The “You didn’t build that” gaffe by Candidate Obama pushes OFA (Obama For America) to play defense for the first instance in more than a month.
The Bain attacks have fallen on deaf ears. Polls show that the opinion of Romney has become more positive since the Bain-bashing started last February by the Gingrich team.
OFA rushes to blunt the damage by the “Build” ad released by American Crossroads. Is it enough? Sure. Except that Candidate Obama’s remark will play like a golden oldie for the rest of the campaign. OFA cannot interpret Mr. Obama’s remarks any more than we can.
OFA claims Mr. Obama was talking about “infrastructure and education.” It is not possible to find the word “infrastructure” or the word “education” in Mr. Obama’s remarks. It is all tortured rhetoric, it is fair to conclude.
The Obama team defense is as frustrated as the Romney team offense. There will be more of this sort of confusion. Candidate Obama is not a careful speaker, and the presumption is fixed that he is disdainful of self-made men and women.
A marquee announces a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., Monday, July 23.
The USA Today/Gallup poll just published indicates that the Bain attacks over the last month have not convinced the American voters about Mr. Romney’s ability to help the American economy: by two to one, the American people believe that Mr. Romney’s experience at Bain will lead to positive decisions in office.
At the same time, by two to one the respondents believe that Mr. Obama is more likeable that Mr. Romney. Question for John Avlon, John Fund, Taegan Goddard: Does likeability mean electability? Does Romney’s total identification with turn-around lead to the voters choosing a guy who would fire them if it brings results?
A report from OFA fundraisers in California suggest that Candidate Obama is stung hard by the “You didn’t build that” attacks.
MSNBC quotes POTUS speaking spontaneously to the crowd at the Fox Theater in Oakland, “When folks just like, omit entire sentences of what you said, they start kind of slicing and dicing… he may have gone a little over the edge there.”
The edge is where campaigns like to live, and going over the edge sounds more exciting than Mitt Romney. Then again, the attack ad is by American Crossroads, the Karl Rove operation.
Update Gaffe Parade:
The GOP.com launches (see below) a new best-of Candidate Obama’s gaffes these last months with regard the economy. Some well-known, some minor.
This is the small-scale attack stuff that the bigfoot media shrugs off, however it is necessary to observe that the small-scale stuff is what the partisans love and hate, and what confuses the minds of the undecideds.
When both sides mock the opposition, then neither side gains an advantage in the polls. Hence the buzzing attack videos.