In a short time, then, the Obama team’s message went from “Vote against Romney because he once had a dog carrier built that attaches to the roof of his family car,” to “Vote against Romney because fifty years ago he engaged in a high school prank” to “Vote against Romney because he’s a successful businessman (and therefore probably a felon)” and so on. If this is all he’s got – and apparently it’s all he’s got – start making plans to attend Romney’s inaugural.
But it’s even worse for Mr. Obama because, not only did these ludicrous attacks utterly fail to move the needle even the slightest in his direction, each and every one of them totally backfired. Some, disastrously so.
For example, while no one cared about Romney putting his dog in a carrier on the roof of his car, it allowed Obama to become a laughing stock for happily admitting that he had, at least once, put a dog on the roof of his mouth. And, while no one cared about a childhood prank Romney helped pull off a half-century ago, it did lead to questions about Obama’s admission in Dreams From My Father that, at about that same age, he had shoved a young woman. And while no one was up in arms about the fact that a wealthy man had investments in countries outside of America, it not only exposed the hypocrisy of the accusers when it turned out that virtually every Democratic senator and congressman had similar investments, but it raised questions about how so many supposed “public servants” had amassed the kind of money usually associated with titans of industry.
These failures all paled in comparison, however, to the utter fiasco that was Obama’s attempt to sell the message: “Vote against Romney because Republicans hate women.” Given how audacious a statement this is — how horrible it would be if it were true and how despicable the accusation if it wasn’t — the people waited for the President of the United States to produce some evidence to support his claim. When all Obama could produce was a woman named Sandra Fluke whose “proof” consisted of opposition to tax-payers picking up the tab for her condom use, the President’s credibility took a massive hit…and Fluke was soon jettisoned (anyone hear anything from or about her since?)
While the Obama camp quickly threw Ms. Fluke under the bus, they weren’t quite prepared to give up their effort to discredit Romney and all Republicans as “women haters.” Soon – with great fanfare and (media-generated) publicity – they unveiled their masterpiece: an animated “everywoman” they named “Julia.” The campaign soon became the stuff of pure mockery, doing nothing to help Obama’s chances in November. In fact, while it did nothing to advance the phony narrative of Republicans as being “at war” against women, what it did was to expose the very real misogyny of the liberal movement. While the storyline followed the feminist meme, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” it also made clear that these liberals believe a woman desperately needs a nanny (state) to accomplish even the simplest of things in her life.
But even more telling about the state of the race than the ever-changing slanders that serve as Obama’s campaign themes, is who the messages are targeting. The fact that, three-and-a-half years into his presidency, a Democrat is still desperately trying to scare single women into voting for him means that Obama’s internal polling must be telling him that he’d better take desperate measures just to shore up a constituency that should have been his from day one.
Similarly, this is the only possible explanation for Obama’s desperate ploy to suddenly end his “evolving” and embrace homosexual marriage. It is hard to believe that after more than fifty years of life, twenty-five years in academia or as a professional speechifier and three-and-a-half years as president, he’d suddenly had an epiphany that couldn’t wait just a couple more weeks until after what some believe will be a very close election. The only possible explanation for the timing of Obama’s announcement was that he needed to placate the LBGT community, and the only reason he’d need to placate them is because his polling showed he hadn’t even shored up their vote this late in the game. If a liberal Democrat isn’t even sure of the support from the LGBT movement a few weeks before Election Day, chances are good he’ll be packing his bags come January.
Finally, more information can be gleaned from the choices the two camps are making in how they conduct their campaigns. While some aren’t thrilled with what they perceive to be Romney’s “play it safe” style, it does indicate that his internal information is telling him that he has a sizeable lead. Whether this “four-corner” approach is wise or not, time will tell. Nonetheless, it does seem to be borne of the old adage, “Never kill a man who’s already committing suicide.”
Another indicator along those same lines is that, while Obama is spending every penny he takes in and then a full twenty percent more (in debt), Romney’s “burn rate” is about eighty percent, saving twenty cents of every dollar the way prudent people save for the possibility of a rainy day. Obama’s spending every penny he can get his hands on as fast as he can get his hands on it seems to indicate his understanding that he needs to just survive July at any and all costs and deal with the future if he makes it.
And it’s not just Obama’s desperate attempts to buy his way back into contention that is telling, so too is just what his campaign is spending that money on. Spending this much money on television ads in July shows a degree of desperation. Spending this much money on paid staff seems to be an indication Obama is lacking for the support of volunteers and so on.
Finally, the most telling of all is how much Obama is spending on polling. Polling to judge the state of the race in July is not much of an imperative, especially when there are so many free sources for this information (Rasmussen, Gallup, etc.) Typically such polling is conducted at this time to test various campaign themes and messages. Obama’s frantic spending on focus groups and other such polling indicates that he is desperately searching for a message that will work and that he hasn’t yet found one.
Believe it or not, there are many more clues pointing towards a Romney romp that I haven’t yet touched upon (the bounce he’ll receive from announcing his running mate, the fact that Obama won’t have his teleprompter if/when they debate, etc.)
But I’m already on page five and, well, no matter where I look, all I see is a Romney victory in November. In fact, it looks like it might even be a romp.
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