Politico takes a page from Breitbart.
The problem is they’ve done it so poorly their naked opportunism reveals only corruption. Talk about torturing a meme to drive hits to your site. I’ll bite, because the Politico team deserves the attention in the form of derision for this one.
It’s one of the most dishonest, contorted and contrived pieces you’ll read on Mitt Romney, but what the Politico team conjured up out of thin air against Democrats is downright scurrilous. Oh, and for good measure they throw in the war on women, via Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney, because you wouldn’t want to miss the hat trick when you’re pulling out all the stops.
If Mitt Romney could be “Draperized” he’d actually have a better chance of winning in November.
From Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, no less:
The Draperizing of Mitt Romney is under way.
He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker’s charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past.
Romney doesn’t drink or cheat, and he also lacks the third fundamental element of the fictional ad-maker, charisma, but never mind all of that, Mitt Romney is Don.
It gets worse when Martin and Haberman decide to play the Mormon card out of thin air, attributing it to Democrats.
What Democrats won’t say, even under the cloak of anonymity, is that the highly charged discussion of Romney and gender opens the door to an even more combustible topic: the candidate’s membership in a church that encourages women to stay at home and handle child-rearing.
Obama and his advisers will never overtly go there, of course.
But in appealing to the female vote, the president has held out his own family’s experience of trying to juggle dual careers with child-rearing — an implicit contrast with his GOP rival.
“We didn’t have the luxury for her not to work,” Obama said last week at a White House forum on women in the workplace, noting that Michelle Obama “gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career.”
Last time I looked evangelicals, Southern Baptists and other fundamentalist religions all choose to embrace the roles of women staying at home to take care of child-rearing. The home-schooling, as Michele Bachmann revealed, extends well beyond Mormonism.
While acknowledging that Democrats won’t mention Mormonism, “even under the cloak of anonymity,” their fantasy Draperizing of Mitt Romney opens a non-existent door to hit Romney on religion.
It’s a twofer for traffic.
Trading on “Mad Men” popularity as a safe opener, the poison political pill of hitting Democrats via the Mormon card that hasn’t been played, which Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has said is off limits, is irresistible for the popular beltway spinners. Politico actually believes it’s a dying urge for Obama reelect to mine Mitt’s Mormonism, but also that it wouldn’t backfire horribly. The charge comes without proof, without even an infamous blind quote or on background source, but out of the fevered corners of Politico’s insider gossip mill.
As someone who makes Politico a first stop for morning news, especially Mike Allen’s Playbook, I’ve seen Jim VandeHei on his PoliticoLive C-SPAN show say that Romney’s Mormonism should be in the conversation. But the way Politico weaves it into this story stretches the journalistic bounds.
This is a scurrilous piece of business from Jim VandeHei, but from John Harris it’s absolutely stunning.
It’s a bipartisan alarm that should make Democrats, as well as Romney supporters, take note of what they’ll receive in a 2012 political year that’s shaping up to be a battle to the bottom.