In a recent USA Today article on Michelle Obama, Professor Pitney has a quote on why the potential First Wife has drawn so much scrutiny.
Will it work? John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College and author of The Art of Political Warfare, says Obama “invited some of this scrutiny” with her comment about not being “really proud” of her country until now. “That was catnip to opposition researchers,” he says, and has defined her image so far.
Her current activities play more to her strengths, he says, and her husband’s defense of her â€” “lay off my wife,” he said on ABC in May â€” could also help.