Is Obama’s Strategy At Odds with His Message?

By Karl Gotthardt Canadian and Military Issues Editor

An article in the National Journal by Josh Kraushaar argues that Obama’s strategy to win Independents, which he will need for re-election is at odds with his message.  Since introducing his Jobs Act, which neither the Democrats nor the Republicans support, the President has leashed out against white collar workers.  It almost appears that Obama believes in the “Divide and Conquer” theory.  But is it working?  Kraushaar, using several recent polls, argues that the President is alienating white collar workers, while garnering support by blue collar workers.

The President, who ran a campaign as the “Great Uniter”, has during recent weeks demonstrated that he is the “Great Divider”.  Leadership requires uniting Americans and being open to compromise.  Obama has chosen exactly the opposite.  His all or nothing attitude on the “Jobs Act”, shows his inflexibility to compromise.  There is no doubt that Congress could agree on portions of the act, but he will never get all of it.  In its present form it is dead on arrival.  It appears that the President is counting on the American people to blame the Congress, namely the Republicans.   This strategy ignores the fact that there was a major change in the House of Representatives during the mid-term election.

With the economy going into the tank, a high unemployment rate and an increase in mortgage foreclosures, it is unlikely that Americans will not blame the sitting President.

President Obama’s reelection is in trouble because of the nation’s troubled economy, but he’s been exacerbating his problems by running a populist campaign at odds with the electoral strategy his advisers have laid out. Not only is his new rhetoric chastising the wealthy to pay their fair share at odds with the president’s well-crafted image of being a post-partisan uniter, but it risks alienating the white-collar professionals that have become an increasingly important part of a winning Democratic coalition.

The president’s team has been arguing that their path to reelection lies in winning battleground states like Colorado, Virginia, and North Carolina—diverse, more affluent white-collar states with growing numbers of independents. But the president’s emphasis on pitting the affluent against the middle-class threatens to push away the very independents he’s seeking to win back. It’s the type of populist message that’s better geared toward blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt, which the campaign sees as close to a lost cause.

via Obama’s Strategy at Odds With His Message – Josh Kraushaar – NationalJournal.com.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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