Shades of 2008: Romney declares Rev. Wright linkage out of bounds
posted at 2:17 pm on May 17, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Barack Obama has made it clear he will use any means necessary to win a second term as president. Contender Mitt Romeny made it just as clear today that he will not.
Guy Benson of Townhall.com reports that Romney, upon learning of a GOP super PAC’s plan to target the president’s 20-year association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said:
I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity—particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they’re thinking about … It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’s doing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign? Why isn’t he talking about his record?’
Paging, Sen. McCain: Your clone is ready!
Suppose for a moment that Team Obama were willing to play fair and run an honest, above-board campaign. That means not publishing a hit list of GOP donors or airing purely fictitious ads that, for example, fault Romney for actions taken by Bain Capital after he was no longer with the firm.
How would such actions disqualify Romney from asking, never mind chastening a PAC from asking, Obama about his two decades in the pews of a church that preaches black nationalism? How would they make it an act of “character assassination” to ask Obama about the dubious teachings of a pastor he has called his spiritual mentor?
Presumably, Romney’s lofty moral position would preclude his asking Obama aboutWright’s claim earlier this week that the Obama campaign offered him $150,000 in hush money after his free-wheeling National Press Club appearance in 2008.
It would have been well for Romney to make it clear much earlier on in the campaign season that he planned to repeat the fatal error made by candidate John McCain made in 2008. Now that the GOP is effectively stuck with Romney, let’s hope he has the cojonesto stoop down to Obama’s level and meet him on his own terms.
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