In the wake of the debate, writes Ed Morrissey, Democrats are
. . . not talking about a second-term agenda; all they’re talking about is how bad Romney will be for America as President. They have focused more lately on his tax plan, misrepresenting it as a massive middle-class tax hike, but that didn’t work for Obama in the debate when Romney was on stage to answer that attack. Nor did the character attacks work particularly well as a knock-out blow to Romney over the summer, when Team Obama dominated the airwaves with those attack ads. Now that voters have seen Romney on stage with Obama and looking at least as presidential as the incumbent, if not more so, [Fox News analyst Peter] Johnson’s right — those attacks are likely to backfire.
But, given the Facebook posts of my liberal friends, these attacks do seem to be increasing. Even as the Obama campaign tries to spin the jobs numbers (job growth which is really quite anemic), his “acolytes” are focusing on how horrible, no good and very bad is Mitt Romney. Obama seems to be trying the tack himself.
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