The Democratic National Convention concluded with President Obama’s call to voters who supported him in 2008 to return to the polls in November and continue the project that began four years ago. Otherwise, he said, there will be a return to the Republican past that led us to this economic situation.
The message sent from Charlotte for days was clear and consistent, but not necessarily effective enough to mobilize a base that four years ago saw the president’s election as a hope for change, especially while facing an economic collapse. The enthusiasm to make history by sending an African American to the White House for the first time is also gone. The same reasons for supporting Obama no longer stand.
On the other hand, it is very hard to predict how a second term will be if the current political balance remains in Washington. Recent experiences leave the impression that without changes in Congress, the candidate’s proposals will remain as words.
Given the outlook, the Democrats decided to go with the old saying that the best defense is a good attack.
It was necessary to recognize that these past four years were not like the president expected, but the current strategy is not to defend his administration or to allow for the election to be a referendum on it.
The idea is to turn the election into a choice between two very different options for our country, which rings very true. But what this demands from voters is first to accept an explanation of the past four years and a critical analysis of the Republican proposal, and then build enthusiasm for re-election.
Whether the Democratic strategy allows Obama to obtain a second term in the White House is something we won’t know until November.