Textbook Obama. He and his Democratic cronies have banked his reelection on caricaturing Romney as a soulless plutocrat and tax cheat who enjoys exporting the jobs of steelworkers with cancer-stricken wives. As recently as two days ago, his pal Harry Reid casually suggested that Romney had “sullied” the Mormon faith. And yet O continues to push the Lightbringer crap at his rallies about how we need to come together. It’s basically shtick now, and so audacious in its hypocrisy that even Politico reporters are laughing at him publicly:

Time for Romney to unload on him? Sort of. He accused Obama of engaging in “character assassination” in an interview tonight with CBS, but then followed up with this:

CRAWFORD: What do you think, I mean, we hear this over and over again from your conservative supporters, be more aggressive. What do you think they mean by that, why are the feeling that frustration, that anxiety?

ROMNEY: Well, I can’t speak for the viewpoints of all the commentators, and people I meet from place to place. Some people say, “Just be who you are!” Others say, “Get tougher! Attack!” And my own view is this; I’m going to be who I am and describe why I think I’m the person who’s going to become the next president of the United States, and how my policies will make life better for American families. You’ve got a lot of single moms wondering how to put food on the table at the end of the week. You’ve got a lot of people can’t find work. That’s the group of people I want to speak to. And that’s why I think I’ll be successful…

CRAWFORD: Last question. Do you think the news media, the mainstream media is in the tank for President Obama?

ROMNEY: Well, I think we have a system of free press, people are able to provide their own perspective based on their own beliefs, I think there’s some people who are more in my camp, there’s a lot of people who are more in his camp, and I don’t worry about that.

Friendly advice for Mitt from a rare New Yorker who’ll be there bright and early at the polls for him on election day: When a reporter asks you if the media is in the tank for Obama, you say yes. Not because you’re looking to score a point. Because it’s the simple, self-evident truth.

Here’s Jason Chaffetz saluting the Senate majority leader’s special take on “the politics of hope.”