I was preparing to write a brief post on how President Obama and his strategists have seemed to resolve themselves to running against Mitt Romney in the general election. And then the Romney campaign released the following online ad;
The ad does demonstrate that Team Obama certainly does seem to have Romney on their mind. So much so that you can make the argument that they have been preoccupied with Romney. But such preoccupation with Romney could be premature. While Mitt is looking more and more like the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is far from definite yet. And it is not like the Administration has not been wrong about this before.
Four years ago, Obama’s closest advisors deemed Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to be the Republican who could give him the most trouble in 2012. That is one reason why they appointed him Ambassador to China. They had hoped that his active participation in his Administration’s first term would prevent him from challenging the President for a second term.
Well that didn’t work.
As we know, Huntsman resigned midway through the President’s first term and is now running for President. But contrary to the original thinking of the White House, Huntsman is far from becoming the greatest threat to Obama’s reelection that Republicans can produce.
That said, it is still worth it for Romney to highlight the fact that it seems as though President Obama “is nervous” about running against Romney. At some point, the electability argument will begin to carry more weight than it does right now. For that reason, it is to Romney’s advantage to create impression of being the Republican with the best chance to defeat the President. Even if hardcore conservatives are unwilling to be swayed by the “electability” angle at the moment, it will eventually have an impact on some of them and even a subtle, subliminal impression of electability, will help Romney in tight primaries and caucuses.
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