By Chris Ingram
Ever the arrogant one, President Obama is crisscrossing the northeast like a pre-Election Day Santa Clause in the post-hurricane Sandy aftermath. Democrats are no doubt secretly thankful that the storm has taken Benghazi and the lackluster economy off of the front pages of the newspapers and the blogosphere. But in their gleeful moment, they shouldn’t get too confident. Here’s why:
1) American voters have short memories, but they aren’t altogether stupid. Sure the TV moments with storm victims may help the president a bit, but who among the storm victims are going to vote for this guy just because he showed up to do what the president is supposed to do in these instances? No one. Anyone who would vote for him just for being the “comforter in chief” is an idiot who was probably going to vote for him anyway. And those short memories still remember they don’t have a job, that their kids’ future is not as bright as it used to be, and that the economy is currently floating on Monopoly money. Besides, most of the storm states were going to Obama (blue states) anyway.
2) The media has widely reported how Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey praised Obama as though it is some sort of an endorsement on the last 4 years. One news program I was watching this morning made it sound like Christie’s comments were going to cause mass numbers of Romney supporters to defect to the president. Come on, again, voters aren’t that dumb. If anything, Christie’s comments show that the Republicans are confident in their candidate — enough to compliment the opponent — and it also shows that the GOP is above partisan rancor. When was the last time you saw a Democrat say something nice about a Republican?
3) The storm has pushed the “charlie foxtrot” (click here if you don’t know what that means) of Benghazi out of the news, but many Americans — especially those in the military, the intelligence community, and the service corps are angry at the administration’s handling of this issue, and now, of what looks like a cover-up.
4) Romney is widely expected to win Florida and is competitive in a number of states the GOP had all but written off a few months ago. While it is true that historically no Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio, that fact is completely meaningless to what will happen when the last ballot is cast on Tuesday. Romney continues to close the gap in Ohio, and he could win there. Even if he doesn’t, it is possible he could still win the Electoral College without Ohio by picking up some other states that are still in play. Among them is Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is different this year than four years ago when Obama won the state by almost 14 points.
Although the state hasn’t voted for the GOP nominee for president since 1984, here is what makes this state in play for Romney: First, Paul Ryan being from the state gives the GOP a slight bump — conservatively figure it’s worth at least a point. Second, the GOP ground game is more organized than ever in Wisconsin thanks to the Democrats’ failed recall effort of Governor Scott Walker. The recall helped unite the Republican base (and get them identified, trained and active). Third, the Democrat brand is tainted in the state. Scott Walker got more votes in the recall effort than he did in his election. And don’t forget the high unemployment rate under the Democrat Obama. Fourth, Wisconsin voters weren’t subjected to all the anti-Romney ads that voters in Ohio and other states endured all summer long in an attempt to drive Romney’s negatives up. Instead, the Democrats were fighting the losing recall effort of Walker. All this makes Wisconsin in play, and the potential for some interesting scenarios on Election Night.
5) If in 1992 the mantra of voters was, “it’s the economy stupid,” then this year it’s going to be, “there’s no enthusiasm [for Obama] stupid!” From working-class neighborhoods, to liberal colleges and universities, there is little enthusiasm for re-electing Obama with the exception of within the black community (polling indicates 94 percent or more will vote for Obama) and from within fringe groups of lefties — the type who only eat granola, subscribe to Mother Jones, and the women don’t shave their pits. Our little social experiment and national nightmare is almost over, because a lot of people have had buyers remorse since about the 10th day of this president’s presidency.
Have hope America. Now go vote — for Mitt Romney, and help get our country back on a path of prosperity and and a track toward personal responsibility.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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