It’s starting earlier than I had anticipated, but it has started. The Obama campaign, fresh off the War Against Women sortie, is now pivoting to the Republicans Are The Taliban strategy (h/t R). Loathsome Chicago hack David Axelrod, whom has appalled me since I lived in Hyde Park, kicked off the assault this morning:
“I think a lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, know better, but they’re in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged the party to the right. In your own polling and other polling, you see the Republican Party has really moved out of the mainstream.”
The forthcoming campaign is going to resemble something out of the early-19th century, say Adams-Jefferson or the three Andrew Jackson campaigns. Obama’s record is hardly one that he can run on, so he is going to wage a vicious campaign based on class warfare (note the “silver spoon” remark from last week) and relentless personal attacks, not just on his opponent Romney, but on the entire Republican base. The idea is to scare the moderates away from voting for Romney or the Republicans by painting them as dangerously radical.
Gee. Don’t I remember some guy talking about there is no Red America, there is no Blue America? Who was that guy?
Whoever he was, whether those sentiments were legitimate or merely a cynical pose, he’s gone now. This is a war to the knife.
Welcome to the Five Minutes of Hate Campaign, brought to you by the Great Uniter.
Actually, we would be blessed if there were only five minutes of hate per day. It is going to be more than that, and the duration and frenzy of the attacks will only grow in the coming months.
And the campaign will be suitably Orwellian, because it will try to use hate to paint Republicans as haters.
Don’t take the bait folks. Do the thing that Obama desperately wants you to avoid. Focus on the record. The litany of failure. From spending to Obamacare to Frankendodd. Do that, and exploit the contrast between the soaring rhetoric of 2008 and the viciousness of 2012.