DEBATE or DE(THE)BAIT
Looking forward to Wednesday’s debate between President Obama and candidate Romney, I began to wonder, can the President lose or can the candidate win? The only way, I believe that the President can lose is if he takes the bait, and get’s drawn into a lot of tangential hypothetical’s. You know, the could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve(s).
The common wisdom on the right is that President Obama can not run on his record. What they are counting on is that the vilification of his accomplishments and his efforts to improve life in these United States has worked, or is working. I don’t believe that it has, or will.
As more and more of his policies roll out, policies that were, in many cases delayed or watered down by a congress committed to bring him down, the American people are seeing the benefits of Obama’s presidency. With the Affordable Care Act, Financial Reform, Workplace Equality, the ending of the War in Iraq, the killing of Osama bin-Ladin, the decimation of Al-Qaeda, the fall of Khaddafi, and [of] Mubarak, the drawing down of the War in Afghanistan, the Auto Bailout, and perhaps the most important, The American Recovery Act, without which the country, as we know it, would not have survived, there is much the American people and the President can point to with pride.
When all of this is considered, along with the fact that the Republican leadership, including House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and the entire Tea Party caucus, have walked lock-step in their attempt to defeat his efforts even at the expense of America’s recovery, these accomplishments seem all the more remarkable.
This is, though, where the potential problems may arise. The president does not need to oversell his accomplishments, though there may be some temptation to do so. The risk is to become the “I” candidate. The president has been careful, over his time in office, to encourage the American people to become more involved, more vocal, and it has worked. Much of what he has been able to do has come as a consequence of an energetic, involved, citizenry. If he is baited into defending or overselling what he has done, he risks turning off the support his accomplishments have garnered.
The other trap, would be to be baited into ascribing motive’s to the constant stream of misrepresentations, distortions, and outright lies coming from his opponents on the right. To play the victim. He should let “them” explain their motives. The American people see them for what they are (lies). They also know who is telling them. These are not just lies “about” him, they are lies “to” the American people. I believe we (the people) are smart enough to realize that.
Now, I know I haven’t mentioned how it may be possible for candidate Romney to win. Well that’s the truth. I mean, “the truth” is the reason that Romney can’t win. If he tells the truth, the American people see him for who he really is. If he doesn’t, well, the American people will see him for who he really is. Either way he can’t win. This first debate will, rightfully, include discussions about the candidate’s campaign, the republican convention, his ill-timed misstatements about the events in Libya, and definitely about his 47% comments. I can’t wait to hear his responses.
This is President Obama’s debate to win. As long as he doesn’t take the “bait.”
- Romney Camp Downplays Debate Expectations (news.yahoo.com)
- First on CNN: Romney memo seeks to lower debate expectations (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Romney adviser raises expectations for Obama in first debate (washingtonpost.com)
- Romney memo seeks to lower debate expectations (myfox8.com)
- President Obama vs. Mitt Romney – 10 Differences (liberaladvocate.typepad.com)