Last week President Obama blew the first debate. Showing the nation the weak, spineless and ineffective man conservatives have witnessed with eyes that were not uncovered by rose-colored media glasses these last four years. The polls have reversed and swing states once locked could be in play. So what was the presidents first move? He raced to the Hollywood hills he has served for so long and asked his liberal base for more money. Huh?
I keep repeating the same mantra, this election will be won by thousands of votes and not tens of millions. It will be won in swing states and from voters who largely don’t tune into hyper-partisan news networks and don’t pride themselves on knowing the nuance of economic theory or foreign policy. They are regular men and women who work hard and have been decimated by the Obama economy. They are the people Obama should have turned to first.
The President showed his true nature in the debate and he furthered it by opening his week by chasing down celebrities to ask for more campaign cash. He will spend that money on negative ads that will counter his campaign of 2008. Ads that can easily be dismissed by voters who once passively but now will actively view them and say “yeah, he loses a debate and now he is all negative. He is desperate.”
Romney started his week opening up a new line of attack. Make no mistake that the next two debates will be a full throated assault on the presidents foreign policy. The first debate was a win on the economy for Romney. A huge win. Obama and Biden will have to exert enormous force to dig themselves out the next two debates while Romney and Ryan have a chance to push forward. They have the end-all argument: “The president has no plan and the one he wants to continue has failed. We are the ones moving forward.”
Obama could have spent his first day back on the trail reaching out to voters in Ohio. He could have calmed the storm by returning to populism and reaching out to the people. The problem is, there are a lot of people now to reach.
Hollywood is Obama’s true base. Their vapid, empty and contradictory ideas about luxury meeting socialism were on display during the debate. Obama came off as distant, shallow and elitist, a man at home in Hollywood. It isn’t surprising that is where he turned.
If I were Romney I would open today by saying, “It is telling that in the final precious weeks I chose to move forward with foreign policy, Obama turned left again toward Hollywood.”