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Barack Obama, Naked Political Animal

I want to point you to an article in New York magazine by John Heilemann, the man who literally wrote the book on the 2008 campaign, Game Change.

Heillemann makes sure to tout the access he has, mentioning sit down interviews with Obama political adviser David Axelrod, campaign chief Jim Messina, and White House political boss David Plouffe.

These three, to whom Heilemann is obviously close, clearly don’t mind the conclusion he comes to:

For anyone still starry-eyed about Obama, the months ahead will provide a bracing revelation about what he truly is: not a savior, not a saint, not a man above the fray, but a brass-knuckled, pipe-hitting, red-in-tooth-and-claw brawler determined to do what is necessary to stay in power—in other words, a politician.

The campaign is making no secret that the original Obama brand, with its “Hope and Change” and “post-politician” labels, was just for laughs. Cornered by the lousy economy over which he presides, Obama will fight viciously to stay in office, changing the subject to Mitt Romney and hoping voters come to view the GOP candidate as just a slightly better than choice than Hitler.

From the piece:

Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition.

“We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”

The Obama indictment of Romney in the economic sphere will extend beyond Bain and the Bay State: It will go to character. It will drive home the idea that Romney is a skillful but self-serving plutocrat whose résumé is replete with self-enrichment but who has never cared an iota about bettering the lives of ordinary people.

Unlike John McCain, though, Romney will be willing to fight back. As he showed with his utter destruction of Newt Gingrich during the primaries, Romney can aim low and strike hard.

One other quote from the New York piece:

 “They kill well,” admits a senior White House official. “And that’s not unimportant.”

Prepare for lots of bloodshed.

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21 Responses to Barack Obama, Naked Political Animal

  1. Let me use VPBiden’s quote on the Obama-trinity and MrHeileman’s conclusions of the American voters; “they just don’t get us”. The voters know who gets the credit for the killing of BinLaden, and who gets the blame for Obamacare, the apology tour, the crummy economy, and a leftist, progressive agenda that isn’t the American ideal.

    The anti-White racism that smells up the entire Obama administration has set race relations back 50 years. The pro-union attitude has set the taxpayer against the public unions and will only escalate until the public unions are dissolved. The Obama foriegn relation agenda has been a disaster and may never be set back on a positive track.

    Dream on Chicago, no one will see MrObama as a bare-knuckle fighter, but rather as a mean, sarcastic bully who would use the power of the govenment to intimidate his opponents.

  2. Obama’s real self comes out this election: Bully, dope-addled in his past when he should have been learning, mal-educated by professors who passed you if you agreed with them, lazy, dishonest without apology, a downer to hear, and a self absorbed bore.

    • It’s quite chilling to read he checked out of his school work the last two years of high school. My DD a very high achiever who spent her senior year fighting a parasite she picked up in Lithuania nearly didn’t get into college, totally missing her first pick. How he managed to get into an Ivy just boggles my mind.

      • Good for your DD by the way. From the OBAMAFILE site: appears he cooled his heals at Occidental under some sort of Foreign exchange scholarship for two years then slid into Columbia. Most of his classmates were from AisaPac countries at Occidental.

  3. He’s running on a campaign of fear, but nobody fears him. He is an effeminate, immature, impotent thug. How I would love for someone with a set of huevous to confront this bully. He would melt faster than the wicked witch of the West…

    Have to admit…had to look up “avatar of revanchism” too. Usually don’t pay that much heed to what political hacks like Heilemann say anyway.

  4. While on one hand I am not surprised that this will be Obummer’s strategy, it is quite telling the he would expose himself to the kind tit-for-tat investigation and exposure that is SOOOOO possible considering his (admitted) shady past.

    Enter the conservative PACs who Mittens will “disavow” and “repudiate” but which will nontheless be able to both expose Barry factually as well as characature him to such a degree that the old concept of “mutually assured destruction” will merely be a thing of the Cold War past.

  5. “Avatar of revanchism” – God of revenge?? I do not dislike that. It brings to mind someone who is going to aim a lightening bolt at The O Team and reduce him to a meaningless cinder.
    And while I am hoping and praying that Romney is winding up for TKO, I believe it is God the Creator who is going give him the lightening bolt for the strike.

  6. Once a union thug – always a union thug! Obama has mastered the art of ‘gutter politics’ – Chicago-style. But underneath his cocky, arrogant, gangsta-like exterior lies a sneaky, sniveling, scrawny little coward – the proverbial school-yard bully! Every time his nose gets bloodied he runs home and hides behind the skirts – MOOshelle and Val Jar. He tells the teacher – Bush ate his homework.

    I doubt that most Americans were prepared for anything close to the divisive, racist, incompetent Kenyan, Obama. The last 3.5 years have been hellish but the next 6 months are going to be unbearable. Since my pain threshold is low, I can only wish Romney “God Speed”!

    **More ‘grist for the mill’ – the Chicago rise of Obama. (A long slog-but well worth the read)

    AN OLD WHITE LEFTY’S VIEW OF OBAMA
    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/05/old-white-leftys-view-of-obamas.html

  7. Like most bullies and thugs the Obama Gang thinks the rich white Bain guy will crumble. Wars that count aren’t won by bullies, thugs or gangs. Of course, Mr.Drone with a hit list wouldn’t know anything about fighting for God and country. Patton:Genius at War would make good summer reading. Perhaps he could be lured with Patton’s “All very successful commanders are prima donnas and should be treated as such” and while on the beach, the blitzkrieg could begin. Just a thought.

  8. The time I fear most is the months between the Romney knock-out punch and when he takes the oath of office. The cruelty of Hussein and his horde of thugs will become a vengeful reign of terror on all of us.