Obama for America attacks Sarah Palin in political ad

Certainly, Sarah Palin is a conservative figure and in the public’s eye, but can someone point out for me a specific campaign or video ad – produced by the candidate’s campaign – that attacked someone who was not running for office or leading/managing a state or national campaign for the candidate?

Did McCain do this? George W. Bush? John Kerry? I understand there were a lot of videos in the media highlighting Rev.  Jeremiah Wright during the previous campaign, but did any of the video ads come directly from the campaign? Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but this seems to be something new and exclusive to Obama for America.

The video was released – by Obama for America, not a PAC – on March 9.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Plainvillian on March 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    What religion/group says the friend of my enemy is my enemy?

  2. Dimsdale on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Rush Limbaugh comes to mind, and I believe the ?bamaroids went after Jerome Corsi a few times…

    • Dimsdale on March 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

      And don’t forget the “indirect” attacks via your friendly IRS audits like the TEA party groups are getting!

  3. Murphy on March 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hmm I think quoting Palin is a negative for the Obamanation , she spoke the truth.

  4. sammy22 on March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I think they should leave Sarah Palin alone. Even so, this seems to be another expression of the cherished 1st Amendment. If the US had a more limited campaign cycle, say like the French do: 60 days, that’s all; there would not be enough time to spend all this money on “side shows”.

    • Steve M on March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

      I totally agree the campaign cycle is too long. It’s long simply because it’s now an industry on it’s own. That said, France is less than the size of Texas and much less diverse than the United States, so 60 days could be too short … unless of course we stripped a tremendous amount of power from the federal government and gave it back to the states, than 60 days would be plenty of time!

    • Dimsdale on March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Same here.? I think one big fat primary day would be a good start!

  5. Truthseeker on March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Palin’s comments are FUEL for the left.? When will people like her learn to keep thier mouths shut?? Her message will only help Obama.

    • Linda Mae on March 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      A conservative need only burp and the media will report it so that it will help Obama.? They are NOT reporters but press agents for the Public Relations Obama Team.? Reporters “report.”? Press agents – well – you know.

  6. ricbee on March 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Do you think I am the only one thinking about Palin for VP. She’s under consideration in deeper circles.

  7. Lynn on March 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Well, all I can say is OFA is afraid of? Sarah Palin! What a riot! President Obama can waste all the money he wants on these (IMHO) stupid ads. There must be some intelligent Democrats who are going to ask, WHY, when they see this ad. BTW, I agree with Sammy again, we need a shorter campaign cycle. However, I would not cite the French, I would cite England. But then we can agree to disagree on that point.

  8. antiviceisavich on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Sarah is a main stream media talking head. She has placed herself out there and is free game. She quit her elected office violating her oath and pledge to the people of Alaska. She used her failed VP campaign to increase her personal wealth and political fame. She has demonstrated?her capacity as an intellectual gaffe after?gaffe.?She was a major force in dividing our nations citizens against their own self interests to enhance her self interest. Wake up observe and learn. Dare I say lean forward and pay attention.??

    • Dimsdale on March 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      “She has placed herself out there and is free game”.? Hmmm.? Sounds like a certain Ms. Fluke, does it not?
      It sounds like you are suggesting “bending over” rather than leaning forward in the classical liberal fashion.?? How very MSNBC of you, as are your “facts”.? Liberals just can’t get past the fact that this woman (in the Democrat war against women) has more experience, commons sense, poise (and doesn’t need a teleprompter) than ?bama.? It just kills you, hence the attacks.? You know the truth about leaving the governor’s office too: harrassment by liberal hacks that were costing the state of Alaska huge amounts of money.? Your “self interest” comment makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
      And “gaffe after gaffe”?? Would you like a litany of the gaffes of ?bama and Biden for starters?? And we still haven’t truly established whether ?bama’s “intelligence” is real or just so much whole cloth fabricated by the media and his spinmeisters, have we?

    • antiviceisavich on March 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Agreeable, Ms. Fluke has places herself in position for comments. ?The only bending I see is in your attempt to present evidence to support your premises.?

      No cable news for me just newspapers, magazines, and books. Interesting how you reverse the war on women by Rebublicians to the Democrats. Recent efforts by Replicians governors and US legislators prove my point.?

      I do think if Mrs. Palin resigned to seek escape from your words, liberal hacks, ?she would have remained in Alaska’s tranquility and not taken bus tours, book tours, accept job on Fox Cable News programs. your premise very weak here again.

      Our Presidents higher learning credentials are impressive, more so than Mrs. Palins but you are correct it seems like all politicians make gaffes all of the time. ?

    • Dimsdale on March 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Nobody is “reversing” anything; merely pointing out the obvious hypocrisy.
      My premise is quite strong: the only people going after Palin are in the ?bama camp, and merely as a ruse to deflect attention from the mess ?bama has shepherded.
      I repeat: what are our president’s “learning credentials”?? Everything is sealed and hidden from view.?? Why the mystery?? I would be happy to know that ?bama was as smart as he is presented as being.? There is just no evidence.? I posted about this many moons ago, and you can look in the archives to find the post.?? And it was you that made gaffes a measure of intelligence, not me.

