Monday, April 30, 2012

The Last Stretch with an Etch-A-Sketch: Why Obama will Crush Romney in the Fall Elections !

As we wind down through the last stretch of a long and boring Republican Primary race, we are slowly reaching the same conclusions that were predicted at the onset: 1) The Republicans will nominate someone with less substance than a strawberry milkshake, 2) Mitt Romney will be that nominee, and 3) Ron Paul will always be ignored by the main stream media.

These conclusions were all but confirmed after Rick Santorum dropped out of the race earlier this month, leaving Romney with a very easy path to clinch the nomination and focus on defeating Barack Obama in the November General Election.

And whilst presidential, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election campaigns are usually a source of comedy and entertainment for me, I am afraid (and I hope I’m wrong) this particular contest is promising to be a very predictable and uneventful one.

If we compare the sitting President with his likely opponent, we will find that President Obama would win hands down in all categories:

Charisma and appeal:

Let’s begin with the obvious: Romney has none. Despite over twenty primary debates and countless stump speeches, town hall meetings and television appearances, Willard Mitt Romney still looks and talks like an awkward aristocratic robot who is desperately trying to pose as the average Joe. With a painfully uncomfortable hey-look-I’m-an-average-guy moment after a hey-look-I’m-an-average-guy moment, Romney is comically failing.

The most comical failure to date was when Romney attended the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in February, an event which was most likely organized by his campaign staff specifically as a photo-op to exhibit their candidate as “a regular American” attending one of the country’s traditional sporting events. But when asked by an AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney replied, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” A simple answer through which Romney has successfully alienated the middle class, lower class and every other class that has never seen the inside of a corporate board room.

And whilst I would like to compare this with Obama’s charisma and appeal, I believe the video below would sum it up better.

Consistency (Flip Flopping with an Etch-A-Sketch):

On a CNN interview last month, Eric Ferhnstrom (Romney’s Senior Advisor) was asked whether Romney has alienated moderate voters by competing with Gingrich and Santorum for the Republican base. His answer:

“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again”

This unfortunate analogy almost confirmed what every voter felt about Mitt Romney: the man simply has no ideological convictions.

With a history of flip-flopping like a gold fish out of its tank, Romney seems to have many masks and is willing to wear whichever one best suits the costume party he is attending.

Romney is both a Conservative and a Moderate. Unlike Gingrich and Santorum, who operate on a more traditional and consistent political dial, you are never certain which version of Mitt Romney will turn up on any given day. What comes out of Romney’s mouth can never be expressed in terms of certainty. His views right now are never certain to be his views at a future point in time.

And while President Obama has little to no political baggage and closeted skeletons due to his relatively young political life, it would very easy for Obama to go fishing in Romney’s lake and bring out as many flip-flopping fishes as possible during the presidential debates.

After all, Obama would only have to answer to his actions during his last four years as President, and judging by the campaign ad below, it seems he is prepared:


Most candidates running for anything, be it a student council election or a nationwide campaign, follow the simple law of Cause and Effect when it comes to electability. Usually the candidate’s views, accomplishments, and campaigns would cause getting more votes. The effect of getting these votes is being considered the most electable.

Romney, however, has shockingly been able to reverse this law by being the last and reluctantly the only choice for the Republican Party. This is the cause of him being the most electable and resulting in the effect of him getting the votes.

For Barack Obama, the campaign trail is where he shines. Some say that in 2008, Obama “campaigned with poetry, and governed with prose.” Had he actually governed with the same poetry he ran with, he may have very well had his face engraved on Mount Rushmore by now. That being said, it is no secret that Obama’s war chest of campaign finances, coupled with the presidential seal on his podiums and his charisma as the icing will result in one of the most decisive presidential campaign wins in recent history. One hopes, however, that it is not so decisive that it resembles a fixed election in a third world country.

But as they say in politics, scandals to politicians are the same as the iceberg to the Titanic: it can sink the unsinkable.

If I was Romney, I would start looking for an iceberg very soon…


Mohamed Khamis

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