Politico: This Hope and Change guy is really into mudslinging, huh?

posted at 1:21 pm on September 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

For anyone paying attention to the avalanche of character-assassination attacks from Team Obama and its surrogates, today’s Politico analysis hardly comes as a shock.  Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter accused Mitt Romney of being a felon, former White House aide Bill Burton’s group Priorities USA linked Romney with the death of a woman whose spouse had been laid off years before from a Bain Capital-owned company — when Romney no longer ran the firm.  The campaign itself has launched numerous attacks on Romney’s wealth, his foreign investments, and success at Bain — the latter two of which got attacked from the stage of the Democratic National Convention last night. John Harris and Alexander Burns simply report the obvious, which is that character attacks dominate Barack Obama’s strategy in 2012:

A crabby, negative campaign that has been more about misleading and marginal controversies than the major challenges facing the country? Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can both claim parenthood of this ugly child.

But there is a particular category of the 2012 race to the low road in which the two sides are not competing on equal terms: Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign.

With a few exceptions, Romney has maintained that Obama is a bad president who has turned to desperate tactics to try to save himself. But Romney has not made the case that Obama is a bad person, nor made a sustained critique of his morality a central feature of his campaign. ….

To make the case, Obama and his aides have used an arsenal of techniques — personal ridicule, suggestions of ethical misdeeds and aspersions against Romney’s patriotism — that many voters and commentators claim to abhor, even as the tactics have regularly proved effective.

Have they?  Obama spent more than $100 million over the summer making those attacks, trying to toxify Romney before Romney could put his money advantage into play in the general election.  Here’s what Gallup’s daily tracking poll shows from the beginning of May through yesterday:

So far, that strategy has been a big bust.  In fact, the Rasmussen tracking poll in swing states now shows Romney at a +4, 47/43.  It’s not been effective at all.

No, the fact that Barack Obama likes to sling mud doesn’t come as a surprise.  The fact that the media has begun to notice it? That’s a different story, as Carol Platt Liebau writes at Townhall:

Politico is generally known to lean left, which makes this story running today all the more damning: “Verdict is in: Obama levels more personal attacks.”

This is a dazzling statement of the obvious — can anyone recall the Romney campaign, like Obama’s, refusing to repudiate a false story that the candidate was responsible for a woman’s death?!

Nevertheless, it is a significant development that an “inside the Beltway” publication like Politico would (1) be disenchanted enough with Obama to run such a piece; and (2) would feel “safe” enough from any fear of other elite media criticism to do so. …

In fact, President Obama and his surrogates have done plenty of negative campaigning, as John McCain pointed out in 2008. It’s just that, up to now, he’s never been desperate enough to have to go personally negative — or had a press that was willing to report it.

Maybe that’s the actual Hope and Change for this election — a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.


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No $hits, sherlocks.

msupertas on September 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I think, following yesterday problems at the convention, that obama will not win any state, including VA in the south. This issue with leaving out God and Israel and putting them back in, is about the worst thing for the dems since they had to change VP candidate in ’72.

ConservativePartyNow on September 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

When you’ve lost Politico…

Wethal on September 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

A crabby, negative campaign

Even penicillin can’t cure it.

faraway on September 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

When a 2×4 hits you on the head, it’s kind of dumb to ignore it.

Jabberwock on September 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

the fact that Barack Obama likes to sling mud doesn’t come as a surprise

It shouldn’t. He’s never run a campaign where he didn’t.

GarandFan on September 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

..Obama and his aides have used an arsenal of techniques — personal ridicule, suggestions of ethical misdeeds and aspersions…

Sounds like the basic arsenal of a typical Chicago Democrat Machine politician.

pilamaye on September 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Show me one Commie head-of-state, who hasn’t driven his country to ruin, and pointed his finger at others – as the cause of that ruin.

The Commie is and will be no different.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Maybe that’s the actual Hope and Change for this election — a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.

Pass that doobie this way, Ed.

rhombus on September 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

They’ve been particularly nasty, imo, during the DNC. But, that was entirely expected…he can’t run on his record.

changer1701 on September 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

What happens in Chicago stays in Chicagoans.

Al Capone had more class than President Harvard Brainiac.

fogw on September 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Pass that doobie this way, Ed.

rhombus on September 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Don’t harsh my mellow, dude.

Ed Morrissey on September 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Maybe that’s the actual Hope and Change for this election — a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.

