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It’s going to be a long, ugly CAMPAIGN | Washington Examiner

August 16, 2011

It’s going to be a long, ugly campaign

By: Examiner Editorial | 08/16/11

President Obama is on a three-day Midwest bus tour shaking hands, bashing Republicans in his speeches and meeting with Democrats who support his re-election.

President Obama is barnstorming the Midwest this week on a tax-paid but transparently political bus tour. He’s shaking hands, bashing Republicans at every turn in his speeches, meeting with Democratic officials and activists who support his re-election, and otherwise acting just like any other candidate pressing the flesh for votes. All presidents do this during election season, of course, and in our view they are justly criticized for using public resources to, at the very least, complement their campaign efforts.

But that’s not the reason for the headline above. The problem is Obama’s demagoguery and the campaign strategy behind it. Take, for example, the issue of the three free-trade treaties pending between the U.S., South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Of the South Korean deal, Obama said “we’ve put together a package that is going to allow us to start selling some Chevys and some Fords to Korea so that — we don’t mind having Hyundais and Kias here, but we want some ‘Made in America’ stuff in other countries. That’s something that Congress could do right now.” No, Mr. President, Congress can’t do that “right now” because, before those free trade treaties can be ratified by the Senate, you first have to submit them to the Senate. Obama knows this, so he’s blatantly misrepresenting the facts.

Nobody should be surprised that the chief executive is willing to distort the facts about those treaties. His $859 billion economic stimulus program was a miserable failure, solid majorities of the public now demand repeal of Obamacare, unemployment remains above 9 percent, his Gallup approval rating is in the tank at 39 percent, and many economists say there’s a one-in-three chance of a double-dip recession. In other words, Obama can’t run on his own record, so he believes he has to run down everybody else’s record to have a chance at a second term.

We learned as much last week when Politico reported that the president’s “aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.” Politico quoted an anonymous Democratic campaign aide with close ties to the Obama White House who said “unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”

They will also “kill” Gov. Rick Perry or any other Republican presidential nominee. The Texan had hardly finished his candidacy announcement in South Carolina before Obama strategist David Axelrod trotted out the line that most of the jobs created in Texas under Perry only pay the minimum wage and are mostly in the energy industry. The reality, according to government data cited by the PoliticalMath.com blog, is that hourly wages in Texas are rising at the sixth-highest rate in the nation, and only about 25 percent of the state’s new jobs are in the energy sector. Clearly, fact-checkers will have to work double overtime in the months ahead to counter the Obama distortion machine.

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One Comment
  1. Deborah permalink
    August 17, 2011 7:15 AM

    When Axelrod, et al, realize that going after jobs created in Texas is not working, they will start going for the groin hits. They will dig up any small infraction and fabricate.
    This is not going to be an ugly campaign, it is going to be a blood bath.
    If the Pugs hit back hard, and I hope they will, then we might have a fair fight. If they do a McCain and refuse to address all the flaws in his qualifications and associations, etc. then we are screwed.

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