Politico has a new e-book out about the disarray of President Obama’s reelection campaign. Apparently, there’s been a lot of infighting among his campaign operatives and it was decided long ago that they couldn’t run on hope and change this time around. In addition to not being able to run on his record, Obama loathes Mitt Romney.
This has produced a campaign being animated by one thing above all. It is not exclusively about hope and change anymore, words that seem like distant echoes even to Obama’s original loyalists — and to the president himself. It is not the solidarity of a hard-fought cause, often absent in this mostly joyless campaign. It is Obama’s own burning competitiveness, with his remorseless focus on beating Mitt Romney — an opponent he genuinely views with contempt and fears will be unfit to run the country.
When it was looking like Romney might choose Marco Rubio as a running mate, Obama had a Chicago-style a message for the young Senator.
Obama’s trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. “Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?” the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.
“Well,” he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”
He’s also so delusional that he thinks his rotten policies will eventually turn around the economy, and if Romney wins he will get credit.
The two things Obama fears most about a Romney victory: A 7-to-2 conservative Supreme Court within a few years. And the equally unbearable possibility, in his mind, that Romney will get to take a victory lap on an economic rebound Obama sees as just around the corner. “I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide. (Read More)
They also reveal that Obama is really thin skinned, even when it comes to golf, as noted at the Washington Examiner.
Thrush writes that Obama was reluctant to play golf with Boehner, because he knew Boehner would beat him.
“He didn’t want Boehner kicking his ass,” Thrush writes.
When he did golf with Boehner he was his partner, so he could avoid being shown up by the Speaker of the House.