FROM: Sean Spicer, RNC Communications Director |@SeanSpicer
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Weekend/Sunday Show Memo
Barack Obama’s true priorities were on full display this week. His threat to veto the House jobs bill summed up his presidency in a nutshell: his job before Americans’ jobs.
This was an important moment in the campaign against Obama because it distills for voters his approach to governance—constantly choosing the politically expedient over the pragmatic. This week, the rhetoric fell away and laid bare the cynicism of the Obama White House. (See our web video: “He’d Rather Raise Taxes”)
The House bill extended the payroll tax cut (an Obama “priority”), extended unemployment insurance (an Obama “priority”), and would create jobs (an Obama “priority”) through the Keystone XL pipeline project.
But, as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a Townhall op-ed this week, because of the Keystone Project, “Obama’s liberal activist base isn’t happy, so faced with the prospect of angering a small cadre of supporters that wield major money and manpower, he said no.”
Politics first: the real White House mantra.
Moments like these are critical as we head into 2012. After the Holidays, media focus will be squarely on the Republican horserace. In large part, that’s a good thing; watching all the GOP candidates attack Barack Obama 24/7 helps our cause. Nevertheless, the RNC’s job in the coming months is to hold Obama accountable for his record in a constant, consistent, methodical way—one that appeals especially to the all-important independent voters who may be less tuned-in to the GOP primaries.
For these voters, Obama’s opposition to projects like Keystone is especially salient. They know it’s no pipe dream. It has quantifiable, tangible benefits—and, aside from the president, bipartisan support.
Our job is to ensure independent voters see the president’s move for what it really was—and not the gimmickry that the White House will spin.
Of course, this was hardly the only thing this week for which we worked to hold the president accountable.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Jon Corzine’s testimony on Capitol Hill reminded America how terribly President Obama has failed to change the corrupt culture of Washington. Our Research Department’s briefing book on White House cronyism highlights just how entrenched the special interests are in the Obama administration.
With Corzine back in the headlines, our web video “Obama-Corzine Were Wrong” looked back at how involved Jon Corzine was in crafting the failed Stimulus I.
Meanwhile, Team Obama attempted to backpedal from their promise to fix the economy in one term, claiming they simply didn’t know how bad things were. Chairman Priebus says this explains why Obama is “Underwater and In Over His Head.”
Today, President Obama addressed the General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism. The President has been actively trying to paper over his failed record on Israel, as Chairman Priebus argued in a Human Events op-ed today, but any casual observer knows that the administration has been no true friend of Israel.
Finally, as the Republican presidential candidates took the stage in Iowa last night, the RNC was on TV with an ad touting our Mobile Army—and our first-of-its-kind video text-messaging capabilities. See our ad: “Ready to Change Direction?” – and text GOP to 91919 (msg&data rates may apply).
See below for a full list of this week’s videos, research briefings, and op-eds from the RNC.
With the Holidays approaching, politics takes a vacation—as it should. But before the president takes a vacation, he owes it to the American people to extend the payroll tax cut and work with House Republicans to pass job-creating legislation.
If he doesn’t, the New Year will mean new taxes for the middle class, and Obama and Senate Democrats will bear the responsibility. Republicans did their part by passing the House bill. If Democrats fail the American people, you can be sure the RNC will not rest as we drive that point home to voters.
You can also be sure that this Sunday, Democrat surrogates will take to the morning shows to carry water for the president. But make no mistake: the ball is in his court. And what he does in the final days of 2011 will have significant implications for the entirety of 2012.
Addendum: RNC Videos, Research Briefings, AND OP-EDS, 12/12-12/16
Opinion-Editorials from Chairman Priebus
Townhall: “GOP Fights for Jobs; Obama Fights For His”
FOX News: “Underwater and In Over His Head”
Human Events: “Obama’s Israel Problem”