Political Tactics


The Democrats have what appears to be a winning formula–wait until the home stretch of a political race and then spring a scandal. Short of a scandal, expose a “political gaffe.”

In that light the liberal “investigative magazine Mother Jones,” posted a video clip of Mr. Romney speaking at a Florida fundraiser back in May.

You caught that date, right? May. And this is September. The forces behind the leak sat on the video for four and a half months just so they could spring it late in the race when the opponent would have less time for recovery, when he’d have to leave his own agenda to defend himself against whatever attack the other side decided to level.

In this case, according to the BBC article “Mitt Romney secret video reveals views on Middle East” and the accompanying analysis, the Republican candidate made “unguarded and undiplomatic remarks [which] may reinforce the perception that he is an ingenue in the art of foreign affairs.”

Of course his comments were never intended for the public at large, but beyond that, he only said what Hamas, the main Islamic movement in the Palestinian territories, has stated in their own (public) charter (See Part III, Articles Eleven and Twelve).

The summary of their position is as follows:

The Charter identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who “fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.” The charter states that “our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious” and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel. (see “Hamas Covenant” – emphasis mine)

The point for this article is that those leaking the video in question and the pundits who are claiming Mr. Romney made some horrific foreign policy error must not have much to work with, and yet they are pushing through, using the old, tried and true playbook: catch the opponent with his political pants down and accuse him of being less than bright.

I’m a little astonished that the Republican party doesn’t expose these tactics for what they are. Where are they comebacks saying, Subversive leak, right on schedule according to the Dems’ “Way To Conduct A Campaign, 101.” Followed by “He’s so stupid.” Yep, right on schedule. I’d follow that up by saying, Is that all they’ve got??

Alas, the public is left to sort through the tactics on our own. Those who are fairly new to the political wars may not realize this ploy is … well, a ploy. They may not realize that Mr. Romney, far from saying something untoward about the Palestinians, was simply stating the position their leadership has already made public. But somehow his opponents are selling his statement as “undiplomatic.”

Politics. It’s all become a game, a giant con in one respect. It reminds me of the ABC show The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette). Inevitably, some contestants aren’t as concerned about finding someone they hope to marry as they are about winning.

It seems to me, the voter’s real job is to figure out which candidate is “there for the right reason,” which one isn’t all charm and no substance. When I see the same old tactics being played that have been around for twenty years or so … well, this is one voter that feels a little insulted.

Published in: on September 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm  Comments (2)  
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