Analysis: Get Ready For The Nastiest Election Ever


romney-obamaBy Robert Hendin

You know that old saying that this election will be nastier and cost more than the last one? Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The speed of light twitter explosion over a democratic strategist and CNN commentator’s ill-advised comment about the presumptive Republican nominee’s wife has made a the “war on women” the biggest media created issue of the week. So far.

Yes, polls show President Obama winning the support of women by double digit margins over Mitt Romney and both sides were in the middle of a pitched battle over women. They all determined that a war over women was somehow good politics. And yes, an Obama supporter said something stupid and the Romney camp jumped on it and the Obama campaign attacked it as well. But policies are what’s not being talked about.

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The Romney camp has trotted out a dubious statistic saying the Obama administration alone is responsible for 92.3 percent of jobs lost being women. When a Pulitzer Prize winning fact check organization said it was “mostly false” — the campaign attacked them.

So, the battle this week has been over a statistic and a pundit’s slip of the tongue. Where does that leave us? This will be the nastiest election ever. Period.

This is a consequence of the millions of negative attack television ads run by outside political groups — coupled with the reality that any one-time misstep or badly formed thought on live television from any one person anywhere in the political spectrum can turn into firestorm. (Etch A Sketch anyone?)

So get ready. Every late night pundit can make a stupid comment, just as one time Santorum and now Romney backer Foster Friess said contraception was a pill between a young girl’s knees — and what’s not being talked about is how to fix the country’s problems.

Voters be warned: It’s going to be six months for hyper partisan battles over well, who knows what.

Call it the grabbing at straws election as the two sides try to turn every-little-thing into a political advantage. At the end of the day, its politics alone and not policies that are driving the debate and what’s leaving the hundreds of millions of Americans not following the Twitter volleys frustrated at what the American political system has become.

{Political Hotsheet/ Newscenter}


  1. Thanks to the Tea Party. Watch out – the Republican right has gotten more and more vicious over the last few years. When the Democrats decide to stop being ladies and gentlemen and start following the Right’s playbook, boy are you going to hear squeals of “No fair!” from the guys who have been pushing the envelope themselves.

    Elections are decided by the “middle third” of independent voters. Let’s see what they think of the brawling we’ve already seen in the Republican primaries. The sucker-punch eye-gouging stuff is great on World Wrestling Federation, but are the voters going to buy it? Let the Republicans go back to being real Republicans and not Taliban wannabes, and maybe we could still have an election worthy of (still) the greatest country on earth. We need two functioning majority parties to make the system work. Republicans deserve better than a bunch of “evil genius” PR types.

  2. isn’t that sad. a successful businessman against a n affirmative action whose single accomplishment is that he can read, and its shaping up to be a battle. what a sad testimony to the state of the american voter

  3. Nachman – sorry to disillusion you but the President was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago. That’s my neck of the woods, and believe me, they don’t take any but the best. He graduated Harvard Law, incidentally.

    Actually, considering the sad lack of correct grammar in your own post, you might need some affirmative action yourself if you try to enter the mainstream job market.

  4. I never thought America would come to this. usually Americans are gentlemen, not the Israeli you started with me, no you started with me types. I do think Obama has accomplishments to prove. And I fail to understand those who claim all he has done is read his teleprompter. Health Care is a badly needed service in a wealthy country like America, where the poor are as poor as ever. Well if the Republicans have issues with this, then lets at least hear of an alternative. This is a necessity, leaving people to die, because they can’t afford health care goes against our Torah, there’s no two ways about this.

  5. i wonder who started the nastiest Government in the history of the United States – who divided the country between Democrats & Republicans, between both houses of Congress, between black & white, etc. etc.
    We American taxpayers need to take back America from the socialist democrats and VOTE REPUBLICAN in NOV 2012