@DLoesch Don't worry - I'm sure the Dems will find a way to blame the GOP for it, just like they did with the I35 bridge collapse in MPLS.
I have to admit, I didn't think I would see this coming any time in this campaign. However, the Obama campaign's latest prong in the Bain attack (he signed FEC recorded documents after 2000 so he must either be a felon or a liar) has actually pulled CNN back to the center. Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters has the video and transcripts.
MITT ROMNEY: They announced early on, one of their insiders said that they -- their -- their campaign was going to be based upon the strategy of -- quote -- "kill Romney," end of quote. That's what they're doing. It's disgusting. It's demeaning. It's something which I think the president should take responsibility for and stop.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: And do you believe you're being swiftboated in this campaign?
Granted, Acosta just threw it out there. I don't think that there was a whole lot of thought put to his comment. The AC360 story....well that's different.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Even in the flood of negative ads pouring out of each side of this race, Democrats are hitting one target again and again and again...
...The White House clearly wants to portray Mitt Romney's time at the helm of Bain Capital as a weak spot. In ad after ad, Democrats are suggesting Romney is a fat cat job outsourcer, an opportunistic financial predator, and a leader's out of touch with the working class. Never mind that many of those claims appear to be backed with little or no evidence.
KEN GOLDSTEIN, PRESIDENT, CMAG-KANTAR MEDIA: The Obama campaign is absolutely doubling down on the Bain attack, no doubt about it. And if the work triple down existed, they would be doing that as well.
FOREMAN: Ken Goldstein is the political media analyst who believes President Obama was at one point looking to steal a page from Ronald Reagan's playbook, planning an optimistic, positive reelection campaign until economic troubles and weak poll numbers hit hard.
GOLDSTEIN: I think the Obama folks were hoping to run a campaign like "morning in America" in 1984. But the campaign I think they're look at is much more the George W. Bush campaign in 2004.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The accusations that John Kerry...
FOREMAN: He's talking about the swiftboat campaign, in which President Bush's challenger John Kerry was demonized over what his campaign considered an attribute. His decorated service as a soldier in Vietnam. The swiftboat ads, backed by a group of pro-Bush veterans, questioned the Democratic challenger's conduct in the war, his anti-war activities later and his patriotism.
(on camera): Kerry was slow to respond and never very effective in refuting their claims even though his critics offered little in the way of proof. He lost the election of course. And for many Democrats, swiftboating became a catch-all term for any unfair, untrue, personal assault on a candidate.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Romney's companies...
FOREMAN (voice-over): But if the president is troubled by the comparison of his Bain attacks to Republican swiftboating, he's not showing it.
The left has turned what the Swift Boat Vets did into a contemptible act. Whether their charges were true or not didn't necessarily matter. The big difference between the Swift Boat accusations and the Bain accusations is that the Swift Boat vets were an outside interest group. They were not, in any way. part of the official campaign and the Bain attacks are coming straight from the Obama campaign. That makes the Bain attacks far more damaging.
Going after Mitt Romney on aspects of his time at Bain are indeed fair game. To bring out accusations that have been repeatedly refuted MONTHS ago carries the stench of desperation. Desperation that comes from the fact that the President does not have a successful record to run on....only a record of broken promises and failed expectations.
The Obama Campaign still has time to turn things around - however this is a team, run by a man who has shown no ability to change course. Once the President has decided a course of action - nothing on earth or in heaven - no amount of additional information - will persuade him to change his mind and change course. With this disastrous course set - Team Romney has to be mentally measuring the drapes already.