Obama Needs To Pull His Goalie But He Doesn't Know It
Earlier this week, Bill Kristol relayed some observations a friend had made:
Obama has a broken machine inadequate for the race he is in. Wisconsin behavior and aftermath indicative. Reminds me of scene in movie Miracle where the Russian hockey coach Tikhonov—so used to winning—doesn't realize he should pull his goalie in the final minutes to gain a one man advantage on offense. U.S. assistant coach says to Herb Brooks, "Why doesn't he pull his goalie?," and Brooks studies the guy and says, "He doesn't know what to do!" Same for Team Obama. Never behind, never on defense, never had trouble getting media to carry their talking points. Now it's different and they don't know what to do.
Here is Barack Tikhonov Obama in action:
It's one thing to tell your recently defeated base in Wisconsin that you were too busy to come help them out in their hour of greatest need. It's another to say that when you were holding multiple fundraisers a stone's throw from each of its borders. That's just bad form.
So the Obama campaign is lost and doesn't know what to do. What are they going to do to correct course? They're having their second rough week in a row.
Kristol's friend suggests:
1. Replace Biden: Not one vote at risk and putting Hillary here brings him some points. Might shut up Bill as well.
2. Play president until speech at Dem convention.
3. Give mea culpa speech in which you acknowledge the pain of suburbanites whose votes you need and you intention to focus on their problems (high taxes, debt, market jitters etc.) Run this theme for next 60 days.
He also suggests that Obama could try a Sister Souljah moment, perhaps with Keystone. Or he could fire Axelrod or Messina.
Kristol thinks Obama is too stubborn to fix his problems. What do you think? He's got to do something, right?