American Crossroads just released a video advertisement criticizing President Barack Obama’s coolness. (I will critique the facts the video presents about the job prospects of college graduates in a future article.)
Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama for being “too cool” with his late night slow jams, Al Green impressions, comedic talent, and smooth dance moves while Americans are struggling. They argue that such behavior is unbecoming of the Office of the President of the United States of America.
Republicans quickly forgot that they once had a “cool” President and used it to their political advantage.
Back then, Democrats argued that people should cast their ballots based on competency, not based on “who they would rather have a beer with.” Part of the reason why Democrats were so vitriolic in their attacks against Governor Sarah Palin from the instant she was nominated for Vice President was because she was cool, electrifying, and could compete against Obama in the celebrity department. Now that Democrats have a cool President, they are using that to their political advantage.
In politics, arguments only ring true if they directly benefit your side. I have spoken to a prospective future candidate for public office who flatly stated that hypocrisy and double standards are what makes politics great and will use any message that will work for his benefit at the time regardless of how it contradicts anything else that is real.
Yet, politicians wonder why people are so disgusted with them.
Among normal people, what is right is right and that does not change depending on the label applied to the subject. It doesn’t matter who is in office. You either like cool or you don’t.
American Crossroads. (April 2012). “Cool”. Retrieved from http://www.americancrossroads.org/2012/04/latest-video-cool/
Tumulty, Brian. (September 15, 2004). “New political group pokes fun at Kerry’s football gaffes”. USA Today. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-09-15-kerry-football_x.htm