The Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s reelection plans are starting to unveil their game plans for the rest of 2012, and they’ve settled on two different themes.
According to The Hill, the Republican National Committee has decided that their meme for the election will be “hypocrisy,” claiming that Obama promised “hope and change” and all he has brought is “division.”
“He’s campaigning using the very tactics he campaigned against four years ago,” said RNC communications director Sean Spicer. “There’s no more hope and change. It’s all fear and division from now till November.”
The theme is really little more than a continuation of the one used in 2010, which brought so many members of the Tea Party to power. After all, how many events did Sarah Palin arrive at asking “How’s that hopey changey stuff working out?”
But in order to avoid looking like they are completely colluding, and possibly to take a different tact in case “hypocrisy” as an attack isn’t terribly effective when your own nominee is a man constantly accused of being a flip-flopper, American Crossroads, the Karl Rove run conservative super PAC, has announced a theme of its own.
Via Politico, “[I]nterviews with independent voters, as well as uncommitted Democrats and Republicans who supported Mr. Obama in 2008, have revealed an alternate ‘emerging view’ that Crossroads will seek to solidify, ‘that Obama just may not be up to the job, he can’t seem to fix things he promised he would fix.’”
Can the two themes together be enough to help the GOP nominee emerge victorious? The two groups are banking on it — and will spend a great deal of cash to do so.
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