President Obama’s re-election chances are being judged by his low approval ratings. In the old joke, Bob and Jim are hiking, when a bear begins chasing them. Bob tells Jim that they can’t outrun the bear. Jim tells Bob that he doesn’t have to outrun the bear, he just has to outrun Bob.
Right now, Obama’s approval ratings are the bear, and it’s chasing only him.
But once the Republicans have a nominee, Obama doesn’t have to outrun the bear, he just has to outrun his opponent.
Based on Mitt Romney’s performance on the stump so far, I don’t think Obama will have a hard time outrunning him.
Mitt had a terrible interview with Bret Baier of Fox News yesterday. Mitt was testy and combative, impatient and nasty, with the mild-mannered Baier, who offered him a chance to explain his flip-flops without embarrassing Mitt by playing any of the offending sound bites. Mitt chewed his head off and, rather than use the friendly forum to explain how and why his views had changed, he flat out denied that he had changed policy except for abortion.
Maybe Baier didn’t play the relevant clips, but they exist, and they will be played over and over again. President Obama has had more successful interviews with Fox.
The interview was bizarre. They were sitting in a warehouse surrounded by flats of juice. It was as if they were kidnap victims waiting for their ransom to be paid. It was like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie.
If Mitt can’t handle Fox, how is he going to do on networks that aren’t the propaganda arm of the GOP? He can’t refuse to do interviews and avoid the Sunday talk shows in the general. The Rose Garden strategy only works if you happen to live in the White House.
Mitt, if you can’t handle the Baier, the bear will eat you alive.