In his public statement yesterday, President Obama pulled a Claire Claire McCaskill. In the 2012 Missouri Senate election, McCaskill was considered the most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election. So McCaskill’s campaign hit on a novel idea. They started attacking Todd Akin, who was running in the Senate GOP primary, hoping Republican voters would believe McCaskill feared Akin.
Republican voters turned out for Akin who went on to make his comment about “legitimate rape” and blew up. McCaskill won re-election.
Come 2016 and Obama is out pounding Donald Trump right before the South Carolina primary. He knows that not only will the press play up the comments, but Trump will echo the comments, then there will be extended newscasts on the Obama-Trump feud. Obama hopes enough voters will go for Trump to hand him the nomination.
In the meantime, Obama is echoing Ted Cruz and Donald Trump’s comments about Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8, but doing so praising Rubio for working with the Democrats. The whole thing is designed to reinforce anti-Rubio messaging by the his primary opponents while playing up Donald Trump as the guy the Democrats would hate to fight.
“Oh, the President sure hates Trump. He must fear him, but he loves that Rubio,” I can hear Trump voters saying right now.
Republicans who have figured this game plan out for the last four years are going to forget it all and think Trump really is the guy they should send against Obama, thereby giving Obama exactly what he wants.
There is a certain segment of America that Obama plays like a fiddle. And many of them wear “Make America Great Again” caps.