Once again, we see our friends at Yahoo! trying to help the Obama Democrats get their message out. Just look at this headline which suggests that Romney view are “extreme” and Obama is just talking about them:
Yup, the incumbent is calling his opponent “extreme”:
President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.
Amazing just amazing. Do wonder if any president running for reelection has attacked his opponent the way Obama has, calling his rival’s positions “extreme” and saying his “lacks serious ideas.” Don’t recall Reagan ever doing it in 1984 nor Clinton in 1996, nor even W in 2004.
Speaking of serious ideas, what exactly are Obama’s plans to reform entitlements to prevent their insolvency and to realize that “net spending cut” he promised and to cut the deficit in half (by the end of his first term) as he pledged?
It seems rather that Mr. Obama’s the one lacking in serious ideas. Mr. Romney, by contrast, tapped as his running mate a Congressman who has put forward (and otherwise articulated) many serious ideas.
(I would dare say the AP reporter never bothered to follow up on Mr. Obama’s attacks and misrepresentations.)
The real extremist in this race is not the challenger, but the incumbent. He favors bigger government while most voters prefer smaller government with fewer services. He pushed legislation overhauling our nation’s health care system, even as the bill lost public support during his campaign to pass it. Even his position on abortion is extreme as John McCormack reminds us:
A Quinnipiac poll asked voters in December 2009: “Do you support or oppose using public funds to pay for abortions under a health care reform bill?” Seventy-two percent of voters opposed public funding of abortion and 23 percent supported it.
Mr. Obama favors using public funds to pay for abortion. Not just that, McCormack adds:
So extreme is Obama’s commitment to abortion-on-demand that as an Illinois state senator he opposed measures to protect infants who had been born alive during botched late-term abortions. The president is so dedicated to “women’s rights” that this summer he opposed a ban on gender-selective abortions—the abortion of girls because they are girls.
Read the whole thing. Once again, it seems, Mr. Obama levels accusations against his opponents which could be better directed at him.
FROM THE COMMENTS: The “phenomenon you’re talking about,” observes Charlie Foxtrot
. . . is called “Projection” in psychological studies, and simply referred to as “Being a Liberal” in the American vernacular.
Ultimately, I think it backfires on guys like Romney because, as JP mentioned, there is nothing extreme about the man. It’s why the Dem attacks against W always failed. Sooner or later people see the guy Democrats are vilifying and think, “he doesn’t look like a baby eating spawn of Satan..”