Matt Continetti, writing at the Washington Free Beacon:

"Obama has been reduced in stature. Four years ago he was going to change the world. Now his only path to reelection is through scaring his coalition into thinking Romney will seize its birth control, slash its benefits, and reinstate Jim Crow. He has to bog the GOP candidate down in a net of Buffett-Rule-like gimmicks and egregious insinuations about Romney’s wealth and religion.

"The worst thing Romney could do is step into the net. Let aides trade Tweets with Obama spokesmen now and then, but don’t make it a priority. Let others take the low road.

"When David Axelrod mentions the dog, remind the country that this is the worst recovery in history. When David Plouffe mentions the rich, let Americans know that everyone’s taxes should be low, that everyone’s taxes are scheduled to spike on Jan. 1, that Obamacare includes numerous taxes on every American, and that the middle class has fared the worst in the Obama economy. When Debbie Wasserman Schultz sneers that Republicans are coming after women, stress the importance of a culture of life and Obamacare’s threat to religious liberty. Ask every audience Reagan’s question: 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' Unless the audience is filled with TARP recipients and government workers, the answer will be no.

"The deeper into the year we get, the more desperate Obama is likely to become. There will be incendiary rhetoric. The smears will be over the top. The hits will be exaggerated; some may draw blood. The Twitter Trap will beckon. But Romney can’t succumb. He can’t flinch."

Whole thing here.

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