I think it's a losing strategy. She is going to have a difficult time retaining any credibility.
Not to make too much of a small thing, but I thought this piece by Andrew Malcolm was interesting. It's just one example of a growing number of signs that the Obama campaign isn't living up to 2008 expectations. Malcolm writes about Obama's Iowa trip last week:
Obama's experienced advance team had a bunch of flubs. That farm family with all the windmills that President Quixote loves to laud turns out to be Republicans and informed reporters after Obama's visit that he sure wasn't getting their votes this time.
There was the state fair beer tent where Obama bought a round of Bud Lights for everyone, except the guy with the Mitt Romney sign. Great summertime photo op. Except it turns out the Secret Service closed down the guy's tent long before Obama's arrival and the small business owner lost thousands in sales.
Then there was the caterer who wore a "Government Didn't Build My Business" T-shirt to work the president's event.
As Malcolm notes, "spontaneous" stops are often very coordinated, and an important president does have a schedule to keep, but imagine the photo op that would have been.
The story is more a metaphor, it seems to me, of a campaign and a man that is oblivious to real America.
The Romney/Ryan campaign, by contrast, seems the polar opposite of the Obama campaign. On one side we have demagoguery and negative attacks and on the other side, Romney/Ryan seem to offer the optimism that we can "turn this thing around" as Ryan likes to say. To be sure, Romney will get his share of attacks in on Obama, but it seems that the Obama campaign is particularly aggressive awfully early.
Shannen Coffin at NRO pointed out that so far Romney has been accused of:
...complicity in the death of a cancer victim, failure to pay taxes owed the United States, wanting to return the American populace to shackles, poisoning the common man with e coli, and, generally, being a very mean white guy who mistreats animals. With his selection of Paul Ryan as vice president, we are reminded that Ryan relaxes by throwing grandmothers in wheelchairs off of cliffs.Arguments on policy are one thing, but character attacks are another. I've never been a fan of that approach. Love her or hate her, what the media did to Sarah Palin in 2008 was unconscionable. Don't remember that? A refresher course from Professor Jacobson is here.
Mark Steyn points out that the addition of Ryan to the Republican ticket has already raised the level of the Obama campaign in that we're no talking about Joe Soptic's wife now, but about Medicare:
Underneath the poseur narcissism, the half-wit demagoguery, and the 13-figure innumeracy is bleak reality: a flatline economy, underwater property, declining social mobility, half the population getting a check each month from the government and with minimum-wage service jobs as the only alternative to long-term dependency.
If you seriously think this election is about gay marriage or affordable contraception, you’re about to do to America what Gavrilo Princip did to the Habsburg Empire.
The truth is, nobody cares about Mitt Romney's tax returns, his dog, or his wife's horse. It's clear that the Obama campaign can't run on his record and so demagoguery is all they have.
I think the American people will see through that. I think in a debate on the issues, Obama will lose.