The Professor, the Ballerina, and the Public Enemy

But if Romney thinks that's going to enrage the good people of America, he'd better think again, and fast. Thanks to changing demographics, the Left's relentless assault on the American educational system over the past half-century, and the Regressives' control of the media, it's an open question whether such folks are still a majority. We've entered a period in our history very similar to the late 1920s and early '30s, in which a sizable percentage of gangland-occupied jurisdictions sided with the gangsters. It took two-fisted reformers like Tom Dewey to rearrange the popular imagination. (The movies even mirrored the change, with James Cagney moving from playing criminals in semi-documentary films such as The Public Enemy to embodying the FBI in G-Men.)

Hard to know at this point why Team Obama is already going nuclear on Romney -- is it confidence or desperation?  Gangbusters like Dewey and Eliot Ness, as well as crusading newspaper editors like Frank Knox, exposed the moral rot at the heart of the Democratic Party and its gangland allies, temporarily restoring the balance between honesty and corruption (and yes, in Illinois in particular, the GOP was and remains equally complicit in state-sanctioned theft).

Clearly, all the president's men have gambled that -- just as Axelrod has done throughout Obama's fixed-fight career -- they can knock Romney out early by destroying his squeaky-clean reputation. But, as Dewey and the others showed, you can still be a nice guy and fight as dirty as they do. The question is whether Romney understands that and, if so, what he plans to do about it.