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Laments that President Obama has been beastly to
Such minor voices in Obama's own party as Mayor
For reasons only clear to Booker himself, last Sunday on television he administered a verbal wrist-slapping to the man he wants re-elected in November, for characterizing
Booker equated Obama's charge with the plan submitted to the Romney campaign, but flatly rejected, to resurrect the 2008 ties of Obama with his former pastor,
In making it, Booker as an Obama surrogate broke a cardinal rule, which is that you never step on your candidate's message. Proof that the lesson was soon if tardily learned was a subsequent retreat by Booker.
Similar to a lesser extent were the remarks of Rattner, who oversaw for Obama the federal auto bailouts that helped
While saying Romney had made a mistake in claiming he had created 100,000 jobs at Bain, Rattner offered that the firm had acted "within the rules" and "very responsibly." He didn't think, he said, there was "anything
That, of course, is beside the point that Obama has been making -- that Romney's mission at Bain was to boost profits, not to create jobs, and that's where his success lay, not in job creation. But Rattner in his comments also stepped the president's message, giving the
Once again, here's an example of the peril of having people speaking or acting on their own, instead of leaving the message to the candidate and to the campaign aides whose job is to help craft it to maximum political advantage.
The shoe was on the other foot recently when an outside Republican consultant drafted the elaborate advertising plan to smear Obama again with his former connection with his bombastic old
The latest gaffes reflect poorly not only on Booker and Rattner but also on the formal Obama campaign for not driving home within its own ranks sufficient discipline among its official or self-appointed surrogates. The subsequent retreats from these tactical goofs look suspiciously campaign-directed.
Only last month, the Obama campaign was plagued by the unsolicited rap by a Democratic consultant,
In this election season in which allegations of "class warfare" have been traded back and forth, it's certainly legitimate for the president to question whether Romney's work at
However, in casting himself as the defender of the middle class against the onslaughts of big corporate money, Obama's task would be less complicated if he didn't at the same time have his hand out so conspicuously to
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