Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” Romney

posted at 1:25 pm on August 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama promised to change Washington?  When his election signaled the day that the earth cooled, the oceans receded, and politics as usual came to and end?  In 2012, as Andy McCarthy puts it, Hope and Change will be old and busted.  The New Hotness — leave the guns, take the cannoli:

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.

In a move that will make some Democrats shudder, Obama’s high command has even studied President Bush’s 2004 takedown of Sen. John F. Kerry, a senior campaign adviser told POLITICO, for clues on how a president with middling approval ratings can defeat a challenger.

“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.

“Kill Romney”?  That’s not very New Tone, is it?

Let’s take these in reverse order.  First, the idea that George Bush started the politics of personal destruction in 2004 is fatuous.  Long before the Swift Boat Vets for Truth became a force in the campaign, Kerry and his allies had already started attacking Bush over his service in the Texas Air National Guard.  Democrats hailed Kerry as a real war hero in comparison to Bush, who never claimed to be one in the first place, and cast aspersions on Bush’s service and honesty.  All through 2004, Democrats accused Bush of having his father buy him out of deployment to Vietnam, gossip which culminated in a horrendous September installment on 60 Minutes II that used falsified documents to slander Bush just weeks before the campaign.  The entire attack was a lie.

Next, it’s true that Obama does remain personally popular in surveys, but that’s not going to last long if the economy slides into another recession and job losses start mounting again.  His personal likeability won’t last long, either, if his campaign starts making a series of personal attacks on his opponents.  Given the dropping approval ratings — which is what really matters — Obama would be better off recalculating his policies to produce better results.

Finally, it’s way too early for target selection anyway.  Perhaps the White House fears Romney more than, say, Rick Perry, who will bigfoot this race when he finally jumps into it in the coming days, and they want to help push him out of the way.  However, if they’re already starting on a personal attack strategy for Romney and leaking it, they’d better hope that Romney is the eventual nominee.  If Republicans end up nominating Perry or another Republican instead and the strategy simply shifts to the new challenger, it makes their operation all the more obvious and much less effective.

In any case, strategizing this early on personal attacks rather than positive arguments shows a lot of desperation in the White House at the moment — as well as a tacit admission that they don’t expect to have a positive argument for a second Obama term by late 2012.

Update: The Boston Herald takes a look at Romney’s new argument about having upgraded the state’s bond ratings as governor.  They also quote me, but be sure to read it all.

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change you can believe in…

Khun Joe on August 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

lame

rob verdi on August 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.

Um, no, probably not. Thanks anyway. You libs can keep him.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Obama and Hotair on the same warpath

hanzblinx on August 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Hey … Kill Romney? I think that’s going just a tad too far.

darwin on August 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

There ya go, Skippy. On the day the “stupid” meme is starting to take off, go after the candidate who’s had the most successful private life.

MNHawk on August 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I doubt Obumbles & Crew could do it.

But frankly- more power to ‘em.

Bat Chain Puller on August 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” America….

repvoter on August 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments…”

Apes will be our masters before we see that.

Chuck Schick on August 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” America….

repvoter on August 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

That’s done, now they can focus on Mittens

faraway on August 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Memo to Romney:

Do not go near Philadelphia, Wisconsin state fair, Chicago, any large metro area during next year’s Memorial Day holiday, anwhere in Houston during “Juneteenth”…

SouthernGent on August 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I just read this article moments ago, glad to see it here as a post on it’s own…

…because it’s another (yet, another) example of the despicable depths of Obama and the DNC’s deplorable, disgusting desperation and debasement.

They (Obama, DNC, affiliates) did this in the 2008 election but since McCain was the nominee (to their satisfaction, he posed no threat, if anything, McCain assisted the Obama win) but they directed their despicable sliming to attacks on any and all individuals who spoke out against Obama and for any other candidate for the Presidency.

Sites were hacked, people were denigrated in utterly abased terms and other lies about them, Obama attacked America, essentially, in order for him/DNC to win in 2008. They attacked the voters.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

A big ol’meanie is all he is

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

It is the Hindmost of the D’s vs the Hindmost of the R’s!

Only one will be the further behind… which will it be?

ajacksonian on August 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

If Obama kills Romney, does that mean the new hotness of RINOism is…. Huntsman.Hmmm who predicted this?

upinak on August 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I wonder how come 0bama’s puppetmasters aren’t trying to destroy Sarah Palin.

