Election 2014: GOP Has Midterm Engagement Advantage
Over the weekend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, during a speech in Richmond, Virginia, took aim at President Barack Obama‘s comment about how he’s learned he can’t change Washington from the inside. If the president believes that, Christie said, “what the hell is he doing asking for another four years?”
“You may not know this, but the president loves me,” Christie said, eliciting laughter from the audience. “So since he loves me, I want to help the president.”
Thus, Christie noted president’s remark. “You can’t change Washington from the inside,” Obama said back in September. “You can only change it from the outside.”
“If you don’t think you can change Washington from inside the White House, then let’s give you the plane ticket back to Chicago you have earned,” Christie said, asking, “I mean that is a scary thing for the President of the United States to say, isn’t it?”
Christie continued: “It shows his arrogance. If he really believes that, if he believes that, then what the hell is he doing asking for another four years?”
The point Christie is hammering is a variation of one I’ve said before that Mitt Romney and his campaign and surrogates need to hammer home from now until election day: “You’ve had four years, Mr. President, and things haven’t gotten better – in fact, they’ve gotten worse. Why should you be given another four? Answer: You shouldn’t.”
With the two weeks left before the election, and the polls still remaining tight in some areas but appearing to give Mitt Romney a bit of an edge in others, now is the time to ramp up that message that four years was and is ENOUGH. Mitt laid a zinger of sorts on Obama with this argument in the first debate on the issue of the deficit. I hope to see him do it again tonight in the foreign policy debate which is – thankfully – the last presidential debate of this election cycle. I’m sure Romney has the desire to leave voters with a lasting positive impression and image of him, and tonight will be the night to do it. Let’s hope he does, even in the face of yet another biased moderator – CBS’s Bob Schieffer.