With high unemployment and an opposing party willing to do anything to get him out of office, President Obama's going to need all the help he can get in the general election.
So why not let a bunch of middle school students do all the work?
A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obama's re-election campaign by conducting opposition research in class against the Republican presidential candidates.
The 8th grade students, who attend Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County, were required to seek out the vulnerabilities of Republican presidential hopefuls and forward them to the Obama campaign.
Liberty teacher Michael Denman…assigned two kids to write a paper revealing the identified "weaknesses," two to write the attack strategy paper and two others to locate an individual inside the Obama campaign to whom they could send the information. "My classmates don't actually know a lot, but a few of us tended to agree that the most recent instruction on this project just didn't seem right," one of the students told TheDC.
Using children to do opposition research isn't such a bad idea. If you're going to hire people to dig up dirt, you might as well choose the ones who spend their time digging up actual dirt.
After this whole Etch A Sketch kerfuffle, the primary is starting to take on a juvenile tone anyway. Who knows? Maybe one of those kids can unearth a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots scandal.
The Obama campaign gets some good dirt and the students learn how to act like slimy political operatives. It's a win-win situation. Well, except for the one kid who had to go home everyday and google "Santorum."
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