RON HART: Can Obama ‘Change’? Can the GOP?

Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM.

“If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things. And you know what? It's worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government.” — Barack Obama

Obama’s political team should be commended for its re-election strategy. This was not a moral or intellectual victory, it was simply a tactical one. The divisive antipathy they created against the most productive part of society will hurt us all immeasurably.

Obama and his Chicago machine convinced increasingly gullible Americans that nothing is ever his fault, despite all the evidence. It will be interesting now to see Obama blame the previous president for the problems our country faces.

Intellectuals offer solutions. Low-end political operatives without ideas attack the opponent’s integrity and vilify him personally. The election is over, but the ideological divide remains.

Obama went petty, mean and divisive. He did what he had to do to win — and it worked.

Meanwhile, at their peril, Republicans ignore the libertarians within their ranks. 

Because a moderate like Romney had to endure a GOP primary dominated by hard-right zealots, he was painted into an untenable corner of severe views that do not play well at the national level. Idiots like Todd Akin (the “legitimate rape” Missouri Senate candidate) and his clone Mourdock in Indiana (who said pregnancy by rape is God’s will), continue to haunt other Republican candidates who are often defined by the worst in their party.

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