[T]he strange hat-in-hand spam that comes from OFA (Obama For America) at the end of each month — and the begging on August 30 and 31 was extremely robot-like — suggests that something has gone wrong with the operation. There is a sense of resentment and an evidence of exhaustion that didn’t exist in 2008.

P.S. At the end of this post, please note the days and times that Larry Johnson has appeared on John Batchelor’s radio show, THREE times during the GOP convention.


Mitt Romney surprised OFA by breaking off from the planned post-convention parade in Virginia and dashing to New Orleans for video with the rescue teams after Isaac.

OFA immediately rerouted POTUS from the planned Ohio swing to a visit to New Orleans for video on Monday.

This is electioneering gamesmanship, and there will be plenty of it for the next nine weeks. What strikes me most is that OFA is suddenly caught flat-footed.

In 2008, OFA was magical, swift, articulate, tireless, overwhelming. And there was cause during the last eight months to think that OFA would reproduce its performance against the clumsy GOP. It may happen, but not yet. And certainly not on Friday.

How did this happen? Is Axelrod out of the loop?

Does POTUS think another desultory speech in Cleveland is useful before Charlotte? Is OFA thinking that it must show off in Ohio before the acceptance speech?

Also, the strange hat-in-hand spam that comes from OFA at the end of each month — and the begging on August 30 and 31 was extremely robot-like — suggests that something has gone wrong with the operation.

There is a sense of resentment and an evidence of exhaustion that didn’t exist in 2008. It won’t likely last.

OFA has skills and firepower, and the Charlotte convention will reset the campaign’s morale.

Not [on Friday]. Team Romney stole a march on the master of march-stealing, and did it with the same Isaac that had made the GOP seem unlucky just four days ago. Well-played, Mitt Romney.

— From the blog for The John Batchelor Show, syndicated radio, four hours nightly, from its anchor station WABC in New York City.

SPECIAL NOTES:

Listen to Larry Johnson on Batchelor’s Show:

1) Thursday, 8/30/12 – Batchelor 9pm.

2) Wednesday, 8/29/12 – Batchelor 11pm.

3) Tuesday, 8/28/12 – Batchelor 10pm.

4) And numerous more days and times throughout the year.

5) TELL LARRY that you could throttle him for not letting us know that he is going to be on Batchelor’s show!