2012 Election: DNC, Obama Response to Santorum Shows Race Changing

santorumdirtywordIt wasn’t long ago the Democratic National Committee and Obama Campaign were sending out daily emails attacking Mitt Romney’s attacks on them, in between the former Massachusetts governor’s ‘America the Beautiful’ serenades at lowly campaign rallies. But things have changed.

New polls show former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum leading all Republican candidates (Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul) both nationally and in Michigan, the site of the next Republican primary. And with that in mind, the Obama Campaign has switched gears. They’ve headed out on the web, seeking to destroy Santorum and everything for which he stands. An email was sent out by the DNC Rapid Response Team today, calling Santorum’s economic philosophy, in the subject heading, the same as the one “That Created the Economic Crisis, But Even Worse for Middle Class Families.”

Among the smears thrown at Santorum include the idea that his plan would benefit the wealthy, “while adding $900 billion to the deficit”; his opposition to the payroll tax cut; his plan to squash Medicare; and this idea that he would not have saved the auto industry back in 2009. Pennsylvania leaders even held a press conference on Friday touting economic and manufacturing gains in Pennsylvania, due to the president’s efforts.

The DNC email goes on to quote the Tax Policy Center, Newsmax, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times and others to show just how terrible Rick Santorum is.

This comes on the heels of Santorum viciously attacking the president yesterday on Face The Nation, saying Obama’s not religious and is just like Hitler (sorta), then taking back the Hitler comparison. In campaign emails, he’s been referring to Romney and Obama as in the same camp: both liberals, both hellbent on destroying the former Pennsylvania senator.

Thing is, Santorum’s most recent comments aren’t that much different from what he’s been saying the entire campaign. And for most of the campaign, the president and DNC have been ignoring him. No more. Unlike everyone else, his surge looks to be for real, and probably because he (unlike everyone else) is for real. The numbers show that.

The context says something else: His surge has come at exactly the right time. When conservatives believe they can actually do something about the old wedge issue/enemy: abortion and contraception. They’ve managed to pass a series of radical, invasive legislation that allows the government to creep a little farther into your bedroom. States across the country (including Pennsylvania) have introduced (and in some cases, passed) women’s health clinic regulations and forced ultrasound legislation. In Virginia, the latter has prompted a silent protest, today, in front of that state’s Capitol building. (The Virginia bill goes further than the Pennsylvania bill and would require women seeking abortions to be penetrated with a vaginal ultrasound probe; similar legislation has been blocked in Texas by a judge.)

Part of the national health law requiring nonprofits to cover contraception medicine for women was met with disdain by a coordinated Catholic Church attack within the last month. Santorum immediately jumped on board. Romney tried to, but failed miserably (he stayed silent on a similar Mass. law while governor there).

It got to the point where the president released a compromise, which Catholic officials rejected. And the pundits have followed suit. Rush Limbaugh has voiced concern that requiring contraception would lead to the government telling its citizens they can only have “two babies.” He also said HHS could tell sick individuals to wear their underwear on the outside.

Glenn Beck traveled to Rome last week in light of the controversy, discussed it with officials in the Vatican and came home with the phrase, “We are all Catholics now,” and got space to publish that in the Washington Post. Beck says the contraception fight is going to lead to an International Tea Party Movement and Religious Freedom Coalition.

Now ask yourself: who will an International Tea Party Movement and Religious Freedom Coalition benefit in the Republican primary? Looks like the DNC is ready.

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