From the Columnist who brought you “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”
Jonathan Alter is one of the myriad media minions who are in bed, figuratively—I think, with the Obama Administration. Alter’s most noteworthy work is “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.”
That pretty much tells you what you need to know.
As such, pieces from Alter and his type tend to be just what you’d expect: anti-conservative.
Between now and the election, these and other cable-ready boo-boos [Romney gaffes; as if the President doesn’t have any] will become distant memories. Web ads about them may go viral, but they aren’t likely to sway anyone who hasn’t already decided against Romney.
The bigger problem is what the soon-to-be Republican nominee has said on substance. The news media doesn’t focus much on issues, which are duller than the circus but usually more lethal politically. Unlike gaffes, political positions are fair game for Obama to exploit in front of 60 million voters watching the fall debates.
Alter offers the President is in fine shape because there’s much to attack regarding what Romney has said.
When you strip away Alter’s columnist-camouflage, you can see the President is reduced to running away from his record (and all that entails) because you can’t defend the indefensible. This type of Alter-like argument is effectively reduced to “things will be worse with anyone but Obama.”
When Romney puts the nomination to bed, I expect to hear much more from conservatives about the President’s record.
Similarly, expect the President’s apologists—since the President is already doing it—to be reduced to ad hominems, the only “strategy” that offers a reasonable chance for victory. Otherwise, life in Alter-world, post-2012, looks grim indeed.