Skip to comments.Surprise: Obama’s campaign now fundraising off of Rev. Wright attack ad that never ran
Posted on 05/19/2012 12:27:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Like I said yesterday, given his liabilities on the economy, I think The Ones reasonably comfortable with nearly any change of subject. Even this subject:
Campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a fundraising appeal Thursday night saying that the proposal, submitted to (and rejected by) a Republican super PAC, shows in vivid and gruesome detail what the President and all of us are up against.
He adds, This is going to be worse than we could have imagined Pitch in today to fight these attacks and show them this only makes us stronger.
These Democratic efforts to promote this unaired attack is a good sign that Wright wont come up much again this cycle. While Romneys favorability numbers are increasing, personal likability remains solid turf for Obama. A Wright-oriented attack would likely inspire more enthusiasm in the Democratic base than in the Republican one.
Follow the link for Messinas full message, including the aside about Obama being branded the, er, metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln. Their fundraising last month was fully $10 million off the pace from their haul in March so here he is using a little outrageous outrage to get people to dig deep. More from Politico on why the White House is more chipper about a debate over Rev. Wright now than in 2008:
[A] discussion of race also reinforces the historic nature of Obamas presidency. The election of the first black president was a profoundly meaningful moment for African Americans and an aspirational vote for others. To remind those voters of the history they made particularly through crude attempts at using Obamas race against him is to make them wonder whether they want to turn out the first black family from the White House
Ken Khachigian, a senior adviser and chief speechwriter to Ronald Reagan, argued that Obamas campaign has more incentive to discuss race in 2012 than it did in 2008 because then it was an open question whether the American public could select a black man as president. He likened the Obama campaigns sharp response to the Times story to watching Jimmy Carter invoke Reagans bigotry in 1980.
They will want to raise it if they can find anything to divert, whether its on racial issues or anything else. Theyll try to find a way to get peoples minds off the economy, Khachigian said.
Heres Romneys new ad, which is effective and very much in line with what he wants to talk about for the next six months. Exit quotation from Alma Adams, a North Carolina Democratic state representative whose party is surely above Wright-style religious attacks: From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. Thats sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue.
(VIDEO AT LINK)
Not exacly. His presonal favorability fell below 50% for the first time in a recent poll. Still I don't think the hammering Rev. Wright would be particularly productive. Part of the decline in Zero's likabilty has been due to his blatent attempt at demonizing and dividing. He's been President for four years now. People are going to judge Obama based on his record, and vote for who they think will be able to start fixing the mess we're in. Any change of subject is good for Zero.
Absolutely totally agree with you. Stick to Obamas piss poor job on the economy and his crappy track record. His slime campaign also drops his personal favorability rating.
I believe the campaign message is “Romney might have run this vicious attack on me.” Compelling? Nah.