"It's not going to be 2008 'Yes, we can' anymore. I think it's going to be slash-and-burn."

“It’s not going to be 2008 ‘Yes, we can’ anymore. I think it’s going to be slash-and-burn,” said Democratic pollster Paul Maslin. “We have an embattled incumbent who doesn’t have much hope of improving his standing except by point of comparison with his Republican opponent. It’s going to be a very different kind of election that’s going to be brutal, to be honest.”…

Dozens of staffers, including a rapid-response team at party headquarters in Washington and researchers at the president’s Chicago campaign office, monitor statements by leading Republican candidates and strike back, often within minutes. Their work is supplemented by a new Washington-based “super PAC,” American Bridge 21st Century. It employs 15 video “trackers” who record Republican campaign events around the country and ship the results to a war room in Washington that employs 25 people and can provide the footage to other pro-Obama organizations…

Lehane compared Obama to the last Democratic president who also faced no primary opposition. President Clinton, he said, was “liberated to go out and execute a long-term plan with ruthless efficiency.” The White House-directed assault on the Republican nominee, Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, effectively sealed the president’s second-term victory months before election day.