Political Theater

from Tales from the Trail:

Newt, schmoot – Democrats keep sights firmly on Romney

 

Newt Gingrich may have jumped into the lead among Republican presidential hopefuls in some national polls, but the Democrats -- at least -- seem convinced that Mitt Romney will be President Barack Obama's opponent in November 2012, at least if you look at how they are spending their advertising dollars.

The latest barrage, an early salvo in what is expected to be a particularly nasty presidential campaign, is a four-minute-long attack titled "Mitt v. Mitt: The Story of Two Men Trapped in One Body." Slamming the former Massachusetts governor as having changed his position on a wide range of issues, the ad uses clips showing Romney speaking at varying points in his career and expressing different viewpoints on issues such as healthcare, immigration, climate change and even Ronald Reagan.

Speaking of Reagan, the video shows the former president saying, "There you go again,"  a particularly devastating line the Republican icon used in a debate with Democratic President Jimmy Carter, whom Reagan defeated in the 1980 election. It also uses clips from late-night television hosts depicting Romney as a candidate who "flip-flops" by changing his position, echoing Democratic attacks on Romney.

In one, comedian Conan O'Brien is shown saying, "Experts are predicting kind of a tough fight between Romney and his biggest ideological opponent, Mitt Romney from four years ago. Those guys don't agree on anything."

from Tales from the Trail:

Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.

The softer, gentler tone Tuesday night at Constitution Hall was a contrast from when the White House hopefuls took on the subject at a debate in Las Vegas last month.

from Tales from the Trail:

Romney opens ad offensive against Obama

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's first television commercial attacking Barack Obama's record  hits the airwaves in New Hampshire on Tuesday -- just in time to welcome the president on a  visit to the early primary state.

A discussion of jobs was on the agenda for Obama's quick trip to a high school in Manchester. But Romney didn't wait for the president's arrival.

from Tales from the Trail:

Cain backers reprise ‘high-tech lynching’ theme

A group of Herman Cain supporters has pulled out the heavy artillery in defense of the Republican presidential hopeful against sexual harassment allegations.

"Americans for Herman Cain" -- an outside group not affiliated with his campaign -- released this ad comparing the media treatment of Cain to what Clarence Thomas went through during his 1991 U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Thomas -- who also faced sexual harassment allegations and a media frenzy -- denounced his treatment as "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks."

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