There’s been a concerted Republican effort over the last week or so to suggest President Obama is pushing the 2012 race in an ugly direction. That’s ridiculous.
As we discussed last week, Mitt Romney has spent the last several months arguing that President Obama is a corrupt liar, who hates free enterprise and religion, and who’s driven by an ideology that’s “foreign to the American experience.” One of Romney’s chief surrogates has said the president should “learn how to be an American,” and “has no idea how the American system functions,” in part because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something.”
And then Romney complains about Obama making “personal attacks.”
Look, this is just crazy. Romney has disgraced himself with nearly-uncontrollable lying, so he’s accusing Obama of being a disgrace. Romney is lashing out angrily, so he’s accusing Obama of being angry. Romney will do anything to win, so he’s accusing Obama of being willing to do anything to win. Romney is running a sleazy, substance-less, integrity-free campaign, so he’s accusing Obama of taking the campaign into the gutter.
Biden: “Well let’s take a look. Because now we got a real clear picture of what they value. They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. Romney want to, he said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
…Here is how this works. The Romney campaign pulls something out of context, gets outraged, and then demands an apology. The Obama campaign then laughs at the Romney campaign, and uses the issue that they brought up with their outrage to hammer Romney.
In this case, the Romney campaign tried to attack the character of President Obama, but instead started a controversy that allowed Biden’s comments to played everywhere and the Obama campaign to hammer home the message that Mitt Romney wants to deregulate Wall Street.
I am not sure what this endless whining and apology demanding is designed to accomplish besides making Romney look weak. Their “outrage” over Biden’s remark makes no sense because it is the white Mormon who is upset by the running mate of the first African-American president making a remark about putting people in chains.
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