On politics, policies, leads and elections
By Chris Clancy
The Democrat election strategy has now reached a curious stage. Given the gravity of the situation which America faces we shouldn't laugh, but how much more ludicrous can it get?
Worse than accusing Romney of "murder"? Not possible – I would hazard.
This was the height of an election strategy which has always been politically and intellectually bankrupt from the outset. All they've ever had is lies, slurs, innuendos and dirty tricks.
They could never run on their record – on the real issues – the best they could ever do was deflect.
And you have to hand it to them. They have done this to great effect. In the last few weeks the polls were actually turning in their favour. Had it not been for Romney's pick for veep they actually looked like they were going to get away with it.
But now, with Paul Ryan on the ticket, the nonsense has to stop. It just won't work anymore. In the end both Romney and Ryan are decent men. You can throw all the mud you like – but it just won't stick. Keep it up and it starts to backfire. Worse still for the Democrats, Ryan's selection brings into focus a very sharp comparison – it begs the question - just who is going up against who in this election?
On the one hand you have a non-achiever and a buffoon. On the other you have an over-achiever and a problem solver. In boxing parlance this would be described as a mismatch. It would never be allowed to happen.
Fortunately for the American people this bout will go ahead. It will take the form of a series of debates. Obama and Biden will be exposed for what they are – unexceptional and average – which begs another question.
How could either of them have ever got to such high office?
The VP debate is usually where the attack dogs are set loose. Biden has only one thing going for him – Ryan is a nice guy. In actual fact, the future VP is the "real thing" – for no other reason than he doesn't realize it himself.
He has slid seamlessly into his role. He could leave Biden in shreds but he won't. However, he will make sure he wins decisively. No amount of debate coaching is going to save Biden. His opponent is in a different class.
The Democrats will not come out of this one well – and they know it.
Their debate is scheduled for October 11th, 2012. Their debate topic is - Foreign and Domestic Policy. The keyword here is "policy". Ryan said he went into politics because he was interested in "policies" rather than "politics". In other words he is not an obamanist - he is guided by reality.
Why Joe went into politics is anybody's guess. Further, that he was actually allowed to do so in the first place is an even bigger mystery. The more I see of him the more I think he employs the services of a much younger man with a set of jump leads. Every time the charge runs low the gaffs begin.
His latest was a Biden classic:
Here's what he said, complete with an affected Southern drawl:
One wonders if he'll still be on the ticket come the DNC on September 3rd 2012 - never mind keeping to his appointment with Paul Ryan?
He has become a gaping liability.
However, if he were replaced at this late stage in the game what signal would that send out? And who would they replace him with? There's only one person – Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, if tone of voice, facial expression and body language are anything to go by, she gives the impression of being heartily sick of the whole damned life.
Quite a dilemma for the Dems.
The three presidential debates are scheduled for the 3rd, 16th and 22nd of October, 2012.
The first debate will be about domestic policy. I wouldn't like to be in Obama's shoes for this one.
The second debate will take the form of a town hall meeting with candidates taking questions from the floor on a range of issues. Of the three debates, this will probably be the most interesting and entertaining.
The third and final debate will be about foreign policy. For Romney this is an area of weakness. For Obama it is more than an area of weakness – it is a disaster zone; in time it may come to be regarded as an even greater catastrophe than his domestic policy.
Obama has provided Romney with no shortage of ammunition for all three debates.
And don't expect Mr. Nice Guy from Romney – he can get down and dirty when he has to - look at what he did to Gingrich? Not that he really needs to. On what criteria can Obama possibly ask the American people for a second term?
Once the debates are out of the way there are just two weeks before the general election on Nov. 6th, 2012. By then, even the so-called "informed" voters, the ones in the middle, should have got the message. Another four years of Obama and the game's up for everyone.
This is when Romney will open his war chest. This is when the GOP will unleash a steady stream of broadsides.
The Democrats will have shot their bolt. The only issues left will be the real ones.
The ones they can no longer deflect.
Chris Clancy lived in China for seven years. Most of this time was spent as associate professor of financial accounting at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He now lives in Thailand where he spends his time reading, writing, lecturing and, whenever he gets the chance, doing his level best to spread Austrian economics.