Any­one seen an Obama 2012 bumper sticker?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

It’s Septem­ber 2011, just 14 months be­fore the next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama claims to be run­ning for re-elec­tion, though he has stated on more than one oc­ca­sion he could take it or leave it.

He’s buried deep in the worst ap­proval rat­ings of any modern pres­i­dent. There are at least a baker’s dozen prom­i­nent Repub­li­cans lined up for the chance to chal­lenge him. His “lead­er­ship” led to a Repub­li­can rev­o­lu­tion in the 2010 midterm elec­tions, though the GOP lead­er­ship has squan­dered its op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­verse Obama’s poli­cies. The re­ces­sion plods on with­out a light at the end of the tun­nel.

We all know these things. But, with all of these facts on the ta­ble, my ques­tion is: “Has any­one seen an Obama 2012 bumper sticker yet?” I know I haven’t. Not one. And I’m hear­ing from oth­ers who have no­ticed the ab­sence of en­thu­si­asm among his sup­port­ers.

Now un­der­stand I live near Washington, D.C., a place that can ac­tu­ally boast of many new jobs cre­ated by Obama. This is the one city that should be rid­ing high un­der Obama. There’s new con­struc­tion ev­ery­where. Govern­ment em­ploy­ees haven’t lost jobs. They haven’t had their pay cut. In fact, it’s a boom time for this par­a­site of a city that sucks at the teat of the rest of the na­tion.

If Obama acolytes are to be found any­where out­side the stu­dios of MSNBC and the cor­ri­dors of The Huff­in­g­ton Post, it would be right here. Yet I can de­tect no vis­i­ble grass-roots ex­cite­ment about re-elect­ing Obama. Maybe I’m just miss­ing it. Have you seen it?

I know Obama has raised a bil­lion dol­lars for the cam­paign. If he has used any of that cash to print bumper stick­ers, how­ever, they are not yet find­ing their way onto au­to­mo­biles in the Washington area. And my friends and cor­re­spon­dents around the coun­try say it is no dif­fer­ent any­where else.

What gives? Are Obama sup­port­ers em­bar­rassed about their can­di­date? Are they wait­ing un­til next year to show their col­ors? Is it just pos­si­ble Obama re­ally might not be se­ri­ous about seek­ing a sec­ond term? Or maybe those bumper stick­ers are in the same vault with the birth cer­tifi­cate?

I don’t know what to make of this. Maybe it’s noth­ing. Per­haps we will be in­un­dated with Obama cam­paign hoopla be­gin­ning any day now. But I still think it’s strange. Clearly the siz­zle sur­round­ing Obama in 2008 has sub­sided, if not dis­ap­peared. But even the floun­der­ing polls show a small per­cent­age of Amer­i­cans are still dyed-in-the-wool Obama KoolAid drinkers. Why aren’t we see­ing any ev­i­dence of them?

I still see the oc­ca­sional Obama 2008 bumper sticker that has not been scratched off a ve­hi­cle in a fit of em­bar­rass­ment.

Yet nary a sin­gle 2012 Obama plug in sight. You are as un­likely to see one, as you are to spot an arctic war­bler in Mi­ami or an ar­madillo in Alaska. Pretty strange, huh?

I’d like to know what you make of this mys­tery.

How many Obama 2012 bumper stick­ers have been printed? How many have been dis­trib­uted? How many have ac- tu­ally been plas­tered on au­to­mo­biles in the U.S.? If you spot one, I’d like you to send me a dig­i­tal im­age.

I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if they ex­ist at all.

Are they sit­ting in ware­houses be­cause no one is will­ing to risk ridicule for sport­ing them on their bumpers?

La­bor Day has passed. Cam­paign sea­son is un­der way. I know Obama doesn’t face op­po­si­tion within his own party. But maybe his fel­low Democrats ought to start con­sid­er­ing their op­tions.

Are they will­ing to go down in flames with some­one who isn’t even sure if he wants a sec­ond term?

Are they will­ing to con­cede 2012 with­out a fight?

Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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