Will Scott Walker Usher a Romney Victory? - Page 2
This article mentions that “On Tuesday, Wisconsinites turned out at the polls to partake in a recall election that many in the political arena view as a snapshot of the current sentiment towards the Obama Administration, and a foreshadow to what is to come in the Fall.” White House denies it, they point to the fact that Obama leads Romney by six to eight points in WI despite Scott victory. I say White House is living in fool’s paradise!
I accept the fact that the progressive’s loss in the Wisconsin election was because of money, but I also blame Obama for that win. ‘Cool and calculative’ as Obama is, he embraced the fact that supporting labor in Wisconsin could be a double edged sword. He knew that if he supported the Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and if Barrett would win, then the GOP would come at him as a wounded tiger and the big money would simply blast him off in November. On the other hand, if Barrett would have lost despite his active campaign, GOP would project that as Obama’s vulnerability and they would be energized. So at the end, as a ‘cool and calculative’ Chicago politician Obama decided to abandon the labor in Wisconsin contrary to his campaign promise.
Time and again Obama has shown that he does not have a fighting bone in his spine. Time and again GOP has scored over him simply being “tough.” Time and again Obama has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. But a great leader has to learn to stand his ground when the matter of principle is involved.
Obama might have felt secure because of his cozy relationship with big money, but he needs to open his eyes and see that things are changing—in the last month Romney has surpassed Obama in raising money. The big businesses are shifting their allegiance. Mitt Romney is increasingly looking Presidential, and for the first time Obama is looking vulnerable. In January I had said Obama was going to be a shoo-in, only that I did not take account of Obama’s inherent weakness to fight for principles, and stand by his base. At the end this weakness may bring his own Waterloo.