Would it be too much to ask President Obama to at least pretend to be "presidential" for at least a week? A day even?
We've gone from the tradition of George Washington, the reluctant candidate, to Obama, the candidate who will "kill" to be reelected.
There are reports today that the Obama camp is throwing in the towel; giving up even pretending that the President deserves re-election based upon his record.
Now, according to Politico.com, "the candidate who ran on 'hope' in 2008 has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent."
The target of the attack will be Mitt Romney, the front-runner Republican candidate the White House expects to be Obama's opponent. With fifteen months still to go before the election, and nearly a year until a Republican nominee is officially selected, it is a remarkably early admission of desperation at the White House.
The Politico article quotes a "prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House" as confessing that, "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney."
There are 27 million Americans unemployed, under employed, or that have completely given up even trying to find a job and have left the work force. The economy is in the tank. The full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury suffered its first downgrade since 1917 that sparked near panic on Wall Street and capital markets across the planet.
And, what do we get from the President? Slash-and-burn campaigning.
"It is disgraceful that President Obama's campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to 'kill' his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks," said a spokesman for Romney according to CBS News. "President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama's billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change."
Reports say that president's team is going to go after Romney's Mormon religious affilation, his connection with turnaround specialist Bain Capital, painting Romney as "weird."
Obviously, the only job Obama is concerned about is his own.
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