Just how much do people distrust Obama to do any better in a 2nd term? Mitt Romney is heading up the most baffling national campaign in memory and he’s still in the hunt.
Romney’s running against a failed President with a luggage carousel of baggage and has opted to ignore nearly all of it. He knew – or should have – that the media would be in the pocket of their love child Obama and didn’t create a plan to offset the bias. He’s allowed the Chicago Machine to trample his reputation and responds with barely a peep about the rampant corruption of the Obama administration. (Any regular commenter here could outline a devastating anti-Obama ad campaign on a napkin in about 4 minutes. Romney’s “team” hasn’t bothered.)
Is all this because of fear that independents will be tuned off? If so political idiots are calling the shots for Mitt Romney. The trashing of Kerry and Dukakis didn’t turn independents off Bush and Bush…it caused them to vote for both. Here’s what voters hate more than negative campaigns: Weenies who allow themselves to be destroyed without a fight.
The population now knows more about Romney’s past after 6 months than they do about Obama’s after 5 years. How did Mitt Romney allow this to happen? What’s the point of collecting 100 million dollars in August alone if it’s used to shower swing states with tepid ads featuring talking points they already know from glancing at Drudge headlines.
I always assumed this would be a competence campaign which would slightly favor Romney. What I didn’t expect is that Obama would batter Romney with such ease. Everyone saw the 2012 Obama campaign coming. Everyone except Mitt Romney. Obama would trash Romney from top to bottom. He’d make Romney an unacceptable alternative even though he’d failed on nearly all counts. It was Obama’s only shot. Everyone…let me repeat – EVERYONE – knew this was coming. Political Science freshman knew this was coming. Yet, here we are. Romney’s been defined as a rich, out of touch fool – a definition which is solidifying as I type. Mitt Romney’s campaign has yet to run a counter narrative about Obama for fear of alienating independents. Let me tell you something about independents: They want a reason to fire Obama. They’re desperate for one. It’s September 17th and they are almost done waiting for one. A collective shoulder shrug is coming. A gigantic: Oh well, I guess that insufferable Chicago waif will have to do. If Obama is reelected within a week a gigantic groan will emanate from the American masses as it sets in that the golfing narcissist will be on television for four more long years.
Here’s how the game has played out so far:
Obama campaign: Romney’s ruins lives and causes cancer.
Romney campaign: Obama is disappointing.
Guess who wins this fight? Roll your eyes in disgust at hatchet politics, but they work.
Politico posted a Romney “take down” piece today. The last tent pole of the Romney campaign to kick out is “competence” and they are swinging at it. Intended meme: Romney’s campaign is a mess. He’s a great manager? Ha! A leader? Double ha! He can’t even run a campaign! Expect the Politico piece to create plenty of ink this week about the Romney campaign’s infighting. He’s not even a competent manager! It’s the next piece in the ‘destroy Romney’ campaign by Axelrod and the media. A campaign that has been nearly perfect in execution from the birth control nonsense, to the alleged war on women, to the perfectly set up questions about Romney/Ryan’s national security cred just before embassies began to burn. Connect the dots. It’s a campaign that is working. No matter what lies we tell ourselves about the majesty of civil discourse vicious campaigns almost always work. Bullies bully until they are clocked.
The most baffling aspect of the weak Romney campaign is Romney himself. This man was a ruthless venture capitalist? Hard to imagine. He’s being punked by petty Chicago crooks. Daily.
Ignore ‘likability’ polls. They are useless. Romney is still in this race because the reality is – if one pushes the average voter – another Obama term is, in fact, a disheartening prospect. But no one pushes the average voter. The obvious job of the Romney campaign has always been to make Obama unacceptable. They’ve managed to avoid doing this simple task.
Being officially non-partisan in this race I’ll finish with this: For GOP supporters the most alarming aspect of the Politico piece, beyond the obvious pro-Obama ditch digging, is that nearly all of it rings true.