Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Obama's Very Tough Road to Reelection
Obama's Very Tough Road to Reelection: Incumbent Presidents enter a reelection campaign with a number of distinct advantages. The command a bully pulpit, able to make news and usually dictate the issues the public is discussing. They can use the levers of power to direct federal spending and initiatives to certain parts of the country. They can generally attract far more campaign donors, giving them the ability to out-spend their opponent. And, more importantly, they've already built the coalitions and alliances necessary for victory. If they are Democrats, they have the added bonus of a compliant media who will deflect criticism and cast negative attention on their opponent. And yet, Obama is very likely to lose in November.