Alinsky Obama is more concerned about the next election than the economy or the frightening national debt. The strategy they’ve come up with is to demonize Mitt Romney, who they believe will be the GOP nominee. They won’t simply stick with policy issues, but will attack Romney personally.
Politico has the story:
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.
In a move that will make some Democrats shudder, Obama’s high command has even studied President Bush’s 2004 takedown of Sen. John F. Kerry, a senior campaign adviser told POLITICO, for clues on how a president with middling approval ratings can defeat a challenger.
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House. …
Oh please, no Democrats will shudder. They love the politics of personal destruction. It’s their shtick. As for Bush and John Kerry, all Kerry had to do to turn off voters was open his mouth.
The article goes on to note that the “onslaught’ will include pointing out how Romney is “weird.” What do they mean by that? Mormon? Oh, and he’s also a greedy capitalist. They might want to watch it on that point, we’ve seen what things are like with an anti-capitalist in the White House.
Regardless of which candidate emerges to be the Republican nominee, expect nasty personal attacks of this nature. It’s all these people know.