For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing.Historia completa, aquí.
That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the power of the office to bolster the case for re-election. Rather than leave it to the trade office to announce the complaint, Mr. Obama decided to do it himself. Aides scheduled it for a campaign swing to the auto-dependent battleground state of Ohio, leaked it to the state’s largest newspaper, then sent other journalists a link to the resulting story plus voter-friendly talking points.
Esta es una de las razones por las que los favoritos no suelen tener las narices de presentarse a las elecciones cuando un Presidente busca la reelección (Mitch Daniels o Chris Christie este año, Hillary Clinton o Al Gore en 2004, Jack Kemp o Dan Quayle en el 96, Cuomo o Gore en el 92, Ted Kennedy en el 84, Gerald Ford en el 80, etc.)