Tales from the Trail

Pro-Romney Super PAC rekindles “Mommy Wars” in new ad

May 9, 2012

A pro-Romney Super PAC is out with a new ad resurrecting the frenzy over Hilary Rosen’s accusation last month that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

Conservative group accuses teachers unions of “bullying” children

May 8, 2012

Teachers unions are “bullies” that are “destroying our children’s future,” argues a new ad campaign developed by the State 
Government 
Leadership 
Foundation, a Republican group that works for conservative causes at the state level.

Washington Extra – The Pentagon and the poor

May 8, 2012

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) shows a copy of the "FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans placed a major election-year bet Tuesday on a deficit-slashing budget proposal the party hopes will win over voters and quell any concerns about the plan's most controversial element - a sweeping revamp of Medicare. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

The animal nature of the 2012 presidential race

By Eric Johnson
May 8, 2012

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, whom Democrats have raked over the coals for once transporting Seamus, the family dog, in a crate strapped to the roof of the car during a road trip, hit back during a fundraiser at a hotel in downtown Indianapolis on Monday evening, telling the audience that “even the animals are suffering in the Obama economy.”

New Obama campaign ad emphasizes work to come

By Eric Johnson
May 7, 2012

Ready, set, go.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a new television ad this morning — titled “Go” — that lauds the president’s handling of the economic crisis his administration inherited.

“Talking about” Obama and Romney on Facebook

May 5, 2012

When President Obama marked the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this week by unexpectedly addressing the nation from Afghanistan, several commentators cited it as an example of the ”advantage of incumbency”: the president’s visibility and ability to dominate the news are greater, just by virtue of being president, than those of challenger Mitt Romney, and he should be expected to benefit from the groundwork his campaign laid during the 2008 campaign, particularly its vast network of supporters, donors, and social media connections. 

The Obama campaign’s Friday morning silence

By Eric Johnson
May 4, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was relatively quiet early on Friday morning, marked by an absence of national media outreach and hits on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The Chicago-based leviathan was indeed gearing up for the president’s first campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, a campaign staffer said.

Fan-in-chief Obama draws popular basketball coach for Virginia rally

May 4, 2012

President Barack Obama’s big re-election campaign rally in Virginia on Saturday will feature a speaker who could be the most popular man in the battleground state.

Washington Extra – Obama’s China cloud

May 4, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in Chantilly, Virginia earlier this week on May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers

Washington Extra – ‘Wild ride’ ends

May 3, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (L) and his wife, Callista walk together after he suspended his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in Arlington, Virginia, May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing