The Massachusetts massacre has obviously rattled President Obama more than he cares to admit. Judging by his Ohio speech, the loss of the “Kennedy seat” has spun him around so hard, its thrown him backwards into campaign mode, which seems to be amusing even his faithful servant, Chris Matthews.
The host of MSNBC’s Hardball remarked little about the speech, other than pointing out that the president used the word fight, or a variation thereof 14 times. In a montage clip that looked like it could have been put together for the Glenn Beck show, Matthews highlights Obama vowing to fight.
“I won’t stop fighting for an economy where hard work is rewarded.”
“I’m not going to stop fighting until we have jobs.”
“I won’t stop fighting to open up government.”
“I won’t stop fighting for you.”
While Matthews considered it “telling” I wondered, just who is he actually fighting? Then it hit me.
Watch the clip here.
It’s those pesky voters. You know, the ones that showed up for town hall meetings and then went out into the winter weather to cast their votes. Somehow, I don’t think that’s exactly what he was trying to portray. Nonetheless, once again his words doesn’t really match his actions.
The advantage that the American public has today, verses the campaign, was that his record is in full sight. It’s hard to construct an image of centrist, when you continue to govern from the hard left.
If there was an ounce of truth in what he is saying, if in fact he were really fighting someone for the things he claims he is, like an open government (rather than cutting deals behind closed doors) or an economy where hard work is rewarded (not taxed out of existence) then he’s fighting his own party.
In this new campaign persona he has donned, he’s going for the forceful, tough-guy look, don’t you think? It’s not doing it for him.
He reminds me of the old saying, “Weak point?Pound pulpit!”