I wanted to let you know about a piece I wrote today for Politico, titled “Obama’s Dark Vision of America.”
The gist of it is that the president perceives the country as essentially flawed, and that it’s his mission to make it better. This thinking permeates his campaign, and it will harm his reelection prospects. From the article:
Americans want to be told the truth. They don’t want their president to pretend that the economy is thriving.
But what they probably won’t abide is a message that there is something fundamentally wrong with the nation that Obama, like some prophet preaching through Gomorrah, was sent to fix.
The last Democratic president to win reelection, Bill Clinton, mimicked Ronald Reagan’s feel-good “Morning in America” theme to coast to a second term.
But Obama is trying out a reelection model that posits a broken country which needs him to “finish the job” he started.
I hope you enjoy it.