The Obama campaign’s David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs both hit the Sunday morning talk shows to use Mitt Romney’s recent EPA flip-flop to go for a kill shot on the weakened GOP frontrunner.
Here is Robert Gibbs on Face The Nation:Gibbs hits Romney hard, “I think the reason that Mitt Romney people don’t like him and why he hasn’t caught fire is if you hear what he says today it’s likely to change tomorrow. I think there’s great skepticism. He’s a political gymnast of the highest order. He will say virtually anything to get elected to any office. Just last night he was in New York on a Mike Huckabee show disavowing climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency despite the fact that just a few years ago he was bragging in Massachusetts about all the steps they were taking to combat climate change. The one thing that is certain in this Republican primary: If you don’t like where Mitt Romney is today, just wait until tomorrow.”
Gibbs also said that Newt Gingrich’s surge is real, “I think a lot of people inside the Beltway and outside the Beltway woke up today to a very different political environment – and one in which Newt Gingrich is very much for real.”
Here is David Axelrod on Meet The Press:
Axelrod said, “Let me make this point about what happened last night. Last night Governor Romney said that the EPA was the president’s tool to crush the private enterprise system. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he boasted that he had the toughest rules against CO2 emissions from plants that he had the toughest rules when it comes to climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions, and now it’s like that never happened. Now, he’s — now he’s on the other side of it. This is the reason I suppose why he and his aides absconded with the hard drives from their computers when they left the governor’s office, because they think they can just erase the past, that what you said before doesn’t matter now. And so yes, when it comes to husband public character, he — he doesn’t have a core. It has nothing to do with his personal life. i honor his personal life. I respect his personal life, but this is about how you behave in the public.”
Mitt Romney is not only fading the polls, but he has put in two disastrous national television appearances on Fox News this week. It is obvious that Romney is fading fast, and unless Gingrich implodes between now and Iowa, there is a good chance that he may not be the GOP nominee. What Axelrod and Gibbs were both trying to accomplish was to keep planting that seed of doubt into the minds of Republican primary voters about Romney, and they are also setting up their narrative for the General Election.
The EPA flip flop that they used today was aimed at Republican primary voters, not Democrats or Independents. In a very subtle way, the Obama campaign is massaging the GOP race to help select the Republican nominee. The attacks that both Axelrod and Gibbs used against Romney today could apply to the General Election, but they also strike at the heart of the concerns that Republican primary voters have about Mitt Romney. They are feeding the doubts that primary voters have about Romney and are gently nudging voters toward Newt Gingrich.
Make no mistake about it, the Obama campaign would love to see Newt Gingrich win the Republican nomination. He is not popular with Democrats or Independents. Gingrich would be easy pickings for Obama in the fall.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is teetering on the edge, and from now until Iowa, I expect that the Obama campaign will be doing everything they can to push Romney off the cliff.
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