It bothered me in 2008 when McCain refused to go after Obama’s character.
I also find annoying Romney’s penchant for repeating that Obama is a “nice guy” just before claiming he’s incompetent. I didn’t vote for McCain and thus far see no reason to vote for either Romney or Obama. Nevertheless, I don’t understand this impulse to treat Obama with kid gloves. One thing Obama is not is nice. The record from Alice Palmer forward is clear as the Death Valley summer sky on this. The man is perfectly happy to trash anyone who stands in his way. One would think the party that birthed Lee Atwater and Karl Rove wouldn’t choose such demur nominees.
Romney, having received the gift of the “you didn’t build that” moment, may be turning a corner on this – finally. A Buzzfeed post says as much. It’s patently foolish to believe civility is the answer when confronting Chicago thugs. The Obamas don’t do civil. Ask Jack Ryan.
Obama’s alleged life is a cornucopia of attack ads waiting to happen. He ought to be vetted – finally. The pre-fascist American media won’t do it. That the job must fall to Republicans is sad (and alarming) but we are where we are.
The media and Obama are vetting Romney. No matter who one supports, it would be good for all of us if Obama is vetted this time as well. This process need not be “fair” and it won’t be. American Presidential elections have been ugly since 1800. They are not pretty or civil. They have, however, produced a surprising number of good and great Presidents. Perhaps more than we deserved. What often emerges from this vetting is a measure of the person being attacked. We came to know what we were getting with Bill Clinton because the GOP went to town on him early. He turned out to be what those paying attention in 1992 thought he was: A brilliant man with a deep character flaw. Pluralities twice opted to go with the former and accept the latter. He turned out to be a solid choice for the immediate aftermath of the Cold War. He’d probably be a solid choice in any era.
Just because I’m not voting for Romney doesn’t mean I think he should let Obama skate. Both men need to be vetted. If this vetting is harsh, so be it. Obama needs to be taken to the woodshed for his broken promises, his weird, shifting and oblique history, his divisiveness, and his general failure on the economy. Romney needs a better answer on his tax returns and he ought to forcefully explain what Bain does and why it does it. If people see the real Obama (not the OFA/media hologram) and choose him – fine. If everything about Romney that causes discomfort is made plain and he still wins – fine.
The big lie that needs to cease now is that Obama, the man, is “nice”. He’s not nice. His campaigns have never been nice. Obama’s vetting can’t fully commence until this particular piece of bullshit ends. Obama needs to be vetted for all our sakes. So does Romney.