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The 2012 Election According to Plouffe

The 2012 Election According to Plouffe

It’s all about the message:

Top Obama adviser says unemployment won’t be key in 2012

President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.

Well no, of course it will not be about unemployment, considering the numbers continue to look dismal:

Jobs Picture Gets Even Worse as Rate Swells to 9.2%

U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dousing hopes the economy would regain momentum in the second half of the year.

 Since the election will not be about unemployment, let’s try to guess what it will be about:

  • The national debt? Nah.
  • Annual budget deficits? Nah.
  • The rise of Islamism in formerly friendly nations? Nah.
  • The stifling of U.S. energy production through excessive regulation? Nah.
  • Obamacare? Nah.

Just what will the 2012 election be about in the gospel according to Plouffe?

Let me guess:

  • Children’s safety versus corporate jet owners.
  • Saving Grandma from being thrown over the cliff.
  • Fairness.
  • Pulling us out of the ditch.
  • Bush.

Any other suggestions?


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DINORightMarie | July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hmmmm…. Let’s see. Here are a few (some relate to your list):

* Unfeeling, uncaring EVIL RICH
* Wall Street fat cats
* Those f%*?#n’ te*b*ggers
* Those raaaaacist meanies who attack the policies (i.e. the person), because it’s all about HATE for a black president
* Koch Brothers (now they wrote that letter, no $$ from them…)
* How do you feel about the other guy/gal
* “Hey, I’m still cool!”
* “Hey, I’m historic! You can’t reject me without being raaaacist!”

But the Bush thing is the one they will continue to beat dead. Yeah. That “failed policies of the past” thing. Worked so well in Nov. 2010, after all. /sarc

Too bad that voting Americans typically care about one thing at election time: “Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?”

Too bad for Obama, that is.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | July 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

It’s going to be about how Obama needs to confiscate more taxes from you so that he can make his pals in the alternative energy space rich. We all now “winning the future” depends on windmills, solar panels, properly caulked windows, and perfectly inflated tires. It’s just a pesky and irrelevant detail that our $15 trillion eononomy relies almost entirely on carbon fuels.

It will also be about how Republicans hate the climate, science in general, educating children, women, the middle class, the elderly, hispanics, blacks, homosexuals, and anybody taller than 6’2″ or shorter than 5’8″ who has blue eyes. But Republicans really, really, really, love millionaires and billionaires.

BTW, Hot Air has Mitt’s response to Plouffe. Man, he milked it for all it’s worth.

President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.

I don’t know, Plouffe might be correct on this one. The reason people might not vote in 2012 may be based on the fact that they can’t afford the gas to drive to the polls more than the fact that they’re unemployed.

Assuming Obama is unsuccessful at destroying the counrty and making the “flawed” constitution irrelevant, the arguement will be that the mess is so bad that the only people who understand it enough to fix it will be the people who spent four years creating it.

In the alternative, it will be about what ever happens to be on the telepromter at the time.

David Plouffe is mistaken. The election will be about unemployment…for Barack Obama.

Boiled down and simplified:

“The republicans drove the car in the ditch, and we can’t let them have the keys back” 2.0

    VetHusbandFather in reply to Browndog. | July 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “The republicans drove the car in the ditch, and we can’t let them have the keys back. Don’t worry, it’s been 4 years but these 3000lbs of dynamite we are putting under it will blow it right back on the road, and we’ll douse it with gasoline just to make sure. Trust us, we’ll be driving again in no time, just stay in the car and I’ll be watching from over here.”

you missed the following:
Bush Bush Bush
Bush Bush Bush Bush
i think you left out

amazing how he complains about problems he inhereted, considering he was part of the problem creation.

VetHusbandFather | July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that democrats won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.

Fixed that for ya Mr. Plouffe.

He’s right, Democrats will vote for Obama no matter what. Fortunately for us the ‘people’ includes Republicans, Tea Partiers, Independents, and Moderates do care about jobs and the economy.

