A recent Wall Street Journal Opinion written by Kimberley Strassel seemed to pass with little attention this past week, but today on Fox News Sunday it became a topic worthy of review. That said, it will not be elevated to any degree by the mainstream media, but should be!
Brit Hume noted the campaign’s approach as ‘cheesy’ and the ‘individual targeting’ as unbecoming a President or Presidential campaign. Strassel is more deliberate in her concern making reference to Richard Nixon’s ‘enemies list,’ however, she stops short in comparison. She makes note of what might be and not necessarily what is. With Strassel’s concerns noted, we should look deeper into Obama’s campaign strategy and willingness to do and say whatever is necessary to stay in office. Whether stated or otherwise, there is a fear of loss underpinning the Obama campaign. The consequence of this foundational fear is a campaign of intimidation, demonization, distortion and division. It is going to be a brutal six months. Fortunately for the nation, Mitt Romney has the mettle and character to bear the onslaught. As the most qualified candidate in our lifetime for POTUS, the attacks on Mitt Romney will not stick and, I believe, will backfire on the Obama campaign.
Obama has a proven proclivity to obviate the checks and balances in our Federalist system through the appointment of czars and/or initiatives to work around Congress. As the President of the US, this inclination, enhanced with the fear of loss, is distressing when thinking about what intimidation tactics Obama might employ for his own advantage. Is this recent effort a sign of Obama’s campaign tactics of suppression and intimidation, where he targets individuals, seeking to impugn their character with inference and innuendo, as a deliberate attempt to intimidate them and others from publicly or privately supporting Romney?
It appears that the Obama machine will use whatever arrow they can find in their quiver, and the likely arrows will be racial divide, class warfare and character assassination. Within this framework, they may well turn to intimidation tactics, as illustrated by the above editorial and commentary. Strassel notes that as President, Obama can call for IRS audits, FBI investigations and other disruption in people’s lives – will he?
That said, with Peggy Noonan’s WSJ editorial in the previous post I am a little perplexed as to why Obama is fighting so hard to preserve his job when he has performed so badly. Wasn’t it Michelle Obama’s paraphrased fantasy to just walk out of the White House and not come back? And yet, we see the tactics emerging; we see according to Drudge that Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than every president since Richard Nixon – combined. The only reasoning that I can see for Obama’s want to preserve his position is his advocacy of a ‘bad’ ideology and pride, but as they say, pride goeth before the fall. Suffice to say the man can not be trusted and seems, from all viewpoints, to be filled with guile.
It is going to get interesting!