Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of polling firm the Tarrance Group, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Recent polling data indicates that while the president suffers from significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
Serious question: Are there Communist moles working at the RNC, now? They’re going to mute the truth about a guy who has taken a wrecking ball to the US economy in order to make the campaign season more palatable to people who FEEL SORRY for him? People who are still suffering from “white guilt” syndrome don’t need to be condescended to with focus group tested talking points. They need to be shaken and slapped out of it. Good lord – don’t they get it at the RNC? This is what people hate about polished politicians, and it’s why Newt Gingrich is clobbering Mitt in the polls right now. He’s not letting anyone bully him into being “kind and gentle” with Obama.
In case the RNC forgot, we already tried a lukewarm strategy like that – it’s called the McCain campaign, and it went down in flames.
The RNC had better get a clue and fast, because Obama has nothing holding him back from attacking his opponent (whomever it turns out to be) in the worst possible ways. In fact it has been predicted that 2012 will be the most brutal campaign season ever. And guess what? They’ll be using racial politics and class warfare because that’s what they’re good at.
William L Gensert at The American Thinker advises Repubs to beat Obama back.
Barack Obama will fight dirty. The nation needs a candidate who will do the same. After all, anyone who thinks that one of Herman Cain’s accusers, Sharon Bialek, living in the same building as David Axelrod is a coincidence is delusional. Obama will run the most negative campaign in recent history. There will be allegations of racism, of corruption, of incompetence. The Republican nominee needs to understand that in order to beat someone at mud-wrestling, you must get in the mud.
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Beyond Good and Evil that “he who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster.” No truer words were ever written.
Yet to do battle with Mr. Obama, any candidate will have to become something of a monster, aggressive and unremitting, without pause or embarrassment. Nothing should be off the table: Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers, the former terrorist; his decades-long relationship with the race-baiting Jeremiah Wright, the religious zealot of “God damn America” fame; all the czars and disastrous nominations like Van Jones, an avowed “truther,” and Elizabeth Warren, who takes credit for the moral underpinnings of the OWS crowd, and Craig Becker, Obama’s recess appointment to the NLRB who is busy pushing through a pogrom of forced unionization and governmental control of industry by regulatory fiat, and Lisa Jackson, who as head of the EPA has made it her life’s goal to destroy America’s manufacturing, electrical generation, and fossil fuel industries, also through regulation, and the failed and incompetent Eric Holder, with his Fast and Furious program, where the administration sought to bolster support for gun control by deliberately arming Mexican drug cartels, resulting in hundreds of deaths in Mexico and one in America…as well as all the golf, all the vacations, the crony capitalism, the disregard for the Constitution. On and on it goes, because Barack Obama has provided, in less than three years, plenty of ammunition to do battle against his most dismal presidency.
The Republican candidate cannot take the high road like John McCain and refuse to fight. Barack Obama will not be constrained; he will use whatever he can against whoever is his opponent, without reservation, including every underhanded trick and lie at his disposal. The legacy media will not only support him in this, but they will be complicit in his dirty politics
While conservatism is a set of principles for economic governance, liberalism is a religion for world control. Like any creed, it must be believed wholeheartedly. Then, all else loses significance. The rule of law, moral convention, and civility mean nothing to someone confident that he is on the side of what is right and just. As long as such people are true to the liberal faith, no law or ethic need apply to their actions.
The Republicans have to understand that mindset and get dirty — fight with both hands — for this election will be a battle to the death for the nation, and perhaps the world.
Barack Obama is the ultimate of bullies. Yet, like most bullies, it is the challenge he fears, the truth he despises. The ultimate terror for Barack Obama is that the world will see who he really is: a petty man of little talent and few gifts.
I don’t know what this advisory means because “personally” means a lot of different things.
If they mean “it’s dangerous to claim he’s evil and deliberately wishes to plunge the country in Cloward-Piven chaos,” I agree, that is dangerous. Those in the middle do not believe this (because if they did believe this, they sure wouldn’t be in the middle!) and that’s too much of a buy-in to expect the politically unaffected to kick in, intellectually.
On the other hand, is it “personal” to note he’s a Stuttering Clusterf***k of a Miserable Failure? Okay, yes, with the swears, that’s personal; but pointing out someone’s policies are a complete and utter failure — most likely because they are based on a wrongheaded and thick-witted ignorance/denial of the workings of the real world — that’s not personal.
But Europe is probably going to plunge into something in between a recession or a depression, and may erupt in violence and political disorder.
And Europe is Obama’s lodestar. That’s where he wants to take us. To the extent we haven’t gotten there yet, it’s because Americans are soft, lazy bitter clingers who hate other sorts of people (and their politico-economic systems).
So Europe’s 60 or 70 year history with socialism is about to end in violent upheavals and misery… and here’s this ignoramus saying that it’s capitalism which is the proven failure.
The SCOAMF knows what he’s doing.
I do think they’re right, though, about people liking or pitying O more than you’d expect given the relentless dreariness of his term. That’s what I was getting at last week when I wrote about his surprisingly high job approval numbers, and why I’ve written several times about how O’s perceived culpability for the protracted awfulness of the economy might actually shrink the more protracted that awfulness is. As bad as he’s been, he can always argue that he was handed a terrible hand; even if voters decide he’s too risky to bet on again, they’re bound to wonder if he’s being blamed for something no one realistically could have fixed in four years. There’ll be some electoral sympathy for him. The RNC’s simply trying to figure out how to keep it as dormant as possible.
Mike Hendrix is with me: “This party is too dumb to live”:
Good Lord, what vapid, spineless crap. As Mike Walsh says:
Gee, if Obama’s personal-approval numbers are still high, why would you want to take them down? Let them stay there, lest the Democrat-Media Complex accuse you of being a blue meanie.
It’s not Obama’s policies that are the problem, it’s Obama and everything he represents and stands for. Engage the president on the deepest, most potent level, or join John McCain and Bob Dole on the ash heap of history.
Please see this post for a further explanation to clueless RINO milksops. If this is their idea of how to save the country, then they need to go ahead and climb up onto that aforementioned ash heap just as quickly as possible. The sooner they get the hell out of the way, the less time and trouble we have to waste elbowing them aside. And time is something we don’t have a whole lot of.