Both Stacy McCain and John Hinderaker were bullish on Mitt Romney’s speech yesterday in Chilicothe, Ohio which apparently (at least according to Stacy) the presumptive Republican nominee had written himself. The presumptive Republican nominee reminded citizens of the Buckeye State that we’re not hearing . . .
. . . any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.
And as Romney was decrying the Democratic campaign of diversion and defamation, the president and the vice president continued to demagogue and distract, with Obama joking about Mitt Romney’s dog and Biden saying the Romney team wants to put people “back in chains.
“While Democrats may defend this as just another Biden exaggeration,” offers Commentary‘s Jonathan S. Tobin,
. . . this is a clear-cut case of racial incitement. After all, unless he is referring to Jews being returned to slavery some 3,500 years after the Exodus from Egypt, the only possible allusion here is to the enslavement of African Americans in the south. This is more than just garden-variety political hyperbole. It is an unfortunate example of just how desperate Democrats are to scare voters into backing the president’s re-election.
The Democratic campaign right now is beginning to look a lot like their campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Republican convention in 2008. With Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Democrats suddenly find themselves on defense. And Obama just doesn’t play well on defense.
Back in ’08, the market meltdown helped turn things around for the Democrats. And they will surely be looking for something to put Romney back on defense. But, we do know that Obama doesn’t do well when the energy shifts to the GOP. Let’s hope the Republicans can keep this up.