Click Below to hear Sunday’s “Pat’s Political Point” on WSGW’s First Day with Pat Johnston & Jessica Fleischman. Under the link, you can read the transcript. Thanks for the comments so far.
Tuesday is election day.
Not only is it election day, it’s a presidential election day. I’m always extra-geeked for the presidential elections than the other elections.
Back in 2000, I used to believe that local and state elections were far more important than whoever won the presidential election. Today, I think they’re both equally important.
I came to this realization by 2004 when President George W. Bush faced Senator John Kerry. Before 2004, I remember thinking that presidential elections didn’t mean a whole lot. I liked President Clinton, but he was just a liberal Republican and I didn’t see much changing with either an Al Gore or George W. Bush.
After the elongated recount battle in Florida, and the states rights majority in the Supreme Court ruling against Florida’s decision to count ALL of the votes, the next four years were a slap in the face for me. Huge deficit-rising tax cuts, a major terrorist attack, two wars, a major depletion of civil rights, and huge giveaways to big-time oil and gas companies showed just how much presidents can alter history.
Now, during GOP primary, I never thought Romney had a shot. His previous stances on abortion, gay rights, global warming, and of course, HEALTH CARE, led me to believe Romney was toast.
How foolish I was.
Romney was the party’s man because he served as the symbol of the continuation of the Bush years: More tax breaks for the one-percent, more inexplicable defense spending, and more bowing to the Wall Street elite.
Don’t get me wrong, President Obama has continued some Bush policies through the last four years that have rankled me. We’re still spying on Americans, indiscriminately bombing people with drone planes, and providing the rich with lavished tax breaks.
But Obama at least signed legislation designed to keep a closer look on Wall Street, passed Mr. Romney’s health care law for the nation, and worked hard to save the auto industry.
It’s that last accomplishment–saving the auto industry–that has comeback to haunt Mitt Romney.
Elections are filled with half-truths, distortions and selective wording. The Obama campaign is guilty of some of that stuff. But, for me, what the Romney campaign did in Ohio this past week was unforgivable.
Romney needed a game-changer to turn around the truth that he wanted “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” so he threw a Hail Mary pass while in Defiance, Ohio last week:
“I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.”
It’s true that Chrysler plans to boost production of its JEEP product in China by adding more plants in China. Now, what’s not true is that Chrysler is planning on moving ALL of its production to China. Chrysler has NO plans of shipping jobs overseas.
It was scare tactic that may have worked in the 1980’s before the speed of the Internet, but it got called-out for the gross lie that it was.
The Detroit News, who endorsed Mr. Romney, printed Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s scathing letter saying the company has no plans to ship JEEP manufacturing jobs to China:
Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand.
It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.
Again, The Detroit News endorsed Romney.
The Romney campaign even produced an ad repeating the same lie that Chrysler was shipping jobs overseas. The Washington Post and Politifact both said the ad and Romney’s assertions were outright lies.
Again, The Detroit News endorsed Romney.
The fact that Romney would purposefully scare blue collar workers so he could hopefully win some electoral votes is unforgettable and unforgivable.
I understand campaigns count on distortions and omissions to gain an upper hand on their adversaries. But, that’s not what happened here. Romney played on the fears of regular, middle class Americans. In the end, history may show this tactic led to his ultimate demise.
Who knows? Maybe Romney will win Ohio on Tuesday, but I’m betting not.
This is why presidential elections are important. President Obama’s moves to rescue the auto industry also rescued the states of Ohio and good-ole’ Michigan.
So, don’t let anyone tell you presidential elections don’t mean anything. For many of us who have family members working in the auto industry, we know better.