by Matt Lacy –
The Obama campaign appears to have shown us who they are really concerned about running against, a solidly conservative candidate instead of moderate Mitt Romney.
Following the Iowa caucus last night Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager sent out an e-mail expressing their fears over the results.
The message titled, “this is not a joke” expressed the campaign’s concerns that Governor Mitt Romney only received around 30 percent of the vote. “Many observers still think Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. If he is, we will be prepared. But it’s curious that no one can really explain how, when or why the 70-plus percent of Republicans saying in polls and in Iowa that Mitt Romney’s not their candidate will suddenly come around.”
“So the path ahead for Romney — or whichever of the Republican candidates is going to emerge from this process — is sadly and starkly very clear: to run even further to the extreme right, and make even more dangerous promises that threaten not only the progress we’ve made but the fundamental fabric of American society.”
Messina stated that these dangerous positions included support for traditional marriage, opposition to abortion and attempts to reform Medicare and Social Security.
The e-mail said Republicans want to “gut Social Security,” however the recent payroll tax cut, which Obama supported is actually “gutting” the system. The tax is the individual’s portion that goes into the Social Security trust fund. The payroll tax cut, while it may provide extra money for American’s pockets will cause the fund to deplete faster as less money is coming in.
While Messina talked about attempts to take away a woman’s right to choose, the administration rolled back Bush era rules providing conscience exemptions for health care workers. This effectively took away the freedom of choice for women in the healthcare industry.
Brian Britton with the Greeley 9/12 project says the campaigns statements once again show their contempt for ordinary Americans. “The values that Messina calls ‘extreme’ are actually held by a majority of the American people. This is why he is so concerned about the 70 percent that do not support the liberal Mitt Romney. This tells us who they are really afraid of, everyday common Americans.”
While Messina tried to make it sound as if Tea Party members were a fringe group, he then appeared to contradict himself with a warning about their power.
“We also know that candidates who take these extreme positions can, in the right circumstances, win not only a primary but also a general election in just about any state. Just ask the Tea Party senators from Pennsylvania and Kentucky, and the Tea Party governors in Florida and Wisconsin.”
Messina continued, “Watching the circus on TV, it’s tempting to think it’s almost funny — but this is not a joke.”
The strategy appears to be a continuation of a strategy begun during the last presidential election where Obama lamented bitter people who cling to their guns and religion.
Democrats have also adopted a policy of saying those who oppose their agenda are terrorists.
On Aug. 1 during the debt limit debate, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) speaking about members of the tea party caucus, reportedly said “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Vice-President Joe Biden supposedly echoed the sentiment saying “They have acted like terrorists.” Biden has denied making the remark.
A few days before Doyle’s comments, former Ted Kennedy staffer William Yeomans wrote, “It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House ‘hostage takers’, but now they have become full-blown terrorists.”
Froma Harrop, President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, said “The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States–threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate.” She continued “Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that’s what Obama has been doing.”
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said “tea party extremists really held this country hostage. Another Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings said “What we have witnessed in the past several weeks was hardly a negotiation, but rather the Republicans recklessly holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage until they got everything they wanted and then some.”
Other media outlets compared tea party members to suicide bombers who wanted to blow up the capital. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called the tea party “muggers.”