Oh, yeah!

CurtZHP on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Say something about his hair. That’ll show him.

vcferlita on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The intent in pure religious bigotry..they are using the term weird as a surrogate for Mormon…really despicable

georgealbert on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if Obama was finally vetted?

Rovin on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

THEY TRIED ALREADY!!

CurtZHP on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

“Kill” Romney, huh?

So, uh, when do the sensitive New Tone lefties denounce this violent eliminationist rhetoric from PBHO’s team?

Bishop on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The Regime has been attacking ordinary citizens, so I’m not surprised they are in attack mode on Romney already. Attack enemies and pay off friends. It’s all they know how to do.

forest on August 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

The intent in pure religious bigotry..they are using the term weird as a surrogate for Mormon…really despicable

georgealbert on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Would they be dumb enough to invite God D**n America to be thrown back in their faces, the way “terrorist” was?

OK, yes, you have a point.

MNHawk on August 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I’m getting increasingly comfortable with the idea of a Romney presidency.

Mister Mets on August 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

This is going blow up in King Barry’s face. The American people are sick of his games.

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 1:37 PM

“Kill Romney”? That’s not very New Tone, is it?

Let’s take these in reverse order. First, the idea that George Bush started the politics of personal destruction in 2004 is fatuous. Long before the Swift Boat Vets for Truth became a force in the campaign, Kerry and his allies had already started attacking Bush over his service in the Texas Air National Guard. Democrats hailed Kerry as a real war hero in comparison to Bush, who never claimed to be one in the first place, and cast aspersions on Bush’s service and honesty. All through 2004, Democrats accused Bush of having his father buy him out of deployment to Vietnam, gossip which culminated in a horrendous September installment on 60 Minutes II that used falsified documents to slander Bush just weeks before the campaign. The entire attack was a lie.

Noting that the players have not changed, unfortunately, from the DNC side:

‘Member this?

Video: Kerry lies about Obama’s willingness to meet personally with Iran
Share
- by Allahpundit, Hot Air, May 15, 2008

And there’s more where that came from. The deceit and downright evil done by John Traitor Kerry is immense. Worse, he’s still at it.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:37 PM

This is what democrats do and all they do. They know only attack. They’ll segue from attacking Romney to attacking somebody else without skipping a beat.

Practically speaking, Palin is bulletproof at this point. They’ve tried everything on her. They’d be re-hashing it all, to which Palin or her surrogates would simply respond, “that’s old news.”

rrpjr on August 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Why doesn’t Barry just recycle his “Judgment to Lead” slogan from 2008?

Is he worried that voters will not want to re-elect the “judgment” that led to trillions of dollars in new debt, a stagnant economy, millions more unemployed, a sinking stock market, millions of new food stamp recipients, a new and pointless U.S. military intervention in Libya . . . .

Er, never mind.

AZCoyote on August 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Also, look for more of this from the Left:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08IAs-ngX2s

RBMN on August 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Weird, odd duck… Kinda sounds like projection by the Obama camp.

I’m sure we’ll get a lecture about our vitriolic rhetoric by the media and DNC talking heads if any Republicans announce they will be trying to “destroy” Obama in 2012.

That or they’ll be called “racist”… again. *yawn*

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Barry only knows one way to campaign. Dirty. So this is nothing new. If Romney were smart, he’s simply respond to attacks by asking “Why isn’t Barry running on his record?”

As for Barry’s “popularity”, I think that’s bullshit. When asked directly, people will say they “like” him just to avoid any “you must be a RACIST!” response.

GarandFan on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The intent in pure religious bigotry..they are using the term weird as a surrogate for Mormon…really despicable

georgealbert on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Would they be dumb enough to invite God D**n America to be thrown back in their faces, the way “terrorist” was?

OK, yes, you have a point.

MNHawk on August 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

To: “georgealbert” particularly…

Yes, it’s an issue. Not that it’s right (Romney’s religion as an issue) but that it is an issue that needs to be addressed, resolved, hopefully.

I have no animosity about Romney as to his religion, for the record, but I do realize that some do.

That Obama/DNC is trying to use the issue to “destroy” Romney is beyond disgusting.