I think they have finally figured out that this guy has all of the class and skill of Harry Reid and the intellect of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Too bad they won’t talk about his Kenyan ancestors slave trading business.

oldroy on September 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

And ad-hominems:
 
sesquipedalian- 4
rogerb – 0
 
rogerb on August 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

 
you’re doing quite poorly. not just on that score…
 
sesquipedalian on August 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

rogerb on September 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM


This Hope and Change guy is really into mudslinging, huh?

…when you are a Dope and Chains guy…what else you going to do?

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As ye shall sow, so shall ye reap.

Billboard in Lancaster, PA.

1921 C DRUM on September 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As ye shall sow, so shall ye reap.

Billboard in Lancaster, PA.

1921 C DRUM on September 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As ye reap, so shall we take.

- The Commie

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

A crabby, negative campaign that has been more about misleading and marginal controversies than the major challenges facing the country?

this is not a question, it is a statement, Politico.

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Sew the wind, reap the whirlwind…

Khun Joe on September 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The people that he appeals to like the mudslinging and name calling. They are the “moron” vote.

Philo Beddoe on September 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Real unemployment in double digits, $5.4 trillion more in debt, ongoing recession (no, it hasn’t ended), $4 gallon gasoline. Dear Liar can’t run on his record.

rbj on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

But there is a particular category of the 2012 race to the low road in which the two sides are not competing on equal terms: Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign.

Did they choke on their words? Can their iMacs actually type those things about Obama? Don’t their racism filters catch that stuff? Is this not thoughtcrime?

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

What I meant to say was…

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…

Khun Joe on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Perhaps the next bit of enlightenment Politico will experience is the message that was obvious to many last night.

When a sitting president is forced to enlist the aid of a past president to make his case for him it’s a sign of weakness. It reinforces the idea/belief that BO cannot defend or explain his record and – importantly – that someone always paves the way for him, i.e. doing his job. He has never truly had to work for anything.

This does not play well in the real world especially with conditions as they are for so many Americans.

Cody1991 on September 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Should Corey Booker do another hostage video..?

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

an “inside the Beltway” publication like Politico would (1) be disenchanted enough with Obama to run such a piece; and (2) would feel “safe” enough from any fear of other elite media criticism to do so. …

Double Whammy!!

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.

Don’t bet on it.

Floor Fight Cover Up: How Politico Buried and Disappeared a Scoop Damaging To Obama

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I love the smell of desperation in the morning!

Russ in OR on September 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

AWESOME ad, to be shown tonight ….

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/shocking-ad-exposing-obamas-support-for-infanticide-to-run-during-thursdays-speech-video/

pambi on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

WOW!! That is strong. I remember hearing something about it, but that’s the first time to see it. Thanks

HoustonRight on September 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.”

aunursa on September 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Debbie Poodle Hair PROMISED us that this convention would be about highlighting Obama’s accomplishments and not attacking people. I feel lied to. Someone hold me!

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

What is depressing about all of this is that even when they report the mudslinging, they pretty much refuse to hold Obama accountable for violating the lofty standrads he himself has been yapping about for years. It’s like, oh well, he’s getting nasty because he has no choice, yawn.

If Obama had run as a conventional politician in 2008 he would never have won a single Democratic caucus, much less the White House. Hillary Clinton was by far the better choice between two conventional pols. This is why it matters. Either he lied his way into the White House or he is blatantly violating his own standards for campaigning. Neither is flattering nor is it desirable, especially to independent voters.

But the media won’t go that far, instead they expect to just get meek congratulations from each other for their brave reporting.

rockmom on September 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”

Barack Obama on August 28, 2008 at 10:15pm

Washington Nearsider on September 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Debbie Poodle Hair PROMISED us that this convention would be about highlighting Obama’s accomplishments and not attacking people. I feel lied to. Someone hold me!

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Hey MeatHead I would and all but my arms can’t reach all they way from NH. Call this a cyberhug. ;-)

D-fusit on September 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The other thing that is scary is that I think the Obama brain trust really does believe Mitt Romney is a bad person. They don’t understand that people lose jobs as well as gain jobs in a feee market. They don’t understand that businesses fail. They lover workers buty hate employers. They have been so steeped in class-war ideology that they really believe that anyone who has reached the pinnacle of business success in America is automatically a bad person. This is why they have no conscience aboout portraying Mitt Romney as evilly as they can.

rockmom on September 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

BTW. Obama has spent $100,000,000.00 plus for NOTHING.

