In the innocent, bygone days of February, President Obama told NBC News that the campaign would get negative against him, but provided this assurance: “I think that you will be able to see how we conduct ourselves in the campaign. I think it will be consistent with how I conducted myself in 2008 and hopefully how I have conducted myself as president of the United States.”
Not since Gary Hart urged reporters to follow him around because “they’d be very bored” has an assurance been more of an indictment. The Obama campaign has targeted and intimidated Republican donors on an Internet enemies list. It has engaged in the juvenile mockery of Mitt Romney’s singing. It has suggested, without evidence, that Romney may have committed the felony of falsifying Federal Election Commission documents. It has speculated, without proof, that Romney has avoided paying taxes. When Joe Biden engages in racially charged hyperbole, he is awkwardly but accurately reflecting the spirit of the 2012 Obama campaign.
Remember, this is a Dubya speechwriter accusing the Obama campaign of intimidation and racism, and screaming that there's no proof on Mitt's taxes because there's no way to know what his tax returns look like.
It's hysterical. Republicans have openly accused the President of being a Islamist terrorist sympathizer, an America-hating Manchurian Candidate, a foreigner committing crimes by lying about his birth certificate, a tyrant, a race-war breeding white-hating racist thug, a criminal running a Chicago-style organized crime syndicate and a jackbooted fascist Nazi.
But the problem here is the tone President Obama is setting by saying Mitt should release his tax returns.
Gerson is a fool and a liar, which goes with being a speechwriter for Dubya, of course. But this may be the worst nonsense I've read in years.
For the Obama campaign, this is not an aberration; it is a culmination. The demonization of Romney is a main element of its strategy, pursued by Obama’s closest associates and former employees, not by loosely affiliated partisan groups. Deniability is not even remotely plausible, but it doesn’t remotely matter. Even when exposed, the Obama campaign never retracts, never apologizes — convinced that the news cycle will quickly erase inconvenient memories.
Gerson should really just stop talking now before Donald Trump calls Obama a Kenyan again, or any of the myriad Romney supporters call the First Lady "Moo-chelle" again, you know?
By the way, this is the same guy who worked for an administration that openly called dissenters and critics, anti-American traitors. You think he's projecting?