New e-Book: Obama’s Last Stand

I had to laugh at the title. Really? Custer, folks? Well, I can certainly believe that. Anyway, the book is out today. Glenn Thrush at Politico offers a sneak peek. Here’s a few choice tidbits.

Second-guessing about personnel, strategy and tactics has been a dominant theme of the reelection effort…

The discord, these sources said, has on occasion flowed from Obama himself, who at repeated turns has made vocal his dissatisfaction with decisions made by his campaign team, with its messaging, with Vice President Joe Biden and with what Obama feared was clumsy coordination between his West Wing and reelection headquarters in Chicago.

I suspected the dual campiagn locations would be a problem. Looks like it is. But there’s more to the story on personnel conflicts. You won’t believe how little confidence Obama actually has in his staff these days.
Obama’s brain trust secretly commissioned pollster David Binder to conduct an internal focus study of the popularity of top Obama campaign surrogates. Number one was former press secretary Robert Gibbs, followed by Cutter. Traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, who was added to a second study, was third. Axelrod, Plouffe and current White House press secretary Jay Carney were bunched in the middle. Wasserman Schultz ranked at the bottom.
Polling the popularity of your own staff picks? That’s got to be a new low in politics. And a sign of desperation, for sure.

It is Romney himself who provides a rallying point for both the candidate and his team.

Obama really doesn’t like, admire or even grudgingly respect Romney. It’s a level of contempt, say aides, he doesn’t even feel for the conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. “There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,” a longtime Obama adviser said. “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.”

Translation: Romney has thoroughly gotten into Obama’s head. That’s part of the strategy, of course. I mean, really, what’s to hate? The guy is nearly universally panned as a stiff, boring old white guy. Hate that at your peril, Obama. Leaking it is a mistake, I promise you that.

Time and again Obama has told the people around him that Romney stood for “nothing.” The word he would use to describe Romney was “weak,” too weak to stand up to his own moneymen, too weak to defend his own moderate record as the man who signed into law the first health insurance mandate as Massachusetts governor in 2006, too weak to admit Obama had done a single thing right as president.

Talk about underestimating. I’m sure that’s just what Romney wants him to do, too. One of the things I’ve come to accept about Obama, in addition to him being utterly overrated, is that he is quite boring and predictable. His failure to gain traction this year is a result of one giant weakness he has: no imagination. Oh, he’s good at reading a book that is some 40 years old, but he has no vision and he can’t see the future.

My favorite part:
[Axelrod] believed trashing the super PACs was a messaging winner for Obama — a stance vehemently opposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Messina. “We’re going to lose this [f-ing] thing. Why don’t they get it?” Messina said of Axelrod and Obama.
Axelrod and Obama are a match made in heaven for anybody who wants Obama out of office. If Obama lacks imagination, then Axelrod’s role is the old fuddy-duddy Obama fears will be his undoing. But, go, read the whole thing. At four pages long it’s super-juicy.

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72 Responses to New e-Book: Obama’s Last Stand

  1. So surprised this is coming out of Politico when they have done so much shilling for him and for this administration.

  2. Lulu says:

    The campaign mistakes are following an administration who made a political calculus of every policy that they ever had. The fact that they were wrong on the political calculus as well as the policy is simply following them into the campaign. They thought they could “sell” ObamaTax like they sold Obama as Lord and Savior but it is biting them. People do not want to listen to anything Obama or surrogates have to say about Medicare because of ObamaTax. Old videos of Erskine Bowles ratting out the Chicago Troika (Axelrat, Rham, and old Jarrett) who cynically did not want to sell the deficit commission cuts (although that is what they wanted) but get Paul Ryan to do it from the Budget Committee and also get the Republicans to take the political heat. That too has bit them in the butt because he is taking to the campaign trail for Romney after mastering the details while Obama goofed off. This administration and campaign are idiots.

  3. HELENK says:

    from the book
    backtrack does not want Romney to win because he would take credit for turning the economy around.

    this is one sick pup

  4. SHV says:

    “It is most often reflected during his drafting of speeches — a therapeutic, clarifying exercise for a politician with a writer’s impulse to reconciling contradiction through narrative.”
    When I read something like that in an “inside” story, I know that I am reading garbage. “Writer’s impulse”???? give me an f”ing break, Obama has “pen paralysis”. What little material, that is public, that Obama has written is poorly written crap. Anyone who believes that Obama writes any of the words that he reads also believes that he is a brilliant academic and constitutional scholar.

