In no way do I endorse all of Mitt Romney’s fluid policies, nor am I a Republican or Democratic apologist. I support Pres. Obama in generally all of his policies. The ones I don’t are because they’re contrary to Biblical precepts. That being said, President Obama’s campaign should be in trouble. Why do I believe this? Mitt Romney in particular and Republican strategists in general are turning what should be a serious election into childs play.
I’ve never seen any person running for political office have more gaffes than Mr. Romney, in such a short time. What makes it worse is that the majority of the goof ups have been self imposed. And to further the point, most of them have happened since the Democratic National Convention.
Romney’s attempt to politicize the attacks in Libya, during the 9/11 memoriams was a rookie mistake. It seemed that before the Democratic Party could offer a rebuke, his own party was taking him to task. Then to compound the issue, a video was leaked a week later that shows Romney catering to a group of wealthy lobbyists and businessmen. The most damaging statement in the video was about “the 47 percent”. Suffice it to say these words didn’t go over too well with anyone but his initial audience. When anyone, especially those running for national office, make statements like this, they seemingly don’t account for their supporters being part of the 47. It’s unwise to make such generalizations at best, and it’s a flatout lie at worst. And this is the guy the GOP picked to run for president?
If a stronger contender had emerged, I’d venture to say two things would have happened. One, the President would conceivably be in for a much tougher reelection campaign. If Senator McCain was running now, as opposed to back in 2008, President Obama would probably be more proactive in touting his accomplishments during the last four years. Pres. Obama has done so, but Romney has fumbled opportunities to accurately attack the record, be it good or bad. The other thing that could have happened is that a stronger opponent could siphon the votes the President would need to win. The registered Independent voters are the proverbial golden goose in national elections. Whoever wins them over typically wins the election. I just believe it would be harder to win them over, again, if a better choice had emerged.
Which sort of brings up the crux of the argument. It seems like President Obama is playing to the level of his competition, to use a sports analogy. In ’04, he was the smooth, fresh faced, Chi-town cat all the kids wanted to be like, and some of the girls wanted. In ’08, his smooveness grew exponentially, mostly because he was new, exciting, and a change from the norm. Because he faced stronger odds, his message was sharp, crisp, and a departure from the usual talking points. His debates with Sen. McCain strengthened him and caused the whole nation to think “maybe we can believe in the changes he wants to make.”
Now, that luster has worn off. There is a malaise that engulfs much of the nation. Not all of it is his fault, yet some of it is. His battles with Congress have worn him down, as the graying around his temples can attest. Perhaps if (when) he gets reelected, he’ll find renewed vigor. But, he needs to set the new standard, not be the bearer of one that is four years past its expiration date.
Maybe, instead of running against Romney, President Obama ultimately is running against himself.