Posted by: mutantpoodle | July 18, 2012

Tough Enough

I have to admit, I do enjoy the dissonance between those who say that Barack Obama isn’t tough enough to be President and kowtows to our enemies while simultaneously complaining that he’s being mean to Mitt Romney. (Well, they say he’s being unfair, but that’s what they mean.)

And I thought back to 2008, and this nugget from Ta Nehisi-Coates I noted just before the 2008 election:

This is a war, and you don’t lose wars because of abstract principles, but because of hard immovable facts. Is your army bigger than theirs? Are you attracting more recruits? Are you deploying in the right places? Who has more resources? Who has the technology edge? These are the reasons I voted Obama in the primary. I didn’t think he was “more principled” than Clinton, nor did I really care. I thought she was tough, but I knew he was tougher. I thought her campaign was smart, but I thought his was smarter. I thought one person was talking about being a fighter, and another was out there actually being a fighter. The general is bearing all of this out, because right now, Barack Hussein Obama is beating John McCain like he stole something–from Toot, no less.

I think, for all that the Romney folk said they expected an old school, down in the gutter Chicago campaign from Obama, they have been shocked at how brutal and unapologetic he and his campaign have been in hammering his Bain record.  And not just shocked, but unprepared.  Quite a few people have noted that Romney didn’t really face a real campaign in the GOP primaries: Pawlenty bailed early, Bachmann, Cain, and Gingrich were vanity candidates, and while Gingrich had SuperPac money, he didn’t have a campaign organization.  Huntsman never had money, Rick Perry, well, you remember how THAT went, Rick Santorum couldn’t even get on all the ballots, and does anyone remember Thad McCotter?  Which leaves Ron Paul, who was on a mission for his message, and not so much to dismantle his opponents.

Here’s something that never really works in Presidential politics: complaining about the other guy’s campaign. If your campaign is working well, the other guy is on his heels.  If you’re asking for apologies (or, conversely, flailing about how American the President of the United States is, and his drug use in high school), you’re not  making your case.

You’re making his.


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