President Obama knows his chances for reelection lie in the so-called swing states – the states’ that aren’t considered a lock to vote red or blue in any given year. He also knows he’s facing an uphill battle in those states.
The most recent Gallup poll of 12 crucial swing states found that voters believed that the Republican candidate would do a better job of handling all of the most important issues of the day. On the federal budget deficit and debt, voters preferred Republicans by a 54%-to-38% margin; on unemployment Republicans held a 7% advantage; and on health care (supposedly Obama’s grandest achievement), the GOP had a 1% edge.
Those bad numbers have carried over into some bad fundraising for Obama in those states. As it turns out, people aren’t willing to put their money where their mouth isn’t.
So far, Romney has outraised Obama in nearly all of the key states. In both Florida and Nevada, two states where Obama raised tons of cash in 2007, Romney has nearly doubled the president’s haul. A similar story has played out in Colorado and Michigan, two states considered crucial to Obama’s 2012 success.
Concerned about these trends, President Obama has been logging extra hours in these key states…and he’s been doing it on American’s dime.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 17 of his third year in office, Bill Clinton held 40 events over 24 days in the battlegrounds of his time, according to data compiled by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. Naval Academy assistant professor who is widely viewed among political scientists as an expert on presidential travel. Over that same stretch, George W. Bush held 49 events in 34 days, drawing complaints from Democrats.
Mr. Obama has surpassed his predecessors in both categories; as of Nov. 17 he attended 54 events in 11 battleground states over 42 days.”
During these frequent trips, Obama hasn’t been shy about attacking Republicans. In his most recent speech, Obama bashed House Republicans for voting against his “jobs” bill, while completely ignoring the fact that the opposition was bipartisan in both the House and Senate. He also poked fun at the GOP stance against tax-hikes and intimated that the Republican Party had abandoned the ideals behind the American Dream.
The ethics of using taxpayer money to fund campaign stops so that Obama can beat-up on Republicans in anticipation of a heated 2012 election is not only unethical, it may also not be legal. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their authority to exert influence over an election, doing political work while on duty or in a government vehicle, or running for a partisan office – all of which seem to apply to Obama’s recent campaign swing through the swing states.
Sensing the brewing voter animosity towards Obama’s all-too-obvious focus on swing states, White House press secretary Jay Carney attempted an explanation.
“What happened in 2008 was Barack Obama, then-Senator Obama, expanded the political map dramatically,” Carney said. “He goes to red states. He goes to blue states. He goes to states that are considered battleground states.”
In other words, according to Carney, Obama is a victim of his own success. If only he hadn’t been so dominant in 2008 then the list of swing states would look completely different. But College Republicans are working hard to reconfigure the political landscape once again in 2012. We sense that Americans, and especially young adults, are tired of Obama’s singular focus on reelection, leaving Washington without a leader. America deserves better. We deserve someone who will put policy over politics. That’s why we’ll be putting boots on the ground to ensure that today’s swing states are tomorrow’s red states. Will you help us?