The New York Times has published a 50-page document titled "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama" that was put together by Republican strategists for a super PAC, and then hilariously leaked to the press. The Washington Post explains:
The New York Times got hold of a proposed campaign playbook commissioned by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, who has become increasingly involved in GOP politics.
The plan, called “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good,” would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” the strategists write, according to the Times report...Mitt Romney’s campaign distanced itself from the idea.
“Unlike the Obama campaign, Gov. Romney is running a campaign based on jobs and the economy, and we encourage everyone else to do the same,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades said. “It’s clear President Obama’s team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate any efforts on our side to do so.”
I haven't read the whole document, but I can't wait to do that. It begins:
The metrosexual black Abe Lincoln has emerged as a hyper-partisan, hyper liberal, elitist politician with more than a bit of the trimmer in him.
Wow! Someone paid a lot of money for that writing. But for now, let's stay focused on this Wright thing. While it's true that John McCain refused to let his campaign attack Obama on Reverend Wright, there were Republican ads featuring Reverend Wright in 2008. The American people heard all about Reverend Wright, and they decided it wasn't a major issue. And let's pretend for a second that every fringe Republican bad dream about this is true, and that Reverend Wright did instill in President Obama, somehow, a deep-seated hatred of the United States. Wouldn't President Obama have destroyed America by now? Waiting for a second term to unleash the full force of your "god damn America" routine doesn't seem like the smartest move.
I refuse to believe this plan would have seen fruition. I think the Romney people (and, yes, the campaigns are supposed to have no contact with their super PACs, but I don't think any American believes that to be the reality) would have pulled the plug on this particular attack line. The last thing the Romney people want, one of the things they're most afraid of, is a discussion about religion. But this is a major black eye for the Romney campaign: Having the plans for the campaign slipped to the media means the Romney campaign suffers basically all the negatives of releasing a negative ad campaign with none of the positives.
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