May 26, 2012

Disarray: Democrats In Trouble.

Take a look at some of the stories in the news today, and you'd be hard pressed to believe the media narrative about the well-oiledsolar-powered, Obama reelection machine not being afraid of Romney or current events.  You'd be hard pressed to think they are remaining calm in the face of a minor blip along the way to Obama's inevitable re-election.  The media narrative about their impeccable sense of co-ordination and their huge organizational advantage would not be the image that springs to your mind.

Consider some recent newsworthy events that contradict that notion.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC mouthpiece and perennial Obama defender got hauled onto the carpet for daring to think about herself before Obama;
A source within the Democratic Party told the Shark Tank that Schultz wasn’t even Obama’s “first choice” to head the DNC. She got the job by pressuring the president on the premise that he needed her to shore up his deteriorating support among Jewish voters and to bolster his image with women.

However, while Obama has been able to count on Schultz to carry his political water, he has become increasingly irritated by her polemic behavior, which only served to galvanize Republicans and cost them precious support among independents.

In the words of Shark Tank’s inside source, the president “does not want her in the DNC anymore.”

During Obama's trip to Florida, not only was Schultz stripped of her previously held honor of introducing the president before his speeches, he barely acknowledged her presence.

In fact, Shark Tank's source said Obama addressed Shultz personally on her destructive activities, telling her it’s not about her, it’s about him.
Blame, and selfishness; that sure seems like panic, as does jettisoning someone who has been a loyal team member (albeit terminally unconvincing to anyone with a brain).

But that's just one isolated story.  Consider also the president's continued attacks on Romney regarding his tenure with Bain Capital - despite it not helping and despite the president's own vulnerability on having invested in a number of prolific losers (Solyndra, Raser, ECOtality, First Solar, the list goes on, take a look).
Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity — and that record is not pretty.

Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures...
Doubling down rather than admitting they don't have a winning strategy and trying to re-calibrate or change their message is a sure sign of panic.  It wouldn't be so if they were making gains in the polls, but when the president's own party is full of people distancing themselves from his position, it sure seems like a dig-in-the-heels panic reaction.

Meanwhile Politico who argued that this is a stumble out of the gate, quotes a strategist as viewing this as a pothole as opposed to a roadblock.
Surely, all of this could prove to be ephemeral and meaningless in the arc of a long presidential contest. One Democratic consultant who often advises the campaign said that although Obama has spent a few weeks on the defensive, top Obama aides are unfazed.

“These guys don’t panic, don’t turn into a circular firing squad, don’t doubt their strategy,” the consultant said.

But for now, it’s impossible to overlook the early struggles of a White House and political team notorious for discipline and effectiveness. Consider the rocks that piled up in Obama’s backpack this week as he and Romney moved into the opening phase of the general election campaign...
Methinks he doth protest to much.  There a growing number of hints that beneath that wall of calm, there's panic.  If it continues we won't need to connect the dots any longer, and what should have been obvious all along will become obvious: Team Obama is as clueless about politics as they are about governing.
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