To both of you:

that the Rev. Wright sickness and sick association to him by Obama (that he also lied profusely about) washed off Obama’s back like water off a goose indicates to what degree the people who vote for Obama have issues with perceptions, reality, issues, and are “blindly following” some sort of tribal (no pun intended) beat that supercedes reason.

Which is why, after last election, I am particularly alarmed by Personality Voting or personality addiction/worship as to public figures. After the wreck that is Barack Obama was voted into office by, largely, falsehoods, and that the upcoming campaign is being framed on falsehoods again, well, something has to be done to get the attention of that “hypnotized voter” lot.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I think they’re too busy destroying themselves (and the country)

mseries on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Forgive my presumptuous statement speaking on behalf of Vietnam Veterans that follows. We Vietnam Vets were stunned by the hypocrisy of the Democrats proudly claiming a Vietnam veteran, particularly one who was a “hero”, as their Presidential nominee. It was the Democrat Party that turned on us, and the war in Vietnam, while we were still on the field of battle in the 1960′s; It was the Democrat Party that gave aid and comfort to our enemy while we were still engaged with that enemy by publicly and repeatedly questioning the validity and morality of the U.S. effort in Southeast Asia: It was the Democrat Party that accepted the counter culture revolutionary war protestors as their own; These war protestors, Democrat Party voters all, maligned VietNam veterans and spat upon many when we returned home; It was the Democrat Party that abandoned our South Vietnamese allies and the rest of Southeast Asia to the communists which led to mass murder in the millions: and it was John Kerry who testified before Congress in 1971 falsely claiming that we were all nothing more than raping, pillaging, murderous Mongol hordes. To see the Democrat Party 30 odd years later claiming to be proud of a Vietnam Vet hero was galling hypocrisy to put it mildly. The Democrat Party of today is even worse than the Democrat Party of 1972, and that is saying a lot. End of history lesson.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Long before the Swift Boat Vets for Truth became a force in the campaign, Kerry and his allies had already started attacking Bush over his service in the Texas Air National Guard.

Great analysis as usual Ed, but you left a tiny detail out-his allies in the “objective” news media actually sued the government to get Bush’s service records.

On June 22, 2004, The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, seeking access to all of Bush’s records during his military service.

At the same time, AP happily ignored the Junior Senator from Massachusett’s refusal to release all of his military records. As a matter of fact, Thurston would later release the complete records to only 3 single people-a reporter from his hometown Bawston Glob, one from the La-La Times, and a third from…the Associated Press. They promised him they would never divulge what they saw. What was/is he hiding?

Speaking of the Swifites, God Bless ‘em. Remember this TV epic?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zbv7I6cTs

Sad to say, the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr seems to be on vacation this week. Looking forward to hear what he says about all this!

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Can you imagine the uproar in the LSM if the Romney campaign had the strategy to “kill Obama”?
Why, the Secret Service would have armed agents surrounding them the same evening.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

The Regime has been attacking ordinary citizens, so I’m not surprised they are in attack mode on Romney already. Attack enemies and pay off friends. It’s all they know how to do.

forest on August 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Ditto.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

To see the Democrat Party 30 odd years later claiming to be proud of a Vietnam Vet hero was galling hypocrisy to put it mildly. The Democrat Party of today is even worse than the Democrat Party of 1972, and that is saying a lot. End of history lesson.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Exactly. The Left had been trashing the Vietnam War for 4 decades, but then suddenly decided to run a candidate of their own who they thought was a hero in a war they despised? Bizarro World.

Yet more proof that Liberalism is genetic.

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

They (Obama, DNC, affiliates) did this in the 2008 election but since McCain was the nominee (to their satisfaction, he posed no threat, if anything, McCain assisted the Obama win) but they directed their despicable sliming to attacks on any and all individuals who spoke out against Obama and for any other candidate for the Presidency Sarah Palin.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

And it seems they lost out big on that one in the end.

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Just goes to show how important it is that we settle on a nominee who cannot be Palinized.

/sarc

Aitch748 on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments……”

Or if he can find a way to walk on or part the waters. The man can’t even teach his own children to fish. He has saved nothing and spent everything. “Accomplishments”??? Can the Democratic Party really name one?

