Romney deputy press secretary Ryan Williams called the release “absurd:” “If the Obama campaign thinks that it’s important to issue a press release explaining Bill Clinton’s praise of Governor Romney’s ‘sterling’ business record, they are losing,” he said. “Losing miserably.” – Buzzfeed
SO, BILL CLINTON speaks a truth that’s been held as a not so secret reality inside the Democratic Party about Mitt Romney’s private equity career, and the Obama campaign does what?
Gets defensive and releases a statement from Bill Clinton to CBS News saying he wasn’t endorsing Mitt Romney.
Would I kid you about political stupid? This was needed why? From CBS:
“’I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president,’ Clinton said. ‘But he shouldn’t be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues. So today, because I didn’t attack him personally and bash him, I wake up to read all these stories taking it out of context as if I had virtually endorsed him, which means the tea party has already won their first great victory: ‘We are supposed to hate each to disagree.’ That is wrong.’”
Whoever made the decision to release a statement from Pres. Clinton to prove he wasn’t endorsing Mitt Romney is an idiot.
I sent out some emails yesterday to get insider takes on Clinton’s statement about Bain, just to see what people were thinking deep inside the bubble. It ranged from “et tu” to drooling Democratic defensiveness, mixed with silence.
Obamans and people in that orbit are obviously freaked that Democrats didn’t lap up the Axe-Plouffe-Cutter scorched earth Bain strategy with glee. Evidently they missed the part about relationships and knowing the reaction to a major campaign theme from your own before you trot it out. Sure the base would go bonkers on anti-Bain messaging, but there’s an entire corporate Wall Street wing, which happens to include Barack Obama and his pals, lest anyone forget, that was never going to swallow it.
The pivot to Mitt’s Massachusetts record is the second prong and they’re counting on it to work, even if Axelrod’s Boston stunt went badly. Romney will bide his time until the Supreme Court weighs in on the Affordability Care Act later this month, then pivot and use his own health care plan to do it (or at least that’s what he should do).
It’s the art of political war, Jack Ryan strategy of politics: “Give them no place to go, nothing to report, no story.” If you’ve got a liability don’t just embrace it, find a way to run on it.
So far, this isn’t the slick Obama campaign of 2008. Assumptions were made on their anti-Bain roll out that blew up in their faces. These people may believe the facts and odds are with them to win in November, which they are, but they’re flailing on execution so far and that’s not smart. Romney may lose in the end, but he’s not going down pretty.