Yeah, that sound like how he spends other people’s money. I’ll bet his personal investments do slightly better.

Jabberwock on September 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The other thing that is scary is that I think the Obama brain trust really does believe Mitt Romney is a bad person. They don’t understand that people lose jobs as well as gain jobs in a feee market. They don’t understand that businesses fail. They lover workers buty hate employers. They have been so steeped in class-war ideology that they really believe that anyone who has reached the pinnacle of business success in America is automatically a bad person. This is why they have no conscience aboout portraying Mitt Romney as evilly as they can.

rockmom on September 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

EVERY WORD of that needs to be said again.

Washington Nearsider on September 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

AWESOME ad, to be shown tonight ….

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/shocking-ad-exposing-obamas-support-for-infanticide-to-run-during-thursdays-speech-video/

pambi on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Wow…powerful stuff

1984 in real life on September 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Hey MeatHead I would and all but my arms can’t reach all they way from NH. Call this a cyberhug. ;-)

D-fusit on September 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Dammit, D-fusit, MeatHead has to learn to hug himself!

MeatHead, your post gave me my laugh for the day.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Maybe that’s the actual Hope and Change for this election — a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.

If you actually believe this for one single second… No, and emphatically no.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

A crabby, negative campaign

…they’ve got the crabs too?…I know Fluke is part of their campaign but this is disturbing news!…
They are having problems with bed bugs in the hotels down in North Carolina also…could Mooch please be the First Lady of hygine instead of pop and groceries?

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Dammit, D-fusit, MeatHead has to learn to hug himself!

MeatHead, your post gave me my laugh for the day.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

My bad, I was feelin’ the love after all the hatin’ the dems have been spewing the last few days.

I’m still laughing at MeatHeads comment also. Poodle Head reminds me of Pudding Head.

D-fusit on September 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Eastwood sauntered into town, ridiculed the bad guy and called him out, and thoroughly trounced him.

Eastwood spent 12 minutes making it clear, for all to see, that Obama was just a President, like any other, just a man, like any other, and that he had failed at the job we had hired him to do. Eastwood pointed out that because Obama had failed, it made perfect sense, and was indeed necessary, to replace him with a better candidate for the job.

Eastwood deflated the false image built around Obama, and in so doing, opened the flood gates for criticism. It also presents an opportunity for the liberal media.

Contrary to a boatload of evidence to the contrary, the members who comprise the liberal media are only human,too. Is it any wonder that, now, they finally realized that when the Obama presidency is over they might still want to have some semblance a career?

When its time for the media to mercilessly criticize Romney, Ryan, and their administration, they will need some small moment of criticism of Obama and his administration to which they might point in order to make a claim of journalistic integrity and objectivity.

The clock is running out. If anyone in the media means to lay down a marker by which to try and pull together the tattered remnants of any integrity or objectivity they ever possessed, they will need to do so before the election. If they wait until after Obama has lost, they will appear even more desperate than they do now.

thatsafactjack on September 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

If you actually believe this for one single second… No, and emphatically no.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

The Press isn’t going to back a loser. Once it becomes clear that TFGRP is a lost cause, the Media will abandon him. Americans like winners. I think that point will come sooner rather than later, probably when the polls come out after the convention showing Choomy received no bounce. They’ll realize that 2008 isn’t coming back and start preparing for a Romney presidency where the media can once again play the “patriotic dissent” role like they did with Boooosh!

1984 in real life on September 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Maybe that’s the actual Hope and Change for this election — a press finally willing to look behind the facade they helped erect to report on the reality of Obama’s bare-knuckled politics, and the hypocrisy of his pretenses.

If you actually believe this for one single second… No, and emphatically no.

SWalker on September 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Bingo.

The media are simply doing what is expected of Communists:

When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must go forward or go back. He who talks about the ‘freedom of the press’ goes backwards, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

I expect nothing less from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, et al., ad nauseum.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

When you’ve lost Politico…

Wethal on September 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

They have not lost Politico or any other liberal media organization… Our side should stop dreaming about the liberal media turning against Obama or any liberal President or any high ranking liberal politician… It did not happen in the past, it is not going to happen now, and it will never happen in the future… This is the reality of American politics… the liberal media is the most important weapon in the liberal political camp… Our job is to crush and defeat liberals and their media…

mnjg on September 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on September 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Nailed it…

Seven Percent Solution on September 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Good old duplicitous Obama, who says he isn’t running a negative campaign. Must be a new meaning to negative.

sadatoni on September 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The people that he appeals to like the mudslinging and name calling. They are the “moron” vote.

