The campaign is just about over, and it has come down to this: Hold your nose if you have to, but vote for Obama. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know.
It's sad to say that the most convincing argument for Obama's re-election is that he is not a shape shifter. It could have been better for Obama, but he has come late to the fight, although he is now visibly fighting for a second shot at his job.
His slam dunk days may be over, but he can still sink enough shots to beat the buzzer and win the game. If he doesn't, he need only look to himself for who to blame.
His first debate performance was dismal, and it has been difficult to overcome. Two debates later he has sort of revived himself, but whether that is enough to help him cross the finish line is the 64 thousand dollar question. It really didn't have to be this way, but it is what it is.
He could have danced with the crowd that brung him to the White House in the first place. He chose to dance with those who bedeviled him instead, and the results show. We wound up with a new health care plan, but at what cost? And, if you can't explain and defend what you have done, how can you sell it? The greatest irony in this campaign is that the guy who is running away the fastest from his signature achievement as Governor, seems to be closing in on his opponent who took a leaf out of his adversary's Bay State binder and enacted a Massachusetts model health care plan, that he was then too timid to full tiltedly defend.
Turns out that was, and still is, a problem. Politically, he would have been better off to have fought for and lost the fight for a public option, or a simple extension of Medicare.
Politically, It would have been better if he had stood up to the bullies and refused to continue those deficit creating Bush tax cuts for the "job creators" because we simply couldn't afford them. We needed to bite the bullet, and now we have an even bigger bullet to bite.
He could have relentlessly blamed his Republican opposition in Congress for thwarting him on every job creating proposal he made, and then blaming the President for falling after they tripped him. Harry Truman did it in 1948, and it worked. He pulled off a squeaker and came from behind to beat dapper Tom Dewey. For whatever reason, he chose not to full throatedly follow that path, until recently.
Obama does best when he stops stammering and throws away the teleprompter, and speaks from his heart. He is convincing when he does that in a way that Romney can't be , because with Romney, there is no there there.
Page 2 of 2 - So in the closing days of this Presidential campaign, we are left to ponder the immortal words of George
W. Bush..."fool me once...shame on you ...fool me twice...fool me once again." That is just about where this campaign has ended . We have a choice between a disingenuous used car salesman who will shamefully say or do anything to put you in that new car before you walk off the lot, and a slick, speechifying Johnny- come -lately to this game candidate who can at least remember what he said last month and last week, and actually sort of means what he says.
That , sadly, is the choice we face.
As the Salt Lake City Tribune stated, there are just "Too many Mitts" but there is still only one Obama. So, like many other folks who live in the Midwest, I will be partially pinching my nose while I cast my ballot for him on Nov. 6th. There is just too much at stake not to do so . It is indeed a Hobson's choice. So I opt for the greater good.
P.S. And if you are still truly undecided, and unconvinced, I have two more words to share : Donald Trump !