“Barack Obama’s aides and advisers“, wrote Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin last August in Politico,
are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.
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“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.
Their goal was to make the Republican an unacceptable alternative to an incumbent with a weak record. Yet, as Ace reported early this morning, even the CNN poll showing Obama “winning” the debate with just 47% of those surveyed found voters preferring Romney on the economy by a 54-40 margin, up by 3 points on health care, 7 on taxes, 23 on the deficit and 3 on leadership. He lagged on foreign policy by two points.
Wonder if that last number would have been any different had Candy Crowley not weighed in on behalf of the incumbent.
If you’re leading the incumbent on a bevy of issues, you’re not an unacceptable alternative.