Republican Candidates are President Obama’s Best Campaign Aides

In Current Events, Election Politics on January 28, 2012 at 16:25

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In the fierce battle between Next Gingrich and Mitt Romney for second place in this year’s presidential campaign, the two top Republicans have become the president’s best aides for his reelection. By attacking each others’ weaknesses, they damaged their image in the eyes of potential voters and provided an invaluable script for how to bring down the eventual Republican nominee.

The most useful attacks (for President Obama) have involved the giant mortgage lenders Fannie Mae (The Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Mortgage Corporation). Many people, especially anti-government Republicans, falsely believe that Fannie and Freddie were the causes of the mortgage meltdown. Until the Republican nominating campaign, these two lenders, who controlled 90% of the secondary mortgage market in 2003, have been viewed as a Democratic problem. However, Republican accusations over the lenders during their campaign for the nomination show that Republicans are complicit in the mortgage meltdown and both parties have been involved with these controversial lenders.

First, Mitt Romney pointed out that Gingrich earned $1.6 million lobbying for Freddie Mac and thus by association is partially responsible for the mortgage meltdown. This ad by the Romney campaign could just have well been produced by a Democratic media consultant.

The ad also accuses Gingrich of being a beltway insider, something he has been running from since the campaign began. If Gingrich wins the nomination, this ad will make it harder for him to project the “outsider” image that he is trying to cultivate.

For his part, Gingrich has accused Romney of profiting from Fannie and Freddie, Ironically, apparently his tax return indicates he owns stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…”  Gingrich wants to hide his role in Freddie Mac by making Fannie and Freddie an issue of the elite rich guy, Romney, making money off the mortgage brokers. Newt has been labeled a corrupt insider and Romney an elite opportunist, “I think someone who owns stock in a place that forecloses on Floridians has a lot of gall to start raising the issue,” he told reporters.” All this plays well for the President and his campaign who will use these labels to discredit whoever wins the Republican nomination.

Then there were the attacks on Romney from Rick Perry along with Gingrich for his involvement in vulture capitalism. Editor of the Nation, Katrina Van De Heuvel puts it well,

With their eyes set on Bain’s bane and Mitt Romney’s career, Perry and Gingrich have been astonishingly and appropriately brutal. “There’s a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism,” Perry told Fox and Friends last week. “I don’t believe that capitalism is making a buck under any circumstances.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. 

She continues,

Gingrich sharpened that point further on Bloomberg: “…Show me somebody who has consistently made money while losing money for workers and I’ll show you someone who has undermined capitalism.” Sing it, Brother Gingrich.

Gingrich further challenged Romney by releasing his tax returns early before the South Carolina Republican debate. This pushed Romney into releasing his own tax returns that show he paid less than 15% in taxes (half of what Gingrich reported). Obama gained yet another talking point that has resonance with the American people, the 99% versus the 1%. If Romney gets the Republican nomination, Obama can use the framing of the people versus the corporate elite represented by Romney to defeat the former CEO of Bain Capital. So much for Romney’s business acumen being an asset in the general election.

Romney counters by attacking Gingrich and his time as speaker of the House, “…Members of his own congressional team after four years of his leadership, they voted to replace him,” Romney said of Gingrich’s time as House speaker from 1995 to 1999. “This was the first time in American history that a speaker of the House has resigned.”

And Romney and other Republicans have criticized Gingrich on his appearance with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a climate change ad. There is no worse sin for Republicans than cavorting with the enemy, and Pelosi is enemy number two, right after President Obama. This might not hurt him with Democrats who will never vote for Gingrich, but Republicans may turn away from him in the general election for this sin.

The longer the Republican nominating process continues, the longer Gingrich holds on and convinces Republican voters he is the true conservative left with a chance, the better it will be for President Obama come November. And the more Romney has to spend attacking Gingrich, the less money he will have to go after Obama in the fall.

Tex Shelters

  1. I haven’t been following the primaries very much this year. This was a great blog to get caught up with.

  2. Creep Show

    In case there exists
    post-death awareness
    let us pray for
    Barry Goldwater
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Everett Dirksen
    Frederick Douglass
    Susan B. Anthony
    Abraham Lincoln

    These Republicans
    are certainly mightily appalled
    by the creep show
    currently calling itself
    The Republican Party
    The automatic response to anything
    this Democratic president suggests

    The tongue and palate get into position
    to form the consonant
    before President Obama
    has concluded the sentence

    What comes to mind
    is mechanical people
    hard-wired to repeat the same
    thirty or forty phrases
    while shaking their heads

    We will not cooperate

    We will not accept laws
    to benefit poor Americans
    Such benefits are not their right

    The unemployed poor are lazy

    The lazy bums need to
    get a job

    Health care is not a right

    We will not talk
    to leaders of nations
    which do not like us
    because that will show
    that we support terrorism
    Following the manners of his host nation
    President Obama bowed
    before a Muslim king

    The whole world saw our shame

    President Obama made America
    look gracious
    and nice

    President Obama
    gives comfort to terrorists

    We must never
    let America be seen
    a nice nation

    We need
    to let other countries know
    that we are more important
    than they

    And uncompromising

    America will never ever
    Due process is all well and good
    for real Americans
    but when you’ve got scumbag terrorists
    and people that did certain really bad crimes
    you have to get justice
    right away

    The death penalty
    should be carried out quickly
    with none of this phony
    appeals business

    Reasonable doubt
    with a grain of salt
    President Obama’s plans
    are wrong
    and bad for this country

    We opt out

    We want to hold meetings
    guns and children in tow
    to discuss how wrong
    and un-American
    certain democratic principles are
    in action
    Real patriotic Americans
    want to see
    corporate America in control
    and advising government
    on allocation of resources

    Who better than
    the former chief executive officer
    of a vast organization
    to advise on
    budget allocation

    A former
    chief executive officer
    who had responsibility
    for thousands of employees
    can be counted on
    to advocate
    for the little people
    Don’t try the ploy
    of reminding us
    that President Obama
    has enacted
    some of the policies
    we wanted

    That tactic is transparent
    and we see right though it

    The President of the
    United States of America
    is unAmerican

    We will not resort
    to the low tactic
    of mentioning
    birth certificates
    even though
    we will never accept
    any record of birth
    provided by
    The State of Hawaii
    which has the earmarks of
    to tell the truth
    The Corporation as Individual
    Mining fossil fuels
    Mining minerals
    Mining rain forests
    Mining coral reefs
    Mining Antarctica
    Mining the last pristine ecosystems

    We will not be undermined
    The Creep Show is on

    Leeza, 01/22/2012
    May not be copied
    May not be republished
    without author’s consent

  3. I’m a Newt guy Tex as are most of the Republicans I know are. We’re Blue color Republicans / Reagan Democrats. I see 1/3 of my friends voting 3rd party if Mitt’s the pick, 1/3 will stay home and the last third hold their nose on vote for Mitt. Me? I’ll vote Libertarian long before I will ever vote for Mitt but I would never stay home. As far as Mitt’s money running out before he gets to Obama? Don’t count on it, I see one of the dirtiest campaigns from both sides come November and it will make what’s going on now look like a nice game of dodge ball.

  4. I think these couple of Bozos are bringing comic relief to the political system. It’s hard to believe that anyone takes them seriously.

  5. I think you are way too confident about Obama beating either one of the 2 top dogs. I look all across the internet & see so much dissatifaction with Obama that I really am thinking he’s probably going to lose to whoever the GOP puts in there.

    Of course I also see a lot of internet support for Ron Paul that isn’t translating into really strong positions in the primary results, he’s always 3rd or 4th so maybe Obama can win this thing.

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