I was impressed with David Gregory this morning in his interview with Newt Gingrich and Gov. O'Malley from Maryland going at each other regarding the 2012 presidential campaign. Of course, O'Malley was defending Obama, and Gingrich was defending Romney. O'Malley was out-matched by Gingrich, but it's more because Obama's record is impossible to defend than Gingrich's debate skills. Gregory was objective in the discussion.
To David Gregory's credit, he did not join O'Malley to gang up on Gingrich. Gregory is seeing the light. Obama doesn't have much to stand on in this campaign. Gingrich simply pointed to unemployment, and when O'Malley said Obama has taken unemployment from 10 to 8 percent, Gingrich had only to bring up the number of people who've dropped out of the labor market, giving up on finding a job, and are no longer counted as unemployed. This is what Obama will face until November.
When Romney is attacked for his association with Bain, all the GOP has to do is point to Obama's relationship with Bain and private equity companies. When Obama attacks Romney on immigration issues, Romney can point to Obama's inaction and deportation numbers. When Obama attacks Romney regarding women's issues, Romney can point to the number of unemployed women in families that are losing their homes because they lost the needed income. When the question is asked why Obama should be given 4 more years, Democrats will not have good answers.
The discussion panel basically talked about these points, with E. J. Dionne saying, well, yeah, Obama sucks, but not as bad as Bush sucked, and it was Bush who left Obama such a mess. The GOP should push back hard on the blame Bush strategy and talk about Democrats such as Barney Frank and Chris Dodd who bullied and twisted arms for increased home ownership to the point of pressuring banks to make bad loans, and, when the housing bubble popped, all hell broke loose, so Democrats share equal, if not more, blame with Bush's big spending ways.