September 7th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
8 years ago

Republicans highlight 'summer of failure'

 The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

(CNN) - It hasn't been the best of summers for congressional Democrats and now Republicans are making an effort to remind voters just how difficult the last three months have been for the party in charge in Washington.

In a new Web video out Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee repeatedly flashes reports from a wide variety of cable news programs that report a rising unemployment rate, question the efficacy of the stimulus program, discuss the possibility of a double-dip recession, and show President Obama's sinking approval ratings.

The ad also takes digs at the president for embarking on a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard and first lady Michelle Obama for visiting Spain on a lavish trip with her daughter earlier this year.

"So … How was YOUR summer?" the ad asks. "The Recovery Starts November 2nd."

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Bill

    And we the people paid him $400,000.00 to do this .. as well. Our tax money paid for all this....

    September 7, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Keith Sillsbury

    I know they aren't talking about the dems when their talking about failure. The party of failure has no room to talk. And theteabaggers are tearing right into them telling the republican party how much of a failure they are.

    September 7, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Obama and the Dems have run wild with the National Credit Card for a year and a half, while ignoring the fact that a lot of people who will ultimately get stuck with the bill are out of work. It hasn't been just a "summer of failure," it's been twenty months of failure, compounded by neglect, and irresponsibility.

    If Obama had the slightest shred of honour or integrity, he'd acknowledge the profound failure of his administration, as well as his own inexperience and inability to competently handle his job, and resign. He and his party are about to be given a no-confidence vote of enormous magnitude that will make it effectively impossible for them to govern. Resignation is the only responsible option but, in an administration hallmarked by irresponsibility, that's not likely to happen.

    September 7, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. caliguy58

    A "summer of failure". Well, how about a "presidency of failure" that the Republicans gave us with George W. Bush. It was that "presidency of failure" that almost destroyed our country and may yet do so. I'm not going to list the failures of the Bush Administration because they're well known and would take me hours to type up. Suffice it to say that anyone, who can't recognize the failures of George W. Bush and the impact they've had on our country will get exactly what they deserve if they put the Republicans back in power. I'm just glad I'm of an age that will keep me from experiencing the worst happenings of another Republican takeover. But, I pity the generations that will follow.

    September 7, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. barry

    The Summer of Recovery was the last straw for me. I have been a life long Democrat but you can't defend being that out of touch with reality. What made it worse was how they stayed with it when it was obvious it wasn't working. It is time for a change and I will hold my nose and vote Republican. The younger people may still defend the President but I have lived through the Carter Administration so I know what hard times can be.

    September 7, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. strong

    What choice do we really have in November? None !

    Republicans = Tweedle-dum

    Democrats = Tweedle-dee

    September 7, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Jason B.

    And just what has the GOP accomplished this summer? Have they offered any solutions? Any at all? Please GOP, name one for me. Name one single viable alternative you've offered.

    September 7, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Really? I must have been off planet.
    The rethugs, all plenty wealthy, probably spent their vacation in the Caribbean or some other high class places but we only hear about the President's vacations.
    I don't remember they complaining when the shrub was at Camp David every weekend or cutting brush at that ugly piece of land he calls a ranch.
    I bet the boner tan is now a real one as opposed to a tanning be\d. I wonder how many Americans can spend $200,000 a year just to golf. Not many I gather.

    September 7, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Ancient Texan

    The recovery will start after November 2. When small business can be assured that the wild spending, regulating, Obamacare forcing, cap and tax, and Union dedicated progressive crowd is under control, they will be begin to plan how to survive and expand their businesses.

    September 7, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Blaum

    the "Summer of Recovery" is equal to "mission accomplished"....

    you see, Dems.... you are no different than the republicans....

    if they are in office.... get them out..... and try something new...

    Obama is in over his head..... true story.

    September 7, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. harold

    How about le Karl Roves. summer?.. He is available now having been recvently divorced....He needs to subject the USA to another 8 years of ole GW Bush and his self of course..

