Two stories which, so far, encompass a campaign where one man can’t possibly win, and the other man seems hell bent on losing:
Obama needed a filet mignon in the June employment report. Instead he got a rubber chicken.
Only 80,000 new jobs were created last month, way below Wall Street expectations. It’s the fourth consecutive monthly disappointment. For a few months last winter, jobs were rising at an average of 225,000 a month. But that has sloped way down to only 75,000. The unemployment rate continues at 8.2 percent, which is the forty-first straight month above 8 percent. The U6 unemployment rate, which includes discouraged workers, is just under 15 percent.
As voters finalize their election impressions this summer, all of this is bad news for the Chicago incumbent.
“I have another example that is almost as bad as the mandate-tax issue. And that is the Fourth of July jet ski photograph. Seriously. This is like John Kerry waterskiing,” Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger said on FOX News’ “Journal Editorial Report” this week. “[This] sort of supports the Obama idea that this is a rich guy that has all these expensive toys.”
“Now, I think any campaign manager worth his salt would say to the candidate, ‘You can not get in the water in the jet ski with all those photographers over there.’ But, if the candidate himself said, ‘I’m entitled to relax. I’m going to do what I want to do.’ Then the problem starts at the top with Mitt Romney’s political instincts. And then we’re going to have a problem where two months from now you’re going to have one of these Michael Dukakis photographs, like in the tank, and he’ll blow his campaign out of the water,” Daniel Henninger said.
“Mr. Fehrnstrom, I suppose you worry about someone who reads the Boston Globe everyday eventually they might start to believe it. But, I think really the problem here is probably with Mr. Romney. He needs to send a message, endorse a message, be willing to communicate it and deliver it with some enthusiasm,” WSJ’s James Freeman said.
“To this point, he’s basically been saying, ‘Obama’s been doing a terrible job and look at my resume.’ You need something more,” Freeman added.
It seems that no one is going to WIN this election so much as it is a case of who is going to lose it worse…both sides seem to be racing for last place, hopeing the other guy will win that race.
Frankly, that is little different than Clinton/Dole, Bush/Gore, Bush/Kerry. At least with Obama, one side had ENTHUSIASM, albeit misplaced…but here we are, again, with two lackluster candidates no one can get excited about.
No wonder the nation is in the doldrums…our leadership is in the doldrums.