Silly Campaign Tricks: Will Those Who Blasted Romney Blast Obama?

I linked to Proof Positive earlier in the Patriotic Pinup post regarding this story from the LA Times

Like buzzing flies drawn to the center of a room, two small planes with trailing banners circled in the blue sky above Mitt Romney as he kicked off a five-day tour of small-town America at a New Hampshire farm.

The unfriendly plane – “Romney’s Every Millionaire Counts Tour,” its banner screamed – seemed to be chasing the friendly one with a more mundane message: “Romney for President 2012.”

Round and round they went.

Let’s remember, many on the Left, and a few on the Right, had fits over Romney’s Bus taunting Obama supporters. The Mahablog, one of my favorite Lefty blogs, mentions me in a post entitled The Children Are Easily Amused

I realize most of us would look on the circling bus episode and think, “WTF?” It looks silly and desperate. But Josh Marshall nails this — what looks like a pointless, juvenile stunt to most people speaks to the very heart and soul of movement conservatism. Because, basically, all movement conservatism amounts to any more is a great acting-out of juvenile rebellion. And the children are eating it up.

At Outside The Beltway, Doug Mataconis had a fit over the bus issue

If you’ve spent any amount of time working on a political campaign, you’ll know that much of on-the-ground campaigning can often involve juvenile idiocy.

Waiting for Maha and Doug, among others, to call out Team Obama in 3..2…2…..2….2….

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4 Responses to “Silly Campaign Tricks: Will Those Who Blasted Romney Blast Obama?”

  1. maha says:

    I know you are desperate to believe “both sides do it,” but the two episodes are not equal. First, the “every millionaire counts” banner was not sponsored or authorized by the Obama campaign, but by Moveon.org. By law, the Obama campaign can’t have even have known about the banner. Second, the plane banner was mildly clever and had an actual message, whereas honking is just obnoxiousness for the sake of being obnoxious.

    Keep trying, though. I’m sure you’ll make a real point someday.

  2. You keep thinking them happy thoughts, Maha. If you don’t think Obama, the Democrats and MoveOn.org aren’t working hand in glove, I have some freshly xeroxed carbon credits to sell you.

    Or did I miss all the MoveOn rallies protesting our five current wars?

  3. I find it interesting that you knew it was a MoveOn sponsored banner. That wasn’t mentioned in the story.

    But, OK, will you decry MoveOn for this stupid stunt?

    What it comes down to is that Progressives will never call out their own for misogyny, un-civil behavior and discourse, death threats and death wishes, violence, and so many other things, but will freak out when someone on the right does it.

    If it was Bush who had pulled that immigration stunt for purely political purposes, the left would have had a field day. Alas, when it is Obama using Executive Power, everything is cool with the left.

    That said, I’d rather the campaigns and their surrogates go with stupid tricks rather than really diving deep in the mud.

  4. Gumball_Brains says:

    OMG. really? Not involved? They are nearly one in the same. Obama – Democrat Nationalist People’s Party – Moveon.org – Acorn – Socialist Party of America – … they are all one in the same.

    Now while both are juvenile, I imagine that Romney either fired the bus driver or laughed about it like we did. I’m betting he laughed as seeing as how Romney, unlike McCain, believes that the fight should be taken to the opponents.

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