Calling Katie Thompson. Please, Professor would you give her my email address?. Our David ( Governor Rick Perry) took on the Goliath of Washington, Obama, Mexican government and the Treaty of Vienna and WON!!!
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay the execution of Humberto Garcia Leal and that demon was executed yesterday even though Obama, the Mexican President, and Mrs. Bill Ayers’ colleague from Northwestern University of Law tried to interfere. The background story is at
Remember the Dukakis ads and the name Willie Horton all over the networks? In 2012 hope to see ads about Obama and Humberto Leal, yeah. Let’s blog about that until November 2012 because the lamestream media will not publicize it.

It’s the economy, stupid should have another rerun in the next election. As Ronald Reagan said to the other failure “Are we better off now than 4 years ago?”

Another possibility is the “Fast and Furious” ATF scandal cause the head of ATF is singing like a bird and the DOJ is being implicated. Gosh, there are so many corruptocrats and scandals in this administration, how does one choose between the worse and worst?

A brand new minister was hired for a small church in a town he knew little or nothing about prior to his interview and hiring. His very first week on the job, the minister had to hold a funeral service for a man he had never met, but who had been a life-long resident of the town. The minister decided that, rather that merely mouthing empty platitudes, he would try to appeal to the congregation for a little assistance.

“As you all know, I am new here,” he began, “and unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Smith. I wonder if I could ask one or two of you good folks to briefly stand up and tell us a story or an incident from the life of our dearly departed neighbor and friend or at least acquaintance?”

As he looked out among the congregants, no one budged. They just sat there and stared back at him.

“It doesn’t have to be anything special,” he added. Just some small anecdote would do, something to remind us a bit of his character, or perhaps give us a bit of insight into the man who shared our lovely community with us.”

Again, they sat there stony-faced and silent. No one even looked around to see if anyone else was going to volunteer.

After one or two additional and unsuccessful appeals, his voice rose pitch, clearly reflecting his exasperation.

“Won’t anyone here say a kind word about Mr. Smith? he pleaded.”

Finally, a lone voice responded from the back pew.

“His brother was worse!”

+ + + + + + + +

That will be the basis for the campaign of Barack Obama in 2012 . . . whoever is running against him “would be worse!”

BP non-oil corp American | July 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm

There goes
my free mortgage, free gas, free steaks n crab legs…
No aditional wars…
Closing Gitmo…
Civil trials for “criminal” terrorists
Free health care
Global Manmade warming
Global Manmade cooling
Nasty sexed up TSA probes
Bowing to earthy kings
of course there’s this race issue
killing dirty coal mines
solar panels with 50 yr payback on 20 yr equipment life
Manifest destiny for Mexico

all these projects lost if mr pResident obummer is unemployed in Jan 2013.

Ever since his election, I have thought that a major issue will be “protecting” future history. As in, “we can’t have the FIRST BLACK president be a one term president!”

While I doubt that it will be a major talking point, I suspect we will see some allusions to this. Especially in the MSM.

EnerGeoPolitics | July 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

you forgot “the man who killed Bin Laden.”

Plouffe & Co. want this to become a foreign policy election.

By the time the election rolls around, they will paint Obama as the daring gunslinger who got rid of Gaddafi. If Ahmadinejad is dumped by the Mullahs, we will be told that was the result of Obama’s steady and steely foreign policy. And, if Hugo Chavez passes before November 2012, I am sure BHO will try to take credit for that in some way, too.

Four long term thorns in America’s side might well be gone, and the narrative will be that Mr. Cool’s approach did it, compared to 8 years of fruitless bombing and invading by the former Cowboy president.

Well Plouffe, you and Barry keep constructing that alternative reality you want to live in and all of us, who are living in the real world, will send you packing in about 18 months and then you can walk back through the looking glass and join all of us in the real world.

Juba Doobai! | July 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Rampaging racist flash mobs.

Plouffe fancies himself a Jedi Knight: “These are not the droids you’re looking for, and unemployment is not the issue you care about…”

It sure won’t be about what a compelling speaker or hopeychangey “no red states, no blue states” healer of the planet false messiah that it was last time. It’ll be vitriol, whining, sneering, and condescension (along with all the fake crises and bitter blaming) . . . I’m thinking America’s not going to rally around that message.