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Alarm Waiting

The election is well underway, and Team Obama thrashes and preens. The Obama re-elect is said to be struggling for money in comparison to 2008. The Obama re-election lacks the mobs scenes that dominated the conversation.

The underlying tale is the national and global economy. There are rumblings that the national economy is hesitating — jobs, housing, confidence — and then there is the ever unpredictable EU and Asia (the Bo Xilai coup episode has the usual suspects of Hu and Wen deeply spooked).

What will alarm the Obama-reelect? For POTUS, seeking funds is much easier than governing.

POTUS is a campaigning expert; however, it is worth noting that he campaigned robustly in 2012 with negative results.

Team Obama has shifted its attack lines from calling Primary Candidate Romney a flip-flopper to awarding Presidential Candidate Romney with the badge of Plutocrat-in-Chief.

Why? Because flip-flopping is too much like a centrist and accommodator (the old POTUS Obama), while the class warrior attack line is what the Occupy crowd on the Democratic Left regard as effective. The New New POTUS Obama is a self-confident “Waiting for Lefty.”

What is POTUS waiting for? The economic indicators to stabilize. We all are waiting. No revisions yet, still tracking 2.5% GDP growth in the first three quarters of 2012.

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POTUS Obama to West Palm Beach fundraiser, April 20, 2012.

From the blog for The John Batchelor Show.

  • April454

    Not sure what the point of this post is. It does not make a whole lot of sense.

    2.5% GDP growth in the first quarter of 2012 would actually be pretty good and about the same as the average growth over the last 30 years.

    “For POTUS, seeking funds is much easier than governing.” ??? So fund raising by Presidents in and election years is now unacceptable. Since when? Does that also go for Romney?

    “..awarding Presidential Candidate Romney with the badge of Plutocrat-in-Chief. ”

    It is actually calling a spade a spade. Romney should wear his wealth, silver spoon and 1% moniker as a badge of pride and honor. What is he afraid of? He can sell the “look at how successful I am and you can be too under me” line. He certainly cannot sell the ”I feel your pain” line.

    • beachnan

       Get off it April 454, he has been fund raising for the last two years, not just this year.  Quit making excuses for the very weak President.

      • April454

        It is only your view that he is a weak President. He has many major accomplishments in the last 3 years. Very big things. A far better track record in only three years than any recent Republican President.

        Yes, politicians have to continue to fund raise, including Presidents. No different than any other President before.

        • Hokma

          You are delusional.

          So why is he not running on the track record you claim is so good?

          Obama has been the biggest failure possibly in American history.

    • DianaLC

      John Batchelor’s posts are quite enigmatic to most of us, also.  But most of us can figure them out.  It seems strange to me that you would go on and spout Obama talking points after writing, “No sure what the point of this post is.”  Do you always pontificate on things you don’t understand? 

      Wait!  That IS indeed the mark of an obot and his/her/its leader.

  • Deapster

    Where is the Obama Girl jiggling her booty online for the 18-23 year old crowd when he really needs her?

  • DianaLC

    So last night I had to turn off the local news which was gushing about O’s visit to our state’s top tier, most expensive state univiversity, known for attracting celebrities’ children in Boulder, Colorado. He’s coming to talk about how the evil Repubs are trying to increase interest on student loans. All the generally liberal younguns standing in line were sincere about how wonderful it would be to hear what the POTUS has to say.

    Then the anchor had to add a comment with photo about how Romney is not sure the government needs to be involved in student loans.

    Yep, that’s a real story about how the Dems are for the poor younguns.

    Makes me a little prejudiced for Romney, having gone attended only the third-tier state university, where I didn’t receive anything but a solid education in the basics that I needed in my area of study, where I found I knew more about my subject when I encountered those “with it” CU graduates in the workplace in my field.  I, by the way, didn’t have debt as I worked my way through school. 

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Or perhaps the Secret Service guy is worred about dogged opposition in this community.

    • DianaLC

      You’re on a roll!

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    What the heck is ABC thinking giving Olbermann a platform to sound off on the economy?  He thinks that it’s all a conspiracy against Obama’s re-election, of course.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/04/22/olbermann-traders-are-driving-gas-prices-harm-obama#ixzz1snGfOOjm

    • DianaLC

      Wait a minute–KO doesn’t think anything.  It’s beyond his capabilities.  He just lets his tongue leade him whereever it may, usually into LOL land.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    That old geezer in the white shirt in shorts is running for his little dog’s life!  Has the Secret Service guy been tasked to find a bit of lunch for POTUS?

  • Popsmoke

    “Why? Because flip-flopping is too much like a centrist and accommodator”…

    Wait hold them..dar.. horses…. I thought Willard was a conservative?  You mean he is going to etch-a-sketch into a centrist?