How The Romney Campaign Decided To Take The Gloves Off

Surrogates will bring up cocaine, Fast and Furious, and ties to Blagojevich, one aide says. What Romneyland is thinking.

McKay Coppins

…In speeches from Des Moines to Dallas, Romney has always been careful to hedge his tough digs at Obama with a civil nod toward the president’s moral character: “He’s a nice guy,” the Republican has often said. “He just has no idea how the private economy works.” But Tuesday’s speech included no such hedge — and one campaign adviser said there’s a reason for that.

“[Romney] has said Obama’s a nice fellow, he’s just in over his head,” the adviser said. “But I think the governor himself believes this latest round of attacks that have impugned his integrity and accused him of being a felon go so far beyond that pale that he’s really disappointed. He believes it’s time to vet the president. He really hasn’t been vetted; McCain didn’t do it.”

Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney’s finances and business record, the Republican’s campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the next chapter of Boston’s pushback — which began last week when they began labeling Obama a “liar” — very little will be off-limits, from the president’s youthful drug habit, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians.

“I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate,” the adviser said. “The bottom line is there’ll be counterattacks.” …

The complete article is at BuzzFeed

H/T Althouse where the comments hold plenty of advice for the Romney campaign, including two of our favorites:

Cedarford said…
Neither McCain nor the mass media dominated by liberal and progressive Jewish pundits, producers, and string pullers vetted the guy.Some fertile ground exists.1. What was his academic record. How did a Choom Gang member who was a “lackadaisical student” get Ivy League, then Harvard Law?

2. Why was Obama the only “Law lecturer” kept on after 2 years at any law school…and why was he the only one promoted to permanent “Senior law lecturer” in the whole country when that spot is reserved for 1-2 years for guest jobs for retired high prestige judges, senior law firm partners, those with critical academic contributions in a field of law, or visiting law professors???

3. What was the role of the billionaire Crown, Pritzker, and Klutznik families that run U of Chicagos Board of Trustees and who have huge influence in the Daily Machine getting Barack and Michelle cushy, light work, not intellectually challenging sinecures??

4. How many jobs has Jeffrey Immelt, head of Obama’s jobs and economic advisory committee – sent to China under Obama?

5. What did Obama mean off-Mic about how he would do the things Russia, China, and other countries wanted once he was reelected.

7/18/12 4:38 PM


Saint Croix said…
This might be the original article.Yes to Fast and Furious. No to the rest of the crap.

“I’ll be glad to turn over all my tax returns as soon as Barack Obama and Eric Holder produce those Fast and Furious documents. I’m just a private citizen. I have no power. He’s the President of the United States and innocent people have died as a result of the incompetence of his Justice Department. That is the story, and for the liberal media to ignore it is appalling. I only wish Obama was a Republican so the Washington Post would be hounding him for the truth. Again, I will be glad to share my tax returns. I’ve committed no crime and I’m not covering up anything. What is the Obama administration covering up? Show those docoments and I will release any tax records he wants to see.”

Boom, return volley for score.

7/18/12 4:43 PM

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