"I'M RUBBER, YOU'RE GLUE": THE SEQUEL
Well, we should have seen this coming:
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod was shouted down Thursday at an event in Boston that was staged to attack Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts.
Axelrod called the press conference to hammer home the Obama campaign's critique of Romney's time as governor, and brought along officials from around the state to reinforce the message.
But the pro-Obama speakers had to shout to be heard over the "boos" from Romney supporters who showed up for the event....
Mitt Romney has made a habit of using "I'm rubber, you're glue" rhetoric in attacking President Obama -- calling Obama "out of touch" after being called that himself, responding to Obama's recent statement on gay marriage by charging that Obama is a flip-flopper -- and now it appears that the Romney campaign is stealing tactics from Team Obama.
You may recall that there was a great hue and cry when Mitt Romney visited an inner-city neighborhood in Philadelphia and pro-Obama hecklers showed up. Right-wingers were outraged. Rush Limbaugh threw around accusations of reverse racism.
And the folks on Team Romney, who apparently require revenge the way you and I require oxygen, evidently decided that the proper course of action was payback.
Romney supporters responded by chanting "Solllyyynndraaa" like Bruins fans heckling the visiting team.
After he finished his remarks, Axelrod opened the floor to questions, but he couldn't hear reporters over the protests.
It's not the deployment of hecklers that shows immaturity -- that's politics. It's the desperate need to avenge every slight. That's not how mature people behave.
One thing we know for certain: If Romney wins the presidency, the grownups won't be in charge.
(X-posted at Booman Tribune.)