Employees for Yahoo News were given a call-in number and pass key to a secret planning session conference call held by members of the Republican Party establishment on Tuesday. On the call some highly placed GOP operatives said that they should avoid “heavy attacks” on Obama during this upcoming 2012 campaign.
Apparently the Yahoo folks were given this inside info on accident by an RNC staffer. As Rachel Rose Hartman reported, a member of the well-connected Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, said that they aren’t interested in personal attacks on Obama.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of polling firm the Tarrance Group, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
Yahoo also notes that Ari Fleischer, former George W. Bush press sec, encouraged those on the call to go after Obama’s flip flops.
“I don’t like playing defense,” Fleischer said. He suggested the listeners to Tuesday’s call label the president as a flip-flopper on the following issues: opposing tax increases for those making under $250,000, opposing the Bush tax cuts, opposing raising the debt limit, and opposing a health care mandate.
“When it comes to flip flopping, Barack Obama is the king of flip flopping,” Fleischer said. “You can offer that to anybody,” he suggested.
This seems like a recipe for a weak and ineffective GOP campaign, for sure. Republican’s don’t have to call Obama evil, of course, but they should not shy from characterizing him as a failed president, one who is wholly incompetent. This has the benefit of being true, too! The GOP should also focus on the extremists that Obama has placed on the bench, in his many un-constitutional czarships and in his regulatory apparatus.
I mean, there is so much to hit Obama with. Fast And Furious, rampant high unemployment, his attacks on the business sector, his surrounding himself with unsavory, un-American characters, his constant vacationing… there is just so much.
This call seems to be evidence of why the GOP is called “the stupid party.” They have one of the worst failures as president in history before them and they are kneecapping themselves before the campaign even begins.