Karl Rove's American Crossroads SuperPAC, which has bought up loads of TV time in Florida, airs virtually every conservative grievance with President Obama's foreign policy in this new ad: Skipped intelligence briefings and playing 100 rounds of golf; campaign fundraisers after an ambassador is murdered in Libya; cold relations with Israel's conservative leader amid nuclear-arms tensions with Iran; and "celebrity" ties to David Letterman, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Expect Democrats to go ballistic, noting that Rove was by President Bush's side when 9/11 happened and the controversial invasion of Iraq sidetracked the mission in Afghanistan. The White House says the president reads his briefs, even if he doesn't attend meetings.
“This president is an absolutely responsible and voracious consumer of his presidential daily briefing and of the information provided to him by his national security team,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The ad, which has dark theme music and has the feel of the trailer to a thriller, ends with the picture of empty oval office chairs (a reference to Clint Eastwood's Republican National Convention speech) and a ringing phone (the 3 am/pm call?).
The ad is so tough and evokes such a visceral response that conservatives are excited. But they also seem let down that Mitt Romney's campaign has been unable to match it.
It might be enough to make some independents/undecideds dislike Obama. But is it enough to get them to vote for Mitt Romney?