Pearl Clutching 101: How dare President Obama actually try to win?

I’ve been saying, ever since it was clear that Mitt Romney was going to be the Republican nominee for President, that there was only one thing that would evict the lovely Obama family from their 1600 Pennsylvania avenue address – and it has nothing to do with Mr. “who let the dogs loose“. The conventional wisdom says that so goes the economy so goes the President, and that’s a notion that I don’t particularly reject. But Romney is a candidate with so many fundamental flaws that I always felt that the President could weather any economic news, short of another economic collapse. The only scenario where I see Mitt Romney becoming our next President of the United States is if our media decides to give candidate “Big Love” a sweet John Stockton-style assist. Sure, the media being absolutely horrible isn’t exactly some great revelation – you didn’t need to be a clairvoyant to predict that this election would be rife with false equivalencies and Sunday Shows stacked with right wing ideologues. But now that simply trying to win an election has become a hell-worthy trespass for the President, to say that I’m getting a little nervous is a tremendous understatement.

Take this Daily Beast piece entitled “Obama Has a Mean Streak and He Turned It on Romney This Week“. Not only is the author weirdly alarmed that a President running for re-election would have the audacity to publicly draw a contrast between him and his opponent, he also plays amateur body language expert and even brings in a psychiatrist for good measure – all based on one garden variety stump speech. Jesus Christ.

Or take John Heilemann’s New Yorker piece, “Hope: The Sequel – For Obama & Co., this time around it’s all about fear.”:

But if the Obama 2012 strategy in this regard is all about the amplification of 2008, in terms of message it will represent a striking deviation. Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition. “We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

Heilemann continues a few paragraphs later:

Whichever side is right, one thing is undeniable. For anyone still starry-eyed about Obama, the months ahead will provide a bracing revelation about what he truly is: not a savior, not a saint, not a man above the fray, but a brass-knuckled, pipe-hitting, red-in-tooth-and-claw brawler determined to do what is necessary to stay in power—in other words, a politician.

Unbelievable. Now the black guy with a funny name is getting shit for running a standard re-election campaign? While Mitt Romney lies about the President incessantly, and nods to the knuckle dragging element of his party by pointing out the “otherness” of him,  Barack Obama isn’t allowed to go after his opponent’s record? Not for nothing, but this is going to be the longest 5 months of my fucking life.

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