Obama’s relationships, just like Reagan’s, are relevant: Will Romney fight like Truman — or wimp out like Dewey?
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The reason: there was — correctly — seen to be a connection between Reagan the man, his life experiences and relationships — and a potential President Reagan.
That assumption was 100% correct.
Now that the president in question is Barack Obama and not Ronald Reagan — suddenly this is all a mistake to do the job that was correctly done on Reagan but is mysteriously off-limits for Obama. As if Obama policies from the stimulus to Obamacare to suing Arizona over illegal immigration policies and not prosecuting the night-stick wielding Philadelphia Black Panthers have somehow sprung full blown from Obama’s head or by the sheerest of accidents.
How could one ever possibly explain what critics call Obama’s “apology tour” of this or that section of the world? Unless one realizes the connection to Jeremiah Wright’s “Goddamn America” sermon — both the one captured on video tape and those hundreds of like-minded sermons never to be heard although doubtless delivered over the 20 years Obama sat in Wright’s pews.
How could one not possibly understand Obama’s repeated views on everything from the capital gains tax to his continual use of class warfare rhetoric unless one gets the connection to the views of Reverend Wright as Obama lovingly quotes him in Dreams from My Father as snarling that America is a place ”…where white folks’ greed runs a world in need.”
How could Governor Romney and Speaker Boehner not possibly understand that all of this experience with Reverend Wright and more — the teachings of Black Liberation theologian James Cone, the young friendship with the old leftist Frank Marshall Davis, the attendance at socialist conferences, the relationship with Harvard’s Professor Derrick Bell, the latter author of the wildly left-wing “critical race theory” that insists racism is somehow ingrained in American society — how could anyone not think all this is in fact not connected to a bad economy and “jobs, jobs, jobs”?
Of course it is. Every last minute of Barack Obama’s formative life, experiences, and relationships is responsible for the state of America today. Just as true with Ronald Reagan and the state of America when Reagan left office in 1989 — after creating 21 million jobs and pushing the Soviet Union to the brink of collapse, a collapse that occurred a bare two years later.
This is a serious challenge for Team Romney — and a decidedly unnecessary one.
To follow the patty-cake politics of Dewey and John McCain (or others — the Nixon of 1960, Ford in 1976, Bush 41 in 1992, and Bush 43 in 2000 and 2004) risks one of two outcomes: a loss or an unnecessarily hair-breadth’s victory.
If Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan had anything in common — and Reagan was an active Truman campaigner in the 1948 campaign — it was that they knew they had to hit their opponents.
Hit them hard.
If the unfolding Romney campaign fails to understand this — this won’t just be a mistake.
It will be a tragedy.
And a totally foreseeable one at that.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?