After losing all three contests last night, the Mitt Romney campaign developed a new Nixon like strain of paranoia with their claim today that the White House has adopted a kill Mitt Romney strategy.
Here is the video from Time:
White House Press Sec. Jay Carney made the point today that Mitt Romney was an odd choice to carry the Republicans’ “Obama war on religion flag,” because he is a big freaking hypocrite on the issue, “This is, I think, ironic that Mitt Romney is criticizing the President for pursuing a policy that’s virtually identical to the one that was in place when he was governor of Massachusetts.”
This statement of fact caused the Romney campaign to flip out and respond that the Obama campaign has adopted a kill Mitt Romney strategy, “Given the Obama campaign’s obsessive fixation on Mitt Romney and their ‘kill Romney’ strategy, it comes as no surprise that they would continue to try to distort Mitt Romney’s record to distract from President Obama’s failures. Governor Romney stands with the Catholic Bishops and all religious organizations in their strenuous objection to this liberty- and conscience-stifling regulation. He is committed to repealing Obamacare entirely. On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will eliminate the Obama administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own faith.”
I guess this is what happens when your inevitable nominee candidate proceeds to go 0 for 3 on primary/caucus night. The Romney campaign was obviously trying to spin the White House’s factual point into part of a vast conspiracy to knockdown what they feel is a huge threat to the Obama presidency. It is ironic that the Romney camp would whine about lying when Mitt Romney peppered his Nevada victory speech with blatant lies about Obama.
The Romney campaign was trying to rev up the paranoia of GOP primary voters, but it is hard to believe that they would care if Obama was literally trying to kill Mitt Romney himself. All Mitt Romney has inspired in Republican primary voters is dispassionate indifference.
When the Romney campaign discusses Obama’s “failures” they are apparently talking about a successful foreign policy, a growing economy, and saving an automobile industry that is now profitable. Team Romney trying to play the war on religion card is ridiculous because Romney enforced the exact same policy in 1995 when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Team Romney doesn’t seem to get the fact that they are no longer the inevitable nominee. The White House doesn’t have to ‘kill’ Romney. Republican primary voters are already doing it for them.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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