Pros: An honest appeal to disaffected and disappointed supporters of Mr. Obama.
Cons: A too honest appeal to disaffected and disappointed supporters of Mr. Obama.
4. Remember Bin Laden? He’s Dead
Rationale: Scoreboard, baby. Scoreboard.
Pros: Killing the world’s most notorious terrorist is the one thing the Obama administration has accomplished that almost everyone approves of.
Cons: Say goodbye to the Ron Paul vote. And by “Ron Paul vote,” we mean Mr. Paul’s literal November ballot.
5. Obama Yes, Socialism No
Rationale: Responding to Rick Perry’s claim that Mr. Obama is a socialist, a spokesman for the Socialist Party USA recently told the Huffington Post that “the notion that Barack Obama is a socialist ranks among the greatest fairy tales in American society — right up there with the Easter Bunny.” See? A vote for Mr. Obama is a vote against socialism!
Pros: Knocks down the persistent suspicion that Mr. Obama’s secret endgame is the abolition of private property, followed by replacing all copies of “Heaven is for Real” with “Das Kapital.”
Cons: “Real socialists disown me!” isn’t exactly the most compelling re-election argument in a nation still devoted, at least in principle, to the ideal of free enterprise.
6. Hate the Government? Then Hire an Ineffective Boss!
Rationale: Government-is-the-problem conservatives long have argued in favor of tax cuts as a way of “starving the beast.” By similar logic, why not re-elect a president who often has appeared ineffectual, advocates “leading from behind” and has struggled mightily to enact much of his agenda despite his party controlling the Senate?
Cons: For different reasons — the Iraq War and Guantanamo on the left, massive deficit spending and bank bailouts on the right — both liberals and conservatives could make the case that the country already tried this leadership approach with George W. Bush.
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Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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