf**ka - Jon Stewart

    by EntrWriter on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:02:51 AM PDT

    •  Ya Bizarre - why would he remind (4+ / 0-)
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      Supavash, Sybil Liberty, caul, tb mare

      everyone of this?

      Isn't it an issue that everyone has pretty much decided the president won?

      Also, I can kill you with my brain.

      by Puffin on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:02:45 AM PDT

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      •  We modern politics we call it (1+ / 0-)
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        desert rain

        making your opponent's strengths is liabilities...

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

        by tuma on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:06:21 AM PDT

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        •  Obama campaign needs to counter this (0+ / 0-)

          Hi repaid response team has been doing a great job and needs to counter punch this right away.

          •  This guy is a complete fraud... (2+ / 0-)
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            Flint, The Nose

            so it should be easy.  

            Funny, I don't remember Obama having anything to do with the saving of Nissan Motors.  However, Mr. Zanzour also used to be the owner of Zanzour Nissan in the Cleveland area.  The corporate registration for Zanzour Nissan expired in 2010.  If you dial the phone number for Zanzour Nissan, you now get Mentor Nissan which filed their incorporation documents in 2011.  

            Apparently, Al Zanzour is just not very good at selling automobiles...domestic or foreign.

            •  Key point: (2+ / 0-)
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              Flint, The Nose
              "[A]n Ohio car dealer who had to close when his credit was suspended by GM during the bailout. "
              He didn't close his doors because of the bailout, but during the bailout.  You know, the same years the banks were slamming the vault doors on all lending?

              But that's pure coincidence because socialiam.

              Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

              by Boundegar on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 09:42:36 AM PDT

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      •  Laura asks: "Is insulting the intelligence..." (1+ / 0-)
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        Sue B

        Yes in fact, insulting the intelligence of the majority is the entire platform of the everso entitled frat boy's campaign.

        To coin a phrase from his press secretary,"KMA!"

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:21:58 AM PDT

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  •  Don't confuse Metch-A-Sketch... (8+ / 0-)

    ...with the facts, Miss Laura! He's running for President, for Pete's severe sake!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:03:41 AM PDT

  •  This is Just Stunning (15+ / 0-)

    The credit-related dealership closures were probably the most "Republican" aspect of the whole bailout.  GM had to trim a lot of fat in order to survive.

    This isn't a put-down to that particular dealership (or any of the dealerships who had their franchises revoked--I just bought a car at one a week ago).  But it HAD to happen.  

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:09:07 AM PDT

  •  Bizarre is the right word for it (6+ / 0-)
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    LibertySon, tuma, Supavash, caul, rfhusker, Sue B

    It's difficult to fathom just what advantage the Romney campaign thinks they're going to get by running this ad in Ohio. If there were fertile grounds for votes for Romney on this issue, it would have been two or more years ago when the layoffs and closings happened, not in 2012. Jobs have come back and unemployment is down in that state.

    Besides, given Romney's history at Bain, since when does he give a flying crap about people losing their jobs?

  •  A rewarmed conspiracy theory from 2008-2009. (6+ / 0-)

    I remember conservatives talking about this in 2008-2009.  But back then, there was an added twist:  most of the dealerships that were chosen to lose their franchises were [Brace yourself] REPUBLICAN!  [Cue conspiratorial music]  

    Clearly, Obama was using this as an opportunity to destroy republican business owners, being a vindictive muslim socialist fascist Kenyan and all!  

    Of course, this conspiracy turdlet does not take into account that when taken as a class, car dealers tend to be republican.  Republican car dealership owners outnumber democrats by about 4-to-1.

    The other thing that was not taken into account was the fact it was just business.  GM and Chrysler realized there was a lot of overlap in their dealer territories and this caused market saturation and reduced prices.  So, they decided to get rid of a lot of dealers to thin the herd.  They pretty much started with the dealers that had the lowest performance figures both in sales and customer service ranking...  So all the conservative hand wringing and conspiracy theories aside, it was a business decision.  You know, capitalism?  Survival of the fittest?  Firing the low performers?  Pretty much everything the economic Darwinists on the right advocate, until it happens to them.  

