Barack Obama's brilliant re-election campaign

The president in underachieving, as usual. Photo: Associated Press

SANTA MARIA, Calif., September 24, 2012 — We are all supposed to recognize the futility in Mitt Romney’s disastrous bid to replace Barack Obama as commander in chief.

But where is the brilliance in the Obama campaign?

The past three weeks have each been, successively, Romney’s worst. Aside from firing without aim about foreign policy—something a challenger to President Obama shoulldn’t even have the gall to do—and then pointing out that 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes (hate speech, really), Romney has generally shown that he is unfit for the Oval Office.

Romney, in fact, is running one of the worst campaigns a politician has ever run.

Or so say the mainstream media.

Republicans grade their candidates on a tough curve, but the Left and their media allies will never assign anything less than a failure to anyone who challenges them.

Meanwhile, they ignore the utterly disappointing and ridiculous campaign waged by Obama to keep his job.

First, the sitting president of the United States has barely been able to keep up with his challenger in fundraising. Obama outpaced Romney in August, breaking a three-month streak for GOP nominee. The much-ballyhooed billion-dollar campaign has failed to materialize, and the RNC has ten times the amount of cash on hand as its Democratic counterpart.

Second, Obama won almost ten million more votes than his opponent in 2008. That’s a huge advantage that has somehow evaporated. Right now the polls show a dead heat. So the man of Hope and Change, who would “restore the American dream” has managed to lose the confidence of ten million Americans. That’s almost as many jobs as he’s lost.

Nevertheless, we are supposed to believe that “Forward” is a well-oiled machine firing on all cylinders. How could such a brilliant campaign fall so precipitously? The last three presidents to win re-election—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan—all increased their vote totals the second time around. They did so by an average of eight million votes. That puts Obama about 18 million votes behind the historical average. There’s nothing well-oiled about that.

Third, Barack Obama hasn’t closed the deal. “Romney is a terrible candidate,” we constantly hear. “Out of touch.” “Robotic.” If Mitt Romney is so bad, why can’t Barack Obama, the Chosen One, the Healer of Heaven and Earth, dispatch him? Incumbency, since 1972, is worth almost two percentage points. Why is the incumbent president in such a close race?

Because like the last Democratic president to lose re-election, Obama’s incumbency is worth squat. Under his leadership, our economy has stalled and our standing in the world deteriorated.

Every time one of the president’s allies prematurely eulogizes Romney’s campaign, know that it is masking their own realization that the Obama campaign has been lackluster at best, and their fear that he will probably lose.

The disaster and futility of the Obama campaign is fitting to the disaster the candidate has bestowed on the country. 

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Rich is a teacher and a soldier. In addition to writing the “Rich Like Me” political column at the Washington Times Communities, he is the author of Nine Weeks: A Teacher’s Education in Army Basic TrainingTunnel Club; and Not Another Boring Textbook: A High School Students’ Guide to their Inner Conservative. 

He writes about Salt Lake City and the World in the Food and Travel section.

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Rich Stowell has written about politics and travel for the Washington Times Communities since 2011. He is a soldier in the Utah National Guard and a fellow at the Center for Communication and Community at the University of Utah. Rich is the author of "Nine Weeks: A Teacher's Education in Army Basic Training"and continues to blog about military issues at “My Public Affairs.”

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