Good grief. Or, as a certain presidential candidate might say, “For Pete’s sake!”
It seems the long-running inanity about the time — 29 years ago — Mitt Romney transported the family dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car has finally gotten to the Romney campaign. It has responded by dredging up from “Dreams from My Father” a snippet of an anecdote about Barack Obama, as a child, eating dog meat while living in Indonesia.
Seriously. This is what stands to dominate the news cycle today. It’s already being branded “the dog wars.”
Memo to the Romney campaign: Democrats are not bringing up the Seamus-in-a-cage story because they are confident Americans approve of Obama’s presidency. It’s not a roundabout way to steer the conversation back to taxes and spending, deficits and debt, jobs and the economy, high gas prices and low employment — you know, the stuff voters repeatedly say they care about.
It is the opposite of that. So why do y’all keep falling for it?
Mitt Romney is not going to beat Barack Obama by winning the most “Twitter fights” or fighting distractions with distractions. (In fact, I blame Twitter — or, more accurately, the temptation of those who tweet to win the approval of an small number of people with a well-turned, but fleeting, bit of snark — for much of this silliness.) He can win only by hammering relentlessly at the president’s record — a record of which voters still view, at best, as “meh.”
Heck, even Obama’s campaign strategist can’t keep his story straight when it comes to the country’s current trajectory.
Every day the campaigns focus on fluff instead of bread and butter is a day the incumbent wins. Don’t let Obama off the hook by indulging in these micro-kerfuffles.
– By Kyle Wingfield