In 2008 the Obama campaign made a big deal about how singularly unique (I know rhetorically repetitive--just like his campaign) then candidate Obama was.
He was "The One" who could take our post racial nation to a plateau of greater unity. He was "The One" who would leave behind the "bitter divisiveness" of previous administrations. He was "The One" who would create a greater tomorrow, by calling us to ALL be "one."
Without ever using the term "messiah" it was clear the campaign's effort was to make him as messianic a figure as possible. A strategy I was on record--at the time--saying would be certain trouble for any candidate who ever yearned for a second term in office. No one listened and election day came. It was a historic win--in the ethnicity of the winning candidate. It was a very average--nearly boring--win in the vote tallies. Despite a brutal campaign, terrible organizational issues, and a candidate who didn't seem to want it very badly, the GOP lost by not all that much. Or said better, Obama eked out a win--not very impressive for "The One."
In 2012 the Romney campaign has the potential to purposefully focus on the singular nature of President Barack Obama once again.
For if the history books will record the first term victory of Barack Obama as important, and historic, certainly this election is worth comparing.
Because for now, there is just one man, who stands in the way of helping America finally recover.
Just "one" man stands in the way of allowing TransCanada to install and re-route--both physically and symbolically--a new path to America's independent energy future in the construction and establishment of the Keystone pipeline. As the company has submitted their necessary paperwork and applications the company is giving America and "The One" one last chance to establish this core component to the harvesting of America's own energy.
Just "one" man stands in the way of allowing energy to be recovered from 4000 gulf rigs, 3,999 who were all operating safely until the BP oil spill. Ironically it was "The One" and his sidekick Salazar who refused to take action in advance of the BP spill, when the engineers on the rig were begging the federal government for help in the matter. But few could explain "The One's" overreach by executive fiat in flat-lining all of the remaining oil rigs in the gulf.