Sunday, October 21, 2012

Binders and Big Bird and Bain...Oh my!

From a Romney rally in Lebanon, Ohio.
Let’s give President Obama his due: he knows a winning campaign strategy when he sees one.  He has seized on the latest purported Romney debate gaffe, leading scores of college coeds at his recent rallies in uproarious laugh track laughter scorning Romney’s reference to obtaining ‘binders of women’ when he recruited his Cabinet in Massachusetts.  Of course we all know Romney meant ‘binders of resumes of women,’ but never mind; this is a great punch line for our President.  Just ask him and his legendarily adroit campaign staff--the same people that managed to write comeback lines for the President a mere 14 hours after his loss in the first debate. 
Oh, and the latest laugh line?  President Obama’s diagnosis of Governor Romney’s purported flip-flopping on issues as ‘Romneysia.’  The good news, according to Obama and his devoted coeds playing the collective role of Ed McMahon to Obama’s snickering Johnny Carson, is that Romneysia is covered by ObamaCare as a preexisting condition. 
This follows last week’s emphasis on another burning issue of the Obama campaign.  Could it be the massive $16T debt?  Reform of the tax code?  The pending fiscal cliff? The Iranian Nuclear Threat? No, the President’s campaign directed their attention to the issue which is really bothering the country: the funding of that favorite network of all one-per centers, the Public Broadcast System (PBS).  The Obama campaign dispatched staffers dressed up in Big Bird outfits as counter-protesters at Romney campaign rallies to take head on Romney’s reference in the first debate to the defunding of PBS.  With massive DVD and product sales and other royalties, and hundreds of millions of dollars in private donations, PBS is one of the least at-risk beneficiaries currently residing on the Federal balance sheet.  No doubt the Obama campaign focus grouped with the single women voters they crave the prospect of losing Big Bird and concluded this is a winner. 
Meanwhile, the facts of the Benghazi Consulate attack and the Administration’s sloppy reaction look increasingly hard for Obama to explain, and we can rest assured the President will be given ample opportunity to do so tomorrow evening.  Knowledgeable sources claim the President has no intention of moving off his ‘tax the rich’ plan if he is reelected, and it seems unlikely that House Republicans will move towards the President.  So our country hits the gas pedal like Thelma and Louise in their '66 Thunderbird, barreling over the Fiscal Cliff on January 1, 2013.  The Middle East burns, and President Obama leads his devoted followers in cries of “Romneysia.”

During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama stated: "If you don't have a record to run on, you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things." Ask yourself; Binders? Big Bird? Bain Capital? Are these the big issues that will inspire an electorate in a national election for the country's highest office? Are we really that tuned out of the big issues, the ones that will decide whether the United States continues its position as economic and military leader of the Western world? Or maybe this is the most pertinent question, electorally speaking: Does this feel like the way a winning campaign acts two weeks before an election?

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