Here's a question: come election 2012, what will the Obama campaign run on?
No, seriously. Are they going to completely rely on attack ads? That seems unlikely to work, most people in the United States have not been impacted one way or or the other by the likes of Romney or Pawlenty. I can tell you what the President's opponents will run on, Courtesy of Ace of Spades HQ.
That chart punches on a whole number of levels. For starters, it reminds voters that this Administration pissed away nearly a trillion dollars on a failed neo-Keynesian project. It also helps remind voters that this Administration's predictions have no real value at all. That's important with things like ObamaCare, which is still not particularly popular.
And, oh, this chart reminds people that tens of millions of folks cannot find work and provide for their families.
There is a lot of ammunition in the GOP's bunker, but that's a nice example. Now, what will Obama fire back with? Which popular achievements will he wish to highlight?
Yeah, I can't think of any either. It was nice getting Osama, sure, but nobody really thought that was a game changer in terms of the wars. Raising that issue allows Republicans to bring up how poorly the Afghan surge is going, which many of us predicted would not work. In 2008, Senator Obama could get away with having nothing productive to show. In 2012, after four years as being the most powerful man in the world, people are going to expect results, especially after all of the soaring speeches about Hope and Change we were inundated with way back when.