No matter how hard he tries, President Obama cannot silence the economic questions. No matter how hard his campaign staff tries to create distractions, the “e” word is always present. There seems to be no one issue that will bury his biggest problem. Oh they have tried with women hating Romney and the Republican opponent being out-of-touch with Americans – nothing.
Now with the stunning recall victory in Wisconsin for Gov. Scott Walker over organized labor, horrible job numbers in May and his gaffe on the private sector being “fine,” the liberal media has found itself between a rock and a hard place.
What Are The Media Thinking?
It is obvious by simply looking out the window that the country is in dire economic straits. It is literally forcing even the most loyal of Obama sympathizers in the media to ask themselves one question: Am I going to continue with stealth support of the failing president, which lessens my credibility, or be the trained and objective journalist my press pass says I am?
The answer to many liberal media members is the latter. It is growing more evident by the day in many of the left-leaning dailies throughout the country and showing up in reporters’ writings for even the Washington Post and New York Times, shining towers of liberal news reporting and editorial.
The “e” for economy is a good indicator.
Made My Day!
Obama made Romney’s day with his “The private sector is doing fine.” Many feel that those six words could be the driving force behind an Obama defeat in November. Although he quickly rectified his mistake, the cat was out of the bag. Did he really mean that? Is that is perception of the American economy? Does he concern himself only with government jobs, and holding disdain for American business?
“Is he really out of touch,” said a revitalized Mitt Romney shortly after Obama’s speech. It was a question that must have had the president’s adviser, David Axelrod, cringing in agony, knowing he had authored those exact words for anti-Romney spin. Now it was coming back on his man like a boomerang.
The primary campaign issue for Democrats had been left for dead with Obama’s six little words, “The private sector is fine.”
Liberal Media Supported Carter Too Long
Not unlike Hilary Rosen’s immortal comments targeting mother of five Ann Romney never working a day in her life – it brought Romney massive new support from married women throughout the country. The Carter campaign of 1980 is the best example to use when surveying the many early mistakes Obama’s team is making.
The liberal media stayed too long backing Carter all the way to Reagan’s landslide. Their credibility suffered in the first year of the Reagan presidency. Luckily, Reagan was not a vengeful man, like Nixon, and all was quickly forgiven. They have to be asking themselves what Romney will be like to deal with, should they continue their biased reporting.
Hope and Change, Spare Change
With each critical mistake Obama makes, the thought becomes more of a reality. Hope and change is becoming spare change to an angry electorate, much like the Carter v Reagan contest over Iranian hostages and high interest rates.
It has been apparent since Romney clinched the Republican nomination weeks ago, that the president will not be running on his own record. His sidebar guerrilla tactics are the order of the day from his Chicago campaign headquarters. What Axelrod and Valarie Jarrett had so carefully crafted as a campaign strategy is falling on deaf ears.
As Clinton’s primary strategist said in the campaign of 1992 against George H. W. Bush, “It’s the economy stupid.”
Obama’s people are finding out the hard way that the “e word” is the only word in this election.
Bad News Still To Come?
Still to come are the Supreme Court ruling on the unpopular Obamacare, a ruling in the Arizona immigration law case and a second contempt of Congress charge against Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder for his participation, or lack thereof, in the gun-running operation know as “Fast and Furious.”
Obama would probably be happier in Carter’s position back in 1980. Dealing with high gas prices and hostages in Iran would seem a easier for his talking heads to get a firm grasp on their spin. The dilemma he faces now is becoming unmanageable.
Obama backers licking their wounds, because support goes two ways
The media is departing from their prepared and partisan scripts. If they stay the course of true journalists, Obama has lost his last defense. By not more enthusiastically backing labor in Wisconsin, his biggest financial backers are now licking their serious wounds and taking a second look at just how badly they want to support a man who said he “was too busy” to help them.
These are dark days for the Obama re-election juggernaut of yesteryear.