Last week, Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a serious speech on upward mobility in Cleveland, Ohio. A few days later, presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the man who tapped the fetching Wisconsin Republican to be his running mate, gave a serious economic speech in Ames, Iowa.
Meanwhile, the Obama team released yet another ad attacking that accomplished former governor and business executive. Today, the Democrat’s top campaign strategist repeated his mantra about not going back to the failed policies of the past, without offer a clear sense of what his guy wants to do in the near future. Three weeks ago, I asked, “How can a man who has run such a divisive campaign manage to unite the nation?”
Among the many (many, many) reasons to defeat Barack Obama, a number stand out, particularly how his campaign reflects his attitude toward his ideological adversaries. Just as he has attacked his partisan adversaries from the bully pulpit of the White House, he has attacked them on the campaign trail.
And with Republicans are all but certain to hold he House and standing a good chance of winning the Senate, he has continued to distance him from the legislators with whom he needs to work to craft legislation to address our nation’s press economic and national security challenges.
His 2008 rhetoric notwithstanding, Obama has not shown an ability to reach across the aisle and work with his partisan adversaries. He has campaigned as he has governed. Unlike Bill Clinton in his 1996 reelection campaign, Barack Obama has not shown any intention of working with Republicans after the election.
Perhaps, he just thinks victory is enough. And then, after the election, when he pushes his agenda, whatever it is, he can justify it by saying, “I won.“