Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Obama not a big fan of cheese...

When Barack Obama won the 2008 Presidential Election, there was much rejoicing, with many people going that extra mile to demonstrate their happiness with his victory. Case in point, there was Laini Fondiller, a cheesemaker in Vermont who created a special cheese in the new President's honor (actually, she first introduced it during the primaries). From Fondiller's Lazy Lady Farms, the cheese--called "Barick Obama"--is a "washed-rind cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk" (whatever that means), and I'm sure it's quite tasty. Other varieties available include "Biden Your Time" and the ever-popular "Tomme Delay."

One would think this would make the President a big fan of cheese. And maybe he is, as long as it's not being made in Wisconsin.

With the Walker recall election looming, it looks like the President is prepared to let the chips fall where they may in that State. According to deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter:
This is a gubernatorial race with a guy who was recalled and a challenger trying get him out of office. It has nothing to do with President Obama at the top of the ticket and it certainly doesn't have anything to do with Mitt Romney at the top of the Republican ticket.
That's an interesting tact to take, given that just a few days ago, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz declared that Wisconsin was "a dry run" for the President's campaign. I think, perhaps, that Wasserman-Schultz hadn't seen the latest polling numbers, prior to making that statement. The RCP average shows Walker with a nearly seven point advantage. And it's been growing.


One would think the President could swoop in and save the day, given that the the media keeps telling us how popular he is. But Cutter basically quashed the idea when she said:
If you think that the secret weapon here is sending President Obama, then I'm pleased that you believe that, but I think that actually having people organizing and volunteering and turning out the vote and doing everything they can that actually effect an election is more powerful.
That's another way of saying "we don't think sending the President there will actually help Barrett." According to Cutter, the Barrett campaign is satisfied with what the Obama campaign has done, with the help it has provided. Translation: "we agree, we don't want him here."

It's true that Obama still leads Romney in polling, but a clear victory for Walker will provide ample opportunity for both he and Romney to trumpet what has transpired in Wisconsin as something that most people are happy with, and that's good news for Romney's platform, bad news for Obama's.

Not a good sign for the President, when it comes to November. But not a bad sign, if he really doesn't like cheese.

Cheers, all.

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