The Republicans: Right
Where Barack Obama Wants Them
"Obama and his campaign team
can sit back in delight as they watch conservatives fight their battles for
them. By analyzing the reaction to campaign videos Republicans will use to
dishonor one another in the next 'battleground' states, Obama will be able to
read what citizens see as their greatest weaknesses."
Mitt Romney, the favorite, is
tottering. But who can replace him as President Obama's opponent? Newt
Gingrich's sensational victory in the South Carolina primary only reflects what
an unusual election year 2012 is turning out to be - and the weakness of the Republican
field. The base is insecure and still harbors doubts about all the nominees.
Now the last four rivals are embroiled in a grueling intra-party battle full of
slanderous ad hominem attacks. Obama and his campaign team can sit back in
delight as they watch conservatives fight their battles for them. By analyzing
the reaction to campaign videos that Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul will use
to dishonor one another in the next "battleground" states, Obama will
be able to read what citizens see as their greatest weaknesses.
Does one attack Romney as an unprincipled
opportunist who changes his positions based on what people want to hear? Or in
terms of class warfare, as a heartless investment manager who pays a lower tax
rate than his secretary, and like a "locust" has destroyed more jobs
than he has created?
And if Gingrich unexpectedly catches
Romney, what will the citizenry find more repellant? His hypocrisy? After all,
he preaches conservative values, but cheated on his wives and sought divorce
while they were seriously ill - and then attacked Bill Clinton for lying about
the Lewinsky affair. Or will it be the cynicism that cost him his position as
House speaker in 1998?
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