Meanwhile, back on the ranch in Virginia
The Hill reports
Biden hits Ryan record, likens it to ‘running against an incumbent’
“Congressman Ryan and his Congressional Republicans, as one person said, have already done what Gov. Romney is promising he will do for the nation,” Biden said before a crowd of nearly 900 people at a research center in southern Virginia. “So this is one of those rare cases. It’s almost like running against an incumbent. Everybody knows what we stand for and what we want to do. We are making it as clear as we can make it.” – TheHill.com
Biden now carefully tries to assert the central theme of Obama’s campaign since the start: Run as an insurgent candidate. It has been largely ignored. Facing daunting polls and a sickly economy, plagued by a microcosm of failures and problems in his term, team Obama strategized the only chance he had to win would be running as an outsider, thus an insurgent campaign.
“We are making it as clear as we can make it.” That is a joke, right Joe?
This is ludicrous on its face. It is laughable in theory, Obama is the “incumbent”. Once again, he tries to be something he’s not. It would be akin to Obama running against himself. Still they said this was his route to success.
In April, 2011 it was described this way (4:50 in video),
We ought to NOT act like an incumbent. We ought to act like an insurgent campaign that wakes up every single day, trying to get every single vote we can. So every single day we have to go scratch and claw for those votes. — Jim Messina.
Of course, his big problem is that Romney is not the incumbent — he doesn’t have to act. The fact is Barack Obama is the incumbent as much as he tries to pretend he is not. Isn’t that like running against yourself… or running away from yourself? So does that make Obama ‘Insugent in Chief’? It is hard to argue with the “scratching and clawing” part though.
More like the campaign of illusions.