On Morning Joe a video clip was shown of Hillary Clinton taking responsibility for the tragedy in Benghazi. Surely Obama won't allow Clinton to take the hit. If this stands and Clinton isn't reprimanded by Obama, then we'll know it's just a political fix. Clinton asked everyone to not politicize this issue, but it's exactly what she's doing if she is allowed to take the blame with no consequences.
Obama should either come out and say that he is responsible, like John Heilemann suggested on the show this morning, or Clinton should be reprimanded. Either way, we should quickly get to the bottom and present findings. It amazes me that Rice, Clinton, Obama and others were blaming the Youtube film when it was known that there were no protests that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans. The Obama administration must be hoping that they can create enough confusion and doubt to get past the re-election. The Morning Joe crew didn't dig any deeper than the surface, even when Robert Gibbs came on and started blaming Romney, because Romney criticized the President's response. It appears the tactic now is to ask media to not politicize the story -- in other words, just let it slide and the administration will look into it and get the facts. Media has shamelessly protected Obama by not vigorously pushing this story and demanding answers.
The Morning Joe crew showed polls that have Romney and Obama neck to neck, but Gibbs said the polls regarding women voters now liking Romney are all wrong, and that there is only one poll saying that. Scarborough presented a second poll showing a tie among women voters, but, strangely, no one asked Gibbs why he mistated the facts. Gibbs was allowed to present an Obama commercial.
They discussed the debate scheduled for tonight, and the consensus is that Obama will be better stylistically. Unless Obama presents something bold, he will fall further behind, because Romney will surely present his plans to allow the economy to grow. Obama is stuck with infrastructure, but building roads is not going to convince Americans that he has an answer. Building roads is a symptomatic solution to symptomatic problems. Americans are looking for fundamental solutions. Obama believes that government should take money away from successful industries to give to those in need. Obama believes that much more money should be spent on education. Obama believes that green energy is the future. What else does Obama believe? Americans aren't convinced that taking money from the rich is helpful unless maybe the money is used in ways that can be shown to create jobs and economic growth, so how does Obama make that case? It's not good enough to say the money will be used to save the jobs of government employees, because Americans don't see a bigger government as the solution.
Obama has to come out with a FDR plan to directly create good jobs, not just highway labor jobs. It will be interesting to see how Americans respond to such a stimulus effort. I don't know if the average American understands enough about economics to reject a large FDR-style stimulus, so Obama might go there and make the big move. It's the only thing he can do, because otherwise he'll have to talk about getting out of the way and allowing the private sector to grow the economy in its own ways.