Why Obama is going after John Boehner
Did you notice how President Obama kept mentioning House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) by name during his speech in Ohio? Obviously, he did it on purpose. But why?
Last week, there was that crazy Gallup poll that showed a 10-point gap in support between the generic Republican candidate and the generic Democratic candidate. Yesterday, Gallup's weekly tracking poll showed the two parties were tied. But, of course, elections aren't between generic candidates. By making Boehner the face of the Republican Party, Obama will force the electorate to no longer think in the abstract about whom they might send to Washington. He wants voters to see "Speaker" Boehner and think about the prospect of Republican control of Congress.
Obama was at the top of his game in Ohio. He's got to sustain that fire and focus from now until Nov. 2. He's got to keep hammering the Republicans and Boehner by name -- every day and often -- if he wants to keep a Democratic majority on the Hill.
| September 8, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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