  5. insanelysane says:

    Obama’s saying that Romney “stood for ‘nothing’ “…
    What a laugh.
    Talk about projection !

  6. carol haka says:

    Of course Obama is taking a poll for the best and the worst players in his criminal enterprise! He has to know how to distribute the blame.

    Didn’t get to post this earlier:

    “Look! Over there! The Republicans are skinny-dipping!

    Well, at least when the Republicans enjoy water sports everyone makes it out of the water alive!

    Just sayin’


  7. carol haka says:

    Hannity advised Akin to drop out live in the interview.

    Sources say he is planning to resign.

    Thank God!

    Akin may be an exceptionally nice man, he may have bungled what he meant to say, but we can’t afford any amateurs!

    Sarah Palin said vote for Sarah Steelman! Any questions Missouri?

    Rosie O’Donnell had a heart attack last week. I’m glad she is fine – I hope she had a come to Jesus moment!


    • Bet you won’t see this story littering the trash-heap at Memorandum all day tomorrow. Because you know, having an odious opinion is just so much worse than child sex abuse. IOKIYAD

  8. carol haka says:

    Good. Ben Quayle said he had one glass of wine and his wife wasn’t drinking as she is pregnant. Quayle got in the water earlier in the evening for 30 seconds while his wife was present – not with the other group.

    Tom Morano R-Pa said he didn’t even go to dinner with the group – he ate at McDonald’s and didn’t spend the evening with the others. (Tom, you are in more trouble with MO for eating at McDonald’s than any skinny dipping tales!)


    • I don’t get the big deal about this one anyway. When I went to Virginia Beach when I was 27 the first thing I did was run straight into the water with all my clothes on, because I felt such joy at seeing the ocean, which I hadn’t seen for some 15 years.

      If I was a religions person, I would absolutely have run into the Sea of Galilee, maybe even naked, because that’s the kind of hippified person I am. It’s an expression of pure joy. WTF is wrong with that? Am I missing something, or is this more gotcha press coverage?

      • myiq2xu says:

        You must have never been to a California beach. The water is even colder than the gale-force winds.

        • I’ve only been to California once. I got picked up hitchhiking by a homicidal maniac, and had to jump out of his moving rig. Later I got picked up by the cops in Yuba City, and treated to an overnight stay in Juvy, and spent another two nights enjoying the hospitality of the San Fransisco correctional village for minors. Then I got extradited. They walked me onto the plane. I never saw the ocean there, except from the window on the plane.

          True story.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Do you know what Captain Spaulding calls hitchhikers?

          “Organ donors”

        • Oswald says:

          Other than all that, how was your trip?

  9. HELENK says:

    he might keep chicago, but the suburbs are up for grab

    • leslie says:

      It’ll never happen. Chicago can come up with 50-500- votes without even going to the morgue. Daley, Emanuel, Madigan will never allow the state to turn red. Obama won’t have to life a finger – just like always.

    • carol haka says:

      “n4cerinc 29 minutes ago

      You believe this crap?

      Jennifer Rubin @JRubinBlogger47mSarah Palin who backed Steelman could have an I told ya so moment and help her party by telling Akin to am-scram
      ========================So now she thinks Sarah Palin should involve herself? I guess she knows that the Dems will tie Akin to Romney somehow. And conservatives everywhere need to take note. If Sarah Palin picks a candidate, go with him or her. ”

      Yes, Sarah Palin should continue to clean up after all the fools in the GOPe Republican party! Hopefully she will have it thoroughly cleaned up by 2016! 👿

      • carol haka says:

        Ann Coulter now weighs in on the irrelevant stupid Sarah Palin:

        “Republicans could still win this seat, especially by replacing Akin with Sarah Steelman, the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate who came in a very close third in the primary. Right now, any of the other primary candidates would be a better bet than Akin. But an attractive, pro-life, Palin-endorsed Republican woman is a shoe-in to beat McCaskill. Especially after this.” 👿

        I forget. Who did they want to lead the country? Sarah’s not even invited to be on the planet next week.


    • HELENK says:

      The RNC Chairman is asking Akin to not come to the RNC.

      51 mins ago from by editor

    • HELENK says:

      As just reported on @nbcnightlynews, Paul Ryan is among the high powered GOPers to personally call Akin, urging him to rethink campaign

    • HELENK says:

      mark levin akin staying in would be a mistake

    • DandyTiger says:

      Missouri GOP says if he’ll step down they’ll replace him with…. wait for it… John Ashcroft.

      • DandyTiger says:

        I don’t know about you, but I fell out of my chair laughing on that one.

        If the GOP keeps this shit up, they’re going to lose it all. Are they really that stupid? No, don’t answer that.

        • I said it last night and I’ll say it again: Missouri must be the most ass-backward state in the union. They make Mississippi look good by comparison, judging by their political candidates on both sides of the aisle. They deserve what they get.

          But this is not a reflection of the larger GOP, not in this election year. This is reflection of the fucked up corruption running rampant in that state. I say we give the whole damn thing to Kansas.

    • leslie says:

      I was reading here on the “quiet car” on the way home and read just the link and laughed out loud! I had 2 people glare at me and one person tell me to be quiet. But it was worth it.
      (It was only one laugh, but it was loud.)

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Sad story, about EBT cards of course.

    The perp was drunk and I’m sure cigs and alcohol aren’t covered on assistance cards, but I think the clerk should have sold him the beer, then reported him ? You know, thanks to Michelle Obama’s “food desert” program, more grocery stores will be built in high crime neighborhoods, yeah. This is my daughter’s neighborhood, so I’m a little involved here 😀

    • He couldn’t have sold him beer. The cards are programmed to read the UPC for what the item is, and beer would never have scanned for FS. If he had run the card, it would have told him the remaining total in the price of the beer. That’s part of the appeal of EBT cards–they reduce fraud and make sure that the money is spent as intended.

  11. carol haka says:

    Watching Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson beating the shit out of serial killer Phillip Strobe. Your Breaking Bad dude ain’t got nuthin’ on this cookie! 👿

  12. HELENK says:

    dad to kid
    look just sit there and move the stuff around the plate. I promise you we will stop at a McDonald’s on the way home

  13. HELENK says:

    Iowa Hawk

    Maybe Akin and Biden can partner as sensitivity training consultants.

  14. leslie says:

    White Sox just took the lead from the Yankees! It could be a good homecoming for the Sox.

  15. myiq2xu says:

    What a sad day. Besides Phyllis Diller and Ray Bradbury, this guy died too:

    • DandyTiger says:

      I think it has been for some time, now they’re just out of the closet.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Whatever rationalization floats your boat. I expect other ex blogs to go the same route.

        • Oswald says:

          The flock calls to them.

        • Pips says:

          ‘Whatever rationalization floats your boat. I expect other ex blogs to go the same route.’

          I believe I know what you mean, yet I’m still holding out hope.

          But – and realizing I’m probably in the minority (here), in being sad watching someone, who in the past has proved to be more intelligent than that, not only make a fool of herself, but having decided not to listen to reason and instead vigourisly namecall, ridicule, shame and chastise anyone who has the nerve! to (try to) bring facts and/or logic to the debates (‘What debates’, you might ask, snort) – echoing bb’s disgusting, hatefilled and non-factual, accusations in regard to the Assange case makes me worry that your expectations might come true.

          Seems that sometimes it’s pointless – and a waste of time and energy – to think you can argue against stubbornness and ‘fact-aversity’? And hate.

        • gxm17 says:

          Yes, Pips. It’s painful to watch. A very sad story in a “Flowers for Algernon” kind of way.

        • votermom says:

          I was thinking of them when I tweeted this

    • leslie says:

      If you like your pResident reading hislines about rape/rape from 3×5 cards so that he doesn’t accidentally endorse a rapist, then obama’s your guy. I mean who doesn’t want a leader to have to be coached on this issue?
      It was all I could do to not reply on twitter last night to them both. I used to think they were smart women. What happened to them?

  16. Lulu says:

    Another interesting tidbit in the e-book is about Obama” impatience with staff wanting him to work. He does not like it. No papers to read, no meetings or briefings, just some tick-boxes to check on lists prepared by his inner circle who probably shape whatever is being asked to what they want. This has been speculated about before. His daily schedule is almost empty except when fundraising. He is too busy doing absolutely nothing to meet with his Cabinet, Congressional leaders, foreign policy or national security staff. I’m sure he talks to this inner circle daily but it is probably a bitch and trash talking session because that seems to be their level of discourse. The political advantages of any given topic or action come first and for their advantage will be made before they even understand an issue. Lazy AND stupid will be his downfall. This is why he has never stayed long enough in any job to completely fail. He just moves to the next one by hook or crook. Except for the one he currently occupies. The debates are going to be interesting.

    • Oswald says:

      You don’t expect him to waste his superior intellect on mundane stuff, do you?

      He’s busy thinking deep thoughts that us mere mortals aren’t capable of understanding.

      Just be grateful for the opportunity to bask in the glory of his awesomeness.

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