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.