How Obama Suckered Romney into His Bin Laden Trap

Mitt Romney fell into President Obama’s trap on Osama Bin Laden, and now the president has closed the noose and made the Republican nominee appear weak on national security.

The Obama campaign set Mitt Romney up days ago by releasing a video of former President Bill Clinton praising President Obama’s decision to go get Bin Laden.

The video was perfect bait. It featured a Democrat claiming to be tough on national security, Barack Obama doing something that almost every American agrees with, and Bill Clinton. (Republicans have an odd relationship with former President Clinton. They pathologically loathe the man, yet they are irresistibly drawn to everything he says and does).

The bait was on the hook, and sure enough, Mitt Romney couldn’t resist taking it. In a rebuttal to the video Romney said, “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” As the Obama campaign already knew, Jimmy Carter may have given that order, but Mitt Romney was already on record saying that he wouldn’t.

Back in 2007, Romney criticized Obama for saying that he would go in to Pakistan to get Bin Laden, “I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours. I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort.” Months earlier Romney also said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

Romney totally walked into the setup, and at a press conference Obama closed the deal without even mentioning him by name,

Well, let me make a couple of points. First of all, Christi, I hardly think that you’ve seen any excessive celebration taking place here. I think that people — the American people rightly remember what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice somebody who killed over 3,000 of our citizens. And it’s a mark of the excellence of our intelligence teams and our military teams; a political process that worked. And I think for us to use that time for some reflection to give thanks to those who participated is entirely appropriate, and that’s what’s been taking place.

As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I’d just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden. I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did.

If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.

This was a perfectly executed strategy. The Obama campaign understands that Republicans aren’t voting for Romney, but against Obama. In order for Mitt to keep the base happy, he is going to have to continue to attack the president. Most of these attacks are going to be far out of the political mainstream, and they are going to contradict Romney’s previous statements.

President Obama suckered Mitt Romney and the GOP into reminding America, repeatedly that he ordered the action to go after Bin Laden. This is a terrible issue for Romney and the GOP, but they have to talk about it because this is what their base wants. Obama was not only able to get Romney to campaign for him on his foreign policy strengths, but he was able to target Romney’s character issues, and make the Republicans look weak on national security. The president was able to accomplish this without even uttering the name, Mitt Romney.

We can expect the pattern that we saw over the last few days to continue over the entire campaign. Obama sets Romney up, and because the Republican is running strictly an anti-Obama campaign, he will continue to take the bait, and be made to look bad over and over again.

Obama is always one step ahead of his opponents, and if the Romney folks don’t wise up, they will be in for a very long campaign.

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15 Replies to “How Obama Suckered Romney into His Bin Laden Trap”

  1. The GOP base has to be terribly confused. First they backed Bush, vowing to kill every Iraqi out there. Then they ahd to turn their head and take it in the rear when Bush kissed off Bin Laden, but they were still gung ho in Iraq. Remember cutting and running?

    Now a Dem is in office and they cant get the taste of blood out of their mouths and their leadership is telling them how awful war is.

    This will begin to happen often. Mittens has said so much that is extreme that Obama should be able to phone this one in.

  2. Thanks Jason for your Superb analysis. Yeah, ol willard the dullard is too busy practicing his lies in the mirror to to see all the nice little verbal traps set for him by the
    master chess man.

  3. Why do I think that while Obama is playing three dimensional chess, others (Reps) are busily engaged in checkers?

  4. The whole tepub herd, especially the herders, would have been smart, nobody ever said they were, if they’d have kept their mouths shut if not going to give credit where credit is deserved, by blasting Obama they also Once Again are condemning the Military soldiers who ran the operation!! Anyone remember the purple heart bandages or booing the in-country soldier in Iraq? As to the bandages: USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71!!

  5. Dems simply don’t understand what they’re up against. You think your opponents are rational; that they can see the facts before them and are chagrined when Obama slam-dunks something like this, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    What Republicans see in this instance is nothing more than a Kenyan-born communist Muslim atheist lying through his teeth as he destroys America. Facts don’t matter. Quoting Romney’s own words doesn’t matter. Policy doesn’t matter.

    ALL that matters is their one basic premise: Reactionary conservatism is good and Godly – and every/anything else is EVIL and MUST BE DESTROYED. Any so-called facts that run counter to that premise are nothing but LIES. You can show them facts, sources, charts, figures all day long and it won’t matter one bit. The words I hear over and over again from Republicans are these: “It doesn’t matter what you say, you will NEVER change my mind.”

    That is the mindset you’re up against, Democrats. You had better understand that before you all go celebrating each little victory or instance of Obama outflanking the Republicans. In the Republican version of reality, Obama has NEVER succeeded at ANYTHING and NEVER WILL. He didn’t even get elected president; that was a LIE. Their very reality is different from yours. They have their own “facts” and your stupid objectively verifiable facts mean NOTHING to them.

    You can tell them all day long that “they are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts”, but it will do you no good; they have already completely rejected reality in favor of their ‘own facts’, and no amount of rational discourse can compete with the rush of adrenaline they get from immersion in their hatred.

    THAT is what you’re up against, Democrats. You’d better figure it out real quick – or it’ll be YOU who are playing checkers in a chess match.

  6. Chip, you’re correct on the gop mindset, but the goal isn’t to change their minds.
    The goal is to get the message out to voters!
    PBO has to be out there every day with his message as well as all dems need to do the same.
    The airwaves are full of right wing talking points & the dems can’t let those talking points stand.
    Shining a light on the lies of the right wing is 24/7 job. It has to be done, again, not for their benefit, but for the voters.
    Just because the gop has their fingers in their ears yelling at the top of their lungs, “anyone but Obama”, like spoiled children, doesn’t prove we’re doing something wrong. It just shows me how very deep & wide the right wing conspiracy to corporately own the USA in fact is! Hillary Rodham Clinton was right on the mark when she said it.

  7. It’s almost too easy actually.

    Barack “Pavlov” Obama says bark …
    and those bitches bark !!

    This is why they can’t stand him. He’s too crafty for ANY republican to keep up with him. He thinks circles around most of them in his sleep !

  8. Every election breaks down like this:

    40 something percent, democrat all the way. 40 something repub all the way. Nobody is gonna change that.

    The other 10 – 15 % are who decide the outcome. EVERY TIME.
    They’re called swing voters.

    There just aren’t enough mouth breathers available to bring this one home for the repubs. Plus Obama has 70 % of the women, 80% of the latinos and 70% of people under age 30.

    If it stays like this …. it’s gonna be an absolute blood bath. With Romney and whoever accepts the VP invite as the sacrificial lambs.

    Let me remind you …. Obama kicked off his campaign yesterday. Not several months ago. But YESTERDAY. He is BEGINNING his campaign with this kind of a lead. He hasn’t even tried yet.

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