The NY Times has a story up about the harder edge that Team Romney plans for the fall campaign. They have realized that nobody likes Mitt and just blaming President Obama for all economic problems since 2007 is not going to do it. And so they plan to use the GOP Convention to ramp up the harsh, pointed and targeted attacks on the President they’ve been experimenting with in August. These attacks are all aimed at white voters of a certain age. It takes the story 12 paragraphs to get to the heart of this strategy, but at least they call it out (emphasis and bracketed note added):
Mr. Romney’s chances hinge to a large degree on running up his advantage among white voters in swing states who show deep strains of opposition to Mr. Obama [because he’s black] but do not yet trust Mr. Romney to look out for their interests, Republican strategists say.
Many of those voters are economically disaffected, and the Romney campaign has been trying to reach them with appeals built around an assertion that Mr. Obama is making it easier for welfare recipients to avoid work. The Romney campaign is airing an advertisement falsely charging that Mr. Obama has “quietly announced” plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries, a message Mr. Romney’s aides said resonates with working-class voters who see government as doing nothing for them.
The moves reflect a campaign infused with a sharper edge and overtones of class and race. On Friday, Mr. Romney said at a rally that no one had ever had to ask him about his birth certificate, and Mr. Ryan invoked his Catholicism and love of hunting. Democrats angrily said Mr. Romney’s remark associated him with the fringe “birther” camp seeking falsely to portray Mr. Obama as not American.
The GOP convention is going to be three days of code-talking and race baiting dog-whistles. Any lie will be fine if it promotes white fear. And the lies that test best to cause white voters to vote based on race will be repeated over and over and over again by team wingnut. I’d suggest we create a drinking game for every dog-whistle mentioned in the coming days, but then we would all be on a week long bender.
I’m glad that the NY Times called out the welfare lie as a lie, but disappointed that it was buried 12 graphs in. And they have yet to call out Team Mitt’s emerging “vote for me I’m white” campaign. Unless media outlets aggressively call out these race baiting lies, Team Mitt will continue to use them more and more. There should be a price paid for running a campaign based on lies and a shameless attempt to divide the Nation by race, but unless the folks call out and condemn the tactic it will be the dominant feature of Mitt’s closing campaign strategy.
I have little hope that Romney will pay a price for this crap as the press loves to pretend that “both sides do it” and that will give Team Mitt all the protection that they need to run their Ni-CLANG! strategy 24/7 from here on out.
That means we have to work twice as hard to get out the vote. We must defeat this weasel.