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Obama will have to “kill Romney” in 2012

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Now, don't get your hopes up that the 2012 election has become a Most Dangerous Game-style manhunt — this is just the latest news on the presidential election: a senior campaign adviser to the White House said the most likely strategy Obama has for re-election at this point is a personal takedown campaign of likely GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

"Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney," Politico quoted the "prominent Democratic strategist" as saying, declining to note whether the adviser was seated in a 1960s egg chair, stroking a large white cat, when he made the statement. 

Apparently the twofold attack will see Romney painted as "inauthentic, unprincipled and…. weird," which has become some kind of watchword for Romney within the Obama camp, Politico notes. "There's a weirdness factor with Romney and it remains to be see how he wears with the public," the adviser continued. 

The attacks on Romney's financial history will probably center on his time as CEO of Bain Capital.

David Axelrod, the president's chief strategist:

"He was very, very good at making a profit for himself and his partners but not nearly as good at saving jobs for communities… His is very much the profile of what we've seen in the last decade on Wall Street. He was about making money. And that's fine. But often times he made it at the expense of jobs in communities."

Well, it is that time again. By which I mean the run-up to election season during which we see political opponents portrayed as flip-floppers, moral relativists, armchair Satanists, and draft-dodgers.

Frankly, I'm not really crying for Mitt Romney — I'm mourning for the old Obama, the one that was elected based on his promise of working to change the way Washington works. I have no idea where that guy went, but apparently he's plotting to kill a Mormon.