It’s hope and change and the politics of personal destruction:
Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.
The dramatic and unabashedly negative turn is the product of political reality. Obama remains personally popular, but pluralities in recent polling disapprove of his handling of his job and Americans fear the country is on the wrong track. His aides are increasingly resigned to running for re-election in a glum nation. And so the candidate who ran on “hope” in 2008 has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent.
I’m not sure that’s exactly news. Anyone who pays attention to politics knows that when someone can’t run on his achievements, they’ll smear the other guy. That’s not Democrat or Republican, that just is.
But dig down into the story and get to the deeply weird:
The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s re-elect will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”
“There’s a weirdness factor with Romney and it remains to be seen how he wears with the public,” said the adviser.
I read “weird” to mean “Mormon.” Does anything else really fit?
And, yes, I do believe that Barack Obama will smear an entire faith — paint Mitt Romney and millions of Americans as “weird” — just to get four more years.
You believe it, too.