The Obama campaign has made clear that the main thrust of its attack against Mitt Romney will be to cast him as “weird”:
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.
The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s reelection campaign will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”
A major part of that strategy is to attack Romney’s Mormonism. President Obama himself would prefer to keep his hands clean, but he has surrogate aplenty. One of them is Montana’s Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer, who attacked Romney for being descended from polygamists:
The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state would be in play in the 2012 presidential election. About a half hour later, the governor called back, and he had a lot to say. He didn’t think that Montana would be a swing state, but the Democrat did say that Mitt Romney could have issues nationally because his father was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.” . . .
Women, he said, are “not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”
Romney’s father and grandfather were monogamous, but his grandfather lived in a community that accepted polygamy. What a pathetic line of attack.
And ill-advised too: Barack Obama comes from a long line of polygamists:
The line of polygamists in Obama’s family can be traced back generations in western Kenya, where it was an accepted practice within the Luo (pronounced LOO-oh) tribe. His great-grandfather, Obama Opiyo, had five wives, including two who were sisters. His grandfather, Hussein Onyango, had at least four wives, one of whom, Akumu, gave birth to the president’s father, Barack Obama, before fleeing her abusive husband. Obama Sr. was already married when he left Kenya to study at the University of Hawaii, where he married again.
Schweitzer is forgetting that Obama’s background is much weirder than Romney’s. It’s easy to forget that, when the media has buried it so effectively. But if the Obama campaign pursues the “weird” attacks on Romney, this stuff is going to come out.
(Via Gateway Pundit.)