Pull up a chair kids.  It’s time for a lesson in political optics 101.

After touting a SOLD OUT event and your having to move it to a larger venue, what do you do:

A.  Relocate the event to a venue that you cannot possibly fill?

B.  Get caught trying to stagecraft the bad news away

C.  Have a photo come out that is utterly embarrassing (or two)

D.  Pick a venue that is associated with a vulnerable position you’ve held

E.  None of the above

If you picked E, then you pass this lesson in political optics.  Congratulations!  You are ready to run Mitt Romney’s campaign!

Mitt Romney, who has a serious American automobile industry bailout problem picked the worst possible place to give an address in Michigan.  Ford Field.  Now, granted, he’s involved in a primary and not a general election against Obama but why even open yourself up to this?

Here is what 1,100 people in Ford Field looks like (It holds 65,000):

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Here’s another:

Romney actually said this out loud:

I want to thank Beth and her team at the Detroit Economic Club for hosting us. And I want to thank Ford Field for making room for us.

Mitt tried to position himself as a favorite son of Michigan, but he wasn’t exactly met with open arms by the locals:




That last one spells out with letters on GM and Chrysler vehicles:  DONT LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT

A reference, of course to Romney’s position on the bailout of both GM and Chrysler.  That the guy can go to Detroit and talk about “the Obama Economy” speaks volumes with how out of touch he is.  He talked about getting government out of General Motors, which is laughable given the facts.  The saddest part is that is pretty much it in terms of what he addressed related to the auto industry.  Come to Ford Field and that’s all you have to say?  They’ve got a messaging problem.

Obama’s Press Secretary issued this statement following the speech (emphasis mine):

“Mitt Romney today stood in the midst of a monument to an industry he would have let go bankrupt leading to the elimination of 1.4 million American jobs.  Rather than introducing a plan that would restore economic security for the middle class, Mitt Romney has proposed a fiscally irresponsible plan that would increase the deficit by $5 trillion over the next decade, provide millionaires with tax breaks 800 percent larger than those for the middle class, hollow out retirement security and allow the wealthiest who earn their income off of investments to pay a lower tax rate than middle class Americans.  The President has provided every working American with a tax break, and has put forward a plan to boost competitiveness, create jobs, ensure everyone pays their fair share and reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.  The lip service Mitt Romney paid to the middle class today was as empty as the stadium he stood in.”

Of course, this is Michigan.  Romney is way better positioned here in Ohio, right?  Um.  No.  Today the Romney campaign officially opened it’s State Campaign Headquarters in Columbus.  We’re getting word that it was attended by a few dozen people.  Meanwhile, Obama offices are opening to hundreds of supporters all over the state.  I wonder if GOP bloggers will be taking about enthusiasm gaps this time around?  😉

The fact of the matter is the Obama plan to save GM and Chrysler has worked.  Economic indicators, though slow to turn around from a near Depression, are on the rise.  Troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Osama bin Laden is dead.  I think Barack will have a pretty decent case to make in the summer and fall.

  • Rgtmwlly

    Obama has a pretty decent case to make…except that he doesn’t. He ran in 2008 saying he would cut taxes. He didn’t. He said he would cut the defect in half. He increased it. He said that by passing the stimulus unemployment would fall below 8 percent. It has been above 8 percent his entire presidency. He said he would close Guantanamo. Still open. Said he would work across the aisle and end the bitter partisan ways of Washington. Then he never invited the Senate Republican leader to the white House for a meeting. Not once.

    So liberals now want the goalposts moved so they point out that things sure could be worse! But the big problem for Obama is that they never got as good as he promised. He didn’t live up to his own lofty expectations that HE set for himself. No wonder that while the Republicans fight each other Obama STILL doesn’t poll above 50percent.

    The only standard Obama needs to be held to is his own, and by that standard he has been a miserable failure in every conceivable way.

    That is why he is going to lose.

  • MidClassInd

    Extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich was basically a tax cut.  President Obama’s mistake was working with Sen. McConnell (R) to extend those tax cuts.

    Over the last 25 years we’ve had the lowest tax rate on the rich since the 4 years before the crash of 1929 and Great Depression.(1)  The government came close to defaulting last year and you think he should have cut taxes further?

    The Republican/right wing problems include:
    1) Hubris that they can run a country like a start-up business venture.
    2) Spite for anyone that isn’t stupid enough to fall for their arguments. 
    3) A willingness to let the country default rather than raise taxes. 

    It’s like they want to be the anarchists in Ayn Rand novels.  I read her fiction too.  You should read “The Great Crash of 1929” by Galbraith (it’s a non-fiction chronicle).  Moderate taxes on the rich have yet to destroy the US economy.  Low taxes did in 1929 and again in 2008.

    President Obama has history and data on his side.

    (1)  Look it up for yourself on http://www.taxfoundation.org


    “cut taxes”

    Even after the CBO adjustment, 22% of the “allegedly failed”
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act went towards tax cuts.  Maybe you’re upset that the top 5% were left
    out of the cuts.

    “Close Guantanamo” Bay

    Obama signed the executive order to close it down.  Congress stopped any action to close it by not providing funding to transfer the prisoners.

    “He said that by passing the stimulus unemployment would
    fall below 8 percent.”

    Nope.  He never said it.  What he said is that without action
    the unemployment rate would reach double digits. 

    “He never invited the Senate Republican leader to the White
    House for a meeting.”

    Perhaps true, but can you blame him?  McConnell stated his single most important goal as minority leader was to oust the president, not try to work with him to resolve the problems of the nation. 

    “That is why he is going to lose.”


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