' The tone of urgency was notable. The 2008 version of Obama had no trouble getting people to go to the ballot box during his historic election win. But in 2012 it is a different game. Battered by the realities of four years in office and with a party base that often believes he has let them down, Obama is facing an enthusiasm gap as he prepares to rally Democrats at their nomination convention in Charlotte, North Carolina[/background] '[/color]
PS, edit, sorry, must edit these colour backgrounds the editor put in without me!Keeps putting those back in, on the Blue skin >
(me)[/background]After the hope and change we got, what can we get, from Barack? what can really be done, by Barack, for the American people- or by Romney if he's in there?
They both say this is really about jobs, but in all the soundbytes did we get what Romney or Barack can really do, or will really do, for our jobs?
Luckily for Obama, Romney and the Republicans have given him plenty of ammunition, from hidden tax returns to the latest flap over Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape." Congress, where Republicans run the House and have veto power in the Democrat-run Senate, has sunk to its lowest favorable rating in history: 10%.
For the president to succeed in Charlotte, he needs to explain a series of differences: between the economy he inherited and the one he oversees; between the world at war and the progress toward peace; and between a wealthy opponent and a president who sees himself as defender of the middle class.'
' "A strong story needs to be told about how the president helped rescue an economy in free fall and helped protect our national security interests during very tough times," says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., one of the Democrats' top political strategists. "Then you lay out the choices for the future."
' Turning to the future, Obama can turn the tables on Congress, whose popularity may be lower than debt collectors'. Obama is almost certain to tout his plans — blocked by Republicans — to put teachers, police, firefighters and construction workers back to work.
"He needs to let others carry most of the indictment," says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. "The way you motivate people to vote is to make the alternative worse. Their job is to create a comparison."
Obama hopes to turn Republicans' determination to extend all the Bush tax cuts against them, which may be a risky strategy. Though he favors higher taxes just for the wealthy, the specter of higher taxes didn't do wonders for Democratic nominee Walter Mondale in 1984.
ps, and from that guardian one,
The situation also explains the staggering level of negativity in the all-important "ad wars" flung at the Romney camp. Obama's team, led by famed "hatchet man" David Axelrod, has assaulted voters in vital swing states with brutal takedowns of Romney. They have featured Romney singing off-key, speculated openly that he might not pay taxes and played dirty when it comes taking remarks out of context. A low point came when Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid speculated publicly that Romney might not have paid tax for a decade, even while admitting he had no idea if the allegations were true.[/background]
It is a long way from the sunny optimism of 2008. "This has been a dismal election campaign," said Larry Haas, a political expert and former aide in the Bill Clinton White House. However, Haas believes that Obama still has key advantages such as the organisation left over from the 2008 campaign that will provide hard-to-beat numbers of boots on the ground. "The president built a very impressive operation in 2008 and he has spent four more years building it up. That will ensure he gets the maximum number of people out to vote," Haas said.[/background][/color]
So beyond all the bizarre actor, and bizarre sendups and videos, what?
Edited by offworlder, 02 September 2012 - 08:27 PM.