Are members of Obama's election campaign of 2012 just so damned good? It's true that at one point it looked unlikely that President Obama would win a second-term but was it only the work of spin doctors that turned the result around?
David Cameron and Ed Miliband are no Barack Obama and British voters are not Americans.
Obama is charismatic, likeable, electable and always eloquent. He chooses his words well. U.S. voters experience a couple of years of heavy campaigning on a regular basis, or should that be brainwashing, before each Presidential election. In between there are the mid-term elections.
Brits find it difficult to get enthusiastic about politicians and too many voters are disenfranchised and cynical about politics. That is the fault of politicians. As you sow, so shall you reap.
Some political pundits have questioned why Miliband had not employed a foxy campaign manager earlier and wondered who would still be available. Axelrod, like Messina and Crosby, has the credentials but personally it would be better if British politics stayed in-house.
Perhaps foreign campaign managers, receiving high salaries should be barred. While we are at it perhaps those face-to-face T.V. debates, so very American, should also be a non-starter.
Voters are easily pulled into this world of spin, as initially it is something a little different. Before we know it British politics will go the way of the U.S.
Brits should never forget that British democracy has been around longer than the United States of America as a country. It has stood the test of time and it certainly does not need to take its lead from the U.S.
According to the Guardian Axelrod will be employed as senior strategic adviser and will "put inequality and the break between family finances and economic growth at the centre of his election campaign". But that is a farce. Paying over the odds to hammer that point home borders on obscene.
Labour's leading father's must be turning over in their graves.
However times change and you have to beat the opposition any way you can. This year it seems that includes following their lead and looking abroad for election campaign managers.
Warning to Ed Miliband: This writer is old enough to remember the disastrous spin doctor campaign, or should that be hatchet job, on Neil Kinnock. Kinnock was pushed this way and that until even probable voters looked elsewhere. Lesson? Mr Miliband needs to play this one carefully.
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