Republicans have made it clear that they will be opposed to anything and anyone supported by Obama and the Democrats, even if they were previously in favor of that thing. But the New York Times has an interesting report on how the Democrats are causing this to backfire. The strategy is simple — heap praise upon moderate Republicans like Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, and Jon Huntsman, and thank them for their former support for policies supported by the Democrats.
Such praise sounds friendly, bipartisan, and adult, but it makes those moderate candidates toxic to hardline knee-jerk Republican primary voters. And it is difficult for those candidates who are on the receiving end of this praise to fight back without sounding either petty or like they are flip-flopping on their previously held beliefs.