Calling himself an “underdog,” President Obama today said the faltering economy is a drag on his presidency and seriously impairing his chances of winning again in 2012.
“Absolutely,” he said to a question by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about whether the odds were against him come November 2012, given the economy. “I’m used to being the underdog. But at the end of the day people are going to ask — who’s got a vision?
The American people, he conceded, are “not better off” than they were four years ago.
Emphasis added. Hope and change is not a vision. As the article above suggests, a large part of his vision is, what Victor Davis Hanson has dubbed, “the new venom,” rallying the interest groups which form his party’s base by attacking his political adversaries.
Perhaps, the Democrat sees the fundamental question of the coming presidential campaign as one of vision because he doesn’t fully understand the conservative vision, thinking it to be a dark one based upon greed and corporate hegemony. The Republican candidate who can best articulate that vision will more readily be able to tap into that majority of Americans who would prefer an alternative to the incumbent in the upcoming election.
That said, what, beyond class warfare and bromides about the middle class, has the president offered as a vision for our country?