Even some in the the left-wing media are blushing over the hyper-partisan, fact-challenged attacks coming from the White House.
The Politico reports:
Obama’s surrogates, and to a surprising extent the president himself, have engaged in the kind of pointed, unapologetically partisan and factually fuzzy attacks that Obama decried as “harsh partisanship and the old arguments” when he ran for president.
In the past few days, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior adviser David Axelrod have repeated a powerful — if unsubstantiated — claim that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is illegally funneling foreign cash into the domestic midterms.
At the same time, they’ve been gleefully blasting away at favorite GOP boogeymen Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, who helped set up two groups — American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategy — that have said they will spend $52 million to defeat Democrats. One of them, Crossroads GPS, is not required to disclose its donors.
It’s a two-fer,” Carville said. “You hit the Chamber for outsourcing jobs, and then you attack Rove, the person most identified with the most unpopular Republican president.”
Regardless of whether the strategy works, it clearly delights Obama’s allies, who are happy to see the White House on the march. Plus the battle has shaped up to be a dream political doubles match, with Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie squaring off against Axelrod and David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and a force behind the recent attacks.
The approach has only one major downside: Republicans point out that many Democrat-friendly groups, from the Center for American Progress to the Sierra Club to big unions such as the Service Employees International Union have overseas contacts and shield their big-money donors, too.
The strategy they’re deploying is one a Democratic operative calls “The Spaghetti Strategy, a throw-anything-against-the-wall approach to attacking a carefully targeted group of Republican heavies ahead of Nov. 2.” It’s not meant to appeal to independent voters, but to energize the moonbat base.