    September 7, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Dave

    That's a laugh! This coming from the party that has been a failure for the past 15 years. Of course, we're all still waiting for their "innovative" solutions to the country's issues. Tick-tock...

    September 7, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Lou from CT

    As usual, the Republican Party (aka the party of NO) gleefully airs out dirty laundry about the Obama Administration but fails to state what programs they would introduce. Why is that? Because their agenda is the same old pro-corporate, pro-rich, anti-Middle Class message they have had in their bag of tricks now since the days of Bush Senior.

    While the Republicans are gleefully counting their chicken in Congress well before they have hatched, we will see what the people say on November 2. Even if the Republicans do gain control of Congress, they will have to learn to work with a President who won't be rolled over on. When they can do that and help those in this country who truly need the help, then my faith in a two/multi party system will be restored.

    September 7, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Oh! Oh!

    :: Waves hand in air to get attention ::

    I want to highlight the GOP's 8 years of failure under the Bush regime!

    Please! Pick me! There's SO MUCH stuff to tell! All those failures, misuse of power, lying to the people, violation of civil liberties - it'd take HOURS just to read off the charges!

    September 7, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Granger

    the fact that the GOP talks about Obama like a dog, is an insult to dogs everywhere. Perhaps we should compare him to a slimy slug...

    September 7, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Nellie Bly

    The GOP really needs to be honest about this. The ad should be "Hey, we were pretty good at stopping Obama's ideas, even if they would have helped America."

    September 7, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. jim

    The summer recovery was just some political gimmick dreamed up by Axlerod and the other Obama handlers to promote his agenda.Nothing more nor nothing less !!!

    September 7, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. diridi

    summer of failure of what? 10 years of Iraq war, poured money like mud in Iraq....? Drained currency of America and bribes among GOP thugs...???? what is this brainless thinking....well, they think, they say...they get defeated like an animal....okay, just vote any Democrat...GOP messed this nation like hell.....Reagan messed 170% Bush, the idiot with Dick Cheney messed 900%. Idiots, and more this Iowa stuff in more sentimental....just vote for Democrat....period....I am sick and tired of lying lying and lying by GOP bastards....

    September 7, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Dave

    The democrats slung dung at Bush for all the vacations he took (and he took plenty lest we forget) so this is payback on the republican part. Just another example of how broke our system of government is at this moment. Instead of solving our many problems we sling arrows at each other. How trivial and unproductive.

    September 7, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. John

    Mr Bush spend more time at his ranch than he did at the White House. So VOTE NO FOR REPUBLICAN IN NOV.

    September 7, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Name

    If the Obama's vacation tiime ever rivals W's, then the Repubs will have something to talk about. W was vacationing while the whole financial mess started, and the Repubs were fine with that, so their credibility is nil in my book. The Dems need to wake up the young college folks who aren't paying attn to poloticsss, or we can kiss this election goodbye.

    September 7, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Ben in Texas

    The big failure is that of the Repugnants, who fail the country every time they are in power, and who have failed for the past 2 years to lift a finger in support of their country. Bush failed for 8 years, followed by a stiff necked bunch of congressmen who failed to act in the face of economic meltdown, caused largely by Repugnants.

    Repugnants have failed to take responsibility for the horror they have caused. Two unnecessary wars, torture, outing a CIA agent, and now the failed Repugnant economy. They constantly try to shift the blame, but the record is clear, and Repugnants are the failures.

    September 7, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Susan

    "Summer of Failure" was only because of the Republicans and their inablity to work for this Country instead of their Party......stonewalling and fillabustering doesn't make a good or working government.....when all the republicans are trying to do is make this President Fail.......sorry GOP and Tea Baggers, don't want your kind of Governing your policys or your stupid ideas to end Social Security and Medicare and give all and everything to the Big Corporations and tax breaks to the Rich.......wouldn't vote for any of you......

    September 7, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Enough is Enough

    Things are great if your a trial lawyer, union thug or illegal.

    September 7, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Dem77

    Dems should always have a counter commercial which says: The GOP's ideas to help the economy are......well I guess they are nothing".

    September 7, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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