It has been one stumble after another since President Obama officially launched, some would say restarted, his reelection campaign three weeks ago. With the Dems' Bain mutiny making a shambles of the what was going to be Obama's main attack on Romney, this may have been Obama's worst week ever. The RNC produced the following video that makes that point:
The Bain mutiny has grown to 14 prominent Democrats:
- Newark Mayor Cory Booker
- Delaware Senator Chris Coons
- Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis
- Former Clinton Special Counsel Lanny Davis
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford
- New York Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
- West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin [Video link]
- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick [Video link]
- Obama bundler Don Peebles
- Former Obama economic adviser, Steven Rattner
- Former DNC Chair and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell [Video link]
- New York Senator Chuck Shumer.
- Virginia Senator Mark Warner [Video link]
It has been such a rough three weeks for Obama that a Politico headline read "Obama stumbles out of the gate." The Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei piece notes that Obama's message is "muddled," he comes across as "baldly political," he is facing Democrat "blowback" for attacks against Romney and Bain Capital and is falling behind in fundraising.
It's been so bad that Romney campaign Communications Director Gail Gitcho made it the focus of his "Week In Review" campaign memo:
By any objective measure, President Obama and his campaign have stumbled into the general election. According to one report, the president’s recent troubles “have shaken the overwhelming confidence of his campaign in Chicago and of Democratic leaders in Washington.”
This week, we saw wave after wave of Democratic officials and Obama surrogates stand up against President Obama’s attack machine. From New York to California, and North Dakota to Alabama, the message was loud and clear. The Obama campaign’s best-laid plans to wage an all-out assault on the free enterprise system have predictably backfired.
These obsessive and misleading attacks – which the president himself confirmed will be the focus of his campaign – have been rebuked by fellow Democrats for being “nauseating” and “unfair” and ridiculed by the media and Democratic operatives as “clumsy” and “ancient.” The media felt compelled to eulogize “the 2004 version of Barack Obama,” who promised unity and a new era of leadership, while introducing the world to “the new, nasty Obama campaign.”
Meanwhile, the current chair of the DNC distanced herself from the Administration’s decision to grant a visa to the daughter of Cuba’s communist dictator, while a former DNC chair declined to endorse the Obama campaign in its current state.
Tuesday’s primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas provided valuable insight into the Obama campaign’s struggles. President Obama has no primary challenger, but is losing significant amounts of support within his own party – to no one in particular. More than four in ten Democrats who voted this week declined to support President Obama.
Despite repeated attempts by the president and his campaign to divert attention from the important issues we face, Governor Romney remains focused on his optimistic, pro-growth vision for America’s future. While the Obama campaign falls deeper and deeper into attack mode, Governor Romney continues to offer bold policies to confront America’s challenges – as he did this week, laying out a plan to give every child in America a chance to succeed by reforming education.
This is the real crux of the Obama campaign’s dilemma. It’s not the messengers that are causing the problem – it’s the message.
It is clear what this election will be about. It will be about the nearly 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and millions more who have been pushed to the brink in the Obama economy. It will be about the failure of our economy to rebound the way it can, and it will be about the outdated, government-centric, liberal policies that President Obama has offered as the solution to our problems. This election will be about our country’s future. Are our schools good enough? Is our economy good enough? Can we do better than the last four years?
Mitt Romney believes we can. And the American people do as well.
As Obama was forced to finally man up and admits he supports gay marriage -- thereby ending his successful straddle of the gay marriage issue, his attacks against Romney's private sector experience at Bain Capital backfired and Obama's campaign spokesman was caught deviating from the truth, Romney stayed on his it's still the economy message.
Recent polling finds that the Obama attacks against Romney's private sector experience with Bain Capital have not hurt Romney. In fact, Romney’s business background is perceived as an asset. In addition polling shows Romney has opened 10-point lead among Independents and has closed his so-called gender gap from 19 to 7 percent.
It's been a good start for Romney -- as for Obama, not so much.