A stinging new ad from the Romney camp is using an unlikely source: Bob Woodward. Excerpts from Woodward’s 450-page account of Obama’s first three years in office have made their way into the Romney camp’s latest ad. Specifically, President Obama’s inability to work with members of his own party:
TEXT: Bob Woodward. The Price Of Politics.
VOICEOVER: Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who broke Watergate, recently wrote that during stimulus negotiations, President Obama called his Democratic leadership team, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi. And as President Obama spoke, Nancy Pelosi hit the mute button.
TEXT: Pelosi Reached Over And Pressed The Mute Button.
VOICEOVER: Went on with their meeting, ignoring the President. Not even listening to what he had to say. If he cannot lead his own party, how can he lead America?
Woodward’s “Price of Politics” is a good read prior to election day. The book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Obama presidency and situations like the one in the Romney video. Woodward characterizes Obama as a disconnected and bitterly partisan president who has managed to disappoint just about everyone
“It is a fact that President Obama was handed a miserable, faltering economy and faced a recalcitrant Republican opposition. But presidents work their will — or should work their will — on the important matters of national business. … Obama has not,” the book notes.
One of the first scenes Woodward recounts is a meeting at the White House where Obama invited House Republicans over to talk about the stimulus. After then-Minority Whip Eric Cantor distributed a five-point Republican stimulus plan that differed from Obama’s tax plan, Obama told Cantor, “I can go it alone. … Look at the polls. The polls are pretty good for me right now. Elections have consequences. And Eric, I won. So on that, I think I trump you.”
Later, after the Democrats drafted a stimulus bill that contained zero Republican ideas, Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel put Obama’s position on bipartisanship a bit more succinctly, “We have the votes. F–k ‘em.”
It would seem accounts such as these would make for stronger political ads than what the Romney campaign has put together.