It's official. The Obama camp will strategically stalk the GOP's Mr. Default not for his Olympic flip-floppery, but for his avowed (which of course no one believes, because of his Olympic flip-flopping) reactionaryism.
It must be official, since I heard the "news" innumerable times just yesterday on MSNBC; it was indeed presented as a kind of developing news or breaking news or whatever network journalism is calling the Unnews these days--even though the Washington Post had caught up to the patently conspicuous no less than a week ago:
Obama’s sharper, more personal dialogue with Romney comes after several weeks in which the president and his allies have been portraying the former Massachusetts governor as having a conservative core that is out of step with middle-class Americans [my emphasis]....
"During the primaries, Governor Romney labeled himself the 'ideal tea party candidate' and 'severely conservative' and committed to a series of policies that reflect those labels," said Ben LaBolt, Obama’s campaign spokesman.
This seems like a perfectly reasonable approach, although one should never underestimate the American electorate's jaw-dropping susceptibility to right-wing imbecilities dressed up as transcendent American values. Had the New Right and Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich and the Tea Party et al ever unveiled their sociopolitical program as what it actually was--an anarchistic game in which those starting on third plate and racing to home are allowed on the way to shoot the umpire--rather than what they advertised--a 'Leave It to Beaver' version of Atlas Shrugged--than Mitt Romney would scarcely be exalting the nostalgic wonders of "severe conservatism."
There is however one aspect of Obama's strategy that promises Good Fun; that being, should the president's strategy begin registering negatively on Romney, the latter will no doubt then reassure us that he really is a flip-flopper--not an abidingly severe conservative at all.
Remember, as a Great White Hunter of wascally wabbits, he's a wily one.