The Romney campaign released an ad Thursday attacking President Obama for his “You Didn’t Build That” speech. And it’s a blistering assault:
My father’s hands didn’t build this company? My hands didn’t build this company? My son’s hands aren’t building this company? Did somebody else take out the loan on my father’s house to finance the equipment?” asks New Hampshire business owner Jack Gilchrist who, along with his family, operates Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Company.
“Did somebody else make payroll every week or figure out where it’s coming from? President Obama, you’re killing us out here. Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it? We are the solution, not the problem,” he adds.
The video, titled “These Hands,” is part of an increasingly critical ad campaign from the Romney camp. And should the tone of these new ads come as a surprise?
As it turns out, if you go around implying a guy’s a possible felon, mock his wife for her multiple sclerosis therapy, and then tell him to “put on his big boy pants” when he questions your tactics, he might very well do that.
What we’re trying to say is that everyone has a breaking point and Team Obama may have found Mitt Romney’s.
“[F]acing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal,” writes BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins .
Indeed, as it has become increasingly clear Team Hopenchange is more than willing to get down and dirty, we should probably expect a full-on, gloves-off brawl between the Romney “Death Star” and the Obama “Chicago Machine.”
“[Obama's] policies have been such utter failures, the only thing he can do is to try to destroy a decent man and his wife,” a Romney adviser told BuzzFeed.
“So he gets some hack political adviser from Chicago who has nothing to point to in her own life, and tells her to call him a felon… When did our politics get to that point? I mean, it’s Nixonian,” the adviser added.
However, because both campaigns are well-oiled and have deep pockets, this slugfest probably won’t be decided by who can outspend who or who can out-organize the other.
It’ll most likely be decided by which campaign makes the biggest mistake.
So far, Mitt Romney has a few missteps under his belt and Team Obama has taken advantage of each one. But, right now, President Obama may have really stepped in it last Friday night when he told the nation’s small business owners that government, not their own determination or hard work, is responsible for their success.
And you better believe Romney’s boys back in Boston are going to capitalize on this.
“Obama has always benefited from being able to shape the argument such that he avoided harsh negative attacks,” one Romney adviser told BuzzFeed.
“That served him well. He made other pay a price for going negative. These past couple weeks have completely squandered that positioning. They are now taunting how tough they are. OK, but once you cross that line, there is no going back,” they added.
Final Thought: Now, strictly speaking, the president wasn’t wrong when he said society (as a whole) has a place in individual success. The social contract, that thing Hobbes talks about, does enable us to flourish and grow.
But the way in which the president delivered these prepared remarks was so abrasive and inflammatory that it’s almost impossible to not brush it off as pure leftist nonsense.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey gives an excellent analysis:
… had Obama not been so ham-fisted in his construction, he would have had a good point about the balance between liberty and the government that secures it. We do need to have roads and bridges and the like that allow sellers and buyers to find each other; we need some regulation to prevent fraud and theft, in order to make markets operate efficiently and honestly. Our system of constitutional self-government provides a framework that allows for enough governance to provide those necessary checks without becoming overbearing, and without government distorting those markets for the preferred outcomes of elites rather than the outcomes decided by voluntary associations in the marketplace.
Unfortunately, we have deviated far down the latter path for decades, and Obama wants to go even farther down a road that leads to economic stagnation and the stunting of liberty. That path also leads to the arrogance and ignorance on display when a politician who has never operated his own business or worked in any significant manner in the private sector tells people who took enormous risks to start their own businesses that “you didn’t build that” and “someone else made that happen.” Of course the business owner built the business and was primarily the one that “made it happen”; without someone willing to take the risk, businesses wouldn’t get built at all.
“Obama took an opportunity to make a good point and booted it into the realm of clueless-elite satire,” Morrissey concludes. “Whether or not it took a White House village to create that speech, Obama made it…happen.
(H/T: Fox Nation)