Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An August Recap of Obama Tactical Errors

Originally drafted 8/09/2012

Busy volunteering for the Romney campaign has left me with little time to blog. Let us return with a commentary of the latest predictable gaffs of  the Obama Administration.

First, you didn't build that. 

Naturally, this will be the king of gaffs for the Obama Administration going forward. In a rare moment, Obama actually spoke honestly about his ideals. Ironic, as given the reaction of the crowd, he no doubt thought himself as having knocked it of the park.

And no doubt, his internal polling after the fact has boomeranged into knocking him downward on polls, having granted the GOP a powerful piece of ammunition to utilize once the post-convention attacks from Romney's camp truly begins.

Next, this ad addressing Mitt the Murderer

Whoever arranged this latest ad for the Obama campaign clearly underestimated the gullibility of the audience. Even those in the media who are utterly dedicated to Obama found themselves flabbergasted at the SuperPAC responsible for the advertisement, which attempted to distastefully link Mitt Romney and his tenue at Bain Capital with the death of “Joe the Steelworker's” wife.

Several issues,
1.       Romney was not active at Bain Capital (he left in 1999) when Joe’s steel factory was shut down (in 2001). After attempting to save it for eight years, the economic recession of 2001 simply took its toll on the industry, to no fault of Bain Capital.
2.       Joe was laid off in 2001. His wife died in 2006. And she was employed.
3.       The biggest problem of all of course, is the very message that its trying to convey: That Mitt Romney is a murderer. Despite the guttural politics most on the left are willing to play nowadays, there are still lines that simply go too far. Accusation of racism, bullying, not paying his taxes, outsourcing or apathy towards the “poor” is one thing. But downright murder simply serves to remind the audience of the complete desperation the President must be at to try and stick such a link to Mitt Romney.
This is all endemic of a larger problem for Team Obama. Unable to stand on their record, they’re only option is to make the opponent out to be a radioactive monster. Try as they might with McCarthy-ite tactics, Mitt proves heavily fortified against character assassination out of this race. Both candidates are tied, yet the true negative ad campaigns have yet to begun. As Obama exhausts his options this early in the race, he leaves himself highly vulnerable to Mitt’s message in the coming months.

At last, we come to the greatest issue of our day. Red or Green?

Truly, if ever there was a reason not to vote for Mitt Romney, its his refusal to take a stance on such important issues of the day such as "red or green" or "what's your favorite superpower." Combined with how the fate of the country is somehow tied to Romney's tax returns, surely such issues are readily exploitable by the Obama campaign in his cruise to decisive victory.

In all seriousness, the days of softball sheltering questions cannot last indefiniitly. With Obama still vulnerable, the final 70 days will continue to draw a sharp contrast between the collected appearing Mitt Romney and an incumbent that continues to implode in his presentation.

~David Morris~

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