Clearly, Pres. Obama’s moment of honesty in Roanoke this month is hurting his campaign. After weeks of Obama trying to clobber Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital, his tax returns, and now the Olympics, Rasmussen has the race a three-point lead for Romney in a daily tracking poll of likely voters. (The last attack at least has some truth to it: consider all the jobs that left Salt Lake City for Turin as soon as Romney was done with the 2002 Olympics.)
Now, a la Slim Pickens in the famous scene from Dr. Strangelove, the Democratic National Committee plans to “go nuclear,” as characterized by BuzzFeed, which reports on a memo from Brad Woodhouse of the DNC…
“In conjunction with [Organizing for America], we’re going to turn the page tomorrow on Mitt Romney’s trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the President and small business and set the record straight on how Mitt Romney has a horrible record on small business, a failed record on jobs and who is advocating for policies that are great for millionaires, billionaires, big oil and corporate America – but that would devastate small businesses and stifle job growth and small business expansion.”
Pres. Obama himself appears in a campaign ad to reiterate his contention that Romney quoted him out of context, and that he really supports small business – with more government spending. The facts of Obama’s claims aside, Alana Goodman in Commentary compares it to Christine O’Donnell’s “‘I’m not a witch” ad in the 2010 Delaware Senate race. If you’re explaining, you’re losing.
The Obama campaign’s response seems to be more of the same attack themes that it claims are working, but that don’t appear to have actually moved the needle.