Campaign In-Fighting May Cost Obama the Election
Romney’s best election running mate may be President Barack Obama’s campaign team, splintered by in-fighting, says the Politico website.
Obama coasted into the White House on great oratory and charismatic personal campaign for “change,” but three and a half years in the White House has left him most of all with little else but a burning competitiveness to beat Mitt Romney, Politico wrote in a new e-book called “Obama’s Last Stand.”
Worst of all is the turmoil within his campaign team, splintered by petty jealousy and egos.
“Second-guessing about personnel, strategy and tactics has been a dominant theme of the reelection effort, according to numerous current and former Obama advisers who were interviewed for” the e-book.
The 2008 campaign of hope and optimistic enthusiasm has been replaced by a “mostly joyless campaign.”
Obama also has exposed himself as having an uncivil and personal dislike for Romney, whom he views as “an opponent he genuinely views with contempt and fears will be unfit to run the country.”
When he ran against Sen. John McCain, there was respect for the opponent, Politico wrote, but “Obama really doesn’t like, admire or even grudgingly respect Romney. It’s a level of contempt, say aides, he doesn’t even feel for the conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most.”
Obama constantly tells aides that Romney is “too weak to stand up to his own moneymen, too weak to defend his own moderate record as the man who signed into law the first health insurance mandate as Massachusetts governor in 2006, too weak to admit Obama had done a single thing right as president.”
The president also is afraid that the sluggish economy will not improve enough by November to prevent Romney from using it is a sledgehammer against the current government. Obama assumes the economy will improve, and “in his mind, that Romney will get to take a victory lap on an economic rebound Obama sees as just around the corner,” Politico says. “I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide.
The in-fighting that has plagued the current campaign has reached Obama himself. Politico reported that the president has been at odds, more than once, with Vice President Joe Biden over decisions made by his campaign team and by poor coordination between the White House and re-election headquarters in Chicago.
The latest election polls show that Obama has moved slightly ahead of Romney for the first time in several weeks, possibly because of Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate.
However, the all-important electoral college vote shows Romney gaining ground.
Gallup reported, “A majority of voters in key 2012 election swing states say they are not better off than they were four years ago; 40% say they are better off. Swing-state voters' assessments of their situation compared with 2008 have varied little since last fall.”
On the Electoral College vote map, Romney has only a 41-vote lead, leaving the six swing states of Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida as the decision-makers.
Romney needs most of the swing states in order to win, and if Obama cannot turn around his fractured campaign team, his oratory may not be enough for him to remain in the White House for a second term.