Monday, January 2, 2012

Desperate and Nasty: Obama's Coming Campaign

The 2012 US Presidential campaign will be the most ugly, mean-spirited, bloody, public event since the War Between the States. I know that people constantly complain about negative campaigns, negative campaign commercials and negative political messages, but this time it will be inevitable, nasty and pervasive.

President Barack Obama has a record of accomplishments that would make even the most loving mother wince, undergo plastic surgery and move to Antarctica under an assumed name. The Obama record cannot be overlooked without wholesale misdirection, an army of SEIU's pathological liars and the introduction of mass amnesia among American voters - or $1 trillion or so of negative advertising.

Can President Obama defend:

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1. Being the only US President to oversee a reduction in the sovereign credit rating of the United States.
2. Spending 25% of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the federal government, the most since the last world war - with nothing to show for it.
3. Increasing the average time spent on unemployment insurance from 19 weeks to 39 weeks.
4. A home ownership rate of only 59.7%, that is the lowest since 1965.
5. An increase in the federal debt from $10.6 trillion to $15.1 trillion dollars with another $1.2 trillion on the way.
6. Twenty-one consecutive months of unemployment rates over nine percent and 34 consecutive months (and counting) of unemployment rates of 8.2% or higher.
7. The misery index increasing from 7.83% in January, 2009, to 11.99% in November, 2011 - an increase of over 53%.
8. Thirteen million more Americans being forced onto food stamps, an increase of nearly 41%.
9. And all of the many more embarrassing numbers.

The answer is that Obama cannot defend his record. His economics team has yet to accurately predict anything. The rumor is that Obama's economists once projected Monday would immediately follow Tuesday. If that was a true story, it would be their best effort to date; and, at least the answer wasn't February.

With no leg to stand on economically and a foreign policy that seemingly consists of a cheap, dart-riddled globe and the detailed study of fresh goat entrails, President Obama cannot go positive in his campaign. His only hope is to convince Americans that someone else would do even worse. Do you realize how difficult that would be?

Envision every television commercial from July to November being from gold investment companies, auto insurers and ridiculous attack ads from our President. I can imagine a time when people actually look forward to the new Geico, Allstate and Progressive ads or even, Heaven forbid, a change-of-pace, non-attorney spokesperson inviting viewers to join a class-action lawsuit. Yeah, it's going to be that bad.

And you can thank Senator John McCain (Addled Septuagenarian Republican - AZ) and former Senator Russ Feingold (Another Wealthy Socialist Democrat From - WI) for all of the Political Actions Committees (PACs). Feel free to curse McCain and Feingold for trashing the first amendment while ensuring our lives would be filled with so many negative ads from Super PACs, 501(c) 4 ads and a mob of 527 groups that our brains begin to rot like that bruised banana that's been hiding in the bottom of your grandparents' fruit bowl since the Ford Administration.

Once the GOP has a candidate, the negative ads will fly in both directions which will drive down voter participation so low that the aged Florida "volunteers" who still write in Ross Perot (Donald Trump's Crazed Idol - Tinfoil-Covered-Location Unknown) might be a major influence on the election outcome. Get ready for the negative onslaught. Pick up your metaphorical sword, gird your loins and don noise-cancelling headphones. Or you could follow the sound advice of one of my favorite songwriters, John Prine:

"Blow up your TV, Throw away your papers;
Go to the country, Build you a home.
Plant a little garden;
Eat a lot of peaches;
Try and find Jesus on your own."
            - John Prine - Spanish Pipedream
If you take Mr. Prine's thoughtful advice, be sure and find your way to the polling booth in time for the election. Negative or not, November is coming.

Written by Ken Carroll

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