Cheer up, Republicans. The DNC wants you to know that it’s not just the GOP that screws up on campaign strategy and messaging. The DNC’s “Rapid Response” team put out a new, 66-second web spot that attacks “career politicians” in an attempt to set the narrative for the 2012 election.
So, they’re also voting against Barack Obama?
I could see how this might be an effective attack against Mitt Romney — by fellow Republicans. Romney has insisted that he hasn’t been a “career politician,” a formulation Mitt began using when it looked like Rick Perry might swamp him out of the race in late August, but it’s not for lack of trying. The DNC timeline is accurate; had Romney won that 1994 election against Ted Kennedy and then his 2002 bid for the governorship, he might have spent the last seventeen years in public office or campaigning for it, although Romney would have been in his mid-40s when that stretch began. He did spend four years as governor of Massachusetts and the last five running for President even without a win in 1994.
However, that pales in comparison to the man that the DNC is presumably defending. If Romney is a career politician, then what does that standard make Barack Obama? Obama ran for his first office in 1995 at the age of 34 after having practiced a little law, doing some lecturing at a college. and dabbling in “community organizing.” Since then, Obama has done nothing but either hold office or run for it — none of which involved any executive experience until he landed in the White House on a wave of anti-George W. Bush fervor. At least Romney has extensive executive experience in and out of government, as well as a track record of success in the private sector and an understanding of economics that Obama clearly still lacks.
If this is the line of attack the DNC wants to use in 2012 against a Romney nomination, well, by all means throw us in that briar patch.