  •  What's even more stunning (3+ / 0-)
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    LibertySon, Sue B, The Nose

    is that there is still a large % of the population in Ohio and Michigan that will vote for this guy.

    Mitt Romney: the hairshirt candidate. If self-flagellation is your thing, this is your guy.

  •  Apparently (5+ / 0-)

    Many aren't paying attention to the many rove affiliated groups and the ads they keep putting out, if you think this ones weird!!

    The rove is in full revisionist history by canceling out the whole bush admin., which he was the brains of, just ask the media and everyone else giving him credit for what was easy to read the whole time, and especially with the rubber stamping congresses of then and in full obstruction since!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:37:15 AM PDT

  •  Wowzers. (1+ / 0-)
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    Willard really, really doesn't want to be president.

    Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, Content, and sufficient champagne. --Dorothy Parker

    by M Sullivan on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:39:13 AM PDT

  •  Car salesman get no synpathy (2+ / 0-)
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    live1, The Nose

    From those who they usually ripoff

  •  Who runs Romney Campaign? Snooki? (2+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:42:05 AM PDT

  •  Mitt should expand his Tour abroad... (2+ / 0-)
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    LibertySon, The Nose

    Maybe he can insult Canada and Mexico some more on the way!

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:42:26 AM PDT

  •  Have Democrats infiltrated the Rmoney campaign? (7+ / 0-)

    I mean, the opposition couldn't write better stuff than this to DEFEAT RMONEY.  Every single thing they say or do is a giant FAIL.

    Personally, I'm lovin' it and I'll love it even more if money bags Shelly Adelson finds himself a little shorter on cash come November and totally without power for all he's invested.  That would be sweet, indeed.  Much like Meg-A-Bucks Whitman in CA.  You can't always buy peoples' votes.  Sometimes they get wise to your plan and just laugh while you throw your ill-gotten gains down the drain.

    GOTV!!!!  Four more years of the:

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:44:36 AM PDT

  •  Simple (3+ / 0-)
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    LibertySon, rfhusker, The Nose

    Romney wanted Detroit to go bankrupt so everyone could ride dressage horses. *

    * Wondering if Romney's mansion has a horse elevator.

  •  Dear Mittens, how would this dealer have been (3+ / 0-)
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    live1, Supavash, The Nose

    better off when there was no manufacturing plant to produce cars for him to sell?  Seems he was in a bind no matter which way the chips fell.  Apparently it's better in your estimation to save 30 than 30,000, at least when you're running for office and need a schmaltzy commercial.

    When you're running Bain, it's no matter if you save 30 or 30,000 all of them have to go to protect your profits and pay for Rafalca's room and board.  

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:46:27 AM PDT

  •  The Romney camp (2+ / 0-)

    has done fell and bumped it's collective head

  •  So essentially he's saying, (4+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, davelf2, askew, The Nose

    Even though I said everyone should lose their job, Obama sucks because some people lost their job.

    The sad part is that most Republicans/independents will be too dim-witted to make this connection and hence think, "Gee, Obama did a terrible job handling the auto industry! Let's vote for Romney, who would have done a better job!"

    Would you like some ketchup with that steaming bowl of irony?

    16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

    by vidanto on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:47:39 AM PDT

  •  As soon as the public responds... (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, The Nose describing how the auto bailout was beneficial, Romney will go back to claiming he thought it up in the first place.

  •  Mitt completed the rarest of Olympic feats (2+ / 0-)
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    LibertySon, The Nose

    The Double Triple-Flip.

    Today, Mitt releases this "Bailout Sucks/ It Was My Idea/ Obama Sucks for the Bailout" and "Palestinians Are Culture-less/ "I Never Said That"/ If-Not-Culture-Then-What flip-flop-flip flip-flop-flip.

    I guess he was inspired by that gold medal gymnastics team.

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:49:12 AM PDT

  •  What is that man in the ad doing NOW? (5+ / 0-)

    has anyone checked to see if he ever reopened his car dealership?  Is there an AD being cut to counter this one?

    it isnt good enough to counter this ad with a statement from Obamas spokesperson...  

    This needs a response AD that has 4 dealerships who weathered the SHARED SACRIFICE it took to bring their industry BACK from the edge, who didn't pack it in - who praise the auto industry bailout for saving the industry and bringing THEIR businesses, tied to the welbeing of the auto industry, back from the brink too?

    AND it would be interesting to know where that man, who packed it in, is NOW....  did he reopen his dealership?  is he living on the streets, having been forced to sell ALL his worldly goods and collect welfare now because evil Obama saved the auto industry?  I highly doubt that was his fate and it would be interesting to know where he is NOW....and how much he got paid to do that ad

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:50:13 AM PDT

    •  Salesman Most Likely On the Right Wing Welfare (1+ / 0-)
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      The Nose

      My bet ($10,000 of course!) would be that Mr. Dealership is the head of a Republican front group and collecting RWW (Right Wing Welfare).

      Poor man wants to be rich. Rich man wants to king. And the king ain't satisifed until he rules everything. B.Springsteen

      by howd on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:27:06 AM PDT

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  •  It's a fairly ineffective ad (1+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell

    But to answer your question:

    How, exactly, does the fact that some people in the American auto industry lost their jobs reflect poorly on Obama in contrast to Mitt "let Detroit go bankrupt" Romney, under whose plan just about all of the people in the American auto industry would have lost their jobs?
    It minimizes Obama's ability to attack Romney on layoffs by Bain owned companies.

    But on the second part, you're wrong, Laura.

    You, like most people, equate "bankruptcy" with going out of business.  You equate bankruptcy with the entire industry being liquidated.  No one ever suggested that. GM, in essence, did go bankrupt.

    Chrysler was forced by the administration to formally go through bankruptcy.

    •  read the whole diary (5+ / 0-)

      she clarifies "Mitt Romney called for a managed bankruptcy without government intervention, which was not possible at the time of the bailout and would have led to industry failure and catastrophic job loss."

      The 'detroit go backrupt' is used as a tagline on Romney and extremely effective since 99% of people do not understand that bankruptcy does not mean "going out of business"

      •  Seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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        Do you think for one moment that a managed bankruptcy without government loans would have saved General Motors...???

        and, yes, for most companies, bankruptcy means going out of business. (that only works when your company is in trouble because of product liability claims, you don't want to pay big class action judgments)

        If Mitt is saying Detroit should go bankrupt, that means he thought that Detroit should go bankrupt.  He has a lot of experience with that at Bain.

        •  Statistically (1+ / 0-)
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          The Nose

          Statistically, fewer than 10% of all
          who file for Chapter 11 are ever able to emerge intact.

        •  Hell even Bain (2+ / 0-)
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          nanorich, The Nose

          wouldn't touch GM when they went looking for help to do a managed bankruptcy.

          Even Ford who was in decent shape may not have made it if GM and Chrysler went under because of the parts manufacturers being taken down as well.

          Romney's etch-a-sketch on the auto bailout won't work.   This ad is pathetic like most of his slime, however, for some reason this ad felt like Romney had given up and is just going through the motions.   Even his voice at the end saying he approved the ad sounded dejected and like he was just going through the motions.

        •  wrong person (0+ / 0-)

          i am supporting the diarist. i am responding to someone who was arguing against her.

    •  Isn't what "most people equate"... (1+ / 0-)
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      Jerry J

      ...correctly or incorrectly what we're all stuck with for this election?

      I mean to say we aren't going to have some national remediation seminar of the fine points of Bankruptcy Law and its Practical Application, the limitations of Macro Economic policy, etc. before Election Day.

      If ever.

