Character and Flip Flopping Ain't quite as important as we used to think:
It will be much more plausible for Democrats to warn next year about unchecked conservative control of the government. If they do, they will be hitting the Republicans where they are weak. There is a lot of evidence that voters have lost confidence in Obama, but little evidence that they have gained confidence in Republicans. In the most recent CNN, Gallup and ABC/Washington Post polls, a majority of Americans say that they have an unfavorable impression of Republicans. They may not think the GOP can be trusted to govern.
So the stage is set for a campaign based on ideology, not character. Running that kind of campaign carries a trade-off for Obama: He runs the risk that by painting Romney as a hard-core conservative, he will persuade conservatives who have doubts about the man to vote Republican. But that’s a risk worth taking, since their hostility to Obama may be enough of a motive to vote Republican already.
Why not do both, i.e., run on character and ideology. Grandmas Social Security and Medicare are only one tea party away from being toasted and Mitt is just the weaselly bastard to pull the plug.