Thursday, May 3, 2012

Campaign ’12: Who do we hate more?

I think it’s pretty clear that no one this year is going to be voting for Mitt Romney.
ROMNEY: Not Mr. Excitement

I don’t doubt that ballots will be cast for the likely Republican presidential nominee, but those are going to be from the segment of our society that remains appalled that Barack Obama got elected president in 2008 and will do whatever they can to oppose him this time around.

EVEN IF IT means voting for someone they personally could care less about, and really don’t trust.

That’s what the 2012 election cycle has come down to; people voting against the candidate they despise. Because this isn’t a phenomenon limited to the ideologues of the world.

I’m sure many of the people who wind up voting for Obama come Nov. 6 will be doing so because they despise the people who are willing to hold their noses while casting their votes for Romney.

I bring this up because it was the reaction I was having when I read a pair of stories in the news cycle on Wednesday – the one that had former House Speaker Newt Gingrich conceding what the rest of the country realized a long time ago.

HE’S NOT GOING to get the GOP nomination. The United States isn’t ready for a first lady named Calista. Yet even though the Republican field of candidates is now down to just Romney and Ron Paul, there still isn’t much in the way of enthusiasm for Mitt.

Why don’t they?

In large part, it was because of the second story – the one about his foreign policy adviser and spokesman deciding that after only two weeks on the campaign payroll, he didn’t want to work for Romney any longer.
OBAMA: Do his 'fans' hate less?

That particular person was Richard Grenell, who doesn’t see any reason to have to cover up the fact that he is gay. Which, of course, bothers the ideologues.

IN SAYING THIS week that he’s leaving the campaign, Grenell said there was a “hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues” that made him think he would not be comfortable working to get Mitt Romney elected as president.

Which really means he was getting harassed from the ideologues who want to view him, and anybody else who doesn’t fit their own image, as the problem that needs to be eradicated from our society.

Anybody with sense knows the real problem is those people with such an attitude who are upset that the majority of our society does not want to live in a world of their narrow-minded creation.

Which means the Romney campaign is being badgered by people who are never going to truly trust him. It’s going to be a long, drawn-out brawl that takes place between now and Election Day – and it’s going to feel like an eternity.

AND IT WILL be the reason why his campaign is likely to fall short – despite the economic travails that would take down any other candidate and the mistrust felt toward Obama by certain segments of the political composition (Latinos) that usually comprises Democratic support.

I couldn’t help but notice that on Wednesday, the Gallup Organization had Obama with a 49 percent approval rating – with 46 percent disapproving. I suspect the approval will continue to rise in coming weeks, and a gap will grow between those who can’t stand the president and those of us who have real lives to live.

Personally, I’m already tired of this election cycle, which hasn’t even officially started since some states have yet to express themselves in the primaries. Which reminds me all too much of the year 2000.

That was one of the most boring campaign seasons I can recall. Al Gore versus George W. Bush.

IT WAS A totally forgettable experience – until the day AFTER Election Day, when all the legal antics began that are the only reason anyone recalls that year.

Let’s hope that 2012 doesn’t become another year where the political intrigue steps up a notch come Nov. 7.


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