RON HART: Debunking Obama’s campaign themes

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 06:02 PM.


As the 2012 election storms into its last week, we have a strong sense of how people will vote.

People in the parts of town with lots of title pawn shops, payday loans, liquor stores that take EBT cards, boarded-up stores and billboards advertising plaintiff lawyers will vote heavily for Obama. If there is any credit we can give the current administration, it is that its base has been strengthened by creating more of these neighborhoods.

Romney will do well in areas with malls with multiplex movie theaters, Starbucks, Viagra advertisements on billboards, and good schools — or in any city that hosts a NASCAR event.

At his inauguration, President Obama famously proclaimed that his election in 2008 was "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." With the storm surges caused by Hurricane Sandy, yet another campaign promise has been broken. Storm surges in New York City were over four feet — more bad news for Mayor Bloomberg, who could easily drown at those levels.

On the bright side, the storm could impede filming of next season’s “The Jersey Shore.”

Coming down the home stretch, President Obama picked up endorsements from three international political heavyweights: Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez, Cuba's ruling Castro family, and Russia's Vladimir Putin. Given Obama's track record, that might say it all.

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