Could Obama lose the election all by himself?

June 9, 2012
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Slate’s ultra-liberal John Dickerson thinks so:

If the president makes many more gaffes, Romney will never need to take any risks of his own.

On June 8, 2012, President Obama declared “The private sector is doing just fine”—and the Chaos Muppets were released. Every Republican official and piece of the GOP firmament issued a press release saying this proved the president was out of touch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked if the president was living on another planet, Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor held a special press conference, Chris Christie was undone, and of course Mitt Romney had a say. GOP Archers for Less Regulation may have even sent out a Tweet.

The political fallout was predictable in a campaign where each side rolls out emergency fainting couches and commits synchronized jaw-dropping at the latest perceived outrage. Barack Obama is never allowed to say the economy is “doing just fine,” just as sure as Mitt Romney is never allowed to say he’s “not concerned about the very poor.” Democrats clobbered Romney for his remark back in February. Now it was time for Republicans to make the president suffer. Some were even paying Obama back for his attacks on John McCain in the last campaign for a similar remark about the economy’s fundamentals. (The RNC video making use of Obama’s remark is almost identical to the 2008 Obama ad about McCain.).

Will this election be a choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or a referendum on Barack Obama’s handing of the economy? President Obama would like it to be a choice, but he is stuck with the reality that it’s likely to be a referendum.

10 Responses to Could Obama lose the election all by himself?

  1. Dinocrat » Blog Archive » Copycats on June 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    […] Copycats var addthis_product = 'wpp-264'; var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true,"data_track_addressbar":false};if (typeof(addthis_share) == "undefined"){ addthis_share = {"templates":{"twitter":"From Dinocrat: {{title}} @ {{url}}"}};}The RNC is copying Obama ads from 2008, almost word for word, typeface for typeface, rhythm for rhythm. Very amusing. They had this one in the can and were just waiting for the pull-quote to appear. HT: PP […]

  2. MikeN on June 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Yup, Romney needs to just shut up. Noone wants to vote for him.

  3. setnaffa on June 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

    MikeN is as out of touch as Obama… ;-)

  4. artist on June 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Will this election be a choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or a referendum on Barack Obama’s handing of the economy? President Obama would like it to be a choice, but he is stuck with the reality that it’s likely to be a referendum.

    As if that matters.

  5. anonymous un-RINO on June 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Yeah, crapweasel Willard can’t win this election, and has to hope Obambi loses it by falling flat on his face. The big challenge for Willard and his Harvard geeksters will be to put a sock in it, and let Obambi hand it to them. The idiots are liable to think that they have a choice or a say in this, and get too frisky in their campaigning. But they don’t have a choice or a say. They should just shut up, spend less and pray more. That’d be their best strategy. Willard does not wear well on the electorate, and less is more. Less Willard and more Obambi, and they might have a chance here.

  6. Louise on June 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    My favorite bumper sticker ever:

    1-20-2013
    The End of an Error

  7. rdawwgy on June 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Romney is going to surprise everyone in this election – look how he beat that sniveling old fool Ron Paul and the rest of the republican field in the primary. GO ROMNEY!!!

  8. Evan3457 on June 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I’m not the slightest bit thrilled about Romney, but the economy will determine all. If Obama can make the sale that the economy is getting better, including propaganda control by the leftist-controlled media outlets, and, eventually, outright false information on the GDP and unemployment numbers, and the people buy it, he can still win. But if the economy remains in the crapper, and the people don’t let themselves be duped, then Romney wins.

  9. anonymous un-RINO on June 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Yeah, that’s basically it. crapweasel Willard cannot win on his own merit, and has to hope Obambi falls on his face.

  10. MikeN on June 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Saw an ad today, Obama is running that Romney outsourced jobs from Mass to Indiana, and that manufacturing jobs were lost in state. The takeaway is that Romney says one thing, but he won’t be able to deliver.

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