    • antiviceisavich on March 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Dimsdale, ?

      Our president graduated from Columbia University in 1983 with a degree in polictal science, earned a law degree for Harvard in 1991.

      I do not think all who critique Mrs. palin are all in the camp you mention. I know many Republicians who wish she would go away. Her gaffes and other politicians ?gaffes, depending on the consistency and type do make me consider just how intelligent they are.?

      You think Republicians do more for women’s rights? Really? The recent attacks by Republicians are numerous and well known , Blunt amandment, Issa all male panel, rush comments, forced ultrasounds ,defunding planned parenthood just to quickly name a few. ?

    • Dimsdale on March 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      I know what is reported, as do you, but can you link me to any details, as in grades, courses taken, SATs, law articles etc., etc., etc?? We can get all of that in nauseating detail for Bush, Gore, Kerry, Clinton etc., but not ?bama.? Is it because he got where he is through “affirmative” action etc.??? We do know that is how he got to be president of the HLR (Boston Globe; paid archives).
      Just convince me that he is really intelligent rather than parroting his sparse resume.? You will be the first.

    • Linda Mae on March 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Your lack of the facts determine your comments – or you just may be such an Obama lover that you refuse to listen to facts and just practice sin.? S Switch the topic? I Ignore the facts; N Name calling.? You have hit them all.

      She ran for veep – not her family but they were treated badly.
      She made money – but so has Obama.? He got a house for almost nothing in a somewhat shady deal; has “written: several books, etc.? He and his wife spend our tax money like it was water.
      Just google “obama, gaffes” and you will find a list – with video links – of @ 30 Obama gaffes which are very funny but also sad.? He has proven himself to be incapable of speaking without his teleprompter.
      Palin unites:? it is the media which uses her to divide.?
      Check out the articles on brietbart.? 10 lies in Game Change – with video clips for support.? Plus, Interviews with campaign staff – complete with video clips – which point out the lies in Game Change.? Plus – a series of clips of Palin’s positive campaign rallies.? Includes comments from the FBI.? Of course, you won’t do this because then you’d have to admit you are wrong.? I wish you would learn and pay attention.

  9. sammy22 on March 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Who listens to Sarah Palin?

    • Dimsdale on March 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Someone’s reelection people, apparently.? They obviously are desperate for distractions from the lousy economy, and, most importantly, rising fuel prices.

    • Linda Mae on March 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I still think it is delicious that Charlie Rose had her on his show because she was considered an expert in energy!!!!!!? Of course, that was before she ran for veep.? But Charlie Rose thought she was an energy expert!!!!! Of course, she is.

  10. Tim-in-Alabama on March 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This ad is the product of a hate-based ideology. The 2008 campaign was bizarre in how the left focused its twisted, visceral hatred toward the GOP’s vice presidential candidate and her family when it was McCain vs. Obama for president. After the election, the left continued to harass her with one phony ethics complaint or lawsuit after the other. The after she resigned to end the circus and save the Alaskan taxpayers money in defending their governor from the frivolous legal attacks, they attacked her as a “quitter.” Obama is having trouble running on his record, but he can certainly try to gin up his hardcore, sociopathic followers.

  11. sammy22 on March 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Newt will get gas down to $2.50. Since he’s not going to get elected it’s just words. At least Mitt is not foolish enough to set such an unattainable target price. Methinks the US cannot wag the dog. Would love to see lower prices, but I will not hold either my breath nor great hopes.

    • Dimsdale on March 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I have to agree to an extent.? I think though that there is a difference (to speculators) between a government fighting any drilling and being more accepting of drilling, particularly when there are billions of barrels of oil at stake.? It definitely affects those futures markets.

  12. sammy22 on March 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I suppose you have not heard that they are drilling like crazy in North Dakota. They’re running out of drilling equipment and people to do the drilling, and in the Gulf too.

    • Dimsdale on March 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, but consider that the real oil shortages are due to political reasons, not actual reserves.? Cases in point: ANWR, huge deposits in NY, PA, and (possibly) OH, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s huge anthracite coal reserves (cleanest burning. low sulfur coal deposit in the world; other than in Indonesia, home to Clinton buddy James Riady), offshore FL and CA deposits and many of the Gulf deposits.? Natural gas frakking is under attack by greenie, even though it is a clean fuel, and frakking has no provable affect on drinking water.
      You get the idea.

  13. Lynn on March 15, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I understand there is oil a plenty too.? It is sitting in storage tanks. Apparently there are pests around called speculators. Ah, I wish I knew more, but that’s it folks!

  14. Steve M on March 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    By the way?. I asked a question in the post. Can you tell me of?any other campaign?that has come up with a similar ad targeting someone who is not running for office or currently holding an elected office?

    The point of this post is that I thought this had not been done before. Plenty of comments ? nobody has come up with any examples. ?

    • Dimsdale on March 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      I think that *is* your answer, Steve!


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