Election 2012 - Are We Looking At A Sweep?
Can the Democrats pull off a Sweep in Election 2012?
This is what it looks like to me:
The theme of Candidate Obama's anti-Romney ads until now (35 days before the November 6 voting) has been to link Romney with three things: (1) George W. Bush, (2) a stone walling Republican Party, and (3) America's "fat cats" including the banks and investment sharks.
The theme the Democrats adopted at their convention was: "given the 'Bush mess,' an uncooperative Republican Party, and their philosophy of 'more for those who already make the most,' no president, including Candidate Obama could have solved America's problems he inherited (in just four years) give him 'Four More Years!'" (end of quotes.)
Their tactic is to hammer home (1) the past (prior to 2009), (2) the claim that Romney is tied to failed policies from the past, and (3) given a choice, the only candidate for president who is looking 'Forward' is their candidate.
How well is that selling?
Certainly we won't know for sure until the votes are all counted, but we might know as soon as the polling places on the east coast have closed.
Will the debates have made a difference? The Republicans surely hope so, and the Democrats are sure they won't. They like to portray them as "Romney's last chance" to diminish expectations, even if Romney does very well, or anything less than very well.
Stop and try to think as clearly about what the Romney Campaign's tactics have been.
Can you express them in as few words and phrases as the tactics the Democrats are using? The major failing I sense in the Romney campaign is that it is not telling you great reasons for why you should vote for Romney, but the negative of that, namely why you should not vote for Obama.
I suspect you cannot glean the repetitive themes that should be making Romney's case, and that is what raises the possibility that the Democrats can "sweep" Election 2012.
Election 2012 could turn out to be the equivalent of a mid-term election in favor of the Democrats, if voters make the connections the Democrats hope they will make.
Does anyone want a deadlocked congress? Certainly not.
Does anyone want to go back to policies which got us into the deepest recession since the Depression? Certainly not, even though those were not so much bad policies as a failure of Congressional oversight
Does anyone really want to jump from a candidate they already know, to a candidate so many are still confused about?
We will see that answer sometime, probably early, on November 6, 2012.
My guess? I can see the possibility of a "sweep" by the Democrats, riding on the coattails of Candidate Obama. I will, however, be voting for a new face, a new leader, and new policies in the White House, and Congress, even if that means we all have to sacrifice to dig ourselves out of the hole the current administration has dug for us.
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