When there’s no real dirt on your opponent . . .

. . . the next best thing is to try to dig up dirt on your opponent’s supporters. From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:

Political Operatives Digging Up Dirt on Romney Supporters

May 11, 2012 | By

It’s bad enough that the Washington Post committed great resources to a questionable 5,000-word hit piece against Mitt Romney regarding an alleged incident that occurred over 45 years ago. Now we find out that shady political operatives are digging up dirt on Romney supporters. Kimberly Strassel discovered that they are trying to obtain divorce and other court records of Melaleuca Inc.’s CEO Frank VanderSloot who donated $1 million to Romney’s SuperPAC.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

More on Karen’s site.

Well, I’m a bit less bothered about this than Karen is, because we certainly used Barack Obama’s past associates to tar him with their views, and it really didn’t work very well in 2008. And, let’s face it: President Obama and Governor Romney are running for the biggest prize in the world, and the only thing that matters is winning. There will be no trick so dirty that it won’t be used, if someone believes that it will help his favored candidate’s cause.

The simple fact is that Barack Hussein Obama didn’t lose the 2008 election because of his association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright or with all sorts of leftists and Commies in college; he won it due to the economy. And that’s what is going to determine the 2012 election: if the economy has improved to the point that the public see it as having improved things, President Obama will be re-elected, and if it has not, Governor Romney will win.

So, let the Obama campaign try to dig up dirt on Governor Romney’s supporters; what the Romney campaign needs to do is what they’ve already been doing, and that’s focus on President Obama’s record on three things:

  1. The economy;
  2. The economy; and
  3. The economy.

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