      And the closer we get to Election Day the more "bumper sticker", "Tagline", "shorthand", etc. the rhetoric is going to become.

      I don't like it. I'd rather we were all more precise and technically accurate, but that assumes that a whole lot of other facts are not in dispute.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:13:33 AM PDT

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      •  You actually may see something of the sort (0+ / 0-)

        in the debates.  Romney will try to come off as "schooling" the President on some of these finer points.

        As I've said before, I think the debates are going to be brutal... from both sides!

    •  It minimizes Bain attacks & the Detroit attacks. (4+ / 0-)

      You're right about this being a defensive move intended to take an arrow out of Obama's quiver, but the goal is broader than that.

      The "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" editorial is also poison for Romney, and Obama's success in saving the auto industry is his most powerful economic argument.  I think this ad is intended to take that arrow out of Obama's quiver as well.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:20:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ohio, Michigan folks (2+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, The Nose

    Do y'all really buy this fiction? I really want to hear how this ad plays in auto manufacturing areas.

    Mitt has major cajones to do this. Must be some type of reverse psychology. It will fail badly. Still, it's insulting on several levels. He's trying to play us for fools. Hmph.

  •  WTF (0+ / 0-)


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  •  Those Good Union Jobs (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, The Nose

    and employment in the manufacturing sector are so overrated, right Mitt?

    Haven't you shamed your father enough?

  •  I always find myself . . . (0+ / 0-)

    wishing there were citations to go with statistical assertions like 2,200 more Ohio dealership jobs than before Obama took office. I never feel quite comfortable using info like that in an argument without the source behind it -- even though other folks do it all the time and are not adverse to pulling stats out of the air.

    Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell ya the truth -- B. Dylan

    by ponderer on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:03:34 AM PDT

  •  Ohio could be mad about South Korea trade alliance (0+ / 0-)

    The outcome is reliant on the presidential election, as the candidates differ on their approach: one of the hot issues is that it allows Korea to export way more cars into the US than vice versa, keeping the US auto industry at a huge deficit to Korea.
    Here is the article.

  •  R-MONEY wanted a bankruptcy so his pals could buy (7+ / 0-)

    the dead carcass CHEAP.

    Simple.  He does not care for the workers.

    He only cares for his VULTURE CAPITAL pals.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:04:19 AM PDT

  •  It's Not an Argument, Its Facts Don't Matter. (1+ / 0-)
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    There aren't any undecided voters, only uncommitted voters.

    The advertising is about pumping up base energy for turnout.

    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 Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:08:41 AM PDT

  •  Coming from Mr. "I Like Firing People"... (1+ / 0-)
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    The Nose

    This ad is dripping with irony.

  •  GM's alive, bin Ladin's dead (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, The Nose

       and Rmoney might be the worst dipshit GOP nominee ever..

  •  This ad is defensive. It's about muddying the H2O. (2+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, howd

    The Obama campaign's attacks on Romney's record of destroying jobs at Bain Capital is working.  The "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" line is also a dagger at Romney's heart.

    By accusing his opponent of doing the same things, Romney's team is hoping to make those attacks from Obama less effective.  No, this ad doesn't land a good punch on Obama, but it's not intended to.  It's intended to take two arrows out of his quiver.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:14:31 AM PDT

  •  The guy in the ad (3+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, hyperstation, davelf2

    His name is Al Zarzour.

    I see listings in Ohio for an Al Zarzour who owns (or is at least General Manager of) a Mitsubishi dealership and an environmental consulting firm, and a listing for an Al Zarzour with Zarzour Nissan.

    If either or both of these are the same guy, it doesn't look like he's out on the street after losing the GM franchise.

    •  Did GM even close this guy's dealership? (2+ / 0-)
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      DQKennard, The Nose

      Why I ask is because there's a newspaper article from the time indicating that GM didn't actually close this guy down:

      The only area GM closing since last year's bankruptcy was Zarzour Chevrolet in Chardon, though other dealers and city officials alike do not believe that was the manufacturer's decision.
      •  keep digging, and tell OFA! (0+ / 0-)

        ok not much mileage in saying that Rmoney lies (shock, horror) but handy to have the information to hand  if it comes up?

        if he shut the  place himself, after GM trimmed some fat, then hey its just capitalism alas and the only way out for GM - despite Rmoney's 'let it go' op-ed.

