Actually, cynical might be a better term. I tend to get this way at the end of any election season, especially one in which we are electing a president. There are times when I think we ought to limit the number of weeks — not months — a candidate can campaign. For one, in this day and age of instant communication and the ability to cross the country in a matter of hours and not weeks, there is no need for campaigns to last months and months and months. For another, by this time, I’m frigging tired of the rhetoric coming from both sides and I’m especially tired of the attack ads.
So, when I was watching the TV last night with my mother and there was a new ad for Obama, I began to automatically tune out. It wasn’t because it was Obama. It was because it was yet another political ad and, frankly, because I hadn’t seen any ads from his campaign that weren’t attack ads. So imagine my surprise when there he was, doing his best to look presidential, and calmly talking about how we could read his economic plan and then how we ought to compare it to Romney’s. No attack. No histrionics.
The problem is that it was too little too late. This is what he should have been saying months, even years ago. He should have started by silencing Pelosi back during the Obamacare vote when she said the other legislators and those of us poor Joes back home could read the legislation after it had been passed. It’s sort of the same thing. If he really wanted us to read his economic plan, why not release it months ago? It should have been out there and ready for the public to review, and comment on, as soon as he was formally nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. But that’s not the real issue here. The issue is that now, in the eleventh hour, Obama and his advisers are running worried, if not scared, and are changing tactics, trying to show that he is presidential.
I could list a number of ways I feel he failed in being “presidential” but will leave it to what’s happened in the last few weeks. Let’s not forget the revolving door of excuses about what happened, or didn’t happen, during the attack on Benghazi. Let’s not forget how the administration has sidestepped direct questions, and this includes Obama, about whether or not assistance was requested and denied. Let’s not forget how our vice president once again put his foot in his mouth by being inappropriate during a time that should have been solemn and respectful (check what he said to Mr. Woods as Woods was waiting for his son’s body after the attack).
There’s something else that bothers me as we move ever closer to the elections. We’ve been told by the liberals that the superstorm that was Sandy and the devastation left in its wake shouldn’t be politicized. Yet that is all you see if you look at the headlines or listen to the pundits. How many times in the last 24 hours have you seen articles and op-ed pieces praising Obama and condemning Romney for a decision he made about emergency aid ten years ago? How many headlines have you seen saying that Romney would deny aid to those hit by Sandy? Or what about the more subtle headlines? You know the ones I mean. The ones touting the fact that Obama has cancelled his campaigning for the day because of Sandy but that Romney is still out there trying to win vote.
That latter is the one that has me shaking my head and rolling my eyes. Folks, Obama should be in DC right now. He is, after all, president. A major city has just suffered another devastating attack, the second in 11 years. This one might have been natural, but it is still a disaster. Obama would be derelict if he wasn’t in DC…of course, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here and assuming he’s actually being briefed on what’s going on and trying to figure out how best to help New York, New Jersey and the other states involved. (Mind you, my cynical side comes out when I read stories about how he wanted to fly to NYC for a photo op and didn’t only because Bloomberg told him no.)
There’s another reason Obama is in DC right now, at least to my very cynical mind. He got hit and hit hard by non-mainstream media and bloggers about continuing his trip to Vegas when he received word of the attack in Benghazi. He wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, at least not this soon.
Have the conservatives been pure about not politicizing Sandy? Nah. But you aren’t hearing from the lamestream media how Romney collected supplies for the affected area. You aren’t hearing his reasoning for vetoing the emergency funding section of a state budget. A state that was in horrible debt. Romney was trying to be fiscally responsible and had no way of knowing what might come down the pike later on. When the money was needed, you aren’t hearing how he approved a $2 million fund.
I go back to what I said in an earlier post. I’m tired of the media, especially mainstream media, thinking it is their job to make the news, to skew it so that it is no longer reporting the news but reading an op-ed piece without the disclaimer.
In short, I’ll be glad when the election is over but I’ll be honest. I am concerned that we might be facing a repeat of the Bush-Gore election where the popular vote goes one way and the electoral college vote goes another. If that happens, does anyone want to take bets on how the mainstream media will be singing the praises of the EC if Obama is declared the winner? Somehow, if that does happen, I just don’t see lamestream media crying foul the way it did with Bush-Gore.
(Edited to add: Thanks to Sarah A. Hoyt for the mention on Instapundit and a warm welcome to everyone coming over from there!)