Rather than attempt to defend its economic record or outline its vision for the future, the Obama reelection campaign has been primarily focused on disqualifying Mitt Romney to voters.
Team Obama has tried to paint Romney as a cold-hearted, vampire capitalist whose astronomical wealth makes it impossible for him to understand the problems of middle-class America. It’s classic political campaign jiu jitsu. Turn your opponent’s greatest strength — in Romney’s case, an amazingly successful business career that’s made him wealthy — into a fatal weakness.
Yet last night on CNBC, Howard Dean brazenly denied all this. Here’s what he said — and my response:
Here is the transcript, including some great stuff before the moment on the video:
Howard Dean: Nobody opposes Mitt Romney making $20 million or whatever he made. .. That is an embodiment of what’s wrong with this country, with wealth being concentrated at the top where all of the power is …
Joe Kernan (sarcastically): And they maintained that wealth by, I guess, bribing or lobbying Congress to keep their tax breaks.
Howard Dean: As I said, nobody begrudges Mitt Romney making $20 million a year.
James Pethokoukis: This whole campaign is about begrudging Mitt Romney for making [million of dollars]. That is the core issue of Obama’s campaign. … Let the begrudgening begin!