The master of political warfare was the late, great Andrew Breitbart. In the kickoff of his biggovernment.com website, he slowly released the surreptitiously recorded tapes of ACORN workers counselling undercover operatives, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, on how to get government grants for bring underage prostitutes to America. Breitbart was clever enough not to release all the tapes right away but to post them one at a time, and slowly, in order to prolong ACORN’s agony. What made Breitbart a genius was that he calibrated the release schedule to conflict maximally with ACORN’s defensive spin, which he correctly anticipated, so that, say, when ACORN accused Breitbart of racism (because all the ACORN workers depicted so far were black), every video he released henceforth showed only white ACORN workers. Every excuse ACORN made was graphically rebutted in Breitbart’s next video, so much so that ACORN’s flacks ended up tongue-tied and flummoxed by the time Breitbart was through with them.
I wonder if the Romney campaign has something similar up its sleeve with the TV debut of Barack Obama’s 2007 racial harangue. If they are good (admittedly a big if), they will have damaging information on Obama stacked up and ready to go on a weekly schedule until election day. If they are really good (admittedly an even bigger if), they will have accounted for the Obama campaign’s/MSM’s spin in their release cycle.
It is well known that, unlike the Obama campaign - which has been conducting an expensive ad campaign over the summer, the Romney campaign has so far been husbanding its’ cash. This is smart. TV ads are aimed primarily at the undecided and those people don’t begin to tune in until fairly late in the game. The best way for an ad campaign to peel of the last 2 or 3 percent of the vote is if the ad buys are timed with the release of damaging new information on Obama.
If I am right, Mitt Romney must have found a way to resurrect The Boogieman himself, Lee Atwater.