David Plouffe : "We know where Mitt Romney stands; he’s way off to the right on abortion, contraception, immigration, and gay rights,’ and we will hold him to those positions."
David Plouffe to the New York Times : "Mitt Romney is the most conservative nominee [Republicans] have had going back to [Barry] Goldwater."
This is an election of "Demographics versus Economics". Of the "Coalition of the Ascendant" against the "Coalition of the Rich and Powerful" -
Mitt Romney is a stooge for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. Mitt is a blood ( of the Middle Class ) sucking vampire at the White House : Abortion Criminalized, Women denied contraceptives, Constitution amended to ban gay marriage, Millions of Latino Children and Youngsters kicked out of schools and the USA
War against teachers and public servants, war against Unions. Cutting taxes for the powerful and wealthy while the Middle Class is denied basic services.
Bill Galston, a Brookings Institute scholar and former Clinton adviser : "The Obama campaign should work to ensure that swing voters come to see Romney and the Republican Party as indistinguishable."
New York Magazine
Hope: The Sequel
For Obama and Co., this time around it’s all about fear.
By John HeilemannMay 27, 2012
Hope: The Sequel
Some excerpts : “Romney is thoroughly tactical,” Axelrod notes. “He makes whatever decision he needs to get through the next battle without respect to the war. So he ran to the right of everybody on immigration because he had to beat Perry. He embraced the Ryan budget to get around Gingrich. And then he ran to the right of Santorum, or tried to, on contraception to fend off him.”
Thus did Romney exit the GOP-nomination tussle towing a metric ton of baggage strapped to his bumper, which dramatically weighed down his standing with an array of voting blocs.
“Romney really, actually thinks that if you just take care of the folks at the top, it’ll trickle down to everybody else,” says another Obama operative. “But no one believes that stuff—no one! And once you puncture that, there’s nothing left. He’s not likable. He’s not trustworthy. He’s not on your side. You live in Pittsburgh and you’ve got dirt under your fingernails, who do you want to have a beer with? It ain’t fucking Mitt Romney. You’re like, ‘Shit, I’d rather have a beer with the black guy than him!’ ”
As for the western states, Messina believes Romney’s problems with Hispanics are insoluble, although he, like everyone else on Team Obama, anticipates a vicious ad barrage aimed at depressing Latino turnout. “I expect to see what I’ve seen in the primaries, which is their super-PACs spending an impressive amount of money completely negative,” he tells me. “I expect us to counter that the way Harry Reid did [in his 2010 reelection battle]—with a full discussion of the issues and a huge ground game.”
What’s clear is that an Obama victory could have profound political implications for the future of the Democratic Party. When 44 arrived in office, some forecast that he might usher in a New New Deal. (Nope.) But if he gains reelection by consolidating his party’s position with the electorate’s ascendant demographic forces, Obama may succeed in creating a viable post–New Deal coalition on which Democrats can build for years to come. “Ronald Reagan turned a whole bunch of people who are now seniors into Republicans,” says Messina. “What is happening now is that young people, women, and Latinos are becoming Democrats. That’s the coalition Obama brought; demographics brought it, too. And for the next 30 years, it is going to be a real challenge for Republicans.”