The Knockout Punch

The ad is entitled "My Job" and it is the latest of pro-Obama ads either from the Obama campaign or from groups supporting the re-election of the President. This ad was produced by the Obama campaign and is slated to run in just seven swing states. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post calls it "brutal". I concur. It is a knockout punch.

A Preview of Things to Come

Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a conservative political action committee that's also the parent organization of the Tea Party Express, has released a one minute spot this weekend running the ad in Nevada. The spot is entitled titled "Barack Obama's Legacy of Failure."

Joe Wierzbecki, the executive director of the organization, told CNN that air time was being purchased in ad time being purchased in Michigan and Wisconsin, two states where the group has been running ads in support of their union-busting governors. Wierzbecki says his plan is to eventually also run the commercial in Colorado, Missouri and Ohio. The group is currently fundraising to pay for the ad buy.

According to Sourcewatch, officers of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC overlap extensively with current and former leaders of the pro-war organization Move America Forward (MAF) based in California. These include MAF co-founder and former chair Howard Kaloogian, who chairs the PAC; PR executive Sal Russo, who serves as chief strategist for both MAF and the PAC; Russo Marsh & Rogers principal Joe Wierzbicki, who serves as grassroots coordinator for MAF and coordinates the PAC; and Marine mom Deborah Johns, who is MAF's director of military relations and the PAC's spokesperson.

The group was formed in 2008 as Obama's candidacy gained steam. Our Country Deserves Better PAC launched the Tea Party Express national bus tour on August 28th, 2009 to rally "Americans to oppose the out-of-control spending, higher taxes, bailouts, and growth in the size and power of government."

In 2009, the group ran an ad comparing President Obama to Hitler and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while indulging in just about every right wing conspiracy that there is. Right Wing Watch has more on the group and its activities.

President Obama Launches His Re-election Campaign

President Obama formally launched his 2012 re-election campaign bid releasing a two minute video entitled "It Begins with Us" and by filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Electoral Commission. The video is above all an appeal to the vast grassroots network that the Obama campaign built in 2007-2008 to rejoin the effort.

The video brings together five supporters from the first campaign, each representing a key component of the Obama coalition that helped to propel Barack Obama to the presidency. First off there is Ed, a white, middle-aged man from North Carolina that Obama narrowly captured in 2008, says that although he doesn't agree with Obama "on everything, I respect him and I trust him." Then there is Gladys, a Hispanic mother from Nevada, another key battleground state, who admits to being "nervous" but adds this is an "election that we have to win". The third Obama supporter is Katherine from Colorado, another state that Obama won in 2008 and would need to hold in 2012, who argues that "politics at the grassroots level is individuals talking to other individuals and making a difference. "

Representing the critical under 30 demographic is Mike, a student from New York, a state not likely to be a battleground, who resurrects the H-word saying "I just saw the energy and hope he had for this country. Even though I couldn't vote at the time, I knew that someday I'd be able to help re-elect him. And that's what I plan on doing." The last Obama supporter is Alice, an African-American from Michigan, a rust-belt state that continues to be battered by the economy, who makes the argument that this time around it's incumbent upon Obama supporters to get the President re-elected given that President has a job to do.

The video does not include Obama’s voice nor does it tout any of the President's accomplishments. However if there are takeaways to be gleaned, it seems clear that the President is going to run more on character and judgment than on his record and that women will be a key demographic come November 2012. In 2008, 56 percent of the female vote went to Obama, exceeding the usual Democrat gender advantage. And by choosing supporters in states like Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina, the Obama campaign is signaling that it intends to replicate some of the surprising if narrow wins in the states that normally vote GOP.

In conjunction with the video, the Obama campaign sent out an email to supporters. That email is below the fold.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Hillary

When Bill Clinton came to the Whitehouse, I can tell you that I didn't find his wife charming at all.  She didn't fit an image of the First Lady.  She ran around trying to save the world, the healthcare, and other stuffs.   And I was like "wow, control yourself girl."

Then she caught my attention again during Bill's impeachment.   Media was debating whether she should leave Bill and all.  And my conviction was, as a strong-head woman as she was, she would definitely dump him.  Then to my surprise,  she chose to stay.  I chewed at her everyday.  At some point, my mom had enough and said sometimes family requires a lot of self-sacrifice.  Well, I shut up but still hold the grunt.  My enlightenment day came when I heard Hillary answer to the question why she keep the marriage. She said that "She made her choice".  Exactly.!  It's her choice, her family.  I don't know their whole story and their marriage.  I'm not there in their house, and their bedroom.  I don't have a space in this argument, why would I judge her on that.  

Then she ran for the NY Senate.  And I said "no way she' gonna win".  NO Chance.! I would have bet a million dollar that she will lost.  But then she won the senator to my surprise.  My conclusion was that it must be a fluke.  It's because Giuliani dropped out.

Then she won the second term for NY senator and won decisively.  And I went "huh?!,  she did?  Again?" Well, she might have something.

She earned my complete respect when she made her speech at the senate explain her vote for the resolution after 9/11.  I was in limbo myself.  On one hand I know that Sadam can be a real danger, but going to war cannot be the answer.  We got to do something to squeeze Saddam if he had anything or not.  Be listened to her full speech (I doubt many people did), she explained all the details, I understood the situation and the choices we had.  I understood her vote.  And I thought we had a good solution.  Then stupid Bush ruined it all.

Then came the big question "Would she run for the president?" I didn't know.  And I waited for her decision.  I thought "why would she want to risk it?" she was doing great as NY senator.  I don't see any reason she would want to go through all the scrutiny again.  All her old scars will be pieced again.  Would she?, I wouldn't do it.  
What if she lost?  That will be so humiliating.  Nay, she wouldn't do it.

Then, Oh GOD!, the girl will run.

Then came the campaign, the scrutiny, the media bias, being the punching bag in the debate surrounding by the old-boy club.  She has been on the receiving end, but she stands her ground, explains herself, explains her policy.  She earned my respect.  

Then the media bashing is getting out of hand, she earned my sympathy.

She hold her grace in the line-of-fire.  She is right on the point every time in the debate.  She is confident about her policy.  She put her neck on the line, her senate legacy, her husband's legacy.  It all can go wrong, she might lost and has to craw back to the senate.  But she risks it all.  Why?  Does it worth it?  Then the answer come in NH.  She told me why she do this.  There is only one explanation that can explain it.  I wonder why I have never seen it before.  I was too ignorant.

She said she's doing this because she cares.  Because she cares so much about the state of the country.  She's really worry about us.  Can we afford our house, our healthcare, our children education?  Can we keep our job?  On that day, she won my heart and soul.

Thank you Hillary for standing up and fight for us.   Thank you for showing grace under unfair treatment and bias.  Thank for making me believe in a politician again.   I believe in you.  You will be a good President.  

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