How Barack Obama Could Have Won This Election
In the spirit of Joe Biden: “Four letters — S A N D Y.”
Imagine a different scenario in which the President did not immediately return to campaigning after his tour of the ravaged areas and his Christie-hug moment. Imagine a President who said something like this: “This country is more important than a particular election. People are hurting all over the North East and in desperate need of help. As commander in chief I am directing the military to provide immediate and overwhelming assistance to those affected.” Then imagine Obama actually spending some time in a command HQ having his top brass etc. carry out these orders.
Now that action would have had the potential to change many peoples’ views about him.
But that is an alternate reality in which the President cares about the North East more than just a given Blue swath of states for his re-election. A reality where he took his job to heart even to the point of possibly risking his re-election. A reality where he, not Mitt Romney, was the happy warrior, confident in the successes of his tenure and in the future. A reality in which he recognized that politics is the art of the possible, and where doing the right thing, even if common wisdom would say otherwise, may even be more beneficial than slavish loyalty to campaign rallies.
That is not our reality.
And so the President who could have pushed back the Romney-tide that is sure to wash over the nation tomorrow, will sit on his hands tomorrow evening watching the election results whilst the North East suffers and probably somewhat grudgingly votes for him again.
Let’s welcome a new direction. Let’s welcome Mitt Romney as the next President.