Tuesday, August 9, 2011

President Obama's 2012 Campaign Prepares Full-Fledged Attack on Mitt Romney

President Obama's 2012 Campaign Prepares Full-Fledged Attack on Mitt Romney:

Obamney, via Newser

If Politico has it right, team Obama not only expects Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee, it is ready to unleash a 'ferocious personal assault' against him. The go-negative approach would have two fronts: portray Romney as a 'weird' guy out of touch with ordinary people and as a greedy CEO willing to sacrifice jobs. For guidance, it will model its strategy in part on the one George W. Bush used in depicting John Kerry as an aloof rich guy.
Is it really an attack if it's ... uh ... accurate? I'm not a fan of negative campaigns; I am a fan of speaking your mind and telling the truth. There's a substantive difference between Negative Campaign A calling Candidate B an anti-American, secret Muslim, non-citizen, terrorist's pal and Negative Campaign B calling Candidate A a greedy, job-killing CEO for being a greedy, job-killing CEO, and pointing out that, if his idea of a joke is telling a bunch of down-on-their-luck folks that he's "unemployed too," then he is an out of touch, weird, plutocrat. Just don't make fun of his magic underwear, that's out of bounds.

Ideally, Obama's 2012 campaign would be irrelevant because he ought to lose in a primary to a progressive Democrat. Or, Bernie Sanders.


  1. Does it even matter how a person campaigns? I kind of judge a politician on what they do, not how they get elected. If anything, I would prefer someone I agree with to get elected by any means necessary.

    Be honest: if Obama made unfair characterizations of Romney, would you actually decide not to vote for Obama (assuming you support him... I thought you did, but I could be wrong and you might be in the same boat as me... you know, the boat where we encourage people to rock it for no reason besides the thrill of watching other people get seasick)?

  2. If Obama made unfair characterizations of Romney, I would still prefer him to Romney. I would be disappointed that he decided to make unfair characterizations when the fair ones are more than damning enough.

    I did vote for Obama, and he will likely be the lesser of two evils again in 2012. I can imagine several scenarios where I would vote against Obama in a primary though.

  3. he will likely be the lesser of two evils again in 2012

    Can't argue with that. I just can't bring myself to vote for an "evil" (I like to think of it more as failure than evil, but the idiom is a train I can't pretend to stop). I would prefer to write in: "Is that the best we can come up with?"


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