Rovin on August 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Just goes to show how important it is that we settle on a nominee who cannot be Palinized.

/sarc

Aitch748 on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

KingGold told me that we can’t nominate Palin because the media would only destroy her. That’s how I know you’re wrong.

fossten on August 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Forgive my presumptuous statement speaking on behalf of Vietnam Veterans that follows. We Vietnam Vets were stunned by the hypocrisy of the Democrats proudly claiming a Vietnam veteran, particularly one who was a “hero”, as their Presidential nominee. It was the Democrat Party that turned on us, and the war in Vietnam, while we were still on the field of battle in the 1960′s; It was the Democrat Party that gave aid and comfort to our enemy while we were still engaged with that enemy by publicly and repeatedly questioning the validity and morality of the U.S. effort in Southeast Asia: It was the Democrat Party that accepted the counter culture revolutionary war protestors as their own; These war protestors, Democrat Party voters all, maligned VietNam veterans and spat upon many when we returned home; It was the Democrat Party that abandoned our South Vietnamese allies and the rest of Southeast Asia to the communists which led to mass murder in the millions: and it was John Kerry who testified before Congress in 1971 falsely claiming that we were all nothing more than raping, pillaging, murderous Mongol hordes. To see the Democrat Party 30 odd years later claiming to be proud of a Vietnam Vet hero was galling hypocrisy to put it mildly. The Democrat Party of today is even worse than the Democrat Party of 1972, and that is saying a lot. End of history lesson.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Yes, and I bet I’m not the first person to wonder just who was driving that SUV that “ran into” (and k*lled) Swift Boat Vets donor Charles Wyly this past weekend.

This article from Politico doesn’t mention the “SUV” responsible, though, but local reports do, as also withholding driver and whatever his associations may be.

Mr. Wyly WAS 77 years old so he lived a good, reasonably long life but, well, the timing is very unusual as are the circumstances of his passing.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Well, since Obama and minions have pretty much destroyed his own presidency, and credibility, not to mention the country. What’s left to destroy? That’s right. His opponents.

I’m sure they won’t let things like facts get in the way of their lies and distortions either.

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

And it seems they lost out big on that one in the end.

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

She isn’t the one and only one who they focused on. You might want to broaden your horizons and look around a bit.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

The Democrats MUST attack Romney hard because Romney is the NotObama for states that have open primaries. Romney is liberal enough for moderate Democrats to vote for. Obama needs to keep them on his plantation.

crosspatch on August 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Spot on carbon……24/7 .outrage

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Can you imagine the uproar in the LSM if the Romney campaign had the strategy to “kill Obama”?

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Actually, they do, it’s been cleverly hidden in the headlines of the financial pages for the last two and a half years.

John Deaux on August 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

She isn’t the one and only one who they focused on. You might want to broaden your horizons and look around a bit.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

But, worse, you shouldn’t be using their tactics as your own. Attacking people, voters, may have “worked” for Obama for a shortterm gain but look at the legacy it secured for him: very big loser if not Villian. You don’t want that won for your politician, now, do you? I sure hope not.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Uhhh, ok. Have at it.

Tim Zank on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Forgive my presumptuous statement speaking on behalf of Vietnam Veterans that follows. We Vietnam Vets were stunned by the hypocrisy of the Democrats proudly claiming a Vietnam veteran, particularly one who was a “hero”, as their Presidential nominee. It was the Democrat Party that turned on us, and the war in Vietnam, while we were still on the field of battle in the 1960′s; It was the Democrat Party that gave aid and comfort to our enemy while we were still engaged with that enemy by publicly and repeatedly questioning the validity and morality of the U.S. effort in Southeast Asia: It was the Democrat Party that accepted the counter culture revolutionary war protestors as their own; These war protestors, Democrat Party voters all, maligned VietNam veterans and spat upon many when we returned home; It was the Democrat Party that abandoned our South Vietnamese allies and the rest of Southeast Asia to the communists which led to mass murder in the millions: and it was John Kerry who testified before Congress in 1971 falsely claiming that we were all nothing more than raping, pillaging, murderous Mongol hordes. To see the Democrat Party 30 odd years later claiming to be proud of a Vietnam Vet hero was galling hypocrisy to put it mildly. The Democrat Party of today is even worse than the Democrat Party of 1972, and that is saying a lot. End of history lesson.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM
That was the time I lost faith in our fellow citizens.
I will never forget it. The face of it was Jane Fonda;
however, it was the democrats who spat in the faces of
returning Vietnam war veterans and it was many republicans
who said nothing. Although I didn’t put it together at the time (my excuse was that I was a teenager) the media was
complicit in the democrat’s savaging of our military.

