It’s only April, but President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been on the attack against the likely GOP nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — with the attacks coming on gender, race and class fronts.
On Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday night, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer warned this is a sign of things to come despite the Democrats’ individual issue campaigns being based on “concocted” ideas.
“Negative campaigns can work. And we’re getting a taste of it right now,” Krauthammer said. ”I think Romney’s strategy should be to embrace that negativity. Just go for it and point out — go back to it and point out how it’s a sign of scurrilousness and hypocrisy.”
“Look at the meme that Democrats have put out from top to bottom from Romney: The war on women — a concocted idea, the war on immigrants, what you heard from that woman [Karen Finney], the war on blacks. And it’s also class warfare: the war on the middle class, comforting the rich and making sure they don’t pay their fair share.”
Krauthammer explained that this was a major departure from what Obama promised in his 2008 campaign, which was to be a united, not a divider.
“The hypocrisy here, of course, is that Barack Obama shot to national consciousness by giving a speech in which he said he would unite red America and blue America,” Krauthammer said. “’We are not black America, white America, we’re the United States of America.’
“Is he running — the Democrats are running the most divisive campaign on race, on ethnicity, on class and on gender. I mean, it’s going to be the dirtiest campaign you have ever seen.”
Krauthammer offered viewers some advice on handling what is certain to be coming in this presidential election.
“I would say hide the children and check the plumbing, because you’re going to have to shower several times a day,” he said.