I have no idea what, specifically, Obama’s seeking revenge for. Perhaps he believes that the fact that someone has the audacity to run against him is so beyond the pale that vengeance is called for. Or maybe he seeks retribution for being drawn and quartered, figuratively of course, at the first debate. Who knows.
Jonah Goldberg ponders the possibilities:
Hard to believe that the guy who promised to “punish our enemies” is now talking about voting for “revenge.”
If you watch the clip itself, it’s not clear at all what Obama’s supporters are supposed to want revenge for. Obama mentions Romney’s name in the context of his run for the Senate in Massachusetts — back when Romney was quite the moderate — and the audience starts to boo. Obama says “no, no. Don’t boo. Vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.” Revenge for what? Him running for the Senate? Revenge for Romney daring to challenge Obama? I understand Obama is bitter. That’s been obvious for a while. But it’s just a weird and narcissistic assumption that his supporters want “revenge” too. Doesn’t mean it’s wrong, though. Which makes the whole thing even creepier.
As Goldberg points out, Romney was quick to pounce on Obama’s latest example of post-partisan hope and change:
Which appeal will be more effective? I guess the voters will decide Tuesday. But don’t underestimate the magnitude of Kevin Williamson’s "dumb vote" which, as I’ve noted many times, comprises the core of the Obama Democrat’s support.
Update: (h/t John_Frank) Via Twitchy, here’s a great image from @Exjon that captures Hopenchange’s "uplifting" closing argument perfectly: