The presidential race cannot get any closer than it is right now. The RealClearPolitics national polling average, which collects all the scores taken from all the polls in America, big and small, and then averages them, currently has Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both at 46.4 percent approval. This is of course several days after the close of the Republican National Convention, after which a bump up for Romney and down for Obama was expected. But before then, the two candidates were still only one point apart from each other, with Obama in the lead.
Today, September 4, is the first day of the Democratic National Convention. There are still some people in America who are undecided about who they will vote for, so the fact that Romney and Obama are in a dead heat right now means we desperately need those undecided voters. It is for this that it is my strong desire for every undecided voter to watch the DNC. I’ve already written how I believe Sandra Fluke’s and Bill Clinton’s speeches will ultimately harm Obama, but there is another factor that I think will turn the undecideds onto Romney. Namely, the Democrats’ utter lack of seriousness, which will be on full display at the DNC. To wit:
There has been made a giant sand sculpture of Obama that is placed outside the Bank of America Stadium, where the convention will be held. If I want voters to take me seriously, I would not authorize such a sculpture to be anywhere within 100 miles of where I will be speaking. It’s tacky and narcissistic. After four years of seeing our first post-modern, pop-culture president playing a record number of golf rounds, posing on the cover of countless magazines, from the nationally recognized to the obscure; after four years of late-night talk-show appearances and degrading the dignity of the office of the presidency, the last thing undecided voters want to see is probably a sculpture of the man, carved out in sand, and greatly resembling a bust from Mount Rushmore.
This sculpture, even still, is a minor factor compared to another: the apparent theme.
In 2008, the main issue on everybody’s minds, and Obama’s main goal (he claimed), was the economic troubles. Obama ran in 2008 on fixing the economy. Four years later, the economy is still on everybody’s minds and in worse shape than when Obama took office, as sure a sign as any that he simply has failed at the job we hired him to do. The theme of this year’s Democratic convention, however, is as far removed from economics as it can get. The theme is this: Women are great, Republicans hate women, vote for the Democrat.
At least that’s what has been indicated. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will lead a “presentation” of females in Congress; Sandra Fluke, as I wrote about before, will give a speech about contraception; Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund; Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of the lead pushers of the “war on women” theme; and women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter. Given the enterprises of these women, are we to assume they are going to be speaking about the economy?
If undecided voters watch the DNC this week—-particularly if they watched the RNC last week and all the substantive speeches that were given there—-I can’t imagine their arriving at the conclusion that Democrats are at all serious about fixing the economy.