Philo Beddoe on September 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Guess we’re going to get a head count on November 6.

kim roy on September 6, 2012 at 2:27 PM

How many truckloads of mud have they dropped off inside TWC Arena in time for tonight’s drool&lie fest?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Folks, we can’t take anything for granted. We can’t think that the LSM will finally find ethics. We have to continue the good fight, much like watching the ball all the way into the glove.

They will give us false polls, bread crumbs like this useless politico article, maybe once or twice tell the truth, but *WE* have to keep going irregardless.

These people have nothing to offer, no message, no plan, no skill and only want to destroy. We cannot let up for even a moment, even when they offer a glimmer of false hope.

They will do anything to keep power and they have a compliant and willing media, but we can pull this out if we keep going and don’t get distracted.

kim roy on September 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

MSM is going to continue openly supporting Obama up to the very end. If there is a landslide in favor of Romney, they will put off announcing anything for as long as possible in order to effect as much possible a positive spin for President Obama.

The only thing facing the MSM after the election will be their relevance and THEIR inability to accept their own irrelevance.

willardcsmith on September 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

There will be life after Nov. 6th, for everyone, and they know if they go to far off the rails- their credibility and access will be irreparably damaged. They know their manipulator in Chief uses the media as a tool…. and if that’s the role they sell their soul for……they could lose what little objective relevance they have in the future.

Even CNN gets it. Notice how CNN put DWS on notice…last night and this a.m.- now they did stop short of nailing the lying democrite to a tree- but she didn’t get away with the Jerusalem switcheroo with them (even Soleditz wasn’t buying it) Now they could have asked about the God switcheroo issue–but declined to go there.

Hey its still CNN, but crappy ratings will help you find at least a little sliver of a soul.

FlaMurph on September 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

With a few exceptions, Romney has

Do I have to read their stupid article to find out what personal attacks Romney has leveled against Obama? Why do I believe that such claims of personal attacks by Romney will be, I don’t know … TOTALLY BOGUS?!?!

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

With a few exceptions, Romney has

Do I have to read their stupid article to find out what personal attacks Romney has leveled against Obama? Why do I believe that such claims of personal attacks by Romney will be, I don’t know … TOTALLY BOGUS?!?!

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

From the article:

And while Romney hasn’t attacked Obama’s personal character, he has been biting, dismissing the president’s time as law professor and legislator as evidence he never really “had a job.” He has accused Obama of wanting to turn the United States into a European socialist state and even dropped a birth certificate joke last month in Michigan, although he made clear he believes it is beyond doubt that Obama was born in the United States.

So you have to actually read the stupid article to get that there are, contrary to what was said earlier, NO EXCEPTIONS?

Continuing:

The other is the fact that Obama, over four years, has been subjected to so many personal assaults from the right, on issues such as whether he is lying about his place of birth or the content of his college transcripts. Lost in the smoke is the fact that few of the personal assaults — as opposed to political or policy criticisms — have come from Romney or his official representatives. The Romney campaign has leveled charges — on welfare reform, for instance — that take liberties with the truth, but few attacks on Obama as a person.

What?? His birth certificate, as his college transcripts, are strictly factual, not personal, issues. I knew they’d have nothing. That’s how liberals are. They assert something, then the details don’t support what they assert! You can take it to the bank.

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

…linked Romney with the death of a woman whose spouse had been laid off years before from a Bain Capital-owned company — when Romney no longer ran the firm.

This sentence is troubling. Even if he WAS running the firm at the time, he would have no responsibility whatsoever. Burton should be ashamed of himself, but if this ad is any indication, he has no shame.

stout77 on September 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

A video will be released by Politico tomorrow morning which will take this article back entirely.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

AWESOME ad, to be shown tonight ….

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/shocking-ad-exposing-obamas-support-for-infanticide-to-run-during-thursdays-speech-video/

pambi on September 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

This is something I knew already.

But it is also something that I have failed to convinve the women in my family of.

I hope they are watching when this ad runs.

Siddhartha Vicious on September 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

“Convinve” = convince.

Siddhartha Vicious on September 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM