Mr. Obama’s campaign strategy has become all too clear, and it’s got to be an embarrassment to anyone who voted for him as an agent of hope and change.
(1) Demonize Romney. Check: The president’s surrogates are trying to get a narrative of Romney as a job-destroying vulture capitalist at Bain cemented into the popular imagination, when nothing could be further from the truth. Some are even calling the ex-governor a “felon.”
(2) Buy off or pander to every Democratic interest group he can find. Check: The president is working furiously to give away taxpayer money and pass regulations that benefit only his core constituencies. In recent weeks we’ve seen him come out in favor of gay marriage, say he will not enforce immigration laws, pass waivers so that welfare recipients no longer have to work, etc.
Mr. Obama has shown himself to be an agent of change, all right. But hope? Only if you like budget-busting, far-left policies leavened with the brass-knuckle style of a Chicago politician.