by Richard Thompson, Hillsdale College
With only two weeks until election day, Mitt Romney has increasingly established himself as the stronger candidate. Thanks to his performance in the presidential debates, Romney has surged in the polls. As a result, the Obama camp has found itself in rocky territory and has been desperately trying to regain its footing.
In a recent fundraising email, President Obama’s pleading for donations echoed his dwindling poll numbers.
“Time is running out to make an impact—please don’t wait any longer,” the president wrote. “Donate $5 or more today.” In an attempt to use his celebrity status to gain support, he concluded: “I don’t know what Election Night will hold, but I’d like you to be a part of the event here in Chicago. Any donation you make today automatically enters you for a chance to meet me — airfare and hotel for you and a guest are covered.”
After sub-par showings in the debates, the president has been scrambling to get votes and his supporters have been doing whatever it takes to ensure an Obama victory. For instance, Democratic Party campaigners set up tables outside Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center, where early voting takes places, and offered CSU students free pizza and T-shirts for their votes. Romney currently has a 43-34 edge in Colorado after 25,000 ballots have been cast.
This frustration is not limited to party members but also has been demonstrated by the liberal media. In an anti-right wing rant on his show “Hardball,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said “I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president.”
Even the Twittersphere has erupted with Obama supporters reacting to Romney’s recent success. One user tweeted “If Mitt Romney ever becomes president, I will personally assassinate him.” Another wrote, “Romney just wanna make black people slaves again. This ain’t happening tho[ugh]. I’ll assassinate him…”
As attack ads and accusations abound, Obama and company is having quite a time trying to keep its ship afloat. As November 6th peeks over the horizon, it’s going to take more than a deep dish pizza and an angry TV anchor to keep Team Obama from sinking.