Well, well, well, what have we here? In an unprecedented move, Team Obama is going to try to disrupt the GOP Convention in Tampa next week.
Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.
Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.
It started a week or so again when Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would hold a “counter-convention” in Tampa during the GOP convention. Then Joe Biden announced an appearance. Now Obama has announced he’ll be campaigning in Iowa and Colorado during the convention, while Michelle Obama will appear on Letterman on the same night Ryan will deliver his speech.
I know what they’re thinking. They’re thinking this is an effective offensive move. It’s basketball analogy season in the Obama campaign, but they don’t realize that what they’re fighting is actually a militaristic ground war. Basketball strategies are for chumps in this case.
Think a little deeper on this issue, and the hazards become apparent. This is not an offensive move, but a defensive one. Team Obama thinks this is like Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, where Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of the game and won it, then made that famous choking gesture to Spike Lee from the court. Maybe they’ve forgotten that the Pacers went on to lose that series.
A closer analogy is the World War II Battle of the Bulge, after which it was all falling action that led to the surrender of Nazi Germany. It is just as revealing about Obama’s own weaknesses. He’ll string his paltry assets around the nation, bulging them in Tampa during the convention, trying desperately to push Team Romney back. It will not stop the voting forces because it is a fundamental misunderstanding of the American character.
An Election Beyond Fear
The American people have been afraid long enough. It’s in the American character to, at a certain point, push fear aside and do something, even if it’s the wrong thing. Even our founding suggests this. Most colonists were perfectly happy to be subjects of the crown–it was part of their identity. Where they revolted first (Boston), the cause was the constant and long-standing presence of British troops, and the onslaught of Parliamentary acts on their capital. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, understood this fundamental nature of the American identity. He did not have the best ideas at times for how to move forward, but he did have the courage to try anything, and to try again when his original efforts failed. Keep trying might as well have been his motto.
We have lived with fear since September 11, 2001. The Bush administration sensationalized that fear for political gain, creating a constant state of it. Hot on the heels of that, our economy crashed, and fear exploded into our personal lives. It has been 11 long years of living with the conditions of fear and Americans are tired of it. They are ready for someone to take any bold action. Obama is not doing that because he can’t. His fundamental shortcoming is lack of vision, and that is now becoming obvious to the masses. That screen he was in 2008, onto which anyone could project themselves, is now working against him. It’s passive, and Americans want something active.