Romney’s pointless attacks sign of weakness, not strength

The estimable Dooley of The Dooley Complex argues on the topic of “blogosphere buzz”:

Brownback decided to throw a little mud yesterday, claiming that Tancredo and Romney had ties to Planned Parenthood; but the buzz was about them, not about him.  That’s not going to be a successful boostrapping technique.

BUT, when you’re in second place, you can take off the gloves and throw a punch, and if the leader decides to punch back, you might win some points in that round.  MyDD and TPM Cafe discuss the duel:

Said Obama this morning during an endorsement speech in Concord, NH:  “I’m not afraid of losing the PR war to dictators,” continuing, “I’m not going to hide behind a bunch of rhetoric. I don’t want a continuation with Bush-Cheney. I don’t want Bush-Cheney light. I want a fundamental change.”

    …

SEN. CLINTON: “Well, this is getting kind of silly. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I’ve never been called George Bush or Dick Cheney certainly. We have to ask what’s ever happened to the politics of hope?

When the buzz is about content, it’s probably good news for both candidates.  When the buzz is about anything but the candidate’s views, this is not good news… and that’s what’s on the doorstep of Fred Thompson this morning.

People are talking about a protester who asked Fred whether he was a real conservative… but the focus is on the fact that CNN cut the rest of the woman’s question off, which was about 9-11 conspiracy theories, thus conservative bloggers were ranting on CNN, not really raving on Fred.  Likewise lead blogger Captains Quarters spent time dissing the Washington Post for a story run about Thompson’s legal career.  Conservative bloggers also picked up on Newt Gingrich hinting he might work for Thompson, but again, the focus was on Newt, not Fred … more

Observation: Clinton and Obama are frenemies in the same sense that Romney and the DNC are frenemies.

Back to Dooley’s argument: By this reasoning Romney’s pointless attacks on candidates both Republican and Democrat are an attempt to attract media attention. Only in Romney’s case the buzz is never about his views, but about how his view at this point in time flatly contradicts his view at some other point in time.

Question: if Romney is a 1st tier candidate, why does he act with all the fear and desperation of a 2nd teir candidate? See:

-or-

Would Romney be a 1st tier candidate if he were not financing his own campaign with his own wealth? See:

Anderson: “Romney is going to find himself strapped for cash soon and will need to put more and more of his own money into the campaign” 

yours &c.
dr. g.d.

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