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    President Phony to attack Mitt Romney as phony

    President Phony to attack Mitt Romney as phony

    So what else is new.  Obama’s campaign plans to destroy Mitt Romney, according to Politico, by playing class warfare and portraying Romney as phony and not genuine:

    Barack  Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s  re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy  grounded in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor  is the likely GOP nominee.

    The dramatic and unabashedly negative turn is the product of political  reality. Obama remains personally popular, but pluralities in recent polling disapprove of his handling of his job and Americans fear the  country is on the wrong track. His aides are increasingly resigned to running  for re-election in a glum nation. And so the candidate who ran on “hope” in 2008  has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign  aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent…

    The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s re-elect  will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used  repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”

    “First they’ve got to like you, and there’s not a lot to like about Mitt  Romney,” said Chicago Democratic consultant Pete Giangreco, who worked on  Obama’s 2008 campaign. “There’s no way to hide this guy and hide his innate  phoniness.”

    This strategy of seek and destroy is not really surprising.  Obama is such a dismal failure that he can win only by tearing down others.  In 2008, Obama ran a highly negative campaign, including a pervasive use of the race card, but was able to hide behind a media lovefest and John McCain’s unwillingness to play hardball.  The strategy against Romney simply is the true Obama campaign without the gloss.

    The attack strategy also proves a couple of points I have made.  First, do not put too much stock in what current polls tell us about who will do  better against Obama, because only Sarah Palin has felt the full Obamamaniac onslaught.  After several months of David Axelrod’s sleazy messaging, we’ll see where Romney stands.  If I were Romney, I’d get out ahead of the issue and wear the Politico story as a badge of honor and turn it around on Obama.

    Second, those establishment Republicans who have piled on Palin in turn will see their candidates get the treatment.  They have no right to complain when their candidate is isolated and targeted, because they joined in the anti-Palin frenzy.

    I’m glad Obama is taking this turn, admitting to the world that he is a phony who only knows how to tear others down.  At least in 2012 we will be running against the real Barack Obama.


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    JayDick | August 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always thought Romney’s flip flops were a problem. First, it makes him easier to attack in a way that seems valid. Second, the extent of his position changes give me real pause about his political character.

    The most attractive Republicans at this point seem to be the ones that say they will not run: Christy, Rubio, Ryan, Jeb Bush. Perry may be the best of the real candidates (it looks like he will run); we’ll have to wait and see.

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    redc1c4 | August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    it is hard to believe that the Obama regime would treat a fellow liberal this way…

    […] chance to do well, at least in the early primaries, than a lot of pundits think.Stand by for more “politics of personal destruction” from a team of masters. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin continues to score palpable hits from her lowly […]

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