Is The Romney Campaign Just the McCain Campaign Redux?

In 2008, John McCain made a somewhat risky VP pick who turned out to be a winner, but otherwise ran an overly cautious, fuzzy, non-aggressive campaign with no theme that was largely based on his resume. Remind you of anyone? Like say, our current nominee who made a somewhat risky VP pick who turned out to be a winner, but otherwise is running an overly cautious, fuzzy, non-aggressive campaign with no theme that is largely based on his resume?

Of course, there are some differences. Although Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan were both great picks, they’re terrific picks for different reasons. Additionally, McCain relied on his military career while Romney is relying on his business career. Perhaps most significantly, McCain was outspent 3-to-1 while Romney will achieve parity or even a spending edge over Obama.

Moreover, it’s also worth noting the political environment was so poisonous in 2008, especially after the financial collapse, that I’m not sure Reagan in his prime could have beaten Obama. The White House was essentially just handed to Obama on a silver platter.

This time around, the political environment is more even, but Obama’s performance has been horrible and he has run an execrable campaign. So, how is Romney not ahead by 10 points? Well, I’d suggest Romney is a weak candidate, running a McCainesque campaign against a candidate who has the entire mainstream media flacking for him like he pays their salaries. The lack of aggression on Romney’s part is particularly problematic because Obama doesn’t suffer from that flaw. So, we keep having debates about trivia related to Romney while the wheels are falling off of the country on Obama’s watch.

Despite some of the ridiculously slanted polls you’re seeing that are inexplicably using a 2008 style partisan breakdown of likely voters, the race still appears to be tied and Romney has an excellent chance to win even if he does nothing differently. But, if Romney were running a better campaign, we’d probably just be waiting for the inevitable in November instead of biting our nails.

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One Response to Is The Romney Campaign Just the McCain Campaign Redux?

  1. A deadly pox on both their houses….the campaign for prez this time is as every other: a horse race run backwards. Oblahblah had the WH handed to him on a silver platter alright….by Goldman-SUCKS.

    Oblahblah and Rob-me, what can’t you understand,
    Of this the mid finger of my upturned hand?
    You’ve seen fit this nation to plunder and loot
    I thus render you both the commute salute
    As Hell’s hinges I’m calloused to your endless requests
    To help swell to bursting your campaign war chests
    This presidential elephant and pony routine
    Conjures visions of far worse than mere venting my spleen
    The country’s a shambles, millions sleeping in tents
    Others hock their gold teeth just to pay their damned rents
    The national debt’s now a fugitive rocket
    So you can both make your homes in the nearest light socket
    —-Robert John Spittler

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