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Team Obama has transformed the 2012 campaign into a Chicago knife fight

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FILE: August 13, 2012: Vice President Joe Biden on the campaign trail in Durham, N.C.AP

The Obama post-racial presidency is officially dead. This week, the president and Joe Biden killed it.  On Monday, the Obama-Holder Justice Department filed a friends-of-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of race and ethnicity based admissions preferences at the University of Texas. Tuesday, the vice president broke into a southern drawl in front of a predominately African-American audience and announced that a Romney administration would again put African-Americans in chains.

Team Obama has transformed the 2012 election into a Chicago knife fight. The politics of hope and change have degenerated into desperation.

Back in 2008, the Obama election strategy was to ride a coalition of minorities and wealthy whites into the White House. Although the campaign prevailed, the Obama was not keen on drawing attention to this election tactic. This time out, David Axelrod & Co. has no such compunction. The Obama pincer movement on tax-paying, law-abiding middle and working class Americans is out there for all to see.

The disconnect between Biden's brain and his mouth is legend. Biden had to withdraw from the 1988 presidential race because he plagiarized a speech delivered by an English politician.  In January 2012, Biden was called to task for breaking into a fake Indian accent at a speech in New Hampshire.  

Joe, do you want to do voice-overs or lead our country?  Some days, it is hard to tell.

Meanwhile, by defending university admissions based on skin color, the president has again injected his daughters into the scrum.  Back in July, the president attacked Mitt Romney and gave his full throated support for Planned Parenthood in the name of Sasha and Malia. Obama announced, “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.” Does the president also think that his kids should benefit from affirmative action?  

He may. Back at Harvard Law School his wife Michelle called for affirmative action in faculty hiring.

On October 10, 2012, less than a month before the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas. The Court will consider whether or not the admissions policies of the University of Texas violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on the grounds that UT injects race and heritage into a process that many people believe should be about merit and achievement alone.  A color-blind Constitution hangs in the balance.

Previously, the Court struck down race as a job requirement in the New Haven, Connecticut fire fighters case and reversed a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals.  Significantly, as an appellate judge, Justice Sotomayor had signed-off and approved of the appellate court’s decision. “Wisdom” on display, I guess.

Although, Justice Kagan will not be participating in argument because of her role as Solicitor General, the Obama administration has asked for time to argue before the Court, even though it is not a party. Preferences are appear to be near and dear to the president. Regardless, the American public will be watching. In the meantime, the premise of the 2008 Obama campaign is gone.

Attorney Lloyd Green was the opposition research counsel to the George H.W. Bush campaign in 1988, and served in the Department of Justice between 1990 and 1992.