Political Theater

RNC ad accuses Obama of leadership failure

November 23, 2011

The Republican National Committee has posted a new web ad charging Obama with a “lack of leadership” around the deficit super committee. The video weaves together clips of political pundits and Democrats describing Obama with terms such as “hands off,” “invisible,” and “not a leader,” before cutting to pictures of Obama playing basketball, golf, and football, laughing, hanging art, sipping a drink through a straw, talking on the phone with his feet up on his desk, and gazing out of an airplane window – all meant to suggest, it seems, that the president is too busy having fun to lead, particularly when it comes to getting the country on the right fiscal track.

Romney distorts Obama quote in new television ad

November 22, 2011

Democrats are calling Mitt Romney “dishonest”and “a serial deceiver” after the release of a new Romney campaign ad that quotes Obama out of context. The ad, which attacks Obama’s record on the economy, splices together comments Obama made in New Hampshire in 2008, including this one: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

Rick Perry says Obama is ‘privileged’ and ‘never had to really work for anything’

November 17, 2011

President Obama, Rick Perry says, is blaming the American people for his own failures, and he’s doing it because he was born into privilege and thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

New Romney, DNC ads target the foreclosure crisis

October 25, 2011

The DNC has debuted a new ad targeting Mitt Romney for his comments on the housing crisis last week in Las Vegas. “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on October 17. “Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” The ad quotes Romney, multiple times, to a dramatic score.

Who’s fueling the 2012 race?

October 24, 2011

Professional race car drivers wear their sponsors’ logos on their uniforms. What if presidential hopefuls did the same? Reuters Decoder takes a look at the candidates’ biggest corporate sponsors: