Using Barack Obama's own words against him should -- and will -- be one of the GOP's most potent weapons in the upcoming general election cycle. Captain Hopenchange claimed to be all about good government (except when it was inconvenient) and positive campaigning back in 2008. Never mind the fact that his words didn't match his campaign's actions; the media bought into it, so it somehow became "the truth." As we all know, even symbolic adherence to those lofty standards is being tossed out the window this year, despite the president's professed refusal to take the low road. What's so off-putting about the low road? I could explain, but I'd prefer to let him explain (pay close attention between the 16- and 30-second marks):
"If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run away from."
Here we have 2008's Barack Obama denouncing his entire 2012 re-election strategy. It's shameless, but it certainly adheres to his pattern. The Republican National Committee dug that gem up, and I hear there's a lot more material where it came from. As we'll be reminding you many times in the coming months, Hope and Change was an elaborate and effective fraud. Now that the mask is off, it's time to replace its ring-leader.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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