Conservatives have been damning Obama with Jimmy Carter comparisons for years, but the well-worn tactic may now pay off for Mitt Romney. Apparently, Jimmy Carter will be featured as a primetime speaker at the Democratic National Convention next month, reports the Wall Street Journal:
Carving out a role for Mr. Carter at the party’s quadrennial conventions is a sticky business. As one of the party’s only two living ex-presidents, he can’t be ignored. But because he lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980, Democrats haven’t been quick to showcase him, either.
Putting the man who is widely regarded as the worst president in recent history in the primetime spotlight is an audacious move by the Obama campaign. Romney (to say nothing of one humble blogger) has likened Obama to the somewhat weak and incompetent Carter, and now he has added ammunition in making this comparison.
Many on the Left respect Carter for his oustpoken post-presidential activism on human rights. Yet if Obama was hoping Carter’s speech will shore up their support, he may want to think again. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Carter described Obama’s human rights record as “cruel and unusual”, and recently told an MSNBC interviewer that he’d be “comfortable” with Mitt Romney as president, whom he considered a “fairly competent governor.” Not exactly the message the Obama campaign has been pushing.
Sometimes it is better to not invite someone to the party. What could the Obama campaign team be thinking?