Is Mitt About To Go Nuclear On The Community Organizer?
As a conservative, I only hope it’s true. For far too long, Team Romney has played defense against the smarmy onslaught from Team Obama – a disingenuous group that will do say or do anything it can – and sink to any low it believes it must – as it desperately tries to deflect dialogue away from O’s miserable record. According to a Romney aide, Mitt is livid over the Bain attacks and has decided to take the gloves off: “He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”
Three cheers for morality, justice and just good politics. Hey – when you’re in Rome, do as the Romans do. Or in this case, when your opponent goes sleazy, hit him where it hurts: smack dab in the middle of his sleaziness.
While Mitt has not shied away from attacking the failures and inadequacies of Obama, he has also been careful to qualify his jabs with a nod toward O’s “moral character.” “He’s a nice guy,” Mitt has often said. “He just has no idea how the private economy works.” But in a campaign speech in Pittsburgh earlier this week, no such hedge occurred – and one of Mitt’s campaign advisers said there’s a reason:
“Mitt has said Obama’s a nice fellow; he’s just in over his head. But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond the pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”
Facing what Romney and his aides believe is a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded and unfair attacks by Obama on Mitt’s integrity, finances and business record, Romney is finally prepared to go eye for an eye in a no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s about time.
So, what can we expect to see? Apparently, very little will be off-limits – from the O’s admitted drug habit in his early years, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians, said the adviser:
“I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate. The bottom line is, there’ll be counterattacks.”
According to the unnamed aide, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Team O’s suggestion last week that Romney may have broken the law by filing conflicting documents with the FEC and SEC relative to his association with Bain Capital – therefore “possibly” becoming a “felon.” It was then decided: It’s on! The adviser continued:
“Obama’s policies have been such utter failures, the only thing he can do is to try to destroy a decent man and his wife So he gets some hack political adviser from Chicago who has nothing to point to in her own life, and tells her to call him a felon. When did our politics get to that point? I mean, it’s Nixonian.”
Ironically, O’s politics of personal attacks may come back to hurt him in the end, according to the adviser:
“Obama has always benefited from being able to shape the argument such that he avoided harsh negative attacks. That served him well. He made other pay a price for going negative. These past couple weeks have completely squandered that positioning. They are now taunting how tough they are. OK, but once you cross that line, there is no going back.”
Yep, O – on your way to Mitt’s closet to drag out that non-existent Bain skeleton, you opened up your own closet door, dude. And guess what? All your skeletons are about to come dancing out, O: your involvement with former fundraiser, Tony Rezko, now in prison for corruption and extortion, your coziness with Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, your contradictory statements about your relationship with the now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, your apparent cover-up of Fast and Furious communication documents – and your cocaine use and association with numerous left-wing radicals throughout your life. Damn, O; that’s a crowded closet – let the dance begin.
It was poor Barack who complained in 2008 that Team Hillary was more interested in calling him names than in conducting a substantive debate on the issues facing America. What a difference four years has made, huh?
I still predict O will come unglued before it’s over. Would love to see it happen during one of the debates.