From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The Republican National Committee is taking advantage of the scenery, one might say.
Making its presence felt in Denver, the Mile High City and site of the Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Committee has crafted a new slogan to greet the Democratic presumptive nominee: "A Mile High, An Inch Deep."
That slogan is the kicker to hundreds of posters in the newly minted Republican National Committee headquarters at Denver. The poster, which actually - unlike that fake Obama-Bayh bumper sticker - looks like it could have been created by the Obama campaign.
A Warhol-esque Obama image stands smiling amid the Rockies, stars coming off his finger tip. But right below the Rockies in large font: "Not Ready 08." Below it, "A mile high, an inch deep." And on the side, as if to measure Obama's import, a ruler amounting to 1" -- though the Obama figure is actually about six inches high on the poster.
In tandem with the slogan, the RNC has launched a Web site: www.NotReady08.com, and will be holding daily press conferences with prominent Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Tim Pawlenty.
The effort is another attempt define Obama - to dismiss him as a star/celebrity, who is not qualified to be president.
The Republican headquarters, about a mile from the Pepsi Center where the Democratic Convention is being held, is covered in the red, white and blue Obama posters as well as signs that read, " 'It can't be on-the-job training' -- Joe Biden." Ironically, the business neighboring the RNC building has several pro-Obama signs in its windows.
Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan showed a small group of reporters this afternoon through the building, including a "war room" with eight televisions with various news channels on and a table with space for about eight opposition researchers waiting to pounce on any perceived gaffe. Or to correct, as RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz put it, "Distortions" by Obama "on his record - or lack of record," he jeered.
Obama has "arguably the thinnest resume of anyone running for president" in recent memory, Duncan said later. "He showed that with his pick of Biden…."
Duncan smiled when asked if he welcomes the Democrats' roll call vote with Clinton. It was like red meat.
It's the "symbolism," Duncan said, emphasizing it doesn't matter how many votes Clinton gets. The last time a losing primary candidate was on the roll call at a party's national convention was 1992 when Jerry Brown and Paul Tsongas were entered their names into nomination. The last time the Republicans have had one was 1976.
Duncan pushed the Clinton storyline, saying, "There's some buyer's remorse there. There are a significant number [of Democrats] that want Hillary Clinton. Typically when parties are split, the other one wins."