The Obama Campaign's Big Kahuna, Jim Messina, has sent out a fundraising email that may raise more eyebrows than cash!
People expect the candidates to go head-to-head. As so many politicians have found out too late, if there are skeletons in their closet, they will be pulled out kicking and screaming! Sometimes the accusations are just funny, like Messina quoting The New York Times article about Ryan's 'radical' and 'extreme' budget, in the first 'gimme money' email after Romney/Ryan was announced. Looking back...oh so long ago...that was tame!
Some reports are talking about Messina's 'foul language' in the newest email, but to most people, that's a big stretch! He wrote, "You might be wondering why the hell Romney picked this guy," C'mon, that's not so bad! Good ole Jim wants to sound cool and appeal to the generation (which is all of them) that doesn't think 'hell' is a bad word.
Then, of course, there's the expected Ryan bashing. "Congressman Paul Ryan is the poster boy for the extreme Republican leadership in a Congress whose overall approval rating is 12 percent. His plan to dismantle Medicare is deeply unpopular with the general public, and especially undecided voters." Again with the 'extreme' thing? Then to suggest Ryan has anything to do with the dismal approval rating of Congress is laughable. Maybe 1/535th is his fault!
Saving the best for last was the real head-shaker. Rumor has it, Messina has a bit of a temper, maybe he didn't think this through much? He wrote, "...if current trends hold, more than 90 percent of that money (the 'tens or even hundreds of millions' the Romney camp has or will get) Romney will be spent on TV ads Â— lying, distorting and trashing Barack Obama. What? Huh? He didn't honestly write that so soon after the Priorities USA Action ad claiming Romney was responsible for a woman's death?
The denials were flying after the ad was proven false. "Uh, well you do know we don't have anything to do with Priorities USA," claimed Stephanie Cutter, the Deputy Manager of the Obama Campaign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says, "We do not control third-party ads." Yet Messina himself met with Priorities USA, as did David Axelrod and David Plouffe, supposedly about 'fundraising activities'. How many young voters have any idea that the ad is bunk? Hopefully, with a new ad by Romney/Ryan, everyone will know.
The weirdest twist? Carney was asked if Obama would agree to a truce about negative campaign ads. Carney's answer? "I find it interesting that he would ask that." Another head-shaker! Here is a candidate willing to can the negative advertising, and rather than agree or even suggest they would discuss it, they try to make it sound like Romney is worried somehow. Then they add the comments in the email? At any point they could have denounced the 'death ad' but refuse to. Between that and the hypocritical email, they've shown what direction they plan to go. They had a chance to play it with class and refused, they better expect to get as good as they give.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012 for Gather News