David Axelrod, his chief campaign strategist, addresses one of the biggest reasons why the President should be reelected:
“I find it as cool to be an Obama supporter. Having sat with him for two years is the White House and watched him — watching him work through some very difficult things with a lot of intelligence and grace, equilibrium. I, I have great admiration for him,” Obama’s chief campaign strategist told CNN.
This in reaction to Obama’s own words last week about his waning coolness:
“It’s not as cool to be an Obama supporter as it was in 2008, with the posters and all of that stuff,” he acknowledged to an intimate gathering of donors in Miami this week.
It’s a line he delivered with a chuckle, a variation on a theme that he is using with his base of supporters. But it holds an important truth for the Obama campaign: Obama is now a known quantity and he will not inspire voters this election the same way he did in the previous one.
It’s all about the cool. Ability and competence take a back seat. As long as he’s hip and with it, he’s in. Lose the cool, lose the election.
And so the basis for your typical Obama supporter stereotype gets affirmed once again.