Skip to comments.Prepare Yourself for Obama's Second Term (Maybe we should fear a repeat of 1996...)
Posted on 11/18/2011 8:07:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
For some time now, many conservatives have thought that President Obama is the Second Coming of Jimmy Carter. They think that chronic 9% unemployment, creeping inflation, and a foreign policy of self-abasement and weakness will doom Obama to a single term, and that he'll slink off with his tail between his legs in disgrace, just like Carter did after 1980.
Maybe they should be thinking about the election of 1996 instead.
Does anyone remember the disaster that was Bill Clinton's first term? The first attempt to put gays in the military, the first attack on the World Trade Center by Muslim fanatics, and the "Assault Weapons" Ban? The proposal to raise taxes, increase spending, and downsize the military? Hillary arrogantly proclaiming that she was no little Tammy Wynette standing by her man and baking cookies? That she would revamp the entire health care system, by herself, in secret, without congressional input? Does anyone remember the Waco debacle, which led directly to the Oklahoma City bombing, and Clinton's allegation that it was the fault of talk radio? Does anyone remember the landslide Republican victory in the House in 1994, breaking forty straight years of Democratic control -- a massive rebuke of the Clinton administration?
And yet...Clinton got re-elected in 1996. He didn't just squeak by, either -- he won a crushing 379-159 victory in the Electoral College and beat the Republican ticket by eight and a half percent in the popular vote.
Conservatives were in shock. How could this happen? Answer: after the 1994 conservative revolution in the midterm elections, the Republican 1996 presidential campaign turned into the Revenge of the Flaming Moderates. The Republican primaries featured banal, milquetoast candidates like Lamar Alexander (whose campaign strategy was to don a flannel shirt and stand in front of a sign ...
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
In 1996, we had the following candidates:
Steve Forbes, Richard Lugar, Pat Buchanan, Lamar Alexander and the doddering Washington insider Bob Dole.
Is the current bunch any better than the above?
Obama is no Bill Clinton.
Difference - Clinton “triangulated” - 0Bama did not.
and we now have an MSM that is even MORE in the tank for the Democrats than ever
It is possible, but not probable. The mood of the electorate is vastly different this time. 1996 things were ok. Plus, Obama moved left to find his lost base, while Clinton moved hard right to save his presidency. He signed on to tax cuts and welfare reform, co-opting some of the issues of the GOP. Obama has not done that. He’s fighting problems in his left flank as well as losing the independent voter. Unless there is a significant noticeable economic improvement, he has a tough battle to get back for four more years. It is possible, but not probable.
I doubt it, the clintoons were favorites among the rats...they were “victimized” by a right wing conspiracy....
Dumbo on the other hand is taking their money too with no results and very little to call their own but 15 trillion in debt
Interesting. But we’ll have a MUCH better feel in 8 months or so.
They just changed their name.
Nothing else has changed.
Exactly - plus, HillaryCare was “gone” as an issue by 1996.
the “professionals” and “established”
would have it that only romney can win.
i doubt it.
just the opposite.
cain could win.
We also had a strong 3rd party campaign by Ross Perot in both 1992 and 1996. I’m surprised the writer of this article didn’t mention Perot at all. Perot got 8% of the popular vote in 1996. He drained more votes from the Republicans in both ‘92 and ‘96 than he did from Democrats. Bill Clinton may still have been re-elected in ‘96, but it would have been a much closer election without Perot in the race.
Actually, Ubama/ACORN had the Democrat caucuses locked up. None of Hillary's delegates even had a chance to vote.
And, despite all of that, Clinton probably would have been defeated anyway in 1992 if Cap Weinberger hadn’t been indicted in an “October Surprise.”
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BOB DOLE, that is the reason we lost.
People wanted that “young” fresh face lip biter. Not some tired establishment Republican.
Plus Clinton convinced everyone that he LOVED everyone.
I voted for Forbes, but then held my nose and voted for Dole.
No more nose holding or settling.
It’s like Republicans have been brainwashed. If they look good or feed some kind of leftist caused race guilt (where non is deserved). It’s time for Repubs to grow up. You woukd have thought that Christine O’Donnell and Sharon in NV would have provide a lesson. But apparently not. Repubs are getting ready to repeat the mistakes of 2010, but on the Presidential level.
Obama is no Clinton.
But it’s worthwhile to be mindful of given the current GHOP field.
s/b “GOP” (Not IHOP.)
I can't buy this analysis. A large portion of this 49% are receiving Social Security. Yet Barry isn't all that popular among the older age group--why should he be, he's screwing around with Medicare. Then you have the lifers on welfare. They don't come out to vote the same way that Tea Partiers do.
This is not to say that the welfare class is not a problem for the GOP candidate. But the idea that the O needs only 2% of the self-supporting is just plain wrong.
Yes, they are better. Much better. And the economy during Impeached42’s term was doing MUCH better than during Hussein.
I don’t buy this doom and gloom crap. Hussein is not loved by anyone except his base and the MEDIA. Independents are sick of him.
Remember how during the 2004 and 2008 campaigns the media would CONSTANTLY talk about the problems Bush and McCain had with Independents? I do.
Today, you NEVER see a network or local “news” source talking about independents. Know why? Because they are turning on Hussein in massive numbers.
0bummer is much worse than Clintoon.
The current crop of GOP candidates are marginally better.
As long as a third party spoiler doesn’t come along, we could be in decent shape to win.