Is Obama taking a page from Harper’s election playbook?

- October 12th, 2012

Henry Olsen, the vice president and director of the national research initiative for the conservative U.S. think tank American Enteprise Institute is warning Republicans that Obama is trying to beat Romney with the same club that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives used to considerable effect to deal with Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals in Canada’s last general election:

If you doubt that caricaturing a political leader as a selfish lout can work, turn your eyes to our great northern neighbor. In last year’s Canadian elections, the Conservatives attacked Liberal party leader Michael Ignatieff, who had returned from Harvard to enter politics a few years earlier, as an egomaniac whose return was motivated more by ambition than love of country. Their tag line was succinct and brutal: He Didn’t Come Back For You.The Obama campaign is running an equally savage and personal campaign against Governor Romney. Their subliminal tag line is also succinct and brutal: He’s Not Running For You.Ignatieff led the Liberals to their worst election showing in their history and lost his own seat to boot. Governor Romney won’t lead the GOP into the abyss, but if he wants to turn the race around, he needs to do what Ignatieff could never do: convince the average voter he actually cares about them

via Open your heart, Mitt – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI.

Categories: Politics, US Politics

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  1. Candace says:

    Wow. Aren’t we the popular neighbour this time around? I suspect that for Mitt, as w/Ignatieff, it is too little, too late. Unless Obama totally tanks the next debate, but I can’t believe he could perform WORSE than the last one. I guess we will see.

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