Forward. Please, don’t look back at the last three years. Look forward to a new set of baloney, magic wand promises, not back to failed bandaid solutions, corruption, out of control spending, and a political ideology that has favored friends and taken freedoms from many Americans. This is the perfect campaign solution for a President who failed and wants a second chance. In fact, I found it to be refreshingly honest.
Forward is a complete contrast to Obama’s last implied campaign slogan of “look at the last 8 years”, by which he actually meant look at the last two years. Of course, look at the last two years was a great slogan in a Presidential race in 2008. Looking at how Pelosi/Reid had run congress since 2007 turned out to be the Democrat party’s downfall in 2010. In fact, it is telling that Obama appears to have abandoned his earlier plans to run against a do-nothing congress.
Romney would be wise to run a campaign on contrast. Romney could contrast Obama’s bliss over 8.1% unemployment to Bush’s unemployment rates in the 4% range. While the media continues to stoke anti-Wall Street sentiment, Romney still connects when he contrasts his years of business experience with Obama’s youthful, socialist ideologies mixed with lack of experience. On the same note, Romney might also mention the difference between the years of peaceful, clean and respectful TEA Party protests compared to the violent, ignorant Occupy Wall Street groups who caused millions of dollars in damage on May 1st of this year.
To start, Romney could simply contrast the lack of enthusiasm in 2012 with the fainting and worshiping masses Obama inspired in 2008. For example, in Obama’s “first” campaign speech of this year, he couldn’t even fill a stadium in the swing state of Ohio.
The key for Romney in combating Obama’s “Forward” campaign is capturing the conversation and creating pictures for the American people of what forward will look like under Obama. Contrast that with a picture of forward under Mitt Romney, and Obama’s best shot at a winning campaign could become his liability.
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