There has never been a weaker incumbent. Jimmy Carter was competent in comparison. Yet Romney seems not to be leading and may even be in danger of losing. Speculations relevant to this particular situation are:
- People are too busy with the Olympics (and reality TV shows). They haven’t focused on the election yet.
- Obama’s dependents and wanna-be dependents are too numerous now for anyone other than a Democrat to win a national election.
Either of these are plausible. The first says a lot about the American people. The second is absolutely terrifying — moochers outnumbering producers.
Charles Krauthammer posits another view which reflects on strategy which I wholeheartedly agree with:
There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.
Mr. Krauthammer goes on to describe how either choice should be approached:
The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8%-plus unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of another $5 trillion of accumulated debt.
The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small business owners:
“You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of your smarts and sweat? he asked mockingly — but to government that built the infrastructure without which you would have nothing.
Unfortunately Mr. Romney wants to talk about his business experience and his competence. Most people know he is competent. You don’t get rich legally in this country by being incompetent.
As usual, Mr. Krauthammer has written an excellent column containing excellent advice. His summation follows:
The third consecutive summer-of-recovery-that-never-came is attributable not just to Obama being in over his head but to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it.
Would someone see that Mitt Romney and his advisers read Mr. Krauthammer’s column and follow the advice contained therein. This election should be a no-brainer, running against a No-Brain.