Soaring rhetoric, sorry record

In the wake of the President's post-convention bounce, another Walter Russell Meade blog post suggests that while the President is "not in immediate danger of retracing Jimmy Carter's career trajectory," there is a potential danger for Obama - and opportunity for Romney - in the contrast between Obama's soaring rhetoric and his sorry record: But if anything undercuts President Obama's ability to influence voters by making speeches, his campaign is in much deeper trouble. Oratory was always the heart of Obama's political strength. The deep, wise voice booming from that slender young and even boyish speaker inspired millions of people. But unless you believe that Obamacare is a historic accomplishment ... it's hard to make the case that our current president's deeds live up to his lofty, soaring words. An effective Republican attack along these lines would do more than blunt the edge of Obama's appeal. It would turn his greatest political strength into a source of weakness: the more...(Read Full Post)