The election for president is up for grabs
Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
"I tell you, there's nothing like a low-down political fight to put roses in my cheeks..."--Lee Tracy, "The Best Man" (1964)
As the days dwindle down to Nov. 6, it is clear that Barack Hussein Obama is not a lock to be re-elected president. In fact, if the election were held today, there is a better than even chance that the Republican standard-bearer, Mitt Romney, would win.
Indeed, with just over four months left as this is written, Romney leads in most polls. The most important question is, who can best fix the economy? And the answer is always Romney.
But the main reason is not that Romney is doing so good, it's that Obama is doing so bad. For a number of months, the president has dropped the ball on one issue after another, and the news media--liberal as well as conservative--has taken note.
A good example was a definitive piece by Herb Boyd in the June 14 Amsterdam News headlined "Bad week for Obama." His eloquent lead was on point:
"To say last week was a bad one for President Barack Obama is a gross understatement. He was hoisted on his own petard, so to speak, by the comment that 'the private sector is doing fine' during a press conference on the nation's economy on Friday [June 8], then hanged in effigy by Terry Jones, the Quran-burning pastor in Florida."
Boyd continued: "It was bad enough to receive a monthly report of an increase of only 69,000 jobs in May. Then there was the Democratic setback in Wisconsin, with the recall of Gov. Scott Walker coming up empty. And for the first time on the campaign trail, Romney brought in more money than Obama in the latest reports.
"At the end of his brief press conference, a reporter queried Obama on the national security leaks that Republicans had pounced on, charging that the leaks were done purposely to enhance his re-election bid. Obama quickly dispatched this allegation."
Boyd's reporting coincided with letters to the editor across America. To wit:
"Obama's economic cluelessness was clear in his 'the private sector is doing fine' [comment]. It should mark the election turning point, just as his 2008 declaration that 'when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody' forewarned his big-government spending."
"Obama does believe the private sector is doing fine, because he holds it in contempt. He believes that government, not private citizens, should decide who gets what and how much...The media can longer hide that fact."
"The White House is a building and buildings can't talk. It is the people in the White House who leaked the information. Our national security is at risk."
"Who is Obama trying to protect, and why won't he appoint a special prosecutor? The leaker must be someone extremely close to Obama with access to the Oval Office and the press. If it is Axelrod, it's hard to believe the campaigner-in-chief didn't know about it."