Desperate Team Romney resorts to ‘Kamikaze’ attacks in final days


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

In the final days of the presidential race, a desperate Team Romney has resorted to what you might call a Kamikaze strategy. Greg Sargent explains in Mitt Romney’s Kamikaze strategy:

His campaign is cranking out a startling number of falsehoods and
sleazy attacks, drawing widespread condemnation in the media that could
ultimately crash his campaign
, because that condemnation dovetails with
Obama’s closing character argument against him.

Of course, the Kamikaze analogy only goes so far. If Romney’s
calculation proves correct — and all the ad spending overwhelms whatever
criticism his falsehoods and distortions draw in the media — his quest
for the presidency would obviously come to fruition, rather than perish.

However, our democracy as we have known it for more than 200 years would perish under the weight of voters rewarding Big Lie GOPropaganda.

[T]he Ohio press continues to pound Romney for the centerpiece of this
Kamikaze strategy: His false claims about the auto-bailout and Jeep
supposedly moving American jobs to China. Dems are circulating this scorching editorial in the Youngstown Vindicator
that hits Romney’s Jeep lie as an “insult to Ohians” and bluntly states
that Romney is “no friend of the auto in­dus­try, on which Ohio re­lies
for one of ev­ery eight jobs.” Another hard-hitting editorial in the Toledo Blade
blasts Romney for an “ex­er­cise in de­cep­tion about auto-in­dus­try
is­sues that is re­mark­able even by the stan­dards of his cam­paign.”

All of this feeds directly into the final argument Obama is making
about Romney’s character, integrity, and authenticity: He’ll shamelessly
say anything to win and as a result you can’t trust him on anything,
let alone to look out for your interests
. Romney is banking that he can
surf past all the media and Obama camp criticism on a wave of last
minute ad spending. Refusing to answer questions from the press is
central to pulling that off. If Romney were to take questions from
reporters, he’d be asked to answer for all of this stuff.

After all, when reporters do press him on his dishonesty and/or
evasions, the results aren’t pretty. Romney faced harsh criticism for
his refusal to answer questions about whether he still agreed with his
previous suggestion that he favors transferring FEMA responsibilities to
the states.

* * *

None of this is to say Romney’s closing strategy can’t work. But it’s a pretty massive and audacious gamble on his part.

UPDATE: The perils of Romney’s Kamikaze strategy are very
clear in this new ad [entitled 'Cynical'] the Obama campaign will air in Ohio and Michigan.
It hits Romney for his Jeep lie and suggests it’s all about covering up
his opposition to the auto rescue:

Ad transcript:

"Wholly inaccurate. Clearly misleading. That's what news
outlets are calling Mitt Romney's latest ads
…suggesting auto jobs are
being sent to China."

"GM calls Romney's ads 'politics at its cynical worst'"

"And Chrysler's C-E-O said it's simply not true."

"We know the truth, Mitt"

Mitt Romney:
"That's exactly what I said, that headline that you read, which it said, 'Let Detroit go bankrupt.'"

UPDATE: A second ad from the Obama campaign entitled "What he said" has also been released.


  1. Since no one else has commented on this post (a good one), I’ll just let everyone know the endorsements of Arizona’s fastest-growing political party, the Arizona Americans Elect Party, in the 2012 election. Although, unlike more intelligent states like New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Oregon and South Carolina, Arizona does not technically allow cross-endorsements and fusion candidates, we at the Arizona Americans Elect Party are giving our ballot line, like the Working Families Party in some states, to candidates of other parties where we don’t have our own candidate. So as Supreme Leader of the Arizona Americans Elect Party, I am ordering our followers and minions to vote this way:

    he Arizona Americans Elect Party announced its endorsements in the races for President and Congress, as well as for three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

    Richard Grayson, Supreme Leader of the Arizona Americans Elect Party and an endorsed candidate for Congress in the Fourth District, announced the endorsement at the party’s secret headquarters in Mesa.

    “I’m proud to endorse the entire Arizona Americans Elect Party slate, from President Obama and Rich Carmona for U.S. Senator, as well as our candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives,” Grayson said. “Although only Stephen Dolgos in the Eighth Congressional District and I are running officially on the Americans Elect Party, we are cross-endorsing candidates of other parties for the other congressional seats.”

    The Arizona Americans Elect Party endorses the following candidates in 2012:

    President/Vice President: Barack Obama/Joseph Biden (Democrat)
    U.S. Senator: Richard Carmona (Democrat)
    U.S. House, District 1: Ann Kirkpatrick (Democrat)
    U.S. House, District 2: Ron Barber (Democrat)
    U.S. House, District 3: Raul Grijalva (Democrat)
    U.S. House, District 4: Richard Grayson (Americans Elect)
    U.S. House, District 5: Spencer Morgan (Democrat)
    U.S. House, District 6: Mark Salazar (Green)
    U.S. House, District 7: Joe Cobb (Libertarian)
    U.S. House, District 8: Stephen Dolgos (Americans Elect)
    U.S. House, District 9: Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat)
    Arizona Corporation Commission: Daniel Pout (Green), Christopher Gohl (Libertarian), Thomas Meadows (Green)

    The Americans Elect Party stands by its motto: “Let’s make Arizona less of a shithole.”

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