, the architect of President George W. Bush’s presidential victories, said Thursday that while President Barack Obama may be copying tactics used by his former boss, the president’s overall far left-leaning political strategy will doom his re-election.
“The Obama approach copies the tactical emphasis of President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election effort,” Rove wrote in an opinion article published in the Wall Street Journal.
“On Monday, Mr. Obama's manager, Jim Messina, told volunteers that the campaign would focus on ‘expanding the electorate . . . growing the grass roots . . . measuring progress; and working for every vote.’”
Messina sounds a lot like “Bush's 2004 campaign manager, Ken Mehlman, outlining the Bush campaign's re-election priorities,” Rove said. It worked for Bush, who got 25 percent more votes in '04 than he did in 2000, he said.
“But Mr. Obama is making a mistake by following the advice of President Richard Nixon, who argued White House hopefuls must run to their party's flank in the primary and tack back to the center for the general election. While Mr. Obama doesn't face a primary challenge, the White House is worried about the intensity of the Democratic base and feels compelled to feed it red meat now.”
Rove added that Obama's “Nixonian strategy will do nothing to change” his lagging poll numbers.
“Instead, it risks permanently alienating independents, soft Republicans, and a few Democrats who dislike his appeal to the hard left.”
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