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Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Politics | 5 comments

Obama Team Likes What It’s Seeing

The New York Times reports that the prospects for a long, drawn-out Republican nomination fight is keeping the Obama team in good spirits.

“The longer this race goes, the more you’re going to see these Republican candidates try to mortgage the general election to try and win the primary campaign,” said David Axelrod, the chief strategist for the president’s re-election campaign.

The president’s leading political advisers flew from their Chicago campaign headquarters to Washington for a Tuesday morning briefing on the state of the race. It is the latest effort in a series of steps to try to influence the outcome and inject their view into the Republican primary.

The Obama team is increasingly hoping for a long nominating fight. But if an extended battle helped Mr. Obama in 2008 in his primary race against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, why couldn’t it benefit the winner of the Republican nomination?

The difference, Mr. Axelrod argued, is that Mr. Obama did not tack to the left during his fight. The Republicans, he maintained, will have to appeal to the right to win the primary race.

“The longer the race,” Mr. Axelrod said, “the harder it will be to scramble back.” …Caucus, NYT

What Axelrod doesn’t say is that both sides just plain liked Obama as a candidate, even many moderate Republicans. He may or may not have kept any of that appeal, but there isn’t a single Republican candidate who has that kind of appeal for Democrats.

Cross posted from Prairie Weather.

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  • The Professional

    Appeal? What kind of appeal do you mean. Appeal to become another Hitler. Appeal to the freeloading Welfare generation or those who think entitlements given by the government according to Obama means take from the productive and give to the mooches.

  • Obama has two things in his favor for now: a definitive win over every Republican but the generic, and a bigger war chest than all Republican candidates combined.

    But the voters are more negative than in previous years, and there’s still almost a year to go before the election.

  • epiphyte

    “The Professional” thinks Obama wants to be the next Hitler. To him I say: Hitler’s power was rooted in hatred. Hatred of Jews. Hatred of homosexuals. Hatred of “gypsies” (the soubriqet for the DFHs of the time). Who is Obama telling you to hate?
    If the next Hitler is among us right now… He’s probably someone for whom “The Professional” has nothing but admiration…

  • bluebelle

    Well, I see Godwin’s Law has been applied here with the first comment. Comparisons to Hitler are ordinarily the tactic of the desperate and the deluded.

    I suggest that The Professional read “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larsen to see what an American’s experience in Hitler’s Berlin was really all about. Then pls return and see if you can make us believe that Obama is really Hitler in disguise.

  • ShannonLeee

    Prof makes a great point about Obama’s massive war chest…which he won’t have to touch for quite some time.

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