By Stacy Drake
David Plouffe, Obama’s political adviser, and the winner of the 2009 “Marketer of the Year” award for his role in the 2008 Presidential campaign, was in Ohio on Tuesday to campaign for Governor Ted Strickland. He continued with the same tone that I wrote about a few weeks ago after he appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Plouffe, obviously the White House attack poodle, spoke to a union hall and a “subdued” group of students at the University of Akron. Peter Hamby from CNN interviewed Plouffe during the course of the campaign stops. He writes:
David Plouffe, one of President Obama’s top political advisers, said Tuesday that the Republican Party has been overwhelmed by a “Beck-Palin-Limbaugh wing” that will make it impossible for the GOP to nominate a viable general election candidate in 2012.
“If you are a moderate Republican thinking about running in a primary for any office in 2011 and 2012, you are going to have to think twice, because you are going to get the Mike Castle treatment,”
Any republican who takes David Plouffe’s advice should be forced to go work the phones for the Mukowski campaign. The man obviously doesn’t have the GOP’s best interest in mind, so it may be a good idea to do the opposite of whatever he suggests. Hamby continues:
Plouffe insisted that the White House is not preoccupied with Sarah Palin, despite frequent references to her by the president and other top administration officials.
“We don’t spend much time thinking about her,” he said. “I think that long term, the more sway and power she has in the Republican Party, the worse off the Republican Party will be.”
“If the Republican Party believes that Sarah Palin is their savoir, more power to them,” he added. “It will be a fascinating primary because no matter whether she runs or not, that Limbaugh-Palin-Beck wing of their party is going to be the most dominant factor in most primaries and caucuses. In Iowa, in South Carolina, in Nevada, so you are going to have to nominate someone that does well in that wing.”
When Plouffe said “we don’t spend much time thinking about her,” then couldn’t stop talking about her, he shows his hand and destroys any credibility he may have had with an intelligent listener.
That said, repeating his theme from earlier this month, he goes out of his way to try to marginalize Governor Palin and other prominent voices within the conservative movement. So once again, I’ll point out that the a majority of the American people actually agree with Governor Palin on the issues, while more often than not, Obama stands with a minority of Americans on things like health care and taxes.
Governor Strickland took part in some “extreme rhetoric” of his own along these stops. Hamby filed a separate report in which he wrote (emphasis mine):
Strickland deemed Ohio a “firewall” for President Obama’s re-election hopes, and in Akron, he couldn’t resist going on offense against several of the Republicans who might challenge the president in 2012.
“We are coming after you, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty and all of the right-wing extremists,” he said, somehow managing to energize a mostly empty room in the University of Akron student union. “We are coming after you in 2012, and we will re-elect Barack Obama to be a second-term president of the United States of America.
That was a pretty ironic thing to read having seen this clip earlier in the day of a Strickland supporter throwing hot coffee on a Republican staffer at a different event. The text posted with the video on Breitbart’s site says:
A Republican staffer (and Iraq War vet) has hot coffee poured down his back by a Strickland supporter while trying to videotape Gov. Strickland’s remarks at a campaign event. The assailant later returns to make an obscene gesture. Authorities are trying to identify the man in this video. If you can assist, contact the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office at 740-355-8245.
Ted Strickland would like the American to believe that Governor Palin and other republicans are the extremists. David Plouffe would like Americans to believe that Governor Palin is out of mainstream, when a review of her positions says the opposite. So, I gather ‘don’t believe your lying eyes‘ is the campaign strategy the democrats settled on. Perhaps that was the same meeting they came up with the concept for their new logo.