A powerpoint presentation at a Republican National Committee (RNC) donor event last Sunday morning provides a peak into the fronts on which Republicans will attack Barack Obama if he's successful in attaining the Democratic presidential nomination.
Focusing on Barack Obama's "inexperience" and "undisciplined messaging" are two ways to ensure that the senator from Illinois doesn't get to be president, according to honchos at the Republican National Committee.[...]
The RNC's "winter retreat" for major donors at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel featured such party stalwarts as Karl Rove, RNC chairman Robert Duncan, former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams, as well as some Hollywood types, including Dave Berg, a segment producer and "political director" for "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
RNC Chairman Duncan as well as Co-Chairman Jo Ann Davidson opened the Sunday session with a Power Point presentation outlining five main strategic attacks against the Obama candidacy. A Politico reporter witnessed the document, but not the presentation.
The first called for pointing out what the GOP views as a seeming incongruity between Obama and the mantle of commander in chief. The second point harkened back to Obama's days in the Illinois state Senate, noting how his "pattern of voting 'present' offers many openings to question his candidacy." The third offered hope to the GOP faithful that "we can be confident in a campaign about issues." A fourth bullet point relayed how "undisciplined messaging carries great risk," while the fifth and final attack point stressed, "His greatest weakness is inexperience. He is not ready to be commander in chief. He is not ready to be president."
It was further revealed that the RNC sees Health Care as a seminal issue which they must address, according to Karl Rove:
"Are we going to move towards socialized medicine or away from it? Because we can't move towards the middle."
A platform that maintains "status quo" on the health care issue won't cut it with the American public, so it'll be interesting to see in which direction the GOP moves on that plank. Since Obama's current plan leaves gaping holes in coverage, and leaves the system open to gaming and fraud, maybe the Republicans will just adopt it as their own, neutralizing the issue as an election "difference." It'll fail and eventually be scrapped anyway, so what's the harm?
But I strongly suspect Obama will rework his plan if he succeeds in getting the nomination -- he's just not honest enough to admit his error now.
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