Why the Obama Campaign Is Blowing the Election (AMERICAN THINKER) By Jim Yardley 05/18/12)
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The great puzzle of President Obama´s re-election campaign is why
previously successful political pros are creating so many ineffective
initiatives that blow up in their faces like exploding cigars.
Take, for example, the Obama campaign´s insistence that they can sell
the narrative that Republicans in general, and of course Mitt Romney
in particular, are waging a "War on Women." How many different ways
can they try and fail? They´ve used Hillary Rosen as a stalking
horse, a cartoon named "Julia," and on and on and on. Most normal
people (and I am including Team Obama among the "normal" simply for
the sake of argument) would try something once. If it fails, then
they might assume that whatever they were trying needs a bit of
tweak, and they´ll try again. If the second try also crashes and
burns, they might do it one more time, but only after some radical
changes are made to the original plan. After the third disaster,
almost everyone would conclude that there is a flaw in the basic
assumption or in the plan, or even both.
Not those geniuses who are running the Obama and Company effort to
get the man re-elected. They just keep trying the same tired old
theme again, and again, and again.
There´s an old saw about insanity being illustrated by someone trying
the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. I
disagree with those who assume that Obama and Company are simply
insane. Are they hard to relate to for anyone on the right, and
equally so for anyone on the left who finds himself within shouting
distance of the center? No question about that. But insane? No.
They seem to be following in the footsteps of many great, well-
trained military officers of the past, though.
The military has often been criticized for being unprepared for some
action of the enemy that surprises it. That is not, however, a lack
of preparation. Great generals have often been completely and
intelligently prepared...for the last war. For the next war? Maybe
not so much.
Obama and his campaign advisors seem to falling into that same trap.
They are exhibiting and executing the skillful attacks of the last
campaign that they found to be successful. And since L-P-Ds almost
invariably view themselves as the smartest guys in the room, any
changes from the original plan have to be resisted at all costs,
since an admission that their plan isn´t working is a simultaneous
admission of their own fallibility. And that simply is not an
acceptable alternative for any L-P-D, but most especially Barack
What has come as a rude shock to Obama and his supporters is that
Mitt Romney is not a carbon copy of John McCain. I´m not speaking of
differences in governing philosophy, or specific policy
prescriptions, but rather the diffidence that McCain exhibited and
the kid glove treatment he gave Obama in 2008. Part of that was
McCain´s sense of what he viewed as being honorable. Part of it was,
reasonably, a justifiable concern that he might be accused of
racism. And while maintaining a sense of honor is admirable, it
ultimately led to Obama and his policies for the past 3-1/2 years.
Most of those on the right don´t believe that was a worthwhile trade-
Mitt Romney has two things that should help him in this election.
First, he can learn from John McCain´s error concerning the
definition of honorable combat. He can acknowledge it, evaluate the
result, and then learn something even more useful from his opponent.
After all, it was Obama who said, "If they bring a knife, you bring a
In a similar vein, he can watch the movie Patton, which starred
George C. Scott. As portrayed in the film, when George Patton took
over U.S. forces in North Africa, he planned a tank battle against
Rommel´s Afrikakorps and decimated them after reading Rommel´s book
on tank warfare. As he viewed his troops overwhelming the German
Panzers, Patton, in praising Rommel, is quoted as saying, "Rommel,
you magnificent bastard, I read your book!" Mitt Romney has the book
on Obama, Plouffe, and Axelrod. He can use the book on them in the
same way Patton used Rommel´s -- to beat Obama using his own tactics.
As for any fear of charges of racism, the only people now who think
of Barack Obama as "black" are those who have a vested interest in
making sure that racism remains a viable moneymaking industry.
Almost everyone else now tends to be race-neutral. Have you heard
anyone refer to our current president in a racial way recently? I
could be wrong, but when I looked
up "socialist," "failure," "ideologue," "narcissist," and "phony,"
not one definition had a racial component.
So Romney can attack Obama on many fronts, and while the racial
grievance industry will cast a lot of mud, very little (if any) will
Another strategic error that the Obama campaign is making is its
refusal to even mention the great "accomplishments" at the start of
the Obama administration: the stimulus and ObamaCare. It´s almost as
if they think that if they don´t mention it, they will never be
attacked on it.
There is only one word to describe such an assumption: Oops!
This is where Obama´s "book" (as well as the earlier Clinton edition)
shows the way. Always attack where your opponent is weakest and
Obama´s biggest weakness is his economic policies (or lack of any
coherent economic policies at all, if you prefer). With actual
unemployment (which includes those looking for work, those under-
employed, and those who have given up looking) running near 14%, it´s
hard to see how Obama can possibly dodge the issue.
He has done nothing to ameliorate the rise in gas prices, and his
policies have increased our dependence on foreign oil.
He has justified every one of his energy policies by claiming that
global warming or climate change is a clear and present danger.
Unsurprisingly, there has been no scientific evidence of global
warming to support this supposed threat.
He has waffled on defense issues.
He has insulted allies and comforted our self-avowed enemies.
He has shown disdain for our Constitution. He has even tried to
subvert the constitutions of other constitutional republics, as when
he tried to subvert the adherence to constitutional law in Honduras.
I can only imagine that Mitt Romney and his staff are saying to
themselves, "So many targets, so little time." But I hope he picks
one or two, and then hammers and hammers and hammers on Obama, from
multiple directions and sources, until the thin skin of our
narcissist-in-chief is rubbed so raw that he starts making unforced
errors -- and then realizes on the morning of November 7 that he has
to remember to have Valerie Jarrett call the movers for him.
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