Did anyone really think winning a second term would be easy?
If you’re paying any attention to the polls and the news and the pundits you would think the election was already over and Barack Obama should be choosing the words for his concession speech. And let’s not mince words: Obama had a terrible May and the news for June isn’t starting off any better with Mitt Romney and the RNC raising $76.8 million in May clobbering the president and the Democrats’ $60 million (my $25 bucks is in there somewhere, but they’re back begging for more).
There’s no spinning this as anything but bad news for the Democrats. They knew after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling they would be behind a fundraising 8-ball, but they probably weren’t expecting to be this far behind already. the only good news is with five months to go, there’s still time to get their base motivated and active. The bad news the Republican base already is.
If elections were won in June there would be no reason to vote in November. They aren’t and running from behind is a place Obama has been before. No incumbent president has won reelection with the unemployment rate over 7 percent. Right now it stands at 8.2 percent which is not good news for Americans looking for work or for the president’s chances of keeping his job either.
It was never going to be easy for Obama. Hope and Change has run headlong into Disillusion and Reality. No one man no matter how much he inspires or how much difference he said he would make can change the way politics work in America by himself. Not everybody wants things to change. When they don’t they push back against it and the Republicans have kept a united force against the president since he first took office.
The gloomy mood for Democrats deepened this week as the special election in Wisconsin to recall Republican incumbent Scott Walker fell dismally short and instead emboldened gleeful conservatives.
The recall flopped as most voters stayed home and most that bothered to show up backed the favorite son of the Koch Brothers over Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor Walker had beaten before to win the job in the first place. The recall was backed by Walker’s enemies on the Left and wasted precious time, money and effort in a long-shot bid to oust an unpopular incumbent; though not as unpopular as they had hoped.
This was the equivalent of wanting a “do over” and because the election results don’t go the way you want doesn’t mean you’re gonna get a second bite of the apple.
Recalls should be reserved for high crimes, misdemeanors and illegalities in office. Scott Walker may be a dick with ears, but that’s not a good enough reason to overturn the will of the majority of Wisconsin voters.
I’m hardly surprised Walker won and Obama stayed out of the recall. The Left will barbecue the president’s butt over it, but this smelled like a loser from the jump. They should have known when Russ Feingold, a hero of progressives declined to run against Walker, he was trying to tell them something.
Yes, there will be an insufferable amount of giggling coming from fatheads like Limbaugh and Faux News, but c’est la vie. If you try to kill the king, you’d better take him down because if you don’t he’s going to make your lives hell on Earth and if anybody thinks Scott Walker will feel humbled or chastised by the recall, they’re high on crack. If anything, if he could run for the GOP presidential nomination he’d have a good shot at it as a bona fide conservative rock star.
Way to go Wisconsin labor and liberals. Now we’re already hearing Romney has a good shot at taking Wisconsin away from Obama in five months. Such are the perils of overreach.
Elections have consequences and if the political winds were once blowing in Scott Walker’s face, they definitely are at his back now.
Though Obama chose not to throw his support behind Barrett, Bill Clinton threw his weight behind him, but that wasn’t enough to fire up the Democratic base, another worrying sign for the fall.
Bill being Bill means though he says he believes Obama will win by five or six points made headlines by going “off-message” and praising Romney for his time at Bain Capital at the same time when the Obama campaign has blasted him for killing jobs, not creating them. The former president joined another Obama surrogate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker in undercutting the president by criticizing the attacks on Romney’s time as a vulture capitalist.
This snafu has delighted Republicans and dumbfounded Democrats wondering why Clinton and one of the party’s brightest rising young stars can’t seem to get on the same page as President Obama.
For Booker it may simply be inexperience as a campaign surrogate on this level. But there’s no such thing as Bill Clinton misspeaking or going off message. Bubba is one of the sharpest mind in politics and he doesn’t simply have brain farts where he says something off-the-cuff he has to back pedal from later. Clinton says what he means even if he doesn’t always mean what he says.
This is just his way of tweaking Obama to remind him how much the current president needs the former president to have his back if he wants to follow his footsteps to a second term instead of Jimmy Carter to one-and-done.
Never mind that. Let Bubba be Bubba and enjoy his little joke. Ultimately Obama’s fortunes will rise and fall not on who endorses him, but if voters believe he’s done a good enough job for a second term.
There’s still plenty of time and it’s too early to get worried. Obama could use a few wins, but with the Supreme Court on the verge of handing down its decision on healthcare reform, the signature achievement of his presidency, things may get worse before they get better.
- Why Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin isn’t bad news for Obama’s re-election (thegrio.com)
- More Bad News for Obama: Romney/RNC Outraises Obama/DNC in May (slog.thestranger.com)
- Mitt Romney and RNC clobber Obama and DNC with cash raised in May (twitchy.com)
- Why Obama should worry (macleans.ca)