Right-Wing Rage Trips Itself
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A glaring example is offered by the now-repudiated attack-ad campaign against President
Haven't we been here before? I understand why
But presumptive Republican nominee
The high-profile Republican strategists who authored the plan also suggested hiring as a spokesman an "extremely literate conservative African-American" who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a "metrosexual, black
Perhaps they figure a spokesman-of-color will help deflect any suspicion that the ad is trying to play the race card. Perish the thought.
The proposal was overseen by strategist
We'll never know, but I doubt it. Smaller efforts around the country to play up Rev. Wright and other right-wing demons from Obama's past had little impact, and he won by a larger margin than many, including me, expected.
Intended to be launched through an anti-Obama super PAC, the so-called "Ricketts plan" has been repudiated by Ricketts. Through a statement, he says it was just one of many proposals and never was actually approved. I imagine that it never will be now, unless, say, the campaign become a tight race in the fall. That's when candidates and their supporters on both sides get desperate and, sometimes, nasty.
Obama's likeability advantage is even acknowledged somewhat begrudgingly in the proposal, which laments that voters "still aren't ready to hate this president." That's a big reason why Romney on the campaign stump often has described Obama as a nice guy who is "in over his head" at creating jobs. But even conceding that much ground to Obama is more than his most extreme critics can tolerate.
From the viewpoint of many conservatives, apparently including Ricketts, Obama was never really vetted by the mainstream media, even though Rev. Wright was first reported by
Nevertheless, the no-vetting myth persists. It may bring comfort to his most angry opposition to think Obama was slipped into office like an affirmative-action baby, but it takes some grasp of reality to win elections.
If anything, Team Obama was jumping for joy after this faulty plan was leaked. Unfair attacks tend to enrage Obama's base. His supporters could use some enraging, among other forms of excitement, these days if Obama is going to get reelected. In that pursuit, the excesses of his biggest foes can be his biggest asset.
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