And for those of you who “just love” Bill Clinton, he balanced his budget, reduced the debt, whatever on the
backs of the military (along with tax increases). A friend of mine, a Lt Colonel
in the Army, was in Bosnia. The enlisted men & officers had
no heat, no water, no blankets and the military in general
had no spare parts for their equipment. It was all staged;
“Wag The Dog” type theatre.
Many officers retired with disgust.

This has been going on a long time; finally, we are putting
together the puzzle of the liberal destruction of our great
country.

Amjean on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

The Democrats MUST attack Romney hard because Romney is the NotObama for states that have open primaries. Romney is liberal enough for moderate Democrats to vote for. Obama needs to keep them on his plantation.

crosspatch on August 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

All I know is that the “McCain people” attacked Romney last election far more publicly and aggressively (and disgustingly) than anyone else did. So I still maintain the McCain ticket was for purposes of electing Obama in 2008.

I now walk carefully around any and all associated with that and for good reason based in experience. Romney was the chief target for the McCain people last election and anyone who so much as wrote his name was included in their attacks, online and otherwise.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I wonder how come 0bama’s puppetmasters aren’t trying to destroy Sarah Palin.

Oh, yeah!

CurtZHP on August 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Dude, that is so 2008.

But seriously, she’ll get her turn if she announces. The Democraps will be picking off all the GOP candidates one at a time, starting with the current front runner.

But I think this time she won’t take it lying down. They’ll be sorry they ever messed with the Cuda!

UltimateBob on August 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I missed this sad, disheartening report. Thanks for bringing it to everyone’s attention. I hope it actually was just an accident and not something more nefarious.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Are you looking for Kerry’s “terrorists” . . . then look closely at these bums.

rplat on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Why worry about “killing” Romney.

Rick Perry will crush Romney without Obama having to spend a nickel on dispensing with this lightweight.

molonlabe28 on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

That the Obama campaign would begin attacking Romney 16 months before the election and before he is the nominee is stunning to me. Its an admission that Obama has a record of no accomplishment so all he has left is to attack and smear his opponent. His campaign is so desperate they can not even wait for a nominee. The problem for Obama is that a reelection campaign is always about the incumbent. This election will be about Obama and the economy, no matter how hard Obama tries to make the election about Romney, Palin, Perry, Bush or whoever. Obama will not be able to vote “present” he has no where to hide.

Hera on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Attacking Romney on character? Please, the guy isn’t kidding with his mormon faith and clean cut ways…there are no scandals in Romney’s background. That’s like when the libs tried to discount Mother Theresa by saying she had no faith. Please. Just stupid and a waste of time, but hey, have at it.

And his business acumen is 100x Obambi’s.

Bring it.

JustTruth101 on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I don’t blame Obama here. He is presented with a target rich environment IRT to Mitt. I don’t think anyone could help themselves from using that advantage and it is why I think Mitt is the worse nominee we could pick.

unseen on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Let them waste their time and money. Romney will not be the nominee.

derft on August 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Just spent the weekend in San Francisco w/ lefties & they were all talking about Romney roping his dog to the roof of his car. Evidently this means you are not POTUS material. Also heard the EVERYTHING on Fox News is a lie. When I asked “Even the weather reports?” the libtards began talking about Romney’s dog again.

BHO Jonestown on August 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I’m getting increasingly comfortable with the idea of a Romney presidency.

Mister Mets on August 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Me, too. Especially if we can provide him with a GOP Senate and House. Defund O’Bozo-Care, since removing it will require 60 votes, which we’ll never get in this cycle.

Jaibones on August 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” America….

repvoter on August 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

check…
next: secure himself a FDR-type, 3-mandate presidency (or were there 4?)…

jimver on August 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Bad target selection? Shhhh. Don’t tell ‘em.

Oink on August 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

It’s like they’re putting a target on his photo, or something.

