A new e-book by POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush is already drawing some attention for a claim that President Obama not only disagrees with Romney on policy, but has a strong personal dislike of his Republican rival. The e-book, titled “Obama’s Last Stand,” is the latest installment in POLITICO’s series on the 2012 election, and explains that Obama holds a dimmer view of Romney than he does of his 2008 Republican rival and his GOP opponents in Congress.
Thrush details how the 2012 race has been particularly “bearable and at times even fun” for the president.
[H]e began campaign preparations feeling neutral about Romney, but like the former governor’s GOP opponents in 2008 and 2012, he quickly developed a genuine disdain for the main. That scorn stoked Obama’s competitive fire, got his head in the game, which came as a relief to some Obama aides who had seen his interest flag when he didn’t feel motivated to crush the opposition. Obama, a person close to him told me, didn’t even feel this strongly about conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. At least Cantor stood for something, he’d say.
Someone described as “a longtime Obama advisor” said that the anger Obama holds for Romney was a level he never reached for Hillary Clinton or John McCain, even after the latter chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. While Obama held a “baseline of respect” for McCain, “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.”
h/t USA Today
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