THE ESTABLISHMENT GOP IS AS CRAVENLY COWARDLY AS THE BASTARD IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS EVIL.I AM SO SICK OF THE LEFT THROWING INSULTS AND ATTACKS ON OUR GOOD PEOPLE AT WILL WITH NO RESPONSE WHILE WE DO NOTHING BUT WHINE,I WANT TO VOMIT.IF WE FIND ANYBODY WITH A SET OF CAJONES I’LL BE BACK.
On private call, Republicans say attacking Obama personally is too dangerous: Yahoo News exclusive
By Rachel Rose Hartman
Obama greets a crowd at Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Recent polling data indicates that while the president still suffers significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
On the call–which Yahoo News was invited to attend because of a mistake by someone on the staff of the Republican National Committee–Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for George W. Bush, encouraged Republicans to turn around the Democratic attacks lobbed at the GOP presidential candidates (Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, for starters) for “flip-flopping.”
“I don’t like playing defense,” Fleischer said. He suggested the listeners to Tuesday’s call label the president as a flip-flopper on the following issues: opposing tax increases for those making under $250,000; opposing the Bush tax cuts; opposing raising the debt limit; and opposing a health care mandate.
“When it comes to flip flopping, Barack Obama is the king of flip flopping,” Fleischer said. “You can offer that to anybody,” he suggested.
Thompson noted that Obama may be boxed in by similarly strong personal approval numbers for Republican lawmakers as he ponders attacking the GOP House majority during the 2012 campaign.
“Obama running against Congress is not going to work,” Thompson said.
In a poll conducted in early November by the Tarrance Group and the Democratic group Lake Research for Politico and George Washington University, voters gave their personal member of Congress a 46 percent approval rating–even higher than the 44 percent personal approval numbers for Obama in the survey, Thompson said. (The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.)
Fifty-eight percent of the voters surveyed disapproved of how Obama is handling relations with Congress, according to Tarrance’s November poll.
“It’s a tough road for him when you look at those numbers,” Thompson said of the president.
Thompson said that his group’s research suggests that voters are giving Obama higher approval on foreign policy than on the issue of jobs and the economy.
Voters aren’t simply looking at the president as the symbol for a “broken Washington,” Thompson said.