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Hey GOP, You're Re-Electing Obama

Candidates have given life to his class warfare spiel: Charles Krauthammer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2012 1:29 PM CST
Hey GOP, You're Re-Electing Obama
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry helped give new life to the Democrats' class-envy shtick: Charles Krauthammer.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – President Obama just may find himself chuckling all the way to re-election, all because Republicans borrowed one of his weapons and turned it against themselves, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. Obama and the Democrats had been trying without much luck to make a "class-war narrative" stick. Then came what Krauthammer—in a column headlined "The GOP's suicide march"—calls "the most remarkable surprise since the 2010 midterm": Republicans, specifically, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, gave the Democratic narrative new life with their attacks on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.

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"Now, economic inequality is an important issue, but the idea that it is the cause of America’s current economic troubles is absurd," writes Krauthammer. "Yet, in a stroke, the Republicans have succeeded in turning a Democratic talking point—a last-ditch attempt to salvage reelection by distracting from their record—into a central focus of the nation’s political discourse." If Obama wins, it won't be because of a liberal media bias, but, rather, sheer luck: "He could not have chosen more self-destructive adversaries." Full column here. (Read more Bain Capital stories.)

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