I know national political media love this “bracketing” thing, new word, sounds vaguely businesslike and free market, they’re crazy about it, but does it strike anyone else as getting weirder the longer it goes on?
As President Obama embarks on a two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, two of his rival’s surrogates – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty – are close on his tail with a bus tour that takes them through three of the cities Mr. Obama is visiting, blasting the president’s record as they go.
Jindal and Pawlenty, both popular Republican figures and potential vice presidential picks, kicked off the Republican National Committee-touted “Middle-Class Promise Gap Tour” with a press conference in a Courtyard Marriott parking lot in Maumee, Ohio just hours before Mr. Obama was slated to speak there.
I don’t know about “popular”. Here’s a local newspaper report:
In an effort to combat President Obama’s visit to Maumee on Thursday, two prominent Republicans addressed Lucas County a few hours earlier in support of GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota spoke to about 20 people in front of the Courtyard by Marriott on Dussel Drive in Maumee.
First, Ohio and Pennsylvania both have GOP governors, so I don’t know where they are, or why they aren’t out in the heat performing this thankless task. Second, aren’t Jindal and Pawlenty really only “celebrities” to pundits and movement conservatives who attend CPAC? Most Ohio voters don’t know who Rob Portman is, and he’s an OH GOP Senator, allegedly, or so I am told.
If I’m an ordinary voter, am I going to be thrilled and excited that the governor and former governor of (random) “other states” are coming to visit because Mitt Romney is too busy jet skiing and what not? What does the governor of Louisiana have to say to me in Ohio, really? Maybe Mitt Romney is making them audition for VP. Again, interesting for them, but what does it have to do with any random voter in Ohio? Is this just for national political media?