“David has talked about the failed government policies of President Obama and Harry Reid. In fact, I’m not sure that he recognizes that he’s not running against Harry Reid or Barack Obama, he’s running against me.” [Source]
That was Michelle Nunn (D) smacking down her opponent David Perdue (R) in the first debate in the Georgia Senate race. Nunn lashed out after Perdue brought up the top Democrats multiple times in the hour long show. Perdue responded by once again bringing up the president and Senate leader:
“Michelle, I have a lot of respect for you, but you’re dead wrong: I am absolutely running against Barack Obama and Harry Reid. Make no mistake — no amount of false advertising can remove the fact that Barack Obama hand-picked you, he hand-funded you, he’s mentoring you.”
Perdue wants Nunn to be seen as an Obama groupie because she has said that if elected she will reach across the aisle. Oh the horror! That’s a foreign concept to the new breed of right wingers.
Perdue’s strategy is a common theme for Republicans across the country. Instead of telling constituents how they plan to make things better, they’re attacking the president.
This marks the third election since President Obama took office and in all three elections Republicans have made him the focal points of their campaigns to an almost pathetic degree. There’s no doubt that the 2016 elections will be a repeat of this strategy, but I suspect that 2016 won’t be the end of it. I’m sure we’ll be seeing anti-Obama campaigns for the next decade or so. The right is painfully predictable.