The Obama campaign strategy: Convincing America that Mitt Romney will suck worse than Barack Obama, baiting Mitt Romney into premature response
When you don’t have a record worth anything to run on that an incumbent needs, convince the populace that your opponent will be infinitely worse than what you are. That seems to be the strategy of the Obama campaign and given how bad Obama has been as President, that is going to be a very tough sale to make. As is known, Obama has spent more than $100 million in the swing states to try to put some positive distance in the form of a lead that will act as a cushion to soften the blow of a massive Romney counterattack over the air waves that will come in due time. As Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post notes:
The Obama team knew months ago that the economy would not sufficiently improve before Election Day to justify his reelection. Its polling showed simply blaming President George W. Bush wouldn’t be sufficient. The president and his political hacks concluded that it was too late and too risky to adopt a whole new second-term agenda. (It would risk offending either the base or centrists and reveal his first-term agenda to have been entirely inadequate.) So what to do?
Extend the Republican primary by running ads hitting Romney and encouraging Democrats to vote against Romney in Michigan and elsewhere. Then, before Romney could fully get his bearings, unload a barrage of negative attacks, scare mongering and thinly disguised oppo attacks through the mainstream media, taking advantage of many political reporters’ relative ignorance about the private equity field and their inclination to accept whole-hog President Obama’s version of “facts.”
The extent of that effort is only now becoming clear. The Associated Press reports: “President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.” Think of it like the Confederacy’s artillery barrage on the third day of Gettysburg before Pickett’s charge — you have to in essence disable the other side before the charge begins or its curtains.
Virtually all of the ads were viciously negative, and judging from the number of Pinocchios they’ve racked up, continually and materially false.
But it didn’t work. Romney and Obama are still deadlocked.
Spot on. And with Romney now outraising Obama for two straight months, forcing Obama to fundraise in other countries (rhetorical hypocrisy from the Obama campaign is commonplace), the Obama campaign and the MSM have been trying to bait Mitt Romney into attacking when people really aren’t paying attention. They want Mitt to act early because Mitt is likely to outraise Obama every month from now until Election Day. Want proof? Here is a Politico article trying to use Republican governors to persuade Mitt Romney in acting too early:
But as they chatted this weekend between sessions of the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Virginia’s colonial capital, the Republican leaders said the time was coming for Romney to go on the offensive.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who last month fought back a recall effort, said the GOP nominee could take a lesson from that contest, one in which Democrats similarly launched a relentless series of attacks. Walker urged Romney to respond to Obama’s assault like he did against Democrat Tom Barrett, first portraying the president as desperate, then quickly laying out what his plans are on the economy and spending.
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