The Campaign Spot

When You Can’t Govern, the Mind Turns to Campaigning . . .

I suppose there’s no harm in Obama folks talking this early about how they’ll run his reelection campaign — where the campaign headquarters will be, who will staff the top positions, etc. But for anything strategic, messages, themes, etc., this strikes me as silly.

We have no idea what the world is going to look like in November of 2010, never mind what it will look like in November of 2012. Some of us strongly suspect that even in 2012, unemployment will be higher than the “normal” 4 to 6 percent range; we don’t know what Afghanistan will look like, what Iraq will look like, what Iran’s nuclear program will look like, whether there will be any additional terror attacks on American soil, just how bad the deficit and debt will be, and so on. There might even be an alien landing, or a health-care bill passed, to pick two outlandish but not impossible scenarios.

This line amused me, though:

The themes for Obama’s campaign are not yet chosen, but a top adviser said not to expect a radical surprise: “He knows who he is.”

That’s not the problem, top adviser; the problem is that now the American people know who he is.