But suddenly the actions of one relatively obscure member of Congress, along with a lovely skinny-dip in the Sea of Galilee by one of his GOP colleagues, has given the Democrats and the press enough cover to go into full-blown attack mode. Suddenly, the GOP is the "party that hurts women" all over again.
In reality, Romney and the Republicans have done everything possible to rebuke and disassociate themselves from this guy. Enough is enough.
President Obama took to the White House press room to pounce on this faux pas. Now he hasn't given a real press conference of any substance in ages, but the president was quick to enter the press room with a prepared statement on this one.
This is the old "razzle-dazzle" that Richard Gere made famous playing a dramatic defense attorney in the film version of the hit musical "Chicago" -- and how appropriate, because this tactic has Chicago politics written all over it.
Most of the nation's states are suffering from continued high unemployment numbers. We are learning that Obamacare will cost Medicare over $700 billion in cuts and create a small panel to decide how everyone enrolled should be treated under the program in future years. And the country's economic growth has slowed to a crawl.
But everything from Romney's taxes to this latest distraction has been used by the Obama camp to divert attention away from the real issue in this campaign. The Republicans need to ignore these distractions and remind Americans just how bad off we are and that Romney-Ryan can restore the American dream that today is a nightmare.
Matt Towery heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Follow him on Twitter @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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