“One factor made the 2012 grind bearable and at times even fun for Obama: he began campaign preparations feeling neutral about Romney, but like the former governor’s GOP opponents in 2008 and 2012, he quickly developed a genuine disdain for the man. That scorn stoked Obama’s competitive fire, got his head in the game, which came as a relief to some Obama aides who had seen his interest flag when he didn’t feel motivated to crush the opposition. Obama, a person close to him told me, didn’t even feel this strongly about conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. At least Cantor stood for something, he’d say.
“When he talked about Romney, aides picked up a level of anger he never had for Clinton or McCain, even after Sarah Palin was picked as his running mate. ‘There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,’ said a longtime Obama adviser. ‘That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.'”
Thrush’s book is the third instalment of Politico’s Playbook 2012 e-book series, and chronicles the President’s efforts to win re-election in the face of a grim political landscape. If Obama’s Last Stand is anything like its Playbook 2012 predecessors, this tidbit is just one of many behind-the-scenes insights Thrush has picked up on the campaign trail.
The ebook will be available August 20, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.
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