President Obama’s campaign is looking to seize on a pair of controversial comments by supporters at Mitt Romney’s town hall meeting in Cleveland Monday, calling on the presumptive Republican nominee to “stand up to the extreme voices in his party.”
“Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason,” said Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”
Is this really the ground Team Obama wants to fight on? The president launched his political career in the home of a pair of unrepentant terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Dorhn spent a decade on the FBI’s most wanted list, but she wasn’t too radical for Bam. He knowingly hired a raft of radicals to staff his administration and kept them away from congressional scrutiny by making them czars or putting them in positions where Congress had no say. Van Jones is an open communist and 9-11 Truther, yet Obama hired him to be the “green jobs” czar. Anita Dunn admires Mao Zedong, yet found work in Obama’s communications team.
And then there was Kevin Jennings, Obama’s repulsive “safe schools” czar.
Last week, another Obama appointee, Al Armendariz, resigned when he made headlines for setting himself up as the administration’s crucifixion czar.
Obama didn’t silence any of these people. He put them on the government payroll.
But Mitt Romney should shout down every person who says something colorful within earshot of him?
The Obama campaign is desperate if they think anyone outside its faithful is going to buy any of this.