This reporting by Scott Powers in the Orlando Sentinel scoops the New York Times, the Washington Post and Politico by pulling together in one place and charting the obvious implications of Team Obama’s assault on Mitt Romney in Florida.
Obama is trying to prevent Romney’s nomination:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has an unlikely ally this week in his Florida primary battle against Mitt Romney: the Democratic National Committee.
The Democrats are targeting Mitt Romney as if he were already the Republican nominee running against President Barack Obama, with campaign ads, Internet videos, daily news conferences and dozens of news releases attacking the former Massachusetts governor.
Traditional Democratic partners are jumping in, too. Both the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ and Service Employees International Union’s political-action committees are running their own TV commercials in Florida this week – attacking Romney.
Gingrich and the other two Republican candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas U.S.Rep. Ron Paul, are being all but ignored by the DNC and its allies.
Read the whole thing.
The Chicago Rules at work. Obama fears Romney so he is trying to eliminate him early. In the old days it would be called a “dirty trick,” but MSM loves the president and won’t criticize his operation.
And it is his operation. The president has had to approve of this attempt by the Yankees to get the Red Sox eliminated by sending players and cash to Tampa Bay in the last week of the season.
Newt supporters will say that the president had better watch what he wishes for, and that is fine. Republican voters, though, are owed notice from the press –transparency is the word, isn’t it– that President Obama is trying to cheat already by meddling in the other party’s nomination process.
It is cheating. We have grown used to it, like trillion dollar deficits and 8% unemployment, and the Manhattan-Beltway media elites just shrug and get back to pushing contraception and English-only question agendas.
But even ten years ago it would never have flown. Can you imagine if George Bush had told Karl Rove to get Howard Dean nominated and to spend millions to do so?
Rush had fun with Operation Chaos four years ago, and it was fun, and terrific radio. But it was also one man’s open and above-board appeal to his own audience to try and annoy the Democrats. This isn’t that. This is sinister, and a glimpse of the fall campaign ahead.
I’ll cover it in full on tonight’s program from Cleveland.
Powerline’s John Hinderaker has already written about the irony of President Obama calling for economic fairness against a backdrop of three years of the wildest reaches of crony capitalism, but the president who is directing the 2012 equivalent of CREEP from 1972 perhaps should avoid moralizing on all subjects.