Skip to comments.The Fear Vote
Posted on 06/09/2012 3:31:40 AM PDT by Kaslin
If the election were held tomorrow, Mitt Romney would be the next president of the United States. Why? Because many voters are afraid, that's why. And fearful people usually try to change their circumstances.
If you listen to talk radio or watch cable news, you'd think everyone was an ideologue, obsessed with party politics. But many, perhaps most, American voters are not wedged into a voting pattern. The same country that elected the conservative George W. Bush voted for the very liberal Barack Obama the next time around. It is perception that wins national elections.
Bush was perceived to be a terror warrior, and that's why he won a second term. Voters wanted payback for 9/11, and Bush, along with the fierce Dick Cheney, simply had more tough guy cred than Al Gore or John Kerry. At least that was the perception.
Obama isn't nearly as tough as Sen. John McCain, but by 2008, the faltering economy had overridden the terror threat, and the slick senator from Illinois promised hope and change, a return to prosperity and fairness. McCain promised "Country First." Nobody quite knew what that meant, and voters did want a change from the vicious recessionary economy, so Obama won.
Now, voters are scared that their jobs may disappear. They already see their retirement and educational funds evaporating, and most of us know folks who are desperate for money. So the economic fear is real, not perceived, and President Obama has done little to soothe the angst. He's still hoping his Big Government policies will stimulate the economy even as the TV flashes pictures of Greeks rioting in the streets.
Romney is not exactly John Kennedy, so Obama still has a chance to squeak out a victory in November. Romney must perform well in the debates and convince Americans that the president simply does not understand economics -- and that he has the magic capitalistic touch that will rebuild the empire. If the governor can stay out of foolish controversies and dodge the landmines the pro-Obama media will lay for him, he will be living larger than he lives now. The White House dwarfs even Romney's lavish beachside shack in La Jolla, Calif.
I believe Obama knows he's in trouble, and that's why he is courting his leftwing base so hard. He has to get all of them out on Election Day, and if that means "evolving" on gay marriage, so be it. Obama is a hardball player who will do everything he can to keep his job. There are not that many openings for messiahs these days in the private sector.
The election is about five months from now, and many things can happen in that time. But fear is a powerful emotion and not easily diminished. So the president should be afraid. Very afraid.
The conservative GWB????
That’s news to me. I saw GWB as a GOP version of LBJ
Biography on Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilly graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie with a degree in history. He taught high school for two years in Miami, and then returned to school to earn a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. (1976)
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O'Reilly's career took a turn in 1989 when he joined the nationally syndicated Inside Edition. For the next five years, Inside Edition was the highest rated "infotainment" program in America. After six years as anchor, O'Reilly left Inside Edition to earn his master's degree in public policy at Harvard University.
John Kerry biography
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After graduating from Yale University (1966)Source
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After graduating from Boston College Law School (1976)
While both Bill O'Reilly and John Kerry graduated in 1976 they went to different schools. Bill O'Reilly went to Boston University and graduated in Journalism, while Kerry went to Boston College Law school
As you can see two different schools
The guy whose name is in my tagline, who both knew when he was younger and remembers when both he and Bill O’Reilly used to work for WFSB tv in Hartford. Mr. O’Reilly would call him “the kid”.
If they were in the same fraternity, even at different schools and in different eras, they are considered frat brothers. That’s one of the resons they have secret words and secret handsigns, so anywhere they go they can connect up with ‘brothers’. If you were a Pike, are you a Winkit? Robert E. Lee was ... or so I’ve heard.
I didn’t think about that but you are correct. Kaslin and I can both be correct. I seem to have a way of irritating Kslin but I swear I think the world of her and her posts. FR would not be FR without her.