Mitt Romney's campaign says Americans are increasingly troubled and disappointed by President Obama's polarizing tactics. The strategists say criticism of Obama as a divisive figure will figure prominently in a forthcoming GOP attack on his record that will last for the rest of the campaign.
A senior Romney adviser tells me that Obama's polarizing approach contrasts sharply with his promise in 2008 to soften the harsh partisan atmosphere in Washington. "After promising to be a uniter, he has proven to be a very divisive figure," the adviser argues.
Meanwhile, he says Romney is a "happy warrior" who has nothing personal against his political adversaries and is willing to work with them. This will be a theme that Romney will use in the fall—the idea that, as governor of Massachusetts, he dealt openly and cooperatively with Democrats in the state legislature. Romney strategists say Obama has increasingly resorted to bashing his conservative adversaries in Congress rather than working with them.
The Romney adviser emphasizes that the economy will remain Romney's focal point, and he will argue that, as with the unifier theme, Obama talks a good game and makes impressive promises, but consistently fails to deliver.