Dhuka on August 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

It is funny, isn’t it? Just who really is McCain? He bent over backwards not to go after Obama on a lot of valid issues. Choosing instead, to “play nice”. I didn’t expect him to ATTACK!!! But I did expect him to go after those issues to which many of us took an interest in, about Obama. Yet McCain would just wave his hands, and ask for civility. To which none was really given to him.

I still respect McCain for his service, and suffering as a POW. But I do wonder who he really is. Did he pick Palin for that very purpose? She was a rabble rouser in her own party. Cleaning up the corruption. A lot of Repuplicans I’m sure, inside and out of the beltway, and Alaska…saw her as a threat, and wanted her dealt with. Perhaps that was the mission? Nicolle Wallace seemed prime to attack her after the election.

Is this why she was chosen? Not because she was seen as a good running mate, but because she was seen as a trouble maker who needed to be taught her place? McCain took more trouble to calm the crowds angered by Obama’s crap, than he did to protect his running mate from the offensive crap hurled at her and her family on a daily basis.

Also…McCain didn’t seem to mince words when he lectured that tea partiers were hobbits, and should just go home. Why Mr. McCain?

I for one, took no offense to that, because as everyone knows…the hobbits were the heroes. They saved middle earth from destruction, and were praised as such. So to be compared to a hobbit, should be taken as a badge of honor, and pride.

But it doesn’t answer…just who the hell is John McCain?

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

If this is the sort of ammunition they’re going to use to “kill” Mitt, he’s in no danger at all.

ExUrbanKevin on August 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I love these Mitt threads. It is fun to watch those that have tried to destory Palin for three years get their dander up when the tables are turned on Mitt.

unseen on August 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Amjean on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I agree. Jane Fonda was, and still is, the quintessential Democrat. Particularly of that era. No single person epitomizes the counter culture, war protestor, Democrat Party venality and hypocrisy as much as “Hanoi Jane”, both then and now.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

But it doesn’t answer…just who the hell is John McCain?

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Who in the hell cares? LOL

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

This article from Politico doesn’t mention the “SUV” responsible, though, but local reports do, as also withholding driver and whatever his associations may be.

Mr. Wyly WAS 77 years old so he lived a good, reasonably long life but, well, the timing is very unusual as are the circumstances of his passing.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Exactly 13 comments at the link.

The very first one is from Teresa:

Swift Boat Veterans contributor? That was a skewing of the truth and a disruption of good political process. It was an attack on America.

Could this be karma?

Apparently not:

A Snowmass Village woman likely will not face charges after Sunday’s traffic accident that killed Dallas billionaire and local philanthropist Charles Wyly.

Genezi Lacerda, 40, suffered moderate injuries after Wyly, 77, apparently failed to yield as he tried to turn left onto Highway 82 from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport at 10:54 a.m. Her upvalley-bound Ford Freestyle struck his Porsche on the driver’s side, said trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol.

“He had a stop sign and had to yield to the Ford,” he said. “He pulled out right in front of it.”

Wyly was pulling out from the airport’s private aviation area, where he liked to get coffee and a newspaper.

And another source says

The State Patrol revealed that neither driver was wearing their seat belt at the time of the wreck. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the fatal car accident.

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

“Yet more proof that Liberalism is genetic.
Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM”

I’m with you, Del.

JimP on August 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Shows how tone deaf Dumbo is….Go ahead, destroy away!

search4truth on August 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

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.

..should fit right in here at HA.

(ha..ha..ha..ha..ha..ha)

The War Planner on August 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Other than Palin, our side has no clue how to counter the left’s attacks. Best one is – Rev. Wright … Rev. Wright’s tapes … Rev. Wright’s videos. E.g. – reporter to Bachmann, What do you think of the Newsweek article? Bachmann, Did Rev. Wright write it and take that photograph? or Has Newsweek even done an Front Page article on Rev. Wright?

Karmi on August 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Other than Palin, our side has no clue how to counter the left’s attacks. Best one is – Rev. Wright … Rev. Wright’s tapes … Rev. Wright’s videos. E.g. – reporter to Bachmann, What do you think of the Newsweek article? Bachmann, Did Rev. Wright write it and take that photograph? or Has Newsweek even done an Front Page article on Rev. Wright?

Karmi on August 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Because the left would label it as . . . wait for it . . . RACIST.

Mangy Scot on August 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

It’s the Chicago Way dont’cha know.

RedbonePro on August 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

His personal likeability won’t last long, either, if his campaign starts making a series of personal attacks on his opponents.

That’s what surrogates are for. They’ll attack, he’ll disassociate; someone else will press the same meme, he’ll disavow; rinse, repeat. “Above the Fray” is his MO, if there’s nothing else we’ve learned about him.

DrSteve on August 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Just spent the weekend in San Francisco w/ lefties & they were all talking about Romney roping his dog to the roof of his car.

Yep, try living here. The crap you hear around here. Tell you what, if you want to know what the libtard meme will be in a week or two, read the comments in stories on the San Francisco Chronicle website (sfgate.com).

Actually, I would encourage everyone here to register to make comments there and provide a little balance.

crosspatch on August 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I love these Mitt threads. It is fun to watch those that have tried to destory Palin for three years get their dander up when the tables are turned on Mitt.
unseen on August 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Oh please! Who here has defended the Left’s outrageous attacks on Palin, which blamed her for violent acts like the AZ mass slaughter? Let me help you with that question! The answer is: NO ONE. Everyone finds that sort of tactic despicable. Your partisanship and inability to be objective for even one second is pathetic.

Buy Danish on August 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

People at Hot Air have common cause with Obama…

On the other hand, if the real problem is Obama, and not Romney, most of you are on the wrong side.

petunia on August 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I hope they cancel each other out and what remains is evidence that the real candidate for the 2012 presidency has yet to be identified.

Oh, wait, isn’t that how it already is?

RDE2010 on August 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” Romney

Well good. That will make it much easier for the GOP nominee, Ron Paul.

8-)

JohnGalt23 on August 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM
She isn’t the one and only one who they focused on. You might want to broaden your horizons and look around a bit.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

But, worse, you shouldn’t be using their tactics as your own. Attacking people, voters, may have “worked” for Obama for a shortterm gain but look at the legacy it secured for him: very big loser if not Villian. You don’t want that won for your politician, now, do you? I sure hope not.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Wow! Calm down! I wasn’t disagreeing with you, just pointing out that the main focus of the attacks in 2008 was Sarah Palin. And I hardly suggested in any way, shape or form that any Rebublican candidate should ever use the tactics that Obama and the Dems used in 2008. Take a deep breath!

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Its too bad Obama is a thug campaigner who is the most incompent and corrupt president in our history. His mission of hate is wearing thin, but without lies and deceptions he has absolutely no chance to be re-elected. Racial hatred and class warfare is all the progressives have ever had. What is happeing in London now will be in the streets of our country as the vile and hatred of the left will increase the intensity of the hatemongering the closer we get to the election. Obama will not go easy.

volsense on August 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

volsense on August 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I worry about what happens when O loses on Election Day.

Buy Danish on August 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I worry about what happens when O loses on Election Day.

Buy Danish on August 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I trust you’re prepared?

[flinches slightly as banhammer goes whooshing past ear]

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Obama and the creeps that surround him have done a remarkable job of combining the odiousness of Richard Nixon with the ineptitude of Jimmy Carter. History will not be kind to this dreadful mistake of a man.

RobertE on August 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

History will not be kind to this dreadful mistake of a man.

RobertE on August 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Wish I shared your optimism, but 99% of today’s “historians” voted for the guy.

Craig Shirley in townhall.com correctly notes:

There exists in this country an attitude among the tenured historians of the academy that only they can record true history. For years, the attitude had been if a writer did not have at least a Master’s Degree, if they were not tenured at a top flight school, they then could not be regarded as true historians.

These are the same people who made Barbara Tuchman’s life miserable, even as she won two Pulitzers including for her masterpiece, The Guns of August.

History should be written for everybody and not just for the ivory tower historians to read each other’s works, and put each other’s works on their mandated syllabi.

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Obama campaign gearing up to “destroy” Romney

I have no argument there – Romney will never get my vote.

disa on August 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Obama attacking Romney? Wow, he will be doing us a favor by getting a squish out of the race before the nomination is secured. Thanks Obama!!!

karenhasfreedom on August 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Yep, disa and karen – thanks for coming over from cos.

Bambi on August 9, 2011 at 10:59 PM