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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/15/2012

No message for Obama? Just put on a show.

More evidence that President Obama has nothing to say in furtherance of his own reelection — in case any was needed — is the Obama campaign’s promotion of the idea that another speech by Bill Clinton and a few songs performed by Bruce Springsteen at a Thursday rally will actually be a vote-getter.

The fact that Obama is offering the campaign message, “We are having a really big show,” says something about his political decline. He is not the adult in the race. Having effective surrogates and good entertainment can help political events, but they are not a substitute for a message.

There is a certain magic-show quality to a Clinton performance. You want to be impressed, you can't help but be mesmerized, you know it's all phony — yet you love it anyway. America has collectively decided to love Bill Clinton, but I don't think that gets Obama one vote. In fact, any proximity to Clinton and comparison with the former president is unflattering for Obama. It reminds voters of all that Obama isn't.

And sure, as long as Springsteen isn't too bluesy, he can sing away our blues for an hour or so, but I don't know how that is supposed to persuade anyone that Obama is a good president. His attempts at creating distractions are carnivalesque. Obama's bandwagon is becoming a circus train.

It's another symptom of an exhausted campaign.

P.S.: Attacking Candy Crowley, the moderator of tomorrow’s upcoming debate, is a losing proposition for both campaigns. She is a pro. She is going to do what she wants to do anyway.  The whining and carping makes both campaigns look small.

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