Politico: Obama Really Blew the Opening of His Campaign

Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei picked up on how badly President Obama has blown the opening of his reelection campaign. It’s unknown whether they wrote the piece before or after Obama was talking about cowpies in Iowa, but surely that’s a sign that he’s off on his messaging.

So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has leaving the gate in 2012.

That’s the unmistakable reality for Democrats since Obama officially launched his reelection campaign three weeks ago. Obama, not Mitt Romney, is the one with the muddled message — and the one who often comes across as baldly political. Obama, not Romney, is the one facing blowback from his own party on the central issue of the campaign so far — Romney’s history with Bain Capital. And most remarkably, Obama, not Romney, is the one falling behind in fundraising.

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be.

Not only did they point out Team Obama’s struggles, they also noted how Mitt Romney is getting better at staying on message now that the Republican primary is effectively over.

Romney has surprised his many critics with a clear and consistent focus on the economy, hands down the issue of the race. After months of missteps, the guy looks steady and disciplined again, much like he did in the early days of the GOP primaries. By playing to his strength, he has masked his weaknesses — for now. (Read More)

Well, I’m sure Politico will be there to help Team O with that last part.