On Morning Joe Monday, Random House executive editor Jon Meacham asked Politico’s Mike Allen a perceptive question about Allen’s lead story (excerpt below) on the Obama campaign plans for an all-out offensive to uncover Mitt Romney‘s “penchant for secrecy.”
Allen cited examples via David Axelrod: “Why did Mitt Romney leave Massachusetts government with the hard drives from his computers, and why did his senior aides leave with the hard drives?” Axelrod also asks why Romney hasn’t revealed names of his bundlers or released tax returns.
Meacham jumped in with a rationale: “Do you think this is a dog whistle message” by Obama’s camp to circuitously bring up the Mormon church’s alleged secrecy?, asked the author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.
NQ regulars know a major reason: Obama needs to move the spotlight from questions about his failed presidency: Why did Obama ignore the jobs crisis, wasting two years forcing passage of the badly-flawed Obamacare, secretly making deals with insurance and pharmaceutical companies? More questions: What of those mystery years at Columbia University? What about embellishments in his faux autobiographies? [UPDATE: I am re-printing a disclosure of Obama’s misleading, false stories in the autobiographies that made him millions and that gullible people believed] …
Here’s the relevant section of Mike Allen’s daily Playbook for April 16, 2012:
COMING ATTRACTIONS – David Axelrod tells us the Obama campaign will make a major umbrella issue of what he calls “Romney’s penchant for secrecy”: “George Bush felt it was appropriate to release the names of his bundlers. John McCain did. But not Mitt Romney. Why did George Bush and John McCain release multiple years of tax returns, but not Mitt Romney? Why did Mitt Romney leave Massachusetts government with the hard drives from his computers, and why did his senior aides leave with the hard drives from their computers? Why won’t he be more forthcoming about some of these offshore investments?
“Harkening back to my youth, which extends far beyond yours, there was a show called, ‘I’ve Got A Secret.’ Increasingly, I think that would be the appropriate title for the Romney campaign. There are central issues, but this is a disturbing one and it goes to that question of, like, ‘Who is this guy? What does he stand for? What does he believe? What do we know about him?’” …
Even for Axelrod, these questions are such a stretch that I am laughing out loud. Can he really be serious when he asks, “Who is this guy? What does he stand for? What does he believe? What do we know about him?”
As pundits have predicted for months, the Obama campaign has to attack Mitt Romney. Axelrod knows that his incumbent candidate does not have a record of accomplishment to run on.
When a president cannot point to any meaningful achievements as he nears four years in office, all he can do in his reelection is attack the challenger.
It’s pathetic. It’s weak. But Obama has talented campaigners going all out for him. Romney’s people will have to be on their toes, and hopefully not only anticipate Obama’s attacks but PREEMPT them.
Okay. It’s your turn.
And look for my post about the reporters who doggedly fact-checked both of Obama’s books. Like I said above, I can’t get over the millions of gullible people who bought not only his books but also his creative versions of his life story.
P.S. I stumbled on a page that lets you read a large section of Mike Allen’s e-book on the 2012 race. Go to this link and scroll down.