Tuesday, 31 July 2012
This week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has come out in an interview with HuffPo and claimed that Romney's father (who is deceased) would be ashamed of his son. Classy, Dirty Harry!
Now, obviously this is shameful behaviour. Saying to anyone in any situation that their deceased parent would be ashamed of them is reprehensible. I'm not one to bang on about tone, but this shot is just low, and well out of order for anyone with even an iota of self respect.
But the more interesting question is why. Why did Dirty Harry fire this one out? It clearly isn't going to benefit him in any way, even he can realize that it will more likely disgust people than give them a reason to vote O in November. So why do it?
The answer to this is simple - the American left are panicking right now, and they should be. With just over 3 months to go until the election polls are tight, but this doesn't tell the whole story.
At time of writing Rasmussen has Romney leading Obama by 47-44. Gallup basically has a dead heat, and other polls have round about the same numbers, either a close race, or Obama or Romney leading by a point or two. I gesture towards Rasmussen as they go off "likely voters" so produce a more accurate picture. We also know from electoral history that undecided voters are more likely to break against a sitting President, so that makes things even worse for Barry O.
However, the Obama campaign has a significant number of things to worry about just with their campaign. The first is that they are already resorting to negative ads in July. Negative ads are not unusual, but they usually come in greater quantity later in the campaign, and are usually a hallmark of a challenger not an incumbent -- who should have a record to brag about.
For them to be resorting to negative attacks this early suggests that Obama's gang know they have no achievements on which to rest a campaign, and so can only smear Romney. What's worse is that it isn't working - the Bain attacks have made nothing more than a minor dent in the numbers, and they were a pretty weak attack to begin with. Did they really think that with 8%+ unemployment and $15 trillion debt, that anyone cares what Mitt was up to in 1999?
In addition, reports are coming out that the Obama campaign is not only being significantly out-raised by Romney, but that the Democrats have already spent a large amount of their dwindling war chest, so much so that they are already running a deficit.. Simply put, they have played their best card, used a huge chunk of cash to do so, and Romney is still ahead.
It appears that Obama's campaign is running out of money, has played what it feels is its best attack, and have no achievements to spout. Meanwhile Romney still has the VP pick, the Convention and a huge war chest to be spent on tv ads, all that can be relied on to give the Republican a significant shot in the arm in the polls. With a possible European meltdown coming up in the next few months to top it all off, things look very bad for Obama. An October with rising unemployment, stale arguments from the Dems, and new aggressive, well-funded attacks from the Republicans look likely. The Democrats are understandably cracking up.
It is with this in mind that we must look at Reid's hideous attacks. Yes they are tasteless, but they must be seen what they are - attacks from politicians who know that their goose is cooked. They are desperate, out of money, and out of ideas. Expect more frenzied, hysterical attacks as America's left begin to act more and more like cornered rats and aim for the throat.
Romney should keep his cool and keep doing what he is doing - we are winning...