Tuesday, September 11, 2012
FRSFreeStateNow: Talking Points Memo: President Obama's Post-Convention Bounce: What's The Source For It
I hope this is the last blog I write today about President Obama's post convention bounce and hopefully tomorrow or later on today. After I have to run out and help the President get reelected and do my really small part in doing that, so small you need xray vision to see it. I'll be able to blog about things more interesting, like how to reform the Federal Reserve, something I know nothing about. Or how to audit the Defense Department or something like that, issues that are so interesting to me, I can almost read full stories about them without falling asleep. Having said all of that the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 is today and that is the most talked about news story and not. Much else gets reported on a day like this and thats probably how it should be and this its what's left and it is an interesting story because we are talking. About who'll have the most important job in the World next year, which will also affect who controls Congress next year as well. The bounce I believe is fairly simple, a majority of Americans have decided that they aren't crazy about President Obama, at least the job he's doing and also know that he inherited a bad situation. But have decided that he hasn't been very effective in dealing with it but they prefer him over Mitt Romney.
The country simply doesn't like Mitt Romney, not even Republicans are crazy about him and so far. Has been unable to successfully to communicate a message other then to Republicans, how he would be a better President then President Obama, its clear he would be a different President but how would he be better. And even on issues that should play well to him, the economy and debt, he has been unable to communicate why those are reasons enough for the country to fire the President. The whole pitch that the country is in bad shape so we should fire the President, isn't working because Americans want to know who and what would take his place. They know who would take his place but with what, what would Mitt Romney do as President, what does he believe in and are his policies. The fact is his supporters seem to know these things better then Mitt himself and are able to communicate them better, the problem for Mitt. Is that those people aren't running for President.
The challenge for Mitt Romney is that and keep in mind I'm a proud Democrat but looking at it as an analyst. His challenge the next two months is to not only communicate why the country is in bad shape as he sees it but also how is that Barack Obama's fault and how he would do a better job. As President and how would the country improve under his Presidency and he doesn't seem to have enough confidence in his own policies or himself to share that with the rest of the country. At least so far and he's going to have to be able to do that to beat President Obama.