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MITT ROMNEY attackerade Barack Obama med anledning av rapporterna om att presidentens kampanjstab planerar en smutskastningskampanj mot honom.

Politico skrev om planerna under måndagen. Redan tidigt under onsdagen kom ovanstående videosvar. Uppenbart har Romney en väldrillad kampanjstab som snabbt kan anlägga moteld när så behövs.

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MED HJÄLP AV negativa kampanjmetoder tänker Barack Obama krossa Mitt Romney. Hans karraktär och bakgrund inom näringslivet skall smutskastas.

Romney är idag den republikanska presidentkandidat som ser ut att ha strörst chans gentemot Obama.

Han är den republikan som troligtvis får lättast att locka över independents d.v.s. väljare som inte ser sig som primärt demokrater eller republikaner. Denna väljargrupp kan ofta avgöra ett val i USA.

Enligt Ben Smith och Jonathan Martin på Politico har högsta ledningen inom Obamas kampanjorganisation studerat strategin som president George W. Bush använde sig av 2004. Det året lyckades Bush – trots låga opinionssiffror – besegra John Kerry genom att tidigt definiera honom i negativa termer.

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic srategist aligned with the White House.

The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s reelection campaign will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”

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The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm that was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs. Obama officials intend to frame Romney as the very picture of greed in the great recession — a sort of political Gordon Gekko.

“He was very, very good at making a profit for himself and his partners but not nearly as good [at] saving jobs for communities,” said David Axelrod, the president’s chief strategist.

[….]

“People already knew that he’s a political opportunist of the highest order — changing his positions to suit the day’s polling,” said Bill Burton, Obama’s former White House deputy press secretary who now heads Priorities USA, an independent group expected to lead Democratic attacks on the Republican nominee. “But the last couple weeks, this lack of principles has translated into a total lack of leadership on issues like the debt ceiling.”

Svaret från Mitt Romneys kampanjstab kom snabbt. ABC News rapporterade följande:

 “It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a written statement.

“President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor
President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change,” Rhoades said.

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ETT SÄKERT tecken på att en kampanj har stora problem är när interna problem börjar läcka ut till media.

Jon Huntsman har dåliga opinionssiffror. Dessutom saknar organisationen pengar och en tydlig politik. En lång rad medarbetare har redan lämnat kampanjorganisationen.

Hans främste kampanjstrateg John Weaver har hamnat i blåsväder sedan Huntsmans vän och rådgivare David Fischer lämnade kampanjen för att sedan gå till media för att berätta om kaoset.

Johnatan Martin på Politico:

Tensions within presidential campaigns, especially those struggling to find traction, are common. But the ferocity with which Fischer and others attack Weaver and the extent they went to disclose sensitive internal problems is not merely the stuff of a power struggle. It’s illustrative of a campaign that has been thrown together on the run and is comprised of figures who hadn’t even met the candidate before he returned from China this spring, working alongside those who have known him for much of their adult life.

The problem for Huntsman, of course, is that all this high-decibel public squabbling undercuts his main rationale for winning the GOP nomination — that the former Utah governor offers the level-headed competence and executive experience needed to unseat President Barack Obama. Not only that, but voters might wonder how he’d bring civility to public discourse — another Huntsman promise — if he can’t do the same inside the four walls of his campaign headquarters.

Dessutom har Huntsman varit tvungen att attackera sina republikanska motståndare för att överhuvudtaget märkas. Sheryl Gay Stolberg på bloggen The Caucus skriver:

[Huntsman] has worked to cultivate a reputation as “the civility candidate on the campaign trail for his refusal to attack his opponents. But this week, with his poll numbers stuck in the single digits, he has been stepping up his rhetoric, first against the Republican front-runner in many polls, Mitt Romney, and Wednesday against President Obama.

On Tuesday, he said his Republican rivals had shown “very little leadership” in the debt-ceiling fight in Washington, and singled out Mr. Romney for not making his views known until the last minute. The silence was “telling,” Mr. Huntsman said.

Att Huntsman skulle lyckas bli republikanernas presidentkandidat ter sig alltmer osannolikt.

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SÅ SENT SOM i maj meddelade republikanen Newt Gingrich att han kandiderar till presidentposten (se videon). Nu har hela kampanjstaben avgått p.g.a. meningsskiljaktigheter om strategin. 

Gingrich har meddelat att han startar om kampanjen idag. ”I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”

Men sannolikheten att han skall lyckas omgruppera är minimal.

Jonathan Martin, Politico, skriver:

[C]ampaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney, spokesman Rick Tyler, and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa have all quit to protest what one called a ”different vision” for the campaign.

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Gingrich was intent on using technology and standing out at debates to get traction while his advisers believed he needed to run a campaign that incorporated both traditional, grassroots techniques as well as new ideas.

Med andra ord ville staben se en kampanj som hade rimliga chanser att lyckas.

Droppen som fick bägaren att rinna över var att Gingrich med fru åkte iväg på semester istället för att ta itu med problemen.

Att sticka iväg på semester är knappast det mest professionella man kan göra i ett känsligt läge för kampanjen.

Fred Barnes The Weekly Standard:

Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000.

The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s “strategy” for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy – a part-time campaign, in effect – that Gingrich’s wife favored.

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MÅNGA HAR tvivlat på att Sarah Palin – Tea Party rörelsens okrönta drottning – någonsin kommer att tillkännage att hon kandiderar till presidentposten.

Men nu ser vi två tunga indikationer på att kampanjplanerna är i full gång.