  •  well his base doesn't care about workers (0+ / 0-)

    All over the internet you see them posting about workers from private industry to government clearly being on the side of management and low wages. Even if they are some guy who spent his working years being an underpaid laborer he still seems to side with the people in charge.   For whatever reason that guy will never blame the changes wrought by corporate America  and instead chooses to look at his pay stub and rage against the government for taking their share.

    So even though the ad looks stupid to me I am not so sure it doesn't do what he wants which helps make his base feel more persecuted and victimized by government "hand outs"  

    They have a form of capitalism that is their religion and have somehow made it holy ground.  Whenever the government touches on their graven idol they get hysterical.  An ad like this may work for them.

  •  i'm convinced. Obama fans running Romney campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    How can someone explain the bizzare campaign that Romney has run? Or even that he was selected amongst the poor picking?

    How can someone screw up as simple a task of waving hands in 3 nations and smiling and avoid being a jerk!

    We should start giving serious consideration to the fact that Obama fans might have infiltrated the senior campaign team in Boston

    why do this ad and make Ohians angry and remind everyone else that Obama saved the US Auto industry?

  •  handling of the auto industry "bailout" (0+ / 0-)

    When Romney means that Obama handled the auto industry wrong, he means that Obama should have (as Romney would have) broken the unions, broken the pensions, drastically cut back on employees and on their pay and benefits, and thinned the dealers even more (probably still including the guy in this ad).

  •  Obama will be happy to engage in a debate (3+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, askew, The Nose

    over the auto-bailout and Mitt's tax plan that will raise taxes on the middle class.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:20:39 AM PDT

  •  Sherrod has a great auto-related spot on the air: (3+ / 0-)

    W. Mitt Romney: Shovel Ready.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 08:31:55 AM PDT

  •  'Where's my bailout, Obama."TeaPot national anthem (1+ / 0-)
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    The Nose

    Republicans just suck as human beings.

    I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in.--Romneybot

  •  This is BRUTAL.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, Back In Blue

    ..."In short, I don’t get the point of the ad. It seems to be written for the Obama campaign team and not the voters. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being Reagan’s “Morning in America,” this is a 2. Maybe a 1."

    Are those the words from the liberal media?.....NO....that's a quote from Jennifer Rubin of the WaPo.  She's Mitt's biggest cheerleader.  She thinks his trip was a success.  When she says that a Romeny ad is a 2, maybe a 1, that means that Team Romney should take that ad off the air as fast as they can.  What idiots.

  •  Check this ad out. (0+ / 0-)

     The Romney campaign seems to be saying that they would rather have a President who tortures people.

  •  It's bad because it's all they've got, but (0+ / 0-)

    there are plenty of voters who will see this, see the child's drawing saying his dad sells cars, and just get upset or mad that this man lost his job and think Obama ended his job  End of story.  

    They will not think about all the other stuff that is obvious to us unless someone (like Sherrod Brown) tells them.  Hopefully that add is going to be running for a while.

    Voters, generally, are not stupid, but they are not always paying attention.  I believe Obama has to nip all this shit in the bud and will need all of our help to do so.  Supporting congress critters who are standing with Obama in their election campaigns is a way to help both them and Obama.

    That said, it's still one of the worst ads I've ever seen.  I mean, the guy appears to be sitting in a car dealership for crying out loud.  Does that not mean he's back in business?

    Newt Gingrich, during the primaries, on releasing Rmoney's tax returns: "If there's anything in there that's going to help us lose the election, we should know it before the nomination, and if there's nothing in there, why not release it?"

    by Back In Blue on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 11:24:58 AM PDT

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