Mitt Romney can’t exactly say himself that his path to the Republican nomination seems inevitable. So his campaign is phrasing it another way: Obama and the Democrats are singularly focused, to the point of obsession, on Mitt Romney, to the absolute exclusion of every other candidate in the race.
And why would that be? Because he seems to be the most likely nominee?
In a fundraising pitch and press release with the (ominous) subject line “YOU’RE MY OBSESSION...” the Romney team tries to elevate Romney to Obama’s level, pointing out that he alone has drawn the attention of the White House.
“It’s official: President Obama and his allies are obsessed with Mitt Romney,” the fundraising appeal says. “So how deep does the Mitt-obsession run? Here’s a small sample:”
Obama’s press secretary, Ben LaBolt, has referenced Mitt Romney over 110 times on Twitter in the last month. On the other hand, he mentioned “jobs” 11 times and “Iran” twice.
In the last five days, “Romney” has been mentioned 37 times on the Democratic Party’s official Twitter feed, with no mention of any other GOP candidate.
The DNC has released 26 attack videos on its YouTube channels. Unsurprisingly, all 26 videos have only one target — you guessed it, Mitt Romney.
“With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama and his Democrat allies are fixated more on Mitt Romney than on turning around our struggling economy,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. “If the past is any guide, we expect this obsession will grow.”
(The “obsession” would only grow if, in fact, Romney ends up being the nominee.)
For their part, campaign officials say they are simply focusing on Romney’s record.
“Mitt Romney is attempting to declare his record off limits — he wants no discussion of his time as a finance executive focused on investors’ profits with no regard to the impact for middle class families, his tenure as Governor when MA ranked 47th in job creation, and he certainly doesn’t want a light to be shined on the litany of positions on key issues he has now changed on everything from climate change to troop withdrawal from Afghanistan,” said Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama’s campaign. “The Governor can rest assured that’s not going to happen — the stakes are simply too high for middle class families.”