As America continues to suffer from President
Downgrade’s Obama’s inexperience and blunders, talking heads predict that the next presidential election is bound to be one of the nastiest, dirtiest campaigns in a long time.
Not surprising, Real Clear Politics revealed last week that Democrats believe Mitt Romney is the greatest threat to their man, Obama:
In gearing up for President Obama’s re-election battle next year, party operatives have directed the bulk of their energy toward beating up on the former Massachusetts governor. With a number of strong Republicans opting not to run and some in the race failing to get traction, Romney has become a singular target for the party in power.
Today, we learn just how afraid Obama and his Scheme Team are:
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.
“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.
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” …
The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm which was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs. Obama officials intend to frame Romney as the very picture of greed in the great recession – a sort of political Gordon Gekko.
(emphasis added) Additional details may be found here.
Romney issued a swift response:
August 9, 2011
BOSTON, MA – Romney for President campaign manager Matt Rhoades released the following statement in response to Politico’s report on President Obama’s re-election strategy:
“It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks. President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”
Obama won’t be able to run successfully on his record. Even the lefty-left of his party are in full rebellion now:
On Sunday, Drew Westen, a professor of psychology at Emory, articulated the fury of liberal Democrats in a New York Times Sunday Review essay.
How can one explain this lack of leadership? Westen offered several harsh theories. Perhaps Obama is, as conservatives have alleged, too inexperienced and hence, incompetent. Obama, he wrote, “had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state.” He had a “singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography.” Finally, before joining the Senate, he had voted “present” rather than “yea” or “nay” 130 times, “sometimes dodging difficult issues.”
Obama and his Scheme Team will resort to that which they are very familiar and comfortable with – the ol’ Alinsky Rules for Radicals. [Known as the 'father of modern American radicalism,' Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism. ... Some of these rules are ruthless, but they work."]
A few Alinsky tactics to look for…
⇨ “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
⇨ “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
⇨ “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.” [Obamacare is Romneycare?]
⇨ Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’
I can see how Mitt Romney’s private-sector experience, record of accomplishments, leadership, wisdom, work ethic, and straight-forward campaigning makes the Obama Scheme Team’s knees knock.
► Jayde Wyatt
A new video on this subject from the Romney campaign below the fold