At last: Romney camp says it won’t treat Obama as “nice guy” anymore
From: Michelle Malkin
Well, it’s about damned time. I am breaking about a Halleljuah Chorus for today’s great news. Who’s up for Andrea Bocelli belting out Handel?
Via left-leaning Buzzfeed, Team Romney finally concedes that Obama is not a “nice guy:”
Standing before hundreds of roaring partisans in this sweltering Pittsburgh suburb Tuesday, Mitt Romney delivered a 30-minute speech that sounded, at times, like a greatest hits compilation of his favorite Obama-knocking stump speech lines. The president was, Romney said, “out of ideas,” and “looking for someone to blame,” and a “crony capitalist.”
One thing he was not: “A nice guy.”
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 nagging paid off:
July 12, 2012 Not such a “nice guy” anymore, huh?
April 20, 2012 No More “Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy”
I said it the other night on Hannity and my column today fleshes out my point: The “Obama is a nice guy” narrative is a loser. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this election is not just about jobs. It’s about character, values, judgment, and integrity, too. It’s about the wholesale fraud that the Oba-messiah has perpetrated against the American people. Surrendering the likability issue is not only politically dumb, but also just plain lazy. Ignoring false memes is bad enough. Perpetuating them for civility’s sake is a recipe for another defeat.
Video flashback: Get the “Obama is a nice guy” talking point out of your mouths!