After the first rounds of “disappointments” and call for apologies – the Romney folks are now ramping up new character assassination plans on Obama.
From the camp:
“[Romney] has said Obama’s a nice fellow, he’s just in over his head,” the adviser said. “But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond that pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”
“I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate,” the adviser said. “The bottom line is there’ll be counterattacks.”
The problem with this might be – that Obama is very well liked, while Romney is not. Negatives on a well liked person could more easily backfire, and besides – this is old stuff that plays into the hardcore base of already loyal followers. A third thing is that Romney’s problems are tax returns and SEC filings, which is very concrete stuff – still unanswered.
And then you have this:
“[Obama’s] policies have been such utter failures, the only thing he can do is to try to destroy a decent man and his wife,” the adviser said. “So he gets some hack political adviser from Chicago who has nothing to point to in her own life, and tells her to call him a felon… When did our politics get to that point? I mean, it’s Nixonian.”
“Nothing to point to” in this context would be generally offensive to many folks who have other priorities in life than careers. And it just reinforces the Romney narrative of distant, unlikable rich guy.
And the Nixon reference is already taken – by Axelrod – pointing to Romneys secrecy and inconsistencies.
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