Den två timmar långa filmen ”The Undefeated” – godkänd av Palin – kommer att släppas i juni. Dessutom har Palin gett sig ut på en landsomfattande busstur för att testa av stämningarna ute i landet.

“Palin continues to say that she’s waiting to make up her mind on running for president, but her aides have indicated that a favorable response to the bus tour would push her closer toward a campaign”, skriver Politico.

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POLITIK: Vem är Washingtons mest tongivande journalist? Enligt reportern Mark Leibovich på The New York Times är svaret Mike Allen.

”Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico, who is also the first reporter Pfeiffer corresponds with after he wakes up at 4:20.”

Allens nyhetsbrev PlaybookPolitico verkar läsas av alla i maktens korridorer i Washington, inklusive i Vita huset.

Allen’s e-mail tipsheet, Playbook, has become the principal early-morning document for an elite set of political and news-media thrivers and strivers. Playbook is an insider’s hodgepodge of predawn news, talking-point previews, scooplets, birthday greetings to people you’ve never heard of, random sightings (“spotted”) around town and inside jokes. (…)

Cable bookers, reporters and editors read Playbook obsessively, and it’s easy to pinpoint exactly how an item can spark copycat coverage that can drive a story. Items become segment pieces on “Morning Joe,” the MSNBC program, where there are 10 Politico Playbook segments each week, more than half of them featuring Allen. This incites other cable hits, many featuring Politico reporters, who collectively appear on television about 125 times a week. There are subsequent links to Politico stories on The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post and other Web aggregators that newspaper assigning editors and network news producers check regularly. “Washington narratives and impressions are no longer shaped by the grand pronouncements of big news organizations,” said Allen, a former reporter for three of them — The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time magazine. “The smartest people in politics give us the kindling, and we light the fire.” (…)

Nowhere is Washington’s ambivalence over Politico more evident than in the White House. The Obama and Politico enterprises have had parallel ascendancies to an extent: they fashioned themselves as tech-savvy upstarts bent on changing the established order — of politics (Obama) and of how it is covered (Politico). They started around the same time, early 2007, and their clashing agendas were apparent early. On the day that Politico published its first print edition, Barack Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, walked into the campaign’s offices and slammed a copy of the new publication on Dan Pfeiffer’s keyboard. “This,” Plouffe declared, “is going to be a problem.”

Politico today remains a White House shorthand for everything the administration claims to dislike about Washington — Beltway myopia, politics as daily sport. Yet most of the president’s top aides are as steeped in this culture as anyone else — and work hard to manipulate it. “What’s notable about this administration is how ostentatiously its people proclaim to be uninterested in things they are plainly interested in,” [John F.] Harris, Politico’s editor in chief, told me in an e-mail message.

That Politico has been so vilified inside the White House is itself a sign of its entry into “the bloodstream” (another Politico phrase). It is, White House officials say, an indictment of the “Washington mentality” that the city is sustaining Politico and letting it “drive the conversation” to the extent it does. (…)

Allen sends out Playbook using Microsoft Outlook to a private mailing list of 3,000. A few minutes later, an automatic blast goes out to another 25,000 readers who signed up to receive it. An additional 3,000 or so enter Playbook from Politico.com, which adds up to a rough universe of 30,000 interested drivers, passengers and eavesdroppers to the conversation.

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STRATEGI: Företaget Chevron är involverat i en segdragen rättegångsprocess med anledning av en miljökatastrof i Ecuador. För att återupprätta sitt anseende har företaget anlitat en lång rad olika PR-firmor och lobbyister.

Politco har rapporterat om en rad klumpiga PR insatser som verkar ha gjort mer skada än nytta för Chevron;

Chevron’s tactics — ranging from quietly trying to wield U.S. trade policy to compel Ecuador’s government to squelch the case, to producing a pseudo-news report casting the company as the victim of a corrupt Ecuadorean political system — were designed to win powerful allies in Congress and the Obama administration as well as to shape public opinion and calm shareholders. (…)

Their lobbying and PR efforts are really clumsy and very heavy handed, and I think that that’s why they’re experiencing a degree of backlash,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) (…)

This summer, Chevron thought it had made major progress toward proving its point that it could not receive a fair trial in Ecuador, when it revealed that it had obtained videos — purportedly taped secretly by a pair of whistleblowers using recorders implanted in watches and pens — that the company said exposed a bribery scheme in the case involving Ecuadorean officials and possibly the judge in the case.(…)

But late last month, [PR-konsulten Karen] Hinton — who is paid by the Philadelphia law firm financing the suit to advocate on behalf of a nonprofit called the Amazon Defense Coalition — released a report revealing that the American who helped make the recordings was a convicted drug trafficker, while his Ecuadorean partner was a Chevron contractor. (…)

Chevron also got dinged for a curious PR effort back in April, when — after catching wind that CBS’s “60 Minutes” was preparing a damaging report about its handling of the Ecuador case — it released a video it paid for featuring former CNN reporter Gene Randall delivering what looked like a news report giving Chevron’s side of the story. (…)

Posted on YouTube and the company’s website and bearing the logo “Gene Randall reporting,” the report was produced with help from the conservative Beltway consulting firm CRC Public Relations. It cast Ecuador’s politicians as out to get Chevron and blamed the pollution on Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, which took over Texaco’s operations.

Columbia Journalism Review assailed the report as “deceptive” and posited that it “might be unprecedented for how it blurred the line between public relations and journalism.”

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