When you have such a hip, sexy president like Barack Obama, why even bother judging his horrific record of failure? Instead, let’s examine how dull Mitt Romney is.
It’s going to be a long six months, folks.
President Obama, even his detractors admit, is cool. He can talk knowledgeably about college basketball, chat it up with the ladies of “The View” and “slow jam the news” with Jimmy Fallon. The coolness gap is reflected in the polls: Americans see Mr. Obama as more likeable and more relatable than his almost-certain general election challenger.
Um, as an Obama detractor, I won’t admit he’s cool. He’s boring, he’s dull, he’s predictable and, unfortunately, he’s everywhere. We can’t watch a basketball game without his presence. We cannot watch late night television without seeing him. We can’t watch “The View” (not that we would) without seeing him.
Nothing quite says boring like an omnipresent shyster reminding us how cool he is.
I’ll gladly accept four or more years of a boring guy who’s not in my face 24/7, thankyouverymuch.
In 2008, John McCain’s campaign tried to use Mr. Obama’s coolness to portray him as a lightweight celebrity who lacked the gravitas for the presidency. The criticism didn’t really take hold, however, in part because McCain fumbled the response to the economic crisis, while Mr. Obama did not.
Four years later, does anyone associate the word gravitas with Obama?
The problem with all this, of course, is that people tend to like cool guys. And that can translate into votes, particularly if a candidate can make the case that there’s substance behind the swagger. Mr. Obama can point to the killing of Osama bin Laden, among other accomplishments, to argue that he is a whole lot more than a simple celebrity.
Putting bin Laden aside, what other accomplishments are there? Is eating a dog considered cool these days?
H/T John E.