While I am a big believer and supporter of President Obama....lately I have been identifying a very serious issue with him which could potentially have serious consequences. He has alot of trouble communicating with potential swing voters regarding his accomplishments. Sure, he currently leads in the majority of the swing state polls...and sure, Fox News and the majority of his conservative critics bash him on a daily basis regarding his "failed policies"...but in reality....Obama has accomplished quite a bit in his short 3 1/2 years as president. He needs to work on selling these accomplishments to the American people. While I do believe he will pick up the pace once the Republican candidate is selected...I am beginning to believe this election will come down energy policy. Obama is in a dangerous position if he continues to take the stance "The president has nothing to do with gas prices, free market determines them." While this is almost 100% true, the majority of voters are unwilling to accept this. He must make it look like he is willing to do anything to reduce fuel prices. I believe the best way to deflect the blame onto the GOP would be to approve the portion of the keystone pipline that runs through Nebraska. Nebraska legislation has voiced major concerns about environmental hazards about the pipeline. If Obama would approve the southern and midwest development of the pipline resulting in resistence from a Republican Governor and one of the most reliable RED states in the country, Obama could easily deflect all the heat onto the GOP.
He must also steer this debate back onto the economy. The GOP knows the economy is improving and they know it will be extremely difficult to challenge Obama regarding economic growth. The GOP needs a distraction such as gas prices to create fear and anger resulting is stalled economic growth. Obama MUST get creative to prevent a slip in consumer confidence resulting in less travel during the summer and less economic growth, possibly a decline.
I myself believe fuel prices are the last issue Obama must tackle before he is guaranteed re-election. While gas prices can be extremely dangerous and leave a door wide open to allow Romney to get back into this thing, I do believe the president of the united states is in a good position to sell his stance as doing everything possible to reduce gas prices while exposing Romney for his multiple stances on multiple issues as governor, along with is liberal track record. Regardless of whoever wins, this election sould be a very interesting one to watch. Money will be readily available on both sides of the debate which should lead to an exciting election.