By Debra Saunders - August 16, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden played the race card this week when he
drawled Southern-style to a racially mixed audience that if Mitt Romney
takes the White House, he'll "unchain Wall Street. They're going to put
y'all back in chains."
Last week, a super PAC run by a former aide to President Obama
released an ad in which a former steelworker all but fingered Romney for
causing his 55-year-old wife's cancer death in 2006 because Bain
Capital shuttered the plant where he worked in 2001. The week before,
White House aides stood back as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
without providing any proof whatsoever, charged that Romney didn't pay
taxes for a decade.
The president's henchmen are running a dirty campaign. The worst part
of it: These nasty antics are the best Obamaland has to offer.
Don't take my word for it. Heed the message delivered by Obama
himself when he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in
Denver in 2008: "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale
tactics to scare voters. 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."
The president is in a pickle. He doesn't have a smart plan to rescue
the economy. He has pretty much given up, until after the election, on
working with Congress to pass legislation to keep Washington from
running off the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1 -- when the Bush tax cuts expire
and mandated spending cuts loom. (Continues here)