Thursday, April 12, 2012

Well, That Didn't Take Long

Thus far, Obama has been pretty quiet in terms of attacking the GOP candidates.  Now that Santorum has bowed out and Romney faces essentially smooth sailing to the nomination, it took less than 24 hours for the first attack to come.  That may not be surprising, but the attack itself seems...well, you take a look and decide:

"[Ann Romney] has never worked a day in her life.  She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why we worry about their future..." 
(video here)

Um...really?  I'm no pundit, but this seems like a really foolish, clumsy and stupid attack.  They're attacking his wife, not him.  They're not attacking his policies, they're launching a personal attack.  They're trying to paint her as a spoiled rich white lady of leisure, but in fact they've more or less just insulted every stay at home mom in the country by minimizing the amount of effort and work it takes.  Not only that, but they've also insulted every working mom who wants to be a stay at home mom.  And this is a wise move?

Ann Romney knocked the hanging softball out of the park just moments later via Twitter with exactly the right response:

"I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work," 


Several other Obama advisers -- undoubtedly recognizing the mistake -- immediately jumped out and apologized for the faux pas, but this was still a pretty bad start.  Obama may have accomplished in one day what Romney's campaign has failed to do in several months: make Romney relate-able to the American people.

If nothing else, this should underscore what we can expect from the Obama campaign.  Personal attacks, and no one is off limits.  This shouldn't come as a surprise, though, since his policies have tanked the U.S. economy, overseen the biggest expansion of government in American history, exploded the welfare state to record levels, and weakened America's standing throughout the world.  Not much to brag about there.

It's going to get ugly and dirty.  Prepare yourself.

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