Here’s hoping Newt’s finally right
LAURA WASHINGTON LauraSWashington@aol.com December 4, 2011 3:58PM
Updated: January 6, 2012 8:08AM
David Axelrod and Co. are playing the oblique angles.
A crack billiards player knows how to take a shot at one target and make multiple scores. That’s the latest play in President Barack Obama’s re-election 2012 campaign.
The Democratic National Committee is running ads aimed straight at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the barely presumed top contender for the Republican presidential nomination. The commercials are sure to soften up Romney for body blows from his eager competitors. The strategy benefits a dubious GOP presidential lineup that the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson likens to “the famous bar scene from ‘Star Wars.’ ”
Either way, it’s Obama’s gain.
Romney has hovered at or near the top of national polls for months. Yet, less than a month before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, he can’t put it away. It’s Romney’s second turn on the presidential track, yet his poll numbers still hover in the 20 percent range. Since summer, Mitt “Willard” Romney has fought off surges from Michele “Deer in the Headlights” Bachmann, Herman “I Didn’t Do Whatever They Said I Did” Cain, and Newt “Mr. Adulterer” Gingrich.
Romney is burdened by a festering and fundamental flaw: The party activists don’t like or trust him. The conservative Republican base frets that the former governor of America’s most liberal state is not true to the cause. And influential evangelicals are wary of the lifelong Mormon.
That’s a perfect set up for the Democrats’ latest billiard shot. Last week they launched the “Trapped” commercial.
The make-believe movie trailer promises “the story of two men trapped in one body,” attacking Romney for flip flopping on issues like health care and abortion. The ad is running in five primary battleground states and is being promoted to millions through the Internet and social media, reports the New York Times.
In response, Romney’s people change the subject and finger Obama for failing to fix the economy, the GOP’s signature complaint.
The Romney-ites have more to worry about than ducking cue balls from the Democrats. They fear the Rise of the Newt. In recent days, Gingrich has been cresting near the top of numerous polls. The former House Speaker is doing well in Iowa and recently snared a prized endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader. The media is treating him like a front-runner. That’s a pretty good showing for this thrice-married, Tiffany buying, fat-cat lobbyist for the 1 percent.
It would be so delicious to watch the Obama campaign bounce him around the billiard table.
Gingrich embraced his new status last Thursday with this hubristic declaration to ABC News:
“I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if, for once, Gingrich is right.