The Obama Dividend
November 7, 2012 6 Comments
First things first. Congratulations to President Barack Obama and his supporters on the re-election bid. And to Mitt Romney, thank you for your tremendous dedication, energy, and effort on behalf of America and the conservative cause.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about “The Romney Dividend,” the delayed gratitude that came after the October 3 debate. It was the natural reward for the nomination of such a disciplined, diligent man. Now that Barack Obama has won re-election–though by a percentage smaller than 2008–it appears there is something of an Obama dividend. But this one was not born of the President’s character and ideas as much as the perfection of the Democratic party vote-getting machine.
A fine report at the Wall Street Journal looks at the anatomy of the 2012 Obama victory. Jim Messina and other top advisers sold the President on a risky, early blitzkrieg of negative advertising. Some have complained that Romney should have responded sooner, but the Journal report indicates that Federal election laws tied the Romney campaigns’ hands until after the August nomination. Whatever the case, the smear job, which at its worst insinuated that Romney gave one plant worker’s wife terminal cancer, indelibly poisoned Midwest working class voters against the GOP candidate.
That the President won re-election with such an intense, interminable hatchet job is beyond depressing. Recall how the campaign wound up, even in the days after Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy: “Don’t boo, vote!” and “Voting is the best revenge.” Scorn and panic was far and wide on the Left. Samuel L. Jackson unleashed coarse rhymes and Will Ferrell promised to eat trash if only you would vote Barack Obama.
Remember when the media pegged the Tea Party as driven by hate and fear? The second Obama term has its foundations on these two base emotions. Of course each individual has their own calculus going into the voting booth, but how many boneheads were stoked by Michael Moore’s videos featuring elders’ vulgar threats of violence? And along those lines, how many first-time women voters were really driven by Lena Dunham’s comparison of voting for Obama to great sex?
Where is the civility and decency in our public life? The same place that Hope and Change got left at. Perhaps in the rough of some golf course in these great United States. And now the President thinks he can go from the dirtiest Chicago mudslinging one minute to become the Magnanimous Unifier in the next?
Despite the outrageous situation, we have to hope and pray that the President actually matures and changes as he’s said he has and as polls show Americans demand. Even if he does not, I steadfastly believe that regardless of color, age, sex or any other way you can slice and dice the electorate, Americans will ultimately be amenable to reason.