Despite his newest campaign slogan of “Forward”, Barack Obama’s campaign so far is the one that is looking to the past while Mitt Romney’s is looking forward to the future.
Team Obama has decided that they need to attack Romney and the Republicans by demonizing their past supposed positions. With the willing assistance of the mainstream media, the Democrats are blaming their opponents for every crime except the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has said, “Now the president’s going to try to make the election about everything other than his economic policies, but the American people vote with their wallets. The election is going to be a referendum on the president’s economic policies, pure and simple.”
So far, Team Obama has criticized Romney’s tenure as the founder and CEO of Bain Capital, a private investment firm. This criticism comes despite what appears to be Romney’s .780 success rate with helping distressed companies. Team Obama actually focused on a steel company that went into bankruptcy a number of years after Romney had left Bain Capital.
When the Bain Capital attacks didn’t get any traction, the Obama campaign then focused on his time as Governor of Massachusetts. They leveled criticisms on his job creation in the state. Again, Team Obama ignored the fact that there was a significant drop in Massachusetts’ unemployment rate during Romney’s four-year tenure.
The President’s campaign has realized that the only way that they can possibly win reelection is to focus on everything but the economy. When he does focus on economic matters, Obama seems to stumble continually. His pronouncements are divorced from reality. Typical is his stumble on Friday when he announced that private industry in the United States is ‘doing fine.’ Trust me, we’ll be hearing that remark in Republican campaign commercials until Election Day.
Let’s face, Barack Obama is a smart guy.understands that he can’t win the argument that the economy is recovering. With the unemployment rate at 8.2%, voters are beginning to lock in their Presidential choice. It appears that likely voters prefer Mitt Romney, not because they see him as a new economic messiah but because they see Obama as a failure. Almost four years of promises without results has tried the patience of the electorate.
Romney seems to have gotten traction from Governor Scott Walker’s successful defense of his policies in the recent recall election. Bolstered by the knowledge that the majority of voters in a traditionally blue state like Wisconsin, Romney’s team sees new paths to victory.
Don’t believe some of the recent exit polling from the Badger State. Apparently, some of the Republican voters did not wish to be polled and the results were skewed. It is more than likely that Romney is no worse than even with Obama, in a state where the President won by 14%.
Another shocking development for the Democrats was a recent poll showing Governor Romney leading by a thin margin in Michigan, a traditionally Democrat stronghold. It would appear the union workers are starting to bleed away from Obama.
Barack Obama is looking at numerous possible landmines in the months ahead. One of the first detonated with the Iranian refusal to continue negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This could possibly push the Israelis into an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities with the possibility of an Iranian response.
The revelations about the U.S and Israeli cyber attacks also open up the possibility of Iranian retaliation. In fact, the Iranians made it known that they are contemplating just such a response.
The next five months are fraught with peril for Barack Obama. Romney has promised the American people a different approach from the current unsuccessful administration. Romney believes that the private economy is America’s strength. Obama, on the other hand, thinks that government is the solution to every problem. Whichever candidate convinces the American voters that his approach can pull the country out of this deep recession will be victorious.