By Dan Balz, James Silberman
4 years in the past, a vivid younger presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a topic of wish and alter, and made background. at the present time, he reveals himself in one other sour, divisive presidential race yet with no the buzzwords. in its place, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the debatable healthcare invoice, a decade-long battle, and a stagnant economy.
Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former company mogul and previous governor of Massachusetts, faces his personal controversies within the type of imprecise guidelines, fluctuating positions, and questions on his company practices within the deepest quarter. Romney’s own fortune and company history appeared at odds with the Republican base till he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea occasion darling and financial conservative Paul Ryan as his working mate.
utilizing resources deep inside of either campaigns and at the crusade path via basic and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a prepared political brain and a professional reporter’s ear. He strains the highs and lows of the Obama presidency in addition to the ruthless Republican basic as either laid the basis for the most an important, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 places the race for the White apartment in context and explores simply what the election skill for the way forward for the democratic approach and America.
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By numbers political strategists watch closely, he is as vulnerable as any president seeking reelection in two decades. His presidency, which began with themes of hope and change, is at risk. He is no longer the bright and shining politician who captivated the nation four years earlier. The once aspirational candidate of 2008 is now scarred by his battles with a militant and hard-right Republican opposition that has decided to no longer play by the old rules. His presidency has left the country even more deeply polarized than it was under George W.
He made brief remarks to the press pool and cameras. “I also want to say to Governor Romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today. , for voters in northern Virginia. , he arrived at the Attack Athletics facility on West Harrison Street for his traditional election day basketball game. m. • • • Romney began his day at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts, with several radio interviews. Ann, he said to his wife after he was done, it’s trash day.
Get this on tape, she said. I will never let Mitt run again. We’re done with this. It’s too hard. But it was Axelrod who proved correct. Sometimes political strategists do see the road ahead more clearly than the politicians and their families. The two protagonists met on the political battlefield of 2012 as representatives of the major political parties in the United States. But their campaign was also a clash between two individuals—one brainy, cool, and seemingly aloof, the other also brainy and with the energy and demeanor of